Rhino Weekly Connection


Note from Interim Principal Mrs. Smetzer!

Hello Ryan Families!

Wow, it's cold today! Thank you for sending your kiddo to school with all of the appropriate winter gear on these super freezing days. We are hopeful that we will have outside recess again tomorrow - temps are warming up to a high of 28 for Tuesday!

We had spectacular decrease in tardies this week! It was evident that families made an intentional effort to be here on time after the messages from last week. Thank you! It makes such a difference.

You will be receiving an invite this weekend, from Help at Schools, to sign up for spring conferences, which will be held in the middle of February. This is such an important communication between teachers and families to celebrate all of our kids' great successes and to talk through any questions and wonderings. We appreciate you prioritizing this time to meet with your child's teacher.

In this week's update you will find:

  • Class photos details
  • No school 2/6
  • Spring conferences information
  • Trivia night details
  • Garden to table information
  • PTA update
  • Centaurus cheer clinic details
  • Other important reminders

Go Rhinos!

Kristen Smetzer

Class Photos

Class photos are coming on Friday, February 3rd!

Click here to order.

If you'd like to volunteer, and have done the background check through Raptor, please call the office 720.561.7000 to sign up.

Immediate Volunteer Needs

  • Class Picture Day is Friday, February 3rd from 8:00-2:30
  • Vision and Hearing Screening is Wednesday, Feb 1st from 9:45-1:00

If you'd like to volunteer, and have done the background check through Raptor, please call the office 720.561.7000 to sign up.

No School 2.6.23

No School for Students on Monday, February 6th.

This is a District Professional Development Day.

Spring Conferences

Spring Conferences are coming up February 15, 16 and 21!

The sign up window is February 5th through February 12.

Look for an email from Help at Schools on February 5th, to sign up with your child's teacher.

Did you know...

that being just 5 minutes late to school everyday is equivalent to missing 10 full days of school per year!

Thank you for your efforts last week! We saw a huge improvement with Tardies! Keep up the good work!

The first bell rings at 7:47AM (8:47 on Wednesdays), The tardy bell rings at 7:50AM (8:50 on Wednesdays). If a student arrives after 7:50AM, they are tardy and need to check in at the Office.

Please get your student to school on time, also let us know if you need support or if there is anyway we can help.

Trivia Night


Ryan's annual Trivia Night will be back IN PERSON this year! Please join us on Saturday, March 4, 5:30-10pm at the Avalon Ballroom (6185 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder).

This is a FUNdraiser for grown-ups! A ticket includes:

  • Dinner Catered by Claudia's Kitchen (BYOB...or wine...or...)
  • Live Auction
  • Fun Trivia Competition (Prizes for Winning Team and Best Table Theme!)
  • Games
  • After Party

The PTA is seeking help for this event! Please visit Help at Schools for roles.

Tickets will be on sale from January 23 to February 28. Purchase tickets here!

We Are Looking for Donations for Our Upcoming Trivia Night Silent Auction!

DO YOU HAVE AN ITEM OR SERVICE YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE FOR THE AUCTION? If you or someone you know has a special item or talent that you would like to share, please contact Francie Wojcik at francescwojcik@gmail.com OR drop your donation off in the Ryan office. (Be sure to let the office know the donation is for the Silent Auction and leave your contact information so we can thank you!) Check out the Auction site at MemberHub to see examples of Silent Auction items already received—new items being added all the time! The online Auction will go live on February 25.


  • Experiences: behind the scenes tour, mini-vacation, sporting or performance tickets (Have season tickets to the Rockies and know you’ll be out of town for a game? Add them to the auction! Nana and Grandad have a ski condo in Winter Park? Your Ryan friends would LOVE to stay there!)
  • Beautiful Items: wine, themed baskets (movie night, game night, crafts), art, jewelry, pottery
  • Nights Out: restaurant gift certificates, special tastings, special events
  • Self-Care Services: nail services, hair styling, massages, facials
  • Skills and Lessons: personal training, fly fishing, golf, cooking, you name it…

Donating your services or products for the auction can be a great way to get the word out to the Ryan community about your business or talents while helping to support Ryan students. The PTA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, so donations are fully tax deductible as allowed by law. All proceeds from the auction and the Trivia Night event benefit our students through supplies, activities, field trips, and other education opportunities. Thanks so much for considering!

Garden to Table

Despite all of this snow, it's the season where we start thinking about planting lettuce in the greenhouse for Spring lessons! We'd love to have your help and support in planting lettuce on Saturday January 28th from 1pm-3pm at the Boulder Valley School District Greenhouse (6600 Arapahoe Road). The greenhouse can be a little tricky to find, so please feel free to call Courtlyn at (970) 433-1305 if you get lost on the way.

This will be an opportunity to meet our team, help ensure success at your school gardens this year, and just have a fun time. Families are absolutely welcome to join!

If you're interested in attending, please RSVP to Courtlyn at courtlyn@gardentotable.org OR (970) 433-1305.

PTA Update

Dinner for Teachers on Conference Nights
Conferences are coming up on February 15, 16, and 21! In order to thank our teachers for staying late on those nights, the PTA organizes dinner for them. To sign up for prep, clean up, or to bring a dish, please visit https://bvsd.helpatschools.com/schools/16/events/10457.

Dining Night Out

Our next Dining Night Out will be at Noodles & Company (534 W. South Boulder Rd., Lafayette) Wednesday, February 22, from 4-8pm!

Noodles & Company will donate 25% of all online and in-restaurant sales. Just visit the restaurant and mention the Ryan fundraiser at checkout, or order online on the Noodles & Company app or website with the digital coupon code GIVING25 (you must be signed into a rewards account to use this code online).

Take a night off from cooking while supporting Ryan!

No PTA Meeting in February

We will not be holding our regularly scheduled PTA Community Meeting in February due to the overlap with conferences. Our next Community Meeting will be in April. We hope to see many Ryan families there!

Email PTA Board

PTA Website

PTA Facebook

Centaurus Cheer Clinic

Calling all aspiring cheerleaders! The Centaurus High School cheer team is hosting a 2-day mini cheer clinic at Centaurus on February 8 & 10. The clinic is open to boys and girls in 1st – 7th grade and ends with a showcase performance at the boys’ varsity basketball game on 2/10. For more information including registration and payment links visit: https://bit.ly/chs-cheer-clinic-23.

Please Vote for Most Valuable Teacher Award!!

Bobby Stone, 5th grade teacher at Ryan Elementary, has been selected as a nominee for the 2022-2023 NHL/NHLPA Most Valuable Teacher. This is a huge honor; he is one of twenty teachers being considered for this honor in the month of January across North America! Throughout the month, teachers, students and parents will be able to visit NHL.com/MVT and vote once a day, every day, for Mr. Stone! The teacher selected as a finalist each month will win an NHL club jersey and a $10,000 Environmental Sustainability grant for their school district provided by SAP. The grand prize winner, announced in May, will receive an additional $20,000 for an Environmental Sustainability grant for their school district.

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 the office copy room or just as needed, 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


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