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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

Welcome to spring!

I hope you are well and that you are able to begin to start imagining spring and warmer weather. One year ago this month we began an unprecedented campaign to protect our citizens when we decided to go remote. Although it may seem to some like we have been at this forever now, no one would argue our school and community have been through a lot in the past 12 months. It is hard to remember what it was like to not have our precautions in place. We appreciate the support, compassion, and empathy as we have navigated this pandemic and as we have worked through this together. Thank you!

In the coming months, we will vaccinate many of our staff for a second time, as we started receiving them last month, and we look forward to when we can have the remaining adults and children in our community see their turns to be vaccinated arrive. Until then, and even after that, we will continue to stress washing hands, distancing as much as possible, and wearing masks indoors. As new guidance comes down the pike, we will act accordingly, communicating effectively, with the safety of all involved.

This month ES students will continue to forge ahead in their education with virtual field trips and author visits. We will work to get ourselves ready for any state testing we may have to complete and look forward to spending more time outside learning in outdoor classrooms. One place where we are excited to be moving into is the cafeteria. Staff and students alike celebrated a return to the cafeteria one day per week in small groups this month. This gradual return to pre-COVID school is a welcome addition to our year and our morale. Battle of the Books is also moving forward with teams in grades three through five with virtual battles in the coming months. March will also see ES parent/teacher conferences wrap up by the 14. If you have yet to schedule a conference with your child’s teacher, please do so. We expect 100% participation.

As always, thank you for choosing University Schools and partnering with us to produce the leaders of tomorrow. 

Michael Mazurana

Michael Mazurana
Elementary Principal

    Elementary News
    Get Active This Spring

    Springtime brings warmer weather, blue skies, and the itch to get outside and play! According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 20 percent of our nation’s youth are overweight, which means that being physically active is more important than ever. Outdoor activities don’t have to be expensive. Here are some great ways to get your kids (and you!) active and on-the-move.

    • Walk to school or work. If you live close enough, save on the gas, and walk or ride your bike to school, work, errands, wherever! Just don’t forget the helmet if you bike.
    • Visit the park. No matter your children’s ages, there is always something to do at the park. Play on the playground, roll around on the grass, or start a pick-up game of kickball or basketball.
    • Walk the dog. The canines in your life are anxious to get moving in the nice weather too!
    • Play a game. Check out this Kid Power website. It has a long list of indoor or outdoor activities to get your family on the move. Try some of these takes on your favorite games.
    • Play inside. For those wet spring days, find an indoor play area. Indoor rock climbing or trampoline facilities are popping up everywhere. Find one close to you.
    • Make a craft. Even if your family doesn’t participate in a physical activity, enjoy some great family time and create a springtime craft. The Highlights website has a list of great ideas.

    Most of all, enjoy your family and get active this spring!