Roadrunner Rundown – Happy New Year!

January 5, 2018

Roadrunner Families,
Feliz año nuevo to all of you! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and were able to spend some quality time with your Roadrunners. There were definitely some elated looking parents at drop off on Thursday morning who seemed ready for the Spring semester to officially begin. Our staff made the most of our two days of professional development on Tuesday and Wednesday with trainings on Social Emotional Learning, Culturally Responsive Teaching and a collaboration with all the schools in the McCallum Vertical Team on the Creative Learning Initiative, which integrates multiple elements of the arts into our daily work with students. As a reminder, the long President’s Day Weekend will be our next professional development days with a four day weekend for our students.

As many of you have heard, our school is one of the campuses frozen to transfers for next school year. This “freeze” does not apply to current Roadrunners here on transfer, but any students hoping to transfer to our school for the first time in the 2018/2019 school year. This development can potentially impact sibling transfers, so I am working with the district in an effort to make sure that any younger siblings are able to transfer to Lee. I will keep you all up to date on any revisions to our transfer status in the coming weeks.

One of the primary reasons we have been frozen to transfers is the 2013 bond construction projects that will impact our campus over the summer and into next year. There will be extensive work on our auditorium, air conditioning systems, and our front office will undergo a full renovation with more space allotted for our school health team and conference capabilities. There will be new carpet installed in the library, and other parts of the building will be updated for ADA compliance. We will be exploring more details of the construction projects and what they will mean for our school as part of our spring CAC meetings.

Lastly, I want to again thank you all for generously supporting families in need from Lee and Widen Elementary. As someone who had the privilege of delivering gifts to some of our families, I was again overwhelmed by the generosity of our community. All of our staff greatly appreciated the gifts and support during the holiday season.

Have a wonderful weekend,

John Hewlett
Proud Principal
Russell Lee Elementary School