Roadrunner Rundown – 01/20/17

Roadrunner Rundown

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News and Announcements

Gifted and Talented Nominations

We are collecting Student GT Nominations until January 27.  All elementary schools offer GT testing twice a year and all secondary schools will offer GT testing a minimum of once per school year.

Follow this link to the main Austin ISD GT website where parents, teachers, or other staff members can submit student nominations for testing for all AISD K-12 schools:

After the nomination period closes on January 27, we will be forwarded the student names collected on the district site.

Paper copies are available in the Lee Elementary Office as well.

Amigos de Russell Lee Meeting

The next Amigos de Russell meeting will be Thursday, February 9th @ 7:50a in the Library.

Great Kindness Challenge

The Great Kindness Challenge Week

Lee Elementary will celebrate the Great Kindness Challenge from January 23rd-27th. During this week, our school will have “theme” days to show our commitment to spreading kindness

  • Monday (Jan. 23): Spread Kindness-Wear red or pink
  • Tuesday (Jan. 24): Twice as nice-Dress the same as a buddy
  • Wednesday (Jan. 25): Round up Kindness-Wear western attire
  • Thursday (Jan. 26): Dream of Kindness- Wear Pajamas
  • Friday (Jan. 27): Peace, Love, and Kindness-Dress like a hippie

Each student will receive a Great Kindness Challenge Checklist on Friday the 20th. Complete it and return it to your teacher because the class that completes the most challenges will win a donut party!

Poster Contest Details

Enter our kindness poster contest for a special prize-details below. Entries are due Thursday, January 26th.

Create a poster (any size, any color) to encourage the Lee community that kindness matters.  When creating your poster think about the following:

  1. What is kindness?
  2. How can you show kindness at school, home, and in the community?
  3. How does being kind make the world a more peaceful place to live?
  4. Why is it important to be kind?

Be sure to incorporate the phrase “Kindness Matters” somewhere on your poster.

The posters that display the theme “Kindness Matters” in the most meaningful way will win a bully free bag with prizes inside. There will be two winners in K-2nd and two in 3rd-6th.


Roadrunner Rundown – Inauguration Day

Roadrunner Families,
Congratulations to all students, teachers (and parents) on another amazing Science Fair! Once again, I was so impressed with the caliber of projects that I saw this year. I was particularly happy to see how many projects there were related to chickens!Special thanks to Lloyd Bircher who oversaw the Science Fair and all of the judges who assisted with the difficult process of identifying this year’s winners. Congratulations to these students who will go on to represent Lee Elementary at the Regional Science Fair:

3rd Grade
Lily Walewski
Thomas Perkins
Simone Frey

4th Grade
Atticus Gibbs
Isabel Sosa and Anita Sosa
Kate Henkelman

5th Grade
Mia Larson and Ada Johnson
Chloe Marco and Elise Roadhouse
Rowan Constant

6th Grade
Mira Wagner
Lotus Graves

As part of our student focus for 2017, we are working on fostering stronger student responsibility during the day. We will be reminding students about not running in the hallways in an effort to keep everyone safe. A primary area of focus will be having students do their very best to keep their areas clean. Whether it is in the classroom, cafeteria, or out on the campus, we want all of our Roadrunners to recognize the importance of taking pride in keeping their school clean.

Next week is The Great Kindness Challenge! Here is the information about the week:

Next Tuesday we will hold our monthly CAC Meeting in the library at 3:05. Later that evening there will be a community meeting about the Facility Master Plan or FMP at McCallum High School Cafeteria on January 24th from 6-8pm. As you may know, the district is facing serious challenges with regards to our aging facilities, so there are a series of meetings scheduled to gather input and share information with the community. This is the designated meeting for our McCallum Vertical Team, so please try to attend and learn more about the longterm plan for our school and AISD.

Speaking of our vertical team, we will be hosting a McCallum Vertical Team Elementary Showcase at Reilly Elementary School on Friday, January 27th from 7:30 to 9:30am. Sara Bircher and I will be sharing information about all that Lee Elementary has to offer. If you know anybody who is interested in learning about Lee or any of the other elementary schools in the McCallum Vertical Team, please have them join us!

Lastly, I would like to give a shout-out to the Jones Family in 2nd grade who donated a classroom set of flexible seating options (think yoga balls with feet) for Ms. Clinchard’s room. We are always looking at innovative ways to meet the needs of our students and appreciate their generosity. Stop by Ms. Clinchard’s room to take a look!

Have a wonderful weekend,

John Hewlett
Proud Principal
Russell Lee Elementary School

Lee Live needs your SWA miles

Lee Live is fast approaching. Each year, we bring in a pro auctioneer from Nashville, who donates his time to help make the event a big financial success. (Plus, he’s a lot of fun.)

To help save money, we’re looking for someone to donate Southwest Airline miles for his airfare.  Contact Tanya Hamlin, the Lee Live chair, for details – tanya-at-mathamlin-dot-com. Thanks!

Lee Live Silent Auction needs your help!

A big part of our annual Lee Live fundraiser is the silent auction. We already have some amazing items including four one-day passes to Disneyworld, SXSW wristbands, a $100 Wheatsville gift card, two dozen french macarons by Cookie Peace, and more.  But we could use your help finding some more amazing items. Do you own a local business? Does your brother-in-law? Do you make something – knit, sew, woodwork, paint, draw, write? Does your child make something? Do you have a vacation home somewhere? Do you have some gift cards from Christmas that you are never going to use? Any of these could be great auction items. Please talk to or email Beth if you have an idea for a donation. Thanks.