Gananda Blue Panther Gazette

Weekly Newsletter of Gananda Central School District

District News

November 28, 2018



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Half Day on Friday, November 30 for K-5 Students

As a reminder, all K-5 students at Richard Mann Elementary will be dismissed at 11:30am on Friday, November 30th due to Parent Teacher Conferences. All other students in the district will be dismissed as usual.


Early Dismissal Day - Tuesday, December 4

As a reminder, Tuesday, December 4 is a district-wide Early Dismissal Day. All students will be dismissed one hour early as follows:

Richard Mann Elementary: 2pm

Gananda Middle School: 1:20 pm

Ruben A. Cirillo High School: 1:21pm


Color Day Schedule Change for Richard Mann Elementary-

Please be advised the color day schedule for Richard Mann Elementary has changed. Starting December 11, the color day schedule has been updated through the remainder of the school year. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. The new schedule can be found online .


Procedure for Dismissal Changes

If your child is riding a different bus home, or is getting picked up instead of riding the bus, please remember to notify the main office of your child's school before 2:30pm on that day. This will ensure that all parties are notified properly and that your child arrives to the correct destination. If your child is at Richard Mann Elementary, please also be sure to notify both the main office and your child's teacher.


Elementary New Attendance Line

Elementary school attendance is no longer handled by the nurse, Paige Buckner.It is now handled in the main office by Staci Harrison.To report an absence, call her at 315-986-3521, Press 1 for Richard Mann and 2 for the attendance line. The attendance line is available 24 hours. Parents can call and leave a voicemail at any time to let the main office know that their child is going to be absent or late for school for any reason. When leaving a voicemail, leave the child's first and last name, grade/teacher, symptoms of illness or reason for tardy. Obviously, during normal business hours there is a physical person at the attendance line but its nice for parents that work different hours to have a place to call at anytime.


Gananda Middle School Book Fair Starts December 5th

Find some great reads for the holidays at the Gananda Middle School Book Fair! The event starts Wednesday, December 5th and runs through Monday, December 10th. A portion of the purchases support our school library. A student schedule for the book fair will be sent home early next week. Join us for Family Night Friday, December 7th from 5:00pm to 7:30. Readers and holiday shoppers of all ages are welcome! Online shoppers can go to: to order from home.


The Next PTO Meeting is Wednesday December 5!

The Gananda PTO will be meeting the first Wednesday of every month at 7pm. The next meeting is scheduled for December 5. Childcare is unavailable for this meeting, but will be available for the upcoming meeting in January. Everyone is welcome to attend!


Registration is now open for the Annual K-12 Science Fair!

The Annual Gananda K-12 Science Fair is set for Wednesday, January 30, 2019. All students are invited to experiment, and explore! The deadline to enter the 2019 Science Fair is Friday, January 18, 2019; or register by Friday, January 11, 2019 and receive a free commemorative t-shirt. Registration Forms are available online. Questions can be directed to


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Macedon Community Christmas Program

The Macedon Community Christmas Program is getting ready for another year of helping local families during the holiday season. For 35 years, Macedon and Walworth families in need have received assistance through this program. Gananda Central School District is teaming up with local organizations to help support this program and our local Gananda families in need this holiday season. Here are a list of ways you can join us in support of this program and give back to our local families in need:

  • Our 4th Graders are collecting hats and mittens. Donations can be brought into Richard Mann Elementary.
  • Our 5th Graders are collecting boxes of cake mixes, cookie mixes, and frosting. Donations can be brought into Richard Mann Elementary.

In addition, if you, your family, or organization is interested in donating time or items to this year’s program, there are various ways to help:

  • Donate canned and other non-perishable foods to the Macedon Food Pantry, or ask for a family assignment and fill-up a food box with a nice holiday meal.
  • Buy gift certificates to local grocery stores for the purchase of perishable items like milk, eggs and meat.
  • Buy gifts for children or senior citizens (we can provide ideas).
  • Donate gift cards from area stores for items like clothes, gas and toiletries.
  • Tuesday December 11th, volunteers will meet downstairs at St. Patrick’s Church at 7:00 PM to organize all of the donations, and help is always welcome. There will be food to sort, gifts to wrap, and many hands make light work.

The Macedon Community Christmas Program has been successful every year, thanks to the united efforts of the Macedon Food Pantry at St. Patrick’s Church, of St. Katharine Drexel Parish; and other area churches, schools, civic organizations, businesses, scouting groups, and individuals. In 2017, 146 families totaling almost 450 individuals (including about 190 children and over 50 seniors) received holiday support.

If you would like to be a part of the Macedon Community Christmas Program, or are a family that resides in the Macedon or Walworth area and is in need of assistance this holiday season, you can send an e-mail to:


Community Open Forum Ideas Needed

Do you have ideas for community discussions? Are their issues that you feel need to be addressed by the district? Send your ideas to Gananda Central School District is planning upcoming open forums and we want to cover topics important to you. The next Open Forum will be scheduled in February. More information to come.


Support for Mr. Flansburg

We are keeping Mr. Flansburg and his family in our thoughts as he begins his courageous battle with lung cancer. A gofundme page has been set up to help with his medical costs if anyone is interested in offering support.


Gananda Education Foundation Seeking New Members

Please consider joining the Gananda Education Foundation in their upcoming meetings. Meetings are held at 6:30pm in the Middle School Library. The dates for upcoming meetings are as follows:

December 18, 2018

January 29, 2019

February 12, 2019

March 12, 2019

April 9, 2019

May 14, 2019

June 18, 2019


Gananda Dollars for Scholars News

It's a new shopping season! Did you know that you can help GDFS by shopping online? If you use Amazon, you can help raise money for scholarships! Simply start off by going to AmazonSmile, and select Scholarship America, Gananda Dollars for Scholars as the organization you want to support. From then on, you just go to AmazonSmile to shop and you have access to the same site as Amazon or Amazon Prime. That's it! About 0.5% of your purchase before tax will be donated to GDFS.

High School Student Volunteer Opportunities-Get your Gananda Dollars for Scholars volunteer hours by helping out with the following events:

1. Light the Night tree decorating at Ginegaw Park: Thursday November 29th 3:30-4:30

2. GDFS Meeting in the High School Library: Tuesday December 4th at 7:00. Students will be making cards.

3. Caroling for Dollars: Meet in the High School Atrium at 6:00 on Wednesday December 5th. It will wind down between 8:30 and 9:00.

Gananda Dollars for Scholars, Rewarding Achievement, Supporting Potential

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Rules About Dogs On School Grounds

We love four legged friends but have rules in place to keep everyone safe. As a reminder, dogs are not allowed on school grounds during school events. We will allow dogs to be walked on school grounds during non-school and non-event hours, but they must be on a physical leash and you must clean up after your dog. Our goal is to keep both human and four legged friends safe!


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Gananda Cheerleading

Holiday Camp

Join the Varsity & JV Cheerleaders for our 4th annual Mini Cheer Camp!

At camp, you will learn a cheer and short dance that will be performed with the high school cheerleaders during halftime of the Basketball game on Thursday, 12/20. You will also get a t-shirt, make a craft and have a snack!

Who: School age children (grades K-6)

Price: $20

Date: Saturday, December 15

Time: 12:00-3:00

Place: Gananda High School (Gym entrance)

RSVP: by December 1 to ensure t-shirt size. Registrations will be accepted up to the camp date

Questions: Jenn Pero at; Jacki Mader at or MJ Eckman at

Please complete this form and send it along with a check (payable to Gananda Sports Boosters) to: The elementary school (with your child) ~ ATTN: Jacki Mader -OR-

Mail to: Richard Mann Elementary

ATTN: Jacki Mader

1366 Waterford Rd

Walworth, NY 14568


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