The Cannon Connection

2021-2022 Newsletter for Cannon Elementary Families

November 13- 20, 2021

Good morning Cannon families,

5 days until our Thanksgiving Break! I know all of our Cubs and Teachers are ready! We have so much to be thankful for as we wrap up prior to our Thanksgiving Break! Thank you to our amazing first grade students, families, and teachers for performing an outstanding Veteran's Day program. A special thank you to Selena Stewart, our music teacher, Kensley Sutherlin, our PE teacher, Chelsye Miller, our PE assistant, Deborah Mattox, our art teacher and Debbie Yatko our substitute art teacher, for creating such a meaningful and patriotic celebration! We are proud of our Veterans - Thank you for your service!

Please remember that excused absences are as follows:

  • Illness
  • Documented healthcare appointments
  • Religious Holidays
  • COVID Positive Result
  • Family Funerals

If we do not receive an email, written parent note, a doctor's note, a phone call or a voicemail from the parent/guardian, the absence will be marked as unexcused. Feel free to send those notes by the student or to you Monique Leckey directly at .

Please know you will not receive a newsletter next weekend. Your next edition will be shared Sunday, November 28.

There is much to be thankful for this year, at the very top of our list is our Cannon Community! We wish all of our Cannon families a wonderful holiday filled with the warmth and happiness of the season!

Proud to be your principal,

Tina Garrett


And our Cannon Cub Mascot Name is.....


Thank you for taking the time to vote to name our Cannon Cub Mascot!

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November STEM Habit of Mind - Thoughtful Planning

November Lunch Sign Up:

November - American Indian Heritage Month

November 8th - December 10th Holiday Food Drive

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 9:00-11:00

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)

Congratulations Cannon Greeting Card Finalists!

Cannon Finalists - Clara Quire (Kindergarten) and Araya Mroz (3rd Grade)

Final designs for the cover will be selected by the Superintendent and his designees based on originality, theme, use of color, and overall design.

The three GCISD 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.

This year’s theme is "A Season of Kindness.”

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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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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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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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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

GCISD Partners with Dell to Bring You Discounts

We are excited to announce our participation in Dell’s Member Purchase Program (MPP)!

MPP is a discount program that allows all employees, family, and friends to receive member-only pricing on all personal purchases from Dell. Dell has created a dedicated website ( that we can shop 24/7. Login credentials are not required to access savings.

Member Benefits Include:

• Cost-free employee discount program extended to friends and family

• Exclusive monthly offers & best price guarantee on consumer PCs from Dell

• Free enrollment in Dell Rewards: 3% back + free expedited shipping

• Executive Sales Team available to assist with all consumer-grade + personal purchases

• Electronics and Accessories 10% coupon available on home page of member website

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!

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Thankful for Our Members

We will have a Thankful for Members drawing on Monday night,

live on Facebook!

If you are a member of the Cannon PTA, you can win:

- First Kid Out for Thanksgiving Break (A VIP Car Pickup Experience!)

- T-shirts

- Yard Signs

- A Photos with Santa Fast Pass at our upcoming Breakfast With Santa event

- Volunteers to cover your lunch duty (for teacher members!)

Visit to make sure you are a member!

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Santa is coming to Cannon Saturday, December 4th

Mark your calendar for Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 4 from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. We need lots of help to make this event happen, please consider volunteering or signing up to donate items for the hot chocolate bar and reindeer food station. Click HERE to sign up.

This is going to be a great event, you won't want to miss it!

The event will be FREE and outdoors

We will serve donuts and hot chocolate

We will have 2 photo stations with Santa and Bumble

There will be fun "reindeer games"

The choir will perform at 9 a.m.

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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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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**