Gananda Blue Panther Gazette

Bi-Monthly Newsletter of Gananda Central School District

January 13, 2023

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Update from the District on Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at 7pm

Join Superintendent Dr. Shawn Van Scoy and members of our Board of Education for an update on district initiatives for this school year. Topics for discussion include: the status of adding an SRO (school resource officer) to the district, upcoming state testing, and the upcoming search for hiring a new high school principal.

This is an in-person or virtual event. The in-person meeting will be held at Richard Mann Elementary in room #918 or you can register online to attend virtually by Zoom. If you would like to attend virtually, please pre-register using the link below. Questions or topic ideas can also be submitted when you register for the virtual session or by emailing GanandaPR@gananda.org.

Virtual Session on January 18 at 7pm: Register

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Swim Team Can and Bottle Drive

Our Gananda Swim Team will be holding a can and bottle drive on Saturday, January 21 from 9AM to 12PM (Noon). There will be a truck in the Richard Mann Elementary parking lot where you can drop off your cans and bottles. All proceeds will support our swim program - come down and show your support!

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Upcoming Staff Appreciation Days

February 6 - School Counseling

February 22 - School Bus Drivers

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Report Student Harassment/Bullying

Did you know we have an electronic form on our website to report student harassment or bullying? If your child has been experiencing harassment or bullying, please fill out the form to make a report. You can find a "Report Student Harassment/Bullying" link on our website under the Parents heading. The report will go directly to the district's DASA (Dignity for All Students Act) Coordinator, Mr. Elliott Butt. Once reviewed, Mr. Butt will coordinate an investigation into the matter. With your help, we hope to continue to fight against bullying and create a welcoming environment for all students in Gananda Central School District.

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Parent Volunteer Registration Form

We are excited to reinstate Parent Volunteers in our schools! If you are interested in volunteering for school events, athletics, classroom activities, or as a school helper in the cafeteria, library, or the school offices at any point during the school year, please complete the Parent Volunteer Registration Form. You can also find this form on our website under the Parents heading. It takes approximately three weeks for approval to volunteer due to the background checks and board approval process necessary for access to our school buildings during the day. We look forward to working with you in the coming weeks!

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Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Any questions or concerns regarding your child and their heart health should always be discussed with a Physician.


Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Also called: SCA, Sudden cardiac death

What is sudden cardiac arrest (SCA)?

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a condition in which the heart suddenly stops beating. When that happens, blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs. If it is not treated, SCA usually causes death within minutes. But quick treatment with a defibrillator may be lifesaving.

How is sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) different from a heart attack?

A heart attack is different from an SCA. A heart attack happens when blood flow to the heart is blocked. During a heart attack, the heart usually doesn't suddenly stop beating. With an SCA, the heart stops beating.

Sudden cardiac arrest should be treated right away with a defibrillator, which is a device that sends an electrical shock to the heart to restore its normal rhythm. If you think someone is having SCA, you should dial 9-1-1 right away.

Defibrillators are now available in many public places, such as shopping malls and airports. But if someone is having SCA and there is no defibrillator available, then cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) should be performed until an ambulance or other help arrives. The chest compressions given during CPR move a small amount of blood to the heart and brain, “buying time” until a normal heartbeat can be restored.

https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/chronic/sca/

https://publications.aap.org/pediatrics/article/129/4/e1094/32355/Pediatric-Sudden-Cardiac-Arrest

https://parentheartwatch.org/

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Helpful Documents

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Elementary Lunch Visitors

We are excited to announce the return of lunch visitors to Richard Mann Elementary. Parents/Guardians are invited to join us as lunch visitors, however, we do have a couple of updates to the lunch visitor process. The updates are to ensure the safety and security of our students and staff within our school building. Please note the process below:


  1. If you wish to have lunch with your student, you will need to register at least one day in advance of joining your student for lunch. To register, call the main office at 315-986-3521 ext. 8-1511 between 8:30am-3:30pm.

  2. At this time we are limiting the number of students that can have visitors to three students per grade level each day. You can visit each student one time per month.

  3. Due to spacing limitations, we cannot accommodate younger siblings at this time. Please leave younger siblings at home.

  4. You are invited to bring your lunch in, however, we ask that you do not bring in outside restaurant food for your child. We do not allow students to order food to be brought into school.

  5. When you arrive for your lunch, please remember to bring your Photo ID with you. You will need to enter the main office to receive a Visitor Badge.

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ES Lost and Found

Please look at the Lost and Found to see if anything belongs to your child(ren). The table is overflowing with many sweatshirts, jackets, water bottles, etc.
If you recognize any of these items in the pictures, please email Rachel Morabito and I will be sure to get them to your child. Click on this link to view the photos.

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Proud Calls!

Our Elementary School Principal, Mrs. Lumb, and Assistant Elementary School Principal, Ms. Reeves, joined the students pictured below to call home together and share good news about something that happened at school. Proud Calls can be for something big or small such as helping a friend, mastering a goal, or doing something to brighten the day for others. We are #GanandaProud of our students!
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MS Roller Skating Party


On Friday, January 20th, Student Congress will be hosting a Roller Skating Party at Gananda Middle School.


Middle School Parents - Join in on the fun from 6:30 - 7:00pm and skate with your students.

Middle School Students Only - The skating continues from 7:00 - 9:00pm.


Admission is $5.00 dollars per student. Parents are free. Concessions will be available for purchase. Roller skates will be available or bring your own.

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Future Run the Streets

Starting on Wednesday January 18th, Future Run the Streets, a community-based organization, will be coming to the Middle School during Intramurals. They host fun, interactive activities for students that are educational and allow them to build social skills.


Future Run the Streets, which is funded by a grant called "Active People Healthy Wayne County", began as a running group and has added other activities to support young people in our area. The goal of the program is to provide activities for youth in the community to keep them engaged, active, and involved in a community that belongs to them. Stay tuned for more opportunities and upcoming events from Future Run the Streets!"

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Middle School Lost and Found

Please look at the Lost and Found to see if anything belongs to your child(ren). The table is overflowing with many sweatshirts, jackets, water bottles, etc.
If you recognize any of these items in the pictures, please email Missy Nims and I will be sure to get them to your child. Click on this link to view the photos: https://bit.ly/3UpFecw

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Order Your Yearbook Now!

Gananda Middle School yearbooks are on sale now! Visit the yearbook sales site to explore yearbook packages and to place an order.

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Upcoming Board Meeting

The next board meeting will be Wednesday, January 25 at the Richard Mann Elementary School, Room #918. The meeting starts at 7pm.


Public Comments at Board Meetings


Board Meeting Procedures


More information about the school board can be found on the Gananda Website.

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Gananda Dollars for Scholars News

Gananda Dollars for Scholars News


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 O

  • 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. Visit your AmazonSmile impact page to track donations generated or change your charity.

  • Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 7, in the high school library at 7pm.

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The Wayne County Partnership for Strengthening Families is seeking volunteers to help with Foodlink food distributions the third Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday of each month. Each event starts at 10:00 am, with volunteers needed at 9:00. If you are interesting in volunteering please fill out the volunteer form.
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