Monte the Tiger's Weekly Update

News from Buena Vista Montessori ~ September 10, 2021

Hello Tiger Families!

It has been a great week here at Buena Vista! Students are getting deep into learning as they explore the different works in their classrooms. This is greatly enhanced by the social environment on campus. Students and teachers alike thrive when they are able to communicate, learn, and grow together in our classrooms. I want to thank our Buena Vista families and community for making the transition to the mask mandate so smooth. This mask mandate will help us to reduce quarantines and keep students learning on campus. Thank you for your continued support!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Ms. Shannon

Thank you Rick's Garden Center!

Included in this Issue . . .

  • Upcoming Events
  • Montessori Moments
  • School Highlight
  • D11 Attendance Policy Refresher
  • School Accountability Committee
  • News from Your PTA
  • News from the Health Room
  • Museum at the Fine Arts Center
  • Picture Day is Coming!

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, September 14th

  • School Accountability Meeting 5:00pm via WebEx
  • Running Club Meet at Doherty High School at 3:30pm

Monday, September 20th

  • No School - Teacher Work Day

Tuesday, September 21st

  • PTA Meeting - details TBD

Friday, October 1st

  • Picture Day!!

Montessori Moments

Uninterrupted Work Period

The uninterrupted work period is fundamental to the Montessori approach, which recognizes and respects individual variations in the learning process. Within the Montessori environment, the children need to have time to work through various tasks and responsibilities at their own pace. This uninterrupted work period is vitally important, as that is when the building of coordination, concentration, independence and order, and the assimilation of information are able to occur.

School Highlight - Lower Elementary

D11 Attendance Policy Refresher


When a student misses more than 10 percent of any marking period, whether excused or unexcused, they are chronically absent from school. When a student misses any part of a school day, with no approved reason provided by the parent/guardian, the student is truant. Habitually truant students are those students who have four or more days of unexcused absences in a month, or ten days of unexcused absences in one year. Chronic absenteeism and truancy affect a student’s achievement and may delay a student’s academic progress. Students and parents/guardians who willfully violate this policy may be subject to disciplinary action at the school and through the judicial process.

Approved absences include the following per Colorado Revised Statute 22-33-104:

  • A student who is temporarily ill or injured or whose absence is approved by the Principal of the school of attendance.
  • A student who is absent for an extended period due to physical, mental, or emotional disability.

Please note that Colorado state law does not excuse vacations, time off to spend with family, or oversleeping.

Exceptions can be approved by the Principal for extenuating circumstances. When your child is away from school for any reason, it is imperative that you contact Buena Vista. You have 48 hours to excuse an approved absence; otherwise, your child’s absence will be marked as unexcused.

Excusing an approved absence can be done one of two ways at Buena Vista: 1) by calling 719-328-4100, or 2) by e-mailing

For more, please see the Student Conduct, Discipline and Attendance Code at Pages 7-8 summarize the district policy on Student Attendance, Absences, and Truancy, including a complete list of what is an approved absence and what is not.

Please be aware that students may not participate in after-school activities if they have been absent that day.


Per board policy, a student will be considered tardy if they arrive to class after the bell rings at 8:00 a.m. but before 8:20. After 8:20 the student is considered absent unless the absence is excused by a doctor’s note. Extenuating circumstances may be approved by the Principal.

School Accountability Committee Meeting

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 join us at 5:00pm by clicking this link. The password is BVSAC.

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 the flyer from your last week's 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

Museum at the Fine Arts Center

D11 Visual and Performing Arts has partnered with the Museum at the Fine Arts Center at Colorado College to offer a special event just for District 11 families for four Saturdays in October. The FAC welcomes you and your family to the museum for guided experiences and activities on October, 9th, 16th, 23rd or 30th. This program is offered to D11 families to celebrate Arts Month! Please select the day and time you would like to attend. Each day has limited capacity, so families should sign up right away! Filling out this form is your registration and you will receive a confirmation email. The family day experience is ideally suited for children ages 4 and up. This experience is free and the FAC can accommodate accessibility needs. Sign up today!