The Cannon Connection

2021-2022 Newsletter for Cannon Elementary Families

September 26 - October 2, 2021

Good morning Cannon families,

Our teachers have been very busy creating and implementing amazing learning opportunities for all of our scholars! Our classrooms, learning commons, makerspace, and hallways are buzzing with excitement, laughter, questioning and motivation to explore and learn. A strong school to home partnership is incredibly important for the growth of your Cub(s). Be on the lookout for Reporting Category 1 Progress Reports to post this Wednesday. Also, teachers will be reaching out to families to schedule parent-teacher conferences during the month of October.

It's hard to believe we are going into the sixth week of school, and we welcome October this Friday! Now that we are steady in our routines and procedures, it is imperative that you get your student(s) to school on time. Every instructional minute counts! You may begin dropping off your Cub(s) at 7:20, doors open at 7:25, and the bell to start class sounds at 7:40. Your student is tardy starting at 7:41. Our student-run morning show, begins promptly at 7:45 in which several important announcements are made for our students including our pledges. Thank you for your attention to this matter and support to ensure your scholar(s) is on time each and everyday!

Thank you for your continued partnership as we work together to have an amazing 2021-2022 school year!

Proud to be your principal,

Tina Garrett


September Habit of Mind - Applying Past Knowledge

Sunday, September 12 - October 3 - STEMapalooza Shirt Sales:

Wednesday, September 15 - October 15 - National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes and celebrates the impact and contributions of Hispanic Americans.

Monday, September 26 - October 29 Parent Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, September 29 - Progress Report 1 Posts in Skyward

October STEM Habit of Mind - Questioning and Posing Problems

Friday, October 1 - School Custodian Appreciation Day!

Show Mr. Jose and Mr. Doug some appreciation!

Tuesday, October 5 - World Teacher's Day

Wednesday, October 6 - Fall Pictures

Thursday, October 7 - Be Cannon Proud Papa John's Spirit Night (order from ANY Papa John's using code DSC001)

Monday, October 11 - No School; Student and Staff Holiday

Wednesday, October 13 - Half Day for Students; Early Release 11:45; Teacher professional work time

Wednesday, October 20 & 21- Hearing and Vision Screens

Hearing and Vision screens are scheduled for October 20-21, 2021. We will test all Kindergarten, 1st grade, 3rd grade and 5th grade students. Please make sure your student wears their corrective lenses on this day.

Wednesday, October 20 - Report Card 1 Posts in Skyward

October 25-29 - Red Ribbon Week

Friday, October 29 - STEMapalooza

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First Annual Cannon STEMapalooza Friday, October 29, 2021

We are so excited to launch our Fall STEM Festival this year on Friday, October 29th! This STEMapalooza will be filled with fall themed STEM Design Challenges and team building opportunities for all our scholars! During this school community event, we will also be partnering with our PTA to provide volunteer and fundraising opportunities to support our school community.

You can start supporting and preparing for this event by purchasing our school STEMapalooza shirt here - We would love to see everyone wearing this shirt on Friday, October 29th and beyond! All funds raised from shirt sales will go to the Cannon School Activities Fund for purchasing STEM teaching and learning materials and supporting our amazing staff.

Let's Explore the October Book of the Month!

It’s time for our first Cannon STEM Book of the Month and at home design Challenge! Your scholars are going to love the book and they’ll be so excited to design and build their very Exploration Vehicle. Take a look at the Smore newsletter to learn all the details.

Please forgive the last-minute nature of this email, however, this is an opportunity that just recently came across my desk. Texas A&M University is hosting its Envision Conference on October 30th. This is a conference for all K-12 students.

Please notice that the registration deadline is this weekend. This is not a GCISD sponsored program or event. We are simply passing along the information to families that might be interested in attending.

This website will provide you with information in addition to the email below.

If you plan to attend this event you will sign up as a solo participant and be responsible for all travel and fees associated with this event.

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On behalf of the Student Engineers' Council (SEC) at Texas A&M University, we would like to provide a final reminder that the registration deadline for the Fall 2021 EnVision Conference is quickly approaching and will close on September 26th at 11:59 pm, or when the conference sells out. The registration form may be accessed at this link, but please note that spots for students are not held until payment is completed. If you have already registered but have not completed your payment, you may complete your payment here. If you have already completed your payment there is no further action required at this time.

Registration costs $15 per individual, which includes a full day of activities, lunch, and an EnVision Conference T-Shirt. Registration for this year's conference will be limited for the safety of all participants, staff, and volunteers. Historically, the conference sells out in a matter of weeks. We highly recommend your students register early for a chance to participate.

This year's EnVision Conference will be taking place Saturday, October 30th, 2021. This event is an exciting all-day engineering program for K-12 students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math, and will be held on the Texas A&M campus at the Zachry Engineering Education Complex, 125 Spence St, College Station, TX 77843. During this event, students have an amazing opportunity to delve into the fields of science and engineering and explore their interests. Through the conference's various activities, your students can discover the excitement and opportunities within the engineering discipline. Many of our former participants have pursued engineering at Texas A&M University because they attended this event. With its impact and depth, EnVision offers interested students a truly exciting glimpse of higher education and engineering.

At the EnVision Conference, your students will:

  • Learn skills essential to becoming a successful engineer
  • Participate in various engineering design competitions
  • Engage with Texas A&M Engineering staff and students
  • And much more!
In addition, high school students will have the opportunity to participate in the Pre-Built competition. This exciting event will immerse students in the real-world applications of engineering while competing against rival teams for prizes. More information on the Pre-Built competition may be found on our website. Additional information on the Conference, safety protocols, and the registration process may also be found on our website. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have. We hope to see you there!

Our team is continually evaluating local, state, and university COVID-19 protocols and their implications on the EnVision Conference. We will continue to follow Texas A&M University guidelines for COVID-19, which are available here.

Best Regards,

Benjamin Wick '22 & Tania Sebastion '22

Student Engineers' Council

Texas A&M Engineering

(o): 979.847.8567

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 - You may sign up for September lunches HERE.

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Parent Technology Academy

GCISD’s Parent Technology Academy is returning for the 2021-2022 school year! The first session of the year will be held on Wednesday, September 29, at 6:30 p.m. on Webex. The session will include the unveiling of the new ClassLink Parent Portal which will give parents one-click access to resources such as Skyward, RevTrack, Lightspeed Internet Reporting and more.

No registration is required, and parents can join by simply visiting Shortly before the session begins, this link will direct parents directly to the Webex session.

The Parent Technology Academy is a place where parents can come to learn about current trends in social media, online websites, and tools their students use each day at school. This Academy is a place to pull back the curtain on the many apps and websites that students use on a day-to-day basis in and out of school. Past sessions have included Top Apps Parents Need to Know, Social Media and College, Understanding Google Docs, Internet Safety, Minecraft for Parents, Fortnite For Parents, Device-Free Dinners and more.

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The Trinity River Authority of Texas’ 7th Annual Art Contest

It’s that time of year again! The Trinity River Authority of Texas’ 7th Annual Art Contest is in full swing.

We are calling all 1st through 8th graders from the counties listed on the call for entries to get creative and send in their artwork.

This year’s theme is Save Your Pipes, Don’t Flush Wipes. We will be accepting entries until Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, at 5 p.m.

To submit your artwork successfully, please make note of the following:

  • An entry form is required for each piece of artwork submitted,
  • A drop box for no-contact delivery is available in the lobby of our general office (5300 S. Collins Street, Arlington, Texas 76018),
  • Email submissions are accepted at

Attached, you will find the official call for entries which includes details regarding theme, prizes and contest rules, the required entry form and resources to assist the students with the production of their artwork.

Please feel free to share this among your peers or any other relevant parties.

Also, I am the Outreach & Communications Associate at TRA, and I’m very excited to work with you and receive your student’s artwork! If you have any questions, please email or call (817) 467-5734.

Check our Facebook page for all the up-to-date information! CLICK HERE

Find all attachments on our website too! CLICK HERE

COVID-19 Protocol Information

Please visit for lots of resources from the District pertaining to COVID-19. There you can find all of the following information, plus more:

Additionally, the District would like to provide you information regarding the following topics:

Communication of COVID-19 Cases

When the District is notified of a test-confirmed case of COVID-19, campus nurses begin contact tracing and notifying contacts of a possible exposure. As a District, we are working diligently to notify contacts the same day that we are notified of a test-confirmed case. There is then a follow up communication for the entire campus the next day that details the previous day's cases. Campus notifications for cases from Friday, Saturday and Sunday are sent the following Monday. The notification structure is set up this way to give the campus time to focus on contacting individuals who may have been exposed.

For students and staff members that are tested at the GCISD COVID-19 Testing Center, that data is available to the District immediately, which expedites the contact tracing process. If you are tested at an alternative testing site, and the test results are positive, please notify the campus nurse immediately. In an instance where there is a delay in notifying the campus of a test-confirmed case, there will be a delay in the notification for contacts as well as the campus. Staff and students may not be on campus while waiting on a test result.

Class Quarantines

As the District continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in our communities and our campuses, the following thresholds have been determined for implementing additional COVID protocols at the elementary school level:

  • If a classroom has a 10% positivity rate for COVID-19, additional COVID protocols will be temporarily implemented including placing desks in rows facing the same direction, providing students with a desktop divider for the classroom. Students will take their individual desktop divider with them to art, music and the cafeteria. Students will remain in cohorts to the extent possible in PE and recess to limit contacts.

  • If a classroom has a 20% positivity rate for COVID-19, the temporary COVID-19 protocols mentioned above will remain in place. Additionally, the District will review circumstances surrounding the positive cases to determine if quarantine is warranted.

  • If a classroom has a 30% positivity rate for COVID-19, students must quarantine for a designated period of time and will transition to remote learning.

For secondary campuses, while we can determine classroom positivity rates, due to students changing classes at the middle and high schools we are unable to quarantine one class. The District will still notify contacts as well as the campus regarding a positive case.

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.

Visitor/Volunteer Guidelines

The District and campuses want to offer and create meaningful ways for parents and community members to be engaged and involved this school year. The safety of students, staff and visitors will guide the decisions about these opportunities considering the continued concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic. Campuses will implement a tiered system regarding visitors in the building and campus events and activities based on the community spread level determined by Tarrant County Public Health.


  • Visitors/volunteers will not interact directly with students that are not from the same household.

  • Approved visitors/volunteer opportunities at each campus will be designated by the needs of the campus. In order to participate, visitors and volunteers must sign-up prior to the date of the specific event or activity through the campus sign-up process.

  • Visitors/volunteers will complete a COVID screening questionnaire at the time of check-in to acknowledge self screening and demonstrate each person entering the building is free of COVID symptoms.

  • Lunch guests will be limited and seating will be with family members only. Locations and seats available will differ by campus as each facility offers different options. Campuses will provide specific information to parents prior to the beginning date for lunch guests.*

  • Campus activities and events will incorporate recommended safety measures to mitigate the risk of spread, such as, but not limited to: limited capacity, shortened duration for group gatherings, social distancing, outdoor activities and/or WebEx options.

  • No field trips.


  • Visitors/volunteers may be engaged in activities and events that involve groups of students. In order to participate, visitors and volunteers must sign-up prior to the date of the specific event or activity through the campus sign-up process.

  • Visitors/volunteers will complete a COVID screening questionnaire at the time of check-in to acknowledge self screening and demonstrate each person entering the building is free of COVID symptoms.

  • Lunch guests are welcome but may be limited with special seating. Locations and seats available will differ by campus as each facility offers different options. Campuses will provide specific information to parents when we reach the moderate spread level.

  • To the extent possible, group events/activities will be limited in the number of adults that are able to be present at a specific time or there will be considerations to host the event/activity outside.

  • Field trips will be considered on a case by case basis to determine feasibility with safety measures in place.


  • Resume normal campus operations as designated by the campus principal.

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.

PTA Working Session · September 28th · 5:30pm · Learning Commons

We will be brainstorming ideas for this school year and you will have the opportunity to check in with different grade coordinators and other committee chairs to find a place to get plugged in. We'll do quick, fun brainstorming games. And we'll come away with some new ideas to support our staff, students and families this year.

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PTA MEMBERSHIP DRAWING, Tuesday, September 28th

Join PTA before Tuesday and be entered into our monthly drawing. This month we are drawing for Andy’s Custard or the chance to choose a color that all of our CUBS will wear for a day.

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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.

Choose Cannon!

Go to AMAZON SMILE to learn how to select Cannon to receive money every time you buy.

This quarter, we received $79.93 from Amazon.

Alicia Vogel (aka "Savannah's mom") works for Keurig Dr Pepper, and she is using her connections to get our staff breakroom a brand new Keurig machine and a monthly supply of teas and coffees. Amazing, right?

Creative and generous ideas like that make our community a truly special place. As a STEM school, we would love to build partnerships with engineering companies, construction companies and people who work in aviation. As a community with people all over Grapevine, we want to appeal to real-estate agents, music schools and entertainment venues.

You probably have a great idea we haven't even thought of yet. That's how it worked with Alicia. So not only do we thank her for her great idea, but we also thank her for inspiring all of us to take a fresh look at new ways we can help support the amazing work happing at Cannon Elementary.

Reflections Art Competition is Back

We’re excited to launch the PTA’s annual arts contest, Reflections!

The theme for 2021-2022 is:

“I will Change the World By…”

For those new to Cannon, the Reflections program is a wonderful opportunity for students to be recognized and gain access to the arts. Students K-12 create and submit original artwork in one (or all!) of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts. Cannon winners have the opportunity to move up through GCISD, regional and the TX PTA’s programs to compete at the national level.

Submissions are due in person or virtual by November 5, 2020.

For entry forms and more information:

Email Debbie Yatko at for more information.

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It is time to join PTA.

Ever wonder what your PTA membership provides for Cannon?

Your $10 membership helps PTA support our teachers and administration through monthly appreciation opportunities, classroom supply reimbursement and professional development. Your membership also provides both learning and social events for our students and assists with field trips, including the Sky Ranch trip for 5th graders. Joining PTA helps you stay informed of opportunities to volunteer on campus, but volunteering is never required. Help us help our school by joining today.

1. Click HERE to go to the PTA website.

2. Register your family

3. Once you have an account set up, click to join the PTA

***Students, Parents, Grandparents and Friends are all welcome to join the PTA. We will have special MEMBER ONLY benefits for student members throughout the year.

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Volunteer Interest Form-

Check out all the ways you can get more involved with our Cannon Family.

If you would like to volunteer, make sure that you have completed the required district background check.

Volunteer Background Check


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