Roadrunner Rundown – Counselor’s Coffee

September 7, 2018

Roadrunner Families,
I want to start by sharing news of the joyful arrival of William Lucas Gilbert, who was born last Friday, August 31st. Leah, William and the entire Gilbert family are doing well and appreciate all the well wishes and support from the Lee community. While Ms. Gilbert is out, Jean Kirk-Swanback will be our substitute counselor. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me, Ms. Sileo, or Ms. Kirk-Swanback directly if there is anything you need assistance with during Ms. Gilbert’s time off.

Next Tuesday, Sept 11th we will hold our first Counselor’s Coffee of the year at 8:00 am in the library. It will feature information about online student safety and how to navigate social media from a parent perspective. This first Counselor’s Coffee will be presented by Grace Miller, an Austin Community Health Educator. Then at 7 pm there will be a special PTA meeting to discuss the future of a PTA Facebook group. This is a community meeting, which will be held in the school cafeteria and is open to all. If you cannot attend the meeting, you can share your thoughts through this google form –

On Friday we will be celebrating International Dot Day. It is a celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration. The Dot is the story, by Peter H. Reynolds, of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing. Teachers at Lee will use the book to encourage our students to “make their mark”! Teachers will celebrate in their rooms with different activities.

This week I had the opportunity to take part in a meeting to support Helping Hand Home for Children. It was a good reminder of the important work that this organization does on behalf of children from all across Texas. As I begin my fifth year at Lee, I feel fortunate to be part of a school community that places such a high priority on welcoming students in need and making them part of our Lee Family. Later this semester we will invite members of the HHH leadership team to share more information about their organization and the ways we can support their efforts.

Have a wonderful weekend,

John Hewlett
Principal – Russell Lee Elementary School