The Cannon Connection

2021-2022 Newsletter for Cannon Elementary Families

May 15-21, 2022

Good morning Cannon families,

This week, we honor Julie Brenegan and her 43 years in education as we celebrate her retirement! She has been an integral part of growing our Cannon STEM mission and GCISD community for many years. Her leadership has shaped us in countless ways; We are surely going to miss her!

We would also like to give a special shout out to our Cannon Testing Coordinator - Lisa Brown, our teachers, instructional aides, and our 3rd-5th grade testers! Our first rounds of STAAR testing were smooth! Our staff and students showed up and stepped up! This week, we have one more round of testing on Tuesday, May 17 for the 5th grade Science STAAR Test. Below are a few reminders to prepare:

During state testing season, campuses are closed to visitors in order to have a secured testing environment, as required by the state. As communicated previously, Cannon will be a Closed Campus for STAAR Testing May 10 - 18. Parents cannot come into the building to bring lunches or to pull students. In the event of an emergency, call the front office and if your student needs to be pulled out, we will retrieve your students (yes, this includes K-2nd graders).

Lunchtimes may be modified to accommodate and maximize student testing opportunities during these testing days. Please limit contact with the front office to emergencies only. As a reminder, students have the ability to receive a free lunch from our nutritional service team every day this school year. Please remind your student to not forget their lunch if they do bring one from home that day. Also, please encourage your student to get a good night's rest the night before any of their assessment days while also considering limiting their technology use before bedtime to maximize their rest.

State law states that students may NOT opt-out of standardized or any other tests. If the student is absent on the day of the assessment, they will be required to make up the assessment when they return to school.

We encourage all students to do their best on the state assessment as it has implications for the student in regards to summer programs or next school year schedules with additional required tutorials. If a student misses particular assessments, the student will have required tutorial times per the state's House Bill 4545.

Finally, remind your student to bring their fully charged district-issued device, along with their charger and plug-in headphones (Bluetooth headphones are not allowed). Students may also bring a water bottle.

Thank you for encouraging your student to do their best and support the teachers/school as we navigate testing season together!

  • May 17th - STAAR Science - 5th

Parents, consider writing a letter to surprise and encourage your Cub(s) to do well on their STAAR tests. We know our scholars are ready to show their amazing knowledge and skills!

K-2 Parents-End of the Year mClass and AimsWeb Reports will be sent home by the end of this coming week. Please don't hesitate to ask your teacher if you have questions regarding the reports.

3-5th Grade Parents-End of the Year Assessments will begin after STAAR, therefore, teachers will send AimsWeb Reports for Reading and Math on the last week of school.

Thank you for your continued partnership!

Proud to be your principal,

Tina Garrett


Monday, April 4 - New to GCISD, Including Kindergarten, Registration Opens! Please help spread the word!

May Lunch Sign Ups

May - Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Military Appreciation Month

Returning Student Registration Opens! Note: Don't forget to attach Proof of Residency (Lease agreement, property tax statement, recent utility bill) when completing the registration.

May 10 - 18 Closed Campus for STAAR Testing

Tuesday, May 17 - 5th Science STAAR Test

*Students not meeting grade level STAAR standards must attend 2022 summer school. This year, the 87th Texas Legislature passed House Bill 4545 (HB 4545) to address additional learning opportunities for students who do not meet standards on the STAAR exams. More information on HB 4545 can be found at:

Wednesday, May 18 - 5th grade library Books Due

Friday, May 20 - Cannon Career Day

Tuesday, May 24 - 1st and 3rd Grade End of Year Success Ceremonies and Celebrations

1st Grade: 10:00-10:50 Families come for Awards in the amphitheatre and stay 10:50-11:30 for lunch - parents bring their favorite picnic food (Cafeteria food will be available if needed - Students ONLY).

3rd Grade: Lunch with parents 12:00-1:00, Award ceremony at 1:00 in the amphitheatre. The grade level will be collecting $4.00 for pizza, juice and cookies (Food is for students only).

Wednesday, May 25 - 2nd and 4th Grade End of Year Success Ceremonies and Celebrations

2nd Grade: Awards in the amphitheatre at 10:45 and then lunch on the lawn at 11:45 behind the 2nd grade classes. The grade level will be collecting $4.00 for pizza, juice and cookies (Food is for students only).

4th Grade: 12:00-1:00 Lunch picnic with parents - parents bring their favorite picnic food (Cafeteria food will be available if needed - Students ONLY). The grade level will provide a sweet treat for everybody with a goodie during the picnic. Awards in the amphitheater at 1:00 after lunch.

Wednesday, May 25 at 2:00 Former Cannon Cubs - High School Senior Graduation Walk at Cannon!

Thursday, May 26 - Kindergarten and 5th Grade Success Ceremonies and Celebrations

Kindergarten: Performance and Awards in our Cannon Cafe at 9:00am, PTA Pizza Lunch in the Amphitheater at 10:20

5th Grade: 11:00am - We invite all 5th grade parents and staff to join us for our annual 5th grade CLAP OUT to their Award Ceremony. Directly following the Awards Ceremony, our 5th graders will enjoy a lunch cookout and a lawn games party as they celebrate the end of their elementary years!

Thursday, May 26 (Full Day) - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!

Future Save the Dates~

New to Cannon Kinder Camp - Thursday, August 4 and 5 (More Details to Come)

2022-2023 Meet the Teacher & Back to School Bash - Monday, August 15 from 5:30-7:00 pm

Fast Passes for End of Year Success Ceremonies

You can click the following links to sign-up in advance for a Fast Pass IF you have been to Cannon during the 21-22 school year and signed in with your Driver's License to a kiosk. These will be available for pick-up beginning 30 minutes before your scheduled ceremony & celebration. Having a Fast Pass allows you to skip the lines at the kiosk on the day of the event and have your pass printed in advance for pick-up.

All fast passes must be requested by Thursday, May 19th.

EOY Success Ceremony dates and start times are below:

Kinder - Thursday, May 26 @ 9:00 am

1st Grade - Tuesday, May 24 @ 10:00 am

2nd Grade - Wednesday, May 25 @ 10:45

3rd Grade - Tuesday, May 24 @ 1:00 (Lunch begins at 12:00)

4th Grade - Wednesday, May 25 @ 1:00 (Lunch begins at 12:00)

5th Grade - Thursday, May 26 @ 11:00

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Arrival & Dismissal Reminders

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Arrival and Dismissal Procedures ~ REMINDERS!Arrival and Dismissal Procedures ~ REMINDERS!

  • Arrival begins at 7:25 and Dismissal begins at 3:05.

  • All students will remain with the grade level for dismissal. Each grade level will have a specific area to report to while waiting for their ride. All students will either be released as a walker, bus rider or placed in a car. Students will not be allowed to walk around the building to meet parents or cars.

  • Place your Car Tag with the student name on the passenger side visor. If you do not have your car tag, you will need to provide your driver's license. This will hold up the line!

  • Do not cross lanes during drop off and pick up.

  • Parents enter the car lane from W. College St. and must pull through the car lane until their student is dropped off/loaded into the car at the designated area near where new sidewalks will be available. Please do not drop off students until you are in this designated area. We do not want students walking, without supervision, nor between any cars, in any areas around traffic areas.

  • Please pay careful attention to staff as they direct and support procedures to ensure safety and efficiency.

  • As you are driving, if you are using the left side lane closest to the parking lot, students must exit and enter the car from the driver side back door ONLY.

  • As you are driving, if you are using the right/curbside/school side lane, students must exit and enter the car from passenger side doors ONLY.

  • When leaving the parking lot the right lane turns right and the left lane turns left.

  • It is imperative that you watch the staff volunteers and the Stop Sign to ensure you are not moving while students are walking in the paths of cars.

  • You may leave the parking lot at any time during arrival and dismissal from the exit side.

  • Notify changes in transportation to the office prior to 2:15 pm.

  • Please do not block the neighborhood entrances from College street.

  • If you would like to park and walk up to get your scholar, we ask that you wait in the designated areas shown below and wait for a staff member to call your Cub's name based on you holding your blue car tag. If parents choose to walk up, we will call for those scholars after the carline is moving.

  • If you need a blue pick up car tag, please notify Ana Hinojos at or 817-251-5680

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Cannon Library Update from Mrs. Wagner

Can you believe the 2021-2022 school year is almost over? As we finish the year, here are a few library dates to keep in mind:

  • May 18- all 5th grade library books are due back in the library

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. Cooperation is the character trait we are focussing on in April.

How can students practice cooperation at home? Check out the activities.

Counselor's Corner with Mrs. Coburn

I Need to Talk to Mrs. Coburn

K-2 Cooperation English

K-2 Cooperation Spanish

3-5 Cooperation English

3-5 Cooperation Spanish

Lunch Visitors ~

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. 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. 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!

All lunch visitors must sign up -

May Lunch Sign Ups

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Registration for the 2022-2023 school year begins May 2

Beginning Monday, registration for both new and returning families will be open in Skyward. As a reminder, the primary guardian will need to complete the registration in Skyward Family Access. Don't forget to provide two forms of proof of residency to complete the registration process. If you have forgotten your login and/or password, please click on Forgot login or password on the login screen and that information will be sent to your email.

Please note that bus rider registration will not be included in Skyward registration this year. If students need to register as a bus rider, they can do so by visiting after completing registration in Skyward.

If you need additional assistance or have specific questions or concerns, please contact your campus directly. If you have trouble registering for the 2022-2023 school year, please contact your campus registrar or

GCISD Color Guard Camp

Introducing the 2nd Annual GCISD Color Guard Camp. The CHHS Diamonds Color Guard have teamed up with the GHS Color Guard to bring you a FULL week of FULL day Color Guard activities. Open to incoming 1st-8th graders, the camp will teach your kids how to spin flags, spin rifles (7th and 8th graders), dance, and perform.

The camp will run from June 27th-July 1st 8:30am-4:00pm. Drop off is from 8-8:30am and pick up is from 4-4:30pm.

Link for flyer

Fine Arts Signing Day

On May 3, GCISD hosting its first annual Fine Arts Signing Day to honor those students who will continue their education in the arts at the next level. This event was a celebration of years of hard work by each of these students! Congrats to all that took part. Check out the video!

Summer School Information

As campuses have sent home the early letters to families about their students' possible recommendation to attend Dream Camp due to potential STAAR scores in 3rd 4th, and 5th, we discovered the need to revise and clarify some components of our summer programs.

  1. Dream Camp - By Invitation ONLY (Language Acquisition for Emergent Bilinguals and Intervention for PreK-2nd)
    • Monday - Friday, 8:00 - 2:30 at Timberline Elementary
    • June 1 - July 1
  2. Accelerated Instruction at Dream Camp (HB 4545 for 3rd and 4th graders who do not perform satisfactorily on STAAR with a Does Not Meet).
    • Monday - Friday, 8:00 - 12:00 at Timberline Elementary
    • June 1 - completion of 30 or 60 hours
    • No fee for HB 4545 tutorials
  3. STAAR Academy (HB 4545 for 5th- 8th graders who do not perform satisfactorily on STAAR with a Does Not Meet).
    • Monday - Friday, 8:00 - noon at Colleyville Heritage High School
    • June 6 - June 24

We wanted to pass along some helpful information for parents as they have questions about the programs, particularly for the Accelerated Instruction at Dream Camp for 3rd and 4th grade students and STAAR Academy for 5th graders.

  1. Dream Camp Website
  2. Dream Camp Information (PreK-2nd and Accelerated Instruction for 3rd/4th)
  3. STAAR Academy

During the week of May 23-27, 2022, administrators from your elementary campus will contact you if your student is recommended to attend Accelerated Instruction at Dream Camp or the STAR Academy. Students are recommended if they do not perform satisfactorily on a STAAR or STAAR Alt exam and are identified as needing to participate in 30 or 60 hours of extra tutoring during the summer to accelerate their learning per subject. Students who do not complete the 30 or 60 hours this summer will need to complete their hours during the 2022-2023 school year. Teachers will provide 4 hours of accelerated instruction in either math or reading each day. If a student plans to miss 5 days or more of summer instruction, it will be recommended that they complete their hours during the 22-23 school year. In order for us to secure a student's spot, the parents must commit to their child attending daily to fulfill all of their hours. Due to staffing, we will be unable to accommodate students who only attend partial days.

Construction Updates - Various GCISD Tracks Closed for Public Use

Over the next few months, construction will be taking place on the track and turf at a few GCISD locations. This means that the track and field at the following locations will be closed for public use until further notice:

  • Colleyville Heritage High - closed beginning May 1

  • Mustang Panther Stadium - closed beginning May 1

  • Cross Timbers Middle - closed beginning June 1

Community members looking for a track available for public use can utilize Colleyville Middle, Grapevine Middle or Heritage Middle during this time. Thank you for your cooperation.

2022 Summer Food Service Program Information

2022 Summer Food Service Program Information

For a meal near you call 211 or Text FOOD to 304-304

The Summer Food Service Program provides free meals to all children age 18 and younger. These meals provide essential nutrients for active growing kids. Children need good nutrition year-round so they can learn, grow and succeed in life. With nearly 2 million food insecure children living in Texas, these healthy meals are vital to nourishing young Texans during the summer vacation.

Summer food program meal sites help children succeed by providing the nourishment they need to return to school in the fall ready to thrive. To participate in the free meal program, all kids have to do is show up at a serving site.

Locations of summer sites for daily meal service: (a traditional breakfast and lunch will be served daily)

Timberline Elementary
3220 Timberline Dr.
June 1 - July 1
7:30 - 8:00 a.m.
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Cross Timbers Middle
2301 Pool Rd.
June 6 - August 4
7:30 - 8:00 a.m.
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Menus: June | July | August

Breakfast and lunch will be offer vs. serve. Students will need to select a minimum three components for breakfast and lunch. At lunch the meal must include a fruit or vegetable in order to have a complete meal.

The entire meal must be consumed at the serving site absolutely no “to go” breakfasts or lunches are available.

For additional information please call the GCISD Nutrition Services Department at 817-251-5618 or email For more information about the national Summer Food Service Program, visit

Bring Your Own Device FAQs

As a reminder, beginning in August 2022, personal PC or MacBook laptops will no longer be able to connect to the internet while on a GCISD campus. This means that students will need to use a district-issued device while on campus.

The District has compiled a list of frequently asked questions regarding this change. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please direct them to

Survey Regarding HSI

GCISD is reviewing human sexuality instruction in light of changes made by the Texas Legislature and the adoption of a new health textbook. As GCISD considers next steps in light of these changes, we are seeking parental input and feedback.

The District has already emailed to parents a letter via Skyward that further explains legislative changes and reviews the District's current practices. We encourage parents who want to become more familiar with the District's current human sexuality instruction, and to learn about potential new instructional materials, to learn more by visiting the GCISD website, then complete the survey.

Video instructions on accessing the survey can be watched here. If you plan to not opt your child into this portion of the health education curriculum, we are asking that you still complete the survey.

We look forward to, and appreciate parents' feedback. If you have questions, please contact

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Standard Response Protocols

In GCISD, the safety and security of our students and staff are our top priority. We have partnered with the I Love You Guys Foundation to implement Standard Response Protocols, or as we called them, Ss, that are used in emergency situations.

Emergency personnel in Colleyville, Euless and Grapevine work in partnership with GCISD to ensure we keep all students and staff safe. In this video, members of these emergency services and GCISD staff help explain each SRP and its function in keeping students and staff safe. Learn more about GCISD's Security and Emergency Management by clicking here.

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Please find the UPDATED 22-23 Elementary School Supply List (English & Spanish).

This list will also be found on the GCISD School Tools webpage!

UPDATED Math Telescoping Exams

Math Telescoping Exams

Second round of testing opportunities for Telescoping in Math for the 2022-2023 school year will be available in

JULY 2022 for GCISD students who are currently completing Grades K-7.

The Math Telescoping Parent Information Packet is available on the GCISD district website under the “Parents” tab and then click on “Math Telescoping”. Here you will be on the main Math Telescoping, Grades K-7 website page. Please view the current Acceleration Testing Calendar for 2021-2022 on the website.

Parents will find information about the requirements to qualify for Math Telescoping and instructions about the Online Registration Process and the required Payment Online Process. View the TEKS on the TEA website and download Study Guides for the exams purchased from UTHS-Austin. These two links, TEKS and UTHS Study guide are found at the bottom of the Math Telescoping main page of the GCISD website.

Exam Fee(s): There is a fee for EACH exam ordered. All Paper and Online Remote exams are ordered from UTHS-Austin. Please review the Math Telescoping Crosswalk BEFORE registering to see if your child will be required to take 1 or 2 exams. This is super important for registration and exam fees.

***Please Note** Payments are REQUIRED to be made online at the end of each registration form.

A link for the online payment will be provided after the “submit” button is clicked**

**The payment link CANNOT BE ACCESSED once registration has been completed**

***IMPORTANT** If you have a question about the payment, please call 817-251-5207or email BEFORE you register or BEFORE you click the “submit” button.

*Incomplete registrations and lack of applicable payments cannot be considered. NO exceptions will be granted”

$30.00 for EACH “PAPER” exam

(Paper in-person is “REQUIRED” for students taking math exam levels 1 & 2)

(Paper in-person is “optional” for students taking math exam levels 3 & higher)

$40.00 for EACH “Online Remote Proctorio” exam

(Online from home is available only for students taking math exam levels 3 & higher.)

Math Exam Levels 1 & 2 must be given orally. These Paper exams will be administered at the GCISD location. Proctors will read the questions and students will mark their answers in the test booklet. Proctors will transcribe their answers to a computer graded answer sheet for scoring by the UTHS-Austin Testing Center.

The online registration form will go live on the GCISD website June 13-21, 2022 for the July test dates.


The exam dates, registration and online payment deadlines are listed below:

JULY Exam Dates:

Online Remote Proctorio: July 18-28, 2022 (math levels 3 & up taken from home computer)

Paper (In-Person): July 18 & 19, 2022 (9:00 am & 1:00 pm).

Online Registration Opens: June 13, 2022

Online Registration & payment Closes: June 21, 2022 @ 3:00 pm “NO exceptions will be granted.”

***Location for JULY Paper Testing:

Heritage Middle School, 5300 Heritage Ave, Colleyville, TX. 76034

Instructional Calendar Changes for this school year~

Due to GCISD’s recent closure on February 24 due to winter weather, beginning on March 7, ten (10) minutes will be added to the end of each school day to recover the necessary amount of instructional minutes. New release times for GCISD schools will be as follows:

  • Elementary - 3:05 p.m.
  • Middle - 3:35 p.m.
  • High - 4:10 p.m.

Just as a reminder, due to the previous closures due to weather and COVID-19, the following changes are still in effect:

  • Friday, March 11 will no longer be an early release day. Students will attend school for the full day.

  • Students will be in school on Friday, April 15 and Monday, April 18 which were originally planned for inclement weather days.

  • Wednesday, May 25 and Thursday, May 26 will no longer be early release days, except for high school students. All elementary and middle school students will attend school for the full day.

*NOTE: These changes do not affect the instructional calendars for Collegiate Academy or iUniversity Prep.

Click here for an updated 2021-2022 GCISD Instructional Calendar.

2022-2023 Instructional Calendar

On Monday, December 13, the GCISD Board of Trustees approved the student and staff instructional calendar for the 2022-2023 school year.

A few highlights from the 2022-2023 instructional calendar:

  • Students will begin classes on Wednesday, August 17.

  • Students will have a four-day weekend from October 29 - November 1, with October 31 and November 1 being Professional Development Days.

  • Classes end for the first semester on Wednesday, December 21. The second semester begins after Winter Break on Monday, January 9.

  • Teachers return from Winter Break on Friday, January 6, for a Professional Development Day.

  • Spring Break is March 13 - March 17.

  • Students and staff will have a four-day weekend in April (dependent on the need to makeup one or both inclement weather days).

  • Classes are finished on Thursday, May 25.

The calendar can be viewed and downloaded as a PDF: 2022-2023 GCISD Student and Staff Instructional Calendar

*iUniversity Prep and Collegiate Academy instructional calendars will be released at a later date.

GCISD COVID-19 Resources

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

Cafe Menu Update!

Please see the updated menu attached. Nutrition services has indicated the vegetarian friendly items in green. In addition, they have added a couple of plant based menu items on the menu. They also plan to offer a hummus box daily in addition to the baked potato that is available. All menu items are subject to change due to availability. Students may always select a vegetable plate that consists of two vegetables, one fruit, one grain, and milk.

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Thank you to everyone who helped make teacher appreciation week a success.

A special THANK YOU to Jennifer Knell and Jessica Witt for organizing such an awesome week for our faculty and staff. Thank you to all the Dads who managed car line, the parents who volunteered for lunch duty, parent volunteers who helped with set up and clean up each day and to everyone who contributed to the Italian lunch.

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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**