Newsletter Wednesday March 1 2017

University Park Elementary School

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March 1, 2017

Message from Ms. Davis

Keeping our students safe at school is a top priority!  Parents and/or Guardians: Please make certain that your volunteer information is updated with the main office. Anyone working inside our classrooms or accompanying students on field trips MUST be fingerprinted. Parents who volunteer for one day events such as  the Dr. Seuss Breakfast, Career Day, Field Day, etc.. must complete the commercial background check at minimum.  No exceptions!

Please always have your ID ready to be presented in the Main Office every time you visit University Park. We have a systemic security screening system in place that will update your information when your ID is scanned. This is a systemic requirement in order to ensure the safety of our students and staff.

Thank you to Emily and Jason Jackson for organizing Friday’s Winter Wonderland Dance.  The staff and students had an amazing time.  The next Eagle Newsletter will come home with students March 15, 2017.  If you need anything between now and then don’t hesitate to contact me via email or 301-985-1898.    

Azalea Classic

Join the UPES community for some fun and fitness at this year's Azalea Classic on Saturday, April 8th! The University Park Azalea Classic includes three races: 1K, 1-Mile and 5K. Our students have been hard at work training for the race in their UPES gym class so make sure to let your student have their chance to shine by joining their peers at the Azalea Classic! All proceeds from the event benefit the kids at UPES. The Northwestern High School Marching Band plays before the race and there is a great DJ and dancing on the basketball court after the race! Find out more or register at Events start at 8:30 a.m. at UPES (corner of Queens Chapel Road and Underwood Street in UP). Questions? Contact Race Director Sara Nelkin at

Reading Events

Monday, February 27, 2017

Reading Pledge (Students pledge to read.)

National African American Read In (Adults read books or poems written by African Americans to students.)                                                                                                                                         

Hats off to Reading (Wear a hat to school.)

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Crazy About Books Day (Wear crazy clothes: mismatched outfits, clothes worn inside out, etc…)

National African American Read In (Adults read books or poems written by African Americans to students.)

Wednesday, March 1, 2017                                                                                                                                  

Reading is Cool Day (Wear sunglasses.)

Literary Extravaganza Projects (Due Date )

Thursday, March 2, 2017

K-2 Dr. Seuss Breakfast

Reading Feeds Your Brain Day (Bring a healthy snack to eat while reading a book.)

Friday, March 3, 2017

Read for Success (Wear college apparel or the colors of a university that you want to attend.)

Science Bowl

The Science Bowl Team had a big win over Woodridge ES February 14, 2017--They advanced to the next round, then lost a very close match to Mt. Rainier ES. The team played hard and Mr. Favero is very proud! Congratulations to our Science Bowl Team members: Mia Helfrich, Julia Beckman, Oliver Stephen,Catherine Tornquist, Kazumi Hagg, Emmanuel Imo, Hannah Janzen and Kai Howarth.

Student Based Budget

Please use the link below to provide input regarding budget priorities for SY 2017-2018.  Those families who receive hardcopies of the newsletter should return the paper survey to the front office by March 10, 2017..   The actual community budget meeting has not been scheduled as I don’t have a date as to when the budget will be available.  Once our school budget has been  released, the community will be notified to attend  the meeting. The link will be available to all community members until March 10, 2017.

Specialty Program Lottery Deadlines

Specialty Programs Lottery applications are due Tuesday, March 13 by 5 p.m. For more information, contact the Department of Pupil Accounting & School Boundaries at 301-952-6300.



The Yearbook Committee needs your help!  Please send any pictures that you have of school events such as Fall Fest, Halloween Parade, Family Gym Night, etc if you’d like them in our school yearbook.  All pictures and/or questions should be emailed to  to Ms. Coon at  Also, please submit all Yearbook Forms (attached) to Ms. Alyse Sanders, Parent Engagement Assistant.

PTA Corner

We are so excited for the upcoming Silent Auction to support University Park Elementary School!  Join us for a wonderful free night with free food, free libations, and free live music!  All friends, neighbors, family, supporters, community members are invited and need no tickets or RSVP. Come as you are. Adults only!

Saturday March 4th 5-8PM UPES will hold our Silent Auction at Wallace Presbyterian Church. On the corner of 193 and Metzerott Road.

Not only do you get to hang out with our amazing families, teachers and other community members - but you have the opportunity to bid on some great items.  Over 200 items for sale of all prices and types. Hotels, professional sporting events, birthday parties, kids camps and activities, tons of restaurants, wine tastings, services, meals and more. There is something for everyone and 100% of the money goes to the University Park Elementary PTA. These monies help support vital PTA programs such as instructional support, scholarships for after school enrichment classes, and teacher support.

All are welcome, we hope you will join us!!  Here is a little peek into some of our really cool items:

  • Summer Camps and Kids Activities Galore:  Impulse City Summer Camp, DeMatha Sports Camps, ArtWorks, Gymkhana, Lacrosse, LUP Soccer, Learn to Ski or Snowboard @ Liberty Mountain, Music lessons, and many more.

  • Music and Arts: Tickets to Studio Theater, Imagination Stage, Wolly Mammoth, Strathmore, and Arena Stage.

  • For Sports Fans:  Nationals Package (valued at $2,000), tickets for Capitals, Wizards, and Redskins games.

  • Wonderful Experiences with UPES Teachers:  Bowling and lunch, manicures, obstacle course after school birthday celebration, trip to Franklin's for ice cream and shopping.

Treat yourself with yoga, restaurants, winery trips, a night at the National Harbor and more.  Don't miss out!

UPES PTA After-School Enrichment Classes—Sign Up Now!

Classes start the week of March 6th and March 13th

Our popular UPES PTA enrichment classes are back for the spring semester....and we've got something fun for everyone!

• Ceramics • Chess • Coding for Kids • Golf • Tennis • Lego STEM • Let's Pretend • Sock Monkey Crafts • Printmaking • Quidditch

Enrichment class forms went out in backpacks last Friday. If your child's form mysteriously didn't make it home, email and we'll send you a new one. Please turn in completed forms to the After-School Enrichment box in the main office by Thursday, March 2nd. Thanks!

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, March 15-PTA Meeting, 6:00 p.m.

Monday, March 27-School closed for students, Grading and Planning Day

Saturday, April 8-Azalea Classic

Thursday, April 13-Honor Roll Assemblies, 2-3, 8:15 a.m., 4-6. 9:00 a.m.

Friday, April 14-Friday, April 21-Spring Break


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