Growing with STEM in Fourth Grade

April 11-15

This Week in Fourth Grade

Parents, as we are begin to look forward to the end of a school year please remember the sky ranch field trip next fall. This can be a pretty expensive field trip, so raising money in the spring for the following fall is pretty important. There is an upcoming fundraiser for this trip and we need your help! Please use the following link to sign up to help.


http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054faaa92fa13-skyranch


Also coming soon is our Field Trip to Pizza Ranch on Monday April 25th. We have already collected the field trip forms. If you had volunteered to help and can not longer attend please let us know as soon as possible. If you volunteered (thank you) and are planning to attend, we will not have space on the busses. We will need you to drive. We will leave Cannon at 9:10. You are more than welcome to meet up at our classrooms before we leave and follow our busses. I highly recommend carpooling with other volunteers.

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 create and interpret multistep word problems that contain fractions and fraction concepts.

I can compare, add, and subtract fractions.

Important Dates

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

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!

Extended Yearbook Sales

  • EXTENDED YEARBOOK SALES Yearbook sales have been extended through this week. Yearbook payment and personal pages are due by Friday, April 15th. Parents can pay online or in the office. Please help us remind parents! They can use this link, search for Cannon, and enter our school code. Cannon code: 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!!

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.