Gananda Blue Panther Gazette

Weekly Newsletter of Gananda Central School District

District News

January 16, 2019
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Strategic Plan Surveys Coming Soon!

Gananda Central School District is nearing the halfway mark for the 5-year strategic plan which will conclude in June of 2021. As such, we will be sending out survey questions to all of our students, staff, parents, and community members to gather input as to the progress we have made so far. Be on the look out for emails in the coming weeks about participation in the surveys.

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Grab a Middle School Yearbook!


Keep your middle school memories forever

and order a yearbook today!


To order your 2018-2019 Gananda Middle School yearbook:

  1. Visit https://yearbooks.lifetouch.com/

  2. Click the green “Order a Yearbook” button

  3. Enter the Yearbook ID code: 12624419

  4. Enter your information and select your yearbook package

  5. Contact Mrs. Mereness or Mrs. Campbell with questions


Yearbook packages start at $21.60

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Order Your PTO Calendar Now Available

We are excited to announce the creation of a Gananda PTO 2019 Calendar. Student artwork was submitted by the art teachers at

each of our three buildings, and one winning piece was voted on to represent each of the different grade levels.

The calendars are $10.00 each and can be ordered by downloading the order form.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the calendars will be donated to the art department in each of our three buildings to help supplement their materials & supplies budget for the 2018-2019 school year.

Please visit the PTO webpage for more information.

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Starting January 2019 the elementary bus loop will be unavailable for student pick up or drop off

Beginning in January 2019, parents of elementary students will no longer be able to be in the bus loop in the front of Richard Mann Elementary at any time when school is in session. Due to the number of busses we will have going in and out of the bus loop with the addition of UPK, cars will no longer be able to pick up or drop off students in the main bus loop. As you face the main entrance of Richard Mann Elementary, the small bus loop to the left of the building's main entrance can be used for student pick up and drop off. We will have staff assisting students in the small bus loop at arrival and dismissal for those not utilizing bus transportation.

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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 12pm 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.

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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.

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Mark's Pizzeria Day

Tomorrow, January 17, is Mark's Pizzeria Day at all schools. Students can choose between Pepperoni and Cheese or Garlic slices.
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Gananda PTO Meeting

The Gananda PTO will be meeting the first Wednesday of every month at 7pm. The next meeting is scheduled for February 6. This meeting will be a special event - Bring your family for a Valentine's Day activity and cookies!

The meeting will be located at the middle school cafeteria from 7:00pm-8:00pm..

Discussions will include fundraisers and volunteer/committee opportunities.

All interested parents, administrators, faculty, and staff are welcome.

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Successful Substitute Teacher & Tutor Training


Can You See Yourself working with students? We Can! Substitute Teachers and other substitute staff as well as one-on-one Tutors are needed throughout Ontario, Wayne, Seneca and Yates Counties. As a sub or tutor, you choose the districts and grade levels you prefer.

The W-FL BOCES Substitute Registry and Home Tutoring Service offers training to perspective substitutes and/or tutors (it is possible to do both) who wish to work within our four-county region. (Substitutes are hired directly by the school district, therefore the qualifications and application process for that district must be followed. However, Tutors are hired by W-FL BOCES and are assigned by the Tutoring Office.)

Visit the Gananda website for more information on this free training.

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It's Flu Season

Flu season is now upon us. Please look over The Flu: A Guide for Parents for information regarding this illness.

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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. Registration Forms are available online. Questions can be directed to ScienceFair@gananda.org.

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Community Open Forum February 4!

Do you have ideas for community discussions? Are their issues that you feel need to be addressed by the district? We want to hear from you! The next Community Open Forum is scheduled for February 4 from 7pm-8pm in the Board Room (Room #135) at Ruben A. Cirillo High School. Email your discussion ideas to: GanandaPR@gananda.org.

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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.

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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:



January 29, 2019

February 12, 2019

March 12, 2019

April 9, 2019

May 14, 2019

June 18, 2019

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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.


Gananda Dollars for Scholars, Rewarding Achievement, Supporting Potential

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Did you know?

This is the time of year for viral illnesses so take time to review with your child the importance of good handwashing, coughing into bend of arm, no sharing utensils or drinks, and most importantly if you have a fever stay home and rest!

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