Roadrunner Rundown – Russell Lee Celebration

October 14, 2017

Roadrunner Families,
On Thursday night we celebrated our school’s namesake, Russell Lee. We now have more than thirty images in our permanent collection and the celebration featured screenings of the Russell Lee documentary by Ann Mundy as well as Ms. Gilbert’s fantastic photo installation entitled “What is Love?” starring so many of our Roadrunners. Thank you to all of you who attended and helped make the event such a special celebration of photography and kindness. I want to especially thank Dan Oppenheimer and Jessica Grogan for all of their assistance in organizing the festivities and helping us with the acquisition of the second phase of our permanent collection. I recently sponsored one of my favorite images through the next phase of our Edbacker program. Many of you have asked how you can sponsor one of Russell Lee’s images to adorn the walls of our school and the link to do that is here: I also want to thank Stephen Hood, who photographed the event on our behalf and Shudde Fath, good friend of Russell Lee’s. Shudde was unable to attend the event, but I shared some of her insights on the remarkable life of Russell Lee during our student assembly earlier in the day.

Whether it is the “What is Love?” project or all of her work with Student Council and Social Emotional Learning, Ms. Gibert does a phenomenal job of promoting a positive culture at our school. I want to share this informational image that she uses in talking to students about bullying and the ways to identify and address it.

Thanks to everyone who helped us to exceed our goal of $20,000 for Roadrunner Rally! Our Rally Team of Summer Hoff and Sarah Wheat have once again done an outstanding job leading our important initial fundraiser. Funds raised through the Roadrunner Rally will be used for school-wide enrichment projects and to provide support from members of our Intervention Team, like our new math specialist, Shannan Peterson. Please help us welcome Shannan to Russell Lee Elementary.

Next week is Book Fair and it is shaping up to be one to remember, with all sorts of Wild West surprises. On Tuesday, we will have our monthly Campus Advisory Council meeting where we will be discussing our Campus Improvement Plan or CIP. On Thursday our 6th graders will present their Celebrate Freedom program. The evening performance is at 7:00 and will be preceded by our Pizza Sale from 5:00 to 7:00 and an Open House for Kindergarten through 2nd grade from 6:00-7:00. Then we will have our first Roadie Work Day on Saturday, October 21st beginning at 9:00 am. The campus work day will also feature a Bicycle Rodeo in conjunction with Austin’s Safe Routes to School and The Bicycle Sport Shop. There will be prizes, obstacle courses, safety and maintenance lessons as well as a bike and helmet swap. We hope to see you all there!

Have a wonderful weekend,

John Hewlett
Proud Principal
Russell Lee Elementary School