Lyman Elementary

December 2021

A Note From Mr. McPhee

Dear Lyman Families,

I hope that your Thanksgiving break was relaxing and filled with great family time. We are now back to school working hard and helping every student grow.

In preparation for the next holiday break, the Lyman Parent Group will be hosting a hot chocolate and gift treat on December 17. I really appreciate our parent group and their support for student learning and extended activities. The poinsettia and wreath sales was just another great example of the time and effort that they put forth to raise funding for many student-centered learning opportunities. We are excited for the new playground equipment that is coming in the spring! Thank you Lyman Parent Group for everything that you do!

I hope you can all join us on December 7 for our “Lyman Pay it Forward” food, clothes and toy drive. Families, please bring your donations for the drive. We will have the event set up in our covered area from 4:00-6:00 pm with music, hot cocoa, candy canes and a photo booth. Come out, spread the joy, and join the fun!

As I visit classrooms every day, I see the strong Lyman tradition of working hard to help every student achieve their individual potential and excellence. I am honored to be the principal of Lyman Elementary School and to have the opportunity to work with such an outstanding staff and great kids every day.

As I close out this final newsletter for 2021, I want to wish everyone in the Lyman community and family a fulfilling and restful holiday season and an exciting and hopeful beginning to the New Year.


Scott A. McPhee

Important Dates


1 ~ Late Start Wednesday

4 ~ Poinsettia Pick Up, 10:00-12:00

7 ~ Pay It Foward Event (see below)

8 ~ Late Start Wednesday

14 ~ Parent Group Meeting, 6:00

15 ~ Late Start Wednesday

15 ~ Wildcat Wednesday

17 ~ Pajama Day

18-January 2 ~ Winter Break

ASB Fundraiser Item Pick Up

We expect the fundraiser items to arrive at the school next week. We will let you know the specific date once we receive the tracking information. Each order will be double-checked when it arrives to ensure all items are in your order when the order is given to your student. It is your responsibility to deliver these items to the person that placed the order with your student.

If your student has a large order and typically rides the bus, you may want to consider picking your student up from school that day.

For any questions/concerns regarding your order, you can contact Mrs. Tesarik at or by leaving a voicemail at 360-855-3535.

Lyman’s First Annual Pay it Forward Event

This year we will be collecting toys, cold weather clothing, food items, and more for our community! We welcome clothing in all sizes but in particular, older student sizes (10/12/14/16) are always in need.

You can donate items three ways:

  • Prior to the event during student drop off
  • With your student on the bus
  • At the Pay It Forward Event on December 7th from 4-6 pm in the covered play area at Lyman Elementary

This is an invitation for all Lyman families to enjoy some holiday cheer, please come celebrate with us. We will have a photo booth, music, lights, holiday cheer, candy canes, and hot cocoa for the kiddos!


We would like to encourage parents to respect the length of the school day and remember hours of attendance are 9:25-3:30. Tardies, frequent absences, or early pick-ups significantly impact your child’s education. Tardies and early pickups also disrupt the educational environment of the classroom.

Students with 3 unexcused absences in a month, 5 unexcused absences, 5 total absences in a month, 10 total absences, or 20 tardies are required to have a conference with Mr. McPhee or Ms. Williams. The exception is if the 5 absences in a month are pre-arranged, have been discussed with the school nurse regarding illness flowchart, Covid quarantine or isolation per DOH or a doctor’s note is provided.

Health Services Team

Who to reach out to with questions regarding quarantine/isolation, positive case in your household, and close contact exposure.

Covid Testing

The Sedro-Woolley School District Health Services team has expanded access to timely diagnostic testing for SWSD students with symptoms of COVID-19.

The testing will be free of charge and will only be offered to ONLY students and staff showing symptoms. To schedule an appointment and complete pre-test paperwork, visit Testing will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday on regular school days. All appointments will need to be scheduled, as drop-ins cannot be accommodated at this time.

We will have a drive-up, outdoor option for convenient access outside the front doors of the Admin Annex (201 N. Township, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284). Once you have filled out the paperwork online and arrived, please do the following:

  • Park in the designated COVID-19 testing space located at the front of the building.

  • Call 360-855-4453 to let us know you have arrived and remain inside your vehicle.

  • Results take approximately 15 minutes to process and we will use the phone number given on the form to report the results back to you, as well as answer any questions you may have.

  • Health Services will then report all COVID-19 results – positive and negative – within 24 hours to the Health Department using the web-based reporting tool called US Digital Service’s SimpleReport.

Please note this is NOT the Test to Stay program. We do not currently offer testing for those who are NOT presenting with symptoms. As testing supply availability increases, we hope to expand the testing opportunities. We will be sure to keep you updated on any changes.

Additional Notes

Please update phone number changes, address changes, and email address changes with the office. It is important that we have your correct information.

If your student receives a COVID-19 vaccination, please let the office know so we can update your student's records. You can call the school or email Miss Kristi at or Nurse Alysha at This will also help us when we contact trace and are contacting parents regarding a close contact quarantine versus a symptom watch.

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