The Cannon Connection

2021-2022 Newsletter for Cannon Elementary Families

August 22-28, 2021

Good morning Cannon families,


What an amazing first three days of school! Our cubs are so excited to be back and engage in our STEM mission!


Our PTA partnership is a vital component of our Community STEM pillar! Please consider joining and collaborating with us for fun and increased school engagement! We had a blast having Snow White join us for the day, and we can't wait to see what's next...

Thank you to our Dad's Club for helping Snow White welcome our Cubs! If you haven't had a chance to sign up, please take a moment and sign up here: Cannon PTA


As you are all aware, it does take practice with solidifying routines and procedures! As STEM thinkers, we are always looking for ways we can improve. Thank you for your patience as we re-establish our dismissal routines. Once we get our carline procedure down, we get through it within 15 minutes! The challenging component the past three days is the amount of parents and guardians walking up to the front of the school to retrieve their Cub. We would greatly appreciate your partnership to use our carline! We can be safe and efficient if we utilize our foundational three modes of release - walker, bus rider, or car line. A teacher will bring the walkers to the three designated crosswalk locations (see below). If you haven't let your teacher know that your scholar is a walker and to which crosswalk, please email them immediately following reading this. It does take a several minutes to get all of our cubs to their designated locations, so we greatly appreciate your patience. Bus riders are escorted to their designated bus. Car riders are organized in the front for a quick and efficient loading process. 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. Our staff is working hard to teach our Cubs these routines with patience and kindness, we do ask the same of our families. Thank you for understanding and working with us!


In order to manage the busy time of dismissal, please be aware that students cannot be picked up from the office after 2:30. If you need your scholar for an appointment, please make arrangements to pick them up prior to 2:30.


Also, if you are dropping off a forgotten item such as lunch, water bottle or device, please make sure your student's name and grade is on it. We do have sticky notes and pens out in the foyer too! Once labeled, you will place forgotten items in grade level baskets.


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

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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.

  • 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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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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Calling all Kinder parents!

Did your kinder scholar read or listen to any books over the summer? If they did, email Ms. Wagner (kristi.wagner@gcisd.net) or send in a note by Thursday, August 26 to let her know so their name can be added to the Summer Reading Celebration to be held Friday, Aug. 27.. No need to say what titles or how much!

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.

Attention 5th Grade Parents!

Is your child a natural leader and strong communicator? Do they exhibit Cannon Cub PRIDE? We are accepting applications for our Cannon Student STEMbassadors program beginning Monday, August 23rd through August 29th. Students will submit a digital product and be invited to an interview during the week of August 30th. Students who are interested will be bringing home the application details in their Monday folder. If you have additional questions you may email julie.brenegan@gcisd.net

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)

Wednesday, September 15 - First Day of Hispanic Heritage Month

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

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Emergency Management and School Security

The GCISD Director of Emergency Management and School Security, Allen Smith, has asked that we provide you with information regarding Standard Response Protocols.

GCISD partners with the I Love U Guys Foundation and uses the Standard Response Protocols (SRP) to respond to any situation or emergency that takes place at school or in the district.

  • Each campus will conduct drills throughout the school year. These drills are based on the Standard Response Protocols of Secure, Lockdown, Evacuate, Shelter, and Hold. GCISD developed one additional protocol known as Clear.

  • Completion of the drills is mandatory for each campus during the first two weeks of school, so that students and staff are prepared. Drills help us learn and know how to respond in the case of a real emergency at school. Our drills also help us to check certain equipment and responses. Our emergency management leaders on each campus will work with students and staff to complete our drills and document the results.

I have included the SRP Posters that are displayed in your student’s classrooms so that you can review with your student at home and discuss with them when they take part in the drills during the first two weeks. More information about Safety and Security in GCISD can be found at www.gcisd.net/our_district/safety_and_security. If you have any questions, Allen is very receptive to speaking with parents about our safety practices and may be reached at allen.smith@gcisd.net.

Nutrition Services Updates

Cafeteria Volunteers

The GCISD Nutrition Services Department is looking for volunteers! Come get to know the students while serving them a nutritious lunch in the school cafeteria. You can volunteer at your child's school or any school in the district. You must be registered as a volunteer in the district, or get signed up as a volunteer today so you can join the amazing kitchen staff serving the students. Please see the flyer for details and a link to sign up!


Cafeteria Menus
GCISD school cafeterias follow a calendar-cycle menu at breakfast and lunch. This menu begins on September 13th, 2021. During the first 4 weeks of school, all schools will follow a simplified lunch menu to allow all students to adjust to the new school year and to re-familiarize themselves with the cafeteria and their PIN number. The simplified menus can be viewed online using our menu system MealViewer. Printable copies of all menus can be downloaded here. If you have questions please contact child.nutrition@gcisd.net. GCISD Nutrition Services looks forward to serving your family in the upcoming school year!


Curbside Service

GCISD's curbside meal service has concluded. Since March 2020, GCISD has distributed 825,990 meals. GCISD looks forward to serving all students in person this year through a waiver from the U.S Department of Agriculture that allows students enrolled in pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade, and also at Collegiate Academy to receive free meals. More information can be found below.


2021-2022 Free Meal Service (National School Lunch Program Applications)

GCISD is now accepting National School Lunch Program (NSLP) applications for 2021-2022. While students enrolled in pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade, and also at Collegiate Academy, will be provided meals at no cost due to the USDA Waiver #85, a free and reduced application is highly encouraged.


There are many other benefits associated with the free and reduced application, such as free hotspots, SAT, ACT, AP Exam Fees waived, discounts on college applications, discounts on summer school classes, other school activities and much more.

Additional information regarding the NSLP Application can be found here. The application can be found and completed online at www.SchoolLunchApp.com.


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

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Get to Know Seesaw

We are excited to again use Seesaw this year as our learning management system for Pre-K through 4th grade. If you are new to using Seesaw, or would just like a quick refresher, please view this helpful Seesaw information.

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.

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.

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.

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

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It is time to join PTA.


Ever wonder what your PTA membership provides for Cannon?

Your $10 membership helps PTA support our teachers and administration through monthly appreciation opportunities, classroom supply reimbursement and professional development. Your membership also provides both learning and social events for our students and assists with field trips, including the Sky Ranch trip for 5th graders. Joining PTA helps you stay informed of opportunities to volunteer on campus, but volunteering is never required. Help us help our school by joining today.

1. Click HERE to go to the PTA website.

2. Register your family

3. Once you have an account set up, click to join the PTA


***Students, Parents, Grandparents and Friends are all welcome to join the PTA. We will have special MEMBER ONLY benefits for student members throughout the year.

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ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?????


Join the Cannon College Pick’em Football League HERE

Password to join: Cannon 2021

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YOU’VE BEEN TRACKED


Send CUB tracks to your Cannon Friends

CLICK HERE for DETAILS

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