The Cannon Connection

2021-2022 Newsletter for Cannon Elementary Families

August 8-14, 2021

Good morning Cannon families,


This week we welcome back our staff to a fun-filled week of community building and professional learning in preparation for our Cubs - We can't wait to kick off this school year!


We do understand there are continued health concerns related to COVID. Our campus will collect information from families beginning this week regarding parent choice for your child to wear a mask at school. Once we collect this information, we will consider other campus based options for mitigating procedures. Please take a moment and complete the following survey:


Important: Elementary Parent Health and Safety Survey August 2021


We are extremely excited to see all of our families at our MEET THE TEACHER BACK TO SCHOOL BASH FRIDAY, AUGUST 13TH! In collaboration with our PTA, we have planned an amazing opportunity for us to reconnect our Cannon Community!


Kindergarten and First grade parents are invited to begin a special campus tour and meet the teacher starting at 5:00. Immediately following the kindergarten and first grade tours, our fantastic PTA will begin our BACK TO SCHOOL BASH at 5:30, which will be spaced out in our Cafe, Gym, Courtyard, and Playground. Teachers will reach out to our families on the afternoon of Thursday, August 12 to let you know your homeroom teacher. So exciting!


During the bash, we will stagger classroom visit times based on grade levels. We ask that you use this time to meet your grade level teachers and view classrooms, however, please do not linger so that all families can enjoy meeting their teacher. We will call grade levels when it's time to meet your teacher during the following blocks of time:


K-1: 5:00 pm

Bash starts at 5:30

2nd-3rd: 5:45-6:15

4th-5th: 6:15-6:45


The Bash will end at 7:30. We look forward to an amazing 2021-2022 school year!


Proud to be your principal,

Tina Garrett

#BeCannonProud

Did you see Cannon on NBC during the Olympics?

Last spring we had the honor of hosting an NBC commercial film shoot! The following clip made the final cut and aired during the summer olympics! If you haven't had the chance to view it - check it out!
OLY AM ID - Laura Harris in Grapevine/Colleyville ISD

One School, One Book (1st-5th grades)

Has your first through fifth grade Cannon scholar finished our One School, One Book title, Zoey and Sassafras: Dragons and Marshmallows? If they finished the book, fill out and sign the Reading Celebration Ticket and return it to Mrs. Wagner by Wednesday, August 25! One ticket can be used for all the Cannon students in your family.
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Wednesday, August 18 - First Day of School!

Thursday, August 26 - Virtual Curriculum Night:

  • Two available times - 5:30- 6:15 and 6:30-7:15

  • Grade level teams will share more information and links

Monday, September 6 - Labor Day: NO SCHOOL (Student and Teacher Holiday)

Monday, September 20 - NO SCHOOL -Student Holiday; Teacher Professional Development

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GCISD's COVID-19 Protocols

Throughout the summer, GCISD has continued to monitor updated health guidance and recommendations to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, the District has monitored positive cases for students and staff that participated in summer programs. This continued monitoring has helped inform the District’s 2021-2022 COVID-19 protocols, which may be found here.


Several factors were taken into consideration when developing the health and safety protocols for the 2021-2022 school year. While the State authorized school districts to offer remote learning last school year, the legislature did not adopt legislation that would provide funding for students in remote learning. Additionally, Governor Abbott has issued an Executive Order prohibiting school districts from requiring students, staff and visitors to wear masks at any time. Furthermore, as of Friday, August 6, the Texas Education Agency has provided no updated guidance for the 2021-2022 school year.


We have processes in place that will help mitigate the spread amongst our students and staff; however, the District is also asking that everyone have a level of self responsibility to help us prevent a larger spread. The best chance of maintaining a healthy school environment is reporting and staying home when ill, especially with COVID-19 symptoms.


We will continue to monitor guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of State Health Services, Tarrant County Public Health, Texas Education Agency, as well as national, state and local leaders and will amend our protocols as necessary. Working together is our best protection against the spread of COVID-19 in our community and our schools.

Back-to-School Tech Check

GCISD students and families are getting excited for the 2021-2022 school year! Before you return on Wednesday, August 18, what are some steps you can take to ensure a successful start to the year? The first is a Back-to-School Tech Check!


Each year, GCISD technology staff see an influx of devices that need repair during the first week of school. This can lead to students missing valuable time in class in which their device is needed. To ensure students start the year in the best possible way, please complete the simple steps of GCISD's Back-to-School Tech Check.

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2021-2022 Free Meals Update

For the 2021-2022 school year, students enrolled in pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade, and also at Collegiate Academy, will be eligible to receive a free healthy meal every day at school. Typically, a student’s household must meet income eligibility requirements to qualify for free or reduced-price meals; however, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued guidance that allows schools to offer meals to all students at no cost for the 2021-2022 school year. While a free and reduced application is not required for free meals, GCISD will process socioeconomic forms to determine student status which may provide other benefits such as discounts on bus services, academic testing fees, school fees, and college applications. In addition to these discounts, local community services and free hotspots for internet services are available.


Students that attend Colleyville Heritage High School and Grapevine High School must apply to determine eligibility to receive free or reduced-price meals. The application may be accessed at www.schoollunchapp.com. Questions may be emailed to child.nutrition@gcisd.net.

Youth Leadership Colleyville Program

For over 20 years, the Colleyville Chamber of Commerce has offered the Youth Leadership Colleyville Program for sophomore and junior students enrolled at Colleyville Heritage High School, Grapevine High School, and local private schools, residing within the GCISD attendance area. After a short break due to the pandemic, the Colleyville Chamber of Commerce is privileged to host another exciting year of empowering today’s youth with tools essential to career growth and development. You can be a part of this stimulating series and challenge yourself with life-changing experiences!


The Youth Leadership Colleyville Program is designed to develop leadership skills and a sense of community while providing you with the keys to personal and professional success. During the nine-month program, you will learn about your own unique leadership style, valuing the contributions of others, economic responsibility, local government, and media/communications.


Applications will be accepted through Friday, August 13. Click here for additional information and to submit an application.

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Friday, August 13th 5:30-7:30 Meet your teacher, have some pizza and party with the PTA.

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If you ordered EPI school supplies, they will be in your grade level living room for meet the teacher night.