Gananda Blue Panther Gazette

Weekly Newsletter of Gananda Central School District

November 23, 2021

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Mark Your Calendar for A Virtual Parent Forum on December 8

Join Superintendent Dr. Shawn Van Scoy and members of the Board of Education for a Virtual Parent Forum on Wednesday, December 8 at 7:30pm for a discussion on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives within the district, an update on COVID-19 in the district, and more. Be on the lookout for registration information to be sent after the Thanksgiving break.

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Gananda Backpack Program

Gananda Central School District is proud to inform you that we are continuing the Gananda Backpack Program for the 2021-2022 school year! The program has been a great success for the last several years and we continue to expand our service and make modifications to the program to better meet the needs of our students and families.

The program is free to join, and will continue through the entire school year. If you choose to sign up, the Gananda Backpack Program will provide a bag of non-perishable food to your child towards the end of each week to eat over the weekend. Students who are enrolled will have their bags sent home with them on either Thursday or Friday. High school and middle school students will need to pick their bags up from the office. Elementary students will have their bags sent home in their backpacks.

To enroll your child in the program, please email Sue Thoen at sthoen@gananda.org and include the following information in the email:

Student name, grade level, address, phone number, best email and any allergies.


Your email will serve as implied consent to begin deliveries. Once an email is received deliveries will start the following Friday.

If you have any questions, please contact Gananda Backpack Program Director Sue Thoen at 315-986-3521, ext. 1824.

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Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) causes infections of the lungs and respiratory tract. Signs and symptoms of respiratory syncytial virus infection most commonly appear about four to six days after exposure to the virus. It's so common that most children have been infected with the virus by age 2.


In adults and older children, RSV usually causes mild cold-like signs and symptoms.


RSV infection can spread to the lower respiratory tract, causing pneumonia or bronchiolitis — inflammation of the small airway passages entering the lungs. Signs and symptoms may include: Fever; Severe cough; wheezing (high pitched noise that's usually heard on breathing out air; rapid breathing or difficulty breathing; bluish color of the skin (cyanosis).

Seek immediate medical attention if your child — or anyone at risk of severe infection — has difficulty breathing, a high fever, or a blue color to the skin, particularly on the lips and in the nail beds.


No vaccine exists for respiratory syncytial virus.

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Helpful Documents

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Elementary 6-Day Color Schedule Has Been Updated!

The Richard Mann Elementary 6-Day Color Schedule has been updated. You can find the latest version on our website: Elementary 6-Day Color Calendar.

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Elementary Make-up Picture Day

November 30 is make-up picture day for elementary school students. The order form can be found here.

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Reminder: Parent Teacher Conferences for UPK-Grade 5

Friday, December 3 is a half day for students in UPK-5th Grade due to Parent Teacher Conferences. Dismissal will be at 11:30am.


Additionally, there is no school for UPK-5th grade students on Monday, December 6th due to Parent Teacher Conferences.

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Modified Winter II Registration Begins on December 3

Online Registration begins Friday, December 3 for modified winter II on FamilyID. Click the link below to access the registration page.

https://www.familyid.com/organ…

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Middle School Yearbooks are on Sale Now!

Gananda Middle School yearbooks are on sale now! Visit the yearbook sales site to explore yearbook packages and to place an order.
Standard yearbooks are available for $22 and name stamping and icons are available for regular price.

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Gananda Dollars for Scholars News

Next Meeting:

Tuesday December 7 at 7:00 in the HS Library

*Please park in the gymnasium parking lot

**A mask is required inside


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 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. Almost $1,200 has been raised from this method! Thanks to all who have participated!

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