University Elementary

April News

Principal's Message

Dear University Elementary Families,

I hope this newsletter finds everyone healthy and settling into our new reality with distance learning and a shelter in place order. I have held off with this newsletter due to ever changing news but I do believe the time has come. It is clear that our schools will be closed until we open for the 2020-2021 school year. That said, school is in session as you know and you are the person to make sure your student logs into their classroom and does their work. I am proud to report that most of our students are working daily and turning in their work. Good job parents and caregivers! If you are a parent that is struggling please reach out to us, we are here to support you.

Both the District and myself will be holding restorative circles this month and next to support parents in this new role. A restorative circle is basically a place to share how you are feeling, receive emotional validation and support, and connect with other parents sharing the same experience.

Once the shelter in place orders are released we will be contacting families in order that arrangements can be made to pick up student belongings that are in the classroom, clothing in our lost and found, and yearbooks for those that have ordered them.

Below, you will find some photos of some of our teachers as they work to provide distance learning. It warms my heart to see them working away and I hope that you too will enjoy this little window of them at work.

We are all in this together,

Charlotte Straub

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Monthly Lifeskill: Resourcefulness

1) The ability to find and use available resources to achieve an outcome or goal.

2) The ability to creatively solve unusual problems.

Students Recognized for Exemplary Demonstration of the Lifeskill of Curiosity

Congratulations to Nico Angel, Katherine Aguilera Zamudio,Timmy Manchester, Ayden Jones, Isabella Franco, Zacarias Cardenas, Violet Keane, Ryder Streb, Skyrin Goodpaster, Cailyn Carley, Maxim Gutierrez Magana, Wyatt Johnson, River Shock, Olivia Walters, Liam McAllister, Evie Levindofske, and Marcandre Da Silva for exercising exemplary curiosity.


PTA is looking to recruit volunteers to run for a variety of positions both elected and appointed. The main board positions are President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. We have interested parties for all positions except for Treasurer. There are also smaller roles that are appointed. Please contact Jen Greider at or email me at, if you are interested in running for any elected position or you are interested in a smaller role. We can give you an understanding of what it involves. Our PTA is amazing! That said, we are always looking for parents to become more involved in having a say in what we plan and assisting in the implementation of events. We will nominate at our virtual meeting on Thursday, April 16th. We will hold our last PTA meeting for the year on Thursday, May 7th. Voting will be held and we will approve the budget for the 2020-2021 school year. We must have a minimum of eleven voting PTA members to hold this election. Please join us for these virtual meeting so that we can complete our work for this school year. Information will be emailed to all PTA members with a link to join the meeting.

UPCOMING DATES - All meetings will be held virtually with links sent out the day of the meeting.

Friday, April 10th: 2nd Cup of Coffee with Mrs. Straub @ 8:30am

Wednesday, April 15th: District run Restorative Circles 9:00-10:30am & 7:00-8:30pm

Thursday, April 16th: Virtual PTA Meeting at 6:30pm

Thursday, May 7th: PTA Meeting at 6:30pm (Election and 2020-2021 Budget approval)

Monday, May 25th: Memorial Day - No Distance Learning this day

Friday, May 29th: Last day of school