Monte the Tiger's Weekly Update

News from Buena Vista Montessori ~ October 14, 2021

Hello Tiger Families!

We had a great 1st Quarter! It is so uplifting to see the great progress that our children have made over the past eight weeks! We are witnessing true growth in not only educational learning, but also social and emotional learning.

Our teachers and staff will be taking tomorrow, Friday, October 15th to compile grades and then Monday, October 18th to compare data and prepare for the 2nd Quarter. Please remember there is no school either day. We will return to learning on Tuesday, October 19th.

The BV PTA is planning a fun Fall Carnival for Friday, October 22nd! Please see the PTA section of this email for more details I am excited to see all of our families there!

One more reminder: keep a look out for information from your classroom teacher regarding Parent Teacher Conferences. If you haven't signed up for a conference, please reach out to your teacher to do so. It is very important to meet to discuss your child's progress and the plans for the future.

Have a wonderful long weekend and we will see you on Tuesday!

Ms. Shannon

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Included in this Issue . . .

  • Upcoming Events
  • Montessori Moments
  • School Highlight
  • Choice Applications
  • News from the BV Kitchen
  • News from Your PTA
  • News from the Health Room

Upcoming Events

Friday, October 15th

  • No School ~ Teacher Work Day

Monday, October 18th

  • No School ~ Data Collaboration Day

Tuesday, October 19th

  • PTA Meeting ~ 2:45 in the Big Playground

Friday, October 22nd

  • PTA Sponsored Fall Carnival!

Thursday and Friday, October 28th and 29th

  • No School ~ Parent Teacher Conferences

Monday, November 1st

  • Picture Re-Take Day

Montessori Moments

Mixed Age Classrooms

Dr. Montessori recognized very early on that the mixed-age classroom had a number of benefits and applied this information to her method moving forward. She observed that children learn in different ways and that a mixed-age grouping was a critical component in this learning.

She noted that children learn through:

  1. Observation: Younger children learn by watching older children as well as adults. In a mixed-age classroom, older children who are completing challenging lessons are an example to the younger children; they show what is possible.
  2. Practice: In a mixed-age classroom, children stay with the same teachers for three years, giving them plenty of time to repeat lessons, practice skills, and advance at their own pace; they are not rushed.
  3. Teaching: Older children are viewed as role models in the Montessori classroom. They teach by example and it is not uncommon to see a five or six-year-old sitting with a three-year-old and giving them a lesson! In teaching something to a younger child, an older student deepens their own understanding of the lesson. In teaching, we learn.

School Highlight - Primary

D11 Choice Enrollment Window

D11 Choice Enrollment Window Will Open November 1, 2021, for the 22/23 School Year

It’s that time of year again when we start looking toward enrollments for the next school year! Beginning November 1, 2021, if your family has a child who will be at least 3 years old by October 1, 2022, we would love to have you fill out a Choice Open Enrollment Application for him or her! Please also let your friends, family and neighbors know that we’d love to have them enroll at Buena Vista!

It’s a simple application and there is no implied commitment until an enrollment offer is made. Simply go to

Upon submission, the application will go directly to Ms. Alison, the Buena Vista Registrar. That’s all you need to do to have your child placed on our waiting list for the 22/23 school year. First enrollment offers to Primary siblings of established Buena Vista families will go out in February of 2022. Updates and more information will be sent to those who are on the waitlist.

News from the BV Kitchen

Dear Parents,

This is a heads up regarding the lunch menu. We are having some issues with deliveries from US Foods, which impacts what we receive.

I am letting you know that menu changes will be happening time to time. Your child will still get a nutritious, hot meal, but it may not be what is on the current menu.

So please bear with us as we try to work out these issues. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me.

Thank you for your support and understanding.


Tammy Burghart

BV Kitchen Manager

News from Your PTA

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School Spirit Gear


We have plenty of kids sized Buena Vista logo face masks available for purchase in our PTA store.

Water Bottles

We also have stainless steel, 25oz water bottles that measure 3"x10" and feature a screw-on lid and double wall vacuum insulation to keep drinks at optimal temperatures. Get your water bottle for $18!

Please contact the PTA at to purchase! Cash or check is preferred and they can be picked up before or after school at your convenience.

Easy Ways to Help Out the BV PTA

You can earn money for BV PTA just by using your Loyalty Card when shopping at King Soopers.

To enroll your Loyalty Card with BV:

  • Log on to and click "Enroll Now" to sign in to your account. If you have never used your Loyalty Card online before you will have to create an account. You will need an e-mail and your Loyalty Card number or your alternate ID (often your phone#).
  • Find Buena Vista Montessori School (programs are listed alphabetically) or use our Code: UQ795 as the program you want to support!
  • You are DONE! THAT'S IT! Now whenever you shop you are earning BV PTA money!
  • This program is a big "Free Money" maker that helps to fund many great BV and PTA events and equipment.


Sign up to support the BV PTA through AmazonSmile.

  • You can select Buena Vista Montessori PTA as your charity recipient when you shop online at
  • AmazonSmile is also now available in the app on your Apple or Android devices. You can set this up in the app under "Settings">"Programs & Features".
  • If you shop for girts on Amazon, this is an easy way for you to support our students and school.
  • Be sure to ask your friends and family to select BV on AmazonSmile, as well.

News from the Health Room

My Child is Not Feeling Well. Now What?

Parents and guardians can use these symptom checklists to determine when to keep their child at home. Any student diagnosed with COVID-19, who is a close contact of a COVID-19 case or someone in the household is symptomatic and awaiting a PCR-COVID-19 test result, should not go to school and should isolate or quarantine according to public health recommendations.

The list below refers only to new symptom or a change in usual symptoms. A student should not be kept home for usual symptoms they experience due to a chronic condition unless they are worse than usual. These guidelines are in additional to your regular school guidance (for example, a student with vomiting symptoms should also not attend school based on usual school guidance).

If you student is experiencing any potentially life-threatening symptoms, please call 911.

If any of the following symptoms are present, keep the child at home / stay at home. Inform Ms. Karen B. in the office via phone call (719-328-4100) or email

  • Feeling feverish, having chills, or temperature of 100.4F or higher.
  • New or unexplained persistent cough.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Loss of taste or smell.
  • Fatigue.
  • Muscle aches.
  • Headache.
  • Sore throat.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Runny nose or congestion.

COVID Protocol Updates

Mask Wearing:

  • For students of any age, and staff riding D11 buses for any purpose (e.g., to and from school, activities, field trips, etc.), in alignment with the Federal mandate, face coverings on all D11 buses are required.
  • For students ages 11 and under, in alignment with local and state guidance, face coverings are required while learning indoors.
  • For students/staff ages 12 and over, in alignment with local and state guidance, face coverings are required for anyone who is 12+ years regardless of vaccination status.

Hand Washing:

  • We will continue with our diligent handwashing and sanitzing efforts throughout the school day. Including, but not limited to; after recess, before and after lunch, before and after specials, etc.

Classroom Cleaning:

  • Our children and staff will continue to clean and sanitize the classrooms daily. Our custodial staff will clean and sanitize the building and playgrounds daily, as well.

Social Distancing:

  • The current guidelines indicate a three-foot space between each person. We will do our best to honor that guideline throughout the school day. However, due to the structure of our learning community, the social distancing is not always possible.

For additional resources and information from the State and local health agencies, please visit the following links:

Updated Return to Learn

Who Needs to Quarantine

At Home Symptom Screening Tool

Addressing Symptoms as School