The Cannon Connection

2021-2022 Newsletter for Cannon Elementary Families

February 27 - March 5, 2022

Good morning Cannon families,


We made it through another Texas cold front, and it won't hold us back!


Last week, with an extension into this week, we honor National Engineering Week ~ Cannon Style! Our teachers and scholars have been very busy preparing for the amazing week of STEM teaching and learning! We hope all of our families are able to join us this Thursday, March 3rd (new date) at our Family Engineering NIght - Our scholars have so much to showcase! We will open doors at 5:30, but don't feel like you have to arrive at that time. The event is come and go at your pace until 7:15! We have a lot for you to engage in and you are welcome to engage in the different opportunities in any order.


Family STEM Night Opportunities:

    • Visit Cardboard City in the Learning Commons

    • PTA will be selling Cannon socks and t-shirts in the back of the Learning Commons

    • Art Showcase - In the Art Room

      • Kinder Shadow Art

      • 1st-2nd Force and Motion Pollock Painting

      • 3rd-4th Spinning Art Machines

      • 5th-Abstract Art Bots

    • Music Showcase - In the Music Room

      • K-2 What is sound? Showcase

      • 3rd-5th Musical Commercials

    • Pop upstairs to the GT Lead Classroom (E-201) to say hello to Mrs. Gable!

    • Grade Level Design Challenges located in their grade level living rooms and classrooms.

* Unfortunately, the In and Out Burger Truck is not available for this rescheduled date, but don't worry we have another great night planned - see below!


We can't wait to see you this Thursday night between 5:30-7:15 - We are Cannon Proud!


Proud to be your principal,

Tina Garrett

#BeCannonProud

March Lunch Sign Ups


March - Women's History Month


February 21 - March 4 -

Read Across America Week of Dress Up (See below)


Monday, February 28 - BOOK FAIR LAST DAY


Tuesday, March 1 - Cannon PTA Boosterthon Kick Off


Wednesday, March 2 - Class & Individual Spring Pictures, Read Across America Day


Wednesday, March 2 - AVID Family Information Session for interested 5th graders moving to middle school next school year at 6:00 pm (See Below).


* Rescheduled Date for our Family Engineering Night ~ Thursday, March 3 - 5:30-7:15 pm (come and go).


Thursday, March 3 - Papa John's Be Cannon Proud Spirit Night (See below)


Thursday, March 3 - 5th Grade Science STAAR Interim Test; Closed Campus for Test Security - No Lunch Visitors or Volunteers


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


Friday, March 25 - PTA Boosterthon Fun Run during Specials


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

Spring Picture Time!

We will be taking Spring Class Pictures and Individual Pictures this Wednesday, March 2nd.


--Every student will be photographed for a spring individual picture, those will be put online and an email will be sent to the parents email. In addition to the email a small proof card will be sent to the school to hand out. Parents view their images online and order there, no money/order forms, nothing the school has to do beyond handing out the proof card.


--For the class group images, once they are online a flyer will be sent to email out to parents with the code for them to view. Again, parents will order online, no forms/money that the school has to handle outside of emailing the flyer out.


--All orders are online and they are shipped directly to the parent, nothing comes back to the school, no packages have to be handed out by the school.

Read Across America Week of Dress Up:

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National Engineering Week ~ Cannon Style!

Join us Thursday, March 3rd between 5:30-7:15 for our family STEM Night!

5th grade Parents - Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

Is your 5th grader interested in joining AVID in Middle School?


  • Access to the AVID application process is limited to GCISD accounts. We want to encourage students to begin demonstrating that "individual determination" by completing the application themselves, so applications need to be completed from the student's GCISD Google account. We welcome and encourage parent support, but would like for students to apply themselves:)


AVID Family Information Session - March 2, 2022 at 6:00 pm


This event will be held virtually via Webex and can be joined by visiting:

https://bit.ly/AVIDfam22.


If prompted, additional information to join the webinar is as follows:

Webinar number (access code): 2622 861 8026

Webinar password: AVID2022 (28432022 from phones)

Join by phone at 1-408-418-9388


A recording of the event will be posted on the GCISD AVID webpage for anyone unable to attend live.

A Note from Nurse Kendra~

Dear Parents,

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.


Thank you,

Kendra Consilio RN, BSN

School Nurse

Cannon Elementary

kendra.consilio@gcisd.net

817-251-5685

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures ~ REMINDERS!


  • Arrival begins at 7:25 and Dismissal begins at 2:55.

  • 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 ana.hinojos@gcisd.net or 817-251-5680

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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.


Counselor's Corner with Mrs. Coburn


I Need to Talk to Mrs. Coburn


K-2 Courage English


K-2 Courage Spanish


3-5 Courage English


3-5 Courage Spanish

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It’s time to purchase a 21-22 yearbook!

It’s time to purchase a 21-22 yearbook! They are $20 and can be purchased at the Treering website. Parents can design 2 personal pages for free that will only be printed in your child’s yearbook. Yearbooks will be delivered to your home in May before school is out as long as you purchase by the deadline.


Purchase 21-22 Yearbook


www.treering.com/validate

Passcode: 1014520263794913


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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 - February's Lunch Sign-Ups

March Lunch Sign Ups

Hello parents,


I am happy to announce that the Grapevine HS track & field team is hosting the first annual Grapevine Track Jamboree on Thursday, March 10th. It is a track meet for elementary age boys and girls. It will be 5-7:00 at the Cross Timbers Middle School track.


Our high school coaches and athletes will be hosting the meet and organizing races and field events. Your kids will compete against children their age in the:


- 50m dash

- 100m dash

- optional 400m run

- long jump

- high jump (age appropriate version)


They will also get a chance to see our high schoolers compete in time trial races and demonstrate field events. The goal is to showcase our high school athletes and give your kids a quick glimpse at what high school track is all about.


We will have ribbons for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers and we will be selling concessions. For only $10, your child gets two hours of fun! All proceeds will go towards the Grapevine HS track program.


Please see the attached flyer for more information (feel free to share). I have also included a link to the registration if you'd like to go ahead and do that today.


Registration Form


See you at the track!


Bobby Holland

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:

  • Visit www.GCISD.net and click the Skyward icon at the top of the page (or login here)

  • 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.

STAAR Online

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.


Click here for an updated 2021-2022 GCISD Instructional Calendar.

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

below:

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


Kindergarten

Kinder Spanish

Grades 1-4

Grades 1-4 Spanish

5th to 6th Grade

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.

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.

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.

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The weather really messed things up. Here’s the situation: The school has rescheduled Family Engineering Night for Thursday, March 3rd. However, In-N-Out Burger cannot come back on that date. They are already booked for March 3rd.


Here’s the NEW plan. Mark your calendars for

MARCH 28th

for a 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. We will have glowsticks available for purchase or you can bring your own.


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.

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Until then, join us for

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PARENT MEET-UP

Come hang out and get to know other Cannon Parents.

We are meeting up at Harvest Hall Monday, February 28th at 6pm.

CANNON SPIRIT SOCKS have arrived


Last chance to order CANNON SPIRIT SOCKS

We are taking orders for spirit socks through the end of February.

Don’t miss a chance to place an order for your Cannon Cub!

CLICK HERE TO ORDER

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STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS OFFICIAL KICK-OFF IS Tuesday, March 1st!

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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**