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

Reading and relaxation - that is my hope for you and your family this final month of school and into summer. While most of us may be more familiar with the benefits of finding time to relax, I wonder if you are aware that reading every day for 20 minutes helps both kids and adults with:

  • Mental Stimulation: Just like any other muscle in the body, the brain requires exercise to keep it strong and healthy, so the phrase “use it or lose it” is particularly apt when it comes to your mind.
  • Stress Reduction: No matter how much stress you have at work/school, in your personal relationships, or countless other issues faced in daily life, it all just slips away when you lose yourself in a great story.
  • Memory Improvement: When you read a book, you have to remember an assortment of characters, their backgrounds, ambitions, history, and nuances, as well as the various sub-plots that weave their way through every story. Amazingly enough, every new memory you create forges new synapses (brain pathways) and strengthens existing ones, which assists in short-term memory recall, as well as stabilizing moods.
  • Improved Focus and Concentration: In our internet-crazed world, drawn is our attention in a million different directions at once as we multi-task through every day. When you read a book, all of your attention is on the story—the rest of the world just falls away and you can immerse yourself in every fine detail.
  • Better Writing Skills: In the same way that musicians influence one another, and painters use techniques established by previous masters, so do writers learn how to craft prose by reading the works of others. 
  • Tranquility: In addition to the relaxation that accompanies reading a good book, it’s possible that the subject you read about can bring about immense inner peace and tranquility.
  • Free Entertainment: For low-budget entertainment, you can visit your local library and bask in the glory of the countless titles available there for free. Libraries have books on every subject imaginable and since they rotate their stock and constantly get new books, you’ll never run out of reading materials. Happy summer reading!

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.

This year, our staff has been to Google trainings and attended Blended Learning conferences. Our teachers have presented this year at reading conferences in Denver as well as music conferences in Dallas, TX. Many teachers will attend Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) classes this summer on how to better meet students’ needs with diverse language needs as we have had a 260% increase in English Language Learner (ELL) students in Colorado.

Finally, for a full calendar of events for the elementary school in May, please check out our school and teacher websites or newsletters. Thanks for another wonderful year and for choosing to be a part of our Bulldog family!

Michael Mazurana

Michael Mazurana
Elementary Principal
mmazurana@universityschools.com

    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.