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    From Your Principal

    Dear Gant Families, 

    As we just celebrated Thanksgiving, we would like to take some time to reflect on a few things we are grateful for. 

    We are constantly reminded of how blessed we are here at Gant. The teachers are absolutely amazing and work so hard each and every day for our children. They have jumped right in and embraced changes and challenges, whether around technology, new assessments, or special programs. Our staff is committed to providing a positive learning environment for all students and continues to be an inspiration on daily basis. 

    The Gant parents truly are a family. As we get to know each of your families, we are reminded of how dedicated you are to partnering with the staff in making Gant this special place for our children. 

    Speaking of children… Our hearts are filled with love and laughter at the end of each day. Visiting classrooms and watching kids grow and learn is exciting! The monthly birthday celebration continues to be a highlight as they talk about their hobbies, families, and anything else they might want to share ☺ 

    To all of you, may your holiday season be filled with lots of love, laughter, and memories! Looking forward to 2018 and all that it has in store for us here at Gant! 

    Sincerely, 

    Cassie Fanton, Principal & Genn Billish, PTA President 2018-2019 


    Spelling Bee

    There’s a buzz on campus that thanks to our wonderful volunteers, the annual Spelling Bee will be held on January 17. 

    More information will be coming from Mike Bradecich (mike.bradecich@gmail.com), but you may want to save the date on your calendar for this exciting and inspiring event. 

    Good Going, CREATIVE Gators!

    School children holding certificates

    On November 6th, PTA held its Ceremony and Celebration for the Reflections Arts Program. We had 17 beautiful original entries from our students this year, and we enjoyed every one of them! Six of the artists earned the "Award of Excellence" from the judges and will move on to the council level of competition this week:

    • Elle Marie Aoun for her photo, "My Dad My Hero"
    • Madeline Bowser for her sculpture, "Matilda"
    • Alina Burger for her poem, "Heroes"
    • Donovan Cowan for his poem, "Mom the Hero"
    • Madison Jones for her drawing, "Red and White Masterpiece"
    • Giselle Millsap for her musical composition, "Mom"
    Holiday Toy Drive, December 3-17

    Did you know that there are over 9,000 homeless children in LBUSD? Please help bring some holiday cheer to them this season. Please donate a new unwrapped toy for a child between the ages of 1 and 18 (Legos, sports balls, dolls, art sets, etc). Toys may be placed in the donation bins in the foyer by the front office. If you have any questions, please contact Heather Searles at smilehrg@icloud.com

    Holiday Shopping Opp
    Holiday store
    Candygram Sale, December 17-21

    This Gant tradition supports 5th grade fundraising for activities and the 5th grade gift to our school. So, be sure to make your list and check it twice. At just $1 each, this is a great chance to support Gant and spread some cheer. Sales will be in front of the school before school, and possibly after school. 

    Fall Fundraiser

    charleston wrap

    The Charleston Wrap Fundraiser wrapped-up with approximately $14,000 going back to Gant to support events and academic programs throughout the year, and about 30 of our kids earned the Limo Lunch on December 6! Wow! Way to go, Gators! 

    Subcommittees Forming for Big Events

    Volunteer

    We’re planning some big events. Whether you’re interested in planning and logistics, promotions and sales, asking for donation for auction items, creative arts, or just helping to setup or be a concierge, there’s probably a need! 

    Subcommittees are forming for two major events. 

    Party with a Purpose (aka Parent’s Night Out) Contact Torey Carrick if you’re interested in any of the following subcommittees or helping in general: 

    • Auction 
    • Entertainment 
    • Logistics 
    • Sales & Promotions 

    Fun Run – We’re looking for parents who want to be involved planning. Erin Lipeles would love to hear from you elipeles@gmail.com

    GO, Green Team!

    Gant's Green Team has put together some exciting recycling and TerraCycle upcycling programs. We encourage you to download these guides and post them in a visible spot so the whole family knows how these programs work. Not only do these programs allow us to keep many materials out of landfills, but they teach our kids to be stewards of their planet!  Please email Liz at GantGreenTeam@gmail.com if you have questions.

    Family Night Out

    Coming Soon ...

    Be on the lookout for a Love Bags fundraiser. These environmentally-sensitive bags will be back by popular demand in early 2019.

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    The new SchoolMessenger app delivers communications from the school district, Gant and your teacher all in one place. Now only: $500 incentive to Gant if 70% of parents sign up for the App!

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    Clip and save Box Tops for our next drive

    Box Tops for Education

    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.


    Popsicle Time

    Popsicles will be sold Thursdays from 1:30-1:45 pm. All popsicles are 100% all natural and adhere to California state nutritional guidelines. Price is $1.

    The first Thursday of every month is Throwback Thursday, brought to you by 5th Grade Committee. Everything is still $1. 

    Popsicles   


    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


    Lost & Found

    Please mark all items brought to school (jackets, sweaters, lunch boxes, backpacks) with your child's first and last name so that they don’t end up on the red racks outside of the auditorium!

    All marked items will be returned to your child's classroom & the rest (not picked up) will be donated to charity at the end of each month.


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