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    Diversity, Equality and Inclusion - JUNE NEWSLETTER

    As we close out the school year, the DEI Committee wants to acknowledge our Gant community of teachers, staff, parents, and family members for the strength and love shown during this challenging year. In creating DEI, we saw our community strengthen and grow as we met virtually twice monthly, developing a space for support and strategizing ways to empower students, parents, teachers, and staff to build a diverse and inclusive school community.
    Enjoy our final newsletter of the school year, featuring this month's diverse celebrations, DEI committee events, and books that honor diversity and individuality.

    Announcing the 2021-2022 PTA Board

    Congratulations to our new board members for the 2021-2022 year, and thank you to our outgoing board members from this year. The PTA board members give considerable time to our school, going to meetings, going to trainings, and going that extra mile to plan and run programs for our kids. Many have served for several years while welcoming and training newer members to maintain a strong PTA and Gant community. So welcome, new members, and thank you to all. We are very grateful Gators!

    President: Jessica Reed
    Vice President: Genn Billish
    Recording Secretary: Abby Tatlilioglu
    Treasurer: Jessica Leishman
    Auditor: Jasmine Lacsamana
    Historian: Emily Contreras
    Programming: Adrienne Gomer
    Corresponding Secretary: Sharlene Siegel
    Legislation: Tara Petrone
    Financial Secretary: Cristina Pruchyanimit
    Room Parent Coordinators: Christina Mulcahy & Shannon Rohrig
    Parliamentarian: Amy Yerkey

    Way and Means: Katie Kilkenny & Christina Gentilini 

    Friday Spirit Wear

    We have started up Friday spirit wear days. Please see the attachment with the schedule. Both in person and online students should be participating in this fun Friday day! This Friday will be sports day.

    School Nurses Day

    Wednesday, May 12 was National School Nurses Day, and we recognized our own amazing nurse, Ana Speedone. This year, she has led Gant through this pandemic, focusing on safety for all. She has trained other nurses across the district, has presented at staff meetings, and has been on call even during off-hours. A huge shout out to Ana from the entire Gant community!

    Teacher Appreciation Week WRAP-UP

    May 3 to May 7, online and in-person families united to celebrate our cherished, hard-working teachers. We showered them with cards, flowers, pies, box lunches from Rascals Teriyaki, and other goodies. 

    We hope that our teachers left the week feeling super appreciated!

    School Lunch Hero Day

    On Friday, May 7, we celebrated the folks who have shown up every day in the past year to serve our students and parents. Thank you for making Gant a better place to learn and grow! 

    student rock garden

    Help us create a rock garden in the planter in front of the office. There is a basket out front of the office with a rock kit for each student.  Once your student has painted their rock please place it in the planter in front of the office. 

    TEACHER Spotlight

    Hello Gant Family!

    My name is Teresa Boyd, and I have been at Minnie Gant for 22 years, one year in 3rd grade and the rest in 4th grade so I know a lot about 4th grade and 4th graders. I also seem to get most of the boys, which is fine because my sense of humor is pretty much on that level. Previously, I taught at Newcomb in middle school for six years: 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. I have a BS in business and an MBA in finance. I tried working in finance, but I just love to teach. 

    I have three kids: Rachel, 31, Alex, 28, and Marissa, 22 (my favorite child is my rescue dog, Sandee -- full of energy like me!). All my kids went to Minnie Gant, along with my niece and nephew. I have known Mrs. Fanton since she was in college, so when Halloween came, we had lots of fun (pictured above)! My favorite thing to do is laugh, and I have been doing a lot of that this year. I love music. Concerts are my favorite activity ever, and I usually combine them with travel. No one wants to hear me sing, but I continue to do that and dance! 

    I enjoy working, and I love the kids. I learn so much from them, and they always make me laugh.

    Favorite Book: FBI murder mysteries series (I read every night)
    Favorite Movie: Dragon Tattoo Trilogy 
    Favorite Hobby: Working out with my trainer
    Favorite Sport Team: Whatever my students like!
    Favorite Subject: I love math!
    Favorite Subject to Learn: Useless trivia ha!
    Favorite Dessert: Ice cream!! I can't keep it in my house, or I will eat all of it!


     Past Spotlights can be viewed here.
    GanT CDC Preschool Enrollment

    The LBUSD Office of Child Development Centers is now enrolling for our full-day, fee-based preschool program. Please visit our web site here for specific details regarding locations and contact information. For enrollment assistance, call 562-429-8636.

    Mental & Emotional Support for Students & Families

    It's a hard time to be a kid right now. It's a hard time to be a parent and guardian right now. Minnie Gant students and families deserve all the support we can give them. Here are some resources we hope can help.

    Gant Staff and Resources

    This pandemic has brought unprecedented change and uncertainty into all of our lives. If you are in a difficult position, we encourage you to PLEASE ask for help!  You can reach out to our counselor, Laurie Wheels (lwheels@lbschools.net), or our principal Cassie Fanton (cfanton@lbschools.net) with any needs you may have. Your privacy is paramount and any discussions will be completely confidential.

    LBUSD Family Resource Centers

    LBUSD Family Resource Centers are available to support students' and families in so many ways  – from student mental/behavioral/emotional health to parent workshops to food/clothing resources, referrals, health care, and more. Please reach out! 

    Website –  https://linktr.ee/LBUSDFRC

    Instagram – @lbusdfrc

    LBUSD Special Education Community Advisory Committee

    The LBUSD Special Education CAC is open to everyone who wants to help students with exceptional needs obtain an appropriate, high-quality education, including parents, teachers, persons with disabilities, service providers and other concerned community members. A calendar of meetings and topics, including distance learning and sibling support, can be found here.

    California State PTA Resources 

    "Discussing Difficult Situations With Your Children"

    Emotional Health Resources List

    AFTER-SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY FLYERS

    Click the Peachjar icon above for current after-school and community flyers of interest to Gant families:

    - Girl Scout Daisy Event
    - Code Ninjas Summer Camps
    - Free COVID Vaccines
    - Alley-Oop Basketball Summer League
    - Golden State Stimulus
    - YMCA Camp Oakes Overnight Camp

    - AYSO Fall Registration
    - Los Altos YMCA: Summer Camps
    Health Screen Habits for Students

    End-of-Year Pizza Reward

    Earn Cash for Gant

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    Download the BoxTops app; scan receipts when you buy BoxTops products.

    Box Tops for Education

    Report a Bully

    Bullying defined:
    "A person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending themselves." 
    (D. Olweus)

    Click to Report a Bully


    Hey, Shutterbugs

    Please share any photos you have of students in school activities with our PTA Historian to be used for promoting school activities. Any student in a photo must have turned in a permission slip.


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    School MESSENGER

    The SchoolMessenger app delivers communications from the school district and Gant all in one place. 

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    Chromebook and Hotspot Tech Support

    562-315-8083 

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