Gananda Blue Panther Gazette

Weekly Newsletter of Gananda Central School District

December 11, 2019

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Public Hearings

There will be a public hearing on the district's safety plan on Monday, December 16, at 6:00 pm, Richard Mann Elementary, Room #810.


There will also be a public information forum for the proposed capital project being presented to voters on December 17. It will take place at Richard Mann Elementary room #810 from 6:30 pm-7:30 pm.

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Rachel's Challenge Club holds Donation Drive for Wayne County Humane Society

Rachel's Challenge Club is having a donation drive for the Wayne County Humane Society through Friday, December 13. The donations can be dropped off in boxes located at each school through December 13 at 2:20 pm. Please consider helping this local shelter this winter. A list of acceptable donations can be found on the Wayne County Humane Society website.

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Macedon Community Christmas Program

Gananda Central School District is teaming up with the Annual Macedon Community Christmas Program to help support our local area families in need during this upcoming holiday season. There are various ways to help support our families:


1. Donate Food: Bring in your canned or other non-perishable food items to the Macedon Food Pantry. Ideas for items can be found on our website.


2. Sponsor a Child or Senior Citizen: Contact

macedoncommunitychristmas@yahoo.com if interested.


3. Volunteer:

On Saturday, December 14 from 8 am-12 pm volunteers are needed to help carry bags and boxes out to cars and/or delivery.

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Now Hiring!

Gananda Central School District is now hiring for substitute clerical/secretarial support. This is a great opportunity for retirees, parents looking to get back into the workforce, or anyone looking to work in an office environment. For complete details and contact information visit the job listing on our website. Be sure to check out all of our openings on the Employment page of our website.

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Calling all Musicians!

Alumni, faculty and community members are invited to perform along with the band on our annual performance of the Leroy Anderson standard "Sleigh Ride". If you or any of your family or friends are interested please complete this form.


Additional information regarding the performance of “Sleigh Ride” can be found on the link. This is a great opportunity to be on stage and have fun playing music!

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Science Fair to be held on January 29th

The Annual Gananda Science Fair will be held on January 29, 2020. Experiment, explore and fulfill your curiosity. Start planning your projects now! Check out the websites listed on the science fair information page to get ideas. Registration forms are also available on the science fair information page. Questions can be directed to Sciencefair@gananda.org.
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I heard....is it true?

Gananda Central School District recognizes the importance of communication with parents, community members, students and staff. While every effort is made to ensure that accurate information is shared, it is not uncommon for rumors or myths to be circulating throughout the community. As such, we have started a page on our website entitled, "Fact Checker Page." This page is dedicated to providing accurate information about GCSD. If you see or hear information about GCSD that you believe is inaccurate you can have it fact checked! Please send your contact information, the facts you would like checked, and where you found the information to Shannon Bergstresser, Public Relations Specialist, at: Sbergstresser@gananda.org. The first fact check: The turf field cannot be used for JV or Varsity Football Games. Is it true? Check out the answer on the Fact Checker Page!

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Did you know?

Varicella (Chickenpox) is a highly contagious viral infection. Symptoms include an itchy, blister-like rash on the skin, which may pus or ooze. Treatment usually involves relieving symptoms. Spreads through..airborne respiratory droplets (coughs or sneezes), skin-to-skin contact (handshakes or hugs), saliva (kissing or shared drinks), touching a contaminated surface (blanket or doorknob). Students should be out of school until the sores are scabbed over (usually 5-7 days). Chickenpox can be prevented by a vaccine. You should always contact your pediatrician for medical advice.

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Helpful Documents

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Elementary School Book Fair

The elementary school Book Fair begins on Wednesday, December 11th and runs through Wednesday, December 18th. Family Day will be held on Saturday, December 14th from 9:00 am -11:00 am. There will also be a Family Night on Monday, December 16th from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm. Families can shop online starting December 6-19 via the Scholastic Bookfair Website. New this year - items ordered from the online fair will be shipped directly to their home!

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Safety Reminder In Elementary Drop Off Loop

As a reminder, if you are dropping off your child at Richard Mann Elementary in the mornings please use the small loop to the left of the main entrance/bus loop. You can either park in the available parking spots and walk your child into school or pull up to the sidewalk and have your child exit the vehicle on the back right side of your car. Safety is our utmost priority, so if you pull up to the sidewalk, we ask you to please refrain from getting out to help your child exit the car as this is dangerous for on-coming traffic and/or other vehicles trying to get out of the parking spots.
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Reminder for Dismissal

Regular K-5 Elementary Dismissal (3-3:10pm): If your are picking up your child at dismissal you will need to park and enter the school building to get your child(ren) in the cafeteria.

UPK PM Dismissal (3:45pm): Staff will place students on their buses in the loop or bring students to parents waiting in the small loop. Again, due to the safety hazard, parents should not get out of cars on the left side during dismissal.

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5th Grade Family Fun Night

Come support the 5th graders with a night of family fun on Friday, January 24, 2020 from 6-8 pm at Richard Mann Elementary School. There will be pizza, candy, soda, and baked goods for sale at the event. Of course, the famous raffle will also be taking place with lots of great prizes to win! The cost is $5 per person or $10 per family.

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Attention Fifth Grade Parents

All fifth graders receive a memory book at the end of fifth grade highlighting their years here at Richard Mann Elementary. This book is organized and funded through parents. Our only fundraiser is the annual Family Fun Night which will be held Friday, January 24, 2020 from 6-8 PM.

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Activity Night

Gananda Sports Boosters are sponsoring an activity this Friday, December 13 from 7:00-9:00 pm. Admission is $5 and refreshments will be available to purchase.
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Order your Yearbook Now!

The Gananda Middle School Yearbook is now available to order online. Yearbooks can be ordered at Lifetouch's website between now and April 3, 2020.

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Yearbooks are On Sale Now!

Keep your high school memories forever and order a yearbook today! Yearbooks are available to purchase online at Josten's website. The cost of the yearbook is $50.

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Shopping on Amazon For your Holiday Gifts?

Be sure to shop AmazonSmile and donate to Gananda Dollars for Scholars! There is no cost to you and Amazon donates .5% of all sales to GDFS. It doesn't seem like much, but it adds up! Since GDFS began this program in 2014, $750 has been raised! Just click and bookmark the link above to start shopping!

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Proud To Be A Panther Fundraiser and High School Volunteer Opportunity

As a fundraiser, Gananda Dollars for Scholars will be selling these signs for $10 at the following events:


Dec. 12th 7:00 pm HS Auditorium 7-12 Winter Concert

Dec. 19th 5:30/7:00 pm HS Gym Basketball games

Dec. 20th 5:30/7:00 pm HS Gym Basketball games


Additionally, Gananda Dollars For Scholars is looking for high school students to help out at each of the events listed above. They are looking for 2 student volunteers for each time slot and volunteers will get Gananda Dollars for Scholars specific hours! To participate, sign up outside Mrs. Peterson's classroom.

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