Newsletter Wednesday February 21 2018

University Park Elementary School

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February 21, 2018

Message from Ms. Davis

Great things are happening at UPES!  Ms. Labovitz and the Social Studies Committee have hosted a number of exciting  activities and events in honor of Black History Month. Yesterday and today, each class had the opportunity to experience a Moveable Museum of  Black History Artifacts.   Last night, families enjoyed our Black History Program which featured musical selections from our UP Choir, a performance of “Harriet Tubman, The Chosen One” by Gwendolyn Strand, and a student created wax museum.  We also had number of teachers and grade levels compete in a Door Decorating Contest.  Congratulations to Ms. Jones, Ms. Barcarse, Ms. Nell, and Ms. Coon who were the overall winners for the Door Decorating Contest.   Lastly, thank you to all of the parents who contributed in large and small ways to make the Valentine’s Day parties a success.  The next Eagle Newsletter will come home with students March 7, 2018.  If you need anything between now and then don’t hesitate to contact me via email or 301-985-1898.    

Art Show

We are excited to announce that the county art show will be in 2 separate venues this year. The North County Exhibit, in which University Park's artwork will be displayed, will be at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in the Grand Pavilion. The art show will be open to the public from February 26 - March 1, 2018. There will be a reception on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Grand Pavilion. Due to the smaller venue, only 5 student artworks will be selected to be featured in the show. Ms. Lynham will make these selections and notify families by the end of this week.

North County Exhibit:

North County-- Central Ave -- North

North Districts are: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

Location: The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Grand Pavilion

8270 Alumni Dr. University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742

Hang the work: February 26 from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Take down the work: March 2 from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Show is open to the public: February 26 – March 1, 2018

Reception Date: Wednesday, February 28 2018,  6:30-8:00 p.m., Grand Pavilion

Read Across America

To celebrate Read Across America this March, Pre-K through Second grade will host the Annual Dr. Seuss Green Eggs & Ham Breakfast. We are excited to sing songs from Seussical the Musical, while enjoying a plate of green eggs and ham. Volunteers and staff will dress as their favorite Seuss characters and hopefully hear a story from a Cat in a Hat! Join in the fun the morning of March 2nd by volunteering to cook or serve breakfast.

Peter Pan Jr. Musical

University Park's 49th musical production will take place earlier than usual this year! The show dates are as follows:

March 23 @ 7:00 pm in the University Park gymnasium

March 24 @ 4:00 pm in the University Park gymnasium

March 24 @ 7:00 pm in the University Park gymnasium

Tickets and t-shirts will be available to the public from March 5 - March 22 on a first come, first served basis.

Tickets purchased between March 5th and 22nd will be $7.00 per person. Tickets purchased at the door on March 23rd or 24th will have an increased rate of $10.00 per person.

Start talking to your friends and family today so that you're ready to reserve your seats and t-shirts as soon as possible! All proceeds benefit the University Park music department.

Off to Neverland we go!

Safety Drills

We will conduct monthly fire drills and quarterly lockdown drills to prepare for emergencies. Our last Lockdown Drill February 12, 2018, highlighted the fact that we need to practice the drills more than quarterly with students.  Therefore, teachers and students  will review the expectations and we will practice at varying times of the day to ensure student and staff know what to do in the event of a Lockdown.   

Sign up NOW for the UPES PTA’s After-School Enrichment Classes!
The UPES PTA’s After-School Enrichment Class forms are attached to this newsletter, and we will have plenty available in the main office. Be on the lookout! Registration forms are due Monday, February 26th by 7 p.m. This year, an electronic response form will be available, so if you can, please sign up online at

And remember, scholarships are available!

About ASE: This semester, our students will have lots of opportunities to explore a fun range of activities—from dance and coding, to Ultimate Frisbee, art and even cooking! Classes meet once a week directly after school (with the exception of some B&A classes) and run for eight weeks. Not only are these classes a ton of fun for the kids, they’re also an important fundraiser for our PTA.

Have questions? Want to volunteer to help out with ASE? Email or call Molly MacLaren at 757.810.0286.

Student Based Budgeting (SBB)

Student Based Budgeting (SBB) distributes funding to schools based on students’ needs and characteristics. With SBB, schools and communities have a clearer understanding of how and why dollars are being allocated.  SBB differs from a  traditional funding system that allocates resources to schools based on staffing formulas and school-specific programs.  Schools are funded per child, and the amount of funding attached to each child will vary based on his or her needs.  Furthermore, schools also have more flexibility in deciding what to do with those resources.

The Student Based Budget is scheduled to be released to schools March 2, 2018.  Therefore, we will hold our Community Meeting March 7, 2018, 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the Media Center to discuss priorities as related to the budget.  There will be no decisions made at the meeting.  If the budget isn’t released March 2nd, we will move  forward with the scheduled meeting due to the quick turnaround time to complete and submit the budget per the PGCPS timeline.  Please click  Student Based Budget (SBB) Priorities SY 2018-2019 to provide input regarding budget priorities for SY 2018-2019.  Those families who receive hardcopies of the newsletter should return the attached paper survey to the front office by March 2, 2018, as the electronic link will be available to all community members until that time.

The link is also available using the tiny url

Upcoming Events

Friday, March 2-Dr. Seuss Breakfast, 8:30-10:00 a.m. Pre-K-2

Wednesday, March 7-School Store

Thursday, March 8-Progress Reports Released

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