Monte the Tiger's Weekly Update

News from Buena Vista Montessori ~ November 5, 2021

Hello Tiger Families!

Fall is in the air and we are noticing all of the changes throughout our campus! Please remember to have your child bring a coat, hat, and mittens with them to school each day. The weather changes quickly and drastically here in Colorado Springs, and we want everyone to be prepared!


And, because the weather is chilly in the morning and warm in the afternoon, our Lost and Found is filling up with coats, hats, and mittens! Encourage your child to look through the Lost and Found to retrieve their items. You may also come in to the vestibule and let the office ladies know that you'd like to look in Lost and Found. We are happy to have you come inside and browse!


Thank you for continually trusting us with your children each day! We value our time spent with them and can't wait for the beginning of each new day to see them again!

Included in this Issue . . .

  • Upcoming Events
  • Montessori Moments
  • School Highlight
  • Picture Re-Take Day
  • Special Message from Ms. Marni
  • Mobile COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics
  • News from Your PTA
  • News from the Health Room

Upcoming Events

Sunday, November 7th

  • Time Change ~ Fall Back One Hour

Wednesday, November 10th

  • Picture Re-Take Day

Thursday, November 11th

  • Veterans Day Celebrated at School

Tuesday, November 16th

  • PTA Meeting (Time and Place TBD)

Monday through Friday, November 22nd -26th

  • No School ~ Thanksgiving Break

Montessori Moments

Specially Trained Teachers

It takes a special person to become a Montessori educator. This teaching method emphasizes the heightened learning ability of children when they’re allowed to make their own choices. It was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori in the early 20th century to improve children’s education by helping them help themselves. Today’s Montessori teacher training revolves around absorbing this method of guiding young minds. There are seven characteristics that parents should notice in the classroom teachers at Buena Vista.

  1. Sets a Good Example
  2. Observes Carefully
  3. Thrives on New Discoveries
  4. Learns from Mistakes
  5. Encourages Creativity
  6. Encourages Initiative, Independence, and Self-Reliance
  7. Completes a College Bachelors Degree and an additional year of Montessori Training

School Highlight - Veteran's Hero Wall

Don't forget to submit your Hero Poster before Veteran's Day!

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Special Message from Ms. Marni

Beginning November 3rd, through November 12th, the Buena Vista Library will be running a virtual Book eFair through Follett.

The secret is.....I will not be telling your child(ren)!

You may order books online as a present for the holidays or just because.
Feel free to share the link for the fair with family and friends near and far!

Books will be delivered to the school after the fair has concluded and I will have them available for pick up before, during, or after school.

What makes Follett different from Scholastic is that Follett is not a publisher, therefore you can purchase books from multiple publishers, even Scholastic. This will give you a larger variety of books to choose from!

Here is the link for the eFair:
https://efairs.follettbookfairs.com/guest/home?classCode=Z2GX3
If asked for a eFair code, type in: Z2GX3

After you click on the link, use the search bar at the top of the website to search for any book.
I have added some recommendations based on popular books in our library.

Follett will give a percentage of the sales back to the library for buying library quality books from the student generated wish list.

Thank you for supporting our Buena Vista Library.

Happy browsing!
-Ms. Marni

Mobile COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

As the COVID-19 vaccine becomes available for children 5-11 Colorado Springs School District 11 has been working with CDPHE to host mobile vaccine clinics in our community.


The D11 Department of Student Success and Wellness has partnered with the CMZoo, Helen Hunt Campus, Westside Community Center, and Parks and Recreation to offer four locations throughout our community. The locations and dates provided below will offer COVID-19 vaccines for children (5-11) and for anyone 12 and up. Boosters shots and flu vaccines will also be offered.


Locations and Dates

Location: Helen Hunt Campus (SE Colorado Springs)

Address: 917 E Moreno Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Date: November 10 and December 1

Time: 1-6 PM


Location: Westside Community Center (SW Colorado Springs)

Address: 1628 W Bijou St, Colorado Springs, CO 80904

Date: November 9 and November 30

Time: 1-6 PM


Location: Keystone Park (NE Colorado Springs)

Address: 6050 Sapporo Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Date: November 11 and December 2

Time: 1-6 PM


Location: CMZOO (SW Colorado Springs)

Address: 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906

Date: November 13

Time: 1-6 PM


Please see the attached flyers for more information!

News from Your PTA

School Spirit Gear

Masks

We have plenty of kids sized Buena Vista logo face masks available for purchase in our PTA store. https://bvmontessori.new.memberhub.store/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 bvmontessoripta@gmail.com 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 www.kingsoopers.com/communityrewards 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.


AmazonSmile

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.com.
  • 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 karen.bleibaum@d11.org.


  • 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

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nhgGIbakyAJY3XJ2TW44sw7btXXqISBR/view?usp=sharing

Who Needs to Quarantine

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1S-bXk2yFdFAjBPUMfT-KvNMvz6EA2A9r/view?usp=sharing

At Home Symptom Screening Tool

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1rM77eLlnivcOuoqv0zy0pXXtjnY-fREN/view

Addressing Symptoms as School

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-qAUd4g8tYDZ4KKIlbCc_yG0wkEHjiXV/view?usp=sharing