2018 Paralympic Hero Natalie Wilkie Returns to Ranchero Elementary

Natalie Wilkie has some advice to share about overcoming obstacles.

As a 17-year-old participating in the 2018 Paralympic Games (the youngest member of Team Canada), the former Ranchero Elementary student surprised the competition by capturing Gold in the women’s 7.5 km cross country ski race (she also won Bronze in the 1.5 km sprint and Silver in the 4 x 2.5km team relay).

The remarkable accomplishment also came less than two years  after a shop class accident that saw the skier lose four fingers on her left hand.

On October 3, 2018, starting at 10 am, Wilkie will share her inspirational story with the students at her former school, and give them a behind-the-scenes look at what life was like at the recent 2018 Paralympic Games in South Korea.

In 2017 Wilkie was given a boost by the Petro-Canada FACE (Fuelling Athlete and Coaching Excellence) program. The program sees Petro-Canada, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and Canadian Olympic Committee award grants ($5,000 to the athlete and $5,000 to their coach) to inspirational athletes deemed to have great potential to represent Canada at Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tomorrow’s Team Canada).

The program also gives selected athletes the chance to inspire youth in their hometowns.

After speaking with students about following their dreams, no matter what obstacles are put in front of them, Wilkie will also help present a special framed photo to the school on behalf of the FACE program.


City of Salmon Arm Survey

Below is a link to a survey that the City of Salmon Arm and Shuswap Recreation Society has asked us to distribute to all members of the Shuswap Region to get lots of community feedback and information to assist them in developing a Shuswap Recreation Campus Plan, the survey is open until the end of September.  The Recreation Campus Plan decisions will certainly impact our community and our students.
The survey takes about 10 minutes to fill out.  On behalf of the City of Salmon Arm we thank you in advance for considering this survey. 

Permission Forms Home Today

Each student will be receiving a package of permission forms to take home today, there are a lot of forms! Please read each form, record your response and return the forms to your child’s teacher.

These forms can also be approved on line through Parent Connect. Instruction for logging on to Parent Connect are attached. The Website address for Parent Connect is:


Along with the permission forms please review the Ranchero Fee Schedule for this school year. This form is to be returned to the school with payment.

Our Welcome Back BBQ is scheduled for Thursday, September 20 beginning at 5 PM. Thank you to our PAC for organizing this event.

Mr. Cumming

Morning Fitness

Morning Fitness began today. Students are outside from 8:10 – 8:30 am walking or running. Permission slips for Intermediate students to complete the “Ranchero Loop” will be sent home this week with several other permission slips. Please review and sign each permission slip and return them to your child’s teacher.




Welcome Back!

Welcome back to another school year!  We hope all have had a restful and relaxing summer break. We are looking forward to seeing all grade 1 – 8 students this Tuesday, September 4 at 8:05 am. A reminder that school will be dismissed at 11:00 am on this day and the buses will run 3 hours early. We welcome to Ranchero our Kindergarten students beginning Wednesday, September 5. If you are the parent or guardian of a Kindergarten student, you should have received a phone call or email from Ms. Cooper detailing the gradual entry schedule.

The first day of school is an exciting day for students, parents and staff and we want the year to get off to a great start. At this point, we do not have our classes finalized for this school year. On the first day of school, students will be returning to their classroom from the previous year. Students will line up out front of the school when the welcoming bell goes and staff will lead students to  their last year classroom. New students to Ranchero will meet in the office. We hope to have all classes finalized on Tuesday, September 4 and all students in their 2018- 2019 classes on Wednesday, September 5. For those parents and guardians who want to be at school on the first day, coffee and snacks will be available in the Library.



Have a Wonderful Summer!!

We hope everyone is having a safe and enjoyable summer!!

The school office will reopen on August 27th. During the week of August 27th to August 31st, the office will be open between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm.
If you need assistance prior to August 27th, please leave a message on the school phone (250.832.7018) or email the principal, Doug Cumming, at dcumming@sd83.bc.ca .

New Student Registration will be on August 28th. Please be sure to bring your child’s birth certificate and BC Services Card (provincial care card, and proof of your home address (eg. a utility bill, driver’s license) to the school.

Classes will be back in session on September 4th. On September 4th, the first bell will ring at 8:05. At that time, the Gr. 1-8 students will line-up at the front of the school, where they will be greeted by the staff. All new students will meet Mr. Cumming at the school office. The first couple of days will be a combination of working in last year’s classes and multi-age groups. Once we determine if any students have moved away and who is new to the school, the SD No. 83 Director of Instruction will give the school permission to place the students in their new classrooms. This will most likely take place on Thursday or Friday.

On Tuesday, September 4th, the students will be dismissed at 11:00. The busses will take the students home at that time. Wednesday will be a full day of school, with dismissal at 2:00 pm.

All Kindergarten students will participate in a gradual entry, starting September 5th. Information about the gradual entry will be mailed to Kindergarten families in August.