Gananda Blue Panther Gazette

Weekly Newsletter of Gananda Central School District

November 10, 2021

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Help with T-shirt Re-Design!

We need our students help! We are looking to re-design our GanandaProud t-shirts and we need your input. Can you help us re-design a t-shirt focusing on GanandaProud? There are a couple of rules:

  1. You must have the Gananda Proud Logo (See photo below) incorporated somewhere on the T-shirt
  2. School Colors should be present (you can incorporate other colors, however, Navy, Light Blue and White should be present).
  3. You should have what each letter in PROUD stands for somewhere in the design (P= Practice Self-Control, Respect, Outstanding, Unity, Driven).
A blank t-shirt template is shown below if you would like to use this to get started. Submit your illustrations/renderings to the main office of each school building by Friday, November 12, 2021. Students in all grades are invited to participate!

Once all designs are reviewed, several designs will be presented for a final vote. Our plan is to kick off 2022 with a fresh take on #GanandaProud!

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Gananda Backpack Program

Gananda Central School District is proud to inform you that we are continuing the Gananda Backpack Program for the 2021-2022 school year! The program has been a great success for the last several years and we continue to expand our service and make modifications to the program to better meet the needs of our students and families.

The program is free to join, and will continue through the entire school year. If you choose to sign up, the Gananda Backpack Program will provide a bag of non-perishable food to your child towards the end of each week to eat over the weekend. Students who are enrolled will have their bags sent home with them on either Thursday or Friday. High school and middle school students will need to pick their bags up from the office. Elementary students will have their bags sent home in their backpacks.

To enroll your child in the program, please email Sue Thoen at sthoen@gananda.org and include the following information in the email:

Student name, grade level, address, phone number, best email and any allergies.


Your email will serve as implied consent to begin deliveries. Once an email is received deliveries will start the following Friday.

If you have any questions, please contact Gananda Backpack Program Director Sue Thoen at 315-986-3521, ext. 1824.

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6th Grade Class Fundraiser

The 6th grade class will be fundraising for their 8th grade trip! If you are interested in purchasing a save around book for 2022 please place an order with a 6th grader. They will have a unique link for each student. They make great holiday gifts so be sure to place an order between November 1st - November 12th. Thank you for supporting Gananda's Class of 2028!

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Isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease.

  • Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. Isolation for public health purposes may be voluntary or compelled by federal, state, or local public health order.


Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.Quarantine may be voluntary or compelled by federal, state, or local public health order.

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Helpful Documents

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Richard Mann Elementary is using a program called PikMyKid to help organize the school dismissal process and improve safety. This program is an app downloaded onto your smart phone.The app can be found in the app store and will allow you to notify the school of pick-up changes and authorize others to pick-up your child from school, alert you when your child has been picked up or sent home on the bus, as well as help organize the car line during pick-up.

The registration process is easy and we have included several resources below to help you understand how to use the application and assist you with the app. Please make sure when registering you use your personal current mobile phone number or the app will not allow you to access your child’s information; this is for security reasons.

If you do not think the school has your mobile number on file or if your child does not appear in your app’s home page, contact support@pikmykid.com after registration, with your child’s name, school, grade, and your updated contact information.

Anyone who will be picking up your child should also register with the application. Their screen will be blank and they will not have any authorization until you allow it within the app.

To learn more about how to use the PikMyKid App, be sure to watch the PikMyKid Parent Training Video.

For more information, go to the Gananda website.

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Middle School Yearbooks are on Sale Now!

Gananda Middle School yearbooks are on sale now! Visit the yearbook sales site to explore yearbook packages and to place an order.
Standard yearbooks are available for $22 and name stamping and icons are available for regular price.

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Gananda Middle School has an Instagram Account!

The middle school has an Instagram account and you are invited to follow it! There will be photos posted regularly showing what the students are working on in class, along with other activities throughout the year. To follow us, scan the middle school nametag (The photo to the left of this story). If you are unsure how to do this follow these instructions: Go to your Instagram profile, tap on the three-line button in the top-right corner, and choose the Nametag tab. Then tap Scan a Nametag at the bottom of the screen and scan the nametag. Otherwise, you can just search for Gananda_MS.

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Gananda Dollars for Scholars News

Mark your calendar...Proud Panther signs will be sold at the Holiday Shop on Saturday November 13th from 11 am - 3 pm at the Elementary School. They are $10 per sign.


Next Meeting:

Tuesday December 7 at 7:00 in the HS Library

*Please park in the gymnasium parking lot

**A mask is required inside


Did You Know….

  • that you can designate Gananda Dollars for Scholars as your charity of choice if you give to the United Way each year? Just include Code #3323 on your enrollment form and start giving today!

  • that many employers match your donation for your charity of choice? You can double your giving to Gananda Dollars for Scholars by inquiring with your employer's Business Office!

  • that Amazon has a charitable program? Just go to Amazonsmile.com and designate Gananda Dollars for Scholars as your charity of choice. Then use Amazonsmile the same exact way you would use regular Amazon and they will donate a percentage of your purchase to GDFS at no cost to you. Almost $1,200 has been raised from this method! Thanks to all who have participated!

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