Roadrunner Rundown – Fantastic First Week

August 24, 2018

Roadrunner Families,
The excitement level this week has been through the roof at Russell Lee Elementary! We love that our school is a place where children are so excited to come to school every day. The crowd for our Meet and Greet last week was beyond anything I can remember and the enthusiasm has continued into a great first week of school. Thank you for your patience as we continue to put the finishing touches on our renovations and distribute all of the important information about this new school year.

Our first PTA Meeting of the year is coming up on Tuesday, September 4th at 7:50 am in the library. Please try to attend even if you haven’t officially joined the PTA yet. Our annual Parent Forum will be held on the evening of September 6th. Parent Forum is our adult-only Back to School Night which begins at 6:30. Grade level teachers will present important information about what to expect through the course of the year. There will be two half-hour sessions at 6:30 and 7:00 that repeat the same information for those of you with Roadrunners in more than one grade level.

Before we get any further into the year, we wanted to share an updated campus map. With so many new families to Lee, we want to everyone to have the best experience possible during drop-off and dismissal. Please note that Hampton Rd. is unofficially one way in the southbound direction during drop off in the mornings (that’s right to left if you are facing the front of the school) and Harris Ave. is one way from West to East to the Hampton Rd. intersection (that’s going toward Red River). We are working with our fantastic crossing guard, Mable to continue to balance pedestrian crossings with keeping the automobile traffic moving. Please help us do everything we can to alleviate our morning rush hour by walking, biking or parking in the surrounding neighborhoods to approach the school on foot. We appreciate all of your assistance!

I want to thank all the Roadrunners who came out to help with the campus clean-up before the first day of school. Thanks to Melanie Tolen, Eric Dudley, Sean McCain, Brian LaBombard, Kris Monson, Irina Rivero, Julie Staab, Leigh Ann and Jarrett McGehee. Special thanks to Lawrence Page for organizing everything and sticking around until the very end.

Lastly, I want to end our newsletter with an important message from our very own Coach Huff:

Dear Colleagues, Parents and Lee friends,

After nearly 14 years at Lee Elementary, I have made a decision to retire after this fall semester. This decision was not easy by any means, but after some serious soul searching this past summer I felt it was time to point my energies and career path in a different direction. For the past 25+ years I have also been working professionally as an actor in film and television and felt it was time to move forward in that direction on a full time basis.

Over the years I have been fortunate to have taught thousands of children and have had the privilege to watch them grow and develop individually in positive directions. This experience has given me countless memories filled with a tremendous amount of joy and gratification that I will cherish for the rest of my life. While my daily interactions with the amazing faculty, students and parents at Lee will be missed, I am excited and energized about my future.

Lee has always held a special place in my heart. In fact, my memories at Lee extend well beyond my teaching career. As a parent, I had the privilege to have all five of my children attend Lee. The rich tradition they all experienced—-with Lee’s focus on developing the whole child, critical thinking skills, cultural diversity and an emphasis on the Arts continues today.

Although I will no longer be directly involved with Lee after this Fall semester, I will stay connected from a distance and will relish in the positive growth and celebrations of this wonderful institution and community going forward.

Always remember, “Eat healthy, Stay active and Get plenty of sleep”

-Coach Huff


Have a wonderful weekend,

John Hewlett
Principal – Russell Lee Elementary School