The Cannon Connection
2021-2022 Newsletter for Cannon Elementary Families
March 6 - 12, 2022
Good morning Cannon families,
Thank you to all of our amazing teachers and staff, scholars, and families for showcasing your skills at our 2021-2022 Family Engineering Night! It was wonderful to see so many of our families working through the Engineering Design Process with their Cubs! We greatly appreciate your parent engagement, partnership, and support!
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.
Next week campus and district offices will be closed for Spring Break (March 14-18). We hope all of our families enjoy a restful holiday break!
You will receive the next Principal Newsletter Sunday, March 20!
Proud to be your principal,
March - Women's History Month
Tuesday, March 8 - 3rd-5th Math STAAR Interim Test; Closed Campus for Test Security - No Lunch Visitors or Volunteers
Thursday, March 10 - 3rd-5th Reading STAAR Interim Test; Closed Campus for Test Security - No Lunch Visitors or Volunteers
Monday, March 14 - Friday, March 18 - Spring Break, School Closed
March 21 - April 9 - GCISD Student General and Designated Program Transfer Window
Wednesday, March 23 Report Card Grades Post in Skyward; To view your student’s report card, please follow the instructions below:
Visit www.GCISD.net and click “Quick Links” at the top of the page
Click the Skyward icon and the “Log In Here” box in the middle of the page
Click “Progress Reports/Report Cards” on the menu to the left
Choose 2021-2022 Report Card 2”
If you are having trouble accessing Skyward, please submit a Help Desk ticket.
Friday, March 25 - PTA Boosterthon Fun Run during Specials; CLICK HERE to VOLUNTEER for the event
Monday, March 28 - PTA General Meeting - In & Out Burger Truck + Student Glow Party (See Below)
Tuesday, March 29 - Andy's Frozen Custard Be Cannon Proud Day
April 4 - New to GCISD, Including Kindergarten, Registration Opens!
5th Grade Parents! WE HAD A GREAT TIME MEETING YOUR STUDENTS ON SATURDAY! If your student was not able to attend, you still have time. Due to the HIGH interest, we have opened up a SECOND time to meet with the band directors! We have hired experts for this LAST opportunity to try all of the instruments!!! ALL STUDENTS interested in joining the band program need to attend with at least one parent. If we visited with you on Saturday, you don’t have to sign up. This is only for those who were not able to attend on Saturday. Fill out this google form and sign up here on the sign up genius! Hope to see you all soon!
Watch this YouTube Video that explains the instrument screening process
and find out what instruments are available!
A Note from Nurse Kendra~
The health and safety of all students is important to the staff at Cannon Elementary. In an effort to keep our students healthy and in the classroom, I wanted to share a few lifestyle hygiene habits. We can’t keep everyone from getting sick, but we sure can try.
1.) Wash your hands!! Before you eat, after you eat, when you use the restroom, after PE, after you sneeze, anytime you can. When in doubt, wash your hands.
2.) If you cough or sneeze, use your sleeve. (The students can demonstrate this for you;)
3.) Respect personal space. Keep a little distance between you and your friends, and you and your teachers.
4.) Only visit the nurse for things that cannot be taken care of in the classroom. At any time during the day there may be a sick student in the clinic, so the healthiest place to be is in the classroom. Teachers have band aids for little cuts and scrapes.
5.) Wear weather appropriate clothing. If there is snow on the ground, students should wear closed-toed shoes, pants and a jacket.
While we practice these healthy habits at school, we also ask that you do your part in assessing your student’s health at home. If your student has a fever of more than 100.0 degrees, or is experiencing vomit/diarrhea, district policy requires them to stay home. Only when your student has a negative COVID result and has been symptom free without the use of any fever reducing medications for more than 24 hours may they return to campus. If using a home COVID test a picture of the test with the student’s name and date needs to be emailed to the campus nurse.
In the event that your student is staying home from school, please call the front office and let us know. Also, bring to the front office a doctor’s note or parent note. As always, we are here to answer any healthy hygiene habits questions.
Kendra Consilio RN, BSN
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 email@example.com or 817-251-5680
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. Responsibility is the character trait we are focussing on in March. How can students practice responsibility 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 - March Lunch Sign Ups
GCISD Student General and Designated Program Transfers
The general and designated programs (STEM/Dual) student transfer application window for the 2022-2023 school year will open on Monday, March 21, 2022, at 8 am. Because Cannon is a campus-wide STEM school, families requesting Cannon will complete the general transfer application listed under general transfers on the website. Online applications will be accepted through Friday, April 8, 2022, at 4 pm.
All students (including employee students) must apply for a transfer if they desire to attend a campus other than their zoned campus and/or when they are moving from the following grades/campuses:
Pre-K to Kindergarten
Elementary school to middle school
Middle school to high school
Students who are already approved on a transfer and are not moving to the next transition level do NOT need to submit a transfer request. For more information and to complete an online application on or after Monday, March 21, click here.
IMPORTANT: Please know that incomplete applications (e.g. missing residency documents) will NOT be processed during this round of student transfers. It is very important that families have all the needed documents when submitting transfer applications.
Gifted and Talented Testing 2022
Gifted and Talented testing for Cannon has been completed. Parents, districtwide, will be notified about results via mail the week of March 28th, as we wait for all 11 elementary campuses and for the Aspire Academy to hold their placement meetings.
GT Decisions mailed: March 28
ASPIRE Decisions mailed: April 27
Math Telescoping Test
Students in grades K - 5th have an opportunity to take an End-of-Course math assessment in order to skip a grade in mathematics. The testing will be in the summer, and the results will apply to the 2022-23 school year. Parents can register their child for testing through the second link below or by calling the number below. There are two deadlines for two testing events.
In order for your child to telescope in math, a student must take a grade level end of course exam and score 90% or higher. For example, a first grader would take an end of course 2nd grade exam. If that child scored 90% or higher on it, then the next year as a 2nd Grader, that student would take 3rd Grade math. If you are wondering if this could be a good fit for your child, reach out to your child's math teacher to discuss this opportunity. If you choose to move forward with testing, then you can register online using the link above once the window opens, or you can contact the Assessment Department at GCISD Administration Office (817-251-5524) to schedule and pay for testing. You may also contact Lisa Morton at this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
PTA Reflections Contest
GCISD students participated in the PTA Reflections contest. Reflections is a program established by the National PTA over 50 years ago to support students’ participation in Fine Arts in schools. We had 117 students participate district-wide, with just over 40 advancing to Council. Council judging is now complete, and we will be sending 11 entries across 4 arts categories from 8 campuses to State! You can see your students' results as well as complete GCISD results by visiting the Council of PTA's website. Please save the date, March 25, for the upcoming reception to recognize the GCISD students whose Reflection entries advanced to Council. The reception will be held at the PDEC at 6:30 pm.
District Communication Contact Information (Updated)
Progress reports will be available in Skyward this week. To view your student’s progress report, please follow the instructions below:
Click “Progress Reports/Report Cards” on the menu to the left
Select the report you would like to view
For tutorials and more information on Skyward, please visit the website. If you are having trouble accessing Skyward, please submit a Help Desk ticket.
Join Our Team!
Great opportunities are available in our Nutrition Services Department! Apply now to work with the BEST! www.gcisd.net/careers
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.
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.
Instructional Calendar Changes for this school year~
Due to GCISD’s recent closures because of winter weather and COVID-19, the following changes are being made to this year’s instructional calendar. Please note, these changes do not affect the instructional calendars for Collegiate Academy or iUniversity Prep.
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.
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 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:
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 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.
MARCH 28th is our CANNON GLOW PARTY
In-N-Out Burger will be onsite to hand out the burgers and grilled cheese that you pre-ordered. You can grab yours and head into the café to eat with friends. If you didn’t have a chance to order, we have opened the ONLINE orders on our website.
After dinner, music and blacklight will fire up so the kids can GLOW crazy. While the kids GLOW crazy, our school counselor Mrs. Mandy Coburn will lead an important conversation about anxiety in kids. We will talk about how we can help our kids, when to seek help and how we can set good examples for our kids about mental wellness.
This weather delay gives us a chance to gather together for more FUN and important conversations.
The GMS PTA is planning for the 2022-2023 school year
and wants you to become involved!
No prior PTA experience necessary.
Please complete the following form and check all interests.
We look forward to you sharing your time and talents with the Grapevine Middle School PTA!
Friday, March 25th - SEE ABOVE FOR DETAILS!
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**