This Week at the Park

University Park Elementary News~ Week of August 22nd, 2022

Letter from the Principal

Dear Families;

The excitement of a new school year fills the air with hope. The smell of new school supplies, the feel of new shoes and clothes can bring a lot of joy to a child. Meeting with new and old friends and connecting with teachers adds to the joy. To maintain this excitement and keep the learning at its best, families should:

  • Establish a bedtime and set the alarm with ample time to dress, groom and prepare for the day.
  • Fill those bodies with plenty of healthy food and water. Avoid sugar-filled drinks that do not hydrate the body and brain.
  • Establish a routine with times to read, do homework, study and play.
  • Establish a place that is clear of distractions for studying and homework.
  • Establish positive communication with the adults at the school.

Students’ success is bound to happen when the home and the school work as partners. We look forward to our partnership with you. See you at our Open House on August 25th, from 5:30-7PM.

Your Friendly Principal,

Ana Diaz

Title 1 Open House Night at University Park

Come join us Thursday, August 25th from 5:30-7:00 PM

Kona Ice will be here from 5:00 till 7:00 PM!

This is a wonderful opporuntity to meet your child's teacher and additional faculty and staff.

We hope to see you there!

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Become a Mentor For UPark!

How to Become a Mentor

  • The first step to becoming a Mentor for Brevard Public Schools is to sign up as a volunteer and complete fingerprinting and background check. You will need to complete the Volunteer Application at the link here.

  • After you complete your application AND fingerprinting, please email your name and the date you were fingerprinted by BPS in District Security to: Please note, Fingerprints/background checks can take up to four weeks. Fingerprinting fees have been waived at this time, so there is no cost to you.

  • After your volunteer application is approved, you will want to find a school. You may choose to volunteer at a school near your home, or perhaps a school near work would be more convenient!

  • Once you find a school, call the front office, and ask for the School Mentor Coordinator. That person will be your main point of contact throughout your Mentoring.

  • Complete the Google Form once you have viewed each module.

  • Lastly, give/send the Mentor Agreement to the School Mentor Coordinator (Jackie Small, Guidance Counselor).

Important Reminders for the School Year

  • Regular school attendance is important torwards students' success in school. Please be sure your child is at school daily unless they are sick and return with a doctor's note.
  • Our tardy bell rings at 7:45 am. Please allow extra time in the morning to get to school if your child will be enjoying breakfast in the cafeteria.
  • We cannot accept transportation changes over the phone so please put any changes in writing, signed and dated, and send with the student.

Student Code of Conduct

Please click here to view the current Student Code of Conduct Handbook.

The following is information regarding Student Dress Code:

The following procedures are established to promote discipline, maintain order, secure the safety of students, and provide a healthy environment conducive to academic purposes. These procedures should not be used to replace the specificity that schools currently have in place in their school site dress codes:

  1. Head
    1. No hats, curlers, bandanas, or sunglasses (unless prescribed by a physician) are to be worn in the school building or hallways.
    2. Extreme hair styles or hair colors that create a disruption are prohibited.
  2. Upper Garments
    1. Garments must be of a length and fit that are suitable to the build and stature of the student. The cut of sleeveless garments must not expose undergarments or be otherwise immodest.
    2. Strapless garments are prohibited. Straps of permitted garments must be a minimum of 1 1/2 inches in width. (Tube tops and halter tops are prohibited.)
    3. Necklines of all upper garments must be modest. Low cut necklines are prohibited.
    4. Excessively large or baggy clothes, which may conceal dangerous items or be a safety hazard, shall not be worn.
    5. Upper garments must adequately cover the waistline and must not expose the midriff while the student is performing normal school-related activities (studying, retrieving books, raising hands, etc.).
  3. Lower Garments
    1. Pants shall conform to the build and stature of the student, shall be worn at the waist, and shall not extend below the heel of the shoe in length. Pants shall have no holes or rips. (Tights, spandex, leggings, bike shorts, etc., are not permitted.)
    2. Undergarments shall not be visible. (Sports bras are considered undergarments.)
    3. Dresses and skirts must reach mid thigh or below in length with the waistband of skirts worn at waist level.
    4. Shorts must have clearly discernable inseams of reasonable length and cover the buttocks. Short shorts are prohibited.
    5. Garments must be of a length and fit that are suitable to the build and stature of the student.
  4. Footwear

    Students in K-6 must wear shoes that are safe and appropriate for recess and physical education. Students in grades 7-12 may wear footwear commonly considered as beachwear (for example: flip flops, thongs, etc.) unless a course of instruction requires them to wear safe and appropriate footwear to protect the student from injury, (i.e. athletic shoes in physical education class).
  5. Accessories
    1. Clothing, jewelry, and accessories shall not convey messages that are crude; vulgar/profane; violent/death-oriented; gang related; sexually suggestive; and/or promote alcohol, drugs, or tobacco.
    2. Dog collars, tongue rings, wallet chains, large hair picks, chains that connect one part of the body to another, or other jewelry/accessories that pose a safety concern for the student or others shall be prohibited.

The Superintendent shall develop administrative procedures to implement this policy which:

  1. designate the principal as the arbiter of student dress and grooming in his/her building;
  2. instruct staff members to demonstrate by example and precept wholesome attitudes toward neatness, cleanliness, propriety, modesty, and good sense in attire and appearance;
  3. ensure that all rules implementing this policy impose only minimum and necessary restrictions on the exercise of the student's taste and individuality.

Students who violate the dress code will not be admitted to class and may be suspended from school.

REAXIUM School Bus- Click below for more information on the new bus procedures

UPark thanks TruCare Pediatrics for becoming a new business partner!

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United Way Summer Reading Challenge for Students

If your student completed the United Way Summer Reading Challenge, please send in the completed form by this Thursday, the 25th. We are excited to celebrate the reading our Pandas have done over the summer!
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Important Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, August 24th: Domino's Spirit Night for UPark!

Thursday, August 25th : 5:30-7:00 PM Title 1 Open House Night

Kona Ice 5:00-7:00 PM

Thursday, August 25th: United Way Summer Reading Challenge Due

Monday, August 29th: SAC Meeting 3:45 PM @ UPark

Monday, September 5th: Holiday for All

Thursday, September 15th: Interims Posted