Board of Education welcomes new members Lost and Found items Students collect food donations Students write narratives Students create edible art color wheel Principal of the Day Veterans Day Assembly First graders learn about voting Students learn about internet safety

Board of Education Welcomes New Members

Wynantskill UFSD would like to welcome our two newest Board of Education members, Keith Hirokawa and Eric Strang, who were sworn in at the Nov. 17 meeting. The Board selected Mr. Hirokawa and Mr. Strang for two vacant seats that were created when Katrina Dinan and Pat Gray resigned from the Board earlier this year. Mr. Hirokawa and Mr. Strang will serve until the May 16 school budget vote when the community will elect candidates for the two seats.

Please Check Lost and Found for Missing Items

Is your child missing a coat, sweatshirt or other clothing item? Please check the Lost and Found table near the school library which has quite a number of unclaimed items.

Builders Club Organizes Food Drive

Builders Club, a student-led service organization associated with Kiwanis, is holding a food drive in November to help out those in need in our community. Non-perishable foods can be left in the donation box in the school lobby.

Second Graders Develop Writing Skills

Second graders are building their writing skills by writing personal narratives in class. "Students are each writing personal narratives, using a 'hook' to get readers interested, 'zooming in' to add detail, and completing a conclusion sentence," explained Teacher Kate Cronin. "Students will then use an editing checklist to check their own writing, conference with an adult, and begin their final copies. When every student has completed their final drafts we will have a publishing celebration!" Great job!

Art Students Learn About Color Wheel with Fun Activity

Sixth graders learned about the color wheel in art class by creating an edible version. "Students were given 13 vanilla wafers, frosting, and red, yellow, and blue food coloring," explained Teacher Jeanine Mitchell. "Students were then challenged to create the 12 primary, secondary, and tertiary colors, and the color gray. The students had a blast as they experimented with color!"

Student Named Principal of the Day for Good Character

Congratulations to 6th grader Ryan Strang who was selected Principal of the Day on Nov. 14 as part of Gardner-Dickinson's character education program that rewards good character. "What an absolute pleasure it was to have Ryan working with me today as principal," said Principal Mary Yodis. "He even wrote up SWAG and Bee awards and gave them to Middle and Elementary students who were doing outstanding work."

Community's Veterans Honored at Annual Celebration Event

Gardner-Dickinson thanked its community's veterans on Nov. 10 at the annual Veterans Day Celebration. Students read letters of thanks and sang patriotic songs to more than 40 veterans who then enjoyed a breakfast with family members in the school cafeteria. More photos here. If you would like a copy of a photo, please email Communication Specialist Jason McCord.

First Graders Learn About Voting

First graders learned about the importance of voting and even had a chance to fill out ballots in class. "We talked about Election Day in first grade today and then the children participated in a mock election," explained Teacher Bethany Wallace. "The children are excited to exercise their civic duty in 2028!"

MS Students Learn Tips on Internet and Social Media Safety

Middle School students learned tips on how to use the internet and social media responsibly on Nov. 3 during a presentation by Rensselaer County Probation Officers Christine Miner and Kate Rose. Read more.


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Wynantskill UFSD Website Survey

Wynantskill UFSD is planning to update its website this year to make it easier to use, particularly for mobile devices. To help us better understand how our parents and community members use the website, we have created a survey available here. Thank you for your input! Posted 11/30/16.

Yankee Candle Orders Available for Pick Up

Yankee Candle orders through the Wynantskill PTO are available for pickup! Boxes are in school lobby and labeled with names. Orders can be picked up afterschool until 8:00 p.m. on weeknights. Posted 11/29/16.


PTO Holiday Shop - Thursday, Dec. 8 and Friday, Dec. 9

The Wynantskill PTO will hold The Holiday Shop at Gardner-Dickinson on Thursday, Dec. 8 and Friday, Dec. 9. Here is a form with more information. Posted 12/02/16.


K-8 Twinkle Dance - Friday, Dec. 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

A Twinkle Dance for all grade levels will be held Friday, Dec. 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the school gym. Cost is $7 with proceeds benefiting Gr. 8 Class Trip to Washington, DC. More info. Posted 12/05/16.


PTO Collecting Unwrapped Toys for Toys for Tots - Deadline: Friday, Dec. 9

The Wynantskill PTO is collecting unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots through Dec. 9. A donation box is in the school lobby. The PTO will donate toys at Colonie Center, which will earn School Bucks points for the district. More info. Posted 11/29/16.

PTO Organizing Trip on Santa's Magical Express - Sunday, Dec. 18

The Wynantskill PTO is organizing a trip on Santa's Magical Express on Sunday, Dec. 18. Tickets are $24/$29 per person; $5 is donated back to the PTO. For more information, see this flier or email Rebecca. Posted 12/01/16.


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