Roadrunner Rundown – Celebrations

December 15, 2018

Roadrunner Families,
I want to update everyone on the break-in that we experienced in the early morning hours of Sunday the 2nd of December. AISD Police informed us today that an arrest has been made in the case and the items have been recovered.Thank you to AISD PD for all of their hard work on this case.

Please remember that our Roadrunners have no school next Friday as our winter break begins. They will return on Monday, January 7th. Our staff will be engaging in innovative professional development the first week of 2019 and collaborating with other schools from the McCallum Vertical Team.

Our annual Celebrations program is this week. There are two performances at 6:00 PM and 7:15 PM on Wednesday, December 19. Please select tickets for one performance only so there will be enough tickets to seat everyone who wants to attend: In conjunction with Celebrations, Amigos de Russell Lee will be hosting their International Dinner. Dinner and desserts will be served in the cafeteria from 5-7:15 p.m., beginning one hour before the first show time. A special recognition for Coach Huff will happen at 6:45 p.m. following the end of the first show. They will also have coffee, cake, hot chocolate, and desserts available immediately following the first show at 7 p.m. Ticket prices for dinner are $10 for adults, $5 for children, and Lee teachers and staff are free. The family plan allows a family to eat for $20. Tickets can be purchased starting Monday, December 10th via Venmo @AmigosDRL and at the event.

Thank you to everyone for your support of our 3rd annual Fun Run! Through the generous support of our extended Lee Family. We were able to raise over 20,000 dollars! We will be having Dress Like Coach Huff Day on our last day of school for the semester, Thursday December 20th. It is also the day that I will be DJing for students during lunch and we will end the day with a campus-wide dance party over the intercom. We will be working on getting estimates on the exciting track and field improvements and outdoor water fountain. If anyone has any contacts who are landscape architects or work in the landscaping industry please let me know.

I am happy to announce that we have hired Alyssa Reyes to be our new PE teacher, Alyssa will be graduating from UT this month and did her student teaching at Great Oaks Elementary in Round Rock and Anderson High School in AISD. She was a standout within the ten candidates we interviewed and we are excited to welcome her to Russell Lee Elementary.

Next Tuesday afternoon will hold our monthly CAC meeting, which will be on the topic of Recapture, the funding structure that sends much of the local tax revenue from Austin to other parts of the state. This CAC meeting will serve as the first of several conversations on the topic, which greatly impacts the resources we are able to provide to our students here at Lee and within AISD in general. We will be hosting other conversations about Recapture next semester as well as discussing the new four classroom addition that will break ground in the spring. The White House is scheduled for demolition over the winter break and the site will be prepared for new construction. I am advocating as strongly as possible that our new addition be completed by the beginning of next school year as we are anticipating a large incoming class of kindergarteners as well as an influx of students at other grade levels.

Lastly, I want to urge everyone to be as cautious as possible during pick up and drop off. We have had a number near misses lately and no matter how much of a hurry you might be in, it is not worth the potential harm that it could cause one of our Roadrunners or family members. With the work on our new addition parking and traffic issues will only become more significant. We will be working this spring on a number of solutions to keep the traffic moving and our Roadrunners safe.

Have a wonderful weekend,

John Hewlett
Principal – Russell Lee Elementary School