Rhino Weekly Connection


From Acting Principal Megan Weir!

Hello Ryan Families!

Can you believe we've made it to the last full week of school? We are so proud of our Ryan Rhinos! I hope everyone has already made plans to rest, rejuvenate, and make fun family memories for the summer!

I had so much fun greeting our students as they came back from various field trips last week. Please ask your 3rd graders about the goats- lots of stories there! 4th grade got back from their Ameritown visit and they were amazed at the 'little town' that fit inside the warehouse! Such a great experience for them. Many students have been walking Coal Creek, or visited BVSD's own Sombero Marsh in Boulder- amazing learning happens in and outside the classroom! This week, students are completing projects and getting ready for year-end activities.

Here's to the next eight days!

In Partnership,


In this Rhino Connection you will find...

  • Ninja Nation at Ryan
  • News From the Health Room
  • Rhino TV
  • Kindergarten 2022-23 Info
  • News From the Library
  • SAC News
  • PTA Update
  • Musical Notes
  • Longmont Dairy Caps
  • 5th Grade Summer Band
  • Lost and Found
  • Garden to Table Summer Camps
  • Growing Gardens Info
  • Community Information
  • BVSD Information
  • Calendars

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!

News From the Health Room

It's the end of the school year which means it's time to connect with the Health Room about picking up your child's medication, i.e., pain medications, allergy meds, etc. Parents who have a child with an "urgent med"(i.e., epi-pen, inhaler, etc.) at school should not plan to pick-up meds until the last four days of school. Unclaimed medications will be disposed of, we are unable to store any medications at school, over the summer.

If you plan to have a med at school for your child for next school-year, please have your child's physician complete the authorization form (below) before the first day of school. Forms must be updated each school-year and accompany the medication in the original packing.

Please read the following information from BVSD Health Services:

BVSD students may receive medications at school according to the following protocols:

  • Medications (over-the-counter OR prescription) may not be in the personal possession of students except for those with written authorization from a health care provider and the School Nurse

  • A completed Medication Administration Authorization form must be submitted for each prescription or over-the-counter medication that will be administered at school. This form is available from your school’s Health Room and on the BVSD website: https://resources.finalsite.net/images/v1564117558/bvsdorg/yntwuiyeformgsqqfe49/MedicationAuthorizat ionForm72019.pdf

    • A new authorization form must be completed each year for each medication.

  • Medications must be delivered to the health room or office staff by an adult.

    • Prescription medications supplied by the student’s parent/guardian must be in the pharmacy supplied container and clearly labeled for the student.

    • Non-prescription, “over-the-counter” medications must be in the original container and clearly labeled for the student.

  • It is the responsibility of the parent to obtain all unused medication from the school, at the end of the school year all unclaimed medications will be disposed of.

Parents may always come to school and administer medication to their child.

Feel free to reach out to Miss Jamie, our Health Room Aide, with any questions or concerns at jamie.hanes@bvsd.org OR 720.561.7009.

Rhino TV

Don't forget to check out Rhino TV!!

Incoming Kindergarten for 2022-23

The Kindergarten Open House is Thursday, May 19 from 5 to 6PM. Please join us!

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.

Checkout the incoming Kindergarten website for updates and summer events!

News from the Library

Thank you for turning in your Ryan library books!

Rhinos! Let's keep reading this summer while earning FREE new books! The Lafayette Public Library has simplified their summer reading program and adults can now join, too! To learn more, visit lafayetteco.gov/SummerReading

SAC News

SAC registration for fall is now open! Don't delay, Ryan SAC fills up quickly! Check out this month's SAC newsletter!

PTA Update

We are still looking for parents to fill Co-President and Secretary positions on the PTA Board, that will be open beginning next school-year. 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! Thank you to all the parents who have volunteered so far, we are still looking for a few more 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!

The End of School Year BBQ is back!! Join us the last day of school, Thursday, May 26, 4 to 8PM at Whitetail Park. PTA will provide hamburgers and hotdogs, please bring a side to share, your own drinks and a picnic blanket or chairs (you may also bring your own picnic dinner). We hope to see you all there!!

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.

Longmont Dairy Caps

You've been tucking them away all school-year, haven't you? Well NOW is the time to bring those Longmont Dairy bottle caps to school for the final cash-in! Bottle caps will be accepted through the last day of school. Thanks to everyone who participates in this easy fundraising effort!

5th Grade Summer Band

5th grade Instrumental Music students! If you enjoyed being in instrumental this school-year and plan playing in the band in middle school, please consider registering for Summer Band!

We’re inviting students from all over the district to join us as we learn fun band pieces, play music games, learn from guest artists, eat donuts and so much more! This is a great way to meet new friends that may be going to your new middle school and to keep your music skills growing. Summer Band will meet weekly throughout the summer at High Peaks. Invite your friends!

Click here for the flyer, details, and registration. Register soon!

Lost and Found

Any items left in the Lost and Found after the last day of school will be donated or disposed of. If your child is missing anything, have them go check it out or feel free to stop by the school and take a look!

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!

Growing Gardens Plant Sale

This is the final weekend of the Annual Community Plant Sale at Growing Gardens, 1630 Hawthorn Ave., Boulder. Shop organically grown heirloom tomatoes, veggies and herb starters as well as a large variety of bee-safe annuals and perennials and water-wise plants and grasses. You can also check-out all the happenings at the farm this summer when you visit this link.

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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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.