Uthoff Valley Viking Voice

November 23, 2021

Important Information and Updates

Upcoming Events - November & December

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

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

12/2 - All Pro Dads meeting

12/10 - PTO Winter Wonderfest, 6-7:30pm - Details to come soon!

12/15 - UV Night at 3 Margarita's

12/22-12/31 - No School, Winter Break

1/3 - School Resumes

A Thanksgiving Message from Mrs. Thorne and Mrs. Harr


Can you believe it is almost December?! The first three months of the 2021 - 2022 school year have flown by! Every day, we are moved and inspired by the students, families and staff that make up the UV community. As we reflect on the year thus far, we are thankful for many things and would like to share a few with you.

We are thankful for our Vikings who come to UV every day cheerfully, excited and ready to learn. The past 18 months have been challenging for everyone, especially our kiddos, however they continue to amaze us with thier ability to persevere through any challenge they are faced with. They provide us with a daily reminder of our “why” and we love them for that!

We are thankful for the support of our amazing parents, working together with staff to build an excellent community for our students. Thank you for sharing your most valuable possession with us as a partner in your child’s education, safety and well-being. For this, we will always be so thankful.

We are thankful for the teachers, assistants, secretaries, nurses, cafeteria staff, counselors, custodians and bus drivers who care about student success and keep the best interests of our students at the forefront.. They nurture a culture of fairness, love and caring, all focused on the goal of providing a safe, inclusive learning environment for our students.

Thank you for your help, support, understanding, and friendship. There is no other place we would rather be.

We would like to wish all of you and your families a happy, healthy and relaxing Thanksgiving holiday!

Danna & Lauren

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!


Who's got spirit? Vikings do!! Support your PTO and look great doing it! Uthoff Valley spirit wear is on sale now through December 4th!! Need a little spirit going into the colder months? Did you miss the back to school sale? If so order UV spirit wear now at www.zaspirit.com/uv. We have items ranging from clothes, bags, water bottles, and more!! Check out the website and order today!! You won't be able to hide your Viking pride!!

If you have a 5th grader, don't miss the opportunity to order your Viking a 5th grade shirt, which includes the first names of every 5th grader on the back!!

Please contact Kelly Marik for any questions at kellymarik19@gmail.com

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Virtual "Ever-Giving " Tree

Tis the season for giving! Not knowing what 2020 would hold, we transitioned the physical Evergiving Tree usually set up near the rotunda to Sign Up Genius in 2019. Crazy, huh??!! It's definitely proved to be more convenient for parents, as you don't have to visit school to choose tags off the tree.

Please join us in helping a couple of our fellow UV families during the holidays. We are requesting all gifts to be dropped off at UV (to the office) by Friday, December 10th. Please note: all gifts should be left unwrapped and marked/noted somewhere with the corresponding item number.


Thank you for your holiday spirit & generosity!

Seasonal Mood Changes: SAD

A form of depression that follows a seasonal pattern, Seasonal Affective Disorder appears and disappears at the same time each year. It's sometimes easy for parents to overlook symptoms of SAD, or dismiss them as normal mood swings. Aside from feeling sad or depressed, your child may be irritable, feel tired, have difficulty concentrating, experience changes in school performance, or have decreased interest in things they usually enjoy. Read more for information on prevention and treatment.

UV PTO: News and Updates

Sugarfire Spirit Night - November 30th

Our first Spirit Night at Sugarfire Smokehouse is coming up on Tuesday, November 30th from 4:00-9:00 pm. Tell your family and friends to join the UV community at Sugarfire for some delicious barbeque and support Uthoff Valley!

You must bring a copy of the flyer with you or show a digital copy of the flyer when ordering. If you are ordering Carry Out, mention Uthoff Valley in the special request area when ordering online and when you pick up your order.

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Show us the lights! We will have our very own holiday lights display competition presented at the homes of UV families showcasing their holiday decorating talents! The winning home will receive the title of “Champion of the Lights” and a small prize.


Contestants = Any member of the UV community who register their

home to showcase their lights and decorations.

Judges = All interested members of the UV community, including contestants.


Contestants = Register, decorate the outside of your home, then take and

submit a picture of your completed display.

Judges = Everyone will receive a list of the addresses of the participating

homes to view. Once you have seen all the entries you will electronically vote

for your favorite one.


Contestants = Registration = From now until Tuesday, November 23rd

Entry = All decorations need to be up by Thursday, December 9th.

You will need to submit a picture of your display to a google form by

midnight Thursday, December 9th (for voting purposes).

Judges = Everyone will have from Sunday, December 12th until Sunday,

December 19thto view the lights. You will be provided with a list/route of

the participating addresses before the evening of the 11th. Once you have

seen all the entries you will submit your vote for your favorite one. There will be a

picture reminder next to the addresses to help you remember if you need.

HOW = All judges’ votes must be submitted by 8pm December 19th The

winner will be announced on December 21st before everyone leaves for Winter break.

Calling All Vendors! Join us at Winter Wonderfest!

If you have a home based business or area crafter and would like to sell your products at UV's Winterfest please complete the Google Form linked below by December 3rd to reserve your space.

ALL PRO DADS - December 2nd

Calling ALL UV Dads and Children! Join us for All-Pro Dad's Day Thursday, December 2nd 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***

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:

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