The Cannon Connection

2021-2022 Newsletter for Cannon Elementary Families

April 10-16, 2022

Good morning Cannon families,

Thank you to all of our 4th grade families for joining us last week for our 4th grade musical! Our fourth graders did a phenomenal job Standing on the Shoulders of Giants!

This is a busy week at Cannon! Thursday night we welcome our Cannon Community to visit our Art Show starting at 5:30 pm and our Cannon Got's Talent Show! On Friday, April 15 our Cubs will celebrate Field Day! Please see Coach Sutherlin's letter below as you help prepare for a fun and engaging week!

We have so many more wonderful parent engagement opportunities planned for this spring, please make sure to mark and save the dates! If you would like to volunteer on campus, or chaperone a field trip, make sure that you have completed the required district background check Volunteer Background Check. If you are interested in volunteering on campus, please make sure to notify Ana Hinojos at or 817-251-5680.

Thank you for your continued partnership!

Proud to be your principal,

Tina Garrett


April Lunch Sign Ups

Monday, April 4 - New to GCISD, Including Kindergarten, Registration Opens!

Tuesday, April 12 - District Art Show; 24 of our Cannon Cubs will be Showcased (See below)!

Wednesday, April 13 - School Librarian Appreciation Day - Show Mrs. Wagner some Love!

Thursday, April 14 - K-5 Art and Talent Show 5:30pm

Friday, April 15 - Field Day

April 18-22 - Earth Week Cannon Style!

Wednesday, April 27 - Front Office Administrative Assistants Appreciation Day!

Thursday, April 28 - 5th Grade Musical 5:30pm

May - Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Military Appreciation Month

Monday May, 2 - Returning Student Registration Opens!

May 2-6 Teacher Appreciation Week

Friday, May 6 - Cannon Derby Day; Off to the Races - Get your hats ready! Our Scholars will have fun reviewing grade level concepts by playing math, reading, and science games!

Sunday, May 8 - Happy Mother's Day!

May 10 - 18 Closed Campus for STAAR Testing

Tuesday, May 10 - 3rd-5th Math STAAR Test

Thursday, May 12 - 3rd-5th Reading STAAR Test

Tuesday, May 17 - 5th Science STAAR Test

*Students not meeting grade level STAAR standards must attend 2022 summer school. This year, the 87th Texas Legislature passed House Bill 4545 (HB 4545) to address additional learning opportunities for students who do not meet standards on the STAAR exams. More information on HB 4545 can be found at:

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24 of our Cannon Cubs will be showcased in this district exhibition!

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To Purchase Framed Art ($25) Go To:

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Parents are invited to attend and cheer on the participants, but no pets, please. You must sign in the front office kiosk. Please fill out this google form BEFORE Tuesday April 12th if you plan to attend and have filled out a background check - Volunteer Background Check.

Earth Week - Cannon Style!

Cannon Cubs will be participating in Earth Week Activities on campus the week of April 18 - 22nd. As an extension, your child might want to participate in the Keep Grapevine Beautiful Challenge. Prizes will be awarded!
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GCISD Reads Challenge

The GCISD Reads Challenge is almost over for the 2021-2022 school year! The Challenge ends May 1. If your Cannon Cub has been working on the challenge make sure they have turned in their reading sheet to Ms. Wagner by May 1.
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Cannon Career Day

We are looking for individuals to come present at our Career Day for all students K-5 on Friday, May 20th. Our hope is for students to gain knowledge about possible careers/jobs and the college and/or experiences required to obtain these professions. We would love for you to bring any activities, demonstrations, hands on materials, or pictures that will help the students better understand your job/career. Please complete the survey if you are interested. Contact Mandy Coburn, Cannon Counselor, if you have any questions. (817) 251-5684 or

Career Day Sign-up

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. Cooperation is the character trait we are focussing on in April.

How can students practice cooperation at home? Check out the activities.

Counselor's Corner with Mrs. Coburn

I Need to Talk to Mrs. Coburn

K-2 Cooperation English

K-2 Cooperation Spanish

3-5 Cooperation English

3-5 Cooperation Spanish

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It’s time to purchase a 21-22 yearbook!

It’s time to purchase a 21-22 yearbook! They are $20 and can be purchased at the Treering website. Parents can design 2 personal pages for free that will only be printed in your child’s yearbook. Yearbooks will be delivered to your home in May before school is out as long as you purchase by the deadline.

Purchase 21-22 Yearbook

Passcode: 1014520263794913

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Lunch Visitors ~

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. 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. 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!

All lunch visitors must sign up -

March Lunch Sign Ups

April Lunch Sign Ups

Nutrition Survey

Greetings GCISD parents and students! The Grapevine-Colleyville ISD Nutrition Services team values your feedback and invites you to complete the 2022 survey if you have or currently participate in the school meals offered in the cafeteria! Simply scan the QR code to complete the brief survey or click on the link below:

Here is the link to the survey:

Reminder: Scholarship deadlines are approaching!

There are many scholarships available for our students. Many of these scholarships have deadlines that are quickly approaching. For a list of scholarships available for GCISD students, please visit this document.

Reminder: Lightspeed Relay Parent Portal

The purpose of the Lightspeed Relay Parent Portal is to partner with parents to raise good digital citizens. Each week, parents receive an email called the Relay Portal Weekly Report that comes out Sunday evening with information about their child's browsing activity. The weekly parent report contains:

  • the number of websites that a child browsed

  • the average number of pages a child visited each day during the week

  • the number of pages that a child visited daily

  • the top ten sites a child visited

When a parent logs into the Parent Portal Dashboard, it takes them to the landing page. This shows a summary of the most recent student internet activity. It includes sites, dates, and times. Parents can interact with the sites by clicking on them to see exactly what their child viewed. If you have more than one child in the District, you can easily toggle between them in a dropdown at the top of the screen.

Parents can also pause web browsing on their child's device. This will temporarily block website browsing when their child is not at school. Important: This only acts to disable browsing when the child is away from school.

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Please find the UPDATED 22-23 Elementary School Supply List (English & Spanish).

This list will also be found on the GCISD School Tools webpage!

Math Telescoping Exams

Testing opportunities for telescoping in math for the 2022-2023 school year are available in JUNE and JULY 2022 for GCISD students who are completing Grades K-7.

The Math Telescoping Parent Information Packet will be available on the GCISD district website under the “Parents” tab and then click on “Math Telescoping”. Here you will be on the main Math Telescoping, Grades K-7 website page. Also, you can view the Acceleration Testing Calendar for 2021-2022 on the website.

Parents will find information about the requirements to qualify for Math Telescoping and instructions about the Online Registration Process and the required Payment Online Process. View the TEKS on the TEA website, and download Study Guides for the exams purchased from UTHS-Austin.

Exam Fee(s)

There is a fee of $30.00 for each “PAPER” (required for grades 1 & 2, optional for grades 3-7) Math Telescoping exam and $40.00 for each “Online Remote Proctorio” exam (grades 3-7 only) ordered from UTHS-Austin. ALL payments are to be made online at the end of the registration form. A link for the online payment will be provided.

Exams for 1st and 2nd grade must be given orally. These Paper exams will be administered at the GCISD location. Proctors will read the questions and students will mark their answers in the test booklet. Proctors will transcribe their answers to a computer graded answer sheet for scoring by the UTHS-Austin Testing Center.

The online registration form will go live on March 21, 2022 for the June test dates.

The online registration form will go live on June 13, 2022 for the July test dates.


The exam dates, registration and online payment deadlines for each exam date are listed below:

JUNE Exam Dates:

Online Remote Proctorio: June 6-16, 2022 (to be taken from home computer)

Paper (In-Person): June 6 & 7, 2022 (9:00 am & 1:00 pm HERITAGE MIDDLE SCHOOL)

Online Registration Opens: March 21, 2022

Online Registration & Exam Fee/Payment (Online payments only) Deadline: Mar. 31, 2022 at 3:00 pm. The Online Registration Form will become unavailable at 3:00 pm, March 31, 2022.

Incomplete registrations cannot be considered and no exceptions can be granted.

JULY Exam Dates:

Online Remote Proctorio: July 18-28, 2022 (to be taken from home computer)

Paper (In-Person): July 18 & 19, 2022 (9:00 am & 1:00 pm HERITAGE MIDDLE SCHOOL)

Online Registration Opens: June 13, 2022

Online Registration & Exam Fee/Payment (Online payments only) Deadline: June 21, 2022, 3:00 pm

The Online Registration Form will become unavailable at 3:00 pm, June 21, 2022.

Incomplete registrations cannot be considered and no exceptions can be granted.

Join Our Team!

Great opportunities are available in our Nutrition Services Department! Apply now to work with the BEST!

Meet and Greet Job Fair

Are you interested in teaching in the areas of Math, Science, Foreign Languages or Elementary Bilingual?

You are invited to a Meet and Greet hosted by GCISD at Mustang Panther Stadium on Tuesday, April 5 from 5-7 p.m.

Please bring a resume.

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STAAR Online

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is transitioning all state assessments to be administered online by the 2022–2023 school year. To support this change, GCISD will be administering all state assessments online this Spring and is encouraging students to visit the practice tests site released by the TEA to prepare for online testing. For upcoming testing, students will be using district issued personal devices.

The online practice tests familiarize students with the general tools, designated supports, and accessibility features that may appear in online tests. In the practice site, there are features that may be turned on and off for students with identified accommodations such as text-to-speech and spelling assistance. Organized by grade level and subject, all 2018, 2019, and 2021 STAAR released tests are also available on the online practice site . Please visit this link for instructions on how to access the practice site.

To view upcoming online STAAR testing windows and dates, please visit our website.

More specific information about student testing days will be coming soon. Please submit a help desk ticket if you are having trouble launching a test.

STAAR Practice, Practice, Practice ~

Check out this opportunity to practice but before you do, know these important things:

1. All 3rd-5th grade students should practice at least three times before testing in May.

2. Students have an actual login they will receive while here at school. THIS practice above is only the "Guest View".

3. Play with the "Guest View" so you can see EVERYTHING!!

4. When your student(s) sign in with their personal login (we will give them those when they practice at school), they WILL NOT see everything the "guest view" offers because their site will be tailored to their personal accommodations - IF they have any.

5. Check out this detailed instruction sheet to see how to log in as a guest so you and your student can play around with it.

6. You don't have to complete or have your student practice an entire test but I HIGHLY recommend that you look through it. As the leader of the staff that has already played with it, I found some unique things that would've thrown me off if I didn't practice. Get your students to see what the site has to offer.

Instructional Calendar Changes for this school year~

Due to GCISD’s recent closure on February 24 due to winter weather, beginning on March 7, ten (10) minutes will be added to the end of each school day to recover the necessary amount of instructional minutes. New release times for GCISD schools will be as follows:

  • Elementary - 3:05 p.m.
  • Middle - 3:35 p.m.
  • High - 4:10 p.m.

Just as a reminder, due to the previous closures due to weather and COVID-19, the following changes are still in effect:

  • Friday, March 11 will no longer be an early release day. Students will attend school for the full day.

  • Students will be in school on Friday, April 15 and Monday, April 18 which were originally planned for inclement weather days.

  • Wednesday, May 25 and Thursday, May 26 will no longer be early release days, except for high school students. All elementary and middle school students will attend school for the full day.

*NOTE: These changes do not affect the instructional calendars for Collegiate Academy or iUniversity Prep.

Click here for an updated 2021-2022 GCISD Instructional Calendar.

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 COVID-19 Resources

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

Reporting COVID-19 Cases

To report a student or staff COVID-19 case to GCISD, please complete this form. A District or campus nurse will then contact you with the next steps. Please complete the form rather than reporting cases directly to any GCISD staff.

GCISD COVID-19 Testing Center

As a reminder, Consent forms for the COVID-19 Testing Center are now located in Skyward. Access forms using the instructions found here for STUDENTS (VIDEO Instructions). After submitting the information in Skyward (Family Access for Students and Employee Access for Staff), Skyward will send you an email confirming that you signed your consent.

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.

Students being marked absent even though they attended Remote Conferencing

When students are out for Covid they are marked absent by the home campus (since they are not present at school). Remote Conferencing teachers take daily attendance and mark present those students who show up in the Webex room. Data secretaries at the home campus check Remote Conferencing attendance sheets and, for those students who attend the Remote Conferencing Webex sessions, change the absence code to a “synchronous present”. The process may be delayed by a couple of days as we are seeing a high number of students in Remote Conferencing. If you do not see the absence code changed after 3 days, please contact the data secretary/attendance clerk at your home campus.

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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The Cannon Art and Talent Show is this THURSDAY, APRIL 14th from 5:30-7:30 and we need your help to make it a success. Please check out the SIGN-UP GENIUS to see where you can help.

*You must have a current background check from GCISD

Background check

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Come watch your kids participate in Field Day this Friday, APRIL 15th.

The kids will be moving from activity to activity ALL day so we need your help to make it happen. Please select a time slot where you can volunteer to make your child’s day a success.


*You must have a current background check from GCISD

Background check

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Hold onto all the memories from this school year with your Cannon Yearbook.

Passcode: 1014520263794913

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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**