Lyman Elementary

November 2022

Note From Mr. McPhee

Dear Lyman Parents and Guardians,

I love this time of year with family gatherings, fall colors, pumpkin patches, football games and the approaching winter and ski season.

On October 20, we hosted our annual Math and Reading Night. Over 100 students and parents participated! We served free pizza while students and parents enjoyed over a dozen math and reading activities. The book walk was a hoot with every student receiving a free book. Mark your calendars for next year and plan to join us!

Our annual Harvest Gala is on October 28, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm. This is a costume dance! Come, join the fun, and dance the night away. Students must be accompanied by an adult.

Our fall parent and teacher conferences are coming up on November 7-8. These conferences are a great opportunity to get a detailed report of your student’s progress and accomplishments after two months of hard work. I am proud of the effort towards learning displayed by our students and the thoughtful daily preparation by our teachers and staff.

We will honor Veteran’s Day with a school assembly on November 9 at 9:35 am. This is a great opportunity for our ASB leaders to practice responsibility and leadership and for our community to recognize all of our veterans and their service to our country.

Our morning study table and robotics club are underway. The morning study table is a great way for students to enhance their learning. The study table meets Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:40-9:10 am in our library. This is a great opportunity to catch up on work and strengthen skills and knowledge in all subject areas.

The robotics club meets every Tuesday and Thursday in our computer lab. Club members are creating multiple projects and stretching their thinking in math and problem solving.

On behalf of the entire Lyman Elementary staff, we are honored to work with all of your children and help them grow! Thank you for your continued support of your child’s education at Lyman Elementary.

We are a great school because this is a great, supportive community.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.


Scott A. McPhee

Important Dates


2 ~ Late Start Wednesday

7-10 ~ Early Release, 12:30

7-8 ~ Conferences, 1:15-6:15

8 ~ Parent Group Meeting, 6:00

8 ~ Remember to Vote

9 ~ NO LATE START Wednesday

9 ~ Veterans Day Assembly, 9:35

11 ~ No School, Veterans Day

15 ~ Camp Orkila Sweatshirt Orders Due

16 ~ Late Start Wednesday

18 ~ Wildcat Assembly, 9:35

23 ~ NO LATE START Wednesday

23 ~ Apple Cup Color Day

23 ~ Early Release, 12:30

24-25 ~ No School, Thanksgiving Break

26 ~ Parent Group Craft Bazaar

30 ~ Late Start Wednesday

30 ~ Picture Retakes

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Halloween Reminders

We will have a Halloween parade where students in grades K-3 will parade around to each classroom. Parents that would like to see the parade are welcome to wait in the gym and the students will parade through after they finish with the classes. The parade will start at 9:35.

Because Halloween is an exciting time for children, we encourage our students to dress in a way that will protect the learning environment for all students and staff, even those who elect not to participate.

Similar to years past, our staff would like to communicate the following guidelines:

  • All costumes need to meet the criteria for dress outlined on page SWSD 8 of the Student Handbook.

  • Inappropriate dress will be covered or removed.

  • Ask yourself; will this interfere with any child’s education?

  • Students are not to bring their costume to school to change into. Whatever students wear to school is assumed by our staff to be their costume. This includes makeup and accessories.

  • Masks and simulated weapons are not allowed.

  • Students will have outdoor recess and PE. Please help them to dress accordingly.

Teachers will communicate any additional information related to October 31. Please keep in mind if teachers ask for treats, they must be store bought and in the original, sealed package. If you are coming to school to volunteer or participate, please remember to sign-in in the office.

Cross-Age Tutors

We want to recognize our Cross-Age Tutors for this year. These students applied and received permission from parents and classroom teacher for their positions. Cross-Age Tutors will be helping out teachers with various tasks such as filing, getting papers ready to go home, and working individually with students.

Helping in Kindergarten are Audrey Swalander, Quinn Guffie, Alayna Armstrong, Hailey Stormont, and Kinsley Moser.

Helping in First Grade are Taven Wing, Kaydence Fishnick, Dominique Price, Dagny Ramirez Aguilar, Emma Howard, and Danica Costanti.

Helping in Second Grade are Ian Schuyler, Zoe Gensburg, Lucas Wilder, Ember Thomas, Ashlyn Widener, and Raegan Trammell.

Please congratulate these students the next time that you see them.


The students on ASB this year are Danica Costanti, Emma Howard, Hailey Stormont, and Reagan Trammell. These students applied, and received permission from parents and classroom teacher for their positions. Please congratulate these students the next time that you see them.

These students will be helping Mrs. Tesarik with the ASB fundraiser, Veterans Day Assembly, handing out programs at the Winter Program, selecting themes for our dress-up days, and other various tasks around the school where we need extra hands.

Picture Retakes

If you would like your student’s picture retaken because you didn’t love the original pictures, please bring the original pictures back to school and you can get retakes. If you did not purchase pictures on the original picture day and would like to purchase some, you can order them online at

Students who enrolled after October 13th will have their picture taken for the yearbook and for their permanent file.

Picture retakes will start right at 10:30 on Wednesday, November 30th.

Pictures from the original picture day usually arrive a week prior to retakes.


Conferences are November 7-8 from 1:15-6:15. November 7-10 are early release days with dismissal at 12:30. There will not be a late start on Wednesday, November 9 since it is an early release day. There is no school on Friday, November 11 Veterans Day.

If you need to check your time or reschedule, please log into Family Access in Skyward.

Study Table

Students in grades 3-6 are invited to bring work they need to complete or work they need assistance with to the Study Table. The Study Table is available from 8:40-9:10 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays in the library.

ASB Fundraiser

Thank you to everyone that participated in the ASB fundraiser. These funds will be used for field trips and Mountain School for the current 5th graders.

We will let you know when orders are set to arrive here at the school. Students will receive their prizes when those orders arrive.


When you are calling in or sending notes/emails about your student missing school please let us know why your student missed school. We need to be accurate with our tracking and record keeping. Also, please include the office in communication with teachers regarding an upcoming absence. This information isn't always passed along to the office resulting in an unexcused absence for your student.

Please continue to keep your student home when he/she is not feeling well. The flow chart for knowing what to do can be found here.

Transitional Kindergarten

Attention Sedro-Woolley School District families! If you have a child who will be attending kindergarten NEXT year (September 2023), your child may qualify for our transitional kindergarten program, Foundations K. This program runs the second semester of this school year (January 30-June 15, 2023). Click here for more information. Applications in both English and Spanish are available. The deadline to apply is November 30th.

Lost and Found

The lost and found is located inside the main office. Please stop in and take a look to see if your child has any items that have been found. We do check for names, so please label your child's belongings.


Please visit the district website for a list of mental health resources available to students and families.

Winter Weather

With the snow on the hills, it seems like a good time for a reminder that students need to wear warm jackets to school each day. Students will be outside for recess so please help them dress appropriately for the weather.

Also, we should remind parents of the ways to check for school closures or delays. The best places to check are the district website, district social media, or call the district emergency message line at 855-3573. These places are updated as soon as a decision is made.

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