Mrs. Lyman- First Grade
My name is Eileen Lyman. I graduated from Texas State in 2013 with my Bachelor's of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. I am certified to teach Pre-K through 6th grade, as well GT and ESL. This will be my 6th year to teach. I taught first grade in Dickinson ISD for 2 years and I have been a Unicorn ever since!
Mrs. Lyman’s Class Schedule
7:35 Students Arrive & Unpack
8:00-9:45 Reading & ELA
9:50-10:10 Recess & Water Break
12:45-1:15 Recess & Bathroom Break
1:20- 2:00 Math
2:05-2:40 Science & Social Studies
2:45 Pack up
Tuesday- IDEA Lab
* Must wear tennis shoes
Phone: 830-627-6470 Ext:
If you are
calling me during school hours and I am unable to answer the phone, please
leave your name, number and a brief message and I will get back to you within
24 hours. It will usually be before or
after school hours since I am working with the kids. If it’s an
emergency, please call the office and they will get a message to me.
Mrs. Lyman’s First Grade
I am so excited to get this year started. We have a lot to learn and we will also be having fun along the way. In this letter, I hope to give you some useful information about how I manage behavior, handle homework and communicate.
Entering the Building: The school doors open at 7:00 A.M. If your child needs breakfast, they will go to the cafeteria. If your child eats at home and you drop them off between 7:00 A.M. and 7:35 A.M, they are to go directly to the gym. They will sit in their class line and wait for their teacher.
Breakfast: Students can eat breakfast between 7:00 A.M. and 7:35 A.M. Please try to get them here early enough so they have plenty of time to eat. Teachers will pick up students from the cafeteria at 7:35 A.M. When students are done eating they will sit in the gym and wait for their teacher.
Tardy Bell: The tardy bell rings at 7:45 A.M. If students arrive after that time, they must go check in with the office first and get a tardy slip.
Transportation Change: If you need to change the way your child regularly goes home, you must send a note in the child’s folder for me or call the office by 2:00 P.M. and they will bring me a transportation change slip.
Daily Folder: Students will take a folder home each day and it needs to be returned to school each day. Please check the folder every night. In the brads of the folder is the behavior chart for the nine weeks and notebook paper so we can have a written communication log if needed. Please do not remove this from the folder. This folder will be used to send home reading logs, homework, notes from school, graded work and other important information. This will go home everyday, except on Fridays.
Behavior: I am a firm believer in positive reinforcement. I want to encourage and motivate my students to do their very best. In my classroom, I reward positive behavior with LEAD tickets. The tickets will be put in our LEAD jar. I will pull tickets out of the jar daily and the students can earn a prize.
If your child has made poor choices throughout the day, this will be documented on the Behavior Calendar that is in their Daily Folder. I will write in folders for serious behaviors, as well as behaviors that are consistent. I use the Behavior Calendar as a tool to monitor whether a consistent behavior issue affects learning. For example, if I have written “talking” all week and I notice on a math test on Friday that a child does not grasp the concept, then talking instead of paying attention/being on task could be the reason the child did not master the concept.
Please know that if your child continues to make poor choices in class, I will notify you so we can discuss what is going on and form a plan that will help your child get back on track.
If your child has gone above and beyond they will receive a sticker, if your child has had a good day they will receive a smiley face. It is important that you initial the calendar daily in the square provided. This lets me know that you have you reviewed your child’s folder.
Homework: There will be weekly homework that will go home on Mondays and I will collect it on Fridays.
Grades: We do give number grades in first grade. We are to take nine grades per nine weeks in each subject. Some grades will be daily and some will be major grades. If your child fails a major assignment such as a test, they will be given an opportunity to retake it for an average of the two grades. As I grade the work, I will send it home so you can see how your child is doing. We also send home progress reports electronically half way through the nine weeks so you can see how they are progressing.
Birthdays: Parents are allowed to send store bought cupcakes or snacks for the class on their child’s birthday. We are allowed to do this at the end of the day at 2:30 P.M. Invitations can only be sent home if there are enough for every girl, every boy or for the whole class.
Language Arts Rotations: The district wants 1st grade teachers to rotate students to grade level teachers monthly in Language Arts. The purpose for this is to make better use of this valuable time. For example, I might have three kids in a group reading on a similar reading level and Ms. Besson might have two kids in her class on that level. She could give me her two kids for the month to make a group of five students. We will look at data monthly to regroup kids into different first grade classrooms for Language Arts. In the beginning of the year, we will keep our homeroom kids at first to train them. In late September to October, we will start the regrouping for the Language Arts block of time. This doesn’t mean that students won’t ever be with me during Language Arts.
Spelling: On Monday we will introduce the phonics skill of the week (for example: -at) and the students will brainstorm words ending in –at such as hat, bat, that, sat, mat. The students will only be tested over sounds we covered so they will be able to sound them out. Throughout the week we will practice spelling all –at words. On Friday I will pick ten –at words to test them on. To practice for the spelling test at home have your child brainstorm (just like we did in class) –at words and practice those throughout the week.
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