Rhino Weekly Connection


Note from the Principal, Kristen Smetzer!

Hello Ryan Families!

As we are wrapping up the semester, it is fun to reflect on all of the great things that have happened this school year. Our kids have shown so much growth, not just in the classroom but outside of the classroom and as young humans. We are so fortunate to be able to spend every day with your children; thank you for sharing them with us!

We have noticed that some young Rhinos are particularly energetic these last few days. Please continue to partner with us to provide as much routine as possible so that all kids feel prepared and successful.

We ask your help in reaching out to any neighbors or friends who have incoming kindergartners next year to fully register for kindergarten so that we have accurate enrollment numbers. This directly impacts our staffing for next year.

Thank you for all that you do!

Go Rhinos!


In this week's update you will find:

  • Kindergarten Round up information
  • Ryan's got Talent details
  • Library Books are Due
  • Plant Sale details
  • Medication pick up information
  • PTA update
  • Last Episode of Rhino TV
  • Last Day of school announcement
  • Incoming Kindergarten registration information
  • 1:web announcement
  • BVSD proposed budget public input information
  • 2023-24 Free Breakfast and Lunch announcement
  • Kids summer meals
  • Summer Learning details
  • 23-24 Health services requirements
  • Register for next year's school bus
  • FAQs-past newsletter posts

Go Rhinos!

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It's time for Ryan's Got Talent!

Performances are May 18th 1:45-2:45 and 6:30-7:30.

Since there is an evening performance, we ask that all parents attend the show at 6:30.


Library Books are PAST DUE!

All library books are were Friday, May 12!

Please turn in all library books as soon as possible.

Lost books can either be replaced or paid for. Contact Allison Trippe with questions, allison.trippe@bvsd.org

Plant Sale!

Come visit the annual BVSD Plant Sale! From basil to dahlias to heirloom tomatoes, we've got everything you'll need for a thriving garden. 100% of proceeds support nutrition education and farm to school programming for BVSD’s 31,000 students. The event will be held in front of the BVSD greenhouse, located in the Arapahoe Ridge High School parking lot, on the following days:

Fri May 12th: 12-4pm (BVSD Staff Only) 4-6pm (General Public)

Sat May 13th: 8am-4pm

Fri May 19th: 12-6pm

Sat May 20th: 8am-4pm

For full details, including a list of available flowers, fruits, veggies, and herbs, click the link below.


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.

PTA Update

Fourth Grade Families!

We are looking for Fourth Grade family 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 and get a sneak preview of the event before your kids' ceremony next year! 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

Rhino TV

Please check out the final episode of Rhino TV for the school year!

Last Day of School

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

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!

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

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.

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.

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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. Spots are still available for all weeks!

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!

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.


Previously posted Newsletter FAQ's for your reference

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