Upcoming Board of Education Meeting Dates

Attention Wynantskill Residents:

 

We’d like to keep you informed about the upcoming Board of Education meeting dates. Please see below:

Tuesday April 23rd, 7pm.

Wednesday May 22nd (changed from May 23rd) 7pm.

Thursday June 20th, 7pm.

 

The 2024-25 school year BOE meeting dates are attached here:2024-25 Board of Education Regular Meeting Schedule

 

Please reach out to District Clerk Kyle Barber with any questions at kbarber@wynantskillufsd.org

 

Thank you!

TWO GD Spring Spirit Apparel Stores!

Please see the attached PDF to visit our Spring GD Apparel Spirit Store, or click this link here:
https://gardnerdickinson2024springwebstore.itemorder.com/shop/home/
The store deadline date is May 5.

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The Wynantskill PTA is also holding a fundraiser by selling awesome GD HYPE SOCKS! Click here to view and place an order: https://gardner-dickinsonschoolsocks.itemorder.com/shop/sale/
The fundraiser deadline date is May 3.

GD’s New Sensory Pathway!

Learn from Ms. Toomey about GD’s new sensory pathway next to the gym! Thank you to everyone who helped make this hallway possible, including Mr. Ballmes, Mr. Rocco and Mr. Bob!

 

Changes to the District Calendar for Snow Day “Givebacks”

We are anticipating a change in the district calendar once approved by the BOE at next Thursday’s regularly scheduled meeting.

 

Our mild winter only caused us to use one snow day and we would like to update you on how that affects our calendar for the remainder of the year, in particular, our snow day “giveback” days. Snow day “givebacks” refer to a situation where schools have to make up for the instructional time lost due to snow days or other weather-related closures. As we’ve only needed to use one snow day this winter, only one of these “giveback” days were needed.

 

The following days were designated as snow day “giveback” days on our 2023-24 district calendar: May 23rd, May 24th, May 28th, June 7th, and June 10th.

 

Since we would like our students to experience the magnificent solar eclipse safely and with their families on April 8th, we have asked that the BOE change one of the giveback days to use as a day off on April 8th, extending our Spring break.

 

Accounting for the leftover snow days, the following days are now as:

 

April 8th – NO SCHOOL

May 23rd – NO SCHOOL

May 24th – NO SCHOOL

May 28th – NO SCHOOL

June 7th –  SCHOOL DAY

June 10th – SCHOOL DAY

 

Please see the information below on how to safely observer the solar eclipse:

 

On April 8th a total solar eclipse will pass over parts of NYS. Locally the eclipse will be at about 97% totality or the moon will block 97% of the sun from view.

 

The last total eclipse visible in NYS was in 1925 and the next visible in the United States will not be until 2045.

 

This is an amazing opportunity for families to view the eclipse locally or take a drive a couple of hours north or west to see this natural phenomenon.

 

The links and information below provide more information about free activities happening across NYS and locally that you can take advantage of.

 

 

List of events across upstate NY

 

https://www.newyorkupstate.com/news/2024/02/2024-solar-eclipse-events-in-upstate-ny-over-80-stellar-ways-to-watch-celebrate.html

 

I love NY events list and important eclipse faqs

 

https://www.iloveny.com/events/eclipse-2024/#resources

 

Safety while viewing the eclipse if of utmost importance- NEVER LOOK directly at the sun unless you are wearing special eclipse glasses that will protect your vision.  Do not look through your camera lens or phone screen to view the eclipse!!

 

See the links below for safety instructions

 

https://science.nasa.gov/eclipses/future-eclipses/eclipse-2024/safety/

 

https://eclipse.aas.org/eye-safety

Governor Hochul’s eclipse announcement

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2024-25 RFPs and Bids

To those who may be interested:

RFPs & Bids for the 2024-25 school year will continuously be updated on this page here, including snow plowing and refuse removal:

Bids & RFPs

Please contact Kyle Barber at kbarber@wynantskillufsd.org with any questions!

 

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Ms. Mahoney’s Top Teacher Segment!

Please click the following link to be directed to Ms. Mahoney’s Top Teacher Segment on News Channel 13!

https://wnyt.com/wnyt-top-teacher/top-teacher-gina-mahoney-wynantskill-union-free-school-district/

 

Congratulations again, Ms. Mahoney!