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    2020 Class Gift Unveiled

    Thank you, Class of 2020! Yes, 2020. The pandemic didn't stop you, only slowed you all down. A huge shout out for all the color and fun you've added to our playground.

    On Tuesday, June 15, Minnie Gant hosted a walk-through promotion event for all 5th graders. After a very nontraditional academic year, we were thrilled that students were able to enjoy an in-person outdoor event to celebrate their accomplishment. Students and parents were also able to take festive pictures with Mrs. Fanton and their teacher.  We are so very thankful for all of the nontraditional activities we were able to undertake during the year to celebrate our graduating class.  Students received small gifts on their porch, were able to remotely paint a tile, and received 2021 lawn signs to highlight their promotion milestone. Thank you to Mrs. Fanton, the Gant PTA, teachers and parents for all of the support for our 5th grade families. We hope Gant families enjoy a fantastic summer and wish all Gant Gators continued success!  

    2021 5th Grade Committee

    Principal's Letter

    Gant Community,

    As we bring this year to a close, I would like to thank all of you for your continued support of the teachers, staff, and especially me. This has probably been the hardest year any one of us will ever go through and we came together and finished strong.

    With that being said, we know we have a lot of work to do moving into next year. We know our students struggled academically and emotionally. Some of our friends have not stepped inside a classroom for over a year, and those that did, it was for a short amount of time.

    I have already started planning for next year. We know we will need to meet our students where they are at academically. Our teachers are up for the challenge. This is what they’re good at! We know emotionally and socially we are going to have to start slow to be successful. Our students have been through so much over this past year. As a school, we will be spending time working on those social skills that will promote positive learning and a sense of belonging. This is going to be tough for some, but we are in this together.

    A few things for the 21-22 school year:

    First day of school for the 2021-2022 school year: Tuesday, August 31, 2021

    September theme: We are going to kick off the school year with Kindness! For the entire month of September students can wear any shirt with the word Kindness (examples: Be Kind, Kindness Counts, Treat People with Kindness, etc).

    Uniforms: Students will be required to wear uniforms starting the first day of school (except in September with kindness shirts)

    Please welcome our new teachers to the Gant community:

    Kindergarten: Jen Ness
    1st grade: Lexi Lahera
    2nd grade: Lindsay Moss
    3rd grade: Megumi Abiad

    Additional grade level changes:

    2nd grade: Paula Goldberg
    4/5 Combo: Maria Heck
    5th grade: Jen Barragan

    Please take the time this summer to enjoy life! Get out there and have some fun. I am so blessed to be the principal here at Gant. This is more than a school, it’s a supportive community that has become a family.


    School Nurse OF THE YEAR

    Congratulations to our very own Nurse Ana, who was named LBUSD’s Nurse of the Year on June 9. Staff celebrated her last Friday by wearing scrubs to school, and our school website is featuring her front and center in our Staff Spotlight column. We are so fortunate to have such an amazing nurse!!!! 

    Seeking 2021-2022 5th Grade Committtee Chair

    Fourth-grade parents, we are looking to fill the fifth-grade chair for next year. If you are interested or would like to know more about it, please reach out to either Jessica Reed at or Gloria Leon at

    Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Committee

    As we close out the school year, the DEI Committee wants to acknowledge our Gant community of teachers, staff, parents, and family members for the strength and love shown during this challenging year. In creating DEI, we saw our community strengthen and grow as we met virtually twice monthly, developing a space for support and strategizing ways to empower students, parents, teachers, and staff to build a diverse and inclusive school community.

    Announcing the 2021-2022 PTA Board

    Congratulations to our new board members for the 2021-2022 year, and thank you to our outgoing board members from this year. The PTA board members give considerable time to our school, going to meetings, going to trainings, and going that extra mile to plan and run programs for our kids. Many have served for several years while welcoming and training newer members to maintain a strong PTA and Gant community. So welcome, new members, and thank you to all. We are very grateful Gators!

    President: Jessica Reed
    Vice President: Genn Billish
    Recording Secretary: Abby Tatlilioglu
    Treasurer: Jessica Leishman
    Auditor: Jasmine Lacsamana
    Historian: Emily Contreras
    Programming: Adrienne Gomer
    Corresponding Secretary: Sharlene Siegel
    Legislation: Tara Petrone
    Financial Secretary: Cristina Pruchyanimit
    Room Parent Coordinators: Christina Mulcahy & Shannon Rohrig
    Parliamentarian: Amy Yerkey

    Way and Means: Katie Kilkenny & Christina Gentilini 

    STAFF Spotlight

    Greetings, Gant Gators!

    My name is Anastacia (Ana) Speedone, and I am the school nurse at Gant Elementary. I am very fortunate to have been at Gant for 5 years now. I am a proud Gant alumnus, and I make sure that our students and staff are healthy and safe.  

    I spent most of my childhood in Kapolei, Hawaii, before moving to Long Beach, California, in 1998. Since then, I have been a proud local of Long Beach.  

    I started my nursing education at Long Beach City College and obtained my Associate of Science in Nursing in Spring 2013, and then continued at California State University, Long Beach, and obtained my Bachelor of Science in Nursing in Fall 2015. Once I started my career as a school nurse, I obtained my school nurse services credential and Master of Science Degree in Nursing from California State University, Sacramento, in Fall 2019. 

    I live in Long Beach with my chubby pomeranian-chihuahua mix named Nemo, and he loves to go on walks.  

    I love being a school nurse at Gant because it makes me happy knowing that I am keeping our students healthy, so they are able to succeed in school. Remember, healthy children learn better, and school nurses make it happen.  

    • Favorite Book: Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy  
    • Favorite Movie: Nora Ephron rom coms 
    • Favorite Hobby: Spending quality time with friends and family 
    • Favorite Sports Team: LA Clippers 
    • Favorite Dessert: Homemade Filipino leche flan

     Past Spotlights can be viewed here.
    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.

    Teacher Appreciation Week WRAP-UP

    May 3 to May 7, online and in-person families united to celebrate our cherished, hard-working teachers. We showered them with cards, flowers, pies, box lunches from Rascals Teriyaki, and other goodies. 

    We hope that our teachers left the week feeling super appreciated!

    School Lunch Hero Day

    On Friday, May 7, we celebrated the folks who have shown up every day in the past year to serve our students and parents. Thank you for making Gant a better place to learn and grow! 

    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:
    - Code Ninjas Summer Camps
    - Celebrate Fourth of July Safely
    - A Guide for Students Entering Middle School
    - Free COVID Vaccines
    - Alley-Oop Basketball Summer League
    - Golden State Stimulus
    - YMCA Camp Oakes Overnight Camp

    End-of-Year Pizza Reward

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    Box Tops for Education

    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

    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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