Rhino Weekly Connection


Note from the Principal, Kristen Smetzer!

Hello Ryan Families!

Happy last week of school! We are wrapping up our time together with quite a few opportunities to celebrate and recognize all of the hard work our kids and teachers have put in to this year. I know that, for kids, this week can feel exciting, bittersweet, sad, and maybe even scary. We are here to support them with this transition, to value their feelings, and to proceed smoothly into this upcoming break.

Our fifth grade continuation and cake reception is this Thursday from 9:00-10:30! Families are invited to join us for this event - just be sure that you check in at the main office. Also, I understand that some families check their student out after the event. If you are doing that, please be sure to check them out through the main office, following all of our typical check out procedures.

Please be sure to check out the details below about yearbooks. We are distributing them in classes this week and have a few extra available for purchase.

We are moving three classrooms for next year, including our music room, our ILC spaces, and a general education classroom. If you are interested in helping us box things up or move large items on Friday, please sign up on this link.

Looking forward to seeing you at the end of school barbecue on Thursday afternoon! Thank you all for your incredible support and partnership this year. Ryan really is a special place.

Go Rhinos!


In this week's update you will find:

  • Yearbook Distribution
  • Library Books are Due
  • Last Day of school announcement
  • Medication pick up information
  • Lost and Found announcement
  • PTA update
  • Incoming Kindergarten registration information
  • Centaurus Basketball Camp information
  • BVSD proposed budget public input information
  • Register for next year's school bus
  • Lafayette's Summer Reading Program details
  • Kids summer meals
  • Summer Learning details
  • 2023-24 Free Breakfast and Lunch announcement
  • 23-24 Health services requirements
  • FAQs-past newsletter posts

Go Rhinos!

Yearbook Distrubution

If you ordered a yearbook through the Dorian website, your child's teacher will be distributing them this week!

If you didn't order one, we do have a limited number of extras for sale. You will need to come into the office, IN PERSON, with cash/check written to Ryan Elementary for $20. You may not call or email a request, we will not place a hold on any yearbooks.

Supplies are limited so it is first come, first served. Thank you for your understanding.

Library Books are PAST DUE!

All school library books are due! If a book is lost, it can be replaced or paid for. Cash or checks only, please. Checks can be made to Ryan Elementary. Contact Allison Trippe with questions, allison.trippe@bvsd.org

Last Day of School

The last day of the 2023-24 school year is Thursday, May 25th

News from the Health Room - Medication pick up

News From the Health Room

With just thirteen days of school left, it's time to connect with the Health Room about picking up your child's medication, i.e., pain medications, allergy meds, etc. Parents who have a child with an "urgent med"(i.e., epi-pen, inhaler, etc.) at school should not plan to pick-up meds until the last four days of school. Unclaimed medications will be disposed of, we are unable to store any medications at school, over the summer.

If you plan to have a med at school for your child for next school-year, please have your child's physician complete the authorization form (below) before the first day of school. Forms must be updated each school-year and accompany the medication in the original packing.

Feel free to reach out to Miss Chrystal, our Health Room Aide, with any questions or concerns at chrystal.terhune@bvsd.org OR 720.561.7009.

Lost and Found!

Any items left in the Lost and Found on the last day of school will be donated or disposed of. If your child is missing anything, have them go check it out or feel free to stop by the school and take a look!

PTA Update

Volunteers Needed!

We are looking for volunteers to help support the Fifth Grade Graduation! Fifth Grade families have been hard at work planning the ceremony, but they would like to spend the day of the graduation with their students and not setting up the event. Come help celebrate our Fifth Graders on the last day of school! Please check out https://bvsd.helpatschools.com/schools/16/events/11071 for volunteer opportunities, and thank you!!!
End of the Year BBQ, May 25

The PTA will be hosting a BBQ to celebrate the end of the year on the last day of school, Thursday, May 25, at Whitetail Park (2550 Autumn Ridge Blvd, Lafayette) from 4–7pm! The PTA will provide hotdogs and hamburgers (including vegetarian options), and we ask families to bring a side to share and drinks for your family. Come enjoy this fun family event and celebrate everything that our kids have accomplished this year!


Email PTA Board

PTA Website

PTA Facebook

Incoming Kindergarten for 2023-24

It is already time to think about the 2023-2024 school year!

If you will have, or know of, an incoming kindergarten student for next school year we're enrolling NOW! Check in with Jamie (720.561.7007 or jamie.hanes@bvsd.org) if you're unclear if you have enrolled your child for KG for next school-year.

Click HERE to see the incoming kindergarten website full of important information and resources! Attached you will also find a poster for our Kindergarten Round Up/Open House taking place on Tuesday, May 16th from 5:30-6:30pm and information about our Ryan Summer Playdates!

We hope to see you there!

Lady Warriors Basketball Team Information

We are excited to create an amazing community with the Freshman, JV & Varsity Women's basketball teams at Centaurus this year and what better way than to blend the generations of basketball players at summer camp!

  • Dates: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - June 6, 7, 8th
  • Kindergarten-5th grade 8:30-11:30am
  • 6th grade - 8th grade 11:45-2:45pm
  • Location: Centaurus High School Main Gym
  • Cost: $75
  • Includes skill work with the current high school players, coaches, games, fun and a camp t-shirt!
  • Any questions please contact jordan.matosky@bvsd.org

Thank you so much in advance for your support this summer and through the season. Go Lady Warriors!

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2023-24 Proposed Budget Public Input/Comentario público sobre el presupuesto propuesto para el 2023-2024

The May 23rd, 2023 special board meeting work session at 5:00 p.m. will address BVSD's proposed 2023-2024 budget. Requests to speak are welcome and must be made prior to noon the day of the meeting. Please complete the following form to indicate your request to speak at the meeting: Public Input Request Form. The meeting will be held at the BVSD Education Center, 6500 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, CO 80303

La reunión especial del Consejo de Educación del 23 de mayo de 2023, a las 5:00 p.m. abordará el presupuesto del BVSD propuesto para el 2023-2024. Las solicitudes para comentar están abiertas hasta las 12:00 p.m. el día de la reunión. Por favor complete el siguiente formulario para indicar que quiere comentar durante la reunión: Solicitud para dar retroalimentación sobre el presupuesto. La reunión tomará lugar en el Centro de Educación del BVSD, 6500 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, CO 80303.

Registering for Buses 2023-24 School Year

You may have already received this email from BVSD Transportation Department if your student is eligible to ride the school bus, please sign up prior to the deadline of July 1st.

If you need help setting up your parent portal, please contact jamie.hanes@bvsd.org.

As we begin to plan bus routes for the 2023-24 school year, we are asking families to register for the bus, so we know how many students to plan for at each school. This data will help us maximize the number of students we are able to transport next year.

If you need your child to ride the bus for the 2023-24 school year, please register for bus service on Infinite Campus. Registration opens May 1 and closes on Jul. 1 at 5 p.m.

Instructions to register your student(s) for the bus in IC are shown below.

As you may have heard, BVSD is continuing to face a bus driver shortage. For this reason, we are asking that families who have the ability to transport their own students to school do so in order to free up space on our buses for children who have no other way to get to school.

If you know someone who is looking for a part-time job with benefits, including health insurance, please encourage them to apply to be a bus driver here. BVSD provides all training to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL).

Thank you for your help with our planning process. If you have questions, or if your family circumstances change and you need to change your option, call the BVSD Transportation Department at 720-561-5120 or email us at transportation@bvsd.org.

BVSD Transportation Services

Bus Registration Instructions

  • Log in to the Infinite Campus parent account. If you don’t have an account, directions on how to set one up can be found here.

    • Once logged in, select the “More” button on the left-hand side of the screen.

    • Next, select the “Transportation Options” link on the right side of the screen, located under the heading “Quick Links.”

  • You will see a list of all of your BVSD students. Click on your student(s) and answer the questions.

  • Bus stop locations and times will be posted in IC in early August under the BVSD Bus Stops Schedule tab. This tab will be blank for students who have not registered.

  • Please do not send your child to the bus stop if you have not been assigned to a route.

Summer Reading Program

The Lafayette Public Library is kicking off their 2023 Summer Reading Program and Performances. Visit this link to read more!

(Here is a link to the flyer in spanish)

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Don't Miss Out on a Never Bummer Summer!

From June 5th through July 28th enjoy one-week summer camps at five BVSD Summer Hub locations. Choose between Full Day camps with School Age Care from 8:30am-4:00pm (including two excursion days per week), or 58 Half Day Enrichment Camps with Lifelong Learning from 9:00am-12:30pm or 12:30pm-4:00pm. Locations include Bear Creek, Coal Creek, Meadowlark, Superior and Eisenhower. Eisenhower will offer preschool camps for 3 to 4-year-olds.

2023-24 School Year FREE BREAKFAST & LUNCH!

Thanks to Colorado voters, breakfast and lunch will be free for students next year at your school! Students can eat a free breakfast and a free lunch, complete with unlimited salad bar, every day! Students will continue to enter their student ID, and optional second entrees can be purchased when available using money in each student’s meal account. Even though lunch is free next year, it is still very important that you fill out the free and reduced meal application, as it impacts funding for your school. Please find the link to that application via Infinite Campus here.

At BVSD, we believe in nutritious, locally-sourced ingredients and tasty meals, and we’re thrilled to be able to offer free meals to all students. We’re a leader in scratch-cooked school food, and we look forward to serving more students than ever next year! Learn more at food.bvsd.org.

2023-2024 BVSD Health Services Department Requirements

Click here (Spanish) for important information regarding immunizations, Annual Data Update, medications, etc for next school year. Complete these now and check them off your list for next fall!


Previously posted Newsletter FAQ's for your reference

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

1:Web Announcement

1:Web Students leaving BVSD: Students who are not returning to BVSD in August 2023, please turn in your 1:Web Chromebooks and HP charging cords to your school office.

Summer Repairs: The IT team is available all summer to assist with Chromebook issues and repairs. Please have your students reach out to our IT Service Desk at 720-561-HELP or access our IT Portal at my.bvsd.org and click on the ServiceNow tile