September 22, 2017
Next week we will have our first grade-level program of the year, The 3rd Grade Hawaii Program. Our Roadrunners are hard at work on rehearsals and there have been some updates courtesy of our new music teacher, Julie Stephens. Through the course of the year, Ms. Stephens is working on revising many of our programs and incorporating a new level of instrumentation. The Hawaii Program will be presented for students at 9:00 on Thursday morning and then at 7:00 in the evening for families.
Did you know you can bring your old batteries to school to be recycled? Did you know egg cartons are available at Lee for your urban chicken farm’s daily productions? Did you know you can drop off old eyeglasses, half-used sticker sheets, wine corks, used art supplies with some life left, cell phones, and old crayons? Find the white bench in the 1st grade hallway (near the round table) to locate the recycling/reuse bins underneath. Find out more about each item inside its bin. Better yet, ask your kids to! Anyone is welcome to donate or take anything from the bins (except the Box Tops, of course). Please email GoGreen@RussellLeePTA.org with questions, comments, and suggestions. Look for more reuse to come and special thanks to Mary Trahanovsky for leading this important effort!
On October 12th there will be a reception to celebrate our namesake Russell Lee. Because the new lettering was not put up until spring break, we were not able to celebrate Russell Lee Elementary School last year. There will be a student assembly during the day and then a reception from 6:30 until 8:30 pm. Twelve new Russell Lee images will be on display thanks to the generous donors to our Edbacker campaign. There will be light refreshments and we will be screening a documentary about the life and work of Russell Lee in the auditorium. We hope you are able to join us!
Speaking of photography, Picture Day is rapidly approaching. Individual student pictures will be taken on Wednesday, October 4th. Retakes will be November 29th and class photos will take place in the spring.
Lastly, there have been a number of inquiries about lead levels in our drinking water at Lee following some recent reports about other schools within AISD and across the nation. We had the water tested last year and it was determined to be safe for our students. I will continue to work with the district to assess any potential issues related to student safety.
Have a wonderful weekend,
Russell Lee Elementary School