Science Fair Jesse Saperstein, Brigid Mack and Mary Yodis 6th graders at Bronx Zoo A special hammock helps a student Gr. 5-8 Spring Concert Students create music Bus drivers honored District named Top Workplace Newsletter Gr. 2 uses sign language

Grade 3-5 Science Fair a Success

Students, family and friends packed the school cafeteria on May 9 for the Gr. 3-5 Science Fair. "With over 30 student displays and a cafeteria full of students, to say it was a success would be an understatement," said Superintendent Thomas Reardon. "What a fantastic fair. Great, original work by our students and each student could explain their work so well! More photos...

7th Grader Named Young Outstanding Leader of the Month

Seventh grader Brigid Mack was recognized by Rensselaer County as its Young Outstanding Leader of the Month for her efforts to raise autism awareness. In a resolution, the Legislature commended Brigid for raising more than $1,000 for autism awareness and leading efforts to create a calming room for her brother, Cooper, and other students at Gardner-Dickinson. "The Rensselaer County Legislature is inspired by this young lady and her actions and look forward to seeing this 'Young Outstanding Leader' do many more great things," the resolution read. Congratulations!

Grade 6 Enjoys Class Trip to Bronx Zoo

Sixth graders enjoyed the annual class trip to the Bronx Zoo on May 6.

Donation Helps Students with Autism and Special Needs

After seeing a story on the news about 7th grader Brigid Mack's autism awareness efforts, an area business owner donated a yoga hammock to the school that helps students with autism and other special needs. "The swing has amazing effects on our students. Within seconds the students display a dramatic change in their physical and emotional demeanor," said Principal Mary Yodis. Read more...

Gr. 5-8 Spring Concert a Great Success

The Gr. 5-8 Band and Gr. 6-8 Chorus was a great success on May 4 with family and friends packing the school gym. "What a fantastic spring concert. Our elementary and middle school bands did a wonderful job. I couldn't be more proud!" said Superintendent Thomas Reardon.

Students Learn How to Create Music with Tablet

Seventh graders had an opportunity to create their own music during a visit to the Apple Store on Apr. 20. Using music creation studio software, students learned how to make music on tablets and later shared their songs in class. Here is a video of photos from their trip and samples of their music…

Bus Drivers Honored with Appreciation Award

The district's bus drivers received some much deserved recognition on Apr. 19 as they were selected for a monthly appreciation award. Every month, an employee is selected to show how much they are appreciated by their colleagues. Each bus driver received a note of thanks, a mug and a gift card to Dunkin Donuts. "We wanted to thank them for everything they do for Gardner-Dickinson and make sure they know how appreciated they are," said Michelle Nicklas, who organizes the award.

District Honored as Top Workplace

Wynantskill UFSD is proud to announce it has been named a 2016 Top Workplace by The Times Union. "We are incredibly proud to be selected a Top Workplace. It means more than just are our employees happy but also do they feel heard and do they have confidence in where we are headed," Dr. Reardon said. Read more...

Newsletter Highlights Academic Programs

A newsletter highlighting academic programs at Gardner-Dickinson was mailed to our community Apr. 14.

Gr. 2 Learns Sign Language from GD Alumna

Second graders in Kate Cronin's class are learning sign language this year with the help of Gardner-Dickinson alumna Jenna LeFevre. Ms. LeFevre, a senior at Troy High School, is completing a student internship by working with Ms. Cronin. Ms. LeFevre plans to go to The Sage Colleges to become a teacher. Watch a short video...

CALENDAR

News & Events

Parent Letter for Field Day

Field Day will be held Friday, June 3 (rain date is Monday, June 6). Here is a parent letter with important information. Posted 5/25/16.


2016-17 Student Attendance Calendar Available

The one-page 2016-17 school attendance calendar, which lists school and recess days, is available here. Posted 5/19/16.


Volunteers Needed for School GarDen

Teacher Peter Mesh is looking for volunteer to help with the school garden. To make volunteering easier, Mr. Mesh is organizing GarDen Captains to divide up the work. Volunteers can take some of the vegetables grown in the garden and extra harvest is given to the Hope 7 Food Pantry. More info available here. Posted 5/13/16.


Volunteers Needed for PTO Staff Appreciation Luncheon

The Wynantskill PTO will hold a Staff Appreciation Luncheon Tuesday, June 13 from 10:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Any donations of time or food are welcome and appreciated. Here is a flyer with more info. Posted 5/24/16.


School Physicals for Sports Rescheduled - Tuesday, June 14

School physicals for fall sports will be held Tuesday, June 14 at 9:00 a.m. instead of May 24. Posted 5/23/16.


Early Dismissal for Gr. 8 on Last Day of School - Thursday, June 23

Eighth grade students will dismiss at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 23 to allow them to go home and prepare for graduation that evening. Students will be bussed home with elementary students. If your child is going to another address that day, please be sure to send a note to the main office. Thank you! Posted 5/24/16.


Reminder About Updated Physicals

If your child is entering Grades 2, 4, and 7 or playing sports in the fall, please remember to send in updated physicals at the start of the school year. If your child is entering Grades 6 or 7, please remember to send in updated immunization records with the required vaccines at the start of the school year. All students will be sent home with immunization requirements per grade. Please contact your physicians to be sure your children are appropriately vaccinated according to these requirements. Send in any updates at the start of the school year. Please contact Tricia Gibbs RN at 283-4600 ext. 18 if you have any questions or concerns. Posted 5/03/16.


Find the Latest GD Royals News on the Athletics Homepage

Wondering if a game has been canceled due to weather or looking for other news about the GD Royals? Check out the Athletics homepage where a new Twitter feed lists the latest news. Posted 5/03/16.


Missing BooksPlease Check for Missing School Books

Gardner-Dickinson's library, reading department and teachers are missing a number of books. If parents could please check if they have any books from the school that need to be returned we would greatly appreciate it. Thank you! Posted 5/03/16.


Slam Dunk Basketball Camp Registration Under Way

Gardner-Dickinson will once again host a Slam Dunk Basketball Camp from June 27 through July 1. The camp is for boys and girls in grades 2-8. It runs from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Cost is $125 per student. Registration information… Posted 5/12/16.


School Bucks ProgramFinal Countdown for School Bucks Program - June 1

Gardner-Dickinson has moved into 9th place in the Colonie Center School Bucks program! The district is currently in position to earn $500 for our school but if we keep moving up we can earn even more! Please keep sending in Colonie Center receipts (within 60 days of purchase) to the Main Office or at the Customer Service desk in the mall. Contest ends June 1. Thanks to the PTO for organizing this! Posted 4/14/16.


School Taxes: Q&ASchool Taxes: Questions and Answers

Question about your school tax bill? Your NYS Property Tax Rebate Check? Check our Schools Taxes Questions and Answers webpage... Posted 8/21/15.


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