Canandaigua PTSA

December 2015 Newsletter

Shopper's Showcase 2015

The PTSA annual shopper's showcase held on November 14th brought in approximately $1700.00 which goes directly to benefit the Music Appreciation Fund. This fund allows the PTSA to provide a musical instrument lending library to students who would otherwise not be able to afford to purchase or rent their own instrument. Donations of any amount to this fund are accepted year round, check or cash care of Canandaigua PTSA.

Harlem Wizards at CA

The December 2nd Harlem Wizards game was once again a slamtastic evening! Over 800 tickets were sold. Thank you to our twelve local business sponsors for supporting the PTSA's fundraising efforts. Did you know the profits from the concession and merchandise sales benefit the Academy basketball boosters and student government? Plus they run the booths themselves! A sincere thank you also goes out to all volunteers who helped run this event.

Laminating Volunteer SOS

We are desperately in need of volunteers for various services we provide to the schools. In particular we are looking for laminators, a great way to volunteer time on your own schedule. Training will be provided! There are many other ways to help, and new ideas and faces are always welcome! Send an email to if you are interested in hearing more.

Festivus 2015

Coming next week, Festivus is a wonderful event that allows children to pick out a special gift for a family member at home, free of charge! This event is also desperately in need of volunteers, especially on the Elementary side. If you have time available, please consider visiting the following link to view the digital sign-up:



Middle School Book Fair

The Middle School library will be hosting a Scholastic book fair from January 19-22nd. The profits will benefit the library directly. If you are interested in helping with the fair, please contact More information on volunteering will become available as the date approaches.

January 2015 Meeting

The next PTSA meeting will be held January 4th at 6:30pm in the Middle School library. Attending a meeting is a great way to hear what's going on in our schools directly from administrators, PTSA officers and other community members.

Event Chairs needed!

We have several events that are in need of new chairs and co-chairs. Running an event is a fun way to get involved and bring your ideas to life! It's even more fun with a friend. The following events are in need of help:

  • Mother/Son night: Traditionally held in the fall, but set the date when it works for you! This is a great event that brings in many many families to spend quality time together as well as raising funds for PTSA. Use our past "minute to win it" and craft format entirely, as a jumping off point, or add your own spin to things.
  • Square 1 Art: This is a terrific fundraiser for the art department. All profits go directly to putting new technology and supplies into our kids' art rooms. We are currently looking for a co-chair to help this fundraiser run smoothly.
  • PTSA Newsletter and Community Flyer: We are also looking for someone who may be interested in writing up our monthly flyer. With the new online format, this is a great way to get involved from home! A little time each month can help spread the word to all our members and parents about what's happening with PTSA and the local community.
  • Summer Book Swap: This event is very easy to run, free of cost to kids and encourages summer reading.

Community Flyer Information

    Canandaigua Knights Hockey

        Registration now open for boys and girls ages 4-8 to participate in our beginner hockey program. This is a learn to skate program that will progress to basic stick handling and shooting skills. Only $65 for a 9 week program! Children from all area school districts welcome. Register at See Register Online link on left hand bar. Equipment loaner program available for a $35. Refundable deposit.

        For questions, contact: Don Burkard:

        Granger Homestead Presents...‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

        Saturday, December 19th

        The Granger Homestead is presenting the annual “Night Before Christmas” program. This program includes a puppet show, followed by a scavenger hunt throughout the mansion, a copy of your very own ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas coloring book, and an invitation to sample a real sugar-plum! Please call or email to make reservations for either the 9am or 11am showing. Admission is $2.00 for students and adults, Children under 5 years are FREE.

        The Granger Homestead Society 295 North Main Street,

        Canandaigua, NY 14424

        Phone: (585) 394-1472


        Come have breakfast with Santa!!! Sponsored by Brownie Troop 949

        Pancake Breakfast w/ Santa

        December 19th 8-10:30am

        Tickets $5

        Charlie Riedehls


        Contact: Kim Currie @ with any questions.

        The Great Canandaigua Civic Center Holiday Skating Ice Show

        The show will be at the Great Canandaigua Civic Center Rink in Canandaigua, New York on Saturday December 20, 2015. GCCC is located at 250 N Bloomfield Rd in Canandaigua. Showtime will be at 5:00pm.

        Community Flyer information:

        Are you a local business or group that has an event coming up or other news bulletin to share with our community? Email for information on being included in our monthly flyer.

        A message from Vernon Tenney, Canandaigua Academy Principal

        If you are an Academy parent you may have read this in the Academy's Newsletter. Vernon Tenney came to our November meeting and shared this information with us, and we think it's important to get the word out.

        Social Media – the nasty side.

        We have had a few students approach staff about a new app called After School. The makers of the app state it is for “Funny Anonymous School News For Confessions & Compliments”. The icon that appears to the right is cute and might attract young users. This cannot be further from the truth. It is an app to post anything about anyone be it true, false, complementary, hurtful, flattering or vile. I believe anonymous commenting serves one purpose – to hurt others. Our staff have been addressing issues as they become aware. However, we need your help. Please speak with your child to see if they have downloaded this app. If they have, I ask you to have them remove it from their device. We need to work together to break this unhealthy cycle.

        We know it is incredibly overwhelming to keep up with online behavior and the growth of new apps. It is an incredibly daunting task. Please remember to check your child’s device often and talk with them about healthy online/social media behaviors.

        If you find your child is dealing with an inappropriate response or interaction on social media, please respond as we are as a school. These come from recommendations from NetSmartz.

        • Avoid responding
        • Save the evidence
        • Report misuse to the app
        • Talk about it with a trusted adult
        • Be a bystander with power and support victims

        The following is taken directly from NetSmartz. More information is available at

        We also encourage you to do the following to help children use social networking sites safely. Social networking sites can have many benefits for children, such as allowing them to explore new interests. Help your children use them more safely by going over the following tips and discussion starters.

        • Check your child’s friend lists to see who has access to his or her profile. Make sure your child knows all friends in person.
        • Teach your child to set profiles to private–but be aware that privacy settings do not guarantee complete privacy.
        • Have your child remove any inappropriate content and photos and delete any personal information.
        • Check the profiles of your child’s friends to see if there is revealing information or photos about your child.
        • Report inappropriate or criminal behavior to the appropriate authority. Most sites have a reporting mechanism for non-criminal behavior. Criminal behavior should be reported through law-enforcement agencies and the CyberTipline®

        Start a discussion with your child

        Use these discussion starters to get an Internet safety conversation going with your children. The more often you talk to them about online safety, the easier it will get, so don’t get discouraged if they don’t respond immediately!

        • Could you show me your online profile(s)?
        • Do you use your real name or age when communicating with others online?
        • What kinds of things do your post on your page?
        • How do you decide who to add as a friend?
        • Would you feel comfortable if I checked your profile?