Monte the Tiger's Weekly Update

News from Buena Vista Montessori ~ April 1, 2022

Hello Tiger Families -

A huge thank you to Ms. Sharon Gateley who stepped in to fill Ms. Shannon's shoes while Ms. Shannon was away from school this week!


We always love seeing Ms. Sharon around the school and appreciate her taking some time away from retirement to be with us!


THANK YOU MS. SHARON!

Included in this Issue . . .

  • Upcoming Events
  • Clubs Updates
  • News from the Library
  • Spring Dance
  • Family Engagement Listening Tour
  • Superintendent Search
  • Montessori Moment
  • News from Your PTA
  • News from the School Accountability Committee
  • News from the Health Room

Upcoming Events

Monday, April 4th

  • School Librarian Appreciation Day

Tuesday, April 5th

  • After-School Clubs Start! (see schedule below)
  • SAC Meeting at 2:40 in Room 6

Wednesday, April 6th

  • Upper El Leaves for High Trails (9:00am)

Thursday, April 7th

  • 3rd Grade Leaves for High Trails (9:00am)

Friday, April 8th

  • Tower of Books Challenge Book Lists due to Ms. Marni
  • Read-to-Feed Pledges Due
  • Upper El and 3rd Grade Return from High Trails (2:00pm)

Monday, April 11th

  • 1st and 2nd Grades to Bear Creek Park

Wednesday, April 13th

  • BV Staff Meeting - Front Office Closing at 2:45pm

Friday, April 29th

  • BV Community Spring Dance

4th Quarter Clubs

Monday, April 4th

  • Reading Tutoring with Ms. Chantel and Ms. Michele
  • Math Tutoring with Mr. Chad, Ms. Heidi, Ms. Casi, and Ms. Karen B.

Tuesday, April 5th

  • Reading Tutoring with Ms. Michele
  • Math Tutoring with Mr. Chad, Ms. Heidi, Ms. Casi, and Ms. Karen B.
  • Kindergarten Spanish with Ms. Lulu
  • Lower El Sewing with Ms. Kirsten
  • Elementary Animation with Ms. Marni
  • Upper El Botany with Ms. Chantel

Wednesday, April 6th

  • PTA Art Class with Barbara Dimond

Thursday, April 7th

  • Reading Tutoring with Ms. Chantel and Ms. Michele
  • Primary Crafty Science with Ms. Casi
  • Kindergarten Spanish with Ms. Lulu
  • Elementary Mystery Science with Ms. Jill
  • Upper El Sewing with Ms. Kirsten
  • Upper El Advanced Art with Mr. Bakken

Friday, April 8th

  • Math Tutoring with Ms. Heidi
  • Primary Animal Science with Mr. Chad
  • Kindergarten ASL with Ms. Lulu
  • Lower El Storybook STEM with Ms. Marni
  • Elementary Mystery Science with Ms. Jill
  • Upper El Graphic Novel with Ms. Kirsten

News from the Library

Read Across America Read-A-Thon

Our Read-A-Thon in honor of Read Across America is officially over!


Thank you to all the families that participated in either the Tower of Book Challenge or the Read to Feed Fundraiser!


Books lists are due to Ms. Marni by Friday April 8th for your child to be included in the drawing for 50% off at the Scholastic Book Fair in May! (one discount winner for each level; primary, lower elementary, and upper elementary.)


Please reach out to Ms. Marni with any questions, marni.zabel@d11.org.

Did your family participate in the Read-to-Feed Fundraiser?

It is now time to collect pledges!



There are 2 ways to collect pledges.


  1. Cash or check from each individual pledges. Place all cash and checks along with the pledge sheet in an envelope with your child's name and turn it into their teacher.
  2. Send your child’s donors the fundraiser web address. https://fundraise.heifer.org/BuenaVistaMontessori. When your donors pay thru the website please encourage them to add your child’s name in the comment section.


Pledges must be sent in by Friday April 8th.


Please reach out to Ms. Marni with any questions, marni.zabel@d11.org.

School and District Updates

Buena Vista Community Spring Dance

Friday, April 29th, 5pm

924 West Pikes Peak Avenue

Colorado Springs, CO

Join the BV Community for our Annual Spring Dance! This year, the children are learning Barn Dancing and will be performing/teaching the dances! Stay tuned for more information!

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 Monday, April 25, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. at the East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd. Childcare and a light meal will be provided. Please RSVP by clicking here or on the QR code in the graphic.

Superintendent Search

The District 11 Board of Education is currently working with a national search firm, McPherson & Jacobson, to help identify and select candidates to be our next superintendent of schools.


One of the firm's activities in this process is to gather stakeholder feedback on our schools, our community, and the desired characteristics we hope to see in our next superintendent. This information will help inform our consultant's work, guide the Board of Education in the selection process, and will also be critical to helping our selected candidate smoothly transition into the role of our next superintendent.


We highly value the perceptions of our community, so we hope you will take a few minutes to participate in this online survey and share your thoughts with us. The survey will open Friday, April 1, and will remain open through April 15, 2022. To participate, simply click the link to the online survey below:


Click here to take the survey

Montessori Moments

We are taking a break from Montessori Moments for this week! Check back next week for our next video.

News from Your PTA

Easy Ways to Help Out the BV PTA

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.


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.

News from the School Accountability Committee

March/April 2022 SAC Meeting

Tuesday, April 5th, 2:30pm

924 West Pikes Peak Avenue

Colorado Springs, CO

We will be meeting in Room 6 for the monthly SAC Meeting

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.

News from the Health Room

How Sick is Too Sick?

When Children and Staff Should Stay Home from School

Evaluation of a sick child must consider which diseases are currently circulating among students, staff, and the community. Known exposure to cases or an outbreak of a contagious disease (including but not limited to those listed here), even without a confirmed diagnosis, may necessitate more stringent return to school requirements.


During Colorado's ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, children and staff who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should receive testing, and follow the COVID-19 isolation guidance until testing is complete or if they test positive. If the individual tests negative for COVID-19, the individual should then follow the recommendations for their disease or symptoms using the below guidance.


There are four main reasons to keep children and adults at home:

1) The child or staff is at risk of infecting others with COVID-19 or another contagious illness, either because of symptoms or recent close contact.

2) The child or staff member does not feel well enough to take part in usual activities. For example, a child is overly tired, fussy or will not stop crying.

3) A child needs more care than teachers and staff can give while still caring for the other children.

4) A child or staff member has symptoms or an illness on this list, and staying home is required.


Please reach out to our school nurse, Katie Bots, with any questions. kathleen.bots@d11.org