December 16, 2017
This will be my last newsletter for 2017. I wish you all a wonderful winter holiday and hope you get to spend some quality time with family and friends. Your children did such a beautiful job in Celebrations this week. I want to thank everyone who worked so hard on this year’s updated program, especially Ms. Kennedy, Mr. Huff and Ms. Stephens. It is such a wonderful way to get in the holiday spirit and the collective singing of Let There Be Peace On Earth gets me every time. I also want to thank the members of our Amigos de Russell Lee who hosted such a wonderful International Dinner. The food, decorations, and deserts were fantastic and we appreciate ALL that they do to support Spanish language learning at our school.
There was a strong sense of holiday generosity this week as wishes from our Giving Tree were fulfilled by so many of you. Thank you for generously supporting families in need from Lee and Widen Elementary. It meant a lot to all of us to see such a kind outpouring that will make all the difference to our children this holiday season. We will be making deliveries this week, so if you still have gifts, please drop them off Monday. Thank you to Leah Gilbert for leading this effort and thanks to all of you who have participated in the giving this season.
This final week of the semester is a short one with school on Monday and Tuesday and our winter break beginning on Wednesday the 20th. Our Roadrunners will return to school on January 4th, following two professional development days for our staff on January 2nd and 3rd. As a reminder, President’s Day Weekend will now be a four day weekend for our students with a professional development day for our teachers on Friday, February 16th and then our spring conference day on Monday, February 19th.
Lastly, I want to thank Sara Berger, one of our kindergarten parents who has been working over the recent months to beautify our campus. Sara runs Seedlings Gardening Company which specializes in eco-friendly, native, drought tolerant, and seasonally appropriate plantings and landscapes. She has been reworking the Lee wildflower garden on the north end of our campus and we really appreciate it.
Have a wonderful weekend and a happy holiday!
Russell Lee Elementary School