Rhino Weekly Connection
From the Office!
Winter decided to show up (maybe??) last week... With that in mind, we'd like to remind our students and families, we are outside during recess as long as the temperature is 19 degrees or above (wind chill does play a factor in this). Please send your child to school prepared for what the day may bring, Colorado's weather can turn on a dime!
Information about BVSD Weather Delays and Closures can be found here.
We're still working hard this week, before our well-deserved Winter Break! Safe travels to all our families that will be venturing out over the break. Relax and enjoy this time together! We look forward to ringing in a New Year!
In this newsletter you will find details on the following:
- COVID Immunizations
- Reporting an Absence
- PTA Update
- 5th Grade Yearbook Section Submission
- OE Enrollment Info
- Share-A-Gift Toy Drive
- SAC Info
- Colorado Ski USA Passes
- Enrichment News from Mrs. Edwards
- Drop-off/Pick-up Reminders
- Community Information
- BVSD Information
Reporting An Absence
Please join us tomorrow, December 14, at 6:30PM for our Virtual PTA Community Meeting. We are excited to host a very special guest speaker, Dr. Lizbeth Mendoza, from Boulder County Public Health. Dr. Mendoza will answer our questions about Covid-19 vaccines for children. You will have the opportunity to ask questions live, or you can submit your questions, in advance, at email@example.com Dr. Mendoza speaks both English and Spanish. Join meeting at meet.google.com/rfq-vige-gpr
Thanks to everyone who came out to Liquid Mechanics last Tuesday for our December Dining Out Night! $236 was raised!! January's Dining Out Night will be at Ruby Ru's (owned by former Ryan Rhino, Chris Rubeck!) on Thursday, January 13, 11AM to 8PM. Mention you're with Ryan!
Please join the Ryan PTA's Facebook page to keep current on everything that is happening this school year: Ryan Elementary PTA | Facebook
Fifth Grade Yearbook Section
Open Enrollment Window
Ryan will hold a virtual tour this Wednesday, December 15 from 6 to 7PM with Google Meet meet.google.com/ubf-jvhp-ijz
Current KG through 4th grade Ryan students do not need to do anything for their enrollment for next school year, so long as your family has not moved out of the Ryan attendance area this school year. All KG through 4th grade Rhinos who are currently OE'd to Ryan, or living in the attendance area, will automatically roll-up to the next grade, for next school year. If you have moved out of the Ryan attendance area this school year, or know you're going to, and wish to have your child remain at Ryan, you will need to register for Open Enrollment. Questions? Reach out to Julie Mueller at 720.561.7007 OR firstname.lastname@example.org.
Share-A-Gift Toy Drive
Colorado Ski Country 4th, 5th and 6th Grade Passport Program
Enrichment News from Mrs. Edwards
A huge congratulations to our Fall Noetic Math Contest participants! This is always a very challenging problem-solving contest, so anyone willing to try needs to be celebrated! Please see our Ryan Honors Board (Honorable Mention scored in the top 50% of scores in the nation, National Honor Roll scored in the top 10%). Here is a list of all of our amazing participants. We will have another chance to challenge ourselves in the spring!
If you have a child who loves to spell and is excited about starting to study for the Spelling Bee, here is this year’s study list. There is also an app from Scripps called Word Club that you can check out. I understand the first 50 words are free! The preliminary test in school is just around the corner in January for our 3rd through 5th graders.
Drop-Off/Pick-Up Safety Reminders
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.
Important Health Reminders
If your child will be out (illness or non-illness related) PLEASE call 720.561.7002 or submit your child's absence through your BVSD Parent Portal. Please do not relay absences through your child's teacher.
If we do not hear from you, or if your child is out for multiple days, you will get a call from our front office or health room staff. We ask that you are patient and respectful of the staff that is working diligently to keep everyone safe.
Attached below are the current COVID Safety Guidelines and reminders. Keep an eye on the BVSD website for updates and changes to any guidance.
As a reminder, BVSD's illness protocol is as follows:
Fever (100.4 or above)
Chills or feeling feverish
Loss of taste or smell
Runny nose or Congestion
Muscle / Body aches or pain
Vomiting / Nausea
Feeling extremely tired
If a student is experiencing any other COVID-like symptom(s) (minor symptoms), that lasts longer than 48 hours, they must have a negative PCR COVID test to return to school or they will need to stay home for 10 days.
Testing is available through BVSD and COVID Check Colorado throughout the district - see the schedule here.
Additional information on symptoms and when it's ok to return after an illness can be found here: CDPHE How Sick is Too Sick?
If you have questions about returning to school after an illness, please contact our school's health office.
Additionally, anyone entering Ryan Elementary must wear a mask.
View this document for safety procedures and protocols happening at Ryan and across BVSD schools.
5th grade students will be getting a 1:Web device during the first couple weeks of school. This will be their device that they will use through 8th grade. More details to come.
Need Tech Help?
- Visit bvsd.org/ithelp for tips
- Contact the IT Service Desk at 720-561-HELP
If you have any questions please be sure to reach out!
BVSD Updates & Reminders
Elementary Report Cards & Progress Reports/
In the 2021-2022 school year, all elementary schools(Grades PK-5th) transitioned to a quarter schedule. Report cards will be available at the end of quarter 2 and 4. There were some other updates to the report cards themselves that we will share closer to when report cards are distributed. Parents will receive an informal progress report during quarters 1 and 3. Progress reports will be delivered orally through a parent-teacher conference.
Durante el año escolar 2021-2022 todas las escuelas primarias (PK - 5.° grado) seguirán un calendario dividido en cuartos. Las boletas de calificaciones estarán disponibles al final de los cuartos 2 y 4. También se hicieron algunos otros cambios a las boletas de calificaciones que compartiremos más adelante, antes de mandarlas. Los padres recibirán un reporte informal del progreso de sus alumnos durante los cuartos 1 y 3. Los maestros harán reportes verbales del progreso de sus estudiantes durante las conferencias de padres y maestros.
Low or No Cost Eye Exams & Glasses/Recursos disponibles para exámenes de la vista y anteojos a bajo costo o gratis
Free ESL & GED Courses/Clases gratis de ESL y de GED
BVSD Family Literacy hosts FREE ESL and GED courses for parents. Classes will begin on-line in September, interested parents may contact Missy Cowan (contact on flyer). See this poster in English and Spanish for more information.
El departamento de Lectoescritura Familiar del BVSD ofrece clases GRATIS de ESL y de GED para padres. Las clases comenzarán en línea en septiembre, los padres que estén interesados pueden comunicarse con Missy Cowan (información de contacto en el volante).
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.