Rhino Weekly Connection


From Acting Principal Megan Weir!

Hello Ryan Families!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

I am so excited to say that the Croc distribution is this Thursday! Students will go as a class to the gym, and receive the pair you requested for them. If the size is wrong, or they don't like the color that was chosen, they will have an opportunity to choose another pair at the end of the day. If you didn't sign up yet, please do so ASAP- before the end of the day Tuesday.

Please keep an eye on the classroom newsletter- there are many fun events happening at Ryan this month and teachers are disseminating information via those emails.

It's Teacher Appreciation Week! Nothing goes further than a note, treat, or coffee. Please let our Ryan staff know how much you appreciate their hard work! We also have several people behind the scenes that make our building run including Mr. Nate, our custodian; our office staff, school nurse, counseling team, and many others. Feel free to spread the love!

In Partnership,


In this Rhino Connection you will find...

  • Battle of the Books Update
  • News From the Library
  • Kindergarten 2022-23 Info
  • PTA Update
  • Musical Notes
  • Ninja Nation at Ryan
  • Garden to Table Summer Camps
  • Counselor's Corner
  • Community Information
  • BVSD Information
  • Calendars

Battle of the Books

Congratulations to the following Ryan Rhinos for participating in the 2022 Battle of the Books Competition on Saturday! We didn't place, but the kids had a great time. In fact, one student told Teacher Librarian Allison Trippe, "Mrs. Trippe, I feel like a winner just being on the team!"

3rd grade team: Taylor Saunders, Rebecca Neumann, Sunyool Hong, Evelyn Walkenhorst, Norah Ellis

4th grade team: Theodore Skull, Anton Peppanen, Annaliese Ciliberti, Gwen Malspina, Liz Belanger

5th grade team: Nadia Bernstein, Hayley Huckins, Harold Oldenburg, Guinevere Oldenberg, Norah Sangha

Angevine 6th graders, including some former Ryan Rhinos came in 1st place! Congratulations to them!

Our 3rd/4th and 5th Grade Battle of the Books Teams!

News From the Library

Calling all readers! Ryan Elementary library books are due back to school by Friday, May 13. If you have library books you cannot locate, please reach out to Mrs. Trippe for next steps, allison.trippe@bvsd.org

Incoming Kindergarten for 2022-23

Our Kindergarten Team is gearing up for next year! If you will have, or know of, an incoming kindergarten student for next school year we're enrolling NOW! Kindergarten teacher staffing is dependent upon the number of kindergarten students who enroll at Ryan so it is vital we get as many pumpkins enrolled as possible, before we leave for summer. Tell all your friends and neighbors!! Check in with Julie (720.561.7007 or julie.mueller@bvsd.org) if you're unclear if you have enrolled your child for KG for next school-year.

PTA Update

Tuesday, May 10, 10:30AM to 8PM, will be our last Dining Night Out for the school-year, at Mod Pizza off of Highway 287, in Lafayette. Mention Ryan Elementary (you do not need the flyer) when you place your order OR use code MODF6107 when ordering online and Ryan will receive 20% of your order value!

The positions of Co-President and Secretary will be open beginning next year, on our PTA Board. This is a great way to support Ryan's students and staff, and only requires a few hours of your time per month! This year's co-president and treasurer will remain in their roles next year and are ready to support our new board members. If you’re interested, or you would like more information, email communications@ryanelementarypta.org

Ninja Nation is coming to Ryan the last day of school, Thursday, May 26! We are still looking for parent volunteers who are interested in enjoying this fun celebration with our students! Please complete the Raptor background screening and Ninja waiver to volunteer. See the link for more information and to sign up!

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Musical Notes

If your child would like to share their talent with their peers, an opportunity is coming up during music class! Please click here for more information: Sharing Day / Ryan's Got Talent. Please refer all questions and/or comments to our Ryan music teacher, Teresa Himel, teresa.himel@bvsd.org.

Ninja Nation is Coming to Ryan!

The Ryan PTA is excited to be offering the return of Ninja Nation to Ryan Elementary on Thursday, May 26. Here are all the details!

Garden to Table

This summer, children ages 6-9, will connect with nature, grow food and learn science at Garden to Table's Garden Camp while gardening, playing games, participating with science investigations, listening to stories and crafting!

These weeklong, half-day camps will take place in June and July at three locations around Boulder County including Foothill, Coal Creek and Ryan Elementary Schools. Campers do not need to be enrolled at any of these schools to attend any of the camps. Registration is through BVSD Lifelong Learning.

We also hope you'll consider joining us for our 18th annual Boulder Garden Tour! Formerly the Whittier Mapleton Garden Tour, this longstanding event will return on Saturday, June 25, 9AM to 2PM, with a new name, fresh location and new beneficiary-- Garden To Table! Tour check-in at Flatirons Elementary School, 1150 7th Street, Boulder.

On this self-guided walking/biking tour, guests will visit unique, private gardens and homesteads on historic University Hill. At each stop, you'll learn strategies for growing a sustainable and resilient yard and garden of your own. Tickets are on sale now!

Counselor's Corner

Mental Health Resource for Students & Families

JFS Boulder mental health offering, the Boulder County Crisis Counseling program. The program pays for ten free individual and/or family therapy sessions with local, licensed private practitioners. Since the fire, nearly 130 additional private practice therapists have joined the provider panel and now we have over 230 for you to choose from. Many have experience with trauma such as what you are currently experiencing. The fund is not limited to one per household, so if you and others in your households would like to access separate therapists, just enroll separately. The process is pretty simple.


Register for the program at the link above. As you register, you will be asked to choose a provider. There are a lot of choices, so I recommend looking at specialties and location. If you need further assistance in narrowing it down, please email our JFS therapist, Nancy Rogers (nrogers@jewishfamilyservices.org) and she can look for one that fits the parameters you are seeking. I recommend you take a moment to check out the providers’ websites as well.

Once you register for the BCCC you are automatically approved; the provider you select will get a notice that you have been approved and they have been selected. Please call the provider and set up an appointment directly with them as soon as possible.

Also available - Group EMDR:

Currently, we are offering GROUP EMDR sessions in the community and virtually for Marshall Fire households (damaged or destroyed—not secondary trauma yet!). These are free and it is an evidence-based practice used around the world for disasters such as this. Information here: https://www.jewishfamilyservice.org/groups

BVSD Meals/Comidas del BVSD

BVSD Meals Available at No Cost for All Students

Breakfast and lunch continue to be available at no cost for all BVSD students. No paperwork or sign up is required. Please check out the menu of the nationally-recognized meal program available in your student’s school.

Comidas del BVSD disponibles sin costo para todos los estudiantes

El desayuno y el almuerzo continúan disponibles sin costo para todos los estudiantes del BVSD. No se requiere de ningún trámite ni de inscripción. Por favor consulte el menú del programa de comidas reconocido a nivel nacional disponible en la escuela de su estudiante.

Drop-Off/Pick-Up Safety Reminders

It's never out of fashion to share our drop-off/pick-up safety reminders!! Please remember, if your child arrives after 8AM (9AM on Wednesday) they will be marked tardy!

The biggest issue we are seeing after school is cars not getting in the pick-up line and pulling into the bus lane. We closely monitor the cars that go in for safety, to reduce congestion and to keep the pace of the line moving. Please do your part and join the line!

Please help keep our students and families safe before and after school by following the safety rules below. We understand that everyone is busy and often in a hurry before and after school, however, we ask for your patience and full attention while driving around school grounds!

  • School Start and End Time: School starts at 8AM (9AM on Wednesday) students arriving after 8AM will be marked tardy. All parents must arrive no later than 3:05 to pick up their child. We do not have supervision available after this time. If you are running late please call the office.
  • Be Attentive: Please remain off your phone when dropping off and picking up your child. Take extra caution while pulling in and out of parking spots in the parking lots. There are many small children that may not be visible.
  • Car Line: After school it is very important that all cars stay in the car pick up line until directed into the bus lane for student pick up. Students may not enter cars in the parking lot. This is for the safety of all students and drivers, as well as to keep the pick up line moving smoothly (see map below). Again, if you do not want to wait in the line, you are welcome to park a couple blocks away and walk up to your child's door to pick them up.
  • Parking Lot: The parking lot is a busy place before and after school. We ask that since the parking lot is used for our pick up line, that you do not walk or ride bikes through the parking lot.
  • Be Kind: We understand that before and after school logistics can be stressful. However, we ask that everyone is kind and respectful to one another.
  • Wheels: No bikes, scooters, or skateboards allowed on school sidewalks. Please walk your wheels on the sidewalks within the parking lot driveways (see map below).
  • Pets: Although we have many pet-lovers at Ryan, please do not bring pets of any kind on school grounds while picking up or dropping off your child.
  • Crosswalks: Please only cross Centaur Village at the designated crosswalk. We ask that you are a good safety-role-model for your child, as well as all students at Ryan. Please keep the crosswalk in front of the school, as well as the intersections/sidewalks clear for everyone to get through safely.
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Last week, the Boulder County Board of Health unanimously voted to rescind both Public Health Orders, 2021-07 and 2021-08, including the indoor mask requirement for public spaces, K-12 schools and childcare settings. Click here for their media release. Masks will no longer be required in BVSD buildings. Masks are now optional for BVSD staff and students.

Additionally, as long as transmission remains high in our community, our public health partners are still strongly recommending a layered strategy to prevent the spread of COVID-19 including:

  • Get vaccinated and boosted – Get vaccinated against COVID-19, including the booster, and get your flu vaccine. Vaccines are safe, effective and free and provide significant protection against severe illness and hospitalization from the omicron variant. An up-to-date list of vaccine providers can be found at www.boco.org/CovidVaccine.
  • Wear a mask – BCPH strongly recommends individuals 2+ wear an N95, KN95, KF94 or equivalent medical-grade mask over your nose and mouth while indoors and consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings while the county remains at a level of substantial or high transmission.
  • Wash your hands – Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand rub that contains 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Stay home if you’re sick – If you feel sick (fever, cough, difficulty breathing, fatigue, body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell or sore throat), stay home, get tested. Individuals should still adhere to isolation and quarantine guidance, including wearing a mask for five days after an initial five-day isolation period when in any public indoor setting.

BVSD will continue to follow public health guidance for schools, including: routine disease control measures for communicable disease control and prevention. Those layered strategies are:

  • COVID Testing - Routine and symptomatic COVID testing will continue to be offered throughout the remainder of the school year. See our website here for the schedule and registration information.
  • Increased airflow and ventilation – The district will continue to use HEPA air purifiers and increase the ventilation to maximize the introduction of fresh outdoor air into buildings when appropriate. Teachers are also encouraged to utilize outdoor spaces when weather and conditions permit.
  • Illness Protocols - How Sick is Too Sick Staff and students should still stay home when they’re sick. Please access your parent portal or phone 720.561.7002 when your child is going to be absent and leave the reason for their absence. COVID testing is recommended for anyone with COVID-like symptoms. School nurses and health staff are available to help you know when it’s ok to return to school/work. Individuals who test positive for COVID should still adhere to isolation and quarantine guidance.
  • Disease surveillance - Health services will continue to monitor illnesses, increases in absenteeism, and COVID cases in classrooms, grades and schools and will work with public health to respond.

BVSD Updates & Reminders

Low or No Cost Eye Exams & Glasses/Recursos disponibles para exámenes de la vista y anteojos a bajo costo o gratis

Opt Into BVSD Text Messages/¡Opta por recibir mensajes de texto del BVSD!

The benefits of BVSD text messages:

  • Receive alerts during a crisis

  • Receive important reminders

Emails can get buried in your inbox; text message alerts make sure you receive timely information from the district.

Text the word "Yes" to 67587 from your phone to opt into text messaging.


Los beneficios incluyen:

  • Recibir alertas durante una crisis

  • Recibir recordatorios importantes

Los correos electrónicos son fáciles de perder en tu bandeja de entrada. Recibir alertas por mensaje de texto garantiza que recibirás información del distrito de manera oportuna.

Textea la palabra "Yes" por mensaje de texto al 67587 para recibir textos del distrito.

New Bullying Reporting Process/Nuevo proceso para reportar intimidación o acoso escolar (bullying)

Last school year the Board of Education updated its policies around bullying, and investigating complaints around bullying (See Policy JDHB / JDHB-E). To make the reporting process as easy as possible for victims of bullying, the district has created a single form to make a bullying report.

Once submitted, the school principal will be notified of your submission and will promptly begin to investigate the complaint. Parents/guardians can then expect to receive a report of this investigation. You can make a bullying report using the form on the Help for Students page which is also linked at the top of our school website. Paper copies will also be available in our/ your school’s front office.

El año pasado el Consejo de Educación actualizó sus políticas sobre el acoso o intimidación escolar y la investigación de reportes de incidentes de intimidación o acoso escolar (refiérase a la Política JDHB / JDHB-E>). Para hacer que el proceso sea lo más fácil posible para las víctimas, el distrito creó un formulario único para reportar incidentes de acoso o intimidación escolar.

Después de completarla, el director de la escuela será notificado del reporte e inmediatamente comenzará una investigación del incidente. Los padres y tutores legales recibirán un informe sobre la investigación. Use el formulario en la página de Ayuda para los estudiantes para completar un reporte sobre un incidente de acoso o intimidación escolar. El documento también está disponible sobre el encabezado de nuestro sitio web.También hay copias impresas en las oficinas principales de las escuelas.