Rhino Weekly Connection


Note from Interim Principal Mrs. Smetzer!

Hello Ryan Families!

While great for the evening light, the time change did make some of our Rhinos particularly tired this morning. Hope you are able to get a little extra rest tonight!

This past week has been a great one here at Ryan. Our 4th graders went to AmeriTowne on Friday, where they engaged in hands-on learning experiences about banking, business, and team work. They have been preparing and planning for this field trip for quite awhile, and the excitement was palpable! They had fun, did a great job, and reported that it was even better than expected.

Ryan 5th graders participated in Socratic seminars last week. It was great to see students practicing their listening and speaking skills by taking turns, responding to others' comments, and respectfully agreeing and disagreeing.

This morning, our 2nd graders were hard at work writing poetry with metaphors. It is a tricky concept to move past the simile and into metaphors, comparing two things without using the words "like" or "as." Our kiddos helped each other out and worked together to really see and imagine the comparisons.

Thank you for being our partners in education!

In this week's update you will find:

  • Solar System STEAM night information
  • Garden to Table details
  • Volunteer for the Book Fair
  • Art March information
  • Noetic learning math contest
  • PTA update
  • Spring break dates
  • CMAS information
  • Community Bond Oversight Committee
  • Festival information in May
  • Prearranged Extended Absences instructions
  • Notes from the Health Room
  • Many volunteer opportunities, including donating breakfast for Wednesday mornings
  • FAQs-past newsletter posts

Go Rhinos!

Kristen Smetzer

Solar System STEAM Night

Solar System STEAM Night

Explore the Solar System with University of Colorado Assistant Professor (and Ryan Parent!) Dr. David Malaspina, THIS Thursday, March 16, 2023, 5-6:30pm

Ryan families are invited to have fun exploring the many worlds of our solar system. Learn about the Sun and how its ocean of solar wind plasma flows through the solar system. Learn about NASA's robotic explorers and the amazing worlds they have discovered. Use your art, engineering, and life science skills to picture how life might adapt to worlds beyond Earth, create your own planetary magnetic shield, and design future robotic explorers. Parents and students are invited to come have fun learning about our solar system!

In the Garden

Volunteer Opportunity! Spring planting is coming soon to our school garden! We need parent support to make this garden thrive for the children. Our nonprofit partner, Garden to Table, is prepping soil, dropping off supplies, and working with teachers to schedule lessons for all classes. First grade will kick off the spring season by planting lettuce seedlings in early March. We are looking for families to signup to help with the Spring Garden Stewardship https://bvsd.helpatschools.com/schools/16/events/8619 No green thumb needed-There are numerous training resources and guidance available for you! Email: mandel.chelsea@gmail.com for more information, and check out www.gardentotable.org

Book Fair Volunteers

The library is looking for volunteers for the Spring 2023 Book Fair! The Book Fair will be March 20-24, 2023. You can view volunteer opportunities and sign up using this link, https://bvsd.helpatschools.com/schools/16/events/10353

Come to the Art March on Thursday, March 23, 4-6pm!

Join us for a night of art, music and book fair! Student art will be on display; Ryan Ringers and Spring Choir will perform; and the Book Fair will be open! Ryan Ringers perform at 4:30pm and Spring Choir will perform at 5:30pm.

Spring 2023 Noetic Learning Math Contest!

Please click here to register your student to participate. Sign-up deadline is March 24th.

Email questions to Ms. Tisha at tisha.lin@bvsd.org

PTA Update

THANK YOU to everyone who made our Trivia Night such a success! We hope to see you all again next year!
Thank you to our amazing teachers, staff, and admin for their support; to our volunteers for all their help before, during, and after the event; to Mr. Appling for his incredible emceeing and the rest of the judges; and to everyone who showed up to support Ryan!
Special thanks to our paddle raise sponsor, Align Orthodontics, and to all the businesses and individuals who donated items to the auction! If you still need to pick up items you won in the auction, please contact Francie Wojcik at 440-669-1049 or FrancesCWojcik@gmail.com.

Dining Night Out

Our next Dining Night Out will be at Ruby Ru's Street Eatery (1280 Centaur Village Dr., Lafayette) on Wednesday, March 22, from 4-8pm!

Ruby Ru's will be donating 10% of ALL sales that evening to Ryan—no need to show a flyer or mention Ryan! Owner Chris Rubeck attended Ryan when he was a kid, so this is a great opportunity to support a local business with connections to Ryan. Tell your friends! Take a night off from cooking while supporting Ryan!

Email PTA Board

PTA Website

PTA Facebook

Spring Break Dates:

Spring Break is March 27-31.

There will be no school on these dates.

CMAS testing

It's time to begin thinking about CMAS testing for our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. Please read this letter from Mrs. Smetzer.

Continuing accountability: Community Bond Oversight Committee calls for applications

Community input and oversight have been cornerstones of the district’s successful capital improvement programs. BVSD is again looking for community members to join the Community Bond Oversight Committee to provide monitoring and review of projects described in the $350M 2022 Critical Needs Plan. Through its work, the committee provides a high level of accountability and transparency to the BVSD community on behalf of the district and Board of Education.

What you need to know:

  • CBOC will meet quarterly initially. Upcoming meeting dates are Wednesdays, May 17, Sept. 20, and Dec. 13. Meetings are held from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., in-person at the Education Center, 6500 E. Arapahoe Rd., Boulder

  • Membership includes parents, teachers, principals, representatives from all BVSD communities, and former Capital Improvement Plan Review Committee members. Professional experience in fields related to capital construction such as architecture/engineering, business, construction, and accounting/financial management is a plus.

  • Members serve 2 and 3 year terms.

  • Applications due: March 17

Learn more and apply>>

La continua responsabilidad: el Comité Comunitario de Supervisión de Bonos busca participantes
Los aportes y la supervisión de la comunidad han sido fundamentales para los exitosos programas de mejora de capital del distrito. El BVSD está nuevamente buscando miembros de la comunidad para unirse al Comité Comunitario de Supervisión de Bonos para monitorear y revisar los proyectos descritos en el Plan de Necesidades Críticas 2022 de $350 millones. A través de su trabajo, el comité brinda un alto nivel de responsabilidad y transparencia a la comunidad del BVSD en nombre del distrito y el Consejo de Educación.

Lo que necesita saber:

  • Inicialmente, el CBOC se reunirá trimestralmente. Las próximas fechas de reunión son los miércoles 17 de mayo, 20 de septiembre y 13 de diciembre. Las reuniones son de 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., en persona en el Centro de Educación, 6500 E. Arapahoe Rd., Boulder

  • La membresía incluye a padres, maestros, directores, representantes de todas las comunidades del BVSD y antiguos miembros del Comité de Revisión del Plan de Mejoras de Capital. Se valorará la experiencia profesional en campos relacionados con la construcción de capital como arquitectura/ingeniería, negocios, construcción y gestión contable/financiera.

  • Los miembros tienen mandatos de 2 y 3 años.

  • Último día para las solicitudes: 17 de marzo.

Aprenda más y aplique>>

Jarabe Mexicano: Fiesta En Familia

Dairy Arts Center in Boulder

May 6th 12pm

Click here for more information and a QR code for free tickets

Vacation/Attendance Reminder

We understand sometimes our students need to be out for an extended period of time, we encourage you to be in touch with your child's teacher as students are responsible for making up missed work upon their return. BVSD policy requires that after 10 absences all absences are marked as unexcused without a doctor's note. If you know your child will be out for more than 3 days or longer, please fill out this form and contact the attendance line at 720-561-7002.

Request from Ryan's Health Room

  • Please send your child with a snack and water bottle EVERYDAY!

  • Girls underwear, size ⅘

  • Boys underwear, size 5

Thank you so much for all the snack donations, we really appreciate it!!

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

Please consider signing up to donate breakfast goodies on Wednesday mornings.


We appreciate your help! Thanks


Previously posted Newsletter FAQ's for your reference

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