Roadrunner Rundown – Science Fair

January 25, 2019

I want to start by congratulating our Teacher of the Year, Celina Abrego! Ms. Abrego was identified by her colleagues for the outstanding work she does with her Roadrunners in 1st grade. This is her fourth year as a teacher at Russell Lee Elementary School and Celina attended our school as a young Roadrunner from Kindergarten to 6th grade. Please join us all in celebrating Ms. Abrego and all of her amazing work at our school.

Next Tuesday is our wildly popular Science Fair. I am excited to see all the creative experiments that our Roadrunners have been working on and if any students (or parents) need any last minute assistance, we will be holding our final Science Fair Sunday this Sunday from 2:00-4:00 in the library. Thank you to Jenny Day, Wolfgang Frey and all the volunteers who have assisted in the lead up to Science Fair. Tuesday afternoon we will hold our monthly CAC meeting to discuss recent budget updates and student safety efforts. As a reminder the week after next is Counselor Appreciation Week.

Lee Live tickets will go on sale February 1st. This year’s event will sell out and we want to make sure that all of our families have the opportunity to attend and support all of the important programs and staffing at our school. As I shared last week, Lee Live will be headlined by White Denim and will feature the silent and live auction. This year we will be celebrating at Springdale Station on Saturday March 2nd and look forward to seeing all of you there!

Lastly, I want to share the following message from our Health Team:
We have several confirmed cases of flu. Please make sure if your child has a fever that they stay home until they are fever free without medication for 24 hours.  Please do not bring sick siblings into the school.The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. There also are flu antiviral drugs that can be used to treat and prevent flu. The tips and resources below will help you learn about steps you can take to protect yourself and others from flu and help stop the spread of germs.

Get Vaccinated

The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. There are several flu vaccine options for the 2018-2019 flu season.

Avoid close contact

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

Stay home when you are sick

If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.

Cover your mouth and nose

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Flu and other serious respiratory illnesses, like respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), whooping cough, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), are spread by cough, sneezing, or unclean hands.

Clean your hands

Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth

Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

Practice other good health habits

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

Thank you for your continued support.

Have a wonderful weekend,

John Hewlett
Principal – Russell Lee Elementary School