Monte the Tiger's Weekly Update

News from Buena Vista Montessori ~ October 22, 2021

Hello Tiger Families!

What a wonderful week here at BV! Excitement is in the air with anticipation for the Fall Carnival. I look forward to seeing everyone tonight. I can’t wait to eat some yummy food from the food trucks and bid on the incredible baskets. Thank you to all of the families that donated items. Thank you to our amazing PTA for hosting this fun community event!

Reminder Parent teacher conferences are next week. Students will not have school Thursday October 28th or Friday October 29th.

Have a wonderful weekend!

~Ms. Shannon

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Included in this Issue . . .

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

Upcoming Events

Thursday and Friday, October 28th and 29th

  • No School ~ Parent Teacher Conferences

Monday, November 1st

  • Picture Re-Take Day

Thursday, November 11th

  • Veterans Day ~ Celebrated at School!

Monday through Friday, November 22nd - 26th

  • Thanksgiving Break ~ No School

Montessori Moments

The Four Planes of Development

Dr. Montessori, in her research and observation, noted four planes of development in children. As a child passes from 0-6, 6-12, 12-18, and 18-24 they are developing into different versions of themselves as they explore and learn about the world around them. Here are some key observations of the first two planes of development.


  • an absorbent mind - taking in everything around them
  • learn with all the senses
  • from dependence to collaboration to physical independence - being able to begin to care for their own needs
  • they are constructing themselves from their experiences - becoming a child of their time, place and culture
  • a volatile period of growth


  • a reasoning mind - they don't just accept things, they need a reason
  • they are stronger, more stable, able to work for longer
  • they need big work to challenge them and large empty space to stretch out
  • they use their imagination to understand things not in front of them, to create, to solve problems
  • seeking mental independence
  • they need to explore into society

The four planes of development can be used as a beautiful tool for educating and parenting our children. It helps us understand how the child is now viewing the world depending on their plane of development and how we can support them at each stage.

School Highlight - Education Support Professionals

The Education Support Professionals (ESP's) at Buena Vista Elementary are vital to the education of all children! You see ESP's every day in our building giving their all to support the teaching staff and children in any way they can! We'd like to thank and celebrate:

Ms. Rosa Medina, Primary Classroom Assistant

Ms. Sheila Romero, Primary Classroom Assistant

Ms. Kathy Smith, Primary Classroom Assistant (soon to be moving to Lower El)

Ms. Misty Lopez, Primary Classroom Assistant

Ms. Susan Mummery, Lower El Classroom Assistant (soon to be moving to Upper El)

Ms. Julie Eick, Lower El Classroom Assistant

Ms. Robin Avant, Lower El Classroom Assistant

Ms. Josephine Richardson, Lower El Classroom Assistant

Ms. Dessa Trenhaile, Upper El Classroom Assistant

Mr. Gene Rankin, Building Manager

Mr. Steven Delouise, Building Technician

Mr. Kristofer Hansen, District Support Technician

Ms. Tammy Burghart, Kitchen Manager

Ms. Alison Yorke, Registrar and Attendance Secretary

Ms. Karen Bleibaum, Administrative Assistant

Ms. Sammy Crosby, Health Technician

Ms. Katie Bots, School Nurse

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 Health Room

Dear Parents,

As your children outgrow their pants, please consider donating them to our health room! We are looking for gently used pants for boys and girls, in all sizes!

Sometimes children, even the older children, get in to messes during the day and need a change of clothes. While we have plenty of shirts, we can always use pants, and even unders.

We appreciate anything you can send our way!!

Thank you,

Sammy Crosby

BV Health Technician

News from Your PTA

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.

Wellness Updates

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