Monte the Tiger's Weekly Update

News from Buena Vista Montessori ~ January 14, 2022

Hello Tiger Families!

Hello Tiger Families!


We've had a wonderful week here at Buena Vista. Upper El students enjoyed science by dissecting squid and cow eyeballs! Students are busy practicing for our musical, Pirates of Penzance. We're looking forward to the big show next week!


I want to thank all of our families; you are doing a wonderful job keeping students' home when they are sick. We greatly appreciate you helping to keep our BV community healthy!


Enjoy the long weekend!

~Ms. Shannon

No School Monday, January 17th

Students have been learning about the life and impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this week in their classrooms. We encourage all families to spend some time on Monday giving back to our community by spreading kindness and generosity!

Plan to Attend the PTA Meeting!

The PTA meeting is Tuesday, January 18th after school in the library.


We have a special speaker, Brandan Comfort, coming to talk with us about the district's Facilities Master Plan and Academic Master Plan. As some of you may remember, the Facilities Master Plan had our building (not the Montessori program, just the building) slated to be repurposed; however, the bond issue did not pass in November. This meeting will be a great opportunity for our community to learn about the district's plans for Buena Vista.


If you don't come to any other board meetings this year this is the one you really should be at.

Included in this Issue . . .

  • Upcoming Events
  • Montessori Moment
  • School Highlight
  • Intent to Return Survey
  • News from Your PTA
  • Special Request from the Health Room

Upcoming Events

Monday, January 17th

  • No School ~ Day of Service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tuesday, January 18th

  • PTA Meeting at 2:45 in the Library ~ Special speaker, Brandan Comfort to talk with us about the Academic Master Plan and Facilities Master Plan

Wednesday, January 19th

  • PTA Frankly Coffee Fundraiser ~ 6:30am to 3:00pm (see below)

Friday, January 21st

  • Upper El Presents "The Pirates of Penzance" (by ticket only) 6:00pm

Tuesday, January 25th

  • January School Accountability Meeting ~ 2:45pm in Room 6 and via WebEx

Montessori Moment - Math with Ms. Kirsten

- YouTube

School Highlight - Upper El Biology

Parent Survey: Intent to Return to Buena Vista for the 22/23 School Year

Please respond by January 31st to secure your currently enrolled child’s/children’s spot(s) for next year!


We are so glad you are a part of the Buena Vista community! Due to changes to the enrollment process for the 22/23 school year, we are needing to get an accurate count of who will be returning next year before the district's Choice Window closes on February 15th.


In addition, it is important that Ms. Alison, as your registrar, knows as soon as possible where current 5th graders and any child not returning to BV will be attending school next year. If you are unsure of your plans for next year please respond that you ARE returning and let Ms. Alison (alison.yorke@d11.org) know as soon as possible if your plans will be taking you away from Buena Vista.


No matter what your plans are, please fill out the short survey at this link: https://forms.office.com/r/E8bCd1mSG8.


Thank you!

News from Your PTA

Frankly Coffee Fundraiser

Wednesday, Jan. 19th, 6:30am-3pm

727 West Colorado Avenue

Colorado Springs, CO

Our coffee fundraiser at Frankly Coffee is on Wednesday, January 19th! Frankly Coffee, which is right around the corner from the school at 8th and Colorado, is open from 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


They are donating a portion of their sales from the whole day to the BV PTA!


This would be a great way to support a local small business. Find a way to stop by after drop off or around pick up time to support Frankly Coffee and the BV 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 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 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 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:

Updated Return to Learn

https://www.d11.org/domain/5173