Monte the Tiger's Weekly Update

News from Buena Vista Montessori ~ November 12, 2021

Hello Tiger Families!

Thank you to all of our families for working so hard to adjust to the time change and continue to get our children to school on time! We know the days and weeks after the time change can be difficult, and we appreciate the hard work of everyone!


We are very excited to welcome our new, full-time counselor, Mr. Brad, to the BV family! Mr. Brad has been visiting the classrooms this week and will begin meeting with children and leading small groups next week. Stay tuned for next week's Weekly Update for an introduction to Mr. Brad!


Our teachers and staff are reporting excellent growth in our children, both academically and socially! We are feeling good about the progress and looking forward to the second half of the second quarter!

Included in this Issue . . .

  • Upcoming Events
  • Montessori Moments
  • School Highlight
  • Special Message from Ms. Marni
  • News from Your PTA
  • News from the Health Room

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, November 16th

  • PTA Meeting 6:30pm Virtually

Monday through Friday, November 22nd -26th

  • No School ~ Thanksgiving Break

Montessori Moments

Assistant Teacher in Each Classroom

In conventional schools, students are grouped by grade and are taught by a single classroom teacher. In Montessori schools, however, students are grouped by three-year age spans (i.e., 3-6 years old, 6-9 years old, 9-12 years old), and require two teachers: a Montessori trained lead teacher and an assistant. Having a lead Montessori trained teacher and an assistant is vital to ensuring fidelity of implementation of the Montessori pedagogy, which in turn fosters the students’ executive functions.


Key Points:


  • Assistants are key to ensuring that the complex learning environment is prepared for children.
  • Assistants enable Montessori teachers to focus on instruction without interruption.
  • The assistant’s broad awareness and scanning of the environment not only protects the teacher’s lessons but also assures that observational data are being gathered continuously, students are navigating the environment appropriately, and concentration is honored.
  • The teacher and assistant’s interactions offer a constant model of grace and courtesy for students to emulate, something not possible with only one adult present.

School Highlight - Hero Wall

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Online Book Fair

Our book fair will be ending on Saturday November 13th. We are already 15% of the way to our goal of 100 books! All books purchased help the library buy books the students put on a wish list.

Thank you to all of you who have already ordered books!

If you have relatives that want to know what to get for your child(ren) for the holidays, the link below can be forwarded to anyone! (I sent the link to all of my daughter's grandparents!)

As a mom of a kindergartener at Buena Vista, I found loads of books that my daughter would want. I really had to reign it in before I bought $100s of dollars worth of books. Follett really has a wide variety of books to choose from for all ages!

Link for the eFair:
https://efairs.follettbookfairs.com/guest/browse?classCode=Z2GX3
The code for the eFair is: Z2GX3

Thank you for supporting our Buena Vista Library. Follett will give 25% of the fairs profits back to the library program at Buena Vista!

Happy browsing!
-Ms. Marni

News from Your PTA

November PTA Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 16th, 6:30pm

This is an online event.

School Spirit Gear

Masks

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


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!


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.


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.

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 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 required while learning indoors.
  • For students/staff ages 12 and over, in alignment with local and state guidance, face coverings are required for anyone who is 12+ years regardless of vaccination status.


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

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nhgGIbakyAJY3XJ2TW44sw7btXXqISBR/view?usp=sharing

Who Needs to Quarantine

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1S-bXk2yFdFAjBPUMfT-KvNMvz6EA2A9r/view?usp=sharing

At Home Symptom Screening Tool

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1rM77eLlnivcOuoqv0zy0pXXtjnY-fREN/view

Addressing Symptoms as School

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-qAUd4g8tYDZ4KKIlbCc_yG0wkEHjiXV/view?usp=sharing