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Staff Information & Updates 11/16/15

From the Principal's Pen...

Thursday will be an exciting day at Cannon! We will have a LARGE group of community businessmen/women, who are members of Leadership Grapevine, visiting our classrooms on Thursday morning, to learn more about Cannon and our special programs. They have visited the past two years and have always loved their time at Cannon, discovering first-hand how our kids learn!

Thursday night will also be our first Family STEM Night of the year and I know it is going to be a HUGE success!! It is always so exciting to see our scholars so engaged, alongside their families, in hands-on engineering & inquiry-based investigations. In the past, this event always results in parents commenting to me on how much they enjoy having these opportunities to see not just WHAT their children are learning, but also HOW they are learning.

Big thanks to ALL of our staff for your hard work and dedication to our scholars and school vision. It does not go unnoticed!

I know all of you are looking forward to another great week with scholars, followed by an opportunity to have some time to just relax and enjoy family time during the Thanksgiving holiday! Each of you are such a blessing to our school and scholars - I am so grateful for all of you! I hope you all enjoy a wonderful holiday break!

Proud to be your principal,

Tona :)

Lisa's Coaching Corner

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I heard this quote and it has really resonated with me. Many days we do the same routine and follow our same habits because it is comfortable. However, our students do not come to school for comfort, they show up to be molded and prepared for the future.

Good is simply not good enough anymore if we want to prepare today's students to be productive citizens in our ever changing society. I am heavy hearted about Paris and the responsibility that we as educators have to teach not only content but personal responsibility. It does not matter what a scholar's situation is outside of school, we have 7 hours a day to impact them. If you are still reading this- I hope you feel this same passion to move onto better & best because our scholars deserve it!


Dates to Remember

11/16-11/20 Book Fair

11/16 Cannon students present @ school board meeting

11/16-11/18 Cubs Nights Out @ Wise Guys Pizzeria

11/16 Fire Drill - 10:15

11/17 PLC Week B - 1st grade 2:00-3:30

11/18 PLC Week B - Kindergarten 2:00-3:30

11/19 Leadership Grapevine tours Cannon

11/19 PLC Week B - 2nd grade 2:00-3:30

11/19 Family Engineering Night 5:30-7:30

11/20 4th grade field trip 8:30-2:00

11/20 Chili Luncheon for Staff - hosted by PTA

11/23-27 Thanksgiving Week break

11/30 CEC - 3:15

12/1 PLC Week A - 5th grade 2:00-3:30

12/2 PLC Week A - 4th grade 2:00-3:30

12/3 PLC Week A - 3rd grade 2:00-3:30

12/3 Picture retakes

12/3 Grapevine Parade of Lights

12/4 1st grade field trip 8:30-1:30

12/7-11 Hour of Code week!

12/7 U.CAN 3:00-3:45

12/8 STEM Advisory Council tours Cannon

12/8 PLC Week B - 1st grade 2:00-3:30

12/9-12/11 Santa Shop open - Room A-1

12/9 Progress reports due

12/9 PLC Week B - Kindergarten 2:00-3:30

12/10 Fire Drill - 1:#0

12/10 PLC Week B - 2nd grade 2:00-3:30

12/11 GMS Band and Holiday concert tour - 9:30-10:15

12/14 Cubs Night Out - Raising Cane's

12/14 Staff Holiday party - 3:00-4:00 - library

12/15 PLC Week A - 5th grade 2:00-3:30

12/16 PLC Week A - 4th grade 2:00-3:30

12/17 PLC Week A - 3rd grade 2:00-3:30

12/17 Holiday Choir Concerts - 5:30-7:00

12/18 Campus Holiday Singalong 8:30; Holiday Parties 10:00; Early Dismissal 11:45

12/18 End of 2nd nine weeks grading period

12/21 - 1/1 Holiday Break!

1/4 Teacher work day /Students return on 1/5

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  • THANKSGIVING SHUTDOWN CHECKLIST MUST BE COMPLETED AND ATTACHED TO THE OUTSIDE OF YOUR DOOR BEFORE LEAVING FOR HOLIDAY All GCISD schools will be inspected during the Thanksgiving holiday break to ensure that we are in compliance with new Energy Guidelines. All staff will receive a copy of an Energy Checklist in their mailbox on Monday, 11/16. Each staff member will be responsible for completing all of the items on this checklist and attaching the checklist outside of their classroom prior to leaving for the Thanksgiving holiday break. Important reminder to any staff that will not be at work on 11/20 to complete this task in advance. During the break GCISD's Energy Specialist & team will inspect each classroom to ensure that the items on the checklist were completed. All schools are being "graded" with a pass/fail grading system and reports will be provided to district leadership to reflect our level of compliance. This is such an important money-saving effort! Did you know that 40% of the total energy savings for a year can be accomplished during our 4 major shutdown periods? (Thanksgiving, Winter, Spring & Summer breaks). Thanks in advance for doing your part to help Cannon "pass" this energy savings test! Click here to see the Energy Checklist expectations.

  • GA-GA BALL PIT COMING TO CANNON! An Eagle Scout will be completing his project over the Thanksgiving break by providing our school with a Ga-ga Ball pit on our playground! Ga-ga Ball is a game that our 5th graders have learned to LOVE each year at Sky Ranch and have been requesting for several years! Prior to allowing students to play in the new ball pit upon their return from the Thanksgiving holiday, it is important for them to understand the rules of the game. Please take some time either before or upon returning from the holiday break to discuss these rules and watch this video to learn all about what makes Ga-ga Ball such a fun game!

  • 2015-2016 CAMPUS-WIDE COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT Each year for the last 3 years, our campus has participated in a campus-wide community service project around the holiday season, to raise money to be donated on behalf of all of our scholars and staff towards a select charity (Heifer International; Habitat for Humanity; and Soles for Souls). This year, we will still participate in a campus-wide effort, but we are going to connect this year's project to our new learning garden and participate in the Smart Potatoes Project. For Smart Potatoes, students in schools spend 100 days growing potatoes, charting their progress, making predictions, and graphing their results. Once the potatoes are grown and harvested, our school will donate these potatoes to our local food bank to be distributed to members of our own community who have the greatest need. We have been told that for best results, we should plan to plant our potatoes around Valentine's Day, which would mean that our potatoes will be ready to harvest and donate around mid-May. Click here to read one teacher's story about participating in the Smart Potatoes program. To see lesson plans already developed for use around this great program, click here!


  • Set a timer and complete daily attendance ON TIME!
  • Prepare for an amazing Family STEM Night on Thursday night!
  • Share the Family STEM Night information in your parent communications!
  • Finish all bulletin board and hallway displays.
  • Be prepared for members of Leadership Grapevine to visit your classrooms on Thursday between 8:45-10:00.
  • Start planning for Hour of Code and sIgn up for the Code.Org training on November 14th!
  • Enjoy Chili Cook-off Luncheon provided by our PTA on Friday - November 20th.
  • Complete the Thanksgiving Shutdown checklist and tape to your door before leaving work on Friday, November 20th.
  • Talk to your students about Ga-ga ball rules & game.
  • Work on your websites, blogs, and social media accounts to get them updated. Ask Ben for help!
  • Tweet & blog about all of the great things you are doing in your classroom/grade!