Roadrunner Rundown – First Week


Roadrunner Families,
I’m not sure I can imagine a more exciting first day of school here at Lee Elementary! We kicked things off with a visit from Superintendent Paul Cruz, who was greeted by the members of our 6th Grade Leadership Academy. We introduced Dr. Cruz to our garden program and Lettuce, a first of it’s kind school-farmshare partnership. https://lettuce.fm/ From there, we stopped by our annual “Tears and Cheers” event in the library to check in with parents and see how everyone was feeling after drop off. It was great to see so many new faces and welcome everyone to Lee. Our last stop was the Bettie Meshack Mann Kindergarten Wing where Dr. Cruz learned more about Ms. Mann and participated in some mindfulness activities with our new kindergartners. It was an energizing way to start the day and we greatly appreciate Dr. Cruz visiting on such an exciting day. Photographs from the visit can be seen here: http://www.statesman.com/news/local/photos-first-day-school-austin-aug/JIwdJNvKzfkb33O7NTj0nI/#2

Next up was the eagerly anticipated eclipse of 2017. Our Roadrunners were so excited to witness the eclipse and our teachers did a fantastic job of keeping everyone safe and having fun. Thank you to 1st grade parents Snow White, Margie and Tom Yankeelov for helping to make sure that everyone had NASA approved eye protection to view the eclipse. It was a great learning opportunity that our Roadrunners will never forget.

Please mark your calendars to join us for our first PTA Meeting on Tuesday, September 5th at 7:50 am in the library. We will be holding our Parent Forum, also known as Back to School Night on Thursday September 7th from 6:30-7:30pm. Parent Forum is a parent/guardian only event where you will learn about what to expect this year from your student’s teachers. There will be two sessions of the same information for those of you with students in more than one grade levels. One from 6:30-7:00 and one from 7:00-7:30. We hope to see all of you at both of these Lee Elementary events!

This first week is ending on a tone of anxious anticipation. We will be monitoring conditions through AISD Emergency Operations and keep you all informed of any interruption to normal operations at Russell Lee Elementary. We are anticipating significant rainfall, which will create potentially dangerous conditions over the weekend and even into early next week. Please exercise caution and don’t hesitate to reach out with questions or concerns. We have also equipped our teachers with a list of resources to address the recent events in Charlottesville. It was developed in conjunction with Leah Gilbert and Angela Bailey our SEL Coordinator. Approaches will vary according to grade level and developmental appropriateness, but we will continue to always prioritize the social-emotional wellbeing of all of our students.

Have a safe weekend,

John Hewlett
Proud Principal
Russell Lee Elementary School
@LeeRoadrunners