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All About Mrs. Coward

Thank you so much for visiting our class website and for working with me to ensure that your child has a successful year in first grade. I am very excited to be your child’s teacher! First grade is an amazing year of academic growth for students. I look forward to getting to know you and your child as we become partners in education. I graduated from Sam Houston State University twice - Go Bearkats!!!! I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education as well as my Masters of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction. I am certified to teach grades 1 through 8, have my ESL (English as a Second Language) certification, and also have a TAGT (Texas Association of Gifted and Talented) certificate. I have been teaching for 20 years and have experience in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades. I love learning just as much as I love teaching! I have three sons. Riley is a eighth grader and my twins, Ryan and Evan, are in fifth grade. My husband and boys keep me very busy! I am excited to start this school year. Please contact me at any time with any questions or concerns that you may have. I am looking forward to working together to help your child have a successful first grade year. Sincerely, Mrs. Coward Contact info: gaylacoward@tomballisd.net 281-357-3060 ext. 4648 conference time: 12:15-1:10

Recent Posts

Playdate at 9:30 at Burroughs Park

I'll be by the small pier towards the back near the playground equipment.  Please note time of 9:30 - I have to get my boys to VBS at church first :)

Playdate at the park rescheduled for Tuesday,June 27

Hi Parents,
Well, we never really know what to expect from our weather but it looks like we will be getting rain and the park will be muddy.  Let's reschedule our fun for Tuesday, June 27th at Burroughs Park from 9:00-10:30.  Hope to see ya'll then!

Playdate at the park - might have to reschedule

Keeping an eye on this weather - might have to reschedule our park fun.  I'll look Wednesday afternoon at the forecast and send an update Wednesday evening if we are on for Thursday! 

Playdate at the park! June 22nd

Happy Summer Parents!
Several of the first grade teachers like to get together and invite the kids to the park during the summer.  It's fun for the kids to get together again and we'll bring popsicles!  Hope to see you at Burroughs Park from 9-10:30 on June 22nd!

Objectives for the week of May 29 - June 1

Monday - Memorial Day Holiday - I hope you all are enjoying the long weekend!
Tuesday - Bubble Day - We are "bubbling" with pride over all you have learned!  (I already have balloons and gum to share - please bring a small container of soap bubbles)
Wednesday - Art Day - You have blossomed in creativity this year!  Let's spend a day crafting fun things you've learned! (Please bring your favorite craft activity that is small enough for your backpack.  Examples: sidewalk chalk, play-doh, scratch art, fun markers, beads, etc.  Michael's and Hobby Lobby have great craft ideas for kids.  I will also have my share of craft supplies for kids to play with as well).
Thursday - Last Day!  Party at 9:30-10:30.  You can check out after the party or early dismissal is at 12:50.  Lots of hugs to be given!  Thank you all for an amazing year!

Another fun day in first grade - Career Day!  We visited with a dentist, a pilot, a core analyst (he had a really cool piece of the earth that was drilled up!), and a US Marshall.  The US Marshall showed us the handcuffs!  Loved hearing about the different career choices the students are thinking about for when they grow up :)
Hope you all have a relaxing Memorial Day weekend!  See you all on Tuesday!
Mrs. Coward

missing class tshirt

Hi Parents,
Did anyone accidentally take home 2 class tshirts on field day?  We have a student who is missing hers.  If you find that you have an extra tshirt, please send it in so I can send it home with the other student.
Mrs. Coward

The weather was perfect today to take our Mathapalooza outside for sidewalk chalk math problems!  They enjoyed sharing their math games with one another - thank you for letting them bring them to school!

Yearbooks/Memory Books

Hi Parents,
The first graders will all gather tomorrow afternoon to sign each other's yearbooks.  If your child has a yearbook, please make sure it is in their backpack for tomorrow.  If a student does not have a yearbook, we have been working on a little memory book in class that they can have their friend sign.
If you would like a yearbook, they are on sale at the front desk for $25 and must be paid for with a check or money order made out to Timber Creek Elementary School/TCES.  Principal Thompson sent out an email about this today.  All books are being sold “first come, first serve” and when they’re gone, they’re gone… we cannot restock for additional sales.

The Readathon was a huge hit!  We had fun at Camp Coward today!  Thank you parents for joining us during mystery reader time - I appreciate you all!

Objectives for the week of May 22-26

Welcome to Camp Coward!  Tomorrow (Monday) we will have an amazing Read-In day!  Things to bring: favorite books, flashlight, stuffed friend, blanket (as long as it all fits in your backpack).  We will have a few mystery readers throughout the day.  I still have 2 spots available, you can sign up at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mGU5zPPOBgRUFL4V-xL5oEYS1GM0Jiq7JWzliZyHxf0/edit
Thursday is Mathapalooza day - bring your favorite math game to play!
Friday is Career Day with lots of guest speakers for us to visit with.
Objectives for the week:
ELA: We will review spelling words through jeopardy type games, have an awesome read in and promote reading during the summer to make us ready for second grade! We will write letters to the new student that will sit at our desks in the fall as well as a letter to your first grade teacher telling about your experience in their classroom.
Math: We will continue to make the bridge to 2nd grade by reviewing concepts and taking them a step further: place value with larger numbers and simple 2 digit addition. Mathapalooza on Thursday!
Science: Review habitats and take a final walk through our science books.
Social Studies: We will review concepts learned throughout the year and create memory books.  

Pet Food Drive next week!

In honor of National Pet Month, Timber Creek Gives and the PTO will be holding a Pet Food Food Drive honoring Montgomery County Animal Shelter and Abandoned Animal Rescue of Tomball. The drive will be held May 22-26. Please consider donating wet or dry adult dog or cat food, dry puppy or kitten food, puppy or kitten paté, gently used towels, or gently used blankets. You can send your donations in your child's backpack and they can drop them off at the Timber Creek Gives table in the hallway by the front entrance. Please join us as we help improve the lives of homeless animals and honor the beloved pets in our lives. Thank you.