Gananda Blue Panther Gazette

Weekly Newsletter of Gananda Central School District

District News

January 30, 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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Here Comes the Bus

Don't be left in the cold waiting for the bus! Be sure to download the Here Comes The Bus app today! You can find out more information on our website.

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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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Evalumetrics Youth Survey is Coming Soon!

Gananda Central School District has been selected to participate in the 2019 Evalumetrics Youth Survey (EYS) in early February. This survey of 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th graders is designed to improve our understanding of the risk and protective factors impacting the environment around our young people. The survey is sponsored by the Wayne County Partnership for Strengthening Families (www.wcpsf.org), a group with which we are working to build healthier communities. Additional information about the survey can be found on our website at www.gananda.org.

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Gananda Community Youth Theatre Presents Elf, Jr.

"Santa!!! Oh, my gosh! Santa’s here? I know him! I know him!"

Gananda Community Youth Theatre proudly presents the holiday classic, Elf! Come watch Buddy the Elf on his adventures away from the North Pole to find his human dad!

Friday, February 8th at 7:00 pm and Saturday, February 9th at 1:00 pm at the Gananda Middle School. You can buy tickets starting January 30th at https://GCYT.yapsody.com.

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Gananda Youth Lacrosse Registration is OPEN!

Please visit www.ganandalax.com to register for the 2019 Spring Season. All boys and girls, K-6 and from all zip codes are welcome! Plus – the first 10 new league players will receive brand-new sticks!

The club offers co-ed teams at all levels as well as a team for 4th-6th grade girls. The season begins in March and runs through June. Practices are typically held twice per week and games are usually played on Saturday mornings.

Please contact the league at gylacrosse@gmail.com with any questions.

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Letter Day Schedule Change for Ruben A. Cirillo High School

Please be advised the letter day schedule for Ruben A. Cirillo High School has changed. Starting January 29, the letter 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 .

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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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Open Door Mission Care Kits - Donations Needed!

Winter is rough for everyone, but especially those without a home to turn to. There are many people here in Rochester that don't have a warm place to turn to all winter. We could make a difference for them with the simplest things: a pair of gloves, a scarf, or even a blanket. These things would provide them with warmth this winter. But most importantly, it would let them know that someone cares. Our plan as Rachel's Challenge Club is to collect donations to bring to Open Door Mission. From there, Chris Scribani and his team will transport our donations to ¨Tent City¨ and distribute them to those who need it. If you want to help, please bring any of the items below to the Main Office at the High School.


Requested Items for Donations:

Hot Hands, Hats, Gloves, Scarves, Small Blankets, Backpacks, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Hair Brush, Granola Bars, Trail Mixes, Emergency Foil Blanket, Mini First Aid Kit, Thermal Socks, Lip Balm, Non-Perishable Food Items, Hair Ties, Notebook, Writing Utensils, Deck of Cards, $5 Gift cards to Fast Food Places, Deodorant

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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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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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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:


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?

Frostbite occurs when skin and underlying tissues freeze. The most common cause of frostbite is exposure to cold-weather conditions. But it can also be caused by direct contact with ice, frozen metal or very cold liquids. First your skin becomes very cold and red, then numb, hard and pale. Frostbite is most common on the fingers, toes, nose, ears, cheeks and chin. Dress for the weather! Seek medical attention if you think you have frostbite.

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