Gananda Blue Panther Gazette

Weekly Newsletter of Gananda Central School District

March 15, 2021

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Reminder: Remember Your Water Bottle!

Please remember to have your student bring in a refillable water bottle during the school day. It is important for our students to stay hydrated and our water fountains are currently disabled due to safety precautions with COVID19. We do have our water bottle fill stations available for use if students need to fill their water bottles during the day. Thank you!

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Kindergarten Registration

Registration began on Wednesday, March 10, for kindergarten in the 2021-2022 school year. Registration forms are available online or in person at the district office located in the Gananda Middle School at 1500 Dayspring Ridge, Walworth, NY 14568. *Please note: if you are currently enrolled in the Gananda UPK 4 program, you do not need to re-register for kindergarten.

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Poison Ivy/Oak/Sumac

If your child is exposed, start preventive measures by:

  1. Gently washing the affected area for several minutes in warm, soapy water.

  2. Wash all clothes, shoes, and pets that may have come in contact with the plant; the oil can spread from clothes to other surfaces easily and quickly.

  3. If your child does develop a rash, you can try these tips:

  • Apply a calming lotion, like calamine, three to four times a day to help the itch.

  • Drawing a cold bath or an oatmeal bath also may help to soothe the rash. Don’t scrub the area with soap because that often makes the skin itchier.

  • Try an oral antihistamine, such as diphenhydramine, to reduce the itch at night. Contact physician first for dosing.

  • Trimming your child’s nails might prevent scraping the skin and putting it at risk for infection.

  • Always contact your pediatrician should you have questions or concerns.

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Helpful Documents

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Upcoming Elementary Remote Learning Days

We need to add remote learning days for our elementary students in order to provide our teachers with planning and professional development time for the second half of the school year. We have scheduled the following Fridays as remote learning days for our elementary students:

Friday, March 26
Friday, April 23
Friday, May 14
Friday, June 4


For additional information, please see Principal Ernstberger's letter on our website at: https://bit.ly/2XU8n4z.

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Richard Mann Elementary PBIS Staff Member of the Week

Congratulations to Alyssa Spiotta for being our PBIS staff winner! Alyssa is a fantastic support to her fellow staff members, and she is determined to help all students succeed. We thank you for all that you do for us!

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7th Grade Fundraiser - Pizza and Frozen Food Items

Gananda Class of 2026 is hosting a fundraiser from March 8 - March 23 where they will be selling pizza and frozen food items. Click on the catalog to view all items for sale. For questions, please contact 7th-grade class advisor Christina Ozminkowski at Cozminkowski@gananda.org.

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PLTW Biomedical Science Program

Eighth grade students who are interested in the PLTW Biomedical Program when they enter high school can find the application to complete here. The application deadline is Friday March 19, 2021. Students that are accepted into the PLTW Biomedical program will be introduced to a wide variety of science and medical based skills and experiences.

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Middle School Yearbooks are Available to Order

Order your Gananda Middle School yearbook! Visit www.inter-state.com/yearbook and enter code 55257R to place your order. Softback and hardcover yearbooks are available with the option to add a personalized cover. Standard GMS yearbooks will be available to order until April 9, 2021. Orders with personalized covers must be ordered by March 1, 2021. Please direct any questions to Nickie Mereness: nmereness@gananda.org.

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Class of 2023 Fundraiser

The Class of 2023 is selling Mrs. Field's Cookies and More (this includes Auntie Anne's pretzels, cheesecakes, and snacks). The fundraiser ends March 19th. If you do not see a sophomore but you would like to order, please use the following link:


https://orderentry.fundtrackersql.com/frmgr/Home/StudentOrderHomePage


Enter the following ID: 635397 to proceed with your order.


All ordering is done online, and delivery will be in April to the school.

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Gananda Dollars for Scholars News and Events

GDFS is Looking for Volunteers

There are so many good reasons to volunteer. Contact GDFScholars@gananda.org if you are interested to learn more!


GDFS next meeting date is April 6 at 7 pm. This meeting will be available through Zoom.

GDFS Mark's Madness This Weekend

Support GDFS by ordering a Pizza from Mark's Pizzeria (Walworth location) from 4-10pm on Friday, March 19, Saturday, March 20 or Sunday, March 21. A $1 donation will be made to Gananda Dollars for Scholars for every large pizza sold!

Purchase a Tile and Support Gananda Dollars for Scholars

Have you ever wondered what those tiled walls at the three schools were all about? Gananda Dollars for Scholars started the walls in 1996 as a way to commemorate loved ones, special events, or advertise a business. Each year, the money raised from the sale of Foundations of the Future commemorative tiles funds scholarships to graduating seniors continuing their education. Visit the Gananda website for more information about the Foundations of the Future Tiles and how you can order one.

Amazon Smile

Order from AmazonSmile! Designate Gananda Dollars for Scholars as your charity of choice at no cost to you. Amazon will donate .5% of your purchase. Over $800 has been raised to date! Sign up today!


Did you know that you can start gathering volunteer hours as soon as you leave 8th grade? Just download a volunteer log from the Gananda Dollars for Scholars webpage, and start recording your high school volunteer experience!

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