Roadrunner Rundown – Thanksgiving Break

November 18, 2017

Roadrunner Families,
Our 2nd annual Roadrunner Fun Run was blast! The students did a fantastic job, especially our 6th graders who led the entire day of fun and fitness. Thanks to the Fun Run dream team of Andi Hunt and Amy Woiwode who once again went above and beyond to make this such an outstanding event. We were joined by many volunteers and family members who participated in the run. I also want to thank Trey Bueche from Bat City Awards & Apparel and our Special Areas Team of Kasi Kennedy, Julie Stephens, and Dave Huff who was the inspirational force for so many of our excited Roadrunners. We have currently raised over $22,000 and fundraising will remain open through Thanksgiving as we try to reach our goal. I was a fortunate enough to run with each grade level and treated it as much needed training for the upcoming 3M half marathon in January. I will be running as part of Team Fox in support of our friend and former PTA President, Allan Cole. If anyone is interested in joining us for the race to support Parkinson’s research, please let me know. We’d love to have you.

Thanks to everyone who joined us on Monday morning for our Veteran’s Day Ceremony. It was a very special event for our students. The ceremony concluded with the playing of taps by our new music teacher, Julie Stephens. Congratulations to our 1st graders and their teachers on a wonderful First Thanksgiving Program. The Wampanoag music and other new additions were part of our ongoing process to update our programs across all grade levels. Thanks to everyone involved.

As a reminder, there will be no school next week for Thanksgiving break. We will have our first annual Family Camp-Out on the campus of our school on Friday, December 1st. All Lee families are welcome to attend. We will have our next Counselor’s Coffee on Thursday, December 7th and our next Principal’s Coffee on December 8th with Kenisha Coburn, principal of Kealing Middle School. We will also have a Principal’s Coffee in January with Angela Ward from the Office of Cultural Proficiency & Inclusiveness.

As we embark upon this Thanksgiving break, I want to say how thankful I am to be a part of this school community. We are made up of such a talented group of educators, parents and most importantly, students. I spend time at schools all across our large district and get to see some of the amazing things being done to educate our children. During those visits, I am always looking for new ideas, but I am also reminded that there is no place quite like Lee Elementary. Whether it is our traditions like Lee Olympics and Geography Day or our renewed emphasis on experiential learning, what we have at our school is very special. Thank you very much for being a part of it.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving,

John Hewlett
Proud Principal
Russell Lee Elementary School