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[ARCHIVED] GMS Parent Newsletter - November 3, 2021

November 3, 2021

GMS Parents, Guardians & Students:

The first term will be wrapping up next week and Quarter 2 will begin on Monday, November 15th. Students will be switching into new UA classes on this date.   We are asking for your help with sending your students to school with charged Chromebooks, masks and water bottles. Sending your student with a mask is extremely important if your child rides a bus to school in order to keep him/her safe as well as the other students on the bus.              

Dates to be aware of:                        

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

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.

Rec Basketball

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


Good Afternoon,

I am reaching out because this week your student showed interest in potentially playing basketball this winter.

As you may, or may not know, there are multiple opportunities to play basketball in Gardner.  

The first is Middle School basketball.  Middle school basketball is an interscholastic sport played against other traveling middle school teams.  Tryouts for MS BBall are open to 5-8th graders, and we start the week after thanksgiving.  The season runs five days per week after school, with games starting in Mid December (2 games per week, typically).  This season ends in February.  If you are interested in playing middle school  basketball, please use the following link ( to register your student.  Along with registration, I will also need a copy of an up to date physical.  Students cannot try out without being registered, and having a physical on file with me. Once tryouts are complete, we will make our team selections and move forward with the season.  Once team selections are made, there is no opportunity to join the team.  If you have any problems registering, please email me directly.  There is no user fee for MS Basketball.

The second option we have is Travel Basketball.  This time-table is a little more narrow, as tryouts for the boys travel program are tonight, 11/5, at GHS (4-6th grade are from 615-715, and 7/8th grade are 730-830pm); and the girls are Monday.  Travel basketball practices twice a week (these times do not conflict with MS basketball), and play games on Sunday mornings.  If you are interested in trying out, you can register your student at  These teams are tryout-based, and there is no fee to tryout (though if you make a team there is a fee).

Our third option is rec basketball.  Rec Basketball is played on Saturday mornings and is open to GMS students in grades 4/5/6.  The fee for travel basketball is $40.  Rec basketball is instruction driven, with weekly games between the teams.  This is a popular option for everyone, as it fits nicely with both new players, and those with more experience.  If you are interested in registering for Rec basketball, please use this link  I have also attached a flier with all of the rec basketball details.

Please note, it is VERY common for students to play multiple, if not all of the above options.  Our goal is to provide basketball options for all skill levels.

If you have ANY questions, please let me know.


Daniel Forte

Gardner Public Schools

Athletic Director

Office - (978)632-1600 x1800

Cell - (978)660-5106


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


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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