Newsletter Wednesday June 7 2017

University Park Elementary School

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June 7, 2017

Message from Ms. Davis

Thank you to our UPES community for an outstanding year! Thank you to our fabulous PTA for their support in all things  large and  small.   Thank you to everyone who came out  to support Ms. Ferguson and the cast and crew of the Lion King Jr.  The show was absolutely phenomenal and I remain in awe of our  talented students.  A huge thank you to Nancy Ross and the PTA  for answering our SOS and purchasing new microphones for the show.  The new microphones made a world of difference during the Friday and Saturday night performances.  Thank you to Krista Atteberry and Sarah Treado for washing the costumes in between performances.  As someone who does not enjoy doing laundry, I appreciate your willingness to take on this task for us.   As we bring the 2016-2017 school year to a close, I must say I am truly honored to be the principal of UPES and thank you for a great third year.  Have a safe and wonderful summer!!   


Be Kind to Animals Poster Contest

Congratulations to second grader Katie Brown who won First Place in the "Be Kind to Animals" poster contest.  The contest is sponsored by the Prince George's County Department of Environmental Management Division. The contest was open to all elementary students in Prince George's County. On May 11th Katie attended the awards ceremony and was honored along with twenty-two other first, second, and third place winners.

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Clap Out

Please join us as we celebrate the promotion of our sixth grade students on  Friday, June 9, 2017, 11:40 a.m.  The entire school will line our hallways and applaud our sixth graders as they process through the building in celebration of their accomplishment and the end of their elementary years.  This will be a lovely event and we encourage all members of the UPES Family to attend our third annual Clap Out.  There won’t be a dry eye in the house!!


Class Placement Letters

Students at UPES are grouped instructionally using county and school benchmarks to guide student placement. Classes will not be made until all instructional information is received at the end of the year.  Therefore, parents will receive class placement letters by August 26, 2017.  I am respectfully requesting that parents refrain from contacting the school prior to this date.  Finally, request for specific teachers cannot be guaranteed as all teachers have the capacity to instruct students at high levels.  



We have 3 staff members who aren’t returning to UPES next year.  Ms. Conrad, Ms. Rolon,  and Mr. Fernando  are not returning to UPES next year.  While we are sad to see them leave, we wish them well on their future endeavors.  Please read the latest  farewell notes from Ms. Conrad, Ms. Rolon,  and Mr. Fernando.


Juleanne Conrad

Dear University Park Elementary Community,

I would like to inform the community that, while I will be staying in the Hyattsville area, I will not be returning to teach at University Park Elementary next year. After three years of splitting my time between University Park and Hyattsville Elementary School, I have been given the opportunity to work as the full time music teacher at Hyattsville Elementary.

I want you all to know that It has been an absolute joy getting to know the students, parents and staff of University Park Elementary. This active, friendly and involved community is truly unique, and for that I am so grateful. Thank you for the wonderful opportunities you have given me as a teacher, and for being so welcoming right from the start of my teaching career.  

I will hopefully see you from time to time as I plan to continue supporting the extracurricular activities at University Park Elementary.  I hope you enjoy the rest of the school year and have a wonderful summer!

All the best,

Juleanne Conrad






Alan Fernando

I will be resigning my position as Special Education Resource Teacher at University Park Elementary School next school year.  I have been offered an exciting leadership position with another school in the Prince George’s County Public School System which will allow me to utilize  the skills I obtained as a recent recipient of a Master’s Degree in  Education  with a concentration in Integrated Curriculum coupled with my career goals.


I have cherished my time at UPES, and I am grateful to my esteemed colleagues for all the support and encouragement I have received this past year. As such, my resignation does come without a great deal of contemplation. I am saddened to be leaving for I will miss my students and co-teachers, and the wonderful UPES community. Yet, I am eager for the future opportunities my new position holds.


I would like to thank you for allowing me the pleasure of working with your children. I would also like to thank Principal Toi Davis, Assistant Principal, Dr. Massa Freeman, Special Education Chair, Adam Thompson, and all of the faculty and staff at UPES. I wish each of you every success in the future.


Sincerely yours,

Alan Fernando, MA Ed Sped


Nadia Rolon

 The first time I came to UPES was back in 2007 when I came to visit my niece in her Kindergarten classroom. I instantly fell in love with the school, and left telling my husband that one day I would teach here. Three years later I was here teaching Pre-K.

   Today, I will be leaving UPES with a saddened heart. We have decided to move to Florida to be closer to our family after being away on our own for seven long years. These last seven years UPES has been my home away from home. I am very happy for this new chapter in my life, but also feel sadness in my heart for leaving such a wonderful place that has been so dear to my heart. I would like to thank all the families, administrators and teachers of UPES for your help and kindness throughout the years.  I would like to thank my students, who have taught me more than I have taught them. Thank you for making my days happy and letting me teach you. I will always have my UPES family in my heart.


Fidget Spinners

Many of you may have noticed your children asking for the newest toy, fidget spinners. These are now so ubiquitous that several news organizations have written articles about the phenomenon.  Here at UPES, we have not been immune to this trend.


Our teachers have noticed that in spite of what may be a potential benefit of this toy, in general, fidget spinners have become a distracting force in our classrooms.  In addition to the distraction they cause during instruction, fidget spinners have also become a source of peer conflicts between students.


As a result, UPES will no longer allow fidget spinners to be brought to school.  We ask for your cooperation in ensuring that our students continue to make strides academically and socially here at school by leaving fidget spinners at home.

Stem Fair Winners

Elementary County Fair


Cory Schmidt - 3rd place in Math


Sophia Beacraft - 1st in Plant Science


Kaia Booker - received honorable mention in Chemistry


Julia Garcia - 3rd in Physics and Astronomy


Alena Backmann - 1st in Physics and Astronomy.  Alena won the Special Recognition in Physics and Astronomy: Students in grades 3, 4, or 5 whose projects reflect work worthy of Special Recognition in Physics and Astronomy are awarded a certificate and accompanying prize.


Nathan Widman- received 1st place in Chemical and Physical. Nathan won the PGCPS Science Supervisor's Award. The definition of that award is: A plaque and prize package will be awarded to an outstanding student whose project reflects excellent work integrating science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.


Middle School and High School STEM County Fair Winners


Also, congratulations to Julia Beckman for winning several awards at this years PGCPS Junior County STEM fair. We are so proud of you!  Those awards include:


Discovery Education: Top STEM Award

STEM Specialty Award

Best Presentation Award

First place in the category of Systems Software

Broadcom Masters Award

Outstanding Engineer Award.


Summer Hours

Beginning Monday, June 19, 2017- August 4, 2017, the front office will be open Monday-Thursday from 7:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.


Summer School Programs and Activities

Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) Summer Programs offer students opportunities for acceleration, enrichment, credit recovery, or original credit.   This 2017 Summer Programs Guide is available at Information in this publication may change after printing and posting. For more details, please consult with your school counselor or contact the Summer Programs Office by phone at 301-808-1124 or email at or  Use this 2017 Summer Programs Guide to review the available options and learn how to apply. Program availability will depend on enrollment. Space is limited – apply early!


Summer Reading

As the school year winds down, and the summer heats up,  Ms. Jackson at the Hyattsville branch library wants you to know about summer reading programs!


Spanish-English Ready 2 Read Storytime: Ages 3-5

Saturdays: 11:00am - 11:30am

Ready 2 Read Storytime: Ages 2-3

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 11: 10:30am - 11:00am

Ready 2 Read Storytime: Ages 3-5

Wednesdays,   10:30am - 11:00am

Wednesdays, July 12: 7:00pm - 7:30pm

Kids Achieve Club

Wednesday, July 12: 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Age group:  Elementary (5-12 yrs)

Event type:   Homework Help

Sneaks Summer Reading Program

Fridays: 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Age group:  Elementary (5-12 yrs)

Event type:   Boys/Girls Read


Chess/Checkers Club

Saturday, June 24: 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Saturday, July 08: 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Saturday, July 22: 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Saturday, August 12: 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Saturday, August 26: 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Age group:  Teen (13-18 yrs), Elementary (5-12 yrs), Adults

Event type:   Chess/Games/Gaming

STEM-tastic : Who needs glue?

Saturday, July 22: 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Age group:  Elementary (5-12 yrs)

Event type:   STEM


We love all of our families and hate to see them leave but we recognize change is a part of life.  If you have a child in Pre-K-5 and your child will not return to UPES next year, please contact Ms. Cowherd so that she can prepare the proper paperwork to withdraw your child from UPES.


PTA Corner

As we close out the year please let us know if you would like to get involved with PTA next school year.  No amount of help is to small, not time too little.  There are one day jobs, weekly jobs, jobs for creative people, jobs for logical people, jobs for moms, dads, aunties, grandpas, grandmas, jobs in Fall, Winter and Spring, jobs with money, events, planning, paper, flowers…WE HAVE IT ALL.  JOIN US.  Many hands make UPES the special school it is.  Email


Upcoming Events

Friday, June 9:  Clap Out, 11:40 a.m., 2 Hour Early Dismissal, 11:55 a.m.

Monday, June 12:  2 Hour Early Dismissal, 11:55 a.m.

Tuesday, June 13:  Last Day for teachers and students, 2 Hour Early Dismissal, 11:55 a.m.

Thursday, June 29:  4th Quarter Report Cards Released via mail

Thursday, August 31:  Systemic Orientation Day for Pre-K and Kindergarten students

Wednesday, September 6:  First Day of School for all students

Thursday, September 14:  Back to School Night-6:00 p.m. ( tentative)



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