Thursday, April 4th, 2019

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Grandparents and Special Friends Day is a fun, annual event when UCDS students have the opportunity to spend the day sharing their classroom and showing their work to someone special to them other than their parents. Their special guests will also be treated to a very special all school musical performance.

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Invitation and RSVP

If you would like to invite your child’s guest via email, please download and share this PDF invitation.

To better plan for the day, we ask that you RSVP for your guest(s). Please click the link to our online form to let us know who will be attending with your child(ren), or if they are in need of a guest.

Schedule for the day

8:20-8:45am Students to classrooms. Guests to the Interconnection.
9:00-9:15am Head of School, Paula Smith speaks.
9:15-10:15am Student Performance
10:30-11:15am Classroom Activities
11:15am-12:00pm Lunch
11:30am Parking Shuttle and EDP Start
12:00pm Dismissal


UCDS Campus and Parking

UCDS campus:
5062 9th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98105

Parking at LDS church:
5701 8th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98105

Shuttles will run between UCDS and the LDS church from 7:45am until 12:30pm.


Contact and FAQ

Questions? Please send email to GPSFday@ucds.org or call Marisa Ferche at 206-547-8237 x274.

I understand Grandparent, but what constitutes a Special Friend?

Anyone old enough to drive themselves to the event, and not currently a parent at UCDS, is eligible to be a special friend.

How many guests can my child bring?

Grandparents and Special Friends Day is so much fun your child may want to bring the whole neighborhood! It will be safer and more comfortable for all children and guests if you limit your child to no more than two guests each.

What if my child doesn’t have a Grandparent or Special Friend available to attend?

We want to be sure that all students have the opportunity to enjoy this special day! If your child does not have a grandparent or special friend who is able to attend this event, please let their teacher know. Your child will be paired with a special friend from UCDS (often a Specialist Teacher or staff member). Another fun option is pairing with a classmate to share a special friend for the day!

Is lunch provided?

There is a catered lunch for guests. Students should bring their own lunch. Please note that there will be no hot lunch available that day. Cookies for everyone!

What time should we plan to arrive at UCDS? What time is the day finished?

Students and guest should arrive between 8:20 and 8:45am. Guests will go to the Interconnection, while students go to their classrooms. Return shuttle buses and EDP will begin at 11:30. Final dismissal is at 12:00pm.

Will EDP be available for my child?

There will be regular morning EDP. Afternoon EDP will be available from 11:30am to 3:00pm.

I'm a UCDS parent. How can I volunteer?

Check out the Sign-up Genius or contact Meg Vernon or Daljit Parmar if you would like to help.

I'm a UCDS parent. How can I see the student performance?

Grandparents and Special Friends Day is especially for our children and their guests. There simply is not enough room in the school buildings for all of our guests AND our parents. Parents are invited to the attend the Parent Performance at 9:00am Wednesday, April 3rd.

Where can guests and parent volunteers park on GPSF Day?

Limited parking is available in the Blessed Sacrament parking lot across from UCDS. A larger parking lot with many available spaces is located at the LDS church (5701 8th Ave. NE). Shuttle buses will be running from/to the LDS church lot and UCDS before and after the event. (see parking map)

If your child’s guest would benefit from a shorter walk to the door, we have a limited number of reserved spots in the playground parking lot for just this purpose. Your child’s guest does not have to be ‘disabled’ or ‘handicapped’ to reserve a space. If you would like to reserve a spot for your child’s grandparent or special guest, please e-mail Marisa Ferche or call 206-547-8237 x274 by Wednesday, March 27th

Will the performance be recorded?

Yes! We will record video of the performance and make it available to stream or download. Watch for an email later in April with details on where to find the video.