University Schools

Elementary School Information

We know that education is a team process and that schools and parents must work closely to provide our students with the best possible educational environment. Together we can give every student the chance to make the most of their educational experience.

A Message From Our Principal

In reflecting about April and best strategies in preparing for state testing, I have come to the conclusion these strategies are simply just good habits all year round. 

For many years I have put out ideas and suggestions that can help our students do and be their best come test time. I know what wonderful students and thinkers we have, and I want them to show the state what they can do. In looking over the list each year, it does seem to be just best practices in going to school every day, right?

They tell us to get good rest each night before the tests, check. They ask that we have kids eat a healthy breakfast in order to have our brain and body functioning at maximum capacity, check. They ask us to instill in our students a willingness to persevere when things get tough and to understand that no one assessment defines us, check and check. 

So, this year I ask that you continue to do all of those things and also talk with your kids, regardless of how you feel about state testing, and reassure them they are good enough and smart enough to do well on any assessment. Make this less about the test and more about their self-importance and their abilities. Help them, like we try to do each day, to build them up and to see the power and importance they have within themselves to do great things. Be in their corner this month as their biggest cheerleader, because they are worth it no matter what they are doing!

Below is the testing schedule for CMAS this year for elementary. Have a wonderful April, and thanks for supporting University Schools! 

Mike Mazurana

Mike Mazurana, Principal

Elementary News
Home Reading!

Home Reading!
April 2018, Vol. 1, Article 2
Rev up the Reading Momentum
Submitted by Kim Lorenson, Reading Specialist (K-5)

Spring fever is here! The students feel it, the parents feel it, and the teachers feel it; everyone feels the outdoors calling as longer days of spring arrive. But we still have quite a lot of learning to do before summer, so here are some ideas to help your little ones finish the year strong!

It's time to take the reading outside! Besides the added benefits of exercise, children can experience a new, fresh approach to reading! Here are a few ideas to rev up the reading momentum. 

  • Choose a new outdoor venue for reading. Read in the park. Kids will enjoy sitting at the picnic table, a light snack in hand, reading a book in the sun. Sit on a swing for one story, then climb to the top of the monkey bars and read a book there. 
  • Take the kids to the library. Let them join the story teller, or play in the puzzle corner. Create a scavenger hunt for different types of genre; let them locate the sections with poetry, nonfiction, audiobooks and magazines.
  • Read while in the car. Keep a selection of just-right books and as you’re driving to school or to grandma’s, pick a favorite part to read for a certain duration of the trip. Find the letters of the alphabet on signs along the way, or sing songs that are rich in rhyme, such as “Down by the Bay” or “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.”
  • Set up a tent in the back yard. Take the kids out at dusk and allow them to read by the light of a lantern. Travel to a mountain trail and read at the top of a tall rock or next to a bubbling creek. 

The outdoors can work for other homework activities, as well. Try bouncing a ball back and forth while counting by twos, fives, or tens. Throw the ball back and forth while spelling the words for the week or write multiplication facts with chalk on the sidewalk. 

The novelty of a new outdoor destination or game will certainly excite almost any student learner. It's always possible to have fun reading and even more possible when it's shared with the family in the beautiful outdoors. 

Elementary Music Concerts

We have concerts coming up in late April. Please view our Elementary Music page for complete details on the concerts including dates, times, and concert dress requirements.

Field Days

Attention, parents! Field day will be here soon. Watch for flyers to come home with your students during the first week in May with exact times and what your child will need for field day. The field day schedule is as follows:

  • Thursday, May 10 - 5th Grade
  • Monday, May 14 - 3rd and 4th Grade
  • Tuesday, May 15 - 1st and 2nd Grade
  • Wednesday, May 16 - Kindergarten

Camp Invention

Camp Invention is back! Save the dates for June 11-15 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Invent the future today! Camp Invention’s all-new summer program, Fast Forward, allows children in grades k-6 to turn their wildest dreams into a reality. Campers will create a vehicle of the future, design a mechanical robot dog, build futuristic dream homes, and make dinos dance using wind-up gearboxes! Local educators lead the week of fun, hands-on, STEM activities that encourage children to think big, explore their curiosity, and never give up. Visit the Camp Invention website, or call (800) 968-4332 to register. Use promo code Ideas25 to save $25 (expires on March 23, 2018) and Ideas15 to save $15 (expires on May 4, 2018). 

Lottery

Will you have a kindergartner next school year? If so, an enrollment application must be on file with our school for consideration in the drawings. If you are not certain if an application is on file, feel free to check by calling us at (970) 576-3900. We draw sibling applications first. Please ensure our office staff is aware your kindergartner-to-be is a sibling of a current University student, if that is the case. The first lottery drawing for kindergarten has already taken place, however, we will continue to draw names until we finalize our kindergarten numbers. If we draw your child’s name we will contact you by calling the contact number on file.