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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 ninth grader at Tomball High School and my twins, Ryan and Evan, are in sixth grade at Creekside Park Junior High. 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: 10:55-11:50

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week of September 25 - 29

*PICTURE DAY this TUESDAY!  Bring your smiles to school!

*Our library time for this week only will be on Thursday (the librarian has a meeting this Tuesday during our regular time)

*Friday is our grandparents' day luncheon.  If you would like to join your child/grandchild for lunch, our lunchtime is 11:50-12:20.

Our Objectives for the week are:

Math: understanding and solving addition and subtraction word problems. Creating our own addition and subtraction word problems (vocabulary: difference, sum, part-part-whole, equal) Test on Friday.

Science: Continue talking about matter and classify objects by properties-length, height, capacity, and weight

ELA: Students will read and write words with short vowel o (Spelling Test on Friday); readers use strategies as they read; writers have a beginning/middle/end to their story

Social Studies: purpose of rules and laws: to establish order, provide security, and manage conflict

PTO Membership

PTO has started the school year with over 100 families registered on the first day and the number has been climbing despite the storm. We are resetting a little and extending the deadline so that we can go through Open House. The new deadline is Friday, September 29th. 

Parents will not receive class rosters from the school or room parents and the only way to be in the school directory and have access is to join the PTO. 

Families can register for the 2017-2018 PTO by going to

join.myschoolanywhere.com and entering the code TCESPTO.

  • It's quick and easy!! The $10 family membership fee covers our PTO online directory and other fees so that the money we raise can benefit our school, the students and faculty!
  • Joining the PTO is the only way to be included in our directory and receive PTO emails. Join today and get connected!

Here are the current leaders for the extra recess:

  • K – Harcrow
  • 1st -Shockley
  • 2nd – McDowell
  • 3rd – Barnhouse and Thomas
  • 4th – Too close to call!!
  • 5th – Abrams
**We would love to earn the extra recess - please consider joining our amazing PTO!

week of September 18-22

K-2 open house is re-scheduled for this Thursday, Sept. 21st from 5-7; I hope to see everyone there! This is the time to come in and find out about the nuts and bolts of our classroom and first grade.

Reading Book Bags will be coming home soon!  Please make sure your child brings their bag to school every day (I meet with kids several times a week and they need to be ready). Also, please make sure your child reads every night at home. Re-reading a book helps build fluency and encourages growth!

I would like to meet with each family during the month of October for parent/teacher conferences.  Please follow this link to sign up: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MZCbtyxWXoKiDw4f0h8wnqCKSP6ncFKFUpn2zFQ_-no/edit 

Our Objectives for the week are:

Math: understanding and solving addition and subtraction word problems. Creating our own addition and subtraction word problems (vocabulary: difference, sum, part-part-whole, equal)

Science: Continue talking about matter and classify objects by properties-size, shape, and color (vocabulary: larger, smaller, heavier, lighter)

ELA: Students will read and write words with short vowel i (Spelling Test on Friday); readers make connections as they read; writers have a beginning/middle/end to their story

Social Studies: rules and laws at home, school and community

Photo requests

Hi Parents!
The yearbook coordinator is asking for pictures from Meet the Teacher or any first day of school photos.  If you would like to share photos that might make it into the yearbook, please email them to me and I will upload them to the yearbook document.
Mrs. Coward

New Mystery Reader Time, Prodigy, and Scholastic Book Orders

Hello Parents,
After a short first week, a week off, and then another short week - we are ready to get in full learning mode in our classroom! The kids are doing fabulously; I think we are going to have an amazing year together!
A couple of quick notes:
We had our first mystery reader on Friday (the kids had so much fun!). We did run in to one hitch with that time, though, so we are going to have to push mystery reader time back to 1:20 instead of 12:50. If you've already signed up please make note of the new time. Thank you!!  Link to sign up for mystery reader: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1A8rCxdEdgmnf5G-Io2FWByDRucXTnvMxrN8HzNEZn-o/edit 
Thank you to the parents who have helped their kiddos log on to prodigy math. If you haven't managed to yet, I encourage you to try this week. It takes a few times to really get going, but the kids love this program, and it really does encourage a lot of math practice. Their logins were written inside of their homework folders last week on the homework page.
Scholastic flyers are coming home in the homework folder Monday. It is a great program to build both your home library as well as our classroom library. Every kiddo needs books at home to practice with, and theirs are high interest as well as relatively cheap. If you decide to order please make sure to use our classroom code MBNJQ so that our class can earn bonus points as well as free books and resources. I maintain my classroom library through scholastic bonus points, so it really does make a tangible difference in our room. If you need specific directions on how to order please check the scholastic page listed on the right. ***Scholastic orders will be due at the end of this week.

Open House

Open House has been rescheduled!!

K-2 Sept. 21 from  5- 7PM

3-5 Sept. 28 from  5- 7PM

Open House serves as a parent orientation for the new school year. Teachers are able to share with parents procedures and expectations related to their respective classes. This evening is structured for adult collaboration to identify campus goals and to ensure a successful year for our children.  

 We will hold two sessions, each evening, for parents to choose to attend. Mrs. Thompson, our principal, will share a “State of the School” presentation between the classroom sessions in the cafeteria. Parents will learn about our 2016- 2017 campus achievement information, accountability ratings, and goals for this school year. In addition, our PTO Board will bring greetings and share information about their amazing organization.Open House Agenda

Classroom Session One: 5:00 - 5:40PM

Principal/PTO Presentation: 5:45 - 6:15PM

Classroom Session Two: 6:20 - 7:00PM

Week of September 11 - 15

*Our library day will be on Tuesdays this school year.  Please make sure library books are brought to school that day.

*Computer lab days are Thursdays.  Please keep sending in the headphones (we will be working on beginning of the year testing for reading and math in the computer lab soon and will need them).

*Myon pop party on Friday at 3:00 PM for students who turned in their pink summer reading sheets.

Our Objectives for the week are:

Math: making ten and understanding the equals sign.  Unit 1 math test will be on Wednesday over addition and subtraction with numbers up to 10.

Science: Continue talking about matter and classify objects by properties (size, shape, and color); science test on Thursday

ELA: Students will read and write words with short vowel e (Spelling Test on Friday); readers will choose good fit books; writers generate ideas for writing

Social Studies: Celebrate Freedom Week -  Explain how patriotic customs and celebrations reflect American individualism and freedom

Week of September 5 - 8

 Hi Parents,
Each week I will be sharing with you announcements and our classroom objectives for the week so you can help support your child at home.  We will begin visiting the computer lab this Thursday.  If you have not sent in headphones for your child, just send them when you can.  It will be fine if they do not have them this week.  Hoping to see all my students on Tuesday!

Math: using a part-part-whole diagram (3+7=10, 3 and 7 are parts, when put together 10 is the whole).

Science: observe and record properties of objects, including relative size and mass, such as bigger or smaller and heavier or lighter, shape, color, and texture

ELA: Students will read and write words with short vowel a (first Spelling Test on Friday); introduce different parts of a book and the information it provides; writers will learn how writers workshop works in our classroom and how to keep writing organized.

Social Studies: understand how rules and laws are made and why they are important in the home, school, and community

Spelling List adjustments

Hi Parents!
The first grade team was able to meet today to work on our curriculum plans for keeping our students on track for this grading period.  We are missing our students and can't wait to get back into our routines with them!  Here is a revised adjustment of the spelling - feel free to start looking over the short a words with your child that are located in their homework folders.


Week of Sept. 5th - short a

Week of Sept. 11th - short e

Week of Sept. 18th - short i

Week of Sept  25th- short o

Week of Oct. 2 - short u

(omitting short vowel review week)

Week of Oct. 10 - digraphs sh/ch

Please let us know if you have any questions! 

Checking in on my first graders!

Hi Parents!
I pray you all are all safe and dry.  Please let me know how you all are doing or if you need anything by emailing me.  We had a GREAT first week of school and I am enjoying getting to know all of them.  We have already hit the ground running with our curriculum! I am in the process of setting up accounts on a prodigy math online game.  If you have internet connection and would like your child's username and password, please email and I will try to get back to you quickly with that info.  The web address to play is: https://www.prodigygame.com/play/  All usernames and passwords will be written in your child's homework folder when we return to school on Tuesday, September 5th.  Thank you for allowing me to love and teach them. I am so thankful and feel very lucky to be their teacher!  

week of August 22 - 25

Hi Parents!
I loved meeting so many of our new classmates and their families on Friday! Thanks for coming to Meet the Teacher!
Our Objectives for this week will include getting to know one another, understanding our classroom rules and expectations, and to have fun while learning!
A note about snacks: We will have a time at the end of the school day to have a healthy snack.  Each child is responsible for bringing their own snack.  They will not be allowed to share food.  Snacks should be easy to open, not require a utensil to eat it with, and not be messy.  Please note that we have a peanut allergy in our classroom, so be mindful when choosing snack options.  Healthy snack ideas: graham crackers, goldfish crackers, fruit chews, cereal, cheese sticks, etc.  Water bottles may also be used in the classroom.  Sports pop tops are ideal to help prevent spills.  Only water is allowed in the water bottles.
Here is a link to an adorable bedtime story: The Night Before First Grade.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqduXNIgK0g  I hope you all remember to open your envelope that I sent home with you on Monday night :)
Looking forward to a great first day of school on Tuesday!  Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns!
~Mrs. Coward

Annual Enrollment now open!

Hi Parents,
Tomball ISD parents are required to update Annual Enrollment information each year.  The deadline for completion is August 6, 2017.  This must be completed prior to receiving your child's teacher assignment.  Visit https://link.tomballisd.net/Parent to login and complete the process.  (I just did all 3 of my own kids and it took me less than 10 minutes).  You should have received a letter in the mail with your child's Home Access Center login info.  
I hope you all are having a great summer and I hope the kids will stop by for a hug at Meet the Teacher on August 18th!
~Mrs. Coward

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!