Growing with STEM in Fourth Grade

April 4th-8th

This Week in Fourth Grade

I would like to send out my congratulations to our scholars for they have officially survived their first STAAR test of the year. We have now switched back to homerooms for writing to better serve our scholars and to begin focusing on narrative writing. Last week we got the opportunity to visit Mrs. Lambert and baby Owen. They were doing great and Mrs. Lambert expressed how she missed all of the scholars and appreciated all of their cards and gifts.


As scholars continue to learn about life cycles in science, they will continue to watch their caterpillars turn into butterflies. Watch this time lapse video of some of them creating their chrysalis on Friday!.

Butterfly Transformation Time Lapse

What We are Learning This Week

Reading:

I can find evidence to support my conclusions while reading.


Writing:
I can write an narrative that includes a plot that builds to a climax and details about the characters and setting.

Social Studies:
I can understand the importance of the Texas Revolution, The Republic of Texas, and the annexation of Texas to the United States.


Science:

I can explore, illustrate, and compare life cycles in living organisms such as butterflies, beetles,radishes, or lima beans.

I can explore how adaptations enable organisms to survive in their environment such as comparing birds' beaks and leaves on plants.

I can demonstrate that some likenesses between parents and offspring are inherited, passed from generation to generation such as eye color in humans or shapes of leaves in plants. Other likenesses are learned such as table manners or reading a book and seals balancing balls on their nose.


Math:
I can identify, calculate, and create equivalent fractions

I can compare, add, and subtract fractions.

Important Dates

4/06 GCISD Kindness Day! - See Cannon's Kindness Challenges below!

4/07 Last Day to Register to VOTE!

4/12 First Lego League Parent Meeting - 6:00-7:00 pm library

4/16 Rachel's Challenge Rally

4/19 Family Night @ Spring Creek BBQ!

4/22 PTA Family Country Cookout

4/25-4/29 Kindergarten Registration Week

Tutoring

Even though Mrs. Lambert will not be returning this year, Mrs. Nuhu and Ms. Kennedy will be taking over reading tutoring on Thursday afternoons!


There WILL BE Math and Reading tutoring this week!

New Way to Register

Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, GCISD will begin using Skyward Family Access to register students. This is a change for families, as the district has previously used Infosnap. New students to GCISD for the 2016-2017 school year, including incoming Kindergarten students may begin registering with Skyward the week of April 25-April 29. All returning students will complete registration in August. Be sure to share these dates with any family, friends, or neighbors who have incoming Kindergarten students or other students who will be new to GCISD next year. To read more about this change in registration systems, click here.

Rachel's Challenge Rally

This year's GCISD Rachel's Challenge Rally is scheduled on April 16th @ Colleyville Heritage High School. There are several fun family events to get involved in this year! Check out this information about the Rachel's Challenge event!

Don't Forget to Order a Yearbook!

Yearbook information was sent home with ALL scholars last week. Yearbooks are $20, which includes a free personalized page, and can be purchased online or by making a payment in the Cannon office by cash or check. All checks should be made payable to Cannon Elementary.
Deadline to order: April 4th (personalized pages must also be completed by this date)

Free page?:
When you purchase a yearbook, you will have the option to customize TWO pages in your child's yearbook for FREE! You can design your child's pages with pictures of their year, including school parties, field trips, vacations, fun events, sports, or other activities. Parents can even create these pages as dedication pages with baby pictures and special quotes. If you design custom pages, they will be included ONLY in your child's yearbook and must be complete through the online site. You are not required to create custom pages - it's only an option for interested

To get started on your yearbook order, go to www.TreeRing.com/validate. You will be asked for our school's passcode: 1014520263794913

Help Us Help Cannon

Did you know that it has been OVER 5 YEARS since Cannon has done a school-sponsored fundraiser!?
In an effort to provide an opportunity to Cannon parents to help support Cannon, we are doing a Greenback Fundraiser. Your scholar will not come home with catalogs with cookie dough, wrapping paper, or candy, parents can make a one time donation directly to cannon. Funds raided will help support our growth as a school and curriculum materials/other resources for our scholars and teachers. And donating is super EASY. You can donate online, using a credit card (no fees involved!) or by cash/check. All checks should be made out to Cannon Elementary. Each donation is tax-deductible and a form will be provided on request.

Look for a donation flyer coming home with your scholar soon!

Or if you can't wait: Click here to make a donation ONLINE now! Select the button - Cannon- Growing the Future!!

Is Your Scholar Above Average in Math?

Testing opportunities for telescoping in math for the 2016-2017 school year are available in the spring and summer for GCISD students who are completing grades K through 7. The Math Telescoping Information Packet will be available the first week of March on the district website under the For Parents and Students Directory by selecting the link for Acceleration Exams, Math Telescoping, Grades K-7. There will be links to print the Information Packet, begin the TWO STEP Online Registration Process to register for the spring exams, view the TEKS on the TEA website, and download Study Guides for the exams purchased from UT-Austin. Click here to see the exam dates and registration deadlines for each exam date - English. Click here to see this information in Spanish.

Free eBooks!

This week, we will be sending home information about FREE eBOOKS that are now available to all Cannon students! In case the information does not make it home with your scholar, below is all of the information below on how to access a library of thousands of popular and award-winning eBooks for free! We hope that everyone will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity and that it helps further support and engage your child's learning and foster their love of reading beyond the classroom.
  1. Go to the App Store on your device (Apple or Android)
  2. Search for "Open eBooks" and follow the instructions to download.
  3. Open the app.
  4. Agree to any terms & conditions.
  5. Enter your code and PIN combination when prompted. For Pre-K - 4th grade eBooks: Access Code: M6901N0WZ0 Pin: 5806; For 5th-8th grade eBooks: Access Code: MUZI856QUT Pin: 8534
  6. Browse the catalog of books available.
  7. Download eBooks of interest to your child and enjoy reading. Please note that you can download 10 eBooks at a time. Each eBook will be available for 56 days before it must be renewed.
  8. That's it! Enjoy!!

Celebrate Kindness Week!

Cannon Cubs will have the opportunity to celebrate KINDNESS all week long this week! GCISD's Kindness Day is Wednesday, April 6th and all students are encouraged to wear either a Rachel's Challenge or Cannon shirt to show their support of kindness! If you ordered a Rachel's Challenge shirt, they will be handed out on Monday. If you would like to purchase a shirt, Mrs. Coburn still has a few left. These shirts are $7 and can be purchased through Mrs. Coburn by emailing her at amanda.coburn@gcisd.net . Cannon's Kindness Challenge will last ALL week long,April 4th-8th. Mrs. Coburn is challenging all Cannon students to celebrate kindness ALL week by completing 20 deliberate acts of kindness at school or at home. A chart of kind acts will be coming home with all students on Monday, April 4th. Students should complete each kind act and then color in the corresponding box. Once students have completed all kind acts, turn it in to your teacher by April 8thto receive something special from Mrs. Coburn!

Changing Times

A letter went home with all students to inform you about the change to the instructional calendar that will be going before the Board on March 28 at Colleyville Middle School. Every year, the District Excellence Committee, comprised of teachers, staff, parents and community members, as well as district and campus leadership, review possible calendar options before presenting to the Board of Trustees. This year, we had the additional complication of HB 2610, which was developed and passed during the 84th Texas legislative session. It requires districts to provide at least 75,600 minutes of instruction, rather than 180 days. Due to the new legislation passed by the State, there will be some changes made to the student-teacher calendar in GCISD. To maintain the calendar the community desires and has previously approved, elementary, middle and high schools must have 435 instructional minutes per day. In order to accommodate the new requirements, the district had to make adjustments to the school day for elementary and high school students. The new start and dismissal times are impacted not only by the change in the required instructional minutes but also by the resulting shift in the transportation schedules. Below is the proposed schedule for 2016-2017 school year:

● Elementary School 7:40 a.m. - 2:55 p.m.

● Middle School 8:10 a.m. - 3:25 p.m.

● High School 8:40 a.m. - 3:55 p.m.

If the Board approves the proposed changes to our bell schedule, the district will post information on the district website and share through campus social media channels.