Gananda newsletter for Nov. 7
November 3rd, 2023
James and the Giant Peach Jr. 🎭
Middle School Drama Club
It’s almost show time at the Middle School!
The curtain goes up for Roald Dahl’s “James and the Giant Peach Jr.” on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7 pm for the first of three showings at the Middle School Auditorium. Additional performances are scheduled for Friday, Nov. 17 (7 pm) and Saturday, Nov. 18 (1 pm).
More than 20 Middle School students have been rehearsing regularly to prepare for their big weekend onstage and even more are doing work behind the scenes to paint sets, design bug puppets and work with lighting and sound.
Tickets are $5 for each show and can be purchased digitally using the QR code above this notice.
A "Socktober" Record! 🧦
1,243 Pairs Collected for Open Door Mission
Middle School Student Congress would like to express its sincere thanks to the entire Gananda Middle School and community for setting a "Socktober" record by collecting 1,243 pairs of socks for the Open Door Mission. This year's total crushed the previous total of 747 pairs.
Having met our goal of 600 or more pairs, Mr. Butt will be wearing Buffalo Bills gear for the entire month of November. A special thanks goes out to Mac’s Pizza Shack for donating 400 pairs of socks. GO BILLS!
No School, Friday, Nov. 10
Varsity Sports Update 🏈🏃♀️🏊♀️
Congratulations to the Gananda/Wayne girls swim team, which finished in sixth place at the Section V Class B championships on Saturday at Webster.
Sydney Richards won the 100 breaststroke for a second straight year while the 200 free relay team (Emma Catalano, Sydney Richards, Natalie Schwandt, Haley Conner) and the 200 medley relay team (Emma Catalano, Sydney Richards, Natalie Schwandt, Haley Conner) each finished second. And in the 50 free, Haley Conner finished third.
Shout to to coach Dani Richards as well for being named the Section V Class B Coach of the Year after being named Finger Lakes League Coach of the Year last week.
Congratulations to Gananda senior Meah Prutzman, who finished her 2023 cross country season by finishing 14th in the Section V Class D girls championship race at Letchworth State Park on Saturday.
The 2023 season came to an end for the East Rochester/Gananda football team last Friday night. The Bombers advanced to the Section V Class C semifinals as the No. 4 seed but lost Friday’s semifinal game against No. 1 Le Roy.
ER/Gananda ends its season with a 7-3 record and Le Roy will play No. 2 Attica/Alexander in Saturday’s championship at SUNY Brockport.
Bring Happiness 😄
Girls Basketball Fundraisers 🏀
3-v-3 Tourney on Nov. 25; Bottle/Can Drive at New Location
The Gananda girls basketball program is hosting the Turkey Jam, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament on Saturday, Nov. 25.
The event is open to boys and girls in grades 3 to 8 in all districts. The double-elimination event guarantees at least three games with prizes awarded to the top teams in each division. Cost for each four-person team is $40 and teams must register by Nov. 20.
Contact Karin Meusissen at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The program also is hosting a can/bottle drive on Saturday, Nov. 18, at the high school bus loop.
One-Stop Holiday Shop: Nov. 18 🎁
5th Annual Alumni Association Event
It's that time of year again and the Alumni Association's 5th annual One-Stop Holiday Shop is all set for Saturday, Nov. 18.
The event at the Richard Mann Elementary School is open from 11 am to 3 pm and will feature vendors, crafters, raffles* and snacks, including Tom's Traveling Coffee Truck and the Kona Ice Truck. Stop in to get some shopping done and support the students and the community!
*-Raffle donations will benefit the Gananda Sports Boosters and the Coach Morabito Scholarship fund.
MTSS Update 📈📊
A Closer Look at Attendance
How important is attendance at school?
Very! Gananda’s Multi-Tiered Support System is encouraging strong attendance, which is often based in positive habits that start at home. Regular bedtimes and morning routines play a big role, but it’s also important to have a backup plan for things like transportation to and from school. Healthy eating and open discussions about concerns also help.
Missing just 2 days per month can limit reading progress and have an affect on the rest of the class as well.
At Gananda, 82% of our PK-12 students are “on track” with attendance this school year, which means they’ve been present for at least 90% of the total school days so far for 2023-24.
Halloween Fun at High School 🎃
Tutoring Services at High School 📚✏️
National Honor Society Students Offer Help
National Honor Society students are now offering tutoring help for any high school students looking for help in science and/or writing. We will be offering tutoring both during advisement and after school on certain days.
All tutoring will be held in room 131. Students can use this Google form to sign up. It is not necessary to sign up, but it will help to ensure we have the right students and enough students available to help.
Be Vigilant for Signs of RSV 🤧🤒
'Tis the Season
Now is the time to be vigilant with the risk of RSV increasing, especially for children, as seasonal temperatures cool off.
Typical symptoms include a runny nose and fever but children who are infected for the first time may also develop a cough and/or wheezing. Infants younger than 6 months may develop sleep apnea.
Most children with RSV can recover from home, but pay close attention to breathing patterns. Any child who has difficulty breathing should be taken to a hospital.
Prevention through good hygiene, like washing hands frequently, is recommended.
Looking for Employment? 👀
Gananda Has Several Open Positions
The Gananda Central School District has several openings for employment.
Whether you’re retired and looking for ways to stay connected to the community or just out of school and looking to get a career started, Gananda may be the place for you.
Check out our current openings, which include work in clerical, support, substitute and transportation capacities. You can see the district openings at this site, which also takes you to the application process.
Planning Ahead 📅
District Calendar Upcoming Events
Nov. 8: Board of Education Work Session
Nov. 9: End of Marking Period
Nov. 9: Middle School Picture Retake Day
Nov. 10: No School (Veteran’s Day)
Nov. 13: Winter Sports Season Begins (JV and Varsity)
Nov. 16-18: Middle School Musical Performances
Nov. 17: Report Cards Published
Nov. 18: Gananda Alumni Association: One-Stop Holiday Shop
No. 21: Parent-Teacher Conferences (Elementary School)
Nov. 22-24: Thanksgiving Recess
Nov. 29: Board of Education Meeting
Dec. 7: Grades 4-6 Winter Concert
Dec. 13: Board of Education Meeting
Dec. 14: Capital Project Vote
Dec. 14: Grades 7-12 Instrumental Concert
Dec. 19: Grades 7-12 Vocal Concert