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    PTA DEI Council TO PRESENT at 1/27 Meeting

    Gator Readers are tomorrow’s Leaders

    Gant Gators, what are you celebrating and reading this month? Share with us! 

    On January 18, we celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Any great books you want to share about Dr. King, civil rights, social justice?  

    Our nation experiences something that only happens every four years -- a presidential inauguration -- on January 20. Read something great about inaugurations, US government and civics, the voting process, democracy?

    On January 27, we honor Holocaust Remembrance Day. Learning about the Holocaust and hearing from survivors?

    We'd love to hear about it. Share any way you want! Have a parent or guardian post on our PTA Facebook Page or tag us on Instagram @gantelementary


    Get book recommendations on our new bookshop.org/shop/MinnieGant, and if you buy anything, our school gets 10% back!

    LESSONS FROM MLK DAY

    “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Gators, looking to live Dr. King's words? Leadership Long Beach has been organizing service projects for years, and this year they provide a list of Virtual Service Projects with different ways to serve around the city, from home!

    Sharing DIVERSITY THROUGH ART

    National PTA has launched a new initiative to invite Reflections artists of color and their allies to share artwork that expresses and affirms their beliefs and identities. Select works will be used to help us celebrate diversity in the arts. Deadline March 1, 2021. 

    Bethune Toy Drive Magic

    Many thanks to the Gant community! We collected more than 300 items to donate to LBUSD students and their families for the holidays.

    The Bethune Transitional Center and the families who received our gifts expressed heartfelt appreciation for our support. After receiving their toys (as well as backpacks, uniforms, school supplies, gloves, beanies, a resource guide for housing assistance, and toiletries from the Center), one family summed up their joy with this charming thank-you picture.

    You've made a difference, Gators, and allowed many to have happier holidays!

    Thanksgiving and Christmas Food Drives

    Way to go, Gant Gators!!! Look at all that food we collected for the Long Beach Rescue Mission and Lutheran Social Services food bank. Thank you to the Millikan Compass Capstone kids for picking it and making the delivery.

    STAFF Spotlight

    My name is Brenda Camrin, and I’m Gant’s new office supervisor. I grew up in Long Beach and went to Patrick Henry, Marshall Jr. High, and Millikan High School. I have worked for Long Beach Unified for 21 years. I've worked in payroll, at Hill Middle School (now Sato), Newcomb K-8, and Cubberley K-8. Prior to working for Long Beach Unified, I was a corporate secretary for an oil company for 10 years. 

    I currently live in Long Beach with my husband, and I have been married for 37 years.  We have three children and two grandchildren, whom we adore. I enjoy walking, hiking, gardening, reading, and spending time with my family and friends. 

    I feel so blessed to be at Minnie Gant. Everyone has been so welcoming and kind! I'm looking forward to eventually getting to meet all the students and their families!  


     Past Spotlights can be viewed here.
    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.

    Making Sense of Current Events

    "Talking to Kids About the Violence at the U.S. Capitol" | CommonSenseMedia.org

    "How To Talk To Kids About The Riots At The U.S. Capitol" | NPR.org

    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

    More Diverse Books Coming to Gant

    We are excited to support LBUSD efforts to diversify classroom libraries through the FAIR Act Book Collection and Rising Voices Library in all LBUSD TK-5 classrooms. Rising Voices titles aim to celebrate and uplift Black and Latino boys. The program is already underway at Gant -- please stay tuned and see what your teachers roll out! We will continue to advocate for more of these diverse books for our Gant classrooms and library in the future.


    Read more about the FAIR Education Act (SB 48) here.

    Read more about the Rising Voices Library here.

    WHY PTA?

    What is Gant's PTA up to during online learning? Where do our PTA funds go? Check out this flyer for a crash course in PTA 101:

    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.


    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


    More about past Gant student achievements and events here.

    AFTER-SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

    Click the Peachjar icon above for current after-school and community programs:

    • Minnie Gant Spanish Session II
    • Free Online Coding
    • Free Online Tutoring
    • School Holiday Coding Camps

    Other programs:

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