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    SUMMER LUNCHBOX FUNDRAISER

    We could see and feel the difference during the Zero-Waste Lunch Challenge 4/1-18! We reduced trash 50% (good for the planet), and we increased TerraCycle (good for the planet and revenue for programs).

    To prepare for our first Zero Waste Lunch Challenge for 2019/2020, which will be Sept 3-13, please visit our Lunchbox fundraiser site for all your zero Waste lunch needs and to help raise funds for Minnie Gant.

    Here is also a link for discount code for more zero Waste lunch items at ukonserve.com.

    Please continue to collect as part of our TerraCycle program over the summer break. We will begin our Terracycle collection on the first day of school. 

    inaugural Golden Sneaker Award

    Friday, June 7, was the final day of the NEW Gant Running Club! In the five short weeks that this club was on campus, 108 students came out to run and, together, achieved 446 miles worth of exercise and fun. They were incredible! Most special congratulations to 5th grader Ever, who was awarded the "Golden Sneaker" for his top mileage of 13.62 miles!

    Gant's Got Talent

    The audience was in for a treat Thursday, June 6, when Gators took the stage at Stanford auditorium for our annual Minnie Gant Talent Show. The talent on display really was astounding, as we watched act after adorable act of singing, dancing, instruments, knock-knock jokes and more. Bravo to all the talented students who shared their skills and gifted us with a great night of entertainment!

    End-of-YEAR-Picnic Fun

    Thank you to all who came out to join in our PTA End-of-the-Year Picnic. What could be better than an evening together picnicking, slurping on snow cones, and playing fun games lead by 2nd grade parent Hank Wise?! It was the perfect way to send off our fantastic 2018/2019 school year. 

    Book Fair A Big Hit

    Our 2019 Scholastic Book Fair was DINOmite! Students and their families shopped our book fair throughout the week of May 20-25. You could feel a love and enthusiasm for reading in the air! In the end, our shopping brought in more than $10,000 of Scholastic dollars for our school library to put to great use. Way to go!

    FUN RUN FINALE

    At our APEX Fun Run in May, our kids ran 1,281 miles, raising money for our science lab and instructional enrichment. Fun run facts:

    • Number of pledges = 1876
    • Collection rate = 99%
    • Leadership lessons taught = 132 (22 classes/day x 6 lessons)
    • APEX hours = 300 (hours APEX athletes spent running the program and making a positive impact on the school)
    • Total laps = 20,500
    • APEX Giveback Challenge = 75 students reached $10/lap
    • Donor base = pledges from 38 states
    2019-2020 PTA Executive Board-Elect

    Congratulations to our new board members for the 2019-2020 year, and thank you to our outgoing board members from this year. Along with many others, the PTA board members give considerable time to our school. They go to meetings, go to trainings, and go the extra mile for our school. Many have served for several years while welcoming and training newer members to maintain a strong PTA and programs that support our school and all of our children.  So, welcome new members, and thank you to all. We are very grateful gators!

    Position Name
    President Gennifer Billish
    Vice President Jessica Reed
    Auditor Samantha Holdren
    Financial Secretary Chris Plaisted
    Historian Pam Rima
    Legislation Jennie Marvin
    Recording Secretary Tarah Petrone
    Treasurer Taleen Ferguson
    Ways & Means Torey Carrick
    Parliamentarian Danielle Geye
    Programming Erin Lipeles
    Membership Kristin Wise
    Best Teachers Ever!

    This past week, parents and students came together in celebration of our exceptional teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week! The week began with the reveal of "fiesta" themed classroom doors, decorated by some hardworking, creative parents. In the days that followed, there were flowers, there was a cart of treats visiting classrooms and there were adorable notes delivered by students.

    The week culminated in a delicious teacher luncheon generously donated by GREAT MEX restaurant here in Long Beach. Thanks, Great Mex! 

    We hope that our teachers left the week knowing how very, very much we appreciate them!

    Teacher of the Year

    PTA would like to congratulate our 2018/19 Teacher of the Year, our amazing 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Karlowitsch! Thank you to all who submitted entries. You are greatly appreciated.

    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 this week:

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

    Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Cake Fundraiser

    Our April FNO at Baskin-Robbins raised $302! Plus, they gave us a sweet way to keep raising funds. They will donate $5 to Gant PTA for each ice cream cake you purchase at the B-R at 1960 Ximeno ($3 for orders under $25). Perfect for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Birthdays, Graduation. Just download and present the Baskin-Robbins flyer:

    Follow Us

    Please “like” Minnie Gant PTA on Facebook to get all the up-to-date happenings and stay informed about our school and special events!

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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.


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