Principal’s Newsletter – Memorial Day Weekend

May 27, 2017

Roadrunner Families,

We are in the final stretch and the last week is a short one! There is no school on Monday for Memorial Day. On Tuesday our 5th graders will take a field trip to the Bob Bullock Museum and our 2nd graders will go to Eastwood’s Park for some outdoor fun. That afternoon we will celebrate Ms. Stuart’s impressive career at her retirement party in the library at 3:00 (not Wednesday). On Wednesday we will hold our annual Volunteer Assembly at 10:15 with a luncheon to follow. We invite everyone who has worked during this year to make Lee such a special place to join us! Also on Wednesday our 6th graders will take a trip to Deep Eddy Pool and our 5th graders will walk to Eastwood’s Park. Thursday June 1st is the last day of school. We will hold our 6th Grade Graduation at 8:00 am in the auditorium and then 4th grade will head to Eastwood’s Park while celebrations continue throughout the school. There will be an after school celebration at the triangle. We hope you are able to join in the fun.

My time at Lee Elementary began with a series of challenges that taught me so much about the generosity and strong sense of community at our school. Within the first week of my first year, we had a kindergartener admitted to Dell Children’s Hospital where she would spend most of that year. Her teacher, Ms. Manning would go to read her stories as the doctors struggled to diagnosis the illness that was making her so sick. The Lee community showed their support in a number of ways, including donating all of the proceeds from our “We are Roadrunners” yard signs to her family to help with the monumental costs of longterm treatment. After months in the hospital, Saige returned to Lee, a school she had only attended for a few days before. She is now a vibrant 1st grader who is quick with a hug and a smile. Every time I see her I am reminded of the strength that she and her family showed and the outpouring of support from our community for a little girl they’d never met.

Now three years into my time at Lee Elementary, we have another student facing a lengthy hospitalization and the uncertainty of a difficult diagnosis. I have known 5th grader Caroline Ryan and her family since the summer I started at our school. They were incredibly welcoming to me and my family, always offering to help with anything they could. In the second week of February, Caroline became very ill and has been in and out of the hospital as doctors attempt to provide answers and a course of treatment. She is currently at Dell Children’s Hospital where she has been for the last two weeks and will remain for the foreseeable future. She has received an impressive array of stuffed animals from visitors, but is eager for more visitors (not stuffed animals, she has enough gifts and puzzles). The illness has taken it’s toll on Caroline, but she hasn’t lost her sense of humor or sweet smile. So many of you have asked about the ways to help. The best way to support Caroline and her family at this time is through the GoFundMe account that has been established: Caroline is scheduled to travel to Houston for more medical care this week and I know that any assistance would be appreciated. Thank you for your support of this sweet Roadrunner, we look forward to welcoming her back to Lee for a healthy and successful sixth grade year.

Have a wonderful weekend,

John Hewlett
Proud Principal
Russell Lee Elementary School