Wynantskill UFSD

Precautionary Information About Coronavirus

March 5, 2020

Dear Gardner-Dickinson families,

In an effort to keep our students, employees and community well, Wynantskill UFSD is working closely with its health and safety consultant to monitor and distribute information released from the New York State Department of Health relating to the Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

The district is also working diligently to keep the facilities clean and its faculty, staff and students educated on how to prevent the spread of the virus.

Please see the following information from the NYS Department of Health:

A new coronavirus called 2019 Novel (new) Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was first found in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. This virus had not been found in humans before. This coronavirus can lead to fever, cough and trouble breathing or shortness of breath. There are thousands of diagnosed cases in China and new cases being diagnosed in a number of countries including the United States.

What do we know?

Since this virus is very new, health authorities continue to carefully watch how this virus spreads. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working hard to learn as much as possible about this new virus, so that we can better understand how it spreads and causes illness. The CDC considers this virus to be a serious public health concern. Based on current information the CDC recommends avoiding travel to China. Updated travel information related to 2019-nCoV can be found here.

How Does 2019 Novel (New) Coronavirus Spread?

Health experts believe the virus probably spreads from animals to humans and from person to person. It’s not clear yet how easily the virus spreads from person-to-person. The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov) is not currently a concern for the general public and is not actively circulating among New Yorkers at this time. Therefore, there is no need to cancel school or social events, and there is no need for students or school staff to wear surgical masks at school.


There are currently no vaccines available to protect against this virus. The New York State Department of Health (DOH) recommends the following ways to minimize the spread of all respiratory viruses, including 2019-nCoV:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash.
  • Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Information to date suggests that 2019-nCoV causes mild-to-moderate illness and symptoms like the flu, including fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

This is an emerging, rapidly changing situation. For questions please contact your local department of health or the NYS DOH Novel Coronavirus hotline at 1-888-364-3065.

We encourage you to keep up to date about 2019-nCoV, its treatment and prevention by visiting the following websites:

Additional Resources

We will continue to keep our community informed as guidance becomes available from the NYS Department of Health.


Dr. Thomas Reardon

Library Media Specialist Linda Fecura works with student

Library Moves to New eBook System

Library Media Specialist Linda Fecura would like to let families know that the school library has moved to a new eBook app and student account system that is easier for students to use and log in.

The library is now using the new Sora OverDrive app, which is designed for schools. The new system uses individual student accounts instead of a generic account that was used with OverDrive.

Students should now log in using their Wynantskill gmail accounts.

“It’s really so much better. It’s much more appealing for students and they can make collections for their accounts,” said Ms. Fecura.

If parents have questions, please contact Ms. Fecura at lfecura@wynantskillufsd.org.

Kindergartners with Pete the Cat art

Parent Info Provided at Kindergarten Screening

Instead of holding a separate Kindergarten Parent Information Night, this year Gardner-Dickinson School will provide information to parents during Kindergarten Screening on Tuesday, Apr. 7.

We are making this change to save families an extra night out, particularly with so many of our families already familiar with our school due to our Pre-K program and/or having older siblings who attend Gardner-Dickinson.

At the Kindergarten Screening, parents and guardians will learn about the kindergarten program while their children are screened.

Please call the Main Office at 518-283-4600 ext. 10 to request a registration packet and schedule a screening time. Thank you.

Students learn about careers

Grades 6-8 Learn About Careers

Students learn about careers

Gardner-Dickinson School held its Career Day on Feb. 13 for grades 6-8, where students were able to ask questions from individuals in careers such as law enforcement, video game design, hospitality, nanotechnology, teaching, clinical research, social work and many more.

Thank you to David Baecker, Joshua Breden, Mike Carey, Belinda Colon, Laura Davey, Peter Galliher, Elaine Garrett, Keith Hirokawa, David Hostig, Henry Kim, Donald Leinfelder, Nicholas Lettieri, Rebecca Lettieri, Chris Mullin, Kim Muse-Comtois, Steven Rothwein, James Russell, Michelle Skinner and Mitch Sousa for speaking with our students today!

Wynantskill UFSD

New Before & After School Programs Start in Fall

Wynantskill UFSD is pleased to announce the district has partnered with TSL Adventures to offer a before school program at Gardner-Dickinson from 7:30 to 8:00 a.m. for our students starting in September.

TSL Adventures will also offer an afterschool program starting in September at Gardner-Dickinson. The program will replace the current Y-Time program, offering engaging, hands-on activities for our students as well as homework support. It will run after school until 6:00 p.m.

Registration for both programs will start March 1 at their website www.tsladventures.net. A representative will attend the Monday, Feb. 10 PTA meeting as well as an informational meeting on Monday, Feb. 24 for families who have questions.

Families can also email tsladventures@gmail.com with questions.

Superintendent Dr. Thomas Reardon noted that TSL Adventures, which operates similar programs for other Capital Region schools, started a Pre-K afterschool program at Gardner-Dickinson in December. TSL Adventures was founded by three elementary school teachers with the goal of creating recreational programs rooted in cooperation and interactive play.

“Our goal is to have two programs, one before school and one after, run by one provider. TSL Adventures had done a wonderful job with our Pre-K afterschool program and we’re excited about these new programs,” explained Dr. Reardon. “I’d like to thank the YMCA who has been a fantastic partner and we look forward to keeping our relationship with them for activities like Field Day in the future.”

Kindergartners with Pete the Cat art

Register Kindergartners Now for Fall

Kindergartners with Pete the Cat art

Families who have a kindergartner starting in the fall are encouraged to please register them as soon as possible.

The more the district knows about next year’s enrollment the better we can plan resources for our students as we develop the 2020-21 school budget.

Please contact Ms. Fazioli in the Main Office at 518-283-4600 ext. 10 between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Children must be 5 years old by Dec. 1 to be eligible for kindergarten.

Thank you.

Wynantskill UFSD

Babysitting Course Available

Gardner-Dickinson School will host an American Red Cross Babysitting Course for students 11 years old or older on Saturday, Feb. 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Cost is $50 and includes a certificate of completion.

The class is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly give care for children and infants.

The course will be taught by Brenda Vermila, School Nurse at St. Jude the Apostle School. Ms. Vermila will donate $5 for every registrant to the Wynantskill PTA.

A registration form with more information is available here.