The Cannon Connection

2021-2022 Newsletter for Cannon Elementary Families

January 30-February 5, 2022

Good morning Cannon families,

We have been extremely excited to receive so many wonderful cardboard creations for our cardboard city challenge based on the STEM book of the month challenge, Roxaboxen! Our home to school partnership is a strong component of our STEM mission and is on display with this amazing K-5 aligned collaboration. Families interested in attending our Family Engineering Night on Thursday, February 24th will be able to take a closer look. I will share more details about our family night soon - be on the lookout!

Our parent partnership and engagement is such an important piece of who we are at Cannon. Over the last several weeks we have reached out to several stakeholders (parents, students, staff members) to receive feedback regarding the possibility of a new Cannon tradition. At the elementary level, we are able to host two celebrations/parties per year. A celebration/party is described as a during the school day event with games, food, and activites NOT aligned to our state standards (TEKS) for teaching and learning. Historically, we have had a Winter Holiday party and Valentine's party. Based on all the feedback we have received, we are excited to announce our new tradition of End of Year Success Ceremonies and Celebrations, for scholars and their guardians, for each grade level rather than hosting Valentine's parties. This means that on Friday, February 11 we will not be hosting Valentine's parties. Our Cubs are invited to bring and exchange Valentine's cards if they would like. Students will have an opportunity to pass them out to bring home - they will not open bags at school. If you would like to attach a treat to the card, 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! Thank you to all the parents, teachers, students and staff members that offered feedback!

We are happy to share that our Cannon COVID positive cases are trending downward! I will send communication directly to homeroom classrooms to keep you informed of 10% positivity and 20% classroom quarantine. However, at this time, we have 3 classes currently at 10% positivity and no classes quarantined with 20% positivity.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership - We are Cannon Proud!

Proud to be your principal,

Tina Garrett


January Lunch Sign Ups

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.

February - Kids Heart Challenge

February 2 - 5th Grade Science Benchmark Testing

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's Lunch Sign-Ups

February - Black History Month

Friday, February 4 - National WEAR RED for Heart Disease Awareness - Go RED!

Monday, February 7 - 101st day of school - show your spirit by dressing the part; Dress like your 101! (updated based on school closure)

February 7 - 11 - School Counselor Appreciation Week

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!

Monday, February 14 - Student Holiday NO SCHOOL, Staff Professional Development Day

February 21-25 - National Engineering Week

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.


Step 1. Visit our school’s Kids Heart Challenge page: OR download the Kids Heart Challenge App for iPhone or Android to search for our school and sign up!

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!!!

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!

Join the Kids Heart Challenge community on Facebook

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!

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Lost and Found

Our Lost and Found is OVERFLOWING! If your cub is missing a jacket or sweatshirt, please remind them to stop by and take a look.

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

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 - January Lunch Sign Ups

February's Lunch Sign-Ups

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

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.

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 ( 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


Kinder Spanish

Grades 1-4

Grades 1-4 Spanish

5th to 6th Grade

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.

Pre-K Lottery Open Now

GCISD offers high-quality, full-day Pre-Kindergarten programs at nine elementary schools, and families can begin applying for the 2022-2023 school year now.

Applications for the GCISD Pre-K Tuition-Based lottery are available now and will be accepted through Friday, January 21. More information on GCISD's Pre-K program, including a link to the application, can be found at www.GCISD/PreK.

NOTE: Applications that become available next week are for only tuition-based Pre-K. State-funded Pre-K applications will be available later this semester.

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 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.

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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In-N-Out comes to CANNON

Order forms are being sent home on 1/31.

Payments are due by February 18th.

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The PTA Hospitality Committee restocked the teachers’ lounge with snacks to remind our faculty and staff how much we appreciate them.

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Founders' Day Celebration Sponsorship Opportunities are available!

Please contact 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**