The Cannon Connection

2021-2022 Newsletter for Cannon Elementary Families

December 5-11, 2021

Good morning Cannon families,

What an amazing week filled with so much holiday cheer! Thank you Gina Appleby, Rose Matheus, Steffany Batik, Angela and Jeff Hall, Liz Chalmers, Michael and Holly Landauer, PTA volunteers and Ms. Stewart and our 3rd-5th grade choir for organizing and running a festive and fun PTA Breakfast with Santa! It was an amazing morning filled with song, laughter, and cheer - Thank you to all that attended!

Please help me give a huge SHOUT OUT to our Cannon Dad's Club! Not only did they engineer a masterpiece of a Christmas float, but they also took Friday to showcase the engineering design process they used to imagine, plan, and improve their design with our scholars. From simple machines, mechanical and light energy to creativity and recycling materials, our scholars heard from some talented dads! One of our core STEM pillars is Community! This year, we had more dads helping to build the float than any previous year; THANK YOU FOR PUTTING IN THE COUNTLESS HOURS to support our Cannon Community! Our Cannon Dads spent the last eight weeks building our float - Thank you for bringing us so many priceless memories and some much needed holiday cheer! We are so grateful to have such dedicated families supporting our mission to enhance the engineering thinking process at Cannon! Thank you for supporting our PURPOSE, INNOVATION, and COMMUNITY!

Can you believe we have 10 days until our winter break? The next two weeks are going to go by very quickly. We are excited to share that our grade level PTA coordinators and teachers have been hard at work planning our holiday parties. Our cubs will have a great time! Be on the lookout for communication from your grade level PTA coordinators and teachers for details. Please understand that we will not be having volunteers and visitors at holiday parties. Also, mark your calendar for early dismissal on Friday, December 17th at 11:45.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership!

Proud to be your principal,

Tina Garrett


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December's Lunch Sign Up

November 8th - December 10th Holiday Food Drive

December STEM Habit of Mind - Communicate Clearly

December 6th - 10th - Hour of Code Cannon Style! The 'Hour of Code™' is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week and to introduce millions of students to one hour of coding. It was launched in December of 2013 to demystify and promote the concepts of computer science. Over 200 million students have participated worldwide since its inception

December 8th - 10th - PTA Santa Shop: Volunteers Needed CLICK HERE.

Santa Shop

Santa Shop (Spanish)

Friday, December 10 - Cannon Spelling Bee

Friday, December 17 - Early Release 11:45

Saturday, December 18 - Tuesday, January 4 - Winter Break

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

January - Kids Heart Challenge

Shout Out to our Cannon Spelling Bee Participants!

We can't wait to hear from our 3rd-5th grade Spelling Bee Scholars! Good luck as you participate this Friday, December 10, 2021!

GMS Theatre Holiday Hoopla

I would like to extend an invitation to your students and their families to join us at Grapevine Middle School for our Theatre Holiday Hoopla on Tuesday, December 7th from 6:30-8:00 PM!

This event will definitely get you in the holiday spirit! For a general $5 admission fee, you can participate in the following activities and sweet treats:

  • Make your own customized tree ornament!

  • Holiday Cookie Decorating

  • Holiday Photobooth and Selfie Stations

  • “Pin the Nose on Rudolph” Game!

  • Hot chocolate!

  • A viewing of our Virtual Holiday Showcase on the big screen, performed by our GMS Theatre students!

Feel free to come and go as you please. Wear your favorite “Ugly Christmas Sweater”, and bring the whole family along!

We hope to see you there!


Rachel Martin

Theatre Director

Grapevine Middle School

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Santa's Helpers

Ho Ho Ho!

The holiday season is here and Santa is hard at work. Make sure he gets your Christmas Wish List! We will be assisting Santa with delivering his letters. We have a festive mailbox where your child can drop off their wishlist. Please make sure to include your return address on the letter and Santa will send a personalized letter to your child! We really hope there is a lot of participation, it’s a great way to get into the Christmas spirit!!

We will be donating $5 for every letter received (up to $300) to GRACE of Grapevine. Our family is making the donation of $5 per letter. It is FREE to you!

****Mailbox Location: 6907 Upland Lane, Colleyville **

****We will start receiving letters on November 29th and will close the mailbox on December 20th. **

We will have a stocking of candy canes for your little one and please feel free to take photos and share them with us!

Holiday Wishes,

Allie and Emily

Santa’s Helpers

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!
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Toy Drive

We are collecting new, unwrapped toys for ages infant through teen for Grace’s Christmas Cottage. There is a list attached with some wonderful ideas. A great gift option for teens are gift cards. Toys can be dropped off in the foyer under the Christmas tree and gift cards can be placed in the gift card box by the tree. We will be collecting toys December 1st – 17th.
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Cannon Elementary is sponsoring a food drive to benefit local Cannon families for the upcoming holidays. We encourage you to bring in non-perishable items from the suggested list provided. Each grade level will be responsible for certain food items. We will collect the food items from November 8th through December 10th. The Cannon administrative staff will distribute the items to Cannon families in need.

Food Donation Letter

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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 - December's Lunch Sign Up

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.

2022-2023 Calendar Feedback Needed

As GCISD works to develop the 2022-2023 instructional calendar, we are seeking feedback from parents and staff on two calendar options. To view the two calendar options, and to submit your prefered choice, please complete this form. All feedback must be received by Wednesday, December 8.

Winter Wonderland Fun Run/Walk and Health & Wellness Expo

Join our GCISD community for a FREE walk-up Winter Wonderland 1 mile Fun Run/Walk and Health & Wellness Expo at Grapevine High School’s Mustang Activity Center (MAC)! There will be prizes for most festively dressed Winter Wonderland participants, multiple door prizes and raffle prizes! The Fun Run/Walk begins at 9:30 a.m. with the Vendor Expo open from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Strollers are welcome! If you are interested in hosting a booth, please complete THIS VENDOR FORM by Friday, December 3rd. PTA, Campus Groups, Student Groups, Community Businesses, and more welcome!


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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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Each year, our Cannon PTA sponsors a Santa Shop at Cannon, where students can shop for gifts for family members. These gifts range anywhere from 50 cents to $15 and include gifts for adults & children. Complete the form below and return it with the amount of money you would like your child to spend. Each grade level has a designated shopping time on Wednesday and Thursday. Only students with money in hand will be allowed to shop and students may only shop once on Wednesday or Thursday depending on when they bring money. Items are available at a first come first serve basis. Space and inventory is limited in the Santa shop therefore students will not be allowed to shop multiple times on Wednesday and Thursday. All students will be allowed to shop on Friday as supplies last.

**Volunteers needed for the Santa Shop. Click HERE to sign up.

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We need volunteers for the Santa Shop, DECEMBER 6th-10th.

We need people to help kids shop, ring up purchases

and to help kids wrap their gifts.

CLICK HERE to sign up to help.

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Cannon Dad’s Club won first place in the Grapevine Holiday Parade. The Dad’s Club also came to Cannon on Friday to show our cubs how they engineered the amazing float. Thank You Dad’s Club for all that you do for Cannon.

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THANK YOU Volunteers

THANK YOU to all of the volunteers that helped make Donuts with Santa a success. Make sure to check out our social media account to see the pictures.

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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**