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End-of-Year Picnic

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 grad parent Hank Wise?! It was the perfect way to send off our fantastic 2019/2020 school year.

Running Club Finale

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 Ever, who was awarded the “Golden Sneaker” for his top mileage of 13.62 miles!

Scholastic Book Fair

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!

Talent Show

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.

Fun Run

Fun RunAt 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
Teacher Appreciation Week

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!

Zero-Waste Lunch Challenge

We could see and feel the difference during the Zero-Waste Lunch Challenge 4/1-18!

  • We reduced trash 50% (good for the planet)
  • We increased TerraCycle (good for the planet and revenue for programs)
  • Students and parents got involved with sorting (community service)
  • Students got excited about making a difference (self-esteem and leadership

Many small acts really do add up. Thanks to our PTA Green Team for leading the effort and to everyone who participated.

Gators Give Back

Gators Give BackOn Thursday, April 11, Gant students and parents came together in the cafeteria to roll up their sleeves and get to work for a good cause. One hour later, and with the incredible support of Girls Scout troops 723 and 2823, we had assembled 160 hygiene kits and 200 PB&J sandwiches for the Long Beach Rescue Mission! Big hearts and a strong work ethic were evident in each of the students who gave their time, and we are so proud of the service they gave to those in need!

School Play: Aladdin Jr.

On April 4 and 5, more than 70 Gators from all grade levels performed in the school play “Aladdin Jr.” at the Stanford Middle School auditorium for two huge and enthusiastic crowds! Many thanks to the staff and helpers from Yaya’s Performance Academy, and to our many parent, grandparent and sibling volunteers. Congratulations to our talented performers – we already can’t wait for next year’s show!

Anti-Bullying Assembly

On Friday, March 22, the PTA treated students to an action-packed assembly put on by the athletes at Dunk Squad. Students enjoyed the high-flying flips and incredible basketball dunks in this Anti-Bullying themed show.

Writer's Room Assembly

Back Row: Natasha, Cole, Madison, Jacob, Violet. Front Row: Carlos, Benjamin, Gwyneth, Lily.

On Wednesday, March 6, Gant students were treated to a Writer’s Room Assembly. 117 Gant students submitted original stories to the actors of StorySpace Productions, and nine lucky winners were chose to have their work brought to life on stage. The performance was full of wild and hilarious characters, and even some very silly teacher participation. Congratulations to the writers!

Pi Night

PIOn Thursday, March 14, Minnie Gant PTA hosted our annual Pi Night. It was a gorgeous evening of outdoor math fun and delicious pizza “pi” courtesy of Marri’s Pizza.

There were Pi signs everywhere! Students enjoyed math bingo, estimation stations, collaborating together on tough equations and much more. We were enjoying math until the sun went down!

Dr. Seuss' Birthday/Read Across America

Dr. SeussWe had so much fun celebrating Dr. Seuss’ Birthday and Read Across America. We started the morning off with green eggs and ham in the cafeteria. Throughout the morning, student athletes from Long Beach State came and read to our classrooms.

The athletes also joined our kids on the playground during recess time. Mrs. Heck’s class surprised their buddies in Mrs. Love’s TK class by planning a birthday party for Dr. Seuss. Mrs. Fanton even got a chance to read in Miss Little’s classroom. A fun pajama day was had by all!

Valentines for Vets

Great thanks to all students and teachers who wrote valentines for local veterans this year. The cards were both creative and heartfelt, and so many of you participated! Way to go! Also, a special thanks to the kind students (and parent!) from Mrs. Heck’s class, who accompanied Mrs. Fanton in hand-delivering the cards to patients at the VA Hospital on Valentine’s Day. We could feel the love!

Spelling Bee

Spelling BeeOur annual Gant Spelling Bee was on Thursday, January 17. Sixteen of Gant’s top spellers did a great job in a high-pressure situation in front of their friends and family.

Asher Y. from Mrs. Richardson’s class took the trophy and will represent Gant at the regional bee in LA in March. Asher’s brother, Justin, gave him a run for his money. Congratulations to all our Gant spellers on a job well done and an exciting afternoon!

Holiday VA Hospital Visit

On December 20, Minnie Gant's student council made a very special visit to the VA Hospital's Spinal Injury Unit. Armed with 100 holiday cards that had been hand-written and illustrated by Gant gators, our student council visited veterans in their hospital rooms, delivering cheer and singing of the season. Thank you to all the teachers, students and administrators who contributed cards, and special thanks to Mrs. Fischer and our student council for giving of their time and love. The VA Volunteer Services reported that this visit brought SO MUCH joy to their patients.

Veteran's Day Assembly

Veterans day

Reflections Arts Program

On November 6, PTA held its Ceremony and Celebration for the Reflections Arts Program. This year’s Reflections theme was Heroes Among Us. 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 A. for her photo, “My Dad My Hero”
  • Madeline B. for her sculpture, “Matilda”
  • Alina B. for her poem, “Heroes”
  • Donovan C. for his poem, “Mom the Hero”
  • Madison J. for her drawing, “Red and White Masterpiece”
  • Giselle M. for her musical composition, “Mom”
Fall Festival Trunk-or-Treat

Trunk or treatSaturday, October 27, was Gant’s Annual Fall Festival and Trunk-or-Treat, and it was frightfully fun!

A Spooktacular thank you to our volunteers! We literally could not have done it without our amazing families, teachers and staff. Festivities included games, an amazing haunted hallway, an inflatable slide, and silent auction, and a DJ. We can hardly wait for next year. Nice job, Gators!