February 2, 2019
for 2019-02-02 to 2019-03-02
News and Announcements
The Lee Elementary School annual spring fundraiser, Lee Live, will be held on March 2, 2019. This year’s Mardi Gras themed event will be a fun evening of live music, featuring White Denim, catering by Austin ISD’s Clifton Career Development School Culinary Academy and will be held at the beautiful Springdale Station venue. Each year is a sold out event of future, current, and past parents and Lee friends enjoying food and cocktails, perusing the silent auction, and bidding on exciting live auction items during this wonderful annual community celebration.
Each year, Lee Elementary raises funds at Lee Live to support much needed services ALL of our students need to achieve academic success such as math and reading specialists, classroom supplies, a full time Assistant Principal, and enrichment programs for students that encourage creativity, problem solving, critical thinking and other power skills needed for this 21st Century. Please consider purchasing a sponsorship to help offset expenses tied to the event and anything left over goes directly to support our school programs.
To accommodate various budgets, we have several sponsorship levels available.
Please contact Medwyn Price at email@example.com if you have questions or to purchase your sponsorship.
Student peeking through the library window, “Oh My Gosh! What’s that big, black thing?!?”
The MOBILE PLANETARIUM
This week we had the AISD Mobile Planetarium in the library. All the students got to visit during their library time. It was quite interesting and fun. Several Kinderkiddos and 1st graders said they really enjoyed the rollercoaster. :-) I hope you got to hear lots of stories about it. Thanks to Marvelous Mrs. Mullane for signing us up for it, the second day teachers came back from summer vacation!
“Mrs. Day, how much longer do we keep track of our reading for the BookSpring Read-a-thon?”
“Until next Friday.”
“Oh Oh! That’s not good.”
“Because I’ve already read 4,000 pages.” (I hope whomever is sponsoring this child didn’t pledge a dollar a page.)
Even if you did, you can put a cap on the donation and just do a general donation. However, I’m sure BookSpring would not turn away a $4000 pledge. ;-)
Please keep reading until next Friday, February 8. Make sure your reader goes online and records their reading log. Then collect any donations of cash or check (donors can also pay online) and turn it in to your teacher, by February 25th.
The next Amigos will be after drop off in the cafeteria, Wednesday, February 13. Join us to discuss the upcoming events, Ju-LEE-o’s nights and Noche Latina. All are welcome!
Friday was the first day of Black History Month. Each day we will be sharing information during morning announcements about Black History and the significant contributions made by African Americans to the culture of our nation. We began by sharing that the celebration of Black History Month was created in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, a noted African American historian, scholar, educator, and publisher. The celebration was expanded to a month in 1976, the nation’s bicentennial. The month of February was chosen to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. President Gerald R. Ford urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”
Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make our Science Fair such a success. Special thanks to Tom Yankeelov and his team of volunteer judges. I want to congratulate the following students who will be representing our school at the Regional Science Fair:
3rd Grade Winners
4th Grade Winners
Cleo Heroy/ Sophia Dahmus
5th Grade Winners
Thomas Perkins/ Robert Perkins
6th Grade Winners
Next week is Counselor Appreciation Week and we have a number of important events happening at our school. On Tuesday we will be hosting our Social Emotional Learning – Book Study in the library at 8:00 am. On Wednesday we will be visited by author Judd Winick. Then on Thursday evening we will be holding our annual Social Emotional Learning Night at 6:00 pm, followed by our monthly PTA meeting at 7:00. Childcare will be provided. We hope you will be able to join us for some of these important events, and please help us celebrate our amazing counselor Ms. Gilbert and all she does for our Roadrunners.
Lastly, I want to share the following document for all of our students dealing with food allergies. Completing this form and turning it in to our cafeteria manager, Loren Wyatt will help improve our awareness level when students are purchasing food items in the cafeteria. If your student has any type of food allergy we also ask that you contact our School Health Team to make them aware of the allergy and any related requirements. Thank you for your assistance. https://www.austinisd.org/sites/default/files/dept/nutrition-food-services/docs/Request_for_Dietary_Accommodation.pdf
Have a wonderful weekend,
Principal – Russell Lee Elementary School
One More Thing…
Author, Judd Winick, of the awesome HiLo graphic novel series will be visiting Lee next Wednesday, February 6. 2nd – 6th grades will get to hear him speak. If you want to get signed copies of his books, just take a look at this website – http://bookpeopleschools.squarespace.com/lee/. BookPeople sponsors his visit for us and we sell his books to our kiddos.
Thank you for your support of all things Reading.
Join us for an exciting night of SEL activities led by our teachers. Please bring your children, so that you all can participate in these activities together. This will be a great opportunity to learn about SEL and what it looks like here at Lee Elementary. Also, you will receive an SEL tote (while supplies last).
Join us from 7-8 pm in the cafeteria after SEL night for our February PTA membership meeting. We will be holding elections for the nominating committee, which is charged with building a slate for next year’s executive board. If you’re interested in serving on the nominating committee, you may nominate yourself or be nominated by another member. If you have any questions about the process, please contact Jen Leader at firstname.lastname@example.org. You must be a PTA member to serve on the nominating committee and to vote in the committee election. If you have questions about how to become a PTA member, please contact Lisa Hoyt at email@example.com. See you on Thursday. Child care will be provided.