Uthoff Valley Viking Voice

October 25, 2021

Important Information and Updates

Upcoming Events - October & November

10/28 - All Pro Dads - 8:15am, Gym

10/29 - Fall Classroom Parties - 2:00 - 2:45 (5th grade), 3:00 - 3:45 (Kdg - 4) - In order to limit the number of extra adults in the classroom we are asking that only those that signed up via "Sign-up Genius" attend the party.

11/1 - No School

11/2 - No School - Professional Development Day

11/3 - Picture Re-take Day

11/15 - 11/19 - Book Swap

11/15 - PTO Meeting - 6:00PM

11/18 - 3rd Grade Musical - 6:30pm - more to come soon

11/24 - 11/26 - No School - Thanksgiving Holiday

11/30 - UV Night at Sugarfire - 44&141

UV PTO: News and Updates

All Pro Dads - October 28th - RSVP by 10/27

Calling ALL UV Dads and Children! Join us for All-Pro Dad's Day next Thursday, October 28th in the UV gym from 8:15 - 8:55 a.m. During this 40 minute program, dads (or other positive male role models) and their children will interact with one another in fun activities and conversations to strengthen the father-child relationship. Donuts, juice, and coffee will be served. It's FUN and it's FREE so come join us! Please complete ONE RSVP per family.

***Masks are required inside all Rockwood buildings***

8th Annual Veterans Day Celebration

Uthoff Valley students are encouraged to invite veteran guests to participate in our 8th Annual Veterans Day Celebration. This is our opportunity to honor and celebrate all who have served. In lieu of our traditional celebration, we will be hosting a Patriotic Parade.

The parade will take place on Thursday, November 11, 2021. Veterans will line up down Uthoff Drive (similar to arrival & dismissal) @ beginning at 9:45am; the parade will begin at 10:00am. You are encouraged to decorate your veterans' car with red, white & blue. The students will line the sidewalk around the bus lane to cheer on our veterans as they drive by.

Please let us know that you will have a veteran participating in the parade by completing the form below.

Veterans Day Volunteers

Uthoff Valley will be celebrating our Veterans this year with a virtual assembly and on-site parade. We are in need of volunteers for purchasing and picking up balloons (you will be reimbursed), decorating inside UV and along the parade route, and photographers/videographers the day of the event.

Please review the sign-up below. We appreciate your help making this a great event for the students and their veterans!

Free Viewing of "Don't Wait"

Rockwood Parents,

You can view the film DON'T WAIT for free now through November 28.

Addiction is Real's award-winning substance use prevention film, DON’T WAIT, was created to provide you with the knowledge and empowerment you need to immediately start implementing drug prevention in your home. Parents can’t afford to ignore the pressures their children face to try drugs and alcohol. From school hallways to social media to pop culture, your child lives in a world that encourages substance use.

Through interviews with parents, drug prevention experts, and one brave mother sharing her son’s story, DON’T WAIT offers you insights on:

  • Why it’s essential to talk to your kids early and often about the dangers of drugs and alcohol
  • How to best approach these conversations based on your child’s age
  • How and why 90% of addiction develops during the teenage years
  • Proactive measures you can take to prepare and protect your children from addiction
  • What to do if you spot signs of drug and alcohol use in your child
We appreciate that there are many important things you could do with your time. We promise that our 52-minute film will be worth your time and attention. Now, more than ever, it is critical that parents/caregivers understand how to care for their children’s mental health, as well as recognize signs of risky behavior.

To view the film:

1.) Go to https://vimeo.com/ondemand/dontwaitpromo
2.) Click on “Rent $10.00”
3.) You will be asked to log in or to create a Vimeo account by entering your name, email and password.
4.) Enter the Promo Code: ROCK2021
You can now watch the film at your convenience. Don’t forget to download the discussion guide to accompany the film at addictionisreal.org/dont-wait-discussion-guide.

Lili Schliesser

Pronouns she/her

Missouri Prevention Specialist & Certified Peer Specialist

Project Coordinator - Community Partners in Prevention

Rockwood Equity Parent Advisory Council (REPAC)

The Rockwood School District is seeking parents interested in serving on a diversity, equity, and inclusion advisory council through the Office of Educational Equity and Diversity. The Rockwood Equity Parent Advisory Council (REPAC) will ensure the Rockwood School District stays on course with the universal equity, opportunity and access goals outlined in The Way Forward, the Rockwood strategic plan. REPAC will promote, support and inform the school community of DEI resources, initiatives, and opportunities. Please use this link to complete the interest form. REPAC information can be found on the RSD website using this link.

Questions? Please contact Dr. Aisha Grace, Director of Educational Equity and Diversity


Catching Good Character - October - Responsibility

At Uthoff Valley it is our goal that students carryover and apply the Viking Virtues taught at school in their everyday life. We would like to provide the parents the opportunity to share examples of when their child is demonstrating our Viking Virtues at home or in our community.

Simply take a picture of your child displaying the character trait of the month (October is RESPONSIBILITY) and email it to your child’s teacher with a short caption describing their actions (similar to Instagram). Pictures with captions will be displayed in the rotunda for everyone to see!

Read, Right and Run

Dear Parents,

This year Uthoff Valley Elementary will be participating in the annual Read, Right & Run Marathon. This event challenges students to complete a “marathon” over the course of the school year. Students will read, run, and perform good deeds to meet the challenge. The final mile of the marathon will be in Forest Park on April 2, 2022. The following information explains the requirements for Read, Right, and Run.

Books: Students need to read 26 books by April 2, 2022.

  • Students may read 26 books independently (at home) or at school.
  • Students may use a combination of the above to complete their 26 books.

Deeds: All students need to complete 26 good deeds by April 2, 2022.

  • Parents decide what a good deed is. Good deeds may take place at school (helping a teacher), at home (helping around the house, etc.), or in the community (helping neighbors, relatives, etc.)

Miles: Students need to complete 26 miles by April 2, 2022.

If your children participate in after-school sports, you can estimate their mileage.

  • We are hoping to schedule outdoor runs before school, weather permitting. More details on these will come after you register.

Students of all ages/grades can participate. We have had students from kindergarten through 5th grade complete this awesome challenge.

If you plan on taking part in this event, please register online using the link found on the bottom of this sheet. Be sure to register for the 1.2 mile race (not the 5K).

We would like ALL students to be registered by Friday, November 5th. Students can start logging their books, deeds, and miles now. We will distribute the official RRR journals/log sheet as soon as we receive them. (If your child registers AFTER November 5th, we cannot guarantee your child a journal.) We hope you will consider having your child participate in this annual event. Research shows that regular exercise actually improves many areas of brain function including memory, stress reduction, and attention span. All of these areas point toward academic success.

For more information, or if you have questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at 636-891-6725 or at backerjulie@rsdmo.org


Julie Backer

To register your child for the 1.2 mile fun-run, please use this link:


UV 21 - 22 Buzz Book

Hello UV Viking families!

The 2021-2022 UV BUZZ BOOK is linked below! If at any time you need your information updated, removed, etc... Please contact us at uvrocks.viking.supp@gmail.com.

If you have any questions please reach out to us!

Volunteer Opportunities - We need your help!

Volunteers are a crucial part of the UV community! Here are a few areas where you can help:

Fall Party donations: Parents can donate supplies for the crafts and games for the fall parties.

Kindergarten Party Donations

First Grade Party Donations

Second Grade Party Donations

Third Grade Party Donations

Fourth Grade Party Donations

Fifth Grade Party Donations

Fall Party volunteers: Each classroom will need 4 volunteers to help during the Fall Party on October 29. We know many more parents would like to attend, however we are still trying to err on the side of safety and limit the number of extra visitors in the classrooms at one time. Thank you for understanding!

Volunteer Sign Up

Events Committee: Volunteers will help plan Fall Festival and Winter Wonderfest. Sign up here!

Spring Fundraiser Committee: Volunteers will help plan, organize, and publicize the spring fundraiser for Uthoff parents and friends. Sign up here!

Art Room Assistant: Volunteers help in the art room as needed on a monthly basis, mourning pictures, hanging art of walls, cutting and laminating paper, posters, etc. Sign up here!

Watch D.O.G.S: UV dads, granddads, uncles or any significant male in a UV student's life plan events especially for them and their kids. Sign up here!

CAN WE COUNT YOU IN??? It's not too late to donate!

Count Me In is Uthoff Valley's direct donation campaign for contributing to the PTO budget, which funds and supports programs such as field trip transportation, teacher grant programs, and many UV events. Recent examples of PTO purchases include the exterior security cameras, new rotunda and library furniture, chrome books, outdoor benches and picnic tables, and leveled library, just to name a few. Without your help, none of this would be possible!

Our goal this year is to raise $10,000. If every family at Uthoff donates at least $30, this goal will be reached! But any donation amount given is greatly appreciated! No amount is too small! We hope this fundraiser is easy for all; no door to door selling, or asking co-workers to buy pizza or cookies!

To see more examples of how the Count Me In campaign has helped at Uthoff, and to see incentives running through September 30th, please see the flyer sent home in Friday folders. If you would like to pay by check, please send the second page of the flyer with your check to school in an envelope marked, Count Me In. You can also donate online using PayPal by clicking HERE . We greatly appreciate your support! Thank you!

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