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    Minnie Gant Talent Show

    Our second Talent Show rehearsal is this Wednesday in the Gant auditorium from 2:30pm to 4:30pm. Please email if your child cannot attend rehearsal so that we can keep you in the lineup. We will be doing a full tech runthrough this week so it's important to be there if  you can! Also please email your performer's audio track if they have one. Note, try to keep performances under 90 seconds, as we have a lot of acts to include. Reminder that the show itself will be at the Millikan auditorium on Friday, June 3, at 6 PM. Have questions? Email

    Save the Date!
    We will be having an end-of year-picnic on the kindergarten lawn on Friday, June 10, from 5pm-7pm. More details to come, but be sure to mark your calendars!


    In effort to support the programs committee for our End of the Year picnic on June 10, which is King Kahmehameha Day. If you know of anyone who might be interested in performing hula,  haka or ukelele, please email:

    We held our last DEI meeting in person this Wednesday. It was great collaborating in person. We have gotten the ball rolling on plans for next year. See the minutes for more details.

    Most Inspiring Student Awards 2022

    Gant's own Donovan C. is featured at 10:37. Congrats, Donovan!


    Run Club STATS

    Run Club t-shirts are still available! Email or come by the Run Club table on Wednesday or Friday mornings. Shirts are $10. 

    We have had 272 runners participate so far and 1,233.75 miles run!!!! Check out the wall outside of the front office for all of our Run Club award recipients (note that board is updated to stats as of 5/6/22). Current stats are below: 

    10 Mile Club
    1st Grade - Zander
    2nd Grade - Ariya
    3rd Grade - Kenrick
    4th Grade - Angeliki
    5th Grade - Gannon

    Half Marathon Club (13.1 miles)
    1st Grade - Pierson, Caterina, Krider, Emily S., Finn, Walker, Bryce
    2nd Grade - Xavier, Chloe, Zachary L.
    3rd Grade - Elijah, Cooper, Flynn, Harper, Jacob L., Kaitlin
    4th Grade - Alexander, Elise, Georgios, Sanaiya
    5th Grade - Eva, Vincent 

    Full Marathon Club (26.2 miles)
    [K - Stuckenberg] Zayden (38.25)
    [1 - Hankinson] Everett (31.5)
    [3 - Johnson] Zoe A. (42.87)
    [3 - Usui] Lucca (30.12)
    [4 - K] Jaden (47)
    [4 - Heck] Eyan (39.12)
    [5 - Peoples] Zachary A. (32.5)

    20 Run Club (has come 20 times)
    Kindergarten - Zayden
    1st Grade - Everett, Caterina, Ariya, Emily, Finn
    2nd Grade - Zachary L.
    3rd Grade - Zoe A., Harper, Jacob L., Lucca
    4th Grade - Elise, Jaden, Eyan, Sanaiya
    5th Grade - Eva, Vincent


    Congrats to our 50 students who performed in the Jungle Book at St. Cornelius this past weekend on a job well done! The show was a huge success and was organized by Yaya's Performance Academy. 

    Gant Green Team

    The Gant Green team is looking for anyone who is interested in joining!  We will be preparing the garden site, talking about sustainability in school, and anything & everything relating to making our Gant campus green!  If you're interested in joining please email:  or fill out the sign up sheet here: Green Team sign up sheet

    Run Club - Parent Day!

    Parent Run Day on Friday, May 6, was a huge success! It was fantastic to see parents out there with their kids. We had a ton of parents and caregivers running laps with our students, and the parents alone ran a total of 165 laps (or 20.625 miles). Way to go! 

    Thank you so much to everyone that came out to our Spring Carnival! We hope that everyone had a great time and that fun was had by all. The PTA was so excited to have a fun, free event for our community after almost two whole years without one! Attendance was fantastic, now we know to do it bigger and better next year because our Gant community is ready for it! A HUGE thank you to all of the volunteers that made the day run smoothly. And if you see Mr. Eric around campus, please thank him for being there all day on a Saturday to open doors and keep our campus clean. 

    STAFF Spotlight

    My name is Maria Leon-Arriaga, and I am the library media assistant at Gant. I have been at Gant for 7 years.

    My Gant Gator kiddos think of me as their librarian and not a media assistant. I enjoy teaching the kids about library organization, parts of a book, genres, resources for research, and many other things. But I hope that the most important lesson I am teaching them is that reading is fun!

    I grew up in South Los Angeles. I am a product of the LAUSD. I attended and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School. I then went to Cal State LA. Due to unforeseen circumstances I did not get to finish my college career. During the pandemic, my family convinced me that it was time to complete my college education, and I am proud to say that I am a 2022 college graduate from SNHU, with a bachelor’s degree in general studies with an emphasis in liberal arts.

    I live with my husband of 27 years, Alex, and my 18-year-old son, Andrew, who attended Patrick Henry and Keller Middle school, is a graduate of St. Anthony High School, and currently attends LBCC.

    We also have two dogs, named Snoopy and Jazzy.

    The best part of being a school librarian is story time! I love when students come in and get excited and ask what story we will be reading that day! I enjoy sharing picture books as they inspire us to dream, they allow us to share cultural experiences, they allow us to develop our thinking skills, and they offer an escape and entertainment.

    • Favorite BookLittle Women by Louisa May Alcott
    • Favorite Movie: The Notebook
    • Favorite Hobby: Road trips with my family
    • Favorite Sports Team: Green Bay Packers
    • Favorite Dessert: Anything with chocolate!

     Past Spotlights can be viewed here.


    Gators Come Back for a Big Give Back!

    One of the last in-person activities Gant students completed just before the 2020 lockdown was Gators Give Back.  At that time, travel sanitizer bottles were scarce, but somehow, we came through to fill hygiene bags and to prepare sandwiches for those less fortunate.  

    The 2022 comeback: donations trickled in—with plenty of sanitizer bottles—and students of all grade levels came to assemble over 125 hygiene bags and over 220 ham and cheese sandwiches! The enthusiasm in the room while the students completed their charity project spoke volumes of their desire to do good in the community and to be with each other in doing so. Yes, the spirit of charity is strong in the Gant community! Thank you to the families who donated items as well as the parents who joined us for the hands-on work!

    The hygiene bags and sandwiches were given to the Long Beach Rescue Mission, an organization that provides approximately 900 meals a week and other basic necessities to those in need.  Awesome work, Gators! 

    Garden Box Planters

    During Spring Break, Leadership Long Beach volunteers gathered across Long Beach to do service projects for a postponed MLK Day of Service event. One of the sites for volunteer projects was our very own Gant Elementary! The volunteers built six garden box planters for our students to use next school year and learn how to plant and grow their own food.

    This project was a collaboration between our PTA Green Team, Leadership Long Beach, and Ground Education. Ground Education is a non-profit organization and will be on campus next year to bring learning into the garden.

    Education through Inspiration

    We welcomed the Inspiration 52 character education program back to Gant this March. Jerome Carter is working with our 5th grade boys on life skills that will benefit them in middle school and beyond.

    Roblox Coding Lessons

    Robloks 3D modeling has arrived at Gant! Students are provided an experience to create 3D virtual worlds, all while learning important skills for tomorrow’s future. It's just a pilot program for now, but look for it in your classroom soon!

    Nurse's Office Donations Needed

    Many of you may not be aware but the nurse has items for kids who have accidents. She is currently in need of new and unused underwear and socks of all sizes.  Any donations would be greatly appreciated and can be delivered to the office.

    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.


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

    - LBUSD Facilities Community Forum
    - Free Theatre Workshop
    - Free Online STEM Classes
    Summer Coding Camps
    - Free COVID Vaccines
    Free COVID Tests
    GoPass for LBUSD

    Parental Involvement

    For more information on subscribing to School Messenger, Gant's Google Calendar, and Canvas, please head to our Parent Resources page.

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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.

    Report a Bully

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    "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)

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