October 19, 2018
for 2018-10-19 to 2018-11-19
News and Announcements
We are one week away from the Fall Carnival and with the recent cold front, it officially feels like autumn. This year’s Carnival will feature all the familiar favorites like the bouncy houses, the cake walk, scary karaoke or Skaraoke, the maze, and the culminating event of the night — our annual costume contest. Work is already underway to transform the White House into the scariest haunted house we have ever had, and I have been hearing about some amazing costumes we will be seeing that night. We are still in need of volunteers and sponsors, so please click here for more information: https://www.lee-elementary.org/news_item/needed-volunteers-and-sponsors-for-carnival/
Thank you all very much for the Principal’s Day kindness. As an educator and a parent, I feel incredibly fortunate to be part of this school community. I genuinely appreciate the generosity and am thankful for the opportunity to work with all of your children.
Congratulations to LEAP on a very successful screening of Coco last Friday to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. It was a fun event and a great way to end a day that started with a school assembly featuring Conjunto music courtesy of Grammy award winning accordion player, JR Gomez. We plan on doing more screenings through the course of the year and will be installing a theater style screen with rear projection in our auditorium to make even better use of that amazing space. Thanks to everyone who made it such a special culmination to Hispanic Heritage Month.
Lastly, there will be a special PTA membership meeting on Monday, October 22nd at 7:50 am in the cafeteria. As explained at the last meeting, the PTA Board received a response from the IRS from the audit of the 2015-16 year indicating that the Russell Lee PTA owed nearly $10k in taxes, fees and penalties. Matt Stewart, our current treasurer, with help from Lisa Hoyt, has negotiated that bill down to less than $5k. We require a budget amendment be approved by the membership before we can proceed. This will be a short (15-20 min) meeting where we will discuss and vote on a budget amendment. Please attend if you can. Then on Tuesday, we will have our flu clinic for students who have signed up to get the influenza vaccine here at school.
Have a wonderful weekend,
Principal – Russell Lee Elementary School
There will be a PTA meeting on Monday, October 22 at 7:50 am in the cafeteria. This meeting is to vote on a budget amendment in order to pay the IRS following a negotiation for taxes owed from the audit of the 2015-16 school year. The meeting will be 15-20 minutes, at the longest.
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We would especially love to hear from you if this observance reflects your own family traditions, though all input and help is appreciated!