September 1, 2023 NO SCHOOL - Monday 9/4/2023


News from the Front Office:

**After School Clubs at Riffenburgh**

Our after school clubs begin next week and there is still time to join! The following clubs still have space available: Play-Well Legos, Wild Roots Art, Young Rembrandts, and Bike Path Spanish! Please go to

and click on the circle button that says CLUBS to sign up today!

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

**If your student is Arriving After 8:05am **

  • Your student must be signed in at the waiting area of the Main Office
  • In addition, if your student is receiving school lunch, please check their lunch choice (there will be a lunch check list)
  • Your student will then pick up a Tardy slip in the Main Office

Morning Drop Off Map

Afternoon Pick Up Map

Riffenburgh Start Times

The following are important times to note...

  • 7:40am Cafeteria opens for Breakfast (Please do not send students to school prior to 7:40am)
  • 7:45am Supervision on Campus Starts (If student is not eating breakfast, this is when drop off begins)
  • 8:00am Classroom Doors Open
  • 8:05am Official Start Time, Learning for the Day Officially Begins

*If you arrive after 8:05am, please come to the front office entry to sign in and drop off your student.

Riffenburgh Dismissal Time

  • 2:48 pm School Dismissal Bell (No Families on Campus prior to 2:40 pm)

Reporting Student Absences

Parents can report their student's absences by calling the Riffenburgh Attendance Line 970-488-7936 or via ParentVUE (see instructions below)

Reporting Absences Thru ParentVUE

Why Use ParentVUE for Absences

If a student is not attending school for the day or series of days, the parent has the ability to document this absence in ParentVUE instead of making a call and leaving a voicemail to the attendance clerk.

How to Enter an Absence

• Log in to ParentVUE

• Click on “Report Absences” (listed on the left side panel)

• Mark either ‘E for Excused’ or ‘EI for Excused Illness’. You can submit the attendance for a single date or a range of dates by clicking on each day. (Future absences are not visible in PVUE until the date of the absence.)

• Please leave comment in the note section, explaining the absence.

• Click Save

Please let the Attendance Office know about ALL absences even if you have alerted the Classroom Teacher.

Volunteering at Riffenburgh

If you plan on Volunteering at Riffenburgh, you must register or check that your status is current with Poudre School District (PSD) thru the following portal (renewals are every 3 years) before you come to school.

** Please remember to bring a Government Issued Identification (Driver’s License) (DIGITAL IDs are not accepted) to school when you check in in as a Visitor or Volunteer. This is a requirement for the Check In process. **

Classroom Treats

If it is necessary to have food in classrooms during school hours (i.e. birthday snack, holidays, special occasions, school events, etc.), only commercially prepared foods and packaged foods from retail stores should be served. As always, please contact your child's teacher prior to sending food or treats in.

News from the Health Office

Riffenburgh is having vision and hearing screening the morning of 9/15. The screening starts as soon as the bell rings. We screen all kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th graders. If your student(s) wear glasses, please make sure they bring glasses to school that day.

PHE Unwind Information

If you or your children have health insurance through Health First Colorado (Medicaid) or Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+), there are important steps to take now that the public health emergency is ending. Medicaid renewals were paused due to COVID, but they’re back.

1. To ensure you receive critical mail, update your contact information by:

• Visiting Colorado.gov/PEAK

• Use the Health First Colorado app on your phone. This free app is for Health First Colorado and CHP+ members

• Health First members can call 800-221-3943

• CHP+ members can call 800-359-1991 (State Relay: 711)

2. Be on the lookout for a renewal letter in the mail from Health First Colorado or Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+),This renewal letter will tell you one of three things:

• Your Health First Colorado or CHP+ coverage is being renewed, or

• Your Health First Colorado or CHP+ coverage is ending or

• They need more information to determine if you or your family member still qualify for Medicaid or CHP. If so, a renewal form will be included.

3. Families should make sure to check the mail, fill out a renewal form if they receive one – which could happen at some point this year or early next year – and return it ASAP to avoid losing Health First Colorado or CHP+ coverage.

Update your contact information so you won’t miss this important communication.

News from PTO

Virtual Suggestion Box

Do you have questions, comments, concerns, or ideas you would like to share with the PTO? We welcome your feedback and questions. If you would like to leave us a message, please do so in our virtual suggestion box

Fun Run Sponsors

Do you (or does someone you know) own or work for a business that may be interested in being a sponsor for Riffenburgh's annual Fun Run on Friday, October 6th? If so, please email us at RiffenburghPTO@gmail.com. We appreciate all of the amazing support over the years from our community!


Riffenburgh Spirit Wear

Show your Riffenburgh pride and shop now at the Riffenburgh Back-to-School Sale! You'll save 30% off the entire site through September 7th, including all new designs and product lines.



News from Child Nutrition

We are excited to share that all students will receive one free breakfast and lunch daily starting in 2023-24 through the Healthy School Meals for All program! This new statewide program, approved by Colorado voters, is helping Colorado children and teens have access to nutritious food at our school.

Biometric Scanning Information

Riffenburgh School Wide Biometric Enrollment will take place on Thursday, September 7, 2023.

Starting in the 2023-24 school year, students at all Poudre School District schools will check out of the cafeteria line with a quick tap of a finger. After a biometric scanning system reduced line wait times as part of a spring pilot program, PSD is installing the system in all schools. The system should be up and running first in all schools that participated in the spring pilot program (Dunn and Linton elementary schools, Kinard Middle School, and Rocky Mountain High School) and all elementary schools by about October. It will be installed in secondary schools thereafter. Families have the option to opt their student out of using this system.


District News

Calendar for the 2023-24 School Year

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Monday, September 4, 2023 No School (Labor Day)
  • Thursday, September 7, 2023 - Riffenburgh School Wide Biometric Enrollment
  • Friday, September 22, 2023 No School for Students (Teacher work day)