Roadrunner Rundown – 4/27/19

Roadrunner Rundown

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for 2019-04-27 to 2019-05-27

News and Announcements

6th Grade Leadership Institute Blood Drive

The 6th Grade Leadership Institute is hosting a blood drive on Monday, May 6, in honor of Trey Soto, husband of our wonderful teacher Mrs. Paula Soto.  It’s to celebrate 3 years of a successful stem cell transplant.  We held this same blood drive 3 years ago when he was going through this treatment for leukemia. Sign up here.


Library Lines

Wow, what a week it has been.

Along with a fantastic Lee Olympics, and Volunteer Appreciation Week and Office Staff Appreciation Week, we had Austin Shakespeare come out and celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday with the 6th graders. And we are getting ready for POEM IN YOUR POCKET DAY on Monday, Apr. 29th, by writing poems and sharing poetry throughout our library lessons.

We will celebrate Lee Artists and Writers with the LEE CREATES release party, also on Monday, but in the evening  6:00- 7:30.  If you submitted work for Lee Creates, back in February and March, come to the main hall at 6:00 to pick up your copy of Lee Creates.  At about 6:30 we’ll move in to the auditorium to give our Creators a chance to share their work with the audience.

3rd grade will have a Poetry Cafe in the library on April 30 in the afternoon.

Kindergarten and 6th grade will have an Author visit on May 1st.  Greg Foley, Lee Alum, will visit with the Kindergarten to share his KAT books.  He will also share his COOL book with the 6th grade.  Order forms went home last week if you’d like to purchase a book.

Can you believe it?  The end is almost here.  Next week April 29th – May 3 is the last week we will be checking out books for the year.

ALL STUDENT BOOKS ARE DUE BACK BY MAY 10th.  Please be on the lookout for long overdue books.

Thanks for all your support this year!






Roadrunner Rundown – Mexico Program & Noche Latina

Roadrunner Families,
I want to start by congratulating our new PE Teacher, Alyssa Reyes on a fantastic first Lee Olympics. While this was the 34th annual Lee Olympics, Coach Reyes was able to put her own stamp on one of our favorite days of the year and make it a great experience for everyone. Thank you to Lauren and Jacob Ross and their team of volunteers who helped our Roadrunners fuel up during a very active day. I also want to thank Nick Arthur who organized our Roadie Work Day, Tom Yankeelov and Jack Virostko who helped set up for Lee Olympics, and very importantly, the members of Girl Scout Troop 382 who installed the very popular Gaga Pit on our playground as their legacy project.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank Bao-Tran Pham for putting together our first ever Russell Lee Elementary yearbook! The yearbook is out and looks awesome. She is working to distribute it to everyone who pre-ordered, but copies are available for purchase here. The hardcover version is recommended.

Congratulations to our new PTA Executive Board for next year:
President: Sara Bircher, 2nd and 5th
Vice President: Paola Bueche, 2nd
Secretary: Tina Bui, K
Treasurer: Melanie Tolen, 3rd
Membership Vice President: Raven Brown, 3rd and 6th
Fundraising: Medwyn Price, 2nd
Enrichment: Amy Woiwode, 3rd
Communications: Elizabeth Bangs, 2nd and K
I also want to recognize our Parent Volunteer of the Year, Snow White and our Parent Ambassador of the Year, Paola Bueche. Both have worked countless hours on behalf of our school and students.

Next week our 2nd graders will be presenting their Mexico Program on Thursday at 9:00 am and then again at 7:00 pm. Then on Friday, please join us for Noche Latina presented by Amigos de Russell Lee. While this spring carnival is free to attend, there will be fantastic food available for purchase and all proceeds will go toward offering Spanish language instruction at our school. Five years ago, Noche Latina was my first event as new principal at Lee and always serves as a fun and festive way to celebrate with students and their families. We hope you will join us next Friday evening for this important event.

Have a wonderful weekend,

John Hewlett
Principal – Russell Lee Elementary School

Noche Latina Spring Festival

Parents, our Spring Carnival, Noche Latina, is just around the corner on May 3rd from 5:30-8:00 pm here at Lee Elementary. We have a fun-filled night planned with tons of activities and entertainment geared for all ages.
We need volunteers in various places to make this successful and numerous opportunities for donations of items to the carnival. Please visit the Noche Latina overall Volunteer link here for areas we need help:
All proceeds go to supporting our teachers providing Spanish lessons in our own homegrown program at Lee. Should be a fantastic and eventful night for all. Hope to see you there!

Teacher Appreciation Door Decoration

In light of the great success of this event last year, we will again be decorating the doors of each teacher on Sunday, May 5th, from 11-3, to kickoff Teacher Appreciation Week. Sign up now to volunteer to decorate the door of a teacher you appreciate. We will have the use of supplies from the copy room, and everyone is encouraged to supplement with materials from Austin Creative Reuse. Consult the Teacher Info Sheets in the front office for ideas! This should be great fun.

May 8 is Bike to School Day!

May 8 is Bike to School Day! Bike to school to get your day off to a great start! And get a treat when you arrive! Volunteers are needed to help with bike trains — a bike-pool version of a carpool. Ideally we’d have parent riders in the front, side and rear. Let Tina Bui know if you can help with the bike train or hand out treats at school: or (512)947-9539.

Bike Rodeo on May 4

Yee haw! Join us at the BIKE RODEO on Saturday, MAY 4, and get your bike in tip-top shape for Bike to School Day on May 8. We’ll conduct bike safety checks and helmet fittings, learn some helpful bike safety tips, play some fun bike games, and of course have snacks! Bring your bike and helmet. If you don’t have one, no worries: we’ll have a few spare bikes around so everyone can participate. All welcome!

  • WHAT: Bike Rodeo
  • WHEN: Saturday, May 8, 9:30 – 11:30AM
  • WHERE: At school (exact location pending)

Contact Tina Bui @ or (512) 947-9539 for more info or to volunteer.


Submit your Budget Priorities

The PTA’s budget process is underway for the 2019-20 school year. Please let us know what your priorities are for PTA spending by filling out the form. Submissions will be accepted through April. We will have a special budget meeting – date yet to be determined.