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    GANT LatinX StorIES

    In effort to celebrate our differences and spotlight our Latinx students and families, we invite you to record a quick video and upload it to Memento. The video clips will be posted on social media (if possible) and the Gant website, and shared in classrooms. The following are some guiding questions. You can answer as many as you would like or share your own ideas. Please make sure to state your name and grade level before answering the question(s). 1) What Latinx country or countries is your family from? 2) What do you like about being Latinx? 3) What is a tradition you love to celebrate with your family? Please have your short video clip uploaded here by Oct 15, 2021. Email any questions or concerns to Thank you and looking forward to celebrating all things Latinx with you!

    PTA Membership Contest UNDERWAY

    Please visit Gant's new PTA Membership page for the latest and greatest updates on memberships, contest standings.

    October Family Night Out - Time Square

    This month our Family Night Out includes four different options for your dining pleasure! Head over to Time Square on the corner of Clark Ave. and Spring St. on Wednesday, October 20, to mix and match your lunch, dinner, and dessert! You can dine in or take out from any of the following restaurants: Baja Sonora, Yang Chow 2.0, Steady Brew Beer Company, and Creative Cakery. Just show the flyer (a printed one is not required this time) and Minnie Gant will receive a portion of the proceeds from your purchase. There are options to appease everyone in the family! Don't miss out on the opportunity to have lunch, dinner, a refreshing beverage, and dessert all while supporting our school!

    Please note: if you attended the last PTA association meeting, the date of this event has been changed from what was originally planned.

    Reflections 2021

    Calling All Artists!

    Minnie Gant PTA proudly launches its Reflections program.  Each year, for the past 53 years, the National PTA has encouraged students from around the country to express themselves through art via a particular theme. This year's theme is ... I Will Change the World By ...

    The introductory video link is here

    The online entry form (all entries must include an entry form) is here:

    All students who participate are recognized and awarded.  Last year, one of our students made it all the way to the State level.  Please encourage your children to participate.  Deadline for entries is Friday, October 22.

    Questions can be addressed to Ben Rolly.

    Red Ribbon Week

    10/25 - 10/29: Red Ribbon Week, our annual drug prevention education program is coming up. Each day students will engage in grade level appropriate drug prevention activities in the classroom. Additionally, each day will be a spirit day where students can dress up in a theme!

    Trunk or Treat

    We are ending Red Ribbon Week with our Say Boo To Drugs Trunk or Treat which will take place October 29 during school hours in the front parking lot. Bags will be provided for our students and allergy free treats will be available. Students are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes on that day. Teachers will be escorting students. 

    We are also still in need of candy donations! Bins are labeled in the front office. Please consider donating allergy free treats and small toys as well. 

    Please email Adrienne Gomer with any questions.

    Principal's Announcement

    By now some of you have already heard from Ms. Suarez (Intervention and Instruction Coordinator) or Ms. Russell (Literacy Specialist). I am excited to give you a little more information. Both have new roles at Gant this year, and we are so fortunate. We realize the past few years of online learning have been challenging, and the district has given us this opportunity to have 2 full time teachers on special assignment who will be supporting students and teachers in bridging any gaps that may have occurred over the past year or so. It is important to note that students will come and go from their program, based on assessments and teacher recommendations. With that being said, here is a brief overview of each of their responsibilities. 

    IIC role is to…

    • Support quality Tier 1 instruction by collaborating with individual teachers and/or grade level teams  

    • Facilitate schoolwide PD and grade-level planning 

    • Coordinate and support Tier 2 and Tier 3 Interventions to prevent and recover from interrupted learning.

    • This year I will be supporting students in grades 3-5

    Literacy Teacher role is to…

    • provide intervention to students that are functioning below grade level through WonderWorks

    • Track progress through formative and/or summative assessment

    • provide information on students' progress to teachers, parents and other stakeholders.

    Cassie Fanton, Minnie Gant Principal

    TEACHER Spotlight

    My name is Jennifer Ness, and I'm so happy to be back at Gant teaching kindergarten! I was a first-grade teacher at Gant from 1997 to 2006 and then was a substitute teacher for many years. 

    I was born and raised in Lakewood, and I attended all LBUSD schools. I went to Cleveland Elementary, DeMille Middle School and Lakewood High School. I graduated from Chico State and earned my teaching credential from Long Beach State.

    I live near Gant, and one of my favorite things to do is take my dog, Tucker, for a walk in the neighborhood. I have a husband named Dave and two kids who are both Gant Gator grads! My son, Matthew, is a freshman at Millikan and plays baseball. My daughter, Maggie, is in eighth grade at Stanford and plays volleyball.

    I love teaching because my students make me smile and laugh every day.

    • Favorite Book: Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls
    • Favorite Hobby: Reading
    • Favorite Sports Team: Dodgers
    • Favorite Subjects: Reading and Science
    • Favorite Dessert: Brownies

     Past Spotlights can be viewed here.


    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.

    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 (, 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


    Click the Peachjar icon above for current after-school and community flyers of interest to Gant families:
    - Long Beach National Junior Basketball
    - Disposal Event for Expired Medications
    - Free Covid Vaccines
    - Now Hiring: LBUSD Child Development Centers
    - Seazon Fall Sports Leagues
    - Spanish at Minnie Gant

    - Fall 2021 Lacrosse Training
    - Wood Youth Basketball League Fallhoops
    - Free Long Beach Transit Through 9/18
    - Game Coding, Digital Art and More
    - Code Ninjas Minecraft Club & Roblox Club
    - WRD Student Art Contest

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    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)

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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.

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

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