Student reads to therapy dogs.

Students Read to Therapy Dogs

Student reads to therapy dogs.

Reading to therapy dogs proved a hit once again with children on Aug. 21 as Gardner-Dickinson welcomed friends from the Schenectady Chapter of Therapy Dogs International.

Teacher Lauren Curran organizes the event to help encourage students to read over the summer.

Thank you Mrs. Curran and our guests for putting together this wonderful event!

More photos.

Wynantskill UFSD

Parking Lot & Bus Loop to Be Sealed

Please note that the school parking lot and bus circle will be sealed starting Monday, Aug. 19.

The work is expected to take a few days.

The Reading with Therapy Dogs event on Wednesday, Aug. 21 should not be impacted as the parking lot should be dry by then. Thank you.

Girls soccer team

Fall Sports Information

Boys soccer team

Soccer practices will be held Tuesday, Aug 27 through Thursday, Aug. 29 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Gardner-Dickinson School.

Practices will continue the first day of school, Thursday, Sept. 5, at 3:30 p.m.

Students who plan to participate must submit the Athletic Handbook, which includes the Health History Form and Code of Conduct. Students also must have an updated physical.

For questions, please email Athletic Director Dan DiSotto.

Student reads to therapy dog

Students Read with Therapy Dogs

Student reads to therapy dog

To help encourage students to read over the summer, children read to therapy dogs July 31 at Gardner-Dickinson School.

Teacher Lauren Curran organizes the event each summer with help from the Schenectady Chapter of Therapy Dogs International.

The second event will be held Wednesday, Aug. 21 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Thank you Mrs. Curran for putting together this wonderful event!

Wynantskill UFSD

Asbestos Abatement This Summer

Dear Wynantskill UFSD community,

I want to let you know we will have some asbestos abatement at Gardner-Dickinson School at the end of July that we expect to last three to five days. While we will take all the necessary safety precautions, we decided to have the work done over the summer when students, faculty and most staff are not in the building.

The work will take place in the art room where flooring tiles and adhesive will be removed. Please know that the tiles and adhesive that will be removed are below another layer of tiles so there has been no risk of exposure to asbestos. The room needs new flooring so we want to take this opportunity to remove all the tile and adhesive.

The district has hired AirQuest Environmental, Inc. to monitor the work. They put together a plan that meets all federal and state codes. These codes ensure that work is done safely and the asbestos is disposed of properly. We have put up notices in the building to ensure anyone entering the school knows that abatement work could be taking place, even though the work area will be inaccessible to the public.

Please know abatement work has many safety requirements. Workers must be trained and wear protective suits and respirators. The area must be sealed off. Negative air machines (large fans with HEPA filters that constantly suck air from the work site and blow it outside) must run at all times during the work to catch any particles that might be in the air and clean the air before discharging it outside.

Monitoring machines that sample the air around the perimeter of the work site will ensure none of the particles escape. AirQuest Environmental, Inc. will always have a technician on site to monitor the work and make sure it meets codes. AirQuest has the authority to shut down the work at any time. They will clear the site when the work is done and the area is clear. All air samples will be verified by a laboratory.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at or call me at 518-283-4600 ext. 14.


Dr. Thomas Reardon