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    COVID-19 Resources & Information

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    Gant Calendar
    Red Ribbon Week!

    Kona Ice Today!

    Reflections 2021

    Calling All Artists!

    Minnie Gant PTA proudly launches its Reflections program.  Each year, for the past 53 years, the National PTA has encouraged students from around the country to express themselves through art via a particular theme. This year's theme is ... I Will Change the World By ...

    The introductory video link is here

    The online entry form (all entries must include an entry form) is here:

    All students who participate are recognized and awarded.  Last year, one of our students made it all the way to the State level.  Please encourage your children to participate.  Deadline for entries is Friday, October 22.

    Questions can be addressed to Ben Rolly.


    Visit Gant's PTA Membership page for more details.

    Principal's Announcements

    The Rec aides are going to be doing some fun Halloween activities on October 29. They need your help to pull it off! They are in need of pumpkins. If you can donate a pumpkin, please bring it in to the office and we will get it to the team.

    Silent Auction for 5th Grade Fund

    We're are excited to announce that the 5th Grade Fund Silent Auction is now live! 30 AMAZING items & experiences! Bidding started October 18 and will close at 8:00pm on Friday, October 29. Proceeds will help fund year-end promotional activities for our 5th graders. Please share this link with your family and friends - anyone can bid:

    Red Ribbon Week

    10/25 - 10/29: Red Ribbon Week, our annual drug prevention education program is coming up. Each day students will engage in grade level appropriate drug prevention activities in the classroom. Additionally, each day will be a spirit day where students can dress up in a theme!

    Trunk or Treat

    We are ending Red Ribbon Week with our Say Boo To Drugs Trunk or Treat which will take place October 29 during school hours in the front parking lot. Bags will be provided for our students and allergy free treats will be available. Students are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes on that day. Teachers will be escorting students. 

    We are also still in need of candy donations! Bins are labeled in the front office. Please consider donating allergy free treats and small toys as well. 

    Please email Adrienne Gomer with any questions.

    STAY TUNED FOR November DEI Info

    Stay connected during quarantine

    GANT Retirement Garden UnveilED

    The ribbon cutting ceremony for Gant's Teacher Retirement Garden was a success! Retired teachers Mrs. Arakawa, Mrs. Muha, Mrs. Ball, Mrs. Mueller, and Mrs. Cantor were honored at the October 13 event.

    The garden, originally started by Mrs. Ball's 2008 class, was refurbished under the leadership of Jamie K., a Gant alumni and current Ambassador Girl Scout working on her Gold Award Project.

    "I ... decided for my project to give back to my elementary school and refurbish it into an outdoor learning environment that honored retired teachers," reports Jamie. "The garden's design contains grade-level plants that meet their science standards along with curriculum and books for the teachers to use with their lessons. A garden club, with students, was created that would help with the project. Now it is sustainable, so that future Gant students can learn while enjoying, managing and caring for the garden."

    TEACHER Spotlight

    Hello Gregarious Gant Gators!

    My name is Lexi Lahera, and I am over the moon teaching here at Gant for my first year!

    I grew up in a small town called Hollister in California and moved to Long Beach to attend CSULB on a golf scholarship. While a student at CSULB I earned my degree in Human Development and a master's in teaching with a specialization in reading. I loved it so much that I stayed! I’ve been teaching for 17 years and have been all over the district teaching kindergarten and 1st grade. I have worked at Tucker Elementary, Burbank Elementary, Dooley Elementary, Burcham Elementary, and Grant Elementary. I also worked at Pegasus in Huntington Beach teaching TK. LBUSD is a great place to be, and I have loved all my sites! However, Gant is extra special to me because I get to see my own children on campus every day. I have a daughter, Isa, who is in the 5th grade, and my son, Laz (Zito), who is in the 3rd grade. Aside from them I have an AMAZING group of phenomenal first graders that I enjoy working with every day! When I am not at Gant, I am spending time with my kids, husband, Chris, and our oversized wild puppy, Sancho!

    Favorite Book: Practical Magic
    Favorite Movies: Hope Floats, Say Anything
    Favorite Hobbies: yoga, reading, walking my dog
    Favorite Sports Team: United Soccer Teams (my son’s and two nephews' teams)!
    Love to Teach: Reading, SEL
    Love to Learn: Health
    Favorite Dessert: 3 skittles + 1 starburst = the perfect combination!

     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:
    - Long Beach National Junior Basketball
    - Disposal Event for Expired Medications
    - 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
    - Free Long Beach Transit Through 9/18
    - Game Coding, Digital Art and More
    - Code Ninjas Minecraft Club & Roblox Club
    - WRD Student Art Contest

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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.

    5th Grade Committee Bulletin Board

    Hello 5th grade parents! Our children's last year at Gant has begun, and we are hoping to make it a memorable one. The 5th-graders look forward to participating in fun activities and traditions during their final year. For a roundup of the latest announcements and planning opportunities, check out our 5th grade page.

    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

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