Newsletter Wednesday October 4 2017

University Park Elementary School

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October 4, 2017

Message from Ms. Davis

As many of you know, Hispanic Heritage month is celebrated from September 15th to October 15th, and UPES has been participating in many ways. We are also learning a new Spanish word of the day on our morning announcements.  Ask your children what Spanish words they’ve learned so far!  Ms. Lynham, our art teacher, has been hard at work preparing banners with each grade that reflect cultures from different Hispanic Countries, and these will be displayed at our Hispanic Heritage Night on Thursday, October 12th from 6-8pm.  We will also be entertained by the wonderful group from Puerto Rico, “Cultura Plenera” who are sure to have us dancing the night away!  Please bring a dish to share, just fill out the attached form to let us know what you will be bringing so that we can make a sign for you.  This is a very special evening of celebration, but we will also support our friends in Mexico and Puerto Rico with your spare change, which we will be collecting for our “Make Change Happen” Campaign.

October 12th is also Fall Picture Day, so make sure your students put on their best smile! We have been taking orders for UPES Spirit T-Shirts, and this Friday is the last day to order one.  We will all wear our t-shirts on Spirit Day, November 3rd.  The next Eagle Newsletter will come home with students October 18, 2017.  If you need anything between now and then, please contact me at 301-985-1898 or  


On Thursday, September 28th, sixth grade artwork was displayed at the grand opening celebration for Holiday Inn Express in College Park. Baywood Hotels donated canvases and paint toward the effort. Students were given three days to complete the artwork and were challenged to create a landscape containing a foreground, middleground, and background. Students whose artwork was on display were: Kaia Booker, Marissa Brown, Teaonna Cobbs, Samir Danish, Riley Humphress, Juan Ruiz, Grecia Saenz, A.J. Trouba, Yeilin Ventura, and Briana Zavala Hernandez. Baywood Hotels also made a financial contribution to the school.

Community Builders Upcoming Events

Our goal as a school community is to help those in our local, national and international communities that are less fortunate. We see the entire student body as community builders; every positive effort helps to make a difference.

The representatives bring ideas from each class to the meetings and then we decide on what initiatives to pursue as a school of community builders. This fall we have several upcoming events that we wanted to share:

October 16-19 we will host the “Food Collection Smackdown.” The food collected goes to help students and families in our local community. We work with the “Help By Phone” Food Bank at the University Baptist Church. Students are encouraged to bring donations to support their class goal. Any new items with current “sell by dates” are accepted. Think of what you would like to have to eat and bring that! This year we are having a NFL competition. Bring food and show your team spirit.

November 16 will be Family Movie Night in the gym. All are welcome. Bring you dinner and eat here - along with some snacks to share and your own filled water bottle. Movie begins promptly at 6:00pm! See you there!

We will make holiday cards during December for nursing home patients, shut-ins and those living in the homeless shelters in the area. Last year we delivered over 500 cards to people in the area. Let’s continue this tradition of letting people know that we care! (If you want to make cards at home to bring in, please sign it as “UPES Student or Family.”)  Thank you.

With a grateful heart,

Christy Neff, Community Builders Faculty Sponsor

Destination Imagination

Do you want your child to engage in something that allows him/her to be very creative and empowers him/her to use skills needed to succeed in an ever-changing world? Well, Destination Imagination might be the thing for them! If you think your child would be interested in joining the UPES Destination Imagination team, you and your child can come to a Destination Imagination information session in Mr. Booker's room on Wednesday, October 4 at 4:30 pm to learn more.   If you think your child is interested or you are interested in running a team, but you won't be able to attend the information session, please contact Mr. Booker via email ( We look forward to seeing you there!


UPES Destination Imagination Team

Halloween Festivities

  • Our Halloween parade and Sing-a-long will take place  Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 12:00 p.m.

  • The Sing-a-long for grades Pre-K, 2, 4, and 6 will start at 12:30 in the gym, and at 1:00 p.m. for grades K, 1, 3, and 5. When the students are not at the Sing-a-long, they will enjoy  a Halloween party in their classrooms. For the Halloween celebration, please encourage students to  bring his/her costume in a bag for the afternoon – we will have a regular academic morning. For the afternoon, the students' costumes should be appropriate and not too scary or violent. Props that are weapons are not allowed.

  • We are in need of costumes for students, any donations would be greatly appreciated. Please send all donated costumes to the front office.

  • It is also important that families follow PGCPS Administrative Procedure 01160 when providing refreshments for the Halloween  celebration.  “In order to protect the health of all students and avoid the risk of foodborne illness, allergic reaction or food intolerance, only foods that are pre-packaged with a label; from a licensed commercial vendor and sources; whole fresh fruits and vegetables; and, or prepared by Nutrition Services will be allowed to be served to students.”

PBIS Celebrations

On Thursday, September 28th students at University Park who  met or exceeded behavior expectations participated in our first club day! Students were able to choose a club to be a part of including, but not limited to: Karaoke Club, Let's Dance Club, Board Games Club, and many more!  Please encourage your child to share what behaviors they demonstrated that helped them be able to participate in Club Day!

Required Training for Volunteers (new)

The Communications Office has established a link to the required training modules on SafeSchools for volunteers and contractors to access.  

  • All new and former volunteers, except one-time event volunteers, are required to complete the assigned SafeSchools training modules prior to volunteering during the 2017-2018 school year.


  • Three modules have been assigned to volunteers to complete.   

    • PGCPS Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect

    • PGCPS Student Safety Procedural Changes

    • Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Prevention  


  • Directions for accessing the link are below:

    • Click on the Student Safety tab at the bottom of the home page on PGCPS’ website.

    • Click on Required Training for Volunteers and Contractors.You will then see three tabs – Volunteers, Student Contractors, and Non-student Contractors.  

    • Parents should click on the tab that applies to their  status and complete the registration information. Upon registration into SafeSchools, a screen will appear that lists the required training module(s).

TAG Committee

The TAG Committee needs your help!  We would like to partner with parents in order to plan activities and make decisions that will enhance our TAG program. We are very fortunate to already have 2 dedicated volunteers to serve on our committee. We are currently looking for 2 additional parents to help us meet the unique needs of our advanced learners. Please contact Mrs. Davis if you would like to join our TAG Committee.

Upcoming Events

Friday, October 6-Last day to order t-shirts

Thursday, October 12 - Fall Picture Day

Thursday, October 12--Hispanic Heritage Night, 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 18-PTA Meeting, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 19-Fall Fest grades Pre-K-1

Friday, October 20-Professional Development Day, No school for students

Thursday, October 26-PBIS Celebrations

Monday, October 30-11:55 a.m. early dismissal for students

Tuesday, October 31-Halloween Parade and Parties from 12:00-1:30 p.m.

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