The Cannon Connection

2021-2022 Newsletter for Cannon Elementary Families

October 17-23 2021

Good morning Cannon families,

We had the honor and privilege to welcome Mr. Ashton Smith Friday at Cannon! Thank you, Selah Stull, for interviewing our celebrity guest! Ashton Smith is an American voice actor who has recorded voice-overs for many movie trailers, television commercials, and network promotions. It just so happens that Mr. Smith is also the brother of our fabulous GT LEAD Teacher, Melanie Gable! We were thrilled to learn from him Friday! Mr. Smith took the opportunity to help us gain excitement for our upcoming STEMapalooza - check it out!

Proud to be your principal,

Tina Garrett


STEMapalooza Commercial.mp4
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We are gearing up for our first annual STEMapalooza! Our Fall into STEM STEMapalooza will be a school day filled with fall themed STEM Design Challenges and team building opportunities for all our Cubs. Your scholar will participate in STEM challenges, plant Tulips in our garden for Red Ribbon Week, play games, and so much more. In partnership with our PTA, we will also have several opportunities for Cubs to participate in ‘extra’ activities during the day. There will be four different wristband options to participate in the "extra" Fall Fun! Make sure to be on the lookout! You will return order forms, with exact cash or check made payable to Cannon PTA, to your homeroom teacher.

During the school day, our STEMapalooza will be filled with STEM design challenges (shown below) for all students which will take place during the bulk of the day. The cost is linked to "extras" such as hair color, dunk tank, boo bags. The "extras" will be a block of time for approximately 45 minutes staggered by grade level.

We need several volunteers to help during the day, please sign up here:

Below you will find just a few examples of how our scholars will Fall into STEM!

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Recyclables needed

Recyclables needed for Design Challenges and STEMapalooza! Please collect and send in clean plastic bottle caps (any size and color) and toilet paper/paper towel tubes. Thank you!

Art Connections

PE - Pumpkin Patch!

Time for one of our favorite games of the year! Pumpkin Patch

Help your team find all your items first and earn a letter each time to spell out PUMPKIN!

Music - Film Scoring

Introduce live film scoring activity to Mickey Mouse Haunted House

Sound Engineer

Monday, September 26 - October 29 Parent Teacher Conferences

October STEM Habit of Mind - Questioning and Posing Problems

Wednesday, October 20 & 21- Hearing and Vision Screens

Hearing and Vision screens are scheduled for October 20-21, 2021. We will test all Kindergarten, 1st grade, 3rd grade and 5th grade students. Please make sure your student wears their corrective lenses on this day.

Wednesday, October 20 - Report Card 1 Posts in Skyward

October 25-29 - Red Ribbon Week - Our school will be joining all the schools across the nation Oct. 25th - 29th in celebration of Red Ribbon Week. This special week is to remind everyone about the dangers of drug usage. The red ribbon is the symbol behind the nation’s fight against drugs. Join us in celebrating by dressing up throughout the week.

October 25-29 - Scholastic Book Fair

Friday, October 29 - First Annual STEMapalooza

November STEM Habit of Mind - Thoughtful Planning

November - American Indian Heritage Month

Wednesday, November 3 - Picture Day Make Ups

Friday, November 5 - PTA Principal Coffee

Friday, November 5 - GCISD Holiday Greeting Card Contest; Cannon campus submissions are due on or before Friday November 5 to Ms. Garrett.

Thursday, November 11 - Veterans Day; Wear Red, White, and Blue

1:30-2:15 First Grade Veterans Day Program

Scholastic Book Fair

We are so excited about our first Scholastic Book Fair of the year!! The book fair will run Monday, October 25- Friday, October 29. To make the book fair a success we need volunteers! Please take a look at the sign up genius and sign up for a shift or two

Book Fair Time!

It’s Book Fair Time at Cannon! Check out the Smore for all the details.

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 new guidance curriculum PurposeFULL People. The character trait we are focussing on in October is Respect. How will you practice Respect at home? Check out the activities.

Counselor's Corner with Mrs. Coburn

I Need to Talk to Mrs. Coburn

Pk-2 Respect Eng Pk-2 Respect Sp

3-5 Respect Eng 3-5 Respect Sp

What is bullying?

October is Bully Prevention month. What is bullying? Bullying is when someone is being hurt either by words or actions on purpose, usually more than once, feels bad because of it, and has a hard time stopping what is happening to them due to an imbalance of power. When someone feels bullying has occurred, there are procedures put in place to investigate the situation. Bully prevention is extremely important! We encourage all students to act friendly and respectful to each other all the time by using Cub PRIDE. Sometimes students have conflicts with each other and occasionally do or say mean things. These times provide an opportunity for a teaching moment. Students learn conflict resolution skills through restorative chats to help them cope with difficult situations positively in the future.

Red Ribbon Week

Our school will be joining all the schools across the nation Oct. 25th - 29th in celebration of Red Ribbon Week. This special week is to remind everyone about the dangers of drug usage. The red ribbon is the symbol behind the nation’s fight against drugs. Join us in celebrating by dressing up throughout the week.
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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 - You may sign up for October lunches HERE.

GCISD Holiday Greeting Card Contest

All elementary, middle, and high school students are invited to submit original artwork for the cover of GCISD’s official holiday greeting card. This year’s theme is "A Season of Kindness.” Three student designs—one each from the elementary, middle, and high school levels—will be selected and sent out on behalf of the GCISD Board of Trustees and Superintendent Dr. Robin Ryan.

The three students whose works are selected for the GCISD Holiday Greeting Card will receive $25 and recognition at the December meeting of the Board of Trustees. The selected artwork will be featured on the district’s website and used in district publicity.

Cannon campus submissions are due on or before Friday November 5 to Ms. Garrett.

Complete rules and guidelines can be found on this flyer.

Spanish Flyer

GCISD College and Career Night

GCISD will host its annual College and Career Night on Tuesday, November 2, at 7 p.m. at Grapevine High School. All GCISD students and families are invited to this event that is organized by GHS and CHHS counselors and GoCenters. Over 120 universities, junior/community colleges, technical schools, military schools and military recruiters will be on hand to answer questions. There will also be an opportunity to ask FAFSA questions and complete the application. For more information, check out the flyer or contact your counselor.

GCISD COVID-19 Resources

Please visit for lots of resources from the District pertaining to COVID-19. There you can find updated frequently asked questions, current GCISD COVID-19 protocols, information on the GCISD COVID-19 Testing Center, information on remote conferencing, statistics regarding COVID-19 cases in GCISD and more.

Visitor/Volunteer Guidelines

Remote Conferencing

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.

Please click here for frequently asked questions regarding remote conferencing. More detailed information, including a complete list of FAQs, is available from the TEA by clicking here.

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Cafeteria Volunteers

The GCISD Nutrition Services Department is still looking for volunteers! Come get to know the students while serving them a nutritious lunch in the school cafeteria. You can volunteer at your child's school or any school in the district. You must be registered as a volunteer in the district, or get signed up as a volunteer today so you can join the amazing kitchen staff serving the students. Please see the flyer for details and a link to sign up!

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STEMapalooza Volunteer Sign Up

Click HERE to Volunteer at our Fall into STEM Fundraiser!

Make sure to complete your GCISD Volunteer Background check HERE

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Order your BOO BAG HERE

WE DELIVER so order BOO BAGS for friends and family too.

*Delivery limited to GCISD

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Special Thank you to our Sponsor

This year's BOO Bags are sponsored by the DFW Home Listings Team, a Coldwell Banker Realty. Contact Sharon Auffett, Kayla Vardell or Rachel Pannell at or 972-742-7039.

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Reflections Art Competition is Back

We’re excited to launch the PTA’s annual arts contest, Reflections!

The theme for 2021-2022 is:

“I will Change the World By…”

For those new to Cannon, the Reflections program is a wonderful opportunity for students to be recognized and gain access to the arts. Students K-12 create and submit original artwork in one (or all!) of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts. Cannon winners have the opportunity to move up through GCISD, regional and the TX PTA’s programs to compete at the national level.

Submissions are due in person or virtual by November 5, 2020.

For entry forms and more information:

Email Debbie Yatko at for more information.

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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**