The Cannon Connection
2021-2022 Newsletter for Cannon Elementary Families
February 6 - 12, 2022
Good morning Cannon families,
I hope all of our families find this edition of our Cannon Times safe and warm; I'm sure our Cubs enjoyed playing in the snow for a couple of days!
We look forward to a busy February full of fun, STEM integrated learning, and family engagement! Check out all of our dates below.
We are in need of recyclables for Design Challenges during Engineering Week. Please collect and send in clean plastic caps (any size and color) along with small containers/boxes in various shapes. (small Pringles cans, small cereal boxes, etc.. ) - Thank you for your help!
As a reminder, Monday, February 14 is a NO SCHOOL Student Holiday and Teacher Professional Development Day.
Thank you for your continued support and partnership - We are Cannon Proud!
Proud to be your principal,
January Book of the Month Challenge - Roxaboxen; In this amazing story, neighborhood kids turn a barren field into a town with nothing but rocks and their imaginations.
Cannon Cardboard City Challenge - Parents will be able to view our Cardboard City during our Family Engineering Night on Thursday, February 24.
Testing and Referral for Gifted and Talented services and the Aspire Academy
Referral Window: January 10 - January 28
Testing Window: February 1 - February 28
February - Black History Month
February 7 - 11 - School Counselor Appreciation Week! The purpose of National School Counseling Week (NSCW) is to highlight the effects of the school counseling profession on student success in both school and life. National School Counseling Week is sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and is celebrated the first full week in February. Have you scholar show their appreciation by writing Mrs. Coburn a special note!
Tuesday, February 8 - 5th Grade Science Benchmark Testing (Change of date due to weather closing)
Tuesday, February 8 - 100th day of school - show your spirit by dressing the part; Dress like your 100! (updated based on school closures )
February 11 - Cubs will exchange Valentine's with their classmates ❤️ please make sure it is a pre-packed nut free option (skittles, suckers, popcorn), consider non edible items like pencils, erasers, stickers, etc.. Parents should check bags at home before kids eat treats!
Saturday, February 12 - Girl Scout Troop is 1460 Drive Thru Cookie Sale; Cannon Cookie Drive Thru! Cannon will be supporting our resident Girl Scouts by hosting a Girl Scout Cookie Drive Thru on Saturday, February 12th from Noon – 3PM. Troop1460 will have a cookie booth set up in the parking lot with drive thru service. Please come by to pick up your favorite cookies just in time for Valentine’s Day and Super Bowl. They will be accepting cash and/or credit cards.
Monday, February 14 - Student Holiday NO SCHOOL, Staff Professional Development Day
February 21-25 - National Engineering Week, Cannon Book Fair
Happy Twosday, 2/22/22 - Have some fun by wearing Ties, TuTus, Tennis Shoes or just a bunch of 2s!
Wednesday, February 23 - Progress Report 3 Posts in Skyward
Thursday, February 24 - Cannon Family Engineering Night 5:30-7:15 pm- More details coming soon! Cannon PTA will host In-and-Out Burger from 6:00-7:00 pm.
Kids Heart Challenge
We have officially kicked off the Kids Heart Challenge Road Trip with the American Heart Association, and we need your help! Over the next few weeks students will be learning about their heart, raising awareness and funds for the American Heart Association. Our school's goal is to raise $5,000 in donations and for every student to complete Finn's Mission!
The Road Trip started today with your student(s) watching this video at school.
PARENTS – HERE’S HOW TO GET STARTED
Step 2. Complete Finn’s Mission – this will be your road map!
Your student will collect souvenirs along the way, including their own Heart Heroes and more. You can check these out on the KHC envelope your student is bringing home today.
Any student that raises $100 gets to participate in COLOR BLAST with Coach Sutherlin!!!
Finn's Mission with your family!
Find out how you can complete Finn's Mission with your family! https://youtu.be/l_kOvZDYsdU
For every $50 of lifesaving donations that students raise, they will earn a Mystery Gift! (Up to 20 mystery gifts.) It’s a surprise to see what’s inside! Check out the Mystery Gift video! https://youtu.be/eGpyll_5gpc
Parents – you can join your student(s) on the road.
We invite you to join us in at-home heart-healthy behaviors by accessing the KHC Experience.
Finn's Mission with your family!
Parents – you can join your student(s) on the road.
Why we support the American Heart Association: Every 40 seconds someone in America suffers from a stroke. Complete Finn’s Mission to learn how your family can recognize and react to a stroke FAST … because when it comes to stroke every minute matters!
Thank you for joining us on the road and helping us save lives!
To show support for healthy families, Reliant will donate $100 for every new enrollment in the Reliant Heart Power Plan. Thank you Reliant for supporting the Kids Heart Challenge!
Spring Scholastic Book Fair
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. Courage is the character trait we are focussing on in February. We will talk about how to show courage and self-confidence. How will you practice courage at home? Check out the activities.
It’s time to purchase a 21-22 yearbook!
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 - February's Lunch Sign-Ups
February Parent Tech Academy: Google’s Family Link App
GCISD’s Parent Technology Academy is returning in February with a session focused on Google’s Family Link app. The free session will be held on Wednesday,February 16, at 6:30 p.m. on Webex. A representative from Google will lead this virtual session in which parents will learn about the Family Link app. The app helps your family create healthy digital habits. Whether your children are younger or in their teens, the Family Link app lets you set digital ground rules to help guide them as they learn, play, and explore online.
No registration is required, and parents can join by simply visiting www.GCISD.net/ParentTech. Shortly before the session begins, this link will direct parents directly to the Webex session. The live session will be conducted in English, with a summary of the session available in both English and Spanish after February 16.
The Parent Technology Academy is a place where parents can come to learn about current trends in social media, online websites, and tools their students use each day at school. This Academy is a place to pull back the curtain on the many apps and websites that students use on a day-to-day basis in and out of school. Past sessions have included Top Apps Parents Need to Know, Social Media and College, Understanding Google Docs, Internet Safety, Minecraft for Parents, Fortnite For Parents, Device-Free Dinners and more.
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is transitioning all state assessments to be administered online by the 2022–2023 school year. To support this change, GCISD will be administering all state assessments online this Spring and is encouraging students to visit the practice tests site released by the TEA to prepare for online testing. For upcoming testing, students will be using district issued personal devices.
The online practice tests familiarize students with the general tools, designated supports, and accessibility features that may appear in online tests. In the practice site, there are features that may be turned on and off for students with identified accommodations such as text-to-speech and spelling assistance. Organized by grade level and subject, all 2018, 2019, and 2021 STAAR released tests are also available on the online practice site . Please visit this link for instructions on how to access the practice site.
To view upcoming online STAAR testing windows and dates, please visit our website.
More specific information about student testing days will be coming soon. Please submit a help desk ticket if you are having trouble launching a test.
STAAR Practice, Practice, Practice ~
Check out this opportunity to practice but before you do, know these important things:
1. All 3rd-5th grade students should practice at least three times before testing in May.
2. Students have an actual login they will receive while here at school. THIS practice above is only the "Guest View".
3. Play with the "Guest View" so you can see EVERYTHING!!
4. When your student(s) sign in with their personal login (we will give them those when they practice at school), they WILL NOT see everything the "guest view" offers because their site will be tailored to their personal accommodations - IF they have any.
5. Check out this detailed instruction sheet to see how to log in as a guest so you and your student can play around with it.6. You don't have to complete or have your student practice an entire test but I HIGHLY recommend that you look through it. As the leader of the staff that has already played with it, I found some unique things that would've thrown me off if I didn't practice. Get your students to see what the site has to offer.
District Communication Contact Information
There may be instances where we need to send emergency communication via email, phone call and/or text message. Please make sure that your contact information is updated in Skyward. If your information is updated in Skyward, but you are not receiving campus communication, please send your name, students name, contact information and campus to email@example.com. For more information or for help accessing Skyward, please visit our website or submit a Help Desk Ticket.
The GCISD Early Childhood Development Center is hiring!
The ECDC is a childcare center available to employees of GCISD for children ages 6 weeks to 3 years. We have part time and full time positions available with flexible schedules. The District is offering quarterly retention payments of $500 to full time employees, childcare benefits and competitive compensation. Full time applicants can apply here. Part time applicants can apply here.
Testing for Gifted & Talented (GT) Services and/or the ASPIRE Academy
Kindergarten through 5th Grade currently enrolled students may be referred and tested for GT services and/or the ASPIRE Academy during the windows
Referral Window: January 10 - January 28
Testing Window: February 1 - February 28
GT Decisions mailed: March 28
ASPIRE Decisions mailed: April 27
Visit the Advanced Academics Website (https://bit.ly/GCISDGTID) to refer your child for testing, and please allow thirty minutes to complete the “Parent Inventory/Permission to Test” online form.
If you are unable to refer your child online, you may pick up a paper copy of the referral form in the front office of your home campus.
For more information regarding the testing process, please view one of the following videos below. All videos can also be found at https://bit.ly/GCISDGTinfo
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.
Reporting COVID-19 Cases
To report a student or staff COVID-19 case to GCISD, please complete this form. A District or campus nurse will then contact you with the next steps. Please complete the form rather than reporting cases directly to any GCISD staff.
GCISD COVID-19 Resources
Please visit www.GCISD.net/COVID19 for lots of additional resources from the District pertaining to COVID-19. There you can find all of the following information, plus more:
Below is important information regarding GCISD’s response to COVID-19.
The District is monitoring the rapid spread of the Omicron variant and the impact it is having across the District. Here you will find an interactive graph that allows you to see the trend of active COVID-19 cases in GCISD by both date and campus. There are several classrooms and grade-levels that are rapidly approaching 20% positivity rate across the District. As a reminder, here are the thresholds for elementary class quarantines that were implemented in Fall 2021:
If a classroom has a 10% positivity rate for COVID-19, additional COVID protocols will be temporarily implemented including placing desks in rows facing the same direction, providing students with a desktop divider, based on availability, for the classroom. Students will take their individual desktop divider with them to art, music and the cafeteria when feasible. Students will remain in cohorts to the extent possible in PE to limit contacts.
If a classroom has a confirmed 20% positivity rate for COVID-19, students must quarantine for a designated period of time and will transition to remote conferencing.
If your student has been exposed to COVID-19 or is demonstrating symptoms, they may participate in remote conferencing.
As a reminder, GCISD encourages students and staff to wear a mask, wash their hands and watch your distance. Additionally, if your student is experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, please keep them home until they receive a negative test result, an alternative diagnosis from a physician or until 10 days have passed. If you are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test, your student must remain home until you have received the results. If a family member is positive, and you wish for your student to enter into remote conferencing in an abundance of caution, they may do so by contacting the campus directly.
Finally, many staff members are testing positive for COVID, which requires a substitute in order to continue with in-person instruction. If you are interested in applying to be a substitute teacher, the application may be found here.
GCISD COVID-19 Testing Center
As a reminder, Consent forms for the COVID-19 Testing Center are now located in Skyward. Access forms using the instructions found here for STUDENTS (VIDEO Instructions). After submitting the information in Skyward (Family Access for Students and Employee Access for Staff), Skyward will send you an email confirming that you signed your consent.
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.
Students being marked absent even though they attended Remote Conferencing
When students are out for Covid they are marked absent by the home campus (since they are not present at school). Remote Conferencing teachers take daily attendance and mark present those students who show up in the Webex room. Data secretaries at the home campus check Remote Conferencing attendance sheets and, for those students who attend the Remote Conferencing Webex sessions, change the absence code to a “synchronous present”. The process may be delayed by a couple of days as we are seeing a high number of students in Remote Conferencing. If you do not see the absence code changed after 3 days, please contact the data secretary/attendance clerk at your home campus.
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.
In-N-Out comes to CANNON
Order forms are being sent home on 1/31.
Payments are due by February 18th.
FUN Family Engagement is headed your way this semester!
Make sure to follow us on social media to stay up to date on all of the
events we have planned this spring.
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**