Growing with STEM in Fourth Grade

May 9-13

This Week in Fourth Grade

With just four short weeks of school left, we are looking forward to ending this school year on a strong note. Tomorrow and Tuesday we will be taking our Math and Reading STAAR exams. A few reminders, please ensure that your scholar is at school on time, has eaten a good breakfast, and has been given a healthy dose of optimism. A positive attitude goes a long way in helping them to do their best work. Also please remember that our Campus will be closed to visitors Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (5th grade Science STAAR)

Also this week, the 25 Book Challenge is due (Ms. Kennedy will be collecting this), all Library books are due before Friday, and we will need volunteers on Friday and Monday to help build Golf Course (see the blurb below.)

Don't forget to check the calendar below for dates that span to the end of the school year. This includes our Field Day, Awards Ceremony, and early dismissal for the last day of school.

GCISD community votes to support the 2016 Bond!!!

As you may have head the GCISD community has voted to support the bond. Because of the plans to utilize a portion of the Bond to rebuild Cannon, this very exciting news directly effects our scholars. As more information is sent out, I will be sure share it. Until then here is the link to the statement from our District.

Young Engineer's Night

Mark you calendars now for our 2nd annual Young Engineer's Night. It is scheduled for Thursday May 19th and will run between 6:00 and 7:30. We will have an engineering Exhibit in the GYM, with experts and exhibits from Hewlett Packard, UTA Mobile Robotics, Lockheed Martin, Bell Helicopter, Mouser Electronics and more. In addition, families can participate in hands on engineering design challenges in the engineering strand of your choice throughout the evening.

Building Golf Courses

Your scholars have been waiting for a long while now to have the opportunity to build their golf courses. They have created plans and models, and will now be piecing together and building their courses. Because many of the scholars used materials such as wood in thier designs, we will need a few parent volunteers who are willing bring and use some basic tools. We will need parent volunteers on Friday and Monday morning who are willing to bring and use, hammers, saws, drills etc. No tools, no problem, we will have a few extra handy. Please use the sign-up to check for an open time.

Also needed are Material Donations

If you have any of these items that you no longer need, we are in need of the following items to help build the golf courses.

*Cardboard boxes (as many as we can take),

*Small (1-4 foot in length) boards

*3 inch diameter PVC Pipe

*Shoe Boxes, Large Plastic Cups

Parent Volunteers are Needed

There is an upcoming fundraiser for the Sky Ranch Field Trip, and we need your help! Please use the following link to sign up to help at our Main Street Days Parking lot.

What We are Learning This Week


I can describe the flow of energy through a food web.


Review of all TEKS


I can pace my reading and thinking to maximize my stamina and comprehend at high levels.

I can use different test taking strategies to be successful.

I can create an Imaginative Narrative

Social Studies:

I can understand the impact of science and technology on life in Texas.

I can identify famous inventors and scientists as well as their contributions.

Important Dates

5/9 3rd and 4th Grade Math STAAR Tests

5/10 3rd and 4th Grade Reading STAAR Tests

5/11 5th Grade Science STAAR Test

5/11 National Nurse's Day! Celebrate Nurse Kendra!

5/16 Cubs Night Out @ Pluckers

5/17 PTA Talk & Tea 7:45-8:30 - A Focus on Literacy

5/18 NRH20 Music Festival - choir trip

5/19 Young Engineer's Night 6:00-7:30 pm

5/20 Career Day - K-5

5/26 Field Day!

5/27 Bad Weather Makeup Day - Student/Staff Holiday

5/30 School Holiday - Memorial Day

5/31 4th grade Awards Ceremony - 1:30-2:30

6/2 Last Day of School - Early Release 11:45

Nothing to do this Summer? Check this out!

Be sure to check out the awesome summer enrichment opportunities that are offered in GCISD. Summer classes are offered for students that have completed Kindergarten - 6th grade and are ages 5-13. Courses are offered in all areas, including academic, physical fitness, fine arts, as well as special interest classes. Classes run for one week for 3 hours per day either in the morning or in the afternoon. Click here to find registration information for Summer Enrichment or watch this video to learn more about Summer Enrichment opportunities!

New Way to Register

Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, GCISD will begin using Skyward Family Access to register students. This is a change for families, as the district has previously used Infosnap. New students to GCISD for the 2016-2017 school year, including incoming Kindergarten students may begin registering with Skyward the week of April 25-April 29. All returning students will complete registration in August. Be sure to share these dates with any family, friends, or neighbors who have incoming Kindergarten students or other students who will be new to GCISD next year. To read more about this change in registration systems, click here.

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!!

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!!

Changing Times

A letter went home with all students to inform you about the change to the instructional calendar that will be going before the Board on March 28 at Colleyville Middle School. Every year, the District Excellence Committee, comprised of teachers, staff, parents and community members, as well as district and campus leadership, review possible calendar options before presenting to the Board of Trustees. This year, we had the additional complication of HB 2610, which was developed and passed during the 84th Texas legislative session. It requires districts to provide at least 75,600 minutes of instruction, rather than 180 days. Due to the new legislation passed by the State, there will be some changes made to the student-teacher calendar in GCISD. To maintain the calendar the community desires and has previously approved, elementary, middle and high schools must have 435 instructional minutes per day. In order to accommodate the new requirements, the district had to make adjustments to the school day for elementary and high school students. The new start and dismissal times are impacted not only by the change in the required instructional minutes but also by the resulting shift in the transportation schedules. Below is the proposed schedule for 2016-2017 school year:

● Elementary School 7:40 a.m. - 2:55 p.m.

● Middle School 8:10 a.m. - 3:25 p.m.

● High School 8:40 a.m. - 3:55 p.m.

If the Board approves the proposed changes to our bell schedule, the district will post information on the district website and share through campus social media channels.