This Week at the Park

University Park Elementary School News-December 19th, 2023

Happy Holidays!

UPark Families,

On behalf of the staff at University Park Elementary, we want to wish every one of you a wonderful holiday season and a restful winter break. Please note that this week, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, are early release days. Dismissal will be at 2:00 PM. The last day before break is Wednesday, December 21st. Our front office will be closed during break and we look forward to welcoming back our students on January 5th!

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Important Upcoming Dates

Monday, December 19th

Early Dismissal @ 2:00 PM

Winter Concert @ 5:30 PM in Cafeteria

Tuesday, December 20th

Early Dismissal @ 2:00 PM

Wednesday, December 21st

Early Dismissal @ 2:00 PM

Looking ahead...

December 22nd-January 4th: Winter Break

January 5th: Students Return

January 6th: Regular 3:15 pm Dismissal Day (Hurricane Ian Make-up)

January 10th and 11th: VPK-2nd Grade STAR

January 11th: End of 1st Semester

January 12th: 2nd Semester/3rd 9 Weeks Begin

January 13th: Early Dismissal @ 2:00 pm

January 16th: Martin Luther King Day, No School

January 17th: 3rd-6th Grade FAST PM2

January 18th: 3rd-6th Grade FAST PM2

January 19th: Report Cards Sent Home and Published in FOCUS

VPK through 6th Grade: STAR and FAST Test Coming Up!

Parents, please be on the look out for a letter to be sent home on Wednesday this week!

VPK-2nd Grade will take the mid-year STAR assessment on Tuesday, January 10th, and Wednesday, January 11th.

3rd-6th Grade will take the mid-year FAST assessment on Tuesday, January 17th, and Wednesday, January 18th.

Important Information:

1. Students arrive at school by 7:45 am. The test starts first thing in the morning.

2. Students should eat a good breakfast, either at school or at home. School breakfast is served from 7:15 am-7:45 am. Students should be in class at 7:45 am.

3. Cell phones and smart watches will be collected during the test as students cannot have cell phones or smart watches on them or anywhere near them.

4. Please encourage your student to do his/her best. They took this test at the beginning of the school year, will take it in January to see how much the students have learned, and will take it again in May. This test replaces the Florida State Assessment (FSA).

Parents will receive a parent report of their student's results within 10 days of the student completing the test.

FAST (3rd-6th) parent resources and a practice test can be found by selecting the link below.

Students & Families

General information and resources about the Florida Assessment of Student Thinking (FAST). The FAST is administered to students in grades VPK-2 and 3-10. Select the appropriate card to the right to view sample test items for VPK-2 or to take a sample test for Grades 3-10.

Kindergarten had fun playing in "snow" in art this week!

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