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[ARCHIVED] GMS Parent Newsletter - October 20, 2021

October 20, 2021

GMS Parents, Guardians, & Students:

During our 8th week of school students are settling into the daily routines of in-person learning with COVID safety measures. Two things we are noticing are that many students are coming to school without their Chromebooks charged, and in some cases without the devices at all, and students are frequently coming to the office to ask for cups to use at the bottle fill stations. We are asking for your help in reminding your student to change the Chromebook each night, put it in their bag/backpack in the morning and to bring in a refillable water bottle.

                       Dates to be aware of:

                          October 25th- Teacher/Parent/Player field hockey game                           

                          November 1st- Picture retake day at GMS                         

                          November 3rd is a ½ for all students (10:30 am dismissal)                                  


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

Health Screenings                    

The GMS health office will begin performing state mandated screenings beginning on October 14th.  These screenings are an important part of detecting developing medical issues that may also impact your student's academic performance.

Please see the letter linked below for further information. 

Parents who wish to have their student opt out of any of the screenings should fill out the note that follows the letter and send it into school with the student. **Please note that students have also received printed copies of this letter and note for your convenience.

State mandated screenings

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.

GMS Donation to the Gardner Fire Department

GMS students and families donated $320.00 in honor of those who lost their lives on 9/11. This donation was presented to the Gardner Fire Department last week.

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                    

Railer's tickets

GMS Fall Sports schedules          The game schedules for our GMS teams can be found below. Let’s go wildcats!

MS Football  

MS Boys Soccer -

MS Girls Soccer -



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

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

Registration form

Keep Smiling and Go Wildcats!

Arthur Murphy, Principal

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