Monte the Tiger's Weekly Update

News from Buena Vista Montessori ~ December 3, 2021

Hello Tiger Families!

Our students and staff are making each day count in the classroom! There is so much learning happening in our building and we are excited to see the children being active participants in their own education.


The staff and teachers of BV are looking forward to these next weeks before Winter Break as a time to reflect on making valuable connections with our children! Many of our classrooms are exploring the Celebrations of Winter and how each is special. Please reach out to your classroom teacher if you have any questions!


Have a great weekend!

Included in this Issue . . .

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

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, December 7th

  • Ugly Sweater Day!

Friday, December 10th

  • Upper Elementary Instrumental Concert at 6:00pm, audience by invitation only

Wednesday, December 13th

  • Monthly All BV Staff Meeting - Office will Close at 2:45pm

Tuesday and Wednesday, December 14th and 15th

  • PTA Holiday Shoppe

Friday, December 17th

  • End of Second Quarter and First Semester

Sunday, December 18th through Tuesday, January 4th

  • Winter Break - No School

Wednesday, January 5th

  • Students Return! - Start of Third Quarter and Second Semester

Montessori Moment - Concrete to Abstract

The objective of Montessori is to develop the concept first. By using concrete materials during the early, sensitive years, the Montessori child can learn the basic concepts of mathematics and language. Montessori students use concrete hands-on learning materials that make abstract concepts more clear. Lessons and activities are introduced simply and concretely in the early years and are reintroduced several times during the following years at increasing degrees of abstraction and complexity.

All of the materials in the Montessori classroom have been specifically designed to attract the interest of the student, while at the same time teaching an important concept. The purpose of each material is to isolate a certain concept the child is bound to discover. Montessori believed that “what the hand does, the mind remembers”. Concrete materials make concepts real, and therefore easily internalized. The student works abstractly (paper and pencil) when he or she has internalized the pattern and no longer needs the Montessori material.

School Highlight - The Festival of Lights

News from Your PTA

Holiday Shoppe Announcement

We will be having our annual Holiday Shoppe on December 14th and 15th this year! For those unfamiliar, we have a small shop with all items priced $6 or less that the children come through to purchase items for their family/friends. We will be sending envelopes (and a flyer) on December 10th in Friday Folders, so please be on the lookout for these. Together with your child, you can create a list of people they can shop for and place money into the envelope. After the gifts are chosen by the child, items will be wrapped and placed in their backpacks to bring home. The children really enjoy the chance to buy small gifts for family members/friends on their own.


We are also looking for volunteers to help on these days - 8-11am and 12:30-2:30pm. Please contact us at bvmontessoripta@gmail.com if you are able to help us out. Since we run the shop during school hours, having volunteers is vital to getting the kids all through in a timely manner as we do wrap the gifts!

Modern Market Fundraiser

Friday, Dec. 17th, 11am-9pm

7170 North Academy Boulevard

Colorado Springs, CO

Stay tuned for more details, but add this to your calendar to eat dinner at Modern Market on December 17th! Modern Market will be donating a percentage of sales to Buena Vista PTA!

Picture Request - Fall Festival Pictures!

Did you take some awesome pictures at our Fall Festival this year? We are looking for some pictures to include in our yearbook this year. If you have any that you would like to share with us, please email them to the PTA at bvmontessoripta@gmail.com along with a note approving us to use them in the yearbook. Thank you for your help!!

Class Pictures are Still Available for Purchase

If you were interested in getting a class picture and did not order it on picture day, you still have another chance. See the below instructions:


Mail a note that includes the school name (Buena Vista Elementary), your students name, teacher's name and grade (i.e. 4th Grade - Upper Elementary) and your mailing address

along with cash or a check totaling $11.90 per picture (this includes tax) to :


Lifetouch

2828 Janitell Rd

Colorado Springs, CO 80906

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 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