Gananda Blue Panther Gazette

Weekly Newsletter of Gananda Central School District

January 29, 2020

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See Something, Say Something

The safety of our students and staff is a top priority. If you see or hear of something that would impact the safety of students, staff, or community members, please report it to the email address below:


SaySomething@gananda.org

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Nominate a Gananda Staff Member For Recognition!

Gananda PTO is seeking nominations from parents and students to recognize a Gananda staff member who has a positive impact on students, supports other staff, inspires those around them, or demonstrates any other positive traits. One staff member will be selected by the Gananda PTO and will be featured on the PTO webpage and the PTO Facebook Page. Additionally, members selected each month will also be invited to attend a luncheon at the end of the year as a thank you for their contributions. Any district employee can be nominated by emailing gpto@gananda.org. Nominations will be accepted until July 27, 2020.
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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?

A sore throat is pain, scratchiness or irritation of the throat that often worsens when you swallow. The most common cause of a sore throat is a viral infection, such as a cold or the flu. A sore throat caused by a virus resolves on its own.

Strep throat (streptococcal infection), caused by bacteria, requires treatment with antibiotics to prevent complications.

Viral Infections: cold, flu, mono, measles, chicken pox, croup, whooping cough, etc.

Bacterial Infections: most common is strep

Other Causes: dryness, allergies, GERD, irritants (smoking, pollution, animal dander), mouth breathing, etc…

Take your child to a doctor if your child's sore throat doesn't go away with the first drink in the morning, recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Always consult with your Doctor if you have any concerns or questions.

Get immediate care if your child has severe signs and symptoms such as: Difficulty breathing, Difficulty swallowing, Unusual drooling, which might indicate an inability to swallow

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Helpful Documents

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Friday is Our PROUD O'Meter Incentive Day!

We are #GanandaProud of our elementary students for earning over 6,000 Proud Bucks! To celebrate this milestone, we will be holding a special PROUD O'Meter Incentive Day this Friday, January 31. The theme, as selected by our students, will be a Pajama/Movie Day! Students are invited to wear pajamas to school this Friday in celebration. Movies shown will be relative to each grade level.


The Proud O’Meter has been reset to zero and we have a new goal of 10,000 Proud Bucks! Once our students reach that goal, we will plan another Proud O' Meter Incentive Day to celebrate.


Keep up the great work! We encourage you to continue speaking to your child about what it means to be #GanandaPROUD! The more we understand and talk about PROUD behavior, the deeper the meaning for our children. Go Blue Panthers!

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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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Student Congress Activity Night February 1st!

The Gananda High School Student Congress will be holding an activity night for high school students on Saturday, February 1st from 7-11 pm. Admission is $10, and Pizza and other snacks will be served. Lots of fun activities are planned, including a class competition! Seniors will have the opportunity to stay overnight for a Senior Lock-in. Senior admission for those that want to stay for the overnight lock-in will be $15. The lock-in will end at 7am on February 2. Come join us for a night of throwback fun!
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National Honor Society Induction Ceremony Rescheduled

New Date! Please mark your calendars for the new date of the National Honor Society (NHS) Induction Ceremony. The NHS Induction Ceremony will now be held on Thursday, February 27, 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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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 $55.

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Advertising Spots are Available in the Yearbook

If you are interested in having a spot for your business in the yearbook this year, please contact Alison Chevier or Christina Seidel for more information. A business ad costs $50. Senior parents can place ads as well with varying costs depending on the size.
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Boys Soccer Can Drive

Save The Date! The Gananda Boys Soccer Team is hosting a can and bottle drive on Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 9-11 am. To participate, leave your rinsed cans and bottles in bags at the end of your driveway or on your doorstep and our student athletes will be around to collect them!

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GCYT Proudly Presents Beauty and The Beast Jr.

GCYT (Gananda Community Youth Theatre) proudly presents our 5th and 6th grade students in Beauty and the Beast Jr. on Friday, February 7 at 7 pm and Saturday, February 8th at 1 pm at Gananda Middle School. Admission is $8 per person and tickets will be sold prior to each performance.
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