October 27, 2021
GMS Parents, Guardians, & Students:
As we move into November, there are many dates to be aware of. Please see the list below. Yesterday, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Reilly made an announcement extending the mask mandate in schools in Massachusetts until at least January 15, 2022. Please check in with your student to ensure that he or she is bringing a mask to school and wearing it on the bus and in the building. Students are also asked to pack their backpacks with their Chromebooks, chargers, water bottles and extra masks. These are items that need to come to school every day.
Dates to be aware of:
November 1st- Picture retake day at GMS
November 3rd is a ½ for all students (10:30 am dismissal)
November 11th- No School, Veteran’s Day
November 12th- Quarter 1 ends, Grades close
November 15th- Quarter 2 begins, New UA classes for students
November 19th- Quarter 1 Report cards are available in Plusportals
November 22-24 are half days
November 25-26 Thanksgiving break
GMS 2021-2022 yearbooks are now on sale. Please see the flyer linked below and reach out to Mrs. Higgins with any questions you may have.
GMS 2021-2022 yearbook
Two more days to enter your guesses
How many pieces of candy are in the jar?
The GMS PTO is sponsoring a candy guessing fundraiser until the end of the month. For $1.00 students can take a guess at how many pieces of candy are in each of the large and small jars. The winners of the candy will be the students who guess closest to the actual number of pieces without going over. Winners will be announced on Friday, October 29th and these students will go home with the candy from the jars. Please help support the GMS PTO by taking a chance.
Weekly COVID testing at GMS
The National Guard joined our GPS nursing staff on Tuesday to help test students and staff who are signed up for weekly COVID testing. We have over 300 students signed up for this program. This will be happening every Tuesday and is conducted as soon as students enter the building in the morning.
Please reach out to our GMS School nurse if you would like to have your child participate in this program.
Please see below for information regarding this year's rec basketball program. Like last Summer, we will be offering boys and girls rec basketball for grades 4,5, and 6. (Biddy Ball will be offered for students in grades k-3). If you are interested in registering, please use the link below.
You can find all pertinent information in the attached flier.
Any questions, please reach out to Dan Forte at
Rec Basketball flyer
GPS Night at the Worcester Railers Saturday, November 6th will be GPS night at the Railer’s game. Every Gardner Public Schools student will be given a complimentary ticket to the game and adults can get discounted tickets by using the link contained in the flyer below. The GHS Select Choir will be singing the National Anthem before the game. Come on out and join us for a night of hockey and fun at the DCU center in Worcester.Worcester Railer's Flyer
GMS Fall Sports schedules
The game schedules for our GMS teams can be found below. Let’s go wildcats!
MS Football https://www.arbiterlive.com/Teams/Schedule/9267940
MS Boys Soccer - https://www.arbiterlive.com/Teams/Schedule/9267946
MS Girls Soccer - https://www.arbiterlive.com/Teams/Schedule/9267952
MS FH - https://www.arbiterlive.com/Teams/Schedule/9267952
MS CC - https://www.arbiterlive.com/Teams/Schedule/9299361
42nd Greater Gardner Turkey Trot
It's that time of the year, the early registration for 42nd Greater Gardner Turkey Trot is open.
Thanksgiving November 25, 2021
Walkers 8am and Runners 8:30am
5 miles Route 68 Gardner to Baldwinville.
The Turkey trot Benefits Both Narragansett & Gardner High/ Middle Schools Track & Field & Cross Country programs.
More info about the race & past results can be found at greatergardnerturkeytrot.org
The Covid-19 plan: if needed, would be similar to last year with distance waves starting 8am and the last wave off by 8:45am the latest, masks at the start line until distanced and masks around the finish line. Limited people allowed in the halls at any one time with masks on. This is only if Massachusetts is like it was last year with restrictions, otherwise it will all be traditional starting with walkers leaving at 8am and runners at 8:30AM with optional masks.
Thanksgiving Tradition flier
Keep Smiling and Go Wildcats!
Arthur Murphy, Principal