Students listened to guest reader Lori Audi encourages students to try fruits and vegetables Health, Wellness & Safety Festival Fire Prevention Day Community comes together for MDA walk Kindergartners learn about apples Elks Club gives books to students Faculty cook breakfast for students Students read to other students

Family and Friends Encourage Kindergartners to Read

Kindergarten's First Friday Read-In was a great success with family and friends visiting classrooms to read their favorite stories. "Our turnout was amazing!" said Teacher Gina Mahoney. "The children were captivated by our family's love of literacy!" If you would like to attend the next First Friday Read-In, please contact Ms. Mahoney or Ms. Sanger. More photos.

Stickers Help Encourage Students to Eat Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

To encourage students to eat healthier, Food Service Director Lori Audi is rewarding kindergartners and first graders with stickers. "If they try a fruit or vegetable, they get a sticker," explained Ms. Audi. "They love the stickers and it's a way to encourage them to try new foods and eat healthy." Ms. Audi noted that the Food Service program is offering more fresh fruit and vegetables this year. She estimated 90% of the fruit and half of the vegetables served are fresh.

Community Enjoys Health, Wellness & Safety Festival

Families enjoyed fun activities and learned important information from local agencies such as the Sheriff's Department, YMCA and area dentists at the 3rd Annual Health, Wellness & Safety Festival on Oct. 13. Thank you to all the organizations that came out to make the festival a success!

Wynantskill Fire Department Teaches Students Fire Safety

Thank you to the Wynantskill Fire Department for teaching our students about fire safety at the annual Fire Prevention Day on Oct. 13.

Community Comes Together to Support Students

The Wynantskill community showed amazing support for its school and students on Columbus Day weekend. On Oct. 8, more than 50 people gathered for a Muscular Dystrophy Walk at Siena College. On Oct. 9, families enjoyed bowling at Hi-Way Recreation Bowling Center to support student Sydney Davey. Thank you so much for your wonderful support!

Kindergartners Learn About Apples in Science Class

Kindergartners recently enjoyed learning about apples in science class before ending their lessons with a homemade apple sauce taste test. "We completed sinking/floating activities with apples, labeled all parts of the apple, made an apply glyph, and found out the surprise shape inside the apple when cut in half horizontally!" said Teacher Gina Mahoney. More photos.

Troy Lodge of Elks Donate Books to Students

For the 6th year in a row, 3rd and 5th graders received dictionaries and thesauruses from the Troy Lodge of Elks 141 on Sept. 29. "We go out in the community and help out. This is what the Elks Club is all about, helping people," said Walter Hughes. "It's a pleasure to come up here and see you each year." Thank you so much to the Troy Lodge of Elks for visiting our schools and for your generosity to our students! More photos.

Faculty & Staff Cook Breakfast for Gr. 6-8 to Kick Off SWAG

Faculty and staff cooked breakfast for Gr. 6-8 students on Sept. 30 to kick off this year's SWAG (Success, Willpower, Attitude and Goals) Program. SWAG was started last year as a way to recognize students through individual notes of praise and a collective activity once per quarter for students who make a SWAG contribution to the Middle School. More photos.

1st Graders Share Their Writing with 4th Grade Buddies

First graders had an opportunity to share their writing with their 4th grade buddies on Sept. 28. "We just finished launching the Writing Workshop in our class and the students chose one writing piece that they wrote over the past three weeks to publish," explained teacher Bethany Wallace. "The students were so proud of their work and to share it at our Publishing Celebration!" More photos.


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Girls Soccer Game Canceled Due to Weather – Thursday, Oct. 27

The girls soccer game scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 27 has been canceled due to the weather. Posted 10/27/16.

Friday Night Out Event for All Students – Friday, Oct. 28 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Parents have organized a series of Friday Night Out events this year that will provide a movie, board games and childcare as a fundraiser for the Grade 8 class trip to Washington, DC. The first event will be held Friday, Oct. 28 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the school gym. The movie "Alvin and the Chipmunks" will be shown and pizza and a drink will be served. Cost is $10 per student. A permission slip with more info is available here. Posted 10/19/16.

Gardner-Dickinson Seeking Musical Instrument Donations

To help students who need a musical instrument but cannot secure one due to financial need, Gardner-Dickinson is seeking donations. If you have a musical instrument in working condition that you would like to donate, please drop it off in the main office. Thank you! Posted 10/25/16.

Students to Be Dismissed 15 Mins. Early for Emergency Closing Drill – Friday, Nov. 4

Students will be dismissed 15 minutes early on Friday, Nov. 4 for the annual Emergency Closing Drill. Posted 10/27/16.

Community's Veterans Invited to Celebration - Thursday, Nov. 10 at 9:00 a.m.

Gardner-Dickinson will honor all who have served at the annual Veterans Day Celebration on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 9:00 a.m. An assembly will be held in the school gym, which should last approximately 45 minutes, followed by a breakfast reception for our veterans. If you have any family or friends who are veterans, please invite them to the event. A flier and RSVP sheet is available here. Posted 10/25/16.

Help Raise Money for Gardner-Dickinson with Colonie Center Receipts

The Wynantskill PTO has again enrolled Gardner-Dickinson in the Colonie Center School Bucks Competition, with a chance to win up to $8,000 for the district. Please turn in your Colonie Center shopping receipts from any store dated Aug. 1 or later to the mall’s Customer Service within 60 days of purchase in order to earn points for Gardner-Dickinson. This includes Regal Cinemas, Whole Foods, restaurants and the food court. You can also turn in receipts made on a store credit card. Please see this flier for rules and triple bonus points opportunities. Please email Erica Quinn with any questions. “Last year, GD came in 9th place and won $500. Let’s try to do even better this year!” said Ms. Quinn. Posted 8/15/16.

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