The Cannon Connection

2021-2022 Newsletter for Cannon Elementary Families

November 7-,13 2021

Good morning Cannon families,

Daylight Savings Time Ends - Don't forget to fall back and enjoy an extra hour!

Our Cubs have come up with creative names for our Cannon Cub Mascot! Each class contributed a name and then voted - it's down to three!

Bot Bear, RoBEARto, and Mr. ROBObear

Please take a moment to speak to your Cub(s) and vote HERE to name our Cannon Mascot.

Proud to be your principal,

Tina Garrett


November STEM Habit of Mind - Thoughtful Planning

November Lunch Sign Up:

November - American Indian Heritage Month

November 8th - December 10th Holiday Food Drive

Thursday, November 11 - Veterans Day; Wear Red, White, and Blue

1:30-2:15 First Grade Veterans Day Program

Saturday, November 13 - World Kindness Day!

Monday, November 15 - Odd Socks Day!

Tuesday, November 16 - Spelling Bee pretest (3rd, 4th, & 5th)

Friday, November 19 - 9:40-10:30 Second Grade Grandfriends Program

November 20-28 Thanksgiving Break

Thursday, December 2 - Downtown Grapevine Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 4 - PTA Breakfast with Santa

Friday, December 10 - Cannon Spelling Bee

Friday, December 17 - Early Release 11:45

Saturday, December 18 - Tuesday, January 4 - Winter Break

Wednesday, January 5 - Students return to School (Teachers return Tuesday, January 4)

Do you want to be part of the Cannon Elementary Spelling Bee?

All students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade will have an opportunity to participate in a Spelling Bee pretest at Cannon on Tuesday, November 16. If you want to participate, let your homeroom teacher know and study the list of words that have been provided to you. Be ready on Tuesday, November 16th to show off your spelling skills!

Based on the pretest results, the top-performing students will participate in the Cannon Spelling Bee on Friday, December 10. Qualifying students and their parents will be notified before Thanksgiving Break and will be given word lists to study. Campus winners will advance to the GCISD Area Spelling Bee in January 2022.

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Congratulations Nate!

Nate completed a recent Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) race and came in second place! He will now be traveling to Charlotte, North Carolina for the Jr Olympic Cross Country Nationals on Saturday, December 4th. We wish you the best of luck, Nate!

Do you or your Cannon scholar need to talk to Mrs. Coburn?

Do you or your Cannon scholar need to talk to Mrs. Coburn? Looking for counseling or social-emotional resources? Check out the Counselor’s Corner with Mrs. Coburn. Click on the pictures on the bulletin board. Here you will find links to many resources including ways to contact Mrs. Coburn, ways to destress, and a parent newsletter aligned with our guidance curriculum PurposeFULL People. The character trait we are focussing on in November is Gratitude. How will you practice Gratitude at home? Check out the activities.

Counselor's Corner with Mrs. Coburn

I Need to Talk to Mrs. Coburn

K-2 Gratitude English

K-2 Gratitude Spanish

3-5 Gratitude English

3-5 Gratitude Spanish

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Cannon Elementary is sponsoring a food drive to benefit local Cannon families for the upcoming holidays. We encourage you to bring in non-perishable items from the suggested list provided. Each grade level will be responsible for certain food items. We will collect the food items from November 8th through December 10th. The Cannon administrative staff will distribute the items to Cannon families in need.

Food Donation Letter

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Lunch Visitors ~

Per the recent GCISD guidelines (still listed below) for visitors and volunteers, we may allow lunch visitors beginning Sept. 7th. We have made accommodations at Cannon to have lunch visitors eat with their Cub spread out in the cafe on the booth side, which allows guests to socially distance and can accommodate up to 6 families per grade level lunch. Families will only be permitted to eat with their Cub (Sorry, no friends). Thank you for cleaning up and throwing away trash after your family lunch!

Lunch guests will still sign-in through our secure vestibule, complete the COVID screening, and meet their Cannon Cub at the entrance to the cafeteria before proceeding to the booth table area for lunch. We will post the next month of lunches to sign-up for around the beginning of each month here in The Cannon Connection and it will remain linked in the lunch section at the bottom for the remainder of the month. We ask that you please be courteous to the rest of the community and limit lunch visits with your child to no more than one per month so that all families have the opportunity to visit. We appreciate your cooperation. Each family needs only 1 slot reserved. For example, Mom, Dad, and sister may all come eat lunch with their Cub. Only Mom needs to be registered as 1 visitor to reserve 1 booth together. When it asks for quantity of visitors, please select just 1. You may bring whomever you want on the day you check-in at the school office to sit at your family booth. Please understand we are unable to accept walk in lunch visitors.

All lunch visitors must sign up - November Lunch Sign Up - HERE

Winter Wonderland Fun Run/Walk and Health & Wellness Expo

Join our GCISD community for a FREE walk-up Winter Wonderland 1 mile Fun Run/Walk and Health & Wellness Expo at Grapevine High School’s Mustang Activity Center (MAC)! There will be prizes for most festively dressed Winter Wonderland participants, multiple door prizes and raffle prizes! The Fun Run/Walk begins at 9:30 a.m. with the Vendor Expo open from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Strollers are welcome! If you are interested in hosting a booth, please complete THIS VENDOR FORM by Friday, December 3rd. PTA, Campus Groups, Student Groups, Community Businesses, and more welcome!


Does your child like gaming? GCISD is expanding its Championship Esports program!

Did you know GCISD has one of the top-rated Esports programs for our students? With several state titles, GCISD has developed a program that takes students beyond just the game. With a focus on communication, collaboration skills, and teambuilding, GCISD esports is much more than playing games.

Esports is a growing industry, and chances are your child either plays or watches video games online. This 1 Billion dollar industry has more significant viewership than any other professional sport. With over 250 colleges offering scholarships!

As GCISD grows our Esports program to allow access to more students at campuses across the district, we need some help.

If you have upgraded your gaming system or want to clean out some gaming systems and controllers, why not donate them to the GCISD esports program. We could use Playstations, Xbox, and Nintendo switches to offer more students the opportunity to be a part of an esports team. So dig through the closets or pass on that old system you just upgraded.

Let's allow every student to be a part of something!

If you want to learn more about GCISD esports and how we are preparing students for this Billion dollar industry in areas of broadcasting, content development, marketing, gameplay, and much more, please attend our online presentation on Nov 2 at 5:45 pm, followed by Q&A around esports and GCISD. Email Kyle Berger to donate items.

GCISD COVID-19 Resources

Please visit for lots of resources from the District pertaining to COVID-19. There you can find updated frequently asked questions, current GCISD COVID-19 protocols, information on the GCISD COVID-19 Testing Center, information on remote conferencing, statistics regarding COVID-19 cases in GCISD and more.

Visitor/Volunteer Guidelines

Remote Conferencing

Beginning on Monday, August 23, remote conferencing will be available for students who are unable to attend school in-person because they are in quarantine as the result of being a close contact or test-positive for COVID-19.

Approved by the Texas Education Agency, remote conferencing is a mechanism by which online instruction can be provided for those who are temporarily away from campus for reasons related to COVID-19. It is important to remember this is not GCISD Online, a temporary remote learning option for elementary students that families were made aware of last week.

Please click here for frequently asked questions regarding remote conferencing. More detailed information, including a complete list of FAQs, is available from the TEA by clicking here.

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Cafeteria Volunteers

The GCISD Nutrition Services Department is still looking for volunteers! Come get to know the students while serving them a nutritious lunch in the school cafeteria. You can volunteer at your child's school or any school in the district. You must be registered as a volunteer in the district, or get signed up as a volunteer today so you can join the amazing kitchen staff serving the students. Please see the flyer for details and a link to sign up!

October Volunteer Hours

Please turn in your October Volunteer Hours

If you volunteered in the month of October (including for STEMapalooza) please fill out this quick google form.

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Did you know that we have a World Wear Bin on campus?

Every pound we collect brings money to Cannon. In the month of November, we have a goal of collecting 2,500lbs of goods so bring your old clothes, shoes, hats and linens to the World Wear Bin located near the bus lane. Right before the holidays is a perfect time to clean out your closets.

*If the bin is full, please call the number on the bin to let them know that the bin is full.

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Santa is coming to Cannon Saturday, December 4th

If you would like to volunteer for this event, please contact

Angela at

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Thank you to everyone who volunteered or donated to help make our first ever STEMapalooza a success. Thank you also to everyone who volunteered for the Bookfair.

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Teacher Favorites and Amazon Wish Lists

Check out the TEACHER FAVORITES page on the PTA website to learn more about your teachers and staff and to see their AMAZON CLASSROOM WISH LISTS. **Updated last week**