Roadrunner Rundown – Happy Easter!

April 12, 2020

Roadrunner Families,
I hope you all had a wonderful Passover and Easter weekend with your families. As we enter this new week, I am very encouraged by the data I am seeing about the beneficial effects of the social distancing measures that we have taken here in Austin. The cancellation of classes has been difficult for all of us, but I am thankful that it seems to be having a positive impact and saving lives.

I want to share some updates on things that we are doing as a school to streamline our efforts and make things as engaging as possible for our Roadrunners. We will be unveiling our new website early this week to provide a one stop destination for all of the learning opportunities being developed and recommended by our school staff. It will feature a helpful FAQ and each grade level will be represented as well our specialists and special areas teams. We will also be offering Conference Hours to provide parents and guardians a chance to meet online with teachers for guidance on learning options and to address your questions. Our staff are working to provide as many meaningful learning opportunities as possible for you and your students to choose from at home. Thank you all for your patience and strong sense of collaboration as we continue to build our online learning resources.

Austin ISD’s school-based mental health partner, Vida Clinic, is offering teletherapy services to the entire Austin ISD community. These services allow adults and students to access quality mental health services right from their own homes. To schedule an appointment, visit  or contact our Vida Clinic Care Team at 512-518-2209 or by email at   

Long before Coronavirus outbreak, one of my self care practices has been to get out of my office as much as possible and spend time with our students. Whether it was observing in classrooms, checking in with students at recess, or playing music for every grade level at lunch, my favorite times on the job are spent interacting with your amazing kids. To that end, I will be getting out of my home office to DJ an online dance party this Friday afternoon. While I will be doing more of this for a wider audience in the future, this one is for current Roadrunners as a reward for all that they are doing to learn from home in these challenging times. Like all of our staff, I miss your kids more than you can imagine and I look forward to seeing everybody on Friday. More details will be forthcoming, including a Zoom link to our Roadrunner Dance Party.

Lastly, I wanted to share that we have upgraded our campus food pantry and it is fully stocked for use by anyone in need. It is located outside the entrance to our library and is accessible 24 hours a day. We have placed a high priority on meeting the needs of all members of our community and have been able to distribute dried goods, produce and devices necessary to access online learning. AISD has prioritized getting laptops to students in third grade and above, but if there are any families who have not received a device and need one to facilitate learning at home, please let us know and we will arrange for delivery. We are here to help in any way we can.

Have a safe and healthy week,

John Hewlett
Principal – Russell Lee Elementary School