Gananda Blue Panther Gazette

Weekly Newsletter of Gananda Central School District

December 8, 2021

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Holiday Spirit Days

Show your holiday spirit December 16 - December 22! We invite all students and staff to join us in showcasing your holiday spirit! Please see the Holiday Spirit Days schedule below.


12/16: Snow Day -- wear your snow gear to school (hats/gloves/scarves/snowpants/boots, ect)/

12/17: Flannel - Wear your favorite flannel attire.

12/20: Winter Holiday Character Day - Dress as your favorite winter holiday character. Some examples include: Olaf, Elf on the Shelf, Rudolph, Jack Frost, etc.

12/21: PJ Day - wear your favorite pajamas or comfy wear.

12/22: Ugly Sweater Day - wear your ugly or festive sweater.

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TIES Program

Promoting participation in extracurricular and community activities, the TIES (Together Including Every Student) program provides effective support for children and young adults with developmental disabilities.
The program, sponsored through Gananda Central School District, is currently seeking both volunteers to help participants with developmental disabilities join activities, and participants who want to learn about their community and have fun with peers. Students in grades 8-12 are eligible to volunteer in the program, and youth between the ages of 8-21 are eligible to participate in the program.



Visit the Gananda website for more information and to fill out an application.


If you are interested in volunteering, participating, or have questions about TIES, contact TIES Coordinator Jennifer Letendre or ganandaties@gananda.org.

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Mark Your Calendar for A Virtual Parent Forum on December 8

Join Superintendent Dr. Shawn Van Scoy and members of the Board of Education for a Virtual Parent Forum on Wednesday, December 8 at 7:30pm for a discussion on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives within the district. Registration is required to attend. To register, click on the link below:

https://gananda-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__5Y-KUx1RDGAlZtG5a9tWw

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Boys Basketball Can Drive

Our Gananda Boys Basketball team will be holding a bottle and can drive on Saturday, December 11 from 9AM to 12PM (Noon). There will be a truck in the Richard Mann Elementary School parking lot where you can drop off your cans and bottles, or you can leave your rinsed cans and bottles in bags at the end of your driveway for pickup. All proceeds will support our boys basketball team - come down and show your support!

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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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Half Day for Students on December 22

Half day for all grades PreK-12 due to staff development. Dismissal times will be as follows:

Ruben A. Cirillo High School: 10:55am

Gananda Middle School: 10:48am

Richard Mann Elementary: 11:30 am

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Cold urticaria is a skin reaction to cold that appears within minutes after cold exposure. Skin develops red, itchy welts (hives). People often say they are "allergic" to the cold.


Cold urticaria symptoms begin after the skin is exposed to a sudden drop in air temperature or cold water. Damp and windy conditions may make a flare of symptoms more likely.

The worst reactions generally occur with full skin exposure, such as swimming in cold water. Anaphylactic reactions can occur with cold urticaria.


If you have skin reactions after cold exposure, see your doctor.

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RMES Scholastic Book Fair Starts Today!

The Scholastic Book Fair for Richard Mann Elementary starts this Wednesday, December 8, and runs through Wednesday, December 15.

Students will be able to visit the book fair during school hours, however, due to COVID-19 we will not be holding a Family Night this year. Families can purchase items online by visiting to the book fair website here: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/mannlibrary

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Mitten Tree

It's that time of year again! Fourth grade is collecting new mittens, hats, scarves etc. to donate to the Macedon Food Pantry. The mitten tree is located outside the main office. Please feel free to drop off any items in the box next to it.

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Virtual Lost and Found

Please see the added photos of items in our Lost and Found. All items left over break will be donated. Please email Missy Nims to let her know if any of these items belong to your child and she will be sure to get the item to them.

You can view the items here: https://www.parentsquare.com/feeds/9252804

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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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Order your Yearbook now!

The HS yearbook is now available to order at www.jostens.com/2022yearbook. Contact Rachel Zebulske with any questions.
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Gananda Dollars for Scholars News

Next Meeting:

Tuesday January 4 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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