Ryan's Weekly Family Update


Message from the Principal

Dear Ryan Elementary Community,

We love promoting the Ryan promise with our students. We have a new “Rockin Rhino” design to help students know which area they are being recognized for and to help make sure their slip gets put in the correct grade level bucket. On Fridays, we select students from the bucket to have the lucky students pick a prize. They can then bring the Rockin Rhino ticket home.

With the changing temperatures, please help make sure your child comes to school with warm clothes. We will try to be outside every day, unless the precipitation is making students too wet, it’s too icy or temperatures are way below 20 degrees. One of the best ways to ensure your child’s hat, gloves, jacket, water bottle, etc. make it home each day is to have it labeled. We can return items with student’s names on it much easier than if it’s not labeled. In addition, when students leave the cafeteria from lunch, they have designated spots to stop outside before they head off to play. The purpose of this stop zone is to help students leave any items that they bring outside including clothing and lunchboxes in the same location each day. This helps keep items with their class rather than spread out around the playground. If you are in need of assistance with any clothing items this fall and winter, please contact our family liaison, Miriam Wright, at miriam.wright@bvsd.org.

Check out October 25th and November 1st Wednesday Announcements and find out who won the pumpkin decorating contest!

It’s always a great day to be a Rhino! Go Rhinos!


Stephanie Jackman


In this newsletter you will find details on the following:

  • Upcoming No School Dates
  • Coin Challenge Information
  • Book Fair & Rhino Wallet Information
  • Coffee + Connection Invitation
  • Open Enrollment Information
  • Rhino TV first Episode
  • Yearbook Cover Contest Results
  • Student Council News
  • PTA Updates
  • Connect for Health Colorado
  • Battle of the Books Information
  • BVSD Meals & Messenger Notification Details
  • Attendance Announcement
  • Instrumental Music Reminder
  • Health Room Requests
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • FAQs Section from past newsletters information

If you have an immediate need, please call the main office at 720.561.7000

No School Dates:

November 20 - 21

Fall Conference Exchange Days - No School

No classes for BVSD students; district offices are open.

November 22 - 24

Thanksgiving Break

No classes for BVSD students; district offices are open Nov. 22 and closed Nov. 23-24.

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Ryan's Fall Book Fair

Ryan's Fall Book Fair will be held November 13-17. Our book fair is a fundraiser for the Ryan Library. To see store hours and to setup and eWallet, please visit https://www.scholastic.com/bf/ryansteamschool.

Ryan Rhino Wallet for Bookfair

If you would like to donate money to students who are not able to shop at the book fair, you can contribute to a Ryan Rhino eWallet. All donations will be used so that ALL of our students can pick out their very own new book at the Book Fair. Follow this link and use the information below to add funds to the Ryan Rhino eWallet. Questions? Email allison.trippe@bvsd.org

eWallet link: http://bit.ly/fall2023ryanbookfair (scroll down to GET STARTED)

Recipient Name: Ryan Rhino

Teacher: Allison Trippe

Grade: 6th

Coffee + Connection Thursday, November 16th

Join us on Thursday, November 16 from 7:55-8:30am, for our next Coffee + Connections.

Stick around for a bit after morning drop-off to enjoy some coffee and informal time to connect with Mrs. Jackman or other admin at Ryan.

Open Enrollment Window

BVSD Open Enrollment begins Tuesday, November 1, until Wednesday, January 9 at 4pm and will be done online.

Ryan will be hosting an Open Enrollment Tour on Wednesday, November 15th 3:30-4:30

Current KG through 4th grade Ryan students do not need to do anything for their enrollment for next school year, so long as they have not moved out of the Ryan attendance area this school year. All KG through 4th grade Rhinos who are currently open enrolled to Ryan or living in the attendance area will automatically roll-up for next school year. If you have moved out of the Ryan attendance area this school year, or know you're going to, and wish to have your child remain at Ryan, you will need to register for Open Enrollment. Questions? Reach out to Jamie Hanes at 720.561.7007 OR jamie.hanes@bvsd.org.

Rhino TV Episode #1!!

Check out our first episode of Rhino TV! Rhino TV is our school news channel produced by a kindergarten-5th grade after school club.

5th Grade Yearbook Cover Contest Results

Please Click Here to view our Yearbook Cover Contest!

Thank you to everyone who participated for all of your hard work and creativity.

Congrats to our winners!

Student Council News!

CANDY for the TROOPS UPDATE: Thank you for your generosity Ryan Families. We collected 4 garbage bags full of candy to donate to our soldiers abroad!

PTA Update

Dining Night Out - November 14

Our next Dining Night Out will be at MOD Pizza (1137 Diamond Circle, Lafayette), THIS Tuesday, November 14, all day long (10:30am–9pm). MOD Pizza will donate 20% of all in-store and digital sales back to the PTA. Just visit the restaurant and mention the fundraiser, or order online through the MOD app or website with the digital coupon code MODGIVES20. Take a night off from cooking while supporting Ryan!

PTA Community Meeting - November 15

Come join us for our next community meeting THIS Wednesday, November 15, from 6:30–7:30pm in Mrs. Peterson's classroom with child care in Mrs. Lewandowski's classroom! These meetings are an excellent way to stay connected to the school and its current events. Blue Sky Bridge, a local group of professionals committed to ending child abuse, will be giving a presentation at this meeting on child abuse prevention and education. Childcare and pizza will be provided for kids. All members of the Ryan community are welcome, and one lucky attendee will win a gift certificate to a local restaurant!

Math STEAM Night - UPDATED DATE: TUESDAY, December 5

Ryan families are invited to join Mr. Appling and Ms. Tisha at Ryan on TUESDAY, December 5, 5–6:30pm for another STEAM Night! Have fun learning and playing games that build math skills, logical thinking, and number sense. Flex your math muscles and take on puzzle challenges for all ages (adults too!). Whether you consider yourself a mathematical master or not, come have fun and help your student build a strong foundation for lifelong math success! Attendees will be treated to pizza. Please RSVP by the end of the day on Friday, December 1, to ensure we have adequate supplies and pizza. This event is brought to you by the Ryan Elementary PTA!

Email PTA Board

PTA Website

PTA Facebook

Ryan Parents Facebook

Connect for Health Colorado Health Insurance Open Enrollment - November 1 through January 15, 2023

Connect for Health Colorado Open Enrollment - November 1 through January 15, 2023

From preventative services to the security it provides during a medical emergency, health insurance affords stability to families as they build and plan for the future. Free, in-person help is available from certified Connect for Health Colorado enrollment experts located throughout Colorado to help you get the right health insurance coverage.

Find an Enrollment Assister - Assistance Network Scheduler

Certified Enrollment Assisters can help you apply for financial help and are very experienced with complicated situations, such as when one family member receives Health First Colorado (Medicaid) or other public assistance while the others do not. They can also provide education about affordable health insurance and help you enroll in a Marketplace plan.

It's time for Battle of the Books!

If your 3rd, 4th, or 5th grader is interested in joining Ryan's Battle of the Books program, please complete this interest form https://forms.gle/Hkt3s4fbwyHhwNn77

To read more about this fun program, and to see the 2023-2024 list of books, visit https://www.bvsd.org/parents-students/academics/bvsd-sponsored-events/battle-of-the-books. Contact Allison Trippe with questions, allison.trippe@bvsd.org

Meals are still free, but the payment system is changing

Free meals are still free, but the payment system is changing! Please be advised that on November 13th, the Food Services Department will be switching software systems from MyPaymentsPlus to School Cafe. If you have a balance on your account it will automatically transfer into School Cafe on the 13th. Meal account funds are not necessary for your student to receive a free breakfast and lunch every day, but are necessary to purchase items like second entrees, a la carte items, and side salads. Starting on November 13th, if you would like to add money to your student’s meal account, you will have to create a School Cafe account and do it there. Beginning on November 11th, MyPaymentsPlus will turn off and it will not be possible to add funds to your student’s account.

Please see the resources below to help with the transition.

Parent Sign Up Instructions

Video Walkthrough

BVSD's School Messenger support and notifications

Boulder Valley School District recently tested their emergency alert system.

The test alert included a phone call, text message and email to those opted in to receive BVSD Communications.

Users can adjust their communication preferences as desired via these instructions.

If you did not receive a text message, and would like to opt-in to receive text messages from the district and schools through SchoolMessenger, opting-in is a two-step process:

  • The person's cell phone number must be in a cell phone field in Infinite Campus (students/parents) or Infor/Lawson (employees).
  • They then send a text message from their cell phone to “67587” with the word “yes” in the message. They may opt-out at any time by texting “STOP” to 67587.

Learn more on BVSD's School Messenger support page

5th Grade Instrumental Music

Instrumental music is in full swing for our 5th graders every Monday and Thursday! Please ensure your 5th grade musician's success by helping them remember their instruments each Monday and Thursday. Things can get crazy in the office, our delivery team might not always make out into the building promptly to get instruments to students.

Attendance Annoucement

If your child has an appointment during school hours, please ask the medical office for a school excuse note and bring it to the Ryan office.

To report your child's absences, please enter it through your Parent Portal or call the Attendance Line 720.561.7002 and remember to include the REASON FOR THE ABSENCE!

We understand sometimes our students need to be out for an extended period of time. We ask, if you know your child will be out for more than 3 days, to please fill out this form in addition to reporting the absence through the portal or attendance line.

Good habits start early! Research shows regular attendance at school has a DRAMATIC impact on student progress. Please see the How Sick Is To Sick guidelines as well as the BVSD attendance policy.

Health Room Announcement

Request from Ryan's Health Room

  • Please send your child a snack and water bottle EVERYDAY!

  • We are looking for HEALTHY SNACKS(items like: goldfish, granola bars, veggie straws,crackers) for the Health Room, please drop by with your donations in the front office and we will get them to the teachers. Thank you!

  • Trips, spills and thrills happen: please remember to send your child with a change of clothes, especially in our younger elementary grades, we have all sorts of accidents and often kiddos prefer clothes of their own. Thank you!

If your child needs medication at school, our healthroom para, Chrystal Terhune chrystal.terhune@bvsd.org would be happy to help you in the front office. You will need Doctor's orders and the Medication Authorization form as well.

Please do NOT send medication to school in your child's backpack.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering is a fun, simple way to get involved within the Ryan community. We have all sorts of opportunities to get involved. Whether you volunteer regularly in your teacher’s classroom or bring treats and coffee to teachers for late start or volunteer for the upcoming book fair, the impact can be huge. Not only does it benefit the school but it benefits your kids and families in our community as well! Please take a moment to fill out the background check through raptor: https://www.bvsd.org/parents-students/get-involved/volunteers and click here to see what opportunities we have available Help at School

We appreciate your help! Thanks!


This section includes information from past Newsletters that you may need to reference.

If you have any questions please be sure to reach out!