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    COVID-19 Resources & Information

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    Family Night Out 12/7

    Tuesday, 12/7,  is our Family Night Out for December.  This month is sponsored by Deli News at 5555 Stearns St. #104.  They are open for lunch and dinner (11:00am - 8:00pm).  Present the digital flyer below so that Gant gets credit! Eat-in or take-out are both applicable. Ordering via food delivery services will not give us credit.  Enjoy!

    Roller Skating 12/8

    DEI Committee News

    This month, we invite all families to share their holiday traditions with us. Which holiday(s) do you celebrate? Do you celebrate a holiday in a unique way than others? We look forward to seeing and sharing your videos via your room parent emails on how the Gant Community celebrates. You can find more information by clicking here.

     

    Spreading Cheer to Our Vets

    Annual Toy Drive

    Spirit Wear Update

    Thank you all for your patience with our spirit wear this year. Most of the orders were passed out. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns. We do have inventory now and we are working on finding a time to sell the spirit wear. If you would like to buy some in the meantime please email spiritwear@gant-pta.com and we can work out a way to get your Gant Gator some spirit wear. 

    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 President@gant-pta.com

    Our Halloween festivities were a huge success!

    Students and staff had so much fun dressing up. We started the morning with our Student of the Month assembly, and Trunk or Treat was a blast! Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of the event!

    FRIDAY FUNWEAR

    DEI BOOKSHOP

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

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

    PTA Membership DRIVE FINAL RESULTS

    Visit Gant's PTA Membership page for more details.

    Stay connected during quarantine

    TEACHER Spotlight

    Hi! My name is Cameron Little, but to most I’m known as Cami or Miss Little. I have been an employee of LBUSD for as long as I can remember! I was a college aide and a substitute teacher, and began my career in 1993, teaching 2nd grade at Bret Harte Elementary before becoming a Gant Gator in 1997. If my math is correct, I have been teaching for 28 years -- 24 of those years in kindergarten!

    Both born and raised in Long Beach, I am a product of Long Beach schools. I attended Bayshore Co-op, Naples Elementary, Rogers Middle School and Wilson High School. I completed two years at LBCC and transferred to the University of California, San Diego, earning a BA in Communication. I worked for a few years writing press and doing marketing for a local stationary company before returning to school, where I received my teaching credentials at CSULB and later my master’s degree in Reading and Literacy from Walden University.

    I live in Belmont Heights with my pandemic kitty, Louie, and am super close to my family, who all live nearby.

    I love teaching the little ones! I enjoy their humor, kindness, curiosity and unconditional love. They are so eager to learn, and there is honestly nothing better than seeing them succeed!

    • Favorite movie: Sound of Music
    • Favorite hobbies: Hikes/long walks/training, photography with my iPhone, travel
    • Favorite sports team: LA Kings
    • Favorite subject(s) to teach: Writing and Art
    • Favorite dessert: Mint chip ice cream
    • Favorite quote: “Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same.” --Flavia Weedn

     Past Spotlights can be viewed here.

    Alumni News

    Minnie Gant alumni Christian Roman just graduated boot camp and has become a marine. So proud of him!

    GANT Retirement Garden UnveilED

    The ribbon cutting ceremony for Gant's Teacher Retirement Garden was a success! Retired teachers Mrs. Arakawa, Mrs. Muha, Mrs. Ball, Mrs. Mueller, and Mrs. Cantor were honored at the October 13 event.

    The garden, originally started by Mrs. Ball's 2008 class, was refurbished under the leadership of Jamie K., a Gant alumni and current Ambassador Girl Scout working on her Gold Award Project.

    "I ... decided for my project to give back to my elementary school and refurbish it into an outdoor learning environment that honored retired teachers," reports Jamie. "The garden's design contains grade-level plants that meet their science standards along with curriculum and books for the teachers to use with their lessons. A garden club, with students, was created that would help with the project. Now it is sustainable, so that future Gant students can learn while enjoying, managing and caring for the garden."

    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:

    - The Coder School
    - Free Covid Vaccines
    - LBT GoPass
    - Share Your Input on Board District Maps

    - Youth Baseball and Softball Spring Registrations
    - Youth Winter Basketball League
    - Long Beach Parks After-School Programs
    - Free Child Care & Enrichment Programs
    - FRC Parent Wellness Webinar Series Playlist
    - Ride wit LB Transit

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    Box Tops for Education

    Gant Calendar UPDATES

    View school events in your Google calendar by subscribing to the Minnie Gant Elementary calendar.

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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

    562-315-8083 

    CHEAT SHEET: HOW TO PAIR TO YOUR KIDS' CANVAS

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