October 13, 2023

**Halloween Party Information**

By now you should have received sign up information from your child’s Home Room Class Parent regarding Halloween Parties. If you have signed up to volunteer in the classroom, please make sure you have registered as a Volunteer with PSD:

and have visited the Riffenburgh Main Office to have your Driver’s License scanned before October 31st.

If you are not signed up to Volunteer in the classroom, please note that we are not able to accommodate extra volunteers in the building during the parties. There will be other volunteer party opportunities later in the year. We appreciate your cooperation!

On Tuesday, October 31st, we will have our whole school Halloween Celebration and Parade. Students should come already dressed with their costume on OVER their clothes. They need to be able to take off the costumes after the parade for the remainder of the day. Students can wear masks for the parade. Please do not send any weapons with costumes or have students wear costumes that are overly scary (ie. blood squirting, etc.)

Families may come to view the parade outside the building at 8:30am. The parade usually lasts about 20 minutes.

SAC Membership - it's not too late to join!!

If you are interested in being on our School Accountability Team, please email gdistler@psdschools.org with the subject line: SAC

School Accountability Teams are a partnership between the school staff, families, and community members that together: look at schoolwide data, create a Unified Improvement Plan for our school, give input on funding and resources, and so much more.

Meeting Dates for SAC this year:

11/13/23 5:00-6:00pm

2/12/24 5:00-6:00PM

4/15/24 5:00-6:00pm

IB Primary Years Program Evaluation Report

For the 22-23 school year, Riffenburgh underwent a rigorous evaluation of our IB program. Our evaluators produced a final report with their findings and we wanted to share some of those findings out to our community! We are highlighting one finding each newsletter. There are several standards of practice that IB looks for when doing an evaluation. Over the next month, we will focus on what they found in the Standard: Environments: Providing essential structures, systems and resources.

Leadership: The school includes on its leadership team an IB trained program coordinator who is empowered to facilitate successful program implementation.

  • The school benefits from the leadership and guidance of the principal and coordinator, demonstrating a commitment to providing high-quality learning environments.

**Check out more about our IB program through our school website!

Melanie Mierzwa, Principal

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 and packaged, INDIVIDUAL items (NO CAKES or HUGE COOKIES ) with ATTACHED ingredient labels from retail stores can be served
  • contact your child's teacher prior to sending food or treats in
  • do not send in Balloons or Gifts for the Birthday Child
  • all treats should come to the Main Office

News from the Health Office

Vaccine Clinic at Lincoln Middle School

The School Based Health Center at Lincoln will be hosting a vaccine clinic on Wednesday, October 18th from 11:30am-4:30pm. They are offering all school required vaccines, HPV, meningococcal, Hep A, and FLU vaccines as well. Families will need to call 970-488-4900 to schedule an appointment. There is no cost for the vaccines.

Families do not have to fill out the entire enrollment packet for the vaccines. It will simply require a consent form to be signed.


News from PTO

Odyssey of the Mind Presentation

A representative from Odyssey of the Mind will visit Riffenburgh on October 16th from 6-7 pm. Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving program that allows students to work on a predefined long-term problem that takes many months to complete and involves writing, design, construction, and theatrical performance. During the Odyssey of the Mind competition, students will also compete in spontaneous problem solving. Odyssey of the Mind is available to all grade levels. To learn more about this opportunity for your children or to get more information about being a parent/caregiver volunteer, please attend our informational meeting in the Media Center on October 16th at 6 pm. You can read more about Odyssey of the Mind here:


We are creating a Riffenburgh Directory! This is an optional way to share your information with your student's classmates and other friends at school. By opting in to this directory, you agree to not use the contact information for any purposes other than contacting classmates and friends of your children. This document will be password-protected and the password will only be shared with families who opt-in to participate. Please learn more and fill out the form here


District News

How Sick is too Sick (District Guidelines)

If you have any questions regarding when your student can return to school, please contact your school’s health office. For more information on Poudre School District Illness Guidelines click on the button below:




Calendar for the 2023-24 School Year

Important Dates:

  • Thursday, October 19, 2023 - NO School for Students
  • Friday, October 20, 2023 - NO School for Students
  • Friday, November 10, 2023 - NO School for Students