Gananda Blue Panther Gazette

Weekly Newsletter of Gananda Central School District

September 16, 2021

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Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! We are excited to have the students back and look forward to many great things ahead. We just wanted to share a few bits of information to help start the year off on the right foot.

1. On each of our individual school webpages, you will now find a link under the "Parents" heading entitled, Information Hub. This page will have all of the necessary documents to keep you organized throughout the year. Information includes items such as Color/Letter Day Schedules, Parent/Student Handbooks, Instructional Calendars, and more. Links to each Information Hub page can be found below:

2. We realize as parents there will be situations that arise where you may not know the best person to contact. Gananda Central School District has developed a Communication Road Map guide to address your questions and concerns quickly and effectively. The communication guide starts with the staff member closest to a situation, as that person usually has the most information, and moves up the chain from there. We recognize that at times additional personnel are required to resolve specific situations, but we encourage you to start with Step 1 to get your questions resolved in the most timely manner. Any and all questions from parents and residents regarding school matters are welcomed! Please note: this document is also located on each school's "Information Hub" page on the website.

3. Technology has become an important aspect in our lives and Gananda Central School District is no exception. Many of our resources for parents are also digital but we realize it can be confusing with so many different platforms. To help you navigate our digital world, we have created a Digital Cheat Sheet.

4. In keeping with our digital platforms, we also allow parents to report absences or request an early dismissal through a digital form on our school websites. If you need to report your student will be absent from school or will need to be dismissed early for an appointment, go to the school's website and go under the "Parents" heading and click on the Report Student Absence link. Links to each Student Absence page are also included below:

We hope this will help set everyone up for a successful school year!

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Kim Ernstberger - New Director of Accountability

Kim Ernstberger, the Principal of Richard Mann Elementary for the past 24 years, has accepted a newly created position in the district as the Director of Accountability. Ernstberger will be helping the district with compliance standards in regards to COVID-19 protocols, district educational grants, and ESSA reporting to New York State Department of Education in her new role. The new position is funded by various grants provided to the district.



Did you know that you can find your child's daily assignments online? Log in to Schoology for your all-access parent pass. If you haven't already signed in, follow the instructions on the Gananda website.



Gananda Central School District uses ParentSquare for school communication . ParentSquare allows us to communicate with email, text and app notifications. The platform automatically generates an account for each parent, using their preferred email address and phone number. We encourage parents to access their accounts so they can download the mobile app and update their preferences on when and how they are notified. Visit the Gananda website for more information.


Reminder: Remember Your Water Bottle!

Please remember to have your student bring in a refillable water bottle during the school day. It is important for our students to stay hydrated and our water fountains are currently disabled due to safety precautions with COVID19. We do have our water bottle fill stations available for use if students need to fill their water bottles during the day. Thank you!


Reminder: All Chromebooks need to be fully charged when brought into school each day.


Varsity Volleyball Car Wash Fundraiser

The Varsity Volleyball Team is holding a car wash fundraiser at Ruben A. Cirillo High School this Sat., Sept. 18, from 10am - 1pm. A $5 fee per car will include hand cleaning and drying services. All proceeds support our varsity volleyball program.


Gananda Girls Soccer Can Drive

Our Gananda Girls Soccer team will be holding a social distancing style bottle and can drive on Saturday, October 9 from 9AM to 12PM (Noon). There will be a truck in the Richard Mann Elementary School parking lot where you can drop off your cans and bottles. Masked volunteers will be on hand to help load the truck. All proceeds will support our girls soccer team - come down and show your support!


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Education Law Article 19 and Regulations of the Commissioner of Education (8 NYCRR) require physical examinations of public school students:

1. Entering the school district for the first time, and in grades pre-K or K, 2, 4, 7 and 10; and at any grade level by school administration, in their discretion to promote the educational interests of the student (8 NYCRR 136.3[b]);

2. in order to participate in strenuous physical activity, such as interscholastic athletics (8 NYCRR §§135.4 and 136.3(a)(8));

3. in order to obtain an employment certificate (Education Law §3217); and

4. when conducting an individual evaluation or reevaluation of a student suspected of having a disability or a student with a disability (8 NYCRR §200.4 [b]).


Helpful Documents


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Introducing Roger Becker - Interim Elementary School Principal

Stepping in as interim Richard Mann Elementary Principal is Roger Becker. Becker joins the district with a wealth of experience in education. He retired as Assistant Superintendent of Instruction at Pal-Mac Central School District, was a Principal of Johanna Perrin Middle School in Fairport, taught Social Studies at the middle school level in Martha Brown Middle School in Fairport, and most recently served as an interim building substitute teacher at Williamson High School. Becker also proudly served in the US Army Reserves. He will be taking over as elementary school principal effective September 1, 2021.


Virtual Parent Information Night Events

Richard Mann Elementary will be hosting Virtual Parent Information Nights next week. Times and dates are as follows:

Monday, September 20:

Pre-K at 6pm-6:30pm

Kindergarten at 6:30-7:00pm

1st Grade at 7:00pm-7:30pm

Tuesday, September 21::

2nd Grade at 6:30pm-7:00pm

3rd Grade at 7:00pm-7:30pm

Thursday, September 23:

4th Grade at 6:30pm-7:00pm

5th Grade at 7:00pm-7:30pm


Elementary School Picture Day

The Elementary School picture day is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday October 6. The order form can be found online at the Inter-State Studio website.


Richard Mann Elementary is using a program called PikMyKid to help organize the school dismissal process and improve safety. This program is an app downloaded onto your smart phone.The app can be found in the app store and will allow you to notify the school of pick-up changes and authorize others to pick-up your child from school, alert you when your child has been picked up or sent home on the bus, as well as help organize the car line during pick-up.

The registration process is easy and we have included several resources below to help you understand how to use the application and assist you with the app. Please make sure when registering you use your personal current mobile phone number or the app will not allow you to access your child’s information; this is for security reasons.

If you do not think the school has your mobile number on file or if your child does not appear in your app’s home page, contact after registration, with your child’s name, school, grade, and your updated contact information.

Anyone who will be picking up your child should also register with the application. Their screen will be blank and they will not have any authorization until you allow it within the app.

To learn more about how to use the PikMyKid App, be sure to watch the PikMyKid Parent Training Video.

For more information, go to the Gananda website.


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School Picture Day

School Picture Day is September 22. The make-up date is November 10th. Order information will be sent out the first week of school.


Gananda Middle School has an Instagram Account!

The middle school has an Instagram account and you are invited to follow it! There will be photos posted regularly showing what the students are working on in class, along with other activities throughout the year. To follow us, scan the middle school nametag (The photo to the left of this story). If you are unsure how to do this follow these instructions: Go to your Instagram profile, tap on the three-line button in the top-right corner, and choose the Nametag tab. Then tap Scan a Nametag at the bottom of the screen and scan the nametag. Otherwise, you can just search for Gananda_MS.


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Melissa Reeves - Interim High School Assistant Principal

We would like to congratulate Melissa Reeves on her promotion to interim Assistant Principal at Ruben A. Cirillo High School and the district Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) Coordinator. Reeves was previously an 8th grade Math and Algebra teacher at Gananda Middle School where she taught for five years. Prior to joining Gananda Central School District, she taught Algebra and Statistics at North Rose Wolcott. Reeves is also a graduate of Gananda Central School District from the class of 2011.
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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 Office!

  • that Amazon has a charitable program? Just go to 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. Almost $1,200 has been raised from this method! Thanks to all who have participated!

  • that our next meeting will be on:

Tuesday October 5th, 2021 @ 7:00

In the HS Library

*Please park in the gymnasium parking lot

**A mask is required inside

***Student Activity for this month-Making “Thanks for Giving” cards for our donors and sponsors


Join the Cub Scouts!

Did you know that Cub Scouts helps build friendships, develop life skills, builds friendships, and allows your child to explore new adventures?
Interested in joining Cub Scouts?

Join us on for recruitment night on Friday, September 24 between 6-7 pm at the open air pavilion at Ginegaw Park.

Cub Scout Pack 113 is open to all children in Kindergarten through 5th grade and attend Richard Mann Elementary and Wayne Central.
For more information: