Newsletter Wednesday March 15 2017

University Park Elementary School

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March 15, 2017

Message from Ms. Davis

The Dr. Seuss Celebration was a wonderful event for students, parents, and community members.  Students enjoyed the sing-a-long; listening to Dr. Seuss stories, and of course the green eggs and ham breakfast.  While I was not brave enough to try the green eggs and ham, Ms. Martin tried them for the first time in 8 years at the insistence of Mr. Zahren from Newsbreak.  Thank you to Ms. Martin for chairing this committee as well as all of those staff members who helped in large and small ways.  Thank you to the PTA and The Silent Auction Committee for a phenomenal Silent Auction.  This year’s event hosted a large number of members from the community as well as teachers and current families. If you missed the event this year, we hope to see you next year as I’m sure the event will be even bigger and better than this year.    The next Eagle Newsletter will come home with students April 5, 2017.  If you need anything between now and then don’t hesitate to contact me via email or 301-985-1898.    

Azalea Classic

Run or Walk the University Park Azalea Classic April 8!

The University Park Azalea Classic is a family-friendly event with fun for everyone. Registration includes: raffle entry for great prizes, high-quality colorful T-shirt with a custom design, medals for all kids participating in the 1K and 1M races, and certificates for winners of each age/gender category. We finish up with a DJ and prizes at our post-race party.  Find out more at Pick up a UPES student registration form at the front office, or email the Race Director at:  for a form or questions.

Career Day

We are proud to host our annual parent and community Career Day at University Park Elementary!   We are currently in need of Career Day participants in various occupations to volunteer to speak with students about their careers. Our Career Day will be held May 19th from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Career Day is for all students in grades K-6. You do not have to stay the whole day. Just let us know what hours work for you. Each session is for 30 minutes.


The format of the event is not formal, and you do not have to prepare a speech. However, feel free to come dressed up in uniform! It is also optional to bring items to give away to the students, but if you choose to bring in anything, please contact us so that we can provide you with a number. We strongly suggest handouts for the students with information about your career.

In Order to be a presenter: you MUST complete the commercial background Check beforehand.  Here is the link: then, click on “complete and pay for commercial background application.”


We look forward to you participating in this fun event. Please contact Alyse Sanders (  or Ms. Neff ( )  

Destination Imagination

Thank you to Jodi Cohen and James Booker for sponsoring our Destination Imagination team this  year. The UPES team of Me’lana Bell, Hadassah Bolden, Kaia Booker, Jackson Fassler, Eli Puro,  and Caroline Tornquist won  at the regional tournament on March 4 at Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. HS  The team is going to state finals next month. Come cheer on our winning team at UMBC on April 1.  For more information, go to

Parent Engagement Corner:

Thank you to all the parents who attended our Workshop last Thursday, the 8th of March.  Parents learned about the free classes offered by Prince George’s Community College, the many medical services offered by Mary’s Center, and the many summer camps and activities that Prince George’s Parks and Rec have to offer our students this summer.  I have placed some information about these activities in our front office.  

Thank you also to our parents who have registered to receive text alerts about upcoming activities, emergencies, and community events on WhatsApp.  If you have not signed up and would like to, I have attached the form to this newsletter.  Just send it in with your student or bring it to the front office.

As you know, Career Day is approaching, and I am looking for presenters for our K-3rd graders.  Please fill out the attached form if you or someone you know would like to help inspire our future leaders!  You MUST complete the commercial background Check beforehand.  Here is the link: then, click on “complete and pay for commercial background application.”

If you have any questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to email me at:

PTA Corner

Thank you to entire school community for the support of our Silent Auction. We are thrilled to announce that the event raised over $20,000 for UPES PTA. Those are dollars to support our school, teachers and children. A special thanks to our auction chair Linda Moghadam for leading the event. What a wonderful night it was for the community.

The PTA was able to give over $7,000 in Teacher Enrichment Grants for teacher needs. Teachers were able to apply for money for items that would enrich their classroom and the PTA was able to grant 100% of the requests.

Special thanks to Molly Maclaren for organizing all of this year’s after school classes. These classes bring enrichment opportunities to our children after school with so much to choose from to feed their curious minds. It take a tremendous amount of coordination and organization so thank you to Molly.

Upcoming Events

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

Saturday, April 8-Azalea Classic

Wednesday, April 12-UPES Art Show-6:00 p.m.

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

Thursday, April 27-Academic Night-6:00 p.m.

Friday, April 28-Enviro Drum Assembly, 8:15 a.m. and 9:15 a.m.

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