Growing with STEM in Fourth Grade

March 21-24

This Week in Fourth Grade

I hope everyone enjoyed a relaxing Spring Break and took some time to relax during their time off of school. As we come back to school for only a 4 day week (YAY!), scholars will be working hard to get ready for the fast approaching Writing STAAR test on March 29th. Our scholars have been working hard all year on their writing and have come a long way. We can't wait to see them show off what they know!

What We are Learning This Week

Reading:

I can draw conclusions about the cause and effect of a character’s actions.


Writing:
I can revise to improve my expository writing.
I can identify a central idea to assess the relevance of supporting details.

Social Studies:
I can understand the importance of the Texas Revolution, The Republic of Texas, and the annexation of Texas to the United States.


Science:

I can explore, illustrate, and compare life cycles in living organisms such as butterflies, beetles,radishes, or lima beans


Math:
I can identify, calculate, and measure the Area and Perimeter of a rectangle

I can identify, measure, and create angles, and lines.

Important Dates

3/21 Students return from Spring Break

3/23 Report Cards will be available for viewing after 3:30 pm

3/24 Principal's Coffee - 8:00-9:00 am in the library

3/24 GCISD Bond Information Meeting- 6:00 pm in the Cannon cafeteria

3/24 GMS Band Tryouts will be held at Cannon from 5:00-7:00 pm (5th GRADERS ONLY)

3/25 Bad Weather Make-Up Day (If no bad weather days are used prior to this date, this will be a student holiday)

3/28 Cannon Night @ Spring Creek BBQ

3/28 GCISD Board Meeting- Colleyville Middle School - 7:00 pm in the cafeteria

3/29 STAAR Testing - 4th Grade Writing

4/01 Special Programs Lottery

Friday- NO SCHOOL!

Unless a flash flood or a crazy snow storm blows in during the next few days, there will be no school on Friday, March 25th. Friday was a Bad Weather Makeup Day and so far this year we have had pretty great weather!

Principal's Coffee- Questions or Concerns?

Join Mrs. Blizzard for another Principal's Coffee. Come for a cup of coffee, a pastry, and a change to talk about the questions and concerns you have about topics that are important to our school and community!

Don't Forget to Order a Yearbook!

Yearbook information was sent home with ALL scholars last week. Yearbooks are $20, which includes a free personalized page, and can be purchased online or by making a payment in the Cannon office by cash or check. All checks should be made payable to Cannon Elementary.
Deadline to order: April 4th (personalized pages must also be completed by this date)

Free page?:
When you purchase a yearbook, you will have the option to customize TWO pages in your child's yearbook for FREE! You can design your child's pages with pictures of their year, including school parties, field trips, vacations, fun events, sports, or other activities. Parents can even create these pages as dedication pages with baby pictures and special quotes. If you design custom pages, they will be included ONLY in your child's yearbook and must be complete through the online site. You are not required to create custom pages - it's only an option for interested

To get started on your yearbook order, go to www.TreeRing.com/validate. You will be asked for our school's passcode: 1014520263794913

Coming Up Next: STAAR

It's almost time for our 4th grade & 5th grade scholars to begin STAAR testing! Our 4th graders will take the STAAR Writing test on Tuesday, March 29th. Our 5th grade students will take STAAR Math on Tuesday, March 29th and STAAR Reading on Wednesday, March 30th. We are confident that our scholars will perform well on these state-mandated assessments! Please remember to provide your scholar with positive encouragement, as well as reminders to do work hard, use the strategies they have learned, and to do their best on these upcoming assessments. Please watch for any last minute information/reminders coming home about STAAR testing.

Help Us Help Cannon

Did you know that it has been OVER 5 YEARS since Cannon has done a school-sponsored fundraiser!?
In an effort to provide an opportunity to Cannon parents to help support Cannon, we are doing a Greenback Fundraiser. Your scholar will not come home with catalogs with cookie dough, wrapping paper, or candy, parents can make a one time donation directly to cannon. Funds raided will help support our growth as a school and curriculum materials/other resources for our scholars and teachers. And donating is super EASY. You can donate online, using a credit card (no fees involved!) or by cash/check. All checks should be made out to Cannon Elementary. Each donation is tax-deductible and a form will be provided on request.

Look for a donation flyer coming home with your scholar soon!

Or if you can't wait: Click here to make a donation ONLINE now! Select the button - Cannon- Growing the Future!!

Learn about what is going on: GCISD Board Meeting

In an effort to invite community members to see our district at work, the Board of Trustees are taking some monthly Board meetings on the road! On Monday, March 29th the GCISD Board of Trustees will host its regular meeting at Colleyville Middle School, located at 1100 Bogart Drive, Colleyville, TX. The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm in the cafeteria. We hope to see you there!

Is Your Scholar Above Average in Math?

Testing opportunities for telescoping in math for the 2016-2017 school year are available in the spring and summer for GCISD students who are completing grades K through 7. The Math Telescoping Information Packet will be available the first week of March on the district website under the For Parents and Students Directory by selecting the link for Acceleration Exams, Math Telescoping, Grades K-7. There will be links to print the Information Packet, begin the TWO STEP Online Registration Process to register for the spring exams, view the TEKS on the TEA website, and download Study Guides for the exams purchased from UT-Austin. Click here to see the exam dates and registration deadlines for each exam date - English. Click here to see this information in Spanish.

Coming Home this Week: Free eBooks!

This week, we will be sending home information about FREE eBOOKS that are now available to all Cannon students! In case the information does not make it home with your scholar, below is all of the information below on how to access a library of thousands of popular and award-winning eBooks for free! We hope that everyone will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity and that it helps further support and engage your child's learning and foster their love of reading beyond the classroom.
  1. Go to the App Store on your device (Apple or Android)
  2. Search for "Open eBooks" and follow the instructions to download.
  3. Open the app.
  4. Agree to any terms & conditions.
  5. Enter your code and PIN combination when prompted. For Pre-K - 4th grade eBooks: Access Code: M6901N0WZ0 Pin: 5806; For 5th-8th grade eBooks: Access Code: MUZI856QUT Pin: 8534
  6. Browse the catalog of books available.
  7. Download eBooks of interest to your child and enjoy reading. Please note that you can download 10 eBooks at a time. Each eBook will be available for 56 days before it must be renewed.
  8. That's it! Enjoy!!

Know Someone that Wants to Attend Cannon?

Friday, 3/25, will be the final day for parents in the community to submit an application for their child to attend Cannon's STEM program next year! Let your friends know that it is not too late but the deadline is approaching fast!