Uthoff Valley Viking Voice

November 2, 2021

Important Information and Updates

Upcoming Events - November

11/3 - Picture Re-take Day

11/11 - UV Night @ Panera

11/11 - Veterans Day Parade

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

Many Thanks!!!

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make our fall parties a fun experience for our Vikings! We were overwhelmed with your generous donations, and we're grateful for everyone who helped the day of the party. Thank you also to the teachers for their help during the planning process and during the parties! We hope your kiddos enjoyed it!

Count Me in - Thank you!!!

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Food Collection - Rockwood's "Got Your Backpack Program"

Next week, November 8 - 12, students from Ms. Chamberlin's 5th grade class will be collecting items for Rockwood's Got You Backpack Program. They have set a school-wide of of 500 items. Thank you in advance for your generous donations!
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Book Swap - Volunteers Needed - Nov. 15 - 19

Volunteers are needed to help receive and sort books before the swap, set-up books, and work during the Book Swap to help students select perfect fit books! We will also need help packing up the remaining books! Thanks for helping UV students become strong readers!

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.

Veterans Day Volunteers

The Uthoff Valley community will be honoring our veterans this year with a Patriotic Parade! In order to make this successful and to convey our love and pride for our veterans, we need your help!!

Please select from the Sign-Up Genius link below if you are interested in making this a great celebration for those who have chosen to serve our country!

We thank you for your support!

UV Night at Panera - Fenton

Uthoff Valley Spirit Night at Panera Bread will be on Thursday, November 11th from 4-8 pm. When ordering at the cafe, please show a copy of the flyer to the cashier.

If you order online, please be sure to enter code PRFUND at checkout.

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Order Spirit Wear from the RSHS Entrepreneurship Class

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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

Catching Good Character - November - Perseverence

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 (November is Perseverence) 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:

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!

Stay Connected at UV!