Gananda Blue Panther Gazette

Weekly Newsletter of Gananda Central School District

September 28, 2020

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Here Come the Bus is now Active

Gananda Central School District is excited to have "Here Comes The Bus". Here Comes The Bus provides real-time data to show parents when the school bus will be arriving to pick-up/drop off their child(ren). The program provides bus drivers with real-time data as to who is currently riding their bus and utilizes GPS technology for their bus routes. To register online using a smartphone, tablet, or computer, you will need:
  • Your child(ren)'s student ID number(s). Student ID numbers can be found by logging into the Parent Portal. Please note: If your student's id is only four digits, you will need to add a zero to the front of the number. For example: Joe Student's ID is: 4357. To register Joe, you will need to type in: 04357.
  • The School Code: 84247.


Parents can download the app for free directly to their smartphone or tablet, or they can access the information on the Here Comes The Bus website.

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Reminder: Attendance on Remote Days


Students need to log into Schoology every morning they are remote learning for attendance purposes - whether they have classwork or not. This must be done on a school-issued Chromebook.

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Public Hearing: District School Safety Plan

A public hearing is scheduled on October 28 from 6:00-6:30 pm in room 810 at the Richard Mann Elementary School.

This will be a review of the District-wide School Safety Plan. The full plan is available for review on our website. Any public comments can be submitted to Lori Brown at LBrown@gananda.org.

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Welcome to our New Staff!

Mr. Thompson

Mr. Thomson is a long-term sub for Mrs. Mereness' 8th grade ELA Classes. Some fun facts about him is that he studied and performed improv comedy for close to 10 years. He now is a co-founder/owner of a small improv theater and training center in Rochester.

Ms. Pulinski

We welcome Ms. Molly Pulinski as our new satellite therapist for the district. As part of Wayne Behavioral Health Network, Ms. Pulinski will be working in all three schools each day of the week to provide student and family support through individual therapy. She will be providing behavioral health assessments, ongoing clinical mental health services and referrals to other providers as necessary or desired. She is also able to link to care management, group counseling, alcohol and substance abuse assessments and counseling and more. You can reach her at 315-946-5722. We look forward to working with Ms. Pulinski!

Mrs. Abbott

We are happy to have Mrs. Abbott as our high school nurse. Mrs. Abbott enjoys traveling/exploring and hiking outdoors. Her favorite food is pasta and her favorite season is the Fall.

One of her favorite quotes is, "People will forget what you say. People will forget what you did - but people will never forget how you made them feel." ~ Maya Angelou.

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Parent Square

Gananda Central School District is now using ParentSquare for school communication. ParentSquare allows us to communicate with email, text and app notifications. The platform automatically generates an account for each parent, using their preferred email address and phone number. We encourage parents to access their accounts so they can download the mobile app and update their preferences on when and how they are notified. Visit the Gananda website for more information.

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Schoology

Did you know that you can find your child's daily assignments online? Log in to Schoology for your all-access parent pass. If you haven't already signed in, follow the instructions on the Gananda website.

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Reminder: All Chromebooks need to be fully charged when brought into school each day.

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Decision Making Guide: Can My Child Go To School Today?

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Helpful Documents

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Richard Mann Elementary is using a program called PikMyKid to help organize the school dismissal process and improve safety for our students that are picked up at dismissal time. This program is an app downloaded onto your smart phone.The app can be found in the app store and will allow you to notify the school of pick-up changes at dismissal and authorize others to pick-up your child from school, alert you when your child has been picked up as well as help organize the car line during pick-up. For more information, go to the Gananda website.


***Please note: PikMyKid is used only for pick-up at normal dismissal time. If you have to pick up your child for an appointment and need an early dismissal, please use the following form: Early Dismissal Form

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Reminder: Remember Your Water Bottle!

Please remember to have your student bring in a refillable water bottle during the school day. It is important for our students to stay hydrated and our water fountains are currently disabled due to safety precautions with COVID19. We do have our water bottle fill stations available for use if students need to fill their water bottles during the day. Thank you!

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Elementary School Picture Days

The Elementary School picture day is scheduled for Wednesday, October 7. The order form can be found online at the Inter-State Studio website.


We have also scheduled a Remote Student Picture Day on Tuesday, November 17 from 4:30pm-6pm. More details will be shared with our remote students soon.

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Revised Middle School Calendar

There are several days throughout the year that disrupt the Group 1 (A-K) and Group 2 (L-Z) instructional days such as the November and December breaks. In order to adjust and balance out the instructional time we are going to make the following changes:


November 23rd and 24th:


  • Group 1 (A-K): will meet in person on Monday, November 23rd and it will be an A-Day
  • Group 2 (L-Z): will meet in person on Tuesday, November 24th and it will be an A-Day
  • Group 3 (4-Days students): will come in person full days Monday and Tuesday (two students will follow their 1/2 day schedule on Tuesday)
  • Group 4 (100% Remote): will follow the expectations you have set up with them at this time for attending class.


December 21st and 22nd:


  • Group 1 (A-K): will meet in person on Monday, December 21st and it will be a B-Day
  • Group 2 (L-Z): will meet in person on Tuesday, December 22nd and it will be a B-Day
  • Group 3 (4-Days students): will come in person full days Monday and Tuesday (two students will follow their 1/2 day schedule on Tuesday)
  • Group 4 (100% Remote): will follow the expectations you have set up with them at this time for attending class.

The revised calendar can be found in the MS Information Hub.

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Gananda Middle School has an Instagram Account!

The middle school has an Instagram account and you are invited to follow it! There will be photos posted regularly showing what the students are working on in class, along with other activities throughout the year. To follow us, scan the middle school nametag (The photo to the left of this story). If you are unsure how to do this follow these instructions: Go to your Instagram profile, tap on the three-line button in the top-right corner, and choose the Nametag tab. Then tap Scan a Nametag at the bottom of the screen and scan the nametag. Otherwise, you can just search for Gananda_MS.

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Important Updates from Mr. Matt Mahoney

As we finish our second full week in school I wanted to reach out and share what a great start we have had. It was definitely different but thanks to all the hard work by school staff, the understanding and patience of the school community and the terrific response from students everything went extremely well. I know I speak for all of us here at the high school when I say it is great to be back and we are enjoying seeing all of the students again.

We do have a small change to when students will attend in person school prior to the breaks in November and December. The week when these breaks start in November and December school is in session on Monday and Tuesday only. This means if you are a Group 2 (L-Z) student you would not attend and would lose 2 instructional days. To avoid the loss of instructional time for Group 2 (L-Z), we are going to make the following changes to when students will attend in person. Please review the changes below carefully. A revised calendar is located here. It is also available on our website in the HS Information Hub.

Monday November 23rd:
  • Group 1 (A-K) will attend in person and it will be an A-Day
  • Group 2 (L-Z) will be remote and it will be an A-Day
Tuesday November 24th:
  • Group 2 (L-Z) will attend in person and it will be an A-Day
  • Group 1 (A-K) will be remote and it will be an A-Day
Monday December 21st:
  • Group 1 (A-K) will attend in person and it will be a B-Day
  • Group 2 (A-K) will be remote and it will be a B-Day
Tuesday December 22nd:
  • Group 2 (L-Z) will attend in person and it will be a B-Day
  • Group 1 (A-K) will be remote and it will be a B-Day

NOTE: Students that attend 4 days will come full days Monday and Tuesday.
100% remote students will follow the expectations already set up for attending class.

Weekly Agendas: Teachers will post weekly agendas every Monday by 7:30 AM barring any technological issues or delays. If agenda(s) are not posted at this time then please check back at 9:00 AM to provide time for the issues to be addressed.

Thanks

Matt Mahoney

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Gananda Dollars for Scholars News and Events

GDFS is Looking for Volunteers

GDFS is looking for volunteers. The group helps provide scholarships to many students in the district each year. Michelle Miller, GDFS President, explains why she started volunteering back in 2005 when her oldest was in 3rd grade. "I had won a Dollars for Scholars award from the Victor Italian American Club when I graduated from high school. Fast Forward 20 years, and then my kids were in school! I was volunteering for PIE (Partners in Education) here in Gananda and one of the moms asked me if I would be interested in volunteering for GDFS to help with fundraising etc. I said I would love to, having won a scholarship myself. It has felt so good to give back to the organization that raised money and had given me a scholarship that covered the cost of my books freshman year! I think GDFS is one of the most important organizations to get involved in here at Gananda. We Support Achievement and Reward Potential. I can't think of a better way to invest my time! Maybe you would like to as well!"

Upcoming 2020-21 Meeting dates

October 6th

November 3rd

All in-person meetings are being held in the HS Library at 7:00pm

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!

Amazon Smiles

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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