The Cannon Connection

2021-2022 Newsletter for Cannon Elementary Families

October 3-9, 2021

Good morning Cannon families,

We are gearing up for our first annual STEMapalooza! Our Fall into STEM STEMapalooza will be a school day filled with fall themed STEM Design Challenges and team building opportunities for all our Cubs. Your scholar will participate in STEM challenges, plant Tulips in our garden for Red Ribbon Week, play games, and so much more. In partnership with our PTA, we will also have several opportunities for Cubs to participate in ‘extra’ activities during the day. This week you will receive an order form. There will be four different wristband options to participate in the "extra" Fall Fun! Make sure to be on the lookout!

We need several volunteers to help during the day, please sign up here:

Today is the last day to purchase your STEMapalooza shirt here: We would love to see everyone wearing this shirt on Friday, October 29th and beyond! All funds raised from shirt sales will go to the Cannon School Activities Fund for purchasing STEM teaching and learning materials and supporting our amazing staff.

Below you will find just a few examples of how our scholars will Fall into STEM!

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

Proud to be your principal,

Tina Garrett


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Art Connections

PE - Pumpkin Patch!

Time for one of our favorite games of the year! Pumpkin Patch

Help your team find all your items first and earn a letter each time to spell out PUMPKIN!

Music - Film Scoring

Introduce live film scoring activity to Mickey Mouse Haunted House

Sound Engineer


Wednesday, September 15 - October 15 - National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes and celebrates the impact and contributions of Hispanic Americans.

Monday, September 26 - October 29 Parent Teacher Conferences

October STEM Habit of Mind - Questioning and Posing Problems

Monday, October 4 - World Day of Bullying Prevention - During the month of October we are celebrating Bullying Prevention month. Monday, October 4th is the World Day of Bullying Prevention. We would love everyone to celebrate with us by wearing blue on Monday.

Tuesday, October 5 - World Teachers Day! Show your teacher(s) some love and appreciation!

Wednesday, October 6 - Fall Pictures

Thursday, October 7 - Be Cannon Proud Papa John's Spirit Night (order from ANY Papa John's using code DSC001)

Friday, October 8 - National Bike or Walk to School Day

Monday, October 11 - No School; Student and Staff Holiday

Wednesday, October 13 - Half Day for Students; Early Release 11:45; Teacher professional work time

Wednesday, October 20 & 21- Hearing and Vision Screens

Hearing and Vision screens are scheduled for October 20-21, 2021. We will test all Kindergarten, 1st grade, 3rd grade and 5th grade students. Please make sure your student wears their corrective lenses on this day.

Wednesday, October 20 - Report Card 1 Posts in Skyward

October 25-29 - Red Ribbon Week - Our school will be joining all the schools across the nation Oct. 25th - 29th in celebration of Red Ribbon Week. This special week is to remind everyone about the dangers of drug usage. The red ribbon is the symbol behind the nation’s fight against drugs. Join us in celebrating by dressing up throughout the week.

October 25-29 - Book Fair

Friday, October 29 - First Annual STEMapalooza

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October Book of the Month!

There’s still time to participate in our October Book of the Month Challenge! Take a look at the Smore newsletter for the details!

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 - You may sign up for October lunches HERE.

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 new guidance curriculum PurposeFULL People. The character trait we are focussing on in October is Respect. How will you practice Respect at home? Check out the activities.

Counselor's Corner with Mrs. Coburn

I Need to Talk to Mrs. Coburn

Pk-2 Respect Eng Pk-2 Respect Sp

3-5 Respect Eng 3-5 Respect Sp

Red Ribbon Week

Our school will be joining all the schools across the nation Oct. 25th - 29th in celebration of Red Ribbon Week. This special week is to remind everyone about the dangers of drug usage. The red ribbon is the symbol behind the nation’s fight against drugs. Join us in celebrating by dressing up throughout the week.
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World Day of Bullying Prevention

Monday, October 4, is World Day of Bullying Prevention. GCISD students and staff are encouraged to wear blue to show your support and take a stand against bullying. For more information, visit

GCISD COVID-19 Resources

Please visit for lots of resources from the District pertaining to COVID-19. There you can find updated frequently asked questions, current GCISD COVID-19 protocols, information on the GCISD COVID-19 Testing Center, information on remote conferencing, statistics regarding COVID-19 cases in GCISD and more.

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.

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Cannon’s 1st ever STEMapalooza

The PTA will be hosting our October meeting and the afterschool STEMapalooza activities this year on October 29th.

You can order your T-Shirt HERE

You can sign up to volunteer HERE

Make sure to complete your GCISD Volunteer Background check HERE

Follow on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or our website for details.

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National Bike or Walk to School Day is this Week!

Officially, the Bike or Walk to School Day is Wednesday the 6th, but that falls on PICTURE DAY for Cannon so we will be celebrating

Bike or Walk to School Day on


**For those that live too far to walk or bike, you can park at the Botanical Gardens at 411 Ball and walk or bike from there.


The WINNERS of the PTA Monthly Member Drawing have

Been chosen and they will spin for their prize on Monday.

Check out our Facebook Page to view the drawing.

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The PTA is looking for local businesses to sponsor different events

Creative and generous ideas make our community a truly special place. As a STEM school, we would love to build partnerships with engineering companies, construction companies and people who work in aviation. As a community with people all over Grapevine, we want to appeal to real-estate agents, music schools and entertainment venues also to help support our Cubs. If you own or work for a company that would be interested in partnership opportunities, please reach out to Michael Landauer at

Reflections Art Competition is Back

We’re excited to launch the PTA’s annual arts contest, Reflections!

The theme for 2021-2022 is:

“I will Change the World By…”

For those new to Cannon, the Reflections program is a wonderful opportunity for students to be recognized and gain access to the arts. Students K-12 create and submit original artwork in one (or all!) of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts. Cannon winners have the opportunity to move up through GCISD, regional and the TX PTA’s programs to compete at the national level.

Submissions are due in person or virtual by November 5, 2020.

For entry forms and more information:

Email Debbie Yatko at for more information.

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A BIG Thank You

Thank you to all of the families that helped PTA stock the teachers’ lounge with snacks and drinks.

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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**

Choose Cannon!

Go to AMAZON SMILE to learn how to select Cannon to receive money every time you buy.

This quarter, we received $79.93 from Amazon.