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    Principal's Announcement

    Please join me in congratulating our very own nurse Ana!!!  She has been awarded the Excellence in School Nursing Award for the southern section and will be recognized at the nurse’s conference in Monterey in February.  I am excited because I get to tag along as her guest to celebrate with her and represent Gant!

    In other news, Dr. Baker, our district superintendent, was at Gant last week.  She walked through a few classrooms and our students asked her lots of questions.  She was able to see what I have been bragging about - we are amazing!!!!  Our students are engaged, teachers are working so hard, and all of our support staff are stepping up and lending a hand wherever needed. She was impressed!

    COVID- thank you all for doing your part on keeping your kids home if they are sick, reporting absences whether they are sick or personal, and overall just being supportive of the office staff as they are navigating new protocols daily.

    Mrs. Fanton 

    Vaccination Status:
    If your child is fully vaccinated, please make a copy and drop it off at the office.

    Family Night Out: 1/25

    Happy New Year, Gant Families!

    Our first Family Night Out of 2022 is on Tuesday, January 25, and is being hosted by Noble Bird at 2nd and PCH. Order in or take out from 11am to 8pm, and 20% of your bill will be donated to our school. Show the flyer when you order. As always, ordering via delivery services will NOT give Gant credit.  Noble Bird is located at 6460 E. PCH, Suite 125.

    DEI Committee News

    In celebration of Black History Month, we invite our African American families to submit a video to their heritage & traditions with the Gant community. For more info, click here.

    Volunteers Needed

    Hi Gant Families!  

    We are thrilled to be planning our annual Party for a Purpose at the Long Beach Yacht Club on Friday, March 25th, and we need your help! We are looking for both committee heads and volunteers to support the following committees:

    1. Auction items for the silent auction (i.e. soliciting, gathering, and organizing items for the auction and creating displays for those items)
    2. Design, decorations, and set-up (i.e. designing the Party for the Purpose website, creating a design for the party theme, creating signs for the venue, organizing decorations, organizing the photo booth, etc)

    Also if you have connections or know of someone who is interested in donating auction items, please reach out.  

    After these last two challenging years, it will be wonderful to get together as a community to raise money for programs at Gant.  But we need your help to be able to pull this off.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Katie Kilkenny and Christina Gentilini at


    Open PTA Position

    The PTA is looking for an Auditor. The Auditor audits the PTA financial data generated by the Treasurer and Financial Secretary every three months (moderate time commitment). If you are interested or have any questions please email

    Congratulations, Ana!

    Please join CSNO Southern Section in congratulating our very own Anastacia "Ana" Speedone for receiving the Excellence in School Nursing Award 2021-2022 (CSNO SS). As last year's LBSNA School Nurse of the Year recipient, Ana was nominated for the CSNO SS Excellence in School Nursing Award and WON!

    Ana and all section winners will be honored during the annual CSNO state conference in February.

    We are so proud of you Ana! This is a well-deserved acknowledgement!

    Card, Sock and Toy Drives

    With 365 Veteran cards, 246 pairs of socks, and 219 toys, our Minnie Gant Gators and their families have proven how giving they are!  When the truck load of dolls, Legos, balls, and more pulled up, the representatives at Bethune were overwhelmed by the generosity and confirmed that the toys were to be given to homeless children in our own LBUSD for the holidays.  At the Tibor Rubin VA Hospital, the nurse at the Spinal Cord Injury Center who was sent down to pick up Gant’s donation of cards and socks had to make THREE trips to gather everything.  She expressed how thrilled the veterans would be to receive handmade heartfelt cards and warm socks—in some cases, fuzzy too!  Way to go Gant Gators!  You did it again!

    Congratulations to Mrs. Lahera’s class for rounding up the most toys, and to Mrs. Coster’s and Ms. Moss’ classes, which tied for second place!  You have pizza coming your way!

    TEACHER Spotlight

    Hi everyone! My name is Kristen Stuckenberg! I have been teaching kindergarten at Gant for 6 years. I have taught in LBUSD for 25 years. I have taught K, 1st, 2nd, and even 8th-grade science! I grew up in Tustin, California, and graduated from Foothill High School, where I played volleyball and participated in the pep squad. I attended Scripps College in Claremont, California, and studied biology. After graduating in 1996, I got married and was employed quickly by LBUSD. I recently attained my Master of Science in education during the pandemic.

    I have been married to Karl Stuckenberg for 25 years! He is a pastor in the United Methodist Church. We have two daughters. Kayla is a senior at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and will continue next year in graduate school for occupational therapy. Kendal is a freshman business major at Chapman University in Orange. We have a 15-year-old dog named Biskit who is super cute, but deaf and going blind. We love her.

    I love teaching at Gant because we are family, and we make learning fun! I love seeing my students every day and cannot wait to see what we will discover together.

    • Favorite book: East of Eden
    • Favorite movie: The Princess Bride
    • Favorite hobby: Gardening (especially with succulents)
    • Favorite sports team: Angels and Chargers
    • Favorite subject to teach: Math
    • Favorite subject to learn: Science
    • Favorite dessert: Anything chocolate

     Past Spotlights can be viewed here.


    Looking for diverse books to purchase for your kids?  Check out the Minnie Gant page on


    If you have any suggestions of titles, please email with the Title and author and we will add it to this growing resource.

    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.

    Stay connected during quarantine

    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 (, or our principal Cassie Fanton ( 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 –

    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


    Head to Peachjar for current after-school and community flyers of interest to Gant families:

    - 2022 Virtual Education Celebration
    - COVID Test Clinics for Students
    - Free COVID Vaccines Boosters
    - FRC Parent Wellness Webinar
    - LBUSD Virtual Wellness Center
    - Code Ninjas Day Camps
    - Coding Camps for LBUSD
    - Long Beach Youth Sports
    - Ride wit LB Transit

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    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.

    5th Grade Committee Bulletin Board

    Hello 5th grade parents! Our children's last year at Gant has begun, and we are hoping to make it a memorable one. The 5th-graders look forward to participating in fun activities and traditions during their final year. For a roundup of the latest announcements and planning opportunities, check out our 5th grade page.

    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

    School MESSENGER

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

    School Messenger

    Chromebook and Hotspot Tech Support