Principal's Message

August 2018

Dear University Park Families,

The entire University Park Staff welcomes you to the 2018-2019 school year!  We are looking forward to seeing familiar faces and welcoming many new families to University Park.  I look forward to my second year as principal and our continued commitment to best instructional practice, including Common Core Standards (CCS), Response to Intervention (RTI) and Positive Behavior and Intervention Support (PBIS) or PRIDE as we call it at University Park. We are confident that we can meet the social, emotional and instructional needs of our students. 

Staff and students will continue to focus on PRIDE behavior, as our school wide behavior support plan. Students will continue to receive recognition from staff, in their classrooms and at Flag Deck for showing PRIDE in all they do. If you are new to University Park, PRIDE represents the behavior expectations for ALL University Park students, Punctual and Prepared, Respectful, Integrity, Dependable, Everyone’s Safe.

Calendar Highlights:

Class and Teacher Assignments posted on Wednesday, August 22 after 4:00 PM.

VERY IMPORTANT – READ CAREFULLY. Unless your child is in the incorrect grade level, assignment changes are not made. I respectfully decline requests for conferences with parents to discuss any changes to student class placement. 

Thursday, August 23:  Opening Day for all students: Minimum Day

ALL Kindergarten Students, 8:00 – 11:20
         Kindergarten Back to School Parent Meeting 8:00 in the MPR

Grades 1-3: 8:10 – 1:24 
Grades 4-6: 8:00 – 1:35

Friday, August 24: Minimum Days

ALL Kindergarten Students, 8:00 – 11:20
Grades 1-3: 8:10 – 1:24 
Grades 4-6: 8:00 – 1:35

Friday, August 31: PTA Meeting hosts Coffee with the Principal and PTA President @ 8:15
Thursday, September 6: Back to School Night, 6:00 – 7:30  1st – 6th Grades, Minimum Day 

Procedural Highlights for a positive start:
Bicycles and “Other Wheels”
At the elementary school level, only students in grades 3-6 are permitted to ride bicycles to school.  Skateboards, scooters are permitted, but should not be ridden on campus grounds. In-line skates are not permitted. Also, the shoes that have the ability to convert to skates are not permitted.  If your child rides a bicycle to school, it must be licensed with the Irvine Police Department, the child must wear a helmet, and parents must provide a lock for the bike while in the school bike rack. Additionally students must complete and sign University Park’s Bicycle Agreement. These will be sent home with students in grades 3 through 6. All requirements are in effect beginning the first day of school.

Dress Code Guidelines
With the warm weather still with us, here are a few reminders about acceptable student dress for school:

  • Shoes must be “school safe.” Closed toes are recommended. If sandals are worn, they must have a heel strap. (“Flip flops” are not safe for school.) 
  • Summer wear such as “spaghetti strap” tops, bare midriffs or short shorts are for the beach and recreation. Leave them neatly tucked away for after school and the weekends.
  • A sweater or light sweatshirt is recommended indoors as the classrooms are air conditioned.

Lunch Delivery, Instruments and Late Homework
We encourage our students to be responsible and accountable. Our office staff and teachers do not accept lunches, instruments or homework dropped off by parents after the school day begins. If your child forgets their lunch, they will be provided a school lunch. No student will go hungry. Homework delivered by parents goes in the teacher’s box and is considered late. Please support our staff and teachers in helping your children to be responsible learners.

Thank you for your continued support. I look forward to a great school year!


Molly Daley


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