November 16, 2018
I want to start by reminding everyone that there will be no school next week for Thanksgiving break. Our students will not have classes until we return on Monday, November 26th. I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving. When I sit down with my family to celebrate, one of the things I will be most thankful for is the opportunity to work with your children and lead this wonderful school of ours.
As of today, we are just two weeks away from our annual Roadrunner Fun Run! This year’s Fun Run is especially meaningful because it will be the last lap for our legendary Coach Huff. We are planning to use all the funds we raise from this family fundraiser to make significant improvements to our track and field and will be utilizing funds raised from last year’s run to add a much needed outdoor water fountain. Students can sign up to participate at any level through the following link https://secure.eventsonline.us/reg/getmovincrew/ There will be a retirement party for Coach Huff after the Fun Run at 3:30 on Friday the 30th of November. That night we will have our 2nd annual Campus Camp Out. Families are invited to come and camp on the school grounds. There will be bedtime story read at the chicken coop after sundown. If you need camping gear or have any to share you can use the following link to connect with other Lee families https://goo.gl/forms/zFZA1YfpFORxHW6w1. Please contact Tina Bui at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 947-9539 for more info.
Immediately after break, on Monday Morning, the directors of the Fulmore and Kealing magnet programs and the principals of the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders and Gus Garcia Young Men’s Leadership Academy will join us to present information about their respective programs. Following their presentations our very own Alex Hubbard and Julie Brown will present about the 6th Grade Leadership Institute to 5th graders. Families are welcome to join us for these presentations, which will take place in our cafeteria. We are excited to be welcoming Ms. Gilbert back after Thanksgiving break and will be hosting a Counselor’s Coffee on December 4th to share additional information about the middle school options for our Roadrunners.
On Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 6:30 p.m. we will be hosting the second “How to Talk to Your Kids about Race” panel discussion in the library This is a gathering designed to help parents and loved ones speak to children about racial diversity in a manner that is developmentally appropriate, compassionate, and affirming for the identity of children of all backgrounds. All are welcome and the PTA will provide childcare and pizza for children.
Finally, I wanted to share that after almost thirty years at Lee Elementary, Ms. Kennedy has announced that she will be retiring at the end of this school year. She is an incredibly talented art teacher and will be missed greatly by students and staff. She asked that we share the following message with all of you:
Dear Lee Family,
It is with a mixture of joy and sadness that I announce my retirement from teaching at the end of May 2019. Lee has been my home school for all 29 years of my Art teaching career! While I experienced other campuses as a traveling teacher, I realized early on what a super special place this school is. It was a joy when I could be here full time with my special area teammates doing this important work, thanks to parents who valued what we do and paid the remainder of our special area team salaries so we did not have to travel to another school. My original Art classroom was in the white house. Thankfully, I travelled on a cart for only a few years while teaching in the cafeteria. I also had a room upstairs for quite a few years before settling in the current Art house portable.
Lee has been a place where faculty, staff, admin and parents have worked together to create a loving, caring, educational experience teaching to the whole child. Fine Arts experiences have always been a top priority here even before I arrived, with programs and visiting artist experiences allowing students to gain confidence through music, art, dance and theater. I know that this rich tradition of Fine Arts is still valued here now as well and that makes my heart sing!
It has been such a privilege and gift to serve your extraordinary children, sharing my inspiration and love of Visual Art and all Arts for so long. I have even gotten to teach quite a few children of former students! What an amazing journey it has been. I will miss you all and I am looking forward to focusing on creating my own art, music and writing. It will also be fun traveling with my family. However, I will be back to visit and help out sometimes. It is hard to leave this wonderful place but it is time. Much love, many hugs and lots more art before it is over!
Thank you for all your support. – Ms. Kennedy
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving,
Principal – Russell Lee Elementary School