Rhino Weekly Connection


Note from Interim Principal Mrs. Smetzer!

Hello Ryan Families,

Happy Monday and welcome to another awesome week at Ryan. It was great seeing so many of you (over 200!) at last week's STEAM night, as kids and families engaged in math and science games. Thank you to everyone who helped make this night a success, including Mr. Appling, Ms. Tisha, and our PTA.

Please pay special attention to the note below about tardies. We have seen an increase in tardies in the last few weeks, with today being our largest number of tardies so far, reaching over 90 students arriving to school after the 7:50 am bell. While we will always be understanding of special circumstances, it is imperative that students are at school for the full duration of the school day so that they can participate in and benefit from all of the instruction and learning experiences. Thank you for working with us to get all our students here on time!

As you have the chance, please vote for our very own Mr. Stone as the National Hockey League's Most Valuable Teacher! This is recognition for Mr. Stone as an amazing teacher and also offers potential grant money for our entire school if he wins. Voting ends January 31.

In this week's update you will find:

  • Tardies announcement
  • Steam night success update
  • Voting details for most valuable teacher
  • Trivia night update
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Garden to table information
  • PTA update
  • Class photo details
  • Spring conference dates

Go Rhinos!

Kristen Smetzer


This means more than 21% of our students were late today!!

We need to see improvement!

PLEASE try leaving your house 10 minutes earlier or setting your alarm, or two alarms, 10 minutes earlier!

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.

STEAM Night Success!

Thanks to everyone who came out for our first STEAM Night of the year! It was a fun, full house!

We also appreciate all who helped out and our PTA for sponsoring these wonderful events. Our Ryan community simply rocks!

If you missed it, there will be another one in the spring.

For now, full STEAM ahead, Rhinos!

- Ms. Tisha & Mr. Appling

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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.

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 for $25/person 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!)


  • 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 event benefit our students through supplies, activities, field trips, and other education opportunities. Thanks so much for considering!

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.

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

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!

Email PTA Board

PTA Website

PTA Facebook

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.

Spring Conferences

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

More information to come.

Health Room Donations

Please send your child with a water bottle and healthy snacks everyday.

The Health Room is asking for snack donations to help provide a snack to those students who forget or are not able to bring one from home.

We are also now accepting boys athletic pants sizes 8-12 and girls leggings sizes 8-12, and Boys underware sizes small, medium and large.

Thank you!

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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