We had a Great First Week!

Seeing all of the children filled our buckets!

Hello Tiger Families!

We had a wonderful first week of school! Students and teachers are working on creating classroom environments that allow for kindness, responsibility, creativity and learning. It was a pleasure to see so many happy faces this week as students reconnected with one another. A few reminders as we back in the school routine:

  • If your child is sick, please keep them home. This will allow for a safe school environment and keep our campus open for learning!
  • Friday is school communication day. Stay up to date on school events by checking your child's backpack for the Friday Folder. Additionally, look for the Friday newsletter sent via email and on our school website.

Thank you all for your support to make this year great!

Ms. Shannon

Please read this entire update for important information!

Included in this Issue . . .

  • My Child is Not Feeling Well. Now What?
  • School Highlight
  • News from Your PTA
  • COVID Protocol Updates
  • From the Health Room
  • Bussing
  • From the School Kitchen

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.

School Highlight - Art Class

News from Your PTA

August PTA Meeting

Tuesday, Aug. 31st, 2:45pm

924 West Pikes Peak Avenue

Colorado Springs, CO

Meet at the Picnic Tables in the Big Playground!

Questions / Comments / Concerns: Please contact us at bvmontessoripta@gmail.com

School Spirit Gear


We have plenty of kids sized Buena Vista logo face masks available for purchase in our PTA store. https://bvmontessori.new.memberhub.store/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 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.


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.

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


From the Health Room

Student Medication: If your child needs to have medication at school, which will be securely stored in the school health room, please let the office know and they will provide you with the proper form. A signed doctor’s order, including a parent’s signature, are required to have any medication at school, prescription and over-the-counter (including cough drops, cold medications, antacids, and more).

Immunization Exemptions: Per the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, if you choose not to have your student vaccinated according to the current recommended schedule because of personal belief or religious reasons, or if you are missing any required vaccinations for any other reason, you must now submit a Certificate of Nonmedical Exemption to your child’s school. Nonmedical exemptions must be submitted annually at every new school year (after July 1 but before the first day of school). There are two ways to complete a nonmedical exemption:

  • Obtain the Certificate of Nonmedical Exemption, WITH a signature, from an immunizing provider, OR
  • Print the Certificate of Nonmedical Exemption received upon the completion of the CDPHE online education module.

Downloadable certificates and the online education module are available at cdphe.colorado.gov/vaccine-exemptions. If you haven’t already done so, please complete this before Wednesday, August 11, and return it to Alison at alison.yorke@d11.org. If we do not have this before the first day of school your child’s start date may be delayed.

NEW!! Bussing TO and FROM Buena Vista!

District 11 is now offering bus service for Buena Vista Kindergarten through 5th Grade students who live within D11 boundaries and in the center/west side of the city.

If you live. . .

  • within the D11 boundary, and
  • west of Union Blvd and north of Fillmore, or
  • west of Circle Dr and south of Fillmore

you are in the bus service area!

Please follow this link to sign up for service and receive more details about the pick up and drop off locations and times that are specific for your child(ren)!

Contact the BV office with any questions!

From the School Kitchen

District 11 is providing meals to all students for this school year regardless of Free or Reduced Price meal status for the 2021-2022 school year. However, you should still complete an application to obtain FRL status.

Benefits to filling out the FRL application may include:

  • Reduced fees for athletics and other non-school programs
  • Increased funding for your schools
  • Possible Pandemic EBT food benefits

You will need to qualify for Free or Reduced Price meals to qualify for any possible P-EBT benefits for this school year.

Please complete a new Application for Free and Reduced Priced Meals each school year as soon as possible to receive a determination.

Take advantage of our easy online application for free or reduced-price meals simply by clicking on the MySchoolApps.com icon below.