Rhino Weekly Connection


A Note from Mrs. D!

Hello Ryan Families,

In honor of Veterans' Day, there won't be school this Thursday, November 11. Thank you to our Vets! In addition, there will not be school for students, on Friday, November 12, due to a district-wide sub shortage. This is now a work-day for BVSD staff.

Just a reminder that breakfast is served every morning from 7:40-7:55 (8:40-8:55 on Wednesdays). If your child will be eating breakfast, they must be here prior to 7:55. Our learning day begins right at 8.

In this newsletter you will find details on the following:

  • Drop-off/Pick-up Reminders
  • Open Enrollment Info
  • Thanksgiving Baskets
  • Original Works Ordering Info
  • Book Fair Update
  • Enrichment News
  • PTA Update
  • SAC Adventure Camps
  • Share-A-Gift Toy Drive
  • Community Information
  • BVSD Information
  • Calendars

Take Care,

~Mrs. D

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Pick-Up/Drop-Off Safety Reminders

It's been a bit since we've had to do some reminders about before and after school safety. :) Overall, before school is going really well, thank you! 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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Open Enrollment Window

BVSD Open Enrollment is in full swing and will be until Tuesday, January 5. Apply for OE online.

Fifth grade families interested in getting more information about Angevine may join their virtual tours on Tuesday, November 16, 9 to 10AM or Thursday, December 9, 9 to 10AM. Please contact AMS (720.561.7100) for more information. Keep an eye out in future Weekly Connections about Ryan's OE opportunities.

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 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 julie.mueller@bvsd.org.

Thanksgiving Baskets

We are excited to continue our tradition of Thanksgiving Baskets and hope our Ryan families will join us in making this happen! Food collection will be November 15 to 19 with grade level families donating specific food items. Basket assembly will be Saturday, November 20, outside, in front of the school, from 10 to 11 AM. Mask-wearing is encouraged! Many thanks to our awesome Ryan Student Council for sponsoring this event!

Check out the flyer for all the details!

News From the Art Room - Original Works!

Get excited!! Here are the Ordering Instructions for our Original Works Program!! These instructions provide you with the information to place your order. It's SO easy and a creative way to raise funds for the Ryan art room!

You may place orders until this Friday, November 12. Orders will be sent directly to your home.

News From the Library


The Ryan Book Fair is back! Our book fair will be held November 15-19. The book fair is a fundraiser for the library, and a great way to get kids excited about reading. Money raised from the book fair will support library programs and collection development. We are excited to host in-person shopping for students, and online shopping for parents. Need to do some easy gift shopping? The book fair is a great way to buy gifts while also supporting your school library! Visit https://www.scholastic.com/bf/ryansteamschool to shop online. Contact Teacher Librarian, Allison Trippe for questions allison.trippe@bvsd.org.


Battle of the Books is a quiz bowl-style competition for students in grades 3-5. Students read books from a list, and practice answering questions. Students wishing to participate will commit to reading 10 books on the list, and working together on a school team. Books can be read independently, with a group, or with an adult. Books can also be read in any format, including listening to audiobooks or reading eBooks on a device. Only students wishing to be on the competition team will take a qualification test. The top 5 students with the highest score from each grade will qualify for the district competition team. The elementary Battle of the Books Competition will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2022. If your child is interested in signing up for Battle of the Books, please fill out this google form, https://forms.gle/36VbJeYueUCKCiVHA. To read more about Battle of the Books, please visit https://www.bvsd.org/parents-students/academics/bvsd-sponsored-events/battle-of-the-books. Contact Teacher Librarian, Allison Trippe for questions allison.trippe@bvsd.org.

Enrichment News from Mrs. Edwards

Here is a link to some enrichment opportunities for your children this month.

Your tip this month ~ help your child(ren) focus on their strengths. It's easy to focus on what we do wrong - help them identify things they do right every day!

PTA Update

Thank you to everyone who came out for our first Dining Night Out of the school-year at Mici! Mark your calendar for next month's Dining Night Out, November 17 at Chipotle! Check out the flyer for specific details.

We are looking for volunteers to help organize our annual Trivia Night fundraiser in the spring. If you're interested please email communications@ryanelementarypta.org

Please consider linking your King Sooper's shopping card to the Ryan Elementary PTA, and raise money for our school at no cost to you! Follow this link for directions: https://www.ryanelementarypta.org/home/fundraisers/no-cost-fundraisers/king-soopers-cards

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SAC News

The Ryan SAC program runs Adventure Camps on many of our no-school-days. Your child does not have to regularly attend SAC to register for Adventure Camp.

This is the camp schedule for the entire school-year.

Share-A-Gift Toy Drive

Ryan Elementary will once again be a drop-off site for the Share-A-Gift Toy Drive. We will begin collecting new, unwrapped and unopened toys from Monday, November 15 until Friday, December 10. Monetary donations may also be made here.
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Important Health Reminders

Unfortunately, we are still living in a world where we have to take COVID safety measures. Although there is not a required screener every day, we ask that if your child is not feeling well, please keep them home! We want to keep everyone safe and limit the disruptions in learning that quarantines cause. Although keeping our child at home can disrupt our work schedules, we must all work together to keep our school community safe.

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:

Major Symptoms:

  • Fever (100.4 or above)

  • Cough

  • Chills or feeling feverish

  • Loss of taste or smell

Minor Symptoms:
  • Runny nose or Congestion

  • Sore Throat

  • Headache

  • Muscle / Body aches or pain

  • Diarrhea

  • 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.

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Ryan In Person Learning Procedures & Protocols

View this document for safety procedures and protocols happening at Ryan and across BVSD schools.


All students who attended a BVSD school last year should still have their chromebook issued by the school they attended. We will assign chromebooks to students who do not have one. Please remember to send your child's charged device to school every day, with your child.

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?

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.

October is Bullying Prevention Month

You can find resources about bullying prevention on the BVSD Website.

As a reminder, 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.

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. Paper copies are also available in our school’s front office.

There will also be a Let’s Talk Education- Bullying Prevention episode on October 14 at 4:30 p.m.

Listen in to hear from the district Student Support Services team as well as some of the district school counselors about the work being done in BVSD schools around bullying prevention. Watch live on Comcast channel 22 or online on bvsd.org/BV22.

Puede encontrar recursos sobre la prevención de la intimidación escolar (bullying) en el sitio web del BVSD.

Como un recordatorio, puede usar 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.

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. También hay copias impresas en la oficina principal de nuestra escuela.

También habrá un episodio de Hablemos sobre la educación sobre la prevención de la intimidación escolar el 14 de octubre a las 4:30 p.m.

Sintonice el programa para escuchar al equipo de Servicios de Apoyos Estudiantiles del distrito, junto con algunos de sus consejeros escolares, sobre el trabajo que se está efectuando en las escuelas del BVSD para prevenir la intimidación escolar (bullying). Sintonice por el canal 22 de Comcast o en línea en bvsd.org/BV22.

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).

Ver este volante en Inglés y Español para más información.

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.