The Cannon Connection

2021-2022 Newsletter for Cannon Elementary Families

September 6 - 11, 2021

Good morning Cannon families,

We hope all of our Cannon families have enjoyed a fun and relaxing three-day weekend!

This week we will start welcoming 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. You may sign up for September lunches HERE.

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

Proud to be your principal,

Tina Garrett


Monday, September 6 - No School (Students & Staff ) Labor Day Holiday!

Friday, September 10 -

In remembrance of the 20 year anniversary of 911, please wear RED, WHITE, and BLUE to show your American Pride! Due to the events of September 11, 2001 we now recognize September 11th as Patriot’s Day. Friday, September 10th we want to remember the heroes of that day - to those who lost their lives and for all those that gave their lives - and to celebrate the heroes who walk alongside us each day. Some of these heroes include our police officers, firefighters, emergency responders, doctors, and nurses.

Saturday, September 11, Patriot's Day, an annual commemoration of the lives lost during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of this tragic event.

Wednesday, September 15 - First Day of Hispanic Heritage Month; Also, DOT Day (Wear your Dots)!

Friday, September 17 - Constitution Day, commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787 and is required to be recognized in accordance with federal law.

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

A special note from one of our scholars ~

I am excited to be back at school. I worked really hard all summer long to create the SHINE box- a pop up STEM lab. I know I emailed you about it before. I am going to take it to Uganda in a few weeks.

I just launched my GoFundMe page last week to raise money to bring SHINE boxes (hopefully 10 of them) all the way to Uganda. Here is the link incase you want to learn more about my project or share it with anyone.

I am having a Charity Dodgeball Tournament at the Rec Center in Grapevine on September 24th. at 7pm. It would be a lot of fun- and it is for a good cause.

I asked the Grapevine Fire Dept to play on a team against the Grapevine Police Dept too. Here is the flier if you want to share it with anyone, or even invite the whole school!

Lots of love,

Paisley Elliott

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Student Opportunities from Congresswoman Beth Van Duyne

The office of U.S. Congresswoman Beth Van Duyne, who represents the 24th Congressional District of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives, has shared several opportunities for GCISD students to participate and compete in throughout the year. More information for each program can be found at

Please see the following eligibility requirements and some upcoming deadlines for each program:

  • Congressional Art Competition – Student must reside in the 24th Congressional District of Texas

  • Congressional App Challenge – Student can participate in the district in which they reside or attend school

    • Deadline: November 1, 2021

  • Congressional Youth Advisory – Student may reside in or out of the 24th Congressional District of Texas

    • Deadline: September 10, 2021

  • Elementary Art Showcase & Forum – Student may reside in or out of the 24th Congressional District of Texas

  • US Military Academy Nomination – Student must reside in the 24th Congressional District of Texas

    • Deadline: October 15, 2021

To determine if a student resides in the 24th Congressional District, please visit

The Trinity River Authority of Texas’ 7th Annual Art Contest

It’s that time of year again! The Trinity River Authority of Texas’ 7th Annual Art Contest is in full swing.

We are calling all 1st through 8th graders from the counties listed on the call for entries to get creative and send in their artwork.

This year’s theme is Save Your Pipes, Don’t Flush Wipes. We will be accepting entries until Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, at 5 p.m.

To submit your artwork successfully, please make note of the following:

  • An entry form is required for each piece of artwork submitted,
  • A drop box for no-contact delivery is available in the lobby of our general office (5300 S. Collins Street, Arlington, Texas 76018),
  • Email submissions are accepted at

Attached, you will find the official call for entries which includes details regarding theme, prizes and contest rules, the required entry form and resources to assist the students with the production of their artwork.

Please feel free to share this among your peers or any other relevant parties.

Also, I am the Outreach & Communications Associate at TRA, and I’m very excited to work with you and receive your student’s artwork! If you have any questions, please email or call (817) 467-5734.

Check our Facebook page for all the up-to-date information! CLICK HERE

Find all attachments on our website too! CLICK HERE

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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 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

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

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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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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

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.

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Coffee with the Principal

Join Principal Tina Garrett for our first Coffee with the Principal. Come enjoy coffee from our new event sponsor, Redefined Coffeehouse. You might even win a gift card to Grapevine's coolest gathering spot! We will discuss the evolving COVID-19 situation, STEM-a-palooza and whatever you bring up.

Where: On campus in the Cafe

When: 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 10

Check-in required at the front office

Note: Weather permitting or if required by COVID protocols, we will gather at the amphitheater right outside the Cafe.

Mark Your Calendar: We will have monthly events like this on the first Friday of every month.

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.


Join the Cannon College Pick’em Football League HERE

Password to join: Cannon 2021

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Volunteer Interest Form-

Check out all the ways you can get more involved with our Cannon Family.


Send CUB tracks to your Cannon Friends


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Oliver won Chick-Fil-A for himself and two friends

at the Back-to-School Bash.