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.

The Week Ahead for June 25 – 29

Here we are… the final week of the school year. It’s hard to believe that there are only three and a half days of school left, in what I would consider to be a great school year. Here are a few events taking place this week:

Monday, June 25th
Kindergarten Celebration.
Mrs. Tenveen and the Kindergarten students will be celebrating the completion of the first year of school for these 20 amazing students. The celebration will take place at 12:30 pm, in the Library.

Tuesday, June 26th
SAS-Jackson Campus Orientation Tour.
The Grade 8 students will be visiting Jackson Campus to meet some of the teachers and staff members, as well as receive a tour of their new school. This is a big step for our Grade 8s, as some of them have only ever attended Ranchero Elementary, and now they are heading off on new adventures.

Recognition Assembly. At approximately 12:30 pm, we will be having a Recognition Assembly to acknowledge all of the students who participated in various sporting events, leadership, etc.

Wednesday, June 27th
Kindergarten and Grade 7/8 Field Trip.
The students in Mrs. Tenveen’s class and Miss Turner’s class will be visiting the Allan Brooks Nature Centre in Vernon. The students will participate in four different activity stations. These two buddy classes should have an excellent day!

Thursday, June 28th
Final Day of School.
The final day of school will start with a year-end assembly at 8:30. All families are welcome to join us as we say farewell to our Grade 8 students and some of our staff members. The assembly will end with a slideshow, highlighting all of the great things that took place this year at Ranchero Elementary. After the assembly, the students will return to their classes, where the teachers will hand out the students’ report cards and say good-bye to their classes. The students will be dismissed at 10:00 am. The buses will run at this time, so your children will arrive at their usual bus stop four hours early on Thursday.

The Week Ahead for June 18 – 22

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend, and that all of the fathers and father figures had an excellent Fathers’ Day!

Here are some things taking place at Ranchero Elementary this week…

Tuesday, June 19th
Okanagan Science Centre.
Mrs. Tenveen’s and Mr. Landy’s classes will be going to visit the Science Centre, in Vernon. We hope they have a wonderful day full of curiosity and wonder. Apparently some of the older students might get to try the Gyro Chair – let’s hope it’s before lunch!!

Wednesday, June 20th
Tenveen Gardens.
Mrs. Tenveen’s class will be making the annual trip to Mrs. Tenveen’s garden to explore and try some of the veggies that she grows. This is always a special day for the children and Mrs. Tenveen.

Thursday, June 21st
First Day of Summer!!
Summer solstice 2018 will be at 3:07 am.

Friday, June 22nd
Fun Day!
Ranchero Elementary’s annual Fun Day will take place rain or shine (let’s hope shine). The students will be divided up into teams, and their teams will rotate through a variety of stations in the morning. After Lunch, there will be a few school-wide games. The day will end with our Grade 8 challenge!

Have a wonderful week, everyone!!

Spring Appreciation Tea

Related imageRanchero Elementary’s annual Spring Appreciation Tea is just around the corner.  All family members and friends, who have supported the students and the school throughout the year, are welcome to attend the Spring Appreciation Tea on Friday, June 15th at 12:30 pm.

Refreshments and beverages will be served, as you spend time enjoying a variety of musical performances.

We are looking forward to seeing many of you next Friday!!

The Week Ahead for May 28th – June 1st

The beginning of the week has gotten away from me – sorry to be sending this out late.

Thursday, May 31st
Class Photos.
Please ensure your child(ren) are at school on time, as we will being our class photos first thing on Thursday morning. Hopefully the weather will be nice, so we can have the photos outside.

Friday, June 1st
Grade 2 Field Trip.
Mrs. Major’s Grade 2 class will be visiting Hillcrest Elementary, to reciprocate the pen pal visit. Last week, the Grade 2 class from Hillcrest Elementary came to Ranchero and spent the day learning/playing with our Grade 2 students. We hope all of our students enjoy themselves, and represent our school in a positive way.

The Week Ahead for May 21st – 25th

Here’s what’s happening at Ranchero Elementary, during what should be a very warm week! It would be a good idea to slather on some sunscreen before coming to school!!

May 21st
Victoria Day.
School will not be in session, so we hope all of our students and their families enjoy a wonderful long-weekend.

May 22nd
Fire Drill.
The students and staff will be practicing a fire drill. We’re focusing on exiting the building silently, allowing for teachers to take attendance quickly and efficiently.

May 23rd
Peer Numeracy Coaching Celebration.
Our Peer Numeracy Coaches and their little buddies will be celebrating a wonderful partnership, where the coaches have been helping the younger students strengthen their numeracy skills. Mrs. Montgomery will meet with the coaches and little buddies at Lunch, to celebrate the success that has been shown.

May 24th
Ranchero Leadership Team BBQ.
The Ranchero Leadership Team, with the support and guidance of Miss Turner, have been working very hard to get ready for a BBQ fundraiser. The team will be hosting a BBQ, starting at 5:00 pm, which will raise funds for the True Faces of Horse Slaughter charity. The students are very passionate about the cause they have chosen to support, so we hope many Ranchero families and friends will join us on Thursday evening.

May 25th
A Visit from Mr. Cumming.
Ranchero’s new principal, Mr. Cumming, will be visiting Ranchero Elementary between Recess and Lunch. Mr. Menzies will be walking from class to class with Mr. Cumming, and introducing him to all of the students and staff members.

New Principal Announcement

Dear Ranchero Families…

As you may have heard from your children, last Thursday I made the difficult announcement that I will be leaving Ranchero Elementary at the end of this school year.  After five wonderful years of working at Ranchero Elementary, I am being transferred to Bastion Elementary School.

I have very much enjoyed being a part of the Ranchero community, as I have been so fortunate to create some wonderful relationships with a group of amazing students, parents and staff members.  Ranchero Elementary is a hidden gem, being home to:

  • an incredible group of students who always put a smile on my face, and make me proud of the small and big achievements they make every day;
  • a caring and loving team of teachers, CEAs, and support staff who work together to ensure your children are always achieving new levels of success;
  • a supportive group of parents who are viewed as valuable members of our team, and trust us to provide their children with a well-rounded education.

The new principal of Ranchero Elementary will be Mr. Doug Cumming, the current principal of MV Beattie in Enderby.  Mr. Cumming is very excited to join the Ranchero team of students, teachers and parents!  Over the next few weeks, Mr. Cumming will be visiting Ranchero Elementary, to meet everyone in our school.

I would like thank everyone in our school community for contributing to a fantastic learning environment and making my time here very memorable.

I am looking forward to these next five weeks, as I continue to build memories with a learning community that I will miss very much.


Joel Menzies