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Please note that to be green, Gant ceased publication of the Gazette in 2019. Past issues can be accessed below.

Currently, news and school updates are provided through Room Parent communications, social media, and Canvas.

2019-20 School Year

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February 2019

January 2019

December 2018

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September/October 2018




School Nurses Day

Wednesday, May 12 was National School Nurses Day, and we recognized our own amazing nurse, Ana Speedone. During the 2020-2021 school year, she led Gant through this pandemic, focusing on safety for all. She trained other nurses across the district, presented at staff meetings, and was on call even during off-hours. A huge shout out to Ana from the entire Gant community!

PTA Reflections District Competition

Our Minnie Gant family has a new star!

We are proud to announce that Sydney R.-N., after taking first place in the visual arts intermediate category at Minnie Gant, also took first place at the council level, and then first place at the district level.

Her artwork, All The Possibility, moved on to the state level. Sydney represented Minnie Gant and our entire district in the State of California.

We are all so proud of Sydney!

Bethune Toy Drive

Many thanks to the Gant community! We collected more than 300 items to donate to LBUSD students and their families for the holidays.

The Bethune Transitional Center and the families who received our gifts expressed heartfelt appreciation for our support. After receiving their toys (as well as backpacks, uniforms, school supplies, gloves, beanies, a resource guide for housing assistance, and toiletries from the Center), one family summed up their joy with this charming thank-you picture.

You've made a difference, Gators, and allowed many to have happier holidays!


Way to go, Gant Gators!!! Look at all that food we collected for the Long Beach Rescue Mission and Lutheran Social Services food bank. Thank you to the Millikan Compass Capstone kids for picking it and making the delivery.

Veterans Day Tribute
Reflections Awards Night

On November 10, a virtual reception was held to honor all Gant students who submitted original works of art for the PTA Reflections Program! This year's theme was "I Matter Because ...", and despite this year's challenges, Gant received 25 fabulous submissions, showcased in these videos.

A big hand to all the talented students who participated! Artists who received first place at Gant will move on to district-wide competition. A special thank you to Ben Rolly for chairing this year's program and putting together the video showcases.

Pumpking Decorating Contest

Every pumpkin-decorating submission this year was a winner! We applaud your ghoulish creativity and ghastly humor, Gant Gators.



We're so proud of the 321 students who participated in Run Club this year. We loved seeing you out on the "blue line" earning those miles!

This year, our 

  • TK ran 16 miles
  • Kindergarteners ran 146 miles
  • 3rd graders ran 192 miles
  • 5th graders ran 218 miles
  • 4th graders ran 224 miles
  • 2nd graders ran 301 miles
  • and 1st graders ran 314 miles!

That means that as a school, you ran over 1,400 miles together this year!

This year, the Golden Sneaker award for the top mileage achieved by any student goes to someone who really "showed up" for Run Club day after day, week after week. She was absolutely tenacious about her mileage and ultimately achieved 47.63 miles! That runner is none other than Sarah from Mrs. Heck's class. Sarah, you absolutely rocked Run Club this year!

We had hoped to keep running with all of you through spring and into June, but while we cannot meet you at the "blue line" right now, we hope you're still getting out to run. Congratulations!

Spelling Bee

Spelling Bee

On Saturday, March 7, Gator Donovan C. placed 35th out of 135 spellers at the LA County Scripps Regional Spelling Bee. He was the youngest competitor in a field of third through eighth graders!

His journey started January 16, when the Gant auditorium hosted our 10th annual official Scripps School Spelling Bee. Eighteen third through fifth graders participated after winning their class bees, and all of them did a great job.

After 36 rounds of spelling, a third grader won for the second year in a row! Donovan C. took home the trophy (pictured). Many thanks to our volunteers for their help, congratulations to Donovan, and congratulations to all of our brilliant gator spellers!

Toy Drive and VA Hospital Visit

This past December Mrs. Fanton, Mrs. Fisher, and 12 members of the student council embarked on a field trip of giving.  First stop: deliver over 130 toys to a department of LBUSD responsible for overseeing the wellbeing of 5,000 homeless students in the district.  The students filled bins, carts and boxes of toys, sporting Santa hats and holiday wear to warm anyone’s heart. Once inside the facility, the staff expressed utter elation with Minnie Gant’s generous gifts.  A staff member even took the time to explain how homeless students are identified in the district and how the toys would be distributed, a process that maintains strict anonymity and utter sensitivity to the student’s feelings.  Without a doubt, the Gant Student Council members learned a valuable lesson and went home feeling a lot more appreciative of their own blessings than they did before.

Next stop:  VA Hospital Spinal Injury Center in Long Beach.  With handfuls of handmade cards, each card a unique creation, the students entered the building to spread holiday cheer to our military heroes.  Veterans in the entryway, halls, and in the elevators received the students with smiles and holiday wishes in return. Most memorable were the carols the students sang for the veterans who reside in the center.  One veteran was inspired to hum along and “conduct” the singing, and another complemented their “angelic harmony”. With such positive responses, one cannot disagree; the students’ mission of holiday cheer was accomplished.

Thank you, Mrs. Fanton, Mrs. Fisher, and Student Council, for representing Gant for two worthy causes.  Thank you to all who donated toys and created cards!

Snow Day

Snow DayOn December 14, Minnie Gant PTA presented the school's first Snow Day event for students and their families.  Almost 400 Gant students enjoyed a morning of snow play, music mixed by a DJ, and food and hot beverages from local food trucks. 

Family Movie Night

Family Day NightOn November 15, Minnie Gant PTA presented a free showing of Toy Story 4 under the stars for students and their families.  Families enjoyed popcorn, snacks and candy while delighting in the latest adventures of Woody, Bo Peep and Buzz.

Red Ribbon Week

Whew! What a Fab-Boo-Lous week! Gant honored Red Ribbon Week with daily themes. Thanks to all, the students were excited about the positive-choice messages, and school “spirit” was everywhere to be seen.

  • Monday 10/28 - Crazy Hair Day
  • Tuesday 10/29 - '70s/Tie Dye
  • Wednesday 10/30 - Rock Star or Superher
  • Thursday 10/31 - Black Out
  • Friday 11/1 - Crazy Sock Day
Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat

Saturday, October 26, 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, inflatables, trunk-or-treating, a silent auction, Build-a-Gator, local eateries Rose Park Roasters and Sideyard Cafe, Brewings Truck &Catering, Face Painting by 4Girls, a Glow Zone tent, a Haunted Bus, a Haunted Hallway, and a DJ. INCREDIBLE!! We can hardly wait for next year. Nice job, Gators!


Congratulations to all students who created and submitted their original works of art for the National PTA Reflections Program in October. This nationwide arts competition has been held for the past 50 years! This year, Gant had 35 submissions! A reception will be held November 5 for all participants. Artists who receive first place at Gant will go to district-wide competition! If you have any questions, please contact and say thank you to Ben Rolly.

Hoop It Up

The Gant PTA once again sponsored Hoop It Up this year. What an energizing start to the school year! This event is a student favorite as it gets everyone outside and exercising without even realizing it! Such a community-builder too, learning a new skill and setting personal bests.

Run Club

If you're around campus before school on Tuesdays & Fridays, or after school on Thursdays, you may have noticed the students running, the adults cheering, and Bruce Springstein's voice belting that "baby, we were born to run..." That's right, Run Club is back to Gant and this time, it's a yearlong program! Gant PTA has provided scan-cards for every student at our school, and three days a week, we are out on the back playground scanning laps for students who want to get some exercise, be with their friends and earn prizes by meeting their goals. In the first three weeks that the program has been "running" ;) 235 students have been out to participate and they have already run nearly 400 miles collectively. They are INCREDIBLE. This year features a super cool new Run Club tee, designed by second grade parent Mark Michaylira, that can be purchased for $10 to benefit Run Club, as well as a "50 mile" tee for students who reach the goal of 50 miles earned this year. "Toe Tags" and "Brooks" brand swag are also earned at various milage achievements along the way...If you or your student would like to join in the fun, check out the Run Club info. on the website, or email with your questions. We would love to see you out there!

Zero-Waste Lunch Challenge

PTA Green Team kicked off the school year with a zero-waste lunch challenge September 3-13. They were on campus during lunch times, showing students how to be responsible and care for our planet by:

  • Bringing a lunch with ZERO-WASTE
  • Sorting their recycling and terracycling correctly
  • Demonstrating good citizenship

This is an all-year effort. Check out the Gant homepage for more information. Let’s work together to reduce waste at Gant!

Pajama Jam

Gant’s first Pajama Jam was fun for all. Kids played on the playground and had a dance party wearing their pajamas. There was a dance contest, complete with prizes, and boy can our Gators get down! The kids all had fun, and we can’t wait to make this an annual event.

Welcome Back Picnic

Minnie Gant PTA was delighted to host a record turn-out for its annual Welcome Back Picnic on Friday, September 6. Families braved the heat to picnic together on the kinder lawn while they caught up and got to know others in their new classes. The children were crazy for the glitter tattoos and incredible face paint design by "Paint on Your Face." The snow cones were eaten before the sun even set. It was a perfect night of Gator-togetherness!


End-of-Year Picnic

Students enjoying 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

Running club member with Golden Sneaker awardFriday, 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

Students reading at book fairOur 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

students performing at talent showThe 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

Teacher appreciation week buffetThis 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

Students excited to achieve zero wasteWe 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.

Students performing 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

Dunk Squad performing anti-bullying showOn 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

Selected students for Writers Room performanceBack 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

Students deliver Valentines cards to local veteransGreat 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

Students visit VA hospitalOn 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

Students pose for the Reflections art programOn 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!