The Cannon Connection

2021-2022 Newsletter for Cannon Elementary Families

October 31 - November 6, 2021

Good morning Cannon families,

Happy Halloween! We hope everyone enjoys a happy and safe evening!

STEMapalooza was AMAZING! It was such a great day watching the excitement of our scholars just being kids! It was so evident there was so much strategic planning and appropriate design challenges developed for our scholars - Thank you, Teachers! Our PTA did an outstanding job supporting our staff, scholars, and students; And the day couldn't have happened without our amazing volunteers. Thank you, Thank you, Thank You! This was truly a community-building STEMtastic event! Thank you to all for making our Fall into STEM festival a wonderful event! Our core values of Purpose, Innovation, and Community are strong at Cannon!

Proud to be your principal,

Tina Garrett


November STEM Habit of Mind - Thoughtful Planning

November Lunch Sign Up:

November - American Indian Heritage Month

Wednesday, November 3 - Picture Day Make Ups

Friday, November 5 - PTA Principal Coffee

Friday, November 5 - GCISD Holiday Greeting Card Contest; Cannon campus submissions are due on or before Friday November 5 to Ms. Garrett.

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

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

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

November 20-28 Thanksgiving Break

“Adventure of a Lifetime” - Cannon Student Takes Flight

When Samuel Campos, a 5th-grader at Cannon Elementary, turned in his submission for the “Commemorating the Events of 9/11” contest, hosted by the City of Grapevine, he had no idea what was coming next. Samuel’s artwork was chosen as the grand prize winner because it best answered the contest’s question, “How can the selfless actions of 9/11 first responders inspire you to serve your community?”

What was his grand prize? A ride on board “Southern Cross”, a C-47 World War II-era aircraft, as it flew over Grapevine following the city’s 9/11 20th Anniversary Day of Remembrance Ceremony. The aircraft was one of four on hand that day to pay tribute to the lives lost on September 11, 2001. Samuel wrote about his experience and you can read it here.

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.

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 new guidance curriculum PurposeFULL People. The character trait we are focussing on in October is Respect. How will you practice Respect at home? Check out the activities.

Counselor's Corner with Mrs. Coburn

I Need to Talk to Mrs. Coburn

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3-5 Respect Eng 3-5 Respect Sp

What is bullying?

October is Bully Prevention month. What is bullying? Bullying is when someone is being hurt either by words or actions on purpose, usually more than once, feels bad because of it, and has a hard time stopping what is happening to them due to an imbalance of power. When someone feels bullying has occurred, there are procedures put in place to investigate the situation. Bully prevention is extremely important! We encourage all students to act friendly and respectful to each other all the time by using Cub PRIDE. Sometimes students have conflicts with each other and occasionally do or say mean things. These times provide an opportunity for a teaching moment. Students learn conflict resolution skills through restorative chats to help them cope with difficult situations positively in the future.
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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 - You may sign up for October lunches HERE.

November Lunch Sign Up - HERE

GCISD Holiday Greeting Card Contest

All elementary, middle, and high school students are invited to submit original artwork for the cover of GCISD’s official holiday greeting card. This year’s theme is "A Season of Kindness.” Three student designs—one each from the elementary, middle, and high school levels—will be selected and sent out on behalf of the GCISD Board of Trustees and Superintendent Dr. Robin Ryan.

The three students whose works are selected for the GCISD Holiday Greeting Card will receive $25 and recognition at the December meeting of the Board of Trustees. The selected artwork will be featured on the district’s website and used in district publicity.

Cannon campus submissions are due on or before Friday November 5 to Ms. Garrett.

Complete rules and guidelines can be found on this flyer.

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GCISD College and Career Night

GCISD will host its annual College and Career Night on Tuesday, November 2, at 7 p.m. at Grapevine High School. All GCISD students and families are invited to this event that is organized by GHS and CHHS counselors and GoCenters. Over 120 universities, junior/community colleges, technical schools, military schools and military recruiters will be on hand to answer questions. There will also be an opportunity to ask FAFSA questions and complete the application. For more information, check out the flyer or contact your counselor.

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!

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We have a generous sponsor for the dunk tank: HTeaO of Grapevine. The popular iced tea room is opening its new location on Northwest Highway soon, and they will have samples available after school and at our general meeting. Given the sponsor, should we call it a dunk tank or a steep tank? 😏

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Special Thank you to our Sponsor

This year's BOO Bags are sponsored by the DFW Home Listings Team, a Coldwell Banker Realty. Contact Sharon Auffett, Kayla Vardell or Rachel Pannell at or 972-742-7039.

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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**