Jaguar News

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Dear Gentry Families,


Thank you to all of those families who participated in person and virtually for parent teacher conferences. It was great to visit with so many and to see the hallways come alive with students, parents and even fans stopping by to cheer on our 8th boys basketball team. All great signs of normalcy continuing to return.


Most importantly, on this Veterans Day I want to thank all of those parents who are veterans or who are currently serving in the military. Your service, sacrifice and dedication are an amazing example and gift to all of us. There are simply no words to express our nation's gratitude for your service.


Enjoy your weekend!

No School Tomorrow- Friday, November 12

School will not be in session tomorrow, November 12 due to a teacher's work day.

Interim Progress Reports

Interim Progress Reports will be available for your review on Home Access on Thursday, November 18th.

Family Eat Out PTSA Fundraiser- Wednesday, November 17

Join your friends and family for a meal at Freddy's Steakburgers (Providence location) on November 17 and/or November 18th from 11:00 am -9:00 pm. Mention the Gentry PTSA fundraiser when you place your order and 15% of the sale from your order will be donated back to our PTSA! Can't get any better than enjoying a good burger and supporting your child's PTSA. Thanks for your support!
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Food Drive- Thank You For Your Kindness!

Guidance would like thank staff, students and families for your support in our food drive! All food donated will remain at Gentry Middle School to support families in our community.


Sixth grade blew us away with their kindness and generosity. They collectively brought in over 150 items. Eight grade increased their giving each day for a total of 108. Seventh grade supported our cause by bringing in 95 items.


We are so proud of our Jaguars! Keep spreading the kindness in all you do!

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2021 Gentry Winter Spirit Store- Store closes on Sunday, November 14

Looking for some good holiday gift giving ideas? Visit our GMS Spirit Store! Store closes on Sunday, November 14 at midnight.

Free COVID-19 Vaccine To Be Offered at Gentry- December 3

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of children in Boone County ages 5-17 have become sick with the virus that causes COVID-19, some even requiring hospitalization. Getting your child vaccinated against COVID-19 is the best way to protect them from this potentially serious virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends that all people 5 years and older get a COVID-19 vaccine.


Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services is offering the free COVID-19 vaccine at Boone County schools. The COVID-19 vaccine will be available for all children in kindergarten through 12th grade. Our vaccine clinic will be held at Gentry on Friday, December 3. If you decide not to vaccinate, or if you do not return the required permission form (link below) to the school, the free COVID-19 vaccine will NOT be given to your child at school. The opportunity to get your child vaccinated is encouraged but not mandatory. This vaccine is free.


If you have questions about the vaccine clinic, please contact the GMS school nurse (Jennifer Ferguson at 214-3246). If you have specific questions about the COVID-19 vaccine you may reach Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services at covidvaccine@como.gov. Children who do not get the vaccine at school may receive free COVID-19 vaccines at one of the many vaccinators in Boone County found at www.como.gov/covidvaccine.


Sincerely,

Stephanie K. Browning, Director

Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services

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Gentry Read-a-Thon

Gentry Middle School has decided to hold a Read-a-thon this year! Read-a-thons actually get your reader excited about reading and it gives friends and family the opportunity to encourage your child to read even more. Our Read-a-thon starts Monday November 22, 2021.


About one week before our Read-a-thon starts we will send home instructions on how to activate your reader's personal page. This is where you will be able to view and record their progress.

We've chosen Read-a-thon because it will not take much of your time, gives your child a reason to read and helps in the development of stronger reading skills. We hope EVERYONE participates.

Wear a Mask and Bring a Spare!

Please remind your student to ALWAYS wear a mask to school AND pack a spare in their backpack too! Thank you for helping us finish strong!
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In Time for The Holidays

Help the Gentry Middle School PTSA replenish their reserve funds. The pandemic was hard on everyone last year- including the PTSA. These reserve funds will be used to support this year's activities such as: Teacher Appreciation Week, teacher meals during parent teacher conferences, field trips and the Children's Literature Festival to name a few.


HoneyBaked Ham, Co. will donate 20% of all gift cards sold to GMS. Thinking of spending less time in the kitchen this holiday season? Think HoneyBaked Ham gift card! Pondering holiday gifts? Think HoneyBaked Ham gift cards! Considering what to serve for your holiday meal? Think HoneyBaked Ham gift card! It's a win-win for everyone. Click here for further details and to place an order anytime between now and January 8, 2022. Thanks for your support!

A Way with Words and Numbers

Please see the A Way with Words and Numbers tutoring opportunities below.
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November Secondary School Lunch Menu

Click here to see the secondary school lunch menu for November.

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications

As a heads up, Free and Reduced Lunch Applications are accepted all year long. Meals are still free all year long, but to get additional benefits, families must apply. See application information below.
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Future Dates to Remember

11/12- School Not in Session Due to a Teacher Work Day

11/17- PTSA Meeting/Media Center @ 6:00 pm

11/18- Interim Progress Reports Available on Home Access

11/22-12/6- Read-a-thon Begins

11/24-11/26- School Not in Session Due to Thanksgiving Break

12/1- 7th Grade Winter Band Concert @ 7:00 pm in the Gym

12/3- Optional COVID Vaccine Clinic @ 8:00-10:00 am

12/7- 6th-8th Grade Winter Orchestra Concert @ 7:00 pm in the Cafetorium

12/8- Archery Practice Begins

12/10-6th-8th Grade Winter Choir Concert @ 6:30 in the Cafetorium

12/13- 8th Band Concert @ 7:00 pm @ RBHS PAC Center

12/22-12/31- School Not in Session Due to Winter Break