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    View the latest notifications and more from the school district. COVID-19 Resources & Information

     

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    September Family Night Out

    Save the Date! Next Tuesday, September 28, is our first Family Night Out of the '21-'22 school year! Plan to have dinner at Domenico's on 2nd Street, and a portion of the profits will be donated back to Gant. It's a great way to have a delicious dinner and support our school at the same time. More details will be available a day or two before the event.

    School Site Council elections

    School Site Council is a group of elected parents, and staff who meet to discuss the needs of students, revise the school plan, and recommend budget allocations in order to help students raise their academic achievement and create a more positive climate at our campus. The deadline to submit interest for School Site Council was Friday, September 17. Elections for School Site Council will be held on Wednesday, September 29, 6:30pm, at the Zoom PTA member meeting.

    PTA Membership Contest

    Principal's Letter

    Greetings, Gant families!

    Can you believe the 2021-2022 school year is almost here? For many of us, it’s been a long time since we’ve seen each other in person, so we are super excited to welcome our wonderful students and families back to our school campus.

    We understand that the past year and a half have been challenging, so we want to make sure we are doing everything possible to support you and your children in the transition back to school. You'll hear much more from me as we get closer to the first day of school, but there are a few important key points that I’d like to share with you now.

    • For starters, the first day of school is August 31. We can’t wait to see you and your children, but if you have any questions about registration please feel free to call our main office at 562-430-3384.
    • When it comes to health and safety protocols, we are committed to making our schools as safe as possible.
      • Masks will be required for all students and staff while they are inside.
      • Physical distancing will be implemented where possible.
      • We’ve optimized ventilation and air filtration in all classrooms.
      • Surfaces will be sanitized and cleaned as much as possible.
      • And, we will conduct weekly surveillance COVID screening for all unvaccinated students and staff.

    On Monday, please be on the lookout for an update from our Superintendent, Dr. Jill Baker - and continue to check our websites, text messages, email, and social media for additional updates.

    • Next - As excited as we are to have our students back on campus, we also understand that in-person learning may not be suitable for every student. For this reason, LBUSD has offered the Beach K to 12 Independent Study program - which requires parents and guardians to be much more involved with instruction. This is not the same “distance learning” program that was provided last school year.
    • And lastly - All of our teachers have been empowered to use a set of district resources called Smart Restart. We want the start of this school year to feel fun and to establish a tone of care and community in every classroom. Be sure to ask your student about the Smart Restart activities that they engage in during the first few weeks of school. 

    Thank you for all of your support during this unprecedented time, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

    Cassie Fanton, Minnie Gant Principal

    FRIDAY FUNWEAR

    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.

    STAFF Spotlight

    Hello, Gant Families,  

    My name is Jacklyn Love, and I have had the privilege of teaching Transitional Kindergarten for 8 years. I also taught K, 1, and 2. This is my 30th year teaching in Long Beach. I was born in Long Beach and went to Starr King, Hamilton and Hoover Middle Schools, and Brethren High School. I graduated from C.S.U.L.B., and I have my Master's in reading. I love teaching at Gant because the staff and students are friendly. I enjoy my 5 grandsons and I've been to all 50 states and 7 continents.

    • Favorite book: Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult
    • Favorite movie: The Sound of Music
    • Favorite hobby: Traveling and planning my next trip
    • Favorite sports team: My grandsons' soccer and football teams
    • Favorite subject to teach: Writing
    • Favorite dessert: Pie

     Past Spotlights can be viewed here.

    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!!!! 

    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.

    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.

    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:
    - 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
    - Join Girl Scouts
    - YMCA Youth Enrichment Programs
    - Free Long Beach Transit Through 9/18
    - Techability.education: 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.


    School MESSENGER

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

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    Chromebook and Hotspot Tech Support

    562-315-8083 

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