The Cannon Connection

2021-2022 Newsletter for Cannon Elementary Families

September 12-18, 2021

Good morning Cannon families,

On September 11, 2001 I was teaching 4th grade when the horrifying news of the events of 9/11/2001 stopped everyone in our tracks. We all know where we were and what we were doing at this time in our history. Yesterday, marked the twenty year anniversary. We commemorate the 2,977 lives lost twenty years ago; We honor those who risked and gave their lives. I will never forget! Our Cannon scholars may not have been born, but we have some amazingly compassionate scholars that chose to share their American Pride. Please help me congratulate three of our Cannon scholars below.

What a wonderful "short" week filled with so much activity including recognizing, selecting, and celebrating a few 4th and 5th grade scholars for their STEM Habits of Mind, STEMbassadors, and First Lego League members! We ask for our Cubs to show Cub PRIDE (Partnership, Respect, Integrity, Dependability, Empathy) in all their interactions as well as highlighting STEM Habits of Mind characteristics during all learning experiences. This month we focus on the STEM Habit of Mind - Applying Past Knowledge. Ask your Cub to share with you what they are learning and how they show their Cub PRIDE and use their STEM Habits of Mind!

Please help us instill our high expectations by speaking to your students about not bringing toys to school - they can be a distraction. We will have special days to bring specific items from home ☺️

Thank you to all of our amazing families that attended the PTA Principal Coffee last Friday - We greatly value your partnership! Great ideas always come from our time together, so please stay tuned for a Teacher Wish List section added to the Principal Newsletter next week. As requested from the coffee, I've included reminders regarding our dismissal process. We sincerely appreciate all of our families following our dismissal instructions and procedures! I've also added a section for Parent Praise; An opportunity for families to share shout outs and celebrations about our fabulous staff members!

Also, please note that next Monday, September 20th is a student holiday. Our teachers will be involved in professional development.

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


Congratulations, Finalists!

Congratulations, Cannon Cubs! Three Cannon Elementary students were selected as finalists for the "Commemorating the Events of 9/11" contest. These student submissions were sent over to the City of Grapevine event committee to select a final winner from the elementary school category:

  • Velanie Bazaldua
  • Leon Van
  • Samuel Campos

Congratulations, Samuel Campos!

Our GCISD Director of Social Studies and AVID, Brandi Carey, stopped by last week to recognize our Cannon Cub finalist and the GRAND PRIZE WINNER - Samuel Campos!

Samuel was named as the Grand Prize Winner for the "Commemorating the Events of 9/11" contest. Samuel and his family were recognized and celebrated in a SUPER EXCITING, and once in a lifetime prize this past Saturday! We are so proud of you Samuel!

Sunday, September 12 - October 3 - STEMapalooza Shirt Sales:

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

Wednesday, October 6 - Fall Pictures

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 - Hearing and Vision Screens

Hearing and Vision screens are scheduled for October 20, 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.

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First Annual Cannon STEMapalooza Friday, October 29, 2021

We are so excited to launch our Fall STEM Festival this year on Friday, October 29th! This STEMapalooza will be filled with fall themed STEM Design Challenges and team building opportunities for all our scholars! During this school community event, we will also be partnering with our PTA to provide volunteer and fundraising opportunities to support our school community.

You can start supporting and preparing for this event by purchasing our school 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.

A Few Reminders:

For students that wear masks:

  • Please place an extra mask in a ziplock bag and place it in your student's backpack. We know masks provide comfort for some students and we wouldn't want them to worry if they get lost, soiled or forgotten. Make sure to discuss your mask wearing wishes with your cub.

Is your CUB feeling ill?

  • Students, teachers, and staff who have symptoms of infectious illness, such as influenza (flu) or COVID-19 symptoms should stay home and be referred to their healthcare provider for testing and/or care.
  • If the individual has symptoms that could be COVID-19 the individual must obtain a medical professional's note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis or obtain an acute infection test at an approved testing location that comes back negative for COVID-19.
  • In the case of an individual who has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and who is not evaluated by a medical professional or tested for COVID-19, such individual is assumed to have COVID-19, and the individual may NOT return to the campus until the individual has completed ALL three-steps listed below:

  1. At least 24 hours passed since resolution of fever without using fever reducing medications.
  2. The individual has improvement in symptoms
  3. At least 10 days have passed since the first symptoms began.

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 September lunches HERE.

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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 or 817-251-5680

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COVID-19 Protocol Information

Please visit for lots of resources from the District pertaining to COVID-19. There you can find all of the following information, plus more:

Additionally, the District would like to provide you information regarding the following topics:

Communication of COVID-19 Cases

When the District is notified of a test-confirmed case of COVID-19, campus nurses begin contact tracing and notifying contacts of a possible exposure. As a District, we are working diligently to notify contacts the same day that we are notified of a test-confirmed case. There is then a follow up communication for the entire campus the next day that details the previous day's cases. Campus notifications for cases from Friday, Saturday and Sunday are sent the following Monday. The notification structure is set up this way to give the campus time to focus on contacting individuals who may have been exposed.

For students and staff members that are tested at the GCISD COVID-19 Testing Center, that data is available to the District immediately, which expedites the contact tracing process. If you are tested at an alternative testing site, and the test results are positive, please notify the campus nurse immediately. In an instance where there is a delay in notifying the campus of a test-confirmed case, there will be a delay in the notification for contacts as well as the campus. Staff and students may not be on campus while waiting on a test result.

Class Quarantines

As the District continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in our communities and our campuses, the following thresholds have been determined for implementing additional COVID protocols at the elementary school level:

  • If a classroom has a 10% positivity rate for COVID-19, additional COVID protocols will be temporarily implemented including placing desks in rows facing the same direction, providing students with a desktop divider for the classroom. Students will take their individual desktop divider with them to art, music and the cafeteria. Students will remain in cohorts to the extent possible in PE and recess to limit contacts.

  • If a classroom has a 20% positivity rate for COVID-19, the temporary COVID-19 protocols mentioned above will remain in place. Additionally, the District will review circumstances surrounding the positive cases to determine if quarantine is warranted.

  • If a classroom has a 30% positivity rate for COVID-19, students must quarantine for a designated period of time and will transition to remote learning.

For secondary campuses, while we can determine classroom positivity rates, due to students changing classes at the middle and high schools we are unable to quarantine one class. The District will still notify contacts as well as the campus regarding a positive case.

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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Kids Butterfly Flutterby Art Contest

We are excited to announce that its almost time for the Kids Butterfly Flutterby Art Contest for students Kindergarten through 5th grade!

This year’s theme is “Diary of a Monarch”.

Here is the flyer with a link to Butterfly Flutterby Art Contest entry forms and rules.

This flyer will be distributed in PeachJar to parents on Monday, 13 September. You can also find the entry forms on the Grapevine Garden Club website, which is

The art entries will be judged by local artists and with awards for each grade. I will email you Art teachers directly with the names of the winners on Thursday night, 14 October 2021.

Awards will be officially presented at the Butterfly Flutterby event, held on Saturday, 16 October, at the Grapevine Botanical Gardens on Ball Street. Attendance by the winners is strongly encouraged! We want lots of pictures with those sweet artists!

Your school's Grapevine Garden Club volunteer will be personally contacting you soon and will deliver a little "Thank you" gift to your school with some more detailed information for you.

We are looking forward to seeing your students amazing artwork and seeing their imagination take flight!

Thank you for all your support!!

Susan Holley, Butterfly Flutterby Art Contest Co-Chair 254.718.6621,

Terry Curcio, Butterfly Flutterby Art Contest Co-Chair, 817.913.0438,

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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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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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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.

Choose Cannon!

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

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Volunteer Interest Form-

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

If you would like to volunteer, make sure that you have completed the required district background check.

Volunteer Background Check


Send CUB tracks to your Cannon Friends


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