Newsletter Wednesday December 20 2017

University Park Elementary School

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December 20, 2017

Message from Ms. Davis

Happy Holidays!  On behalf of the UPES staff, we would like to thank our absolutely generous PTA for a delicious cookie exchange.  The cookie choices were not only plentiful, but also delectable!

There are  two  days before students and staff leave for a well-deserved winter break!  Please be aware that winter vacation begins Friday, December 22nd after dismissal and lasts until January 1st.  School resumes Tuesday, January 2, 2018.  The next newsletter will come home Wednesday, January 17, 2018.  Until then have a joyous and safe holiday!!!

Lost and Found

There are an abundance of items in the Lost and Found in our cafeteria.  Please take a look and collect your lost items before Friday, December 22nd, as they will all be donated at the end of the day.

Science Fair Backboards

The Science Fair Backboards are free for students in grades 3-6 this year.  If your child hasn’t already done so, please complete the form indicating the specific color needed and return the form to Ms.Sanders in the front office.  All order forms are due by December 22, 2017.

Specialty Open House

Please join us for our Specialty Programs Open House on February 8, 2018 from 2:30 to 4:00 at University Park Elementary School. Come and find out about our rigorous yet exciting ESOL, Special Education, and Talented and Gifted programs that we offer. You will have the opportunity to interact with our staff for a question and answer session after each presentation.

Stem Challenge Supplies Needed

We are asking families to help with providing supplies for our January STEM Challenge. Each classroom teacher in grades Pre-K-6 will need the materials below. We aren’t  asking families to purchase items but we’re hopeful that you have many of these household items already.  Please see your child’s teacher for the exact amount  of each item that is needed.  Lastly, check out the STEM Bulletin Board outside of the Blue Wing to see our grade 1 students completing November’s STEM Challenge.

  • Cardboard

  • Toilet Paper Tube

  • Paper Towel Tube

  • Paper Plates

  • Paper

  • Pipe Cleaners

  • Straws

  • Aluminum Foil

  • Craft Stick

  • Wax Paper

  • Tape

Stem Fair Judges Needed

Please contact Alexia Roy at  by January 24, 2018 if you’re interested in being a STEM Fair Judge January 30, 2017, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Winter Break Packets

The winter packets are designed to reinforce learning and can be helpful to our students as they prepare for upcoming assessments.  Although the packets are optional,  we  ask that you encourage your child(ren) to complete them while on winter break.  Please note that teachers may assign the winter packets for extra credit, if the child wishes to participate.  The winter break packets are available online for all interested families. Please use the link below to access the winter packet for your child(ren) or access the link via our school’s website.

Free Books!

In 1995, Dolly Parton launched an exciting new effort, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, to benefit the children of her home county in East Tennessee, USA. Dolly’s vision was to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families. The new program gave each child a specially selected book each month. By mailing high quality, age appropriate books directly to their homes, Dolly wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she could insure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income.

The first book order in 1995 totaled just over 1,700. Today, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library sends more than one million books per month to children around the world inspiring them to Dream More, Learn More, Care More and Be More.

How It Works:

Each month, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library mails a high quality, age appropriate book to all registered children, addressed to them, at no cost to the child’s family. Countless parents have shared how excited their child is when their new book arrives each month. Many groups and individuals work hard behind the scenes to make that special moment possible for each child.

If you would like your birth-5 year old child to participate, you can register NOW for free at:

Your child just needs to be 0-5 years of age and a resident of PG County to qualify.  If you need help registering, Please don’t hesitate to call or email me at 301-985-1898 /, and I can get you registered!  Thank you so much to Molly MacLaren, who brought this wonderful program to our attention!

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, January 10-Cyberbullying / Gang Awareness Parent Workshop, coffee and light breakfast provided: 8:00 a.m. Drop off your child at school and join us for this very important workshop!

Monday, January 15-Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday-No school for students and staff

Friday, January 26-Early Release 11:55 a.m., Professional Development Day

Thursday, February 8-Specialty Open House, 2:30-4:00 p.m.

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