Family Bingo Night – Friday, Jan. 31

The Wynantskill PTA will hold a Family Bingo Night for all Gardner-Dickinson families Friday, Jan. 31 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

The event will feature games, prizes, free popcorn and beverages.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Thank you for organizing this event for our families!


Still Time to Join Gr. 4-8 Wind Turbine Program

The Wynantskill PTA has organized a 2020 KidWind Challenge for grades 4-8 students this year.

This free, afterschool program runs on Thursdays at 2:30 p.m. starting Jan. 23.

Students will meet for 12 weeks designing and constructing small wind turbines for a competition on Apr. 24

If your child would be interested in the program and/or you would like to volunteer to help the PTA, please email Suada Garcia at the following information.

  1. Name of student
  2. Grade
  3. Parent contact (Name, email & phone #)
  4. If interested in being a volunteer for this after school program

What is the KidWind Challenge?

The KidWind Challenge is a hands-on design competition that engages students in STEM through the lens of wind and solar energy. Student teams design and construct small wind turbines that they test, and then meet with a panel of judges to present their design process and demonstrate their contextual knowledge of renewable energy. Teams also engage in a variety of Instant Challenges to gauge their on the-spot teamwork and problem-solving skills. The KidWind Challenge is a team effort of teachers, students, engineers, and practitioners, all working to make wind energy education and other renewable energy education accessible in classrooms around the world. Additional information can be found on

There is no cost to join the KidWind Challenge and GE will provide mentorship program if necessary.

Students with Tay Fisher

Tay Fisher Visits with Students

Students taking selfie photo

Former Siena Saints and Harlem Globetrotters basketball player Tay Fisher visited Gardner-Dickinson School the week of of Jan. 6 to share a positive message with students.

Mr. Fisher spent Wednesday with younger students, teaching them basketball moves and talking to them about the importance of supporting each other and similar positive character lessons.

On Thursday, Mr. Fisher shared his life story with grades 7 and 8, speaking about challenges he overcame growing up and inspiring students to work hard and stay focused on things that are important to them.

“What is your why? Why do you work hard?” Mr. Fisher asked students.

“To make my family proud,” said one student.

“To change people’s lives,” said another student.

Mr. Fisher praised students’ answers and noted how hard he had to work to earn his master’s degree from The College of St. Rose, which took him 10 years to complete because he was always traveling with the Harlem Globetrotters. He noted his motivation was to walk across the stage in front of his parents to make them proud.

Mr. Fisher also shared highlight videos of when he helped his Siena Saints team win the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship as a senior and his time with the Harlem Globetrotters. While he loved traveling the world with the Harlem Globetrotters – visiting all 50 states and 75 countries – Mr. Fisher explained he retired so he could spend time with his wife and child.

“I’m in a new chapter and my family is everything,” said Mr. Fisher.

Thank you so much for spending time with our students this week!

Student reads to therapy dog

Therapy Dogs Help Students with Reading

Student reads to therapy dog

Gardner-Dickinson students have been reading to therapy dogs this year to help them with their reading.

Reading Specialist Katie Sheehan explained the therapy dogs help students feel more comfortable and motivates them to read.

Thank you to Therapy Dogs International for bringing Buddy to our school!

Students enjoy STEM activity

Regeneron Employees Lead STEM Activities

Students enjoy STEM activity

Pre-K through grade 4 enjoyed fun, hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities on Oct. 28 thanks to Regeneron.

Each year, the biotechnology company holds a Day for Doing Good, a company-wide global day of service to give back to communities.

A group of employees visited Gardner-Dickinson to lead students through engaging activities such as building geodesic domes from toothpicks and gumdrops and making bubbling lava lamps. Students had fun while learning about science principles such as density, magnetism and chemical reactions.

Thank you so much for spending the day with our students!

More photos.