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.


Parent Presentation: Understanding The Teenage Brain

How can parents best support and meet the needs of their growing, changing adolescents? The teenage brain is different from any other brain in history, presenting many challenges. Discover why the adolescent brain is in turmoil, how to boost its plasticity, how the teen brain learns and works best, plus how to engage and communicate in relevant and practical ways. Learn leading edge, easy to apply ideas from Neuroscience to help unleash the potential of the teenage brain. Acquire skills on how to support them to become healthy, happy, life-long learning adults. The more knowledge parents have about the adolescent brain, the more benefits can be passed on. If you want to help teenagers in today’s world, then you need to start with their brain. This high energy, fun, surprising workshop is full of hope and optimism for the future of all teenagers.

This session is appropriate for parents, educators and students from Grade 5 – 12.

Presenter:    Gary Anaka, Brain Coach

Gary is a pioneer in Brain Health and Wellness. As a brain coach since 1997, he has presented over 1100 keynotes and workshops to people in all walks of life nationally and internationally.

 Date:             Monday, October 28

Time:             7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Location:      Shuswap Lake Room, DESC

341 Shuswap St. SW, Salmon Arm, B.C.)




Welcome Back BBQ

On Thursday, September 26 beginning at 5 pm, the Ranchero PAC invites invites all Ranchero parents, guardians and members of the community  for a welcome back BBQ. Hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chips, beverages and baked goods will be offered.

Thank you to the Ranchero PAC for organizing our Welcome Back BBQ!