Monte the Tiger's Weekly Update

News from Buena Vista Montessori ~ Friday, September 3, 2021

Hello Tiger Families!

What a great week here at BV! It is so heartwarming to see our students and teachers so engaged in their learning. Watching students’ curiosity nurtured as they explore new topics and ideas is the highlight of my days.

Staring Tuesday 9/7/21 all D11 staff will be required to wear a mask inside school buildings. As you may know, we are approaching the threshold that would require all Preschool through 5th grade students to wear masks inside the school building as well. I understand the different feelings around this topic. However, this new requirement will allow for far less quarantines. If all parties are masked and one of them is positive for COVID-19 only the sick person would need to quarantine. This will allow for less disruption in student learning and a more consistent school year for our staff and students. Please be on the look for communication from D11 on specifics about if and when this guidance will go into effect.

A huge part of what makes Buena Vista amazing is the strong community and family support we have. I kindly ask for your support and understanding as we strive to keep our students and staff safe while providing a rich learning environment.

Please enjoy the long weekend,

Ms. Shannon

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Included in this Issue . . .

  • Upcoming Events
  • Montessori Moments
  • School Highlight
  • From the Kitchen
  • Buena Vista is Hiring!
  • School Accountability Committee
  • News from Your PTA
  • News from the Health Room

Upcoming Events

Monday, September 6th

  • No School / School Closed in Honor of Labor Day

Tuesday, September 7th

  • All Staff Required to Wear Masks in the Building
  • After School Clubs Start!
  • Running Club Meet at Audubon at 3:30pm

Tuesday, September 14th

  • School Accountability Meeting - details TBD

Montessori Moments

The Montessori First Great Lesson

The Montessori First Great Lesson weaves a tale of the origins of the universe and our own planet. Using a dramatic story and impressionistic experiments directly related to the basic physical properties of matter, a foundation is made for the future study of physics, chemistry, astronomy and geology. This lesson opens the door to the world of science!

School Highlight - Lower Elementary

News from the Kitchen

All children may receive a free school lunch for the entire 21/22 school year!! These lunches are subject to the high standards set by our D11 Chef and include nutritious food from all food groups. Ms. Tammy, our Kitchen Manager, is able to work with your family if your child has a medical dietary need.

Please note that if children bring their lunch from home, they are welcome to purchase 2% Milk for $0.65 or Chocolate Milk (as available) for $0.75. Milk is only free as an accompaniment to a school lunch.

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Buena Vista is Hiring!

If you or someone you know is looking to be part of a fantastic team of child-centered educators, we are looking for you!

Currently, we are in need of a Primary Classroom Assistant and School Counselor.

If interested in the Primary Classroom Assistant position, please follow the instructions below to learn more about and apply for the position.

  2. Click on External Candidates Click Here to Apply
  3. Search for Buena Vista
  4. Click on Early Childhood Educational Assistant - Special Education

If interested in the School Counselor position, please follow the instructions below to learn more about and apply for the position.

  2. Click on External Candidates Click Here to Apply
  3. Search for Buena Vista
  4. Elementary School Counselor

You are cordially invited to join a very important committee!!

D11 needs your help to ensure that the vision and mission of Buena Vista Elementary are held within the standards of District 11 and that the teachers and staff of Buena Vista uphold the District 11 expectations for the education of all children.

Please plan to join the School Accountability Committee and hold our teachers and staff accountable to the children's educational needs and the district's expectations.

The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 14th in the evening by WebEx. Please watch for more details!

If you have any questions, please reach out to the committee chair, Vicky McLaughlin, at

News from Your PTA

We're Looking for YOU!

Please consider joining the PTA this year. It is a great way to meet your fellow parents and advocate for your children at the same time! Currently we are busy planning for the fall carnival to be held in October. And, even if you can't attend the meetings or are unable to volunteer, still consider joining. Your membership fee goes to supporting our students to reach their fullest potential. Please see your Friday Folder for information on how to join.

You can also join online at

If you have any questions you can contact us at

School Spirit Gear


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

Mason Jars & 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!

Additionally, we have 4.5oz farmhouse style mason jar mugs. Perfect for small servings and little hands! The mini mugs are $6.50 each or 4 for $24.

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

These updates are current as of 2:00pm on Friday, August 6th. Should the protocols change, the district and our school will notify all community members as soon as possible.

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 strongly encouraged while learning indoors, but are not required.
  • For students/staff ages 12 and over, in alignment with local and state guidance, face coverings are strongly encouraged for anyone who is 12+ years and not fully vaccinated but are not required.
  • We honor and respect the decisions of parents and staff when it comes to facial coverings, whether wearing one or not. As a district, our schools and central administration offices are expected to be welcoming and supportive of everyone and we will uphold a positive culture throughout the District. Should mask mandates be put back in place by state or local public health agencies, we will communicate that information. Please be informed about vaccinations and safety protocols so we can keep students in class as much as possible this year.

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