Roadrunner Rundown – Counselor Appreciation Week


February 2, 2020

Roadrunner Families,

This week is Counselor Appreciation Week and we will be celebrating Leah Gilbert and all that she does for our students and staff. This is Leah’s fourth year at Russell Lee Elementary and the positive impact she has on our community cannot be overstated. Whether it is directly assisting our students in navigating life’s challenges, leading informative book studies for our families or her strong leadership in social-emotional learning, we are incredibly fortunate to have Ms. Gilbert at our school. Please join us in showing her how much we appreciate all that she brings to our students, school, and community.

Last week was an enlightening one with our outstanding Celebration of Science projects and experiments. I am continually amazed by the different topics that our Roadrunners pursue and I think our new flexible format served to open this event to more students and their interests. I want to thank Adrienne Dula and all of our teachers, volunteers and judges for their time and expertise in making this inaugural year so successful. Congratulations to all participants and the Russell Lee Elementary School Science Fair Winners!

3rd Grade Flip’n Fly’n Bottles by Lexie Yankeelov Lumos Maximus! by June Pringle-Rodney & Sophia Pendregon-Harrington Dear Brain, You’re Cold! Love, Gum by Cadence Virostko and Juliette Hood 4th Grade Ballista N’ Balls by Ozzie Gerring, Owen Henkelman, and Hyn-Jin Kim Affordable Water Testing by Hana Vikalo Dog Reaction to Music by Wesley Tounsand and Lusifer Bilbao 5th Grade Tea-H by Katherine Wiseman Effect of Weight on Leap Distance in Propithecus verreauxi by David Lewis-Kirk Which Material Cleans Water the Best? by Leah Lashus 6th Grade Super Cool Slushies by Brody Bellg & Everett Hamlin Crystal Creation by Aiden Garcia-Mokry  Not So Sweet Drink by Jaylnn Espinosa

Alternates:

3rd Grade Appealing Healing by William Bircher Paper Airplanes and Flight by Rowan Young What Floats Your Boat? by Alice Jeon & Kennedy Coe 4th Grade Eggsperiment by Molly Johnson & Reese Clinchard Honey Purity by Bella Cargo Dog Color: Do you have a preference? by Eliza Gold and Lila Linden 5th Grade Does Multitasking Affect Performance? by Saumya Reddy Elephant Toothpaste by Vivienne Barton Tornado in a Bottle by Alexander Jones 6th Grade Cats with Lasers by Lucy Koppelberger Color Confusion by Alexandria Collins Ice Race! What Makes Ice Melt Faster? by JT Kerrigan

The winners of our Science Fair, who will be going on to represent our school in the Regional Science Fair were recognized at our monthly assembly on Friday. We celebrated our fantastic music substitute, Mr. Rincon who will be leaving us this week as Ms. Stephens returns from her maternity leave. We also had a great time learning about Chinese New Year from the two visiting teachers from China who will be spending the next few weeks with our 6th Grade leadership Institute. We are excited to celebrate Black History Month starting Monday with morning announcements, grade level lessons and our school-wide February assembly later in the month.

Lastly, I want to remind everyone of some of the important information we shared last week about our new telemedicine program that will be available to all Roadrunners who register. Please see the flyer and register today. Additional information and an FAQ can be found on the Comprehensive Health & Mental Health Telemedicine webpage: https://www.austinisd.org/student-health/telehealth

Have a wonderful week,

John Hewlett
Principal – Russell Lee Elementary School
512-414-1117