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    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!!!! 

    Diversity, Equality and Inclusion - JUNE NEWSLETTER

    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.
    Enjoy our final newsletter of the school year, featuring this month's diverse celebrations, DEI committee events, and books that honor diversity and individuality.

    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 

    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! 

    student rock garden

    Help us create a rock garden in the planter in front of the office. There is a basket out front of the office with a rock kit for each student.  Once your student has painted their rock please place it in the planter in front of the office. 

    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.

    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

    Earn Cash for Gant

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    Download the BoxTops app; scan receipts when you buy BoxTops products.

    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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    School MESSENGER

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

    School Messenger

    Chromebook and Hotspot Tech Support



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