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

Learning and your child’s growth shouldn’t take a break after May 23. At University Schools, we encourage all of our students to continue their educational journey in one form or fashion after school lets out. Whether that is a camp, a good book series, vacation planning and research, a weekly library visit or a summer work book, please keep your kids excelling. Speaking of great summer opportunities, don’t forget about our elementary STEM camp this summer which will run from June 12-16. Contact Carol Riggs by e-mail for more information

We will again be challenging students to read every day during the summer as school and the work place have changed. In order to keep up with, and be the leaders in a changing world, we will need to keep learning and exploring ideas throughout the months of June, July, and August. Look for summer reading logs and classroom reading challenges coming home this month.

Class placement is underway for next year and students will receive their teacher placement in their registration packet this summer. If you have information that could help us best place your child, we encourage you to talk with your homeroom teacher. Remember, we do not take specific teacher requests so please keep the conversations to what is the best environment and learning style that your child needs to be successful at University Schools. 

As we look to next year, we will continue to explore best practices in math (possibly with a new curriculum), language arts, and the sciences in conjunction with blended learning. We will also hold true to our mission and vision through our balanced approach of guidance lessons and specials. 

This year our staff has been to Google trainings, attended blended learning conferences in Golden and a few are even taking courses to become blended learning certified. Others will attend CSU classes this summer around movement in the classroom to ensure that we cover all the bases for teaching and growing the whole child. 

Thanks for supporting University Schools, advocating for your student(s) and making sure kids stay engaged mentally and physically over the summer months.

Mike Mazurana

Mike Mazurana, Principal

Elementary News
Summer Safety

Everyone looks forward to summer: the vacations, swimming, and longer days to play. When your children are so busy, it can be easy to forget basic summer safety. Here are some things to remember, to ensure you and your family have the best—and safest—school break yet.

Stay hydrated
Spending a lot of time outdoors in summer is a good way to become dehydrated. While sweating keeps you cool, it also zaps your body’s water supply. When you or your children are thirsty, instead of reaching for a soda or juice box, grab a water bottle. Water will rehydrate your body faster than sugary drinks, leaving you with renewed energy to go and play. Drinking plenty of water each day—especially when spending time outside—will ensure that you and your family stay safe in the summer heat.

Apply (and reapply!) that sunscreen
Make sure to lather up your family with sunscreen at least 30 minutes before heading outside to enjoy the summer days. This gives the lotion time to soak into your skin and start working its protective magic. Make sure that you also reapply the sunscreen after being in the water or exercising. Don’t forget easy to miss areas, such as the back of your neck, ears, and the tops of your feet.

Wear protective clothing
The summer sun can be brutal, especially when you are at the pool or beach. Make sure you wear protective clothing when outdoors. Wearing a long-sleeved shirt made with lightweight fabric can help ensure the sun doesn’t burn sensitive skin. Also wearing a hat with a rim large enough to shade your face, not only prevents sunburn, but also helps to keep you cool.

Take a break from the heat
Summer sun is at its peak between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Unfortunately, this is also the time most people spend by the water or in summer camp. Teach your family to stay safe in the heat by seeking out shady places to sit and rest, or take a break from the heat altogether and go indoors for a few hours. This will help avoid heat exhaustion, and ensure an enjoyable summer for all.

Make Reading Fun

Getting children to read can prove to be a difficult task, but there are many researchable tips and strategies to promote reading. A very popular strategy that has helped promote children to read is by letting them read a book that has been adapted into a movie. Michele Borba, an educational psychologist, has an excellent tip on her website. Michele Borba suggests that children become movie critics through reading.

How can a child become a movie critic? A child can watch the movie and then read the book or read the book and then watch the movie. Once a child has completed reading the book and watching the movie or vice versa, he/she can compare and contrast the two. Did your child like the movie or the book better? What were the differences between the two?

The great thing about books adapted into movies is that no ages or genres are ignored. Parents can find a list of movies that have been adapted from books on this Wikipedia page. Interested in what movies will be released based on books? Check out this website. Four of the movies listed in the website that will be sure to get kids excited are:

  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians; The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
  • City of Bones; Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
  • Hunger Games; Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  • the second installment of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Reading a book that has or will be adapted into a movie is a great way to get your child excited about books. Make sure that the books and movies are age appropriate.

Planning Summer Activities

Now that the excitement of school ending has expired, and the long hot days of summer are upon us, the ever dreaded boredom has settled into the household. Although we would all love to “vacation” for the summer, it’s not always an affordable or available option for our families.

Entertaining your kids for 8+ hours a day can be a daunting task ; however, with a little time and planning, you will be able to create a busy (but affordable) schedule that suits your  family’s needs.

The goal of planning is to prevent your kids from having the “same old” schedule and becoming bored. Remember, a day of “down time” can also be planned between all the busier activities.   One of the most difficult parts of planning activities is generating ideas. Luckily, there are several online websites and blogs available that will help you generate your own ideas. We’ve put together a handy list of websites to help inspire you!

While planning, thinking “big” can prevent us from seeing the easy and simple things. Entertainment and activities don’t mean amusement parks and fancy toys but finding ways to enjoy the things that are already around us. For example, learn and explore your own hometown and surrounding communities. Begin by planning a trip to the library to research the town’s or city’s history. Later that day, allow the kids to present their information to the entire family, and then allow everyone to help plan a tour of their town or city for the next day, days, or weeks. Not only will this save you time from traveling, but it can also be very educational.  Additionally, by staying local, you will have much more control of your budget.

Planning doesn’t mean scheduling every hour of every day but merely being prepared to take on the days and weeks of summer with your kids. It’s important to be flexible, create back-up activities, and even have an emergency activity when all else fails. Include your kids in the planning to help nurture their creative side, and additionally, they will be learning how to entertain themselves along the way.

Lastly, remember to enjoy the “lazy” days of summer before the chaos of schoolwork and extracurricular activities ensue!