Gananda Blue Panther Gazette

Weekly Newsletter of Gananda Central School District

District News

October 17, 2018


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Friday, October 26 is a Superintendent Conference Day. There will be no school for students.
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District Communication

Gananda Central School District communicates information through a variety of ways to ensure our parents and community are informed. As a reminder, if you are not receiving phone calls, emails, or text messages from the district and you would like to, please contact the public relations office directly at The contact information that we have on file in the parent portal is what we use to contact you, so if it isn't up to date, you may not receive our communications. You can also receive information on our Facebook page: and/or our Twitter handle at: @WeAreGananda.


Upcoming Activity Nights

The Fifth Grade Memory Book Group is hosting an activity night on Friday, October 19. This will take place at the Richard Mann Elementary School from 7:00-9:00pm. There will be an open gym and movie for 4th and 5th graders.

Come to the Middle School Red Ribbon Activity Night, hosted by the YESS Club. This will be held on Friday, October 19 from 7:00-9:00pm. There will be a costume contest, so come dressed in your favorite costume (No face masks please).


Alumni Games

The next Alumni event is scheduled for Saturday, November 24 -- an Alumni Basketball Tournament! If interested in playing, refereeing, or being a timekeeper, please email Dawn Nodar or call 585-746-5230.


Registration Now Open for Winter Sports

Winter Athletic Registration is now open. Be ready first day of practice by registering now. Check out the athletic webpage for instructions to register online.


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.


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:

October 23, 2018

November 13, 2018

December 18, 2018

January 29, 2019

February 12, 2019

March 12, 2019

April 9, 2019

May 14, 2019

June 18, 2019


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Gananda Board of Education Seeking Community Members for Audit Committee

The Gananda Audit Committee is seeking a community member(s) interested in serving on the Gananda Audit Committee. The Audit Committee assists the Gananda Board of Education in the oversight of both internal and external audit functions, including the appointment of the internal and external auditors. Interested parties must reside in the Gananda CSD and should possess the requisite skills and experience necessary to understand technical and complex reporting issues; have the ability to communicate with, and offer advice and assistance to public finance officers and auditors; and be knowledgeable about internal controls, financial statement audits and management/operational audits.

Those interested should submit a letter of interest and resume to Leslie Ferrante, District Clerk, by email or mail, 1500 Dayspring Ridge Walworth, NY 14568 by October 19, 2018.


Gananda Dollars for Scholars News

Gananda Dollars for Scholars is a nonprofit organization that raises money for scholarships that go directly back to graduates. Last year, our small but mighty organization of hardworking volunteers gave over $36,000 to 24 students of the Class of 2018. It's never too early to invest in the future. The time goes by faster than you know. There are many ways you can help! Two are highlighted below.

Help GDFS by giving to the United Way: Many of you are probably receiving United Way Fall 2018 Campaign forms from work. Did you know that if you put Code#3323 as your charity of choice, you can support GDFS? Last year, between donations and matching company donations, over $1,000 was raised for Class 2018 scholarships through the United Way!! Let's send off the class of 2019 with a bang! Select Donor Code#3323 as your code of choice this year!

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


The Chromebooks Are Coming! The Chromebooks Are Coming!

Students in 2nd - 12th Grade will soon have their very own Chromebook for learning

Gananda Central School District will be providing a Chromebook to every student attending classes in 2nd through 12th grade beginning Friday, November 2. Chromebooks are compact laptops that run and store cloud-based applications and data. They are inexpensive, easy to use, and will provide our students with a more personalized learning experience.

As part of this program, we will be providing training workshops to parents. The training dates are as follows:

Tuesday, October 30 at 6:30pm

Friday, November 2 at 7:30am

Friday, November 2 at 2pm

Wednesday, November 7 at 6:30pm

Register today for your training workshop!

We look forward to rolling out this program to bring our learning into the 21st century!


Rules About Dogs On School Grounds

We love four legged friends but have rules in place to keep everyone safe. As a reminder, dogs are not allowed on school grounds during school events. We will allow dogs to be walked on school grounds during non-school and non-event hours, but they must be on a physical leash and you must clean up after your dog. Our goal is to keep both human and four legged friends safe!


Road to 2020 Construction Updates

The Road to 2020 Capital Improvement Project is well underway. Below is a list of the current progress for this week:

Track: We are pleased to announce that the track is now open for public use. We will still need to add the logos at a time in the future, but will advise when this will take place. As a reminder, only sneakers are allowed on the track; no cleats or heels allowed. Also, no beverages other than water are allowed on the track. Animals are also not allowed on the track surface.

Turf Field: We are providing access to the turf field for our student varsity athletes only. This is to allow our athletes practice time for their season. As a reminder, the turf field is not open to the community at this time. This means no member of the community should be on the field or walking their dogs around the field at this time. A grand opening will be announced in the future.

Pool: As a reminder, the pool locker room construction has been stalled due to a broken pipeline that needs to be repaired. Once the pipeline has been repaired, construction can resume. The anticipated completion date has been moved back to January 2019. We will keep you informed as more information becomes available.

4th and 5th Grade Wing: The computer lab in the 4th and 5th grade wing at the elementary school is delayed due to material installation challenges. Special materials are used in the computer labs to help keep the hardware cool and functioning at its highest level. The materials to be installed require a low humidity level, and unfortunately, the humidity level at this time has been uncooperative. We are waiting for a finalized completion date and will share as soon as it becomes available.

Middle School Locker Rooms: The Middle School Locker rooms will be complete on Friday, October 26. Our construction crew is in the final phase of construction.

While some of phase 1 is still being completed, phase 2 is on target. As with any construction project, there are always delays and unforeseeable challenges. We are frustrated with the impact some of these delays are creating for our students and staff, however, our number one priority is their safety. We want to ensure that these projects are completed correctly to provide a safe environment for our current students and the future ones to come.

Please visit the Gananda Website to view upcoming construction projects.


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