Roadrunner Rundown – 10/13/18

Roadrunner Rundown

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for 2018-10-13 to 2018-11-13
Pizza Sale 18 Oct 2018 5:00pm, Add to GCal

News and Announcements

Needed: Volunteers and Sponsors for Carnival

The annual Fall Carnival is in less than two weeks, and we need your help to make it happen.

Sign up to volunteer here.

Sign up to sponsor an activity here.

Roadrunner Rundown – Cold Front

Roadrunner Families,

As the weather begins to cool, we will be testing out the new heating capabilities of our new climate control system that was installed over the summer. Because there are likely going to be some issues with the balancing of the system, we are encouraging students to bring a jacket or sweatshirt with them to school next week when a cold front is expected. On behalf of our Lost and Found Committee led by Leigh Ann McGehee, please make sure that all student clothing is labeled with their last name so we are able to get it back to them if it is misplaced. 

Speaking of Fall, we are just a couple weeks away from our annual Fall Carnival, which will take place the night of October 26th. It will feature all the familiar favorites like the bouncy houses, the dunking booth, skaraoke, the maze, and the culminating event of the night – our annual costume contest. We are also excited to announce that, for this year only, our haunted house will be in the White House. It will be an exciting night; and tickets and sponsorships are on sale now through our website. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the front office if you are in need of discounted tickets in order to attend and we are always looking for volunteers to assist in making the Fall Carnival as great as it can be for our Roadrunners.

Next week is Cafeteria Team Appreciation Week and Book Fair. Our cafeteria staff works really hard to bring healthy breakfast and lunch options to our Roadrunners. My current favorite menu item is the lentil frito pie, which is deeeeelicious. Please join us in showing the team how much we appreciate them this next week. 

Lastly, I want to thank kindergarten parent, Tina Bui who headed up the volunteer efforts that helped make our Walk to School Day so successful. We had an outstanding turnout and really appreciate all the work that went into making it a great day. 

Have a wonderful weekend, 

John Hewlett

Principal – Russell Lee Elementary School



Library Lines

Welcome one and all to our Enchanted Forest Book Fair!     October 15 – 19

Along with getting your child excited about reading, our Scholastic Book Fair supplements the district budget for the library.   I use the proceeds from the book fair to buy books for the library and prizes for reading incentives.  I also use the proceeds to pay for Author Visits. We usually get 1 author per grade level per year; some are funded through grants or from BookPeople, who ask us to sell copies of the book the author is promoting, and others are paid for through Book Fair proceeds.  Scholastic usually gives us 25% of the proceeds in cash or 50% in scholastic products or a combination of both.  We usually make about $1200-1500 in cash and about $500 in product from the Book Fair.

The hours for our Book Fair are:

Mon. – Kindergarten Family Night – 5:00 to 7:00 – students (and parents) can dress up for this event – Be Enchanting.

Tues.  –  Open Sales – 7:00 to 4:00

Wed.  – Open Sales – 7:00 to 4:00

Thurs – Celebrate Freedom – 7:00 to 7:00

Fri – Last Morning – 7:00 to 1:00

You can volunteer or buy online!  Books purchased online will be delivered to the library a week or so after Oct. 20 – free shipping!!!  

Thank you for your support.

Viva la Vida Parade

Join Lee Elementary in walking the grand procession on Saturday, October 27 for Mexic-Arte Museum’s Viva La Vida Festival and Parade, Austin’s largest and longest running Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead Festival). We will meet at 11am on the corner of 5h and San Marcos @ Wright Brothers Coffee Shop. The parade begins promptly at noon marching down historic 6th street and culminates at East 4th Street and Congress Avenue. The festival includes live music, vendors and arts & crafts for the whole family!

Russell Lee Elementary Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) Ofrenda

Please bring an offering, memento or photo of loved ones to share in the school-wide Dia de Los Muertos Ofrenda October 22 – November 2. We will try to have two school-wide altars–one downstairs and one upstairs–in addition to the designated grade-level tables you have seen in previous years. If you would like to help set up the altars, please contact Ashlynn d’Harcourt at We would especially love to hear from you if this observance reflects your own family traditions, though all input and help is appreciated!