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    Principal'S MESSAGE

    Time to celebrate!!

    We have been extremely busy over the past month! From Party With a Purpose to several Family Night Out events, we are definitely feeling the Gant family love. 

    A special thanks goes out to all those who volunteered to ensure our Party for a Purpose was a huge success! Our teacher/staff silent auction has been a lot of fun. We have had lots of pizza parties, a principal for the day, and Mr. Albert for the day. Winners are enjoying these events! Teachers are excited about sharing these special moments with your kids 😊. To finish off a fun night of raising money and celebrating, teachers worked at McDonald’s for McTeacher Night! Lots of fun was had by all. We even made $1,000 for our school.

    We’re looking forward to finishing off our school year strong with a few more fun family events!

    Cassie, Minnie Gant Principal, and
    Genn Billish, PTA President

    Spring Break Recycling Program - EARN $ FOR GANT

    Free Workshops for Parents

    During the month of May, Parent University will be hosting a series of free workshops open to all LBUSD parents at Hoover Middle School and Bobbie Smith Elementary. Topics include:
    ·         Building Resilience and Growth Mindsets
    ·         Mental Health Awareness
    ·         Technology in the LBUSD Classrooms (Google Classroom, Google Docs, and Google Sheets)
    ·         ParentVue and Khan Academy
    ·         Summer Enrichment Opportunities for LBUSD Students.

    For more details, click here.

    Gant Running Club Begins Friday, 5/3

    Calling All Talented Gators

    If your Gator loved their experience in the play and can't wait to get back on stage, or if they missed out and want a shot to strut their stuff, Minnie Gant's Talent Show will be Thursday, June 6, from 7pm-8:30pm at the Stanford Middle School Auditorium. Auditions are coming up after school on May 16 and May 23 in the Gant auditorium, and all who audition on either date get into the show.  Additional details are on the signup form here: https://forms.gle/DvDALqZcqgPhNKt16 

    Stomp, Chomp, and Read!

    Our Dino-mite Book Fair will be May 20-23.  We invite you to sign up today to volunteer during Gant's annual book fair and help foster an excitement for reading.  Please take a look at the volunteer sign-up sheet here: https://volunteer.scholastic.com/#/signup/IIqcvIAfR  Final book fair hours of operation will be determined based on the number of volunteer sign-ups.

    All New Gant Fun Run

    We are so excited to announce that our school will be participating in the Apex Fun Run this year as our major Spring fundraiser! The Apex program will be with our students from April 29 to May 10 as we raise funds to help our school. Apex Fun Run is an interactive leadership program that helps schools all over the country raise money, while promoting leadership, good character and fitness. This years’ theme is Apex STRONG! APEX Let s Change the Future
    During the Apex Fun Run program, students are challenged to get pledges for the laps they will run on Fun Run day to help our school.  More information here:

    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.

    Gators GivE Back

    On Thursday, April 11, Gant students and parents came together in the cafeteria to roll up their sleeves and get to work for a good cause. One hour later, and with the incredible support of Girls Scout Troops 723 & 2823, we had assembled 160 hygiene kits and 200 PB&J sandwiches for the Long Beach Rescue Mission! Big hearts and a strong work ethic were evident in each of the students who gave their time, and we are so proud of the service they gave to those in need!

    Gators Take The Stage

    On April 4 and 5, more than 70 Gators from all grade levels performed in the school play "Aladdin Jr." at the Stanford Middle School auditorium for two huge and enthusiastic crowds! Many thanks to the staff and helpers from Yaya's Performance Academy, and to our many parent, grandparent, and sibling volunteers. Congratulations to our talented performers -- we already can't wait for next year's show!

    Anti-Bullying assembly

    On Friday March 22, the PTA treated students to an action-packed assembly put on by the athletes at Dunk Squad. Students enjoyed the high-flying flips, and incredible basketball dunks in this Anti-Bullying themed show. 

    Pi Night: A Celebration of Math

    On Thursday, March 14th Minnie Gant PTA hosted our annual Pi Night. It was a gorgeous evening of outdoor math fun and delicious pizza "pi" courtesy of Marri's Pizza.

    There were Pi signs EVERYWHERE! Students enjoyed math bingo, estimation stations, collaborating together on tough equations, and much more. We were enjoying math until the sun went down! 

    Writer's Room Assembly

    Magical

    Back Row: Natasha, Cole, Madison, Jacob, Violet. Front Row: Carlos, Benjamin, Gwyneth, Lily.

    On Wednesday, March 6, Gant students were treated to a Writer's Room Assembly. 117 Gant students submitted original stories to the actors of StorySpace Productions, and nine lucky winners were chosen to have their work brought to life on stage. The performance was full of wild and hilarious characters, and even some very silly teacher participation. Congratulations to the writers!

    Party for a purpose: a groovy night of fun!

    Thank you! What a fabulous night of fun and community! It was the best excuse to wear platform shoes and really boogie this side of the '70s. Plus, it was a hugely successful fundraiser for our school and the programs the PTA supports. From the looks of it, everyone enjoyed the dancing, food, tasty beverages, black jack, silent auction, bag pull, and time to see old friends and make new ones.

    Groovy Night of Fun

    We couldn’t have done it without The Grand, our volunteers, our community sponsors, most of which are small business, and all of you.
    Special thanks to our P4P committee. They brought together their many talents, a ton of energy, and endless creativity to make this happen!

    PTA Membership Drive Continues

    PTA memberships are accepted year-round, and the Gant PTA is offering a little incentive.  Each student who brings in one more PTA member earns a FREE-DRESS Pass.

    Membership supports school programs, gives you a vote at PTA meetings, and supports PTA at a state and national level.

    Contact Allison Lo or Kristin Wise, the Minnie Gant PTA Membership Co-Chairs, at GantPTAMembership@gmail.com 

    $10 minimum membership dues per person. Any amount above the $10 minimum goes directly to Gant programs!

    FAMILY NIGHT OUT FLYER: BASKIN ROBBINS 4/18

    Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Cake Fundraiser

    Gant gets $5 for each Baskin Robbins cake you purchase over $25 ($3 for under $25) all year round.  Simply show this flyer to the cashier!

    After-School and Community Flyers: New This Week

    Gant is working to save trees and reduce paper.  We are going to begin sharing flyers electronically.  New after-school and community activities flyers will be posted here each week.

    No new flyers this week.

    Please visit the After-School and Community Activities Page for all current or upcoming activities.

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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.


    Pertussis (Whooping Cough) NOTICE

    The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has anticipated that 2019 will be a very active year for pertussis (also known as whooping cough). Currently, the number of cases reported in Long Beach in 2019 are already much higher than expected. The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department), is informing parents and guardians in Long Beach about pertussis and how to best protect your families and prevent the spread of the disease. Read more here.

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