Gananda Blue Panther Gazette

Weekly Newsletter of Gananda Central School District

May 17, 2021

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Masks Continue To Be Required On School Grounds

We are aware of the new CDC masking guidelines released yesterday. At this time, the New York State Department of Health and Wayne County Public Health Department have not changed their guidance for schools. Masks continue to be required and to be worn as follows:

● When in school

● At athletic events (both at home and away contests; indoor and outdoor)

● At extracurricular events In the event new masking guidelines are released for schools, we will advise. Thank you for your continued cooperation.

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Wayne County Public Health is hosting a Free Drive-Thru COVID Vaccine Clinic for individuals ages 16+ on Saturday, May 22, 2021 from 10am-1pm at North Rose Wolcott High School. Register online at: tinyurl.com/n3535brw.

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Baseball Popcorn Fundraiser


A great snack while you’re watching your favorite team play...or for your next Netflix binge!

Support Gananda Baseball by ordering popcorn or other goodies through the fundraising website.

Every bag helps!

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Kindergarten Registration

Registration began on Wednesday, March 10, for kindergarten in the 2021-2022 school year. Registration forms are available online or in person at the district office located in the Gananda Middle School at 1500 Dayspring Ridge, Walworth, NY 14568. *Please note: if you are currently enrolled in the Gananda UPK 4 program, you do not need to re-register for kindergarten.

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Impetigo - A highly contagious skin infection that causes red sores on the face, however it may appear anywhere on the body

Impetigo mainly affects children.

The main symptom is red sores that form around the nose and mouth. The sores rupture, ooze for a few days, then form a yellow-brown crust.

Antibiotics shorten the infection and can help prevent spread to others. Prescription medication is almost always prescribed for impetigo.


Spreads - By skin-to-skin contact (handshakes or hugs).

Students can return to school when they have been treated for at least 24 hours or lesions are cleared from oozing. Area should be covered to protect from spreading.

(Always contact your physician if you have any questions or concerns)

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RMES Virtual Book Fair

The Elementary School Library is hosting an online virtual book fair starting on May 28th running through June 10th. It will be an online option due to COVID restrictions and to keep our large student community safe, here at Richard Mann. Everything that is available at the in-person book fair will be available online, and then some! The book fair won't go live until the 28th, but the fair homepage can be visited here: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/richardmannelementaryschool There is free shipping on any order over $25, and each purchase still directly benefits our school library.

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Now Open: Enrollment for RMES's YMCA Before and After School Program (BASP)

Some info about BASP:


  • AM care begins at 7am (we dismiss the kids when it's time to go to school)
  • PM care runs until 6pm
  • Preferential pricing is given to YMCA members (it is recommended to open a youth membership, as you will actually save money in the long run) but the program is open to all
  • We focus on our 9 core components: academic enrichment, college and career exploration, 21st century skills, service learning, arts education, leadership development, health and wellness, global learning, and parent and family engagement.
  • Within that framework, families can expect their child(ren) to receive help on homework, complete fun art projects, science experiences, play active games and sports, and make lasting and impactful relationships with their peers and counselors
  • 2021-2022 AM Care registration link here
  • 2021-2022 PM Care registration link here

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RMES Lost and Found

RMES virtual lost and found has many, many items. Most are winter clothes (hats, coats, gloves) that have been left behind. Check out the link to see if an item is yours. There only a few weeks left before the end of the year. Please email mverstraete@gananda.org or jkersten@gananda.org if you want to claim an item.

View the lost and found at: https://www.parentsquare.com/feeds/5673561

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Upcoming Elementary Remote Learning Days

We need to add remote learning days for our elementary students in order to provide our teachers with planning and professional development time for the second half of the school year. We have scheduled the following Friday as remote learning days for our elementary students:

Friday, June 4


For additional information, please see Principal Ernstberger's letter on our website at: https://bit.ly/2XU8n4z.

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Richard Mann Elementary PBIS Staff Members of the Week

Congratulations to Cara Strausser for being our PBIS staff winner! Cara has worked incredibly hard to transform music class this year by adapting her lessons to work in the classroom. She is endlessly dedicated to her students and makes learning music fun! We thank you for all that you do for us

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2021 GMS Book Fair

This spring's Gananda Middle School book fair will be held on

Monday, May 17th-Thursday, May 20th. To keep students and staff safe from COVID, this spring's Gananda Middle School book fair will be equipped with hand sanitizer, floor discs for socially distanced foot traffic, and a few new browsing practices. As long as the weather cooperates the event will be outdoors, in front of the school's main entrance.

Because we need to take COVID precautions, students will be invited to visit the GMS Book Fair only during their ELA classes. Browsing and shopping time will not be available during study halls or lunch.

If you prefer to shop for a friend or family member from the comforts of your home, please visit the Scholastic Store Online and the Virtual Fair. The online store offers books for a wide age range from babies to adults. The Virtual Fair walks you through a lifelike experience of browsing shelves and selecting books for purchase on your computer. Online shopping for both options is available May 12-May 25th. A portion of all sales from the book fair go to our Gananda Middle School Library. That money will be used to purchase books for all of our students. Click this link to get to our GMS Book Fair homepage, and look for the photos below to shop online. Thank you for supporting our school book fair!

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This year the Lost & Found has gone virtual. Please check out our post on ParentSquare.

If you recognize an item please send an emal to Missy Nims providing your child's name and we will get the item to your child.

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Gananda Dollars for Scholars News and Events

GDFS is Looking for Volunteers

There are so many good reasons to volunteer. Contact GDFScholars@gananda.org if you are interested to learn more!


GDFS next meeting date is June 15 at 7 pm. This meeting will be available through Zoom.

Purchase a Tile and Support Gananda Dollars for Scholars

Have you ever wondered what those tiled walls at the three schools were all about? Gananda Dollars for Scholars started the walls in 1996 as a way to commemorate loved ones, special events, or advertise a business. Each year, the money raised from the sale of Foundations of the Future commemorative tiles funds scholarships to graduating seniors continuing their education. Visit the Gananda website for more information about the Foundations of the Future Tiles and how you can order one.

Amazon Smile

Order from AmazonSmile! Designate Gananda Dollars for Scholars as your charity of choice at no cost to you. Amazon will donate .5% of your purchase. Over $800 has been raised to date! Sign up today!


Did you know that you can start gathering volunteer hours as soon as you leave 8th grade? Just download a volunteer log from the Gananda Dollars for Scholars webpage, and start recording your high school volunteer experience!

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