Ready, Set, Learn

Ready, Set, Learn

Ready, Set, Learn is coming to Ranchero Elementary on Tuesday, March 3 at 1:00 pm.  Ready, Set, Learn is a free early learning event for families and caregivers with preschool-aged children who are 3, 4, or 5 years old.  All families who attend will receive free books and a kit of materials/resources to help support their children’s early learning experiences.  All families are encouraged to pre-register for the event by calling Ranchero Elementary at 250.832.7018.  The School District’s early learning coordinator, Jen Findlay, will facilitate the event.

Cold Weather


With the extremely cold temperatures expected over the next dew days it is important that students dress for the weather when coming to school. Please see the image above for some guidelines with respect to dressing for the cold.

During very poor weather students will be permitted to play appropriately inside. When the temperature drops below -10 degrees here at Ranchero there is a good chance students will have an indoor recess / lunch.  The decision whether or not to have an indoor recess / lunch rests with the principal and is based on a number of factors (ie. temperature at the school, windchill, shelters available, length of time outside, etc.).

If your child arrives at school before the bell, know that the gym and Breakfast room are always open in the morning at 7:40 am. Thank you to our Breakfast Room parent volunteers!

As always, your continued support from home is appreciated. Stay warm!



Winter Concert Thursday, December 19

We are very much looking forward to this year’s winter concert “Bring on the Snow”. Students in grades seven and eight will be performing a Band Concert prior to the concert play. The concert is set for Thursday, December 19 at Ranchero Elementary; doors will open at 5:30 pm. There will be a dress rehearsal at 12:30 pm that parents and guardians may also attend if they cannot make the evening performance. We are requesting that parents and guardians dress semi-formal for this very special event. Thank you to Mrs. Skibbe and the Ranchero staff for all of their efforts preparing for this very special evening.

Family Letter Writing Day December 6

Dig out your Holiday cards and address books, because on Friday, December 6, we will hold our annual Family Letter Writing event at Ranchero Elementary School! Parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and friends are all invited to come to school to write with their child or children.  The plan will be for everyone to use that time to write friendly letters, Holiday cards and address envelopes!  A sheet of fancy Christmas paper will be provided for each child, along with photocopied decorated sheets and envelopes.  We will have stamps on-site, so you can purchase stamps and have them ready to be delivered.

Tables and chairs will be set up throughout the building to allow for family groupings to work wherever they like.  Adults will go to each class and collect their children and settle themselves for just over an hour of writing time.  We will start right at 12:30 and end at 1:45. Any child without an adult may remain in their classroom and work on their letters or cards with the teacher, another student or another staff member.

Coffee, tea, warm cider and cookies will be served.  In the spirit of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, please bring along your own mug for coffee or tea!  Student greeters will meet you at the door and assist you with finding your child’s classroom, should you need that help.

Early Dismissal on November 21. Students dismissed at 11:15 am, buses run 2 hours and 50 minutes early.

The First Formal Report this year will be student / parent / teacher conferences. Students will be dismissed at 11:15 am on Thursday, November 21. Buses will run 2 hours 50 minutes early. Please see below for directions on how to log onto Parent Connect to book your parent / student / teacher conference time for November 21. Sign up will open on Wednesday, November 6. This is an important part of how we will be communicating your child’s progress this year. As always, if at any time you have a concern with your child’s educational progress please contact your child’s teacher or me at the school. Your support from home with your child’s learning is very much appreciated.

Parent Connect Logon Instructions: Opens Wednesday, November 6.

 Step 1 – Find Parent Connect

  1. Go to Ranchero Elementary Home Page –
  2. Scroll Over Information For… drop-down menu
  3. Scroll over Parents, and then select SD #83 Parent Connect

Step 2  – Log into Parent Connect

  1. Enter your email (the one the school has on file), select a student and enter your password.
  2. If you cannot remember your password or you have not yet set up a password, click on the “Forgot my Password” link to receive your log in information by email.

Note:          If you cannot log in, it is most likely because the school does not have your current email address.  Please contact the office to update this information.

Step 3 – Select the Interview Tab and Parent interview Schedule

  1. Select an interview time with your child’s teacher.
  2. Save your entry

Step 4 – Repeat the process for siblings.