The Cannon Connection

2021-2022 Newsletter for Cannon Elementary Families

August 15-21, 2021

Good morning Cannon families,


It was wonderful to see so many of our Cannon Families at our Meet the Teacher Back to School Bash! Our district core values of Purpose, Innovation, and Community drive us to provide rigorous integrated learning opportunities and foster our STEM habits of mind as our teachers work to Engineer STEM Scholars! We can't wait to get the school year started!


A huge THANK YOU to our amazing PTA for your collaboration and support! Our PTA partnership is a vital component of our Community STEM pillar! If you haven't had a chance to sign up, please take a moment and sign up here: Cannon PTA


We are so excited to see all of our Cubs for their first day of school this Wednesday, August 18. We will have staff on duty outside starting at 7:20 and our doors will open at 7:25; Tardies will be documented starting at 7:45 each morning. Thank you for your commitment to ensure all scholars arrive on time to school each day.


On the first day of school, our Kinder Cubs may be escorted to their classrooms by one parent or guardian. If you would like, bring them to the kinder hall and give them a hug and say your goodbyes. We ask that parents and guardians not enter the classrooms or grade level living rooms.


To allow time for routines and procedures to develop, lunch visitors will begin the week of September 7th. Lunch visitors will be limited to spacing and will be expected to sign up prior to their lunch date. Closer to the start of lunch visitors a sign up link will be shared in this newsletter.


Starting Thursday, August 19th all Cubs should be dropped off and will enter their school independently. Don't worry, we will have all staff on deck to ensure our Cubs make it to their learning areas. Arrival and Dismissal procedures can be found below. Dismissal will begin at 2:55 each day and you MUST have your BLUE Card Tag displayed. As part of our safety dismissal protocol, our scholars will only be released to family members with a car tag.


Thank you for your partnership as we work together to have an amazing 2021-2022 school year!


Proud to be your principal,

Tina Garrett

#BeCannonProud

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

  • 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.

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One School, One Book (1st-5th grades)

Has your first through fifth grade Cannon scholar finished our One School, One Book title, Zoey and Sassafras: Dragons and Marshmallows? If they finished the book, fill out and sign the Reading Celebration Ticket and return it to Mrs. Wagner by Wednesday, August 25! One ticket can be used for all the Cannon students in your family.
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GCISD Reads Challenge - Readers are Leaders!

It’s time to begin a new GCISD Reads Challenge! The Challenge is a little different this year so take a look at the newsletter for the details!

4th or 5th grade Library Ambassadors - Apply Now!

Does your 4th or 5th grade Cannon scholar love books and reading? They might want to apply to be a Library Ambassador! Have them pick up an application from Ms. Wagner in the library. Applications are due no later than Friday, September 24.
Wednesday, August 18 - First Day of School!

Thursday, August 26 - Virtual Curriculum Night:

  • Two available times - 5:30- 6:15 and 6:30-7:15

  • Grade level teams will share more information and links

Monday, September 6 - Labor Day: NO SCHOOL (Student and Teacher Holiday)

Monday, September 20 - NO SCHOOL -Student Holiday; Teacher Professional Development

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Visitor/Volunteer Guidelines

The District and campuses want to offer and create meaningful ways for parents and community members to be engaged and involved this school year. The safety of students, staff and visitors will guide the decisions about these opportunities considering the continued concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic. Campuses will implement a tiered system regarding visitors in the building and campus events and activities based on the community spread level determined by Tarrant County Public Health.


Substantial/High:

  • Visitors/volunteers will not interact directly with students that are not from the same household.

  • Approved visitors/volunteer opportunities at each campus will be designated by the needs of the campus. In order to participate, visitors and volunteers must sign-up prior to the date of the specific event or activity through the campus sign-up process.

  • Visitors/volunteers will complete a COVID screening questionnaire at the time of check-in to acknowledge self screening and demonstrate each person entering the building is free of COVID symptoms.

  • Lunch guests will be limited and seating will be with family members only. Locations and seats available will differ by campus as each facility offers different options. Campuses will provide specific information to parents prior to the beginning date for lunch guests.*

  • Campus activities and events will incorporate recommended safety measures to mitigate the risk of spread, such as, but not limited to: limited capacity, shortened duration for group gatherings, social distancing, outdoor activities and/or WebEx options.

  • No field trips.


Moderate:

  • Visitors/volunteers may be engaged in activities and events that involve groups of students. In order to participate, visitors and volunteers must sign-up prior to the date of the specific event or activity through the campus sign-up process.

  • Visitors/volunteers will complete a COVID screening questionnaire at the time of check-in to acknowledge self screening and demonstrate each person entering the building is free of COVID symptoms.

  • Lunch guests are welcome but may be limited with special seating. Locations and seats available will differ by campus as each facility offers different options. Campuses will provide specific information to parents when we reach the moderate spread level.

  • To the extent possible, group events/activities will be limited in the number of adults that are able to be present at a specific time or there will be considerations to host the event/activity outside.

  • Field trips will be considered on a case by case basis to determine feasibility with safety measures in place.


Low:

  • Resume normal campus operations as designated by the campus principal.


*To allow time for routines and procedures to develop, the guidelines for lunch visitors will begin the week of September 7th.

GCISD's COVID-19 Protocols

Throughout the summer, GCISD has continued to monitor updated health guidance and recommendations to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, the District has monitored positive cases for students and staff that participated in summer programs. This continued monitoring has helped inform the District’s 2021-2022 COVID-19 protocols, which may be found here.


Several factors were taken into consideration when developing the health and safety protocols for the 2021-2022 school year. While the State authorized school districts to offer remote learning last school year, the legislature did not adopt legislation that would provide funding for students in remote learning. Additionally, Governor Abbott has issued an Executive Order prohibiting school districts from requiring students, staff and visitors to wear masks at any time. Furthermore, as of Friday, August 6, the Texas Education Agency has provided no updated guidance for the 2021-2022 school year.


We have processes in place that will help mitigate the spread amongst our students and staff; however, the District is also asking that everyone have a level of self responsibility to help us prevent a larger spread. The best chance of maintaining a healthy school environment is reporting and staying home when ill, especially with COVID-19 symptoms.


We will continue to monitor guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of State Health Services, Tarrant County Public Health, Texas Education Agency, as well as national, state and local leaders and will amend our protocols as necessary. Working together is our best protection against the spread of COVID-19 in our community and our schools.

House Bill 4545

Given the disruptions of the 2020-2021 school year, the 87th Texas Legislature passed House Bill 4545, signed on June 16, 2021, which provides additional learning opportunities for students who did not meet standards on the STAAR exam in the form of extra tutoring.


For Families of Students Who Did Not Perform Satisfactorily on STAAR Exams

If a student does not perform satisfactorily on a STAAR, STAAR End of Course (EOC), or STAAR Alt exam, in any STAAR assessed grade levels and subjects, the District will provide accelerated instruction.


For a student who does not perform satisfactorily on the math or reading assessment in grades 3, 5, or 8, the District will establish an Accelerated Learning Committee (ALC), which includes the student’s parent, to develop an educational plan for accelerated instruction to enable the student to perform at the appropriate grade level by the conclusion of the next school year. Accelerated instruction entails delivering supplemental instruction (i.e., tutoring) before or after school, or embedded in the school day and meeting HB 4545 requirements.


For Families of Students Who Did Not Take STAAR Exams for the 2020-2021 School Year

For students who were absent or otherwise unable to take the STAAR or STAAR EOC for the 2020-2021 school year, the district may administer an assessment to determine student grade level proficiency on the state standards, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). If the student earns a passing score, then the student can be exempted from the House Bill 4545 tutoring requirement.


GCISD will also provide more information to parents as we work with and gather additional insight from TEA to support our students with HB 4545 requirements.


Additional information on HB 4545 can be found at https://tea.texas.gov/about-tea/news-and-multimedia/correspondence/taa-letters/house-bill-4545-implementation-overview

Back-to-School Tech Check

GCISD students and families are getting excited for the 2021-2022 school year! Before you return on Wednesday, August 18, what are some steps you can take to ensure a successful start to the year? The first is a Back-to-School Tech Check!


Each year, GCISD technology staff see an influx of devices that need repair during the first week of school. This can lead to students missing valuable time in class in which their device is needed. To ensure students start the year in the best possible way, please complete the simple steps of GCISD's Back-to-School Tech Check.

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2021-2022 Free Meals Update

For the 2021-2022 school year, students enrolled in pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade, and also at Collegiate Academy, will be eligible to receive a free healthy meal every day at school. Typically, a student’s household must meet income eligibility requirements to qualify for free or reduced-price meals; however, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued guidance that allows schools to offer meals to all students at no cost for the 2021-2022 school year. While a free and reduced application is not required for free meals, GCISD will process socioeconomic forms to determine student status which may provide other benefits such as discounts on bus services, academic testing fees, school fees, and college applications. In addition to these discounts, local community services and free hotspots for internet services are available.


Students that attend Colleyville Heritage High School and Grapevine High School must apply to determine eligibility to receive free or reduced-price meals. The application may be accessed at www.schoollunchapp.com. Questions may be emailed to child.nutrition@gcisd.net.

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Volunteer Interest Form

Volunteer Interest Form- Check out all the ways you can get more involved with our Cannon Family.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdhjZtHkO5iZdMToaDp_6JUyFKaeCI1R3W54WXl2yec5-VpxA/viewform

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VIP Parking- We are auctioning off TWO VIP PARKING SPOTS.

Place your bids to have front row parking for the entire school year.

BIDDING CLOSES @ Noon on August 20th

https://cannonpta.membershiptoolkit.com/parkingauction

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Order your Cannon Spirit Shirt and Yard Sign

in the PTA Spirit Shop

https://cannonpta.membershiptoolkit.com/store/5755