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    Dear Gant Families, 

    As we get ready for Thanksgiving, I just want to say how grateful I am for the PTA here at Gant. Our Fall Festival was a huge success. Thank you to the many parents and families for participating in the Trunk or Treat and volunteering to work the many classroom booths! The kids had a blast! 

    We also kicked off Red Ribbon week with our very own talking police car and police dogs! Again, so grateful for our parents here at Gant who took the time to set this up for our students! 


    Cassie Fanton

    This Thanksgiving, GANT IS GIVING Back

    The Long Beach Basket Brigade is committed to uniting the Long Beach community in order to deliver Thanksgiving meals and bring hope to local families in need. This year Minnie Gant Elementary School Student Council is helping by collecting ... boxes of Stove Top stuffing!!!

    Please bring in your donation by Wed., November 14!

    Classes that collect an average of 1 box per student will win otter pops! The class that collects the most boxes will win a movie and popcorn party!

    Subcommittees Forming for Big Events

    We’re planning some big events. Whether you’re interested in planning and logistics, promotions and sales, asking for donation for auction items, creative arts, or just helping to setup or be a concierge, there’s probably a need! 

    Subcommittees are forming for two major events. 

    Party with a Purpose (aka Parent’s Night Out) Contact Torey Carrick if you’re interested in any of the following subcommittees or helping in general: 

    • Auction 
    • Entertainment 
    • Logistics 
    • Sales & Promotions 

    Fun Run – We’re looking for parents who want to be involved planning. Erin Lipeles would love to hear from you

    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 if you have questions.

    Good Going, CREATIVE Gators!

    On November 6th, PTA held its Ceremony and Celebration for the Reflections Arts Program. We had 17 beautiful original entries from our students this year, and we enjoyed every one of them! Six of the artists earned the "Award of Excellence" from the judges and will move on to the council level of competition this week:

    • Elle Marie Aoun for her photo, "My Dad My Hero"
    • Madeline Bowser for her sculpture, "Matilda"
    • Alina Burger for her poem, "Heroes"
    • Donovan Cowan for his poem, "Mom the Hero"
    • Madison Jones for her drawing, "Red and White Masterpiece"
    • Giselle Millsap for her musical composition, "Mom"
    Fall Carnival & Trunk-or-Treat

    Saturday October 27th was Gant’s Annual Fall Festival and Trunk-or-Treat, and it was frightfully fun! Festivities included games, an amazing haunted hallway, an inflatable slide, a silent auction, and a DJ.

    Our sincere thanks to Bill and Mary of Sideyard Cafe for their support of Minnie Gant Elementary School. Thanks to their generosity, we all enjoyed a delicious Sideyard dinner at the Fall Carnival, and made over $600 for our school in doing so. We're grateful to have Sideyard Cafe a part of our Gant family.

    Also, it's no secret that Gant Gators love Lazy Acres! Thanks to Lazy Acres for their generous donation of pumpkins and hay bales for our Fall Carnival. They really brought the "fall" to our Fall Carnival.

    Finally, a spooktacular thank you to our volunteers! We literally could not have done it without our amazing families, teachers, and staff. We can hardly wait for next year. Nice job, Gators!

    Helping Gant Swim to Success!

    Thank you, Minnie Gant families, friends, and teachers for jumping in during our membership drive!

    • We have 860 members vs. our goal of 960 (we had over 930 last year). That got us to 85% of our goal. 
    • If you didn't get a chance to join during the contest, it's not too late. Memberships are accepted year-round! 
    • Help fund Gant PTA programs and activities 

    Six classrooms (Mrs. Love, Mrs. Muha, Ms. Goldberg, Ms. Hankinson, Mrs. King, and Ms. Richardson) rode the wave to 100% participation (at least one member brought in by each student) and won a free dress pass and popsicle party! 

    Thank you all for your support! It’s going to be a fabulous year! 

    Allison Lo & Kristin Wise 
    Minnie Gant PTA Membership Co-Chairs

    Family Night Out

    We raised just over $1000 from our last two combined at Domenico’s and Chipotle. Thanks to all who eat out for a good cause.

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    Clip and save Box Tops for our next drive

    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 $1.00.

    The first Thursday of every month is Throwback Thursday -- big sticks and snow cones are available.


    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 here 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.