Monte the Tiger's Weekly Update

News from Buena Vista Montessori ~ February 25, 2022

Hello BV Families!

As we end the third quarter and get ready for the fourth, we are looking forward to the enriching activities that are coming up! Please read through this email for more details about:

  • Read to Feed
  • High Trails
  • PTA Activities

We are very encouraged by the progress that our children are making, academically and emotionally! We see growth by leaps and bounds!

Have a wonderful weekend and we will see you next week!

Included in this Issue . . .

  • Upcoming Events
  • Safety Reminders
  • Clubs/Tutoring Next Week
  • Read to Feed: A Fundraiser for Heifer International
  • Family Engagement Listening Tour #2
  • Montessori Moment
  • High Trails Parent Information Night
  • News from Your PTA
  • News from the School Accountability Committee
  • News from the Health Room

Upcoming Events

Monday, February 28th

  • PTA Mod Pizza Fundraiser

Wednesday, March 2nd

  • High Trails Info Night for Upper El and 3rd Graders

Monday, March 14th

  • Deadline to Order the 2021/2022 Yearbook

Safety Reminders

  1. Please use the crosswalk. Not only is jaywalking illegal, it is incredibly unsafe. Grown-ups, small eyes are always watching and when they see you jaywalk, they think it is okay to as well.
  2. Please kiss and go in the Kiss and Go Lane. The curb from the cross walk west to the front steps is designated as our Kiss and Go Lane. Please do not park and exit your vehicle there. We understand that parking is at a premium; but, the Kiss and Go Lane is an important part of our morning drop off.
  3. Please do not park in the bus zone. The curb directly in front of the front steps is for bus parking only.
  4. The rock wall in the big playground is over 60 years old. The district does take very good care of maintaining the wall to make it as safe as possible. However, our staff has been instructed to not allow the students to climb up the wall, or to walk on top of the wall. We appreciate you reinforcing our school rule before and after school.
  5. Please remember staff supervision of the playground ends at 2:40pm. If any child cannot identify the grown-up responsible for them, the child will be taken to the office and a grown-up called.

We take the safety of all of our children very seriously and thank you for your cooperation.

Clubs/Tutoring ~ Week of February 28 - March 4


  • Math Tutoring
  • Reading Tutoring
  • Make Up Session for Friday Mystery Science with Ms. Jill, postponed from Friday, February 18th


  • Math Tutoring
  • Reading Tutoring
  • Primary Authors Club with Ms. Jill
  • Lower El Sewing Club with Ms. Kirsten
  • Upper El Mystery History Club with Ms. Casi
  • Upper El Golden Coders with Ms. Marni


  • No Clubs or Tutoring


  • Preschool Social Skills Club with Ms. Kirsten
  • Kindergarten Spanish Club with Ms. Lulu
  • Lower El Crafting Club with Ms. Michele
  • Lower El and Upper El Mystery Science Club with Ms. Jill
  • Upper El Advanced Art with Mr. Bakken


  • Primary Storytime with Ms. Marni
  • Kindergarten ASL Club with Ms. Lulu
  • Lower El Mystery Science Club with Ms. Jill
  • Upper El Graphic Novel Club with Ms. Kirsten

This is the last week of 3rd Quarter Clubs! Look for information, coming soon, about 4th Quarter Clubs.



It's not to late to sign up for Read to Feed: A Fundraiser for Heifer International!

By participating in this reading program with other students at Buena Vista Montessori, you are helping Heifer International to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. Gifts of livestock and training help lift families from poverty to self-reliance. All money raised will go directly to the purchase of livestock and trainings.

For more information feel free to visit their website,

Send your child's green enrollment form in to school and we will send them home with a packet the next day!

Happy Reading!
-Ms. Marni

Family Engagement Listening Tour

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Dear D11 Families,

We want to learn from our families! You're invited to join other D11 families to share your experiences as parents, caregivers, and community members. This is a time for your school district to learn from your lived experiences through a confidential sharing circle.

Join us on Thursday, March 3, at 5:30 p.m. at the Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St., 80904. Childcare and a light meal will be provided. Please RSVP here: or click the QR code on the invite. See you there!

Montessori Moment - First Year Montessori Teacher

First Year Montessori

High Trails Parent Information Night

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Buena Vista Gym

6:00pm - 7:00pm

For parents of 3rd Graders and Upper El Students

An opportunity to

- Get all the details about the overnight trip to High Trails

- Ask questions

- Complete all the paperwork and turn it in.

Bring a copy of your health insurance card

Notary will be available

The directors of the High Trails Program will be here to share information and answer your questions.

For a sneak peak, check out the High Trails website:

News from Your PTA

Your PTA Needs YOU!

The PTA is looking for three volunteers to serve Buena Vista on the PTA board starting in July. There are two positions for Co-President and one position for Secretary. The term for the new board members is for the next two years. Our current treasurer will still be on the board next year. If you are interested in running please email to learn more – we would love to have you join us!

Mod Pizza Fundraiser

Monday, Feb. 28th, 10am-10pm

4465 Venetucci Boulevard

Colorado Springs, CO

Show the picture below or enter the online order code (MODF2975) to help Buena Vista PTA earn 20% of your bill! Let's support BV PTA and all the great work they do for the students and staff of our school!
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Easy Ways to Help Out the BV PTA


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.

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.

News from the School Accountability Committee

What is the School Accountability Committee (SAC)?

A strong School Accountability Committee (SAC) is essential to improve the quality of education our students receive. The purpose of the SAC is to inform, encourage and provide opportunities for parent and community members to be involved in the planning and evaluation of the school's instructional program and quality improvement processes. It is an opportunity for all to participate and have a voice. A SAC that engages parents and community members, while working in coordination with principals helps make our school stronger.

SAC Chair Position Opening

Ms. Vicky McLaughlin has graciously volunteered as the Buena Vista SAC Chair for four years! After so many years, she has decided to step down and asks that a new SAC Chair be selected. The following comes from CSSD11 Board of Education Policy AE.2, School Accountability Committees:

"A chair will be elected from the SAC membership. A vice chair or co-chair and secretary may also be elected. The term of office will be one or two years, and may be renewed at the discretion of the SAC. The chair, co-chair, and/or vice chair should be a parent/guardian elected from the parent/guardian representatives on the SAC. Officers will be elected by the majority of the membership present at the last meeting of the existing school year or at the first meeting of the next school year but no later than September 1 of each year.

The Chair will preside at all meetings, appoint subcommittee chairs as needed and, in general, conduct the business of the committee. The Chair or Secretary (if elected) will take minutes of the meetings, record attendance and provide a written copy for the records. The Chair will also ensure that the school community has been notified and has the opportunity to participate in DAC/SAC/Parent/Guardian work sessions and conferences sponsored by the District DAC."

If you have a heart for BV and feel that you would like to chair the SAC at Buena Vista, please reach out to Ms. Karen B. (

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 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 not required, but still recommended (as of Monday, December 13th) while learning indoors.
  • For students/staff ages 12 and over, in alignment with local and state guidance, face coverings are not required, but still recommended (as of Monday, December 13th) for anyone who is 12+ years regardless of vaccination status.

Hand Washing:

  • We will continue with our diligent handwashing and sanitizing 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 link:

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