Roadrunner Rundown – PTA Meeting

September 7, 2019

Roadrunner Families,
Thank you to all who came out to first Principal’s Coffee of the year. As we transition to utilizing Living Tree for communication, I will share important information that we covered through this newsletter. If you have a current Roadrunner and did not receive an invitation to join Living Tree, it is most likely an issue with the email that you have registered with the district, so please update your email address and that should trigger an invitation. If that doesn’t work, let us know and we will get you registered for Living Tree. We are excited to use this new communication platform.

We have successfully transitioned to our three kindergarten classes after deciding that we will not be hiring an additional kindergarten teacher for this year. We will now be able to utilize that classroom space for other student and staff needs. We are in the process of hiring a new PTA funded Reading Specialist to replace Kendall Levy who accepted another position over the summer. This specialist will continue some of the important work being done to address the needs of our students with dyslexia. We also received word this week that the previous district provider of flu vaccines will no longer be administering our annual student flu clinic at our school, so we are working to find an alternative provider. I will keep you all posted as we learn more.

Next Tuesday, September 10th is our first PTA Meeting of the year We will get started at 7:50 am in the library. Please plan to join us to discuss the all of the fantastic things we have planned for this year! This coming week is Coordinated School Health (CSH) Kick-Off Week. The goal of Kick-Off Week is for students, families, and staff to understand CSH and how departments work collaboratively to promote wellness for all students. Each day Coach Reyes and I will share important information during the morning announcements and celebrate a campus department and how their services correspond with the goals of CSH. Then on Friday our Roadrunners will get ready to lace up their running shoes as we prepare for another year of fun and fitness with our Marathon Kids. Last school year, AISD students logged 1,936,376 miles and we are excited to participate in this outstanding program this year. We will be using a new fitness trackers this year as we work toward our goal of a second year as recipient of the Mayor’s Healthiest School Award.

Lastly, as many of you have heard, AISD released the details of the proposed school changes this week. The proposals outlined would significantly impact some of our neighboring schools and several others within our McCallum Vertical Team and district-wide. At times like this, it is important that we have the most accurate information, so I wanted to share the following links. This one outlines the proposed changes, and this one provides information about ways to provide feedback. While our school is not directly mentioned in the proposed changes, we are a part of the greater AISD community and I feel it is important for us to seek out ways to assist with student needs across Austin. I will be discussing these changes and the ways that we can support other campuses and neighborhoods at our PTA Meeting on Tuesday morning.

Have a wonderful weekend,

John Hewlett
Principal – Russell Lee Elementary School