The Cannon Connection

2021-2022 Newsletter for Cannon Elementary Families

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January 2 - 8, 2022

Good morning and Happy New Year Cannon families,

As we celebrate the end of 2021 and welcome 2022, I want to take a moment to commend our Cannon community for everything you’ve done to support our scholars and to build a strong school community. Doing that takes not only the foresight to realize what can be achieved and the tenacity to keep at it, but also a deep level of commitment to all the lives you touch: students, families, staff members. Thank you for your commitment, passion, and dedication to make Cannon the BEST!

We look forward to seeing all of our scholars at 7:40 on Wednesday, January 5, 2022!

Proud to be your principal,

Tina Garrett


Wednesday, January 5 - Students return to School (Teachers return Tuesday, January 4)

January 5 - Report Card 2 posts in Skyward

January Lunch Sign Ups

January Book of the Month Challenge - Roxaboxen; In this amazing story, neighborhood kids turn a barren field into a town with nothing but rocks and their imaginations.

Cannon Cardboard City Challenge - Cardboard City Creations can begin coming to the library on January 18. The final deadline to bring your creation is January 21

January - Kids Heart Challenge

January 17 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School; Student and Staff Holiday

Testing for GT Services and/or the ASPIRE Academy

Kindergarten through 5th Grade currently enrolled students may be referred and tested for GT services and/or the ASPIRE Academy during the window below:

Referral Window: January 10 - January 28

Testing Window: February 1 - February 28

Decision mailed on: March 28

Note: Students are able to test for GT services every year. (GT LEAD scholars do not test again for GT LEAD once they are identified for the program.)

GCISD Gifted and Talented

Parent Inventory/Permission to Test (Scroll down to bottom of page. Link will only be LIVE during the referral window.)

2021 Reflections Council Results are In!

Overall Awards of Excellence (Advancing to State) - Abbie Sanders Primary Literature

Complete Results by Division:

Abbie Sanders Overall Award of Excellence Primary Literature

Cecilia Yatko Honorable Mention Primary Visual Arts

Andrew Hall Honorable Mention Intermediate Visual Arts

Cyril Yatko Award of Merit Intermediate Photography

Congratulations to our award winning Reflections participants from Cannon!

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January Book of the Month Design Challenge: Cannon Cardboard City

Do you have packages arriving at your house for the holidays? Please save and send in those cardboard packing inserts along with any various smaller sized boxes for our upcoming January Book of the Month Design Challenge: Cannon Cardboard City. Thank you!

Calling all Cannon Scholars!

We are going to design and build an entire city out of cardboard! We need every Cannon student to participate so please look at the newsletter to learn all about it!

Cannon Cardboard City Challenge

Cardboard City Design Workshop

Do you want to participate in the Cannon Cardboard City Challenge but don’t have the supplies? Sign up to bring your Cannon Scholar(s) to our design workshop!

Cardboard City Workshop

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 guidance curriculum PurposeFULL People. Honesty is the character trait we are focussing on in December. We will talk about honesty, meaning to live truthfully in our words, actions, and thoughts. How will you practice Honesty at home? Check out the activities.

Counselor's Corner with Mrs. Coburn

I Need to Talk to Mrs. Coburn

K-2 Honesty English

K-2 Honesty Spanish

3-5 Honesty English

3-5 Honesty Spanish

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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 - January Lunch Sign Ups

The GCISD Early Childhood Development Center is hiring!

The ECDC is a childcare center available to employees of GCISD for children ages 6 weeks to 3 years. We have part time and full time positions available with flexible schedules. The District is offering quarterly retention payments of $500 to full time employees, childcare benefits and competitive compensation. Full time applicants can apply here. Part time applicants can apply here.

MLK Day of Service

Campuses across GCISD are coming together this January to support local families through donations to GRACE and the CHHS Panther Pantry. The entire community can participate in this endeavor by donating various items (listed below) to campuses from January 5-14. Donations can also be brought to drive-thru events at GHS and CHHS on Monday, January 17, in honor of the MLK Day of Service. Those locations will accept donations between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. For more information, visit our website.

2022-2023 Instructional Calendar

On Monday, December 13, the GCISD Board of Trustees approved the student and staff instructional calendar for the 2022-2023 school year.

A few highlights from the 2022-2023 instructional calendar:

  • Students will begin classes on Wednesday, August 17.

  • Students will have a four-day weekend from October 29 - November 1, with October 31 and November 1 being Professional Development Days.

  • Classes end for the first semester on Wednesday, December 21. The second semester begins after Winter Break on Monday, January 9.

  • Teachers return from Winter Break on Friday, January 6, for a Professional Development Day.

  • Spring Break is March 13 - March 17.

  • Students and staff will have a four-day weekend in April (dependent on the need to makeup one or both inclement weather days).

  • Classes are finished on Thursday, May 25.

The calendar can be viewed and downloaded as a PDF: 2022-2023 GCISD Student and Staff Instructional Calendar

*iUniversity Prep and Collegiate Academy instructional calendars will be released at a later date.

GCISD Partners with Dell to Bring You Discounts

We are excited to announce our participation in Dell’s Member Purchase Program (MPP)!

MPP is a discount program that allows all employees, family, and friends to receive member-only pricing on all personal purchases from Dell. Dell has created a dedicated website ( that we can shop 24/7. Login credentials are not required to access savings.

Member Benefits Include:

• Cost-free employee discount program extended to friends and family

• Exclusive monthly offers & best price guarantee on consumer PCs from Dell

• Free enrollment in Dell Rewards: 3% back + free expedited shipping

• Executive Sales Team available to assist with all consumer-grade + personal purchases

• Electronics and Accessories 10% coupon available on home page of member website

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.

Visitor/Volunteer Guidelines

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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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 If you have any questions, Allen is very receptive to speaking with parents about our safety practices and may be reached at

Cafe Menu Update!

Please see the updated menu attached. Nutrition services has indicated the vegetarian friendly items in green. In addition, they have added a couple of plant based menu items on the menu. They also plan to offer a hummus box daily in addition to the baked potato that is available. All menu items are subject to change due to availability. Students may always select a vegetable plate that consists of two vegetables, one fruit, one grain, and milk.

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Cafeteria Volunteers

The GCISD Nutrition Services Department is still 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!

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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**