Roadrunner Rundown – 4/28/17

Roadrunner Rundown

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for 2017-04-28 to 2017-05-28
Office Team Appreciation Week 24 Apr - 28 Apr, 2017 Add to GCal
Lee Olympics Make-up Day 28 Apr 2017 Add to GCal
Teacher Appreciation Week 1 May - 5 May, 2017 Add to GCal
Mexico Program- 2nd Grade 4 May 2017 7:00pm, Lee AuditoriumAdd to GCal
Fitness Night 5 May 2017 Lee ElementaryAdd to GCal
Noche Latina 5 May 2017 5:30pm, Lee ElementaryAdd to GCal
School Nurse Appreciation Week 8 May - 12 May, 2017 Add to GCal
STAAR Math- Grades 3, 4, & 6 8 May 2017 Add to GCal
STAAR Reading- Grades 3, 4, & 6 9 May 2017 Add to GCal
STAAR Science- Grade 5 10 May 2017 Add to GCal
PTA Meeting 16 May 2017 7:50am, Lee LibraryAdd to GCal
CAC Meeting 16 May 2017 3:00pm, Lee LibraryAdd to GCal
Amigos de Russell Lee Meeting 18 May 2017 7:50am, Lee LibraryAdd to GCal
Band & Orchestra Concert 19 May 2017 8:15am, Lee AuditoriumAdd to GCal
6th Grade Mask Exhibit and Artist Reception 25 May 2017 5:30pm, Lee LibraryAdd to GCal
Shakespeare Program- 6th Grade 25 May 2017 7:00pm, Lee AuditoriumAdd to GCal
Student Holiday- Staff Development 26 May 2017 Add to GCal

News and Announcements

Drive like your kids live here

Yes, this is a speeding article. Likely under stress to get to school on time, I’ve seen a couple of parents barreling through the neighborhood on the way to Lee Elementary.

Did you know that pedestrian fatalities increase significantly with speed? Reducing your vehicle speed to under 20 mph increases your braking time and cuts the likelihood of pedestrian injury or fatality.

Hit by a vehicle traveling:

20mph    9 out of 10 pedestrians survive

30mph    5 out of 10 pedestrians survive

40mph   only 1 out of 10 pedestrians survive

Drive an SUV or light truck? You may want to slow it down even more. Injury and fatality risk for SUV/light truck collisions is higher.

And if you walk or bike to school, remember to follow traffic rules and cross at marked intersections.


Mindfulness PD EdBacker Campaign

One of our teachers has created an EdBacker campaign to raise funds that will provide training in mindfulness, character education, and other non-academic programs. This will benefit the campus as we expand our SEL skills and continue growing as a model SEL campus. Please help spread the word and contribute if this speaks to you.

Resilient Roadrunners’ Teacher PD

PTA Bylaw Amendments

Please see the attached worksheet that shows the amendments to the bylaws that the bylaw committee has developed and the executive board has approved. We will vote on these changes at our next membership meeting on Tuesday, May 16 at 7:50 am.

These changes bring our bylaws inline with our practices. Please send any questions or concerns to Sara Bircher (

Amigos meeting

The Amigos next meeting will be Thursday, May 18th @ 7:50a in the Library.

Library Lines

We’ve had a busy couple of weeks in the library the past few weeks.

We’ve had visiting authors Margaret Peterson Haddix for the 4th grade.  She has written a long list of books and was promoting her current series Under Their Skin!  The 4th grade teachers had read an earlier series Among the Hidden, and the kids loved it, and her!  Thanks BookPeople for sponsoring her trip!

1st grade got to visit with author, Keith Graves this week.  Keith is a local author who writes and illustrates his own books.  We made some Crazy Creatures and heard some of his fun stories.  Our Book Fair funds paid for Mr. Graves visit.  Thanks for your support.

Poem-In-Your-Pocket Day was a big hit.  More than 200 students participated!

Just a heads up.  All student books are due back in the library by May 12th.  Please start looking for those long overdue books!

Thanks for your encouragement and support.

Roadrunner Rundown – Teacher Appreciation Week

Roadrunner Families,

On Friday we had a performance by the delightful Ballet Folklorico group from our partner campus, Widen Elementary. It was the highlight of our monthly assembly that also featured our Campus Wellness Team, a big Roadrunner thank you to our Office Team and the popular Weekend Fitness Challenge from Coach Huff. Thanks to everyone who helped us to show our appreciation for all that our Office Team does to keep our school running efficiently through the year. We are grateful for all they do.

We are one week away from Noche Latina, which will be taking place next Friday May 5th or Cinco de Mayo! The festivities will kick off at 5:30 pm and the fun will draw to a close at 8:00. There will be live music from Group Massa, a Roots and Rhythm drum circle, the popular Mercodito and lots of arts and crafts opportunities for the niños. Tickets are available online and at the round table each morning. Our CATCH Night (Coordinated Approach To Child Health) will be occurring at the same time in the gym. We hope to see all of you at both of these great events!

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week, an opportunity to show our gratitude for all the ways Lee teachers shape the lives of our students. As a parent, there is no school I would rather have my children attend. I feel very fortunate to be part of this vibrant learning community. Please join me in showing how thankful we are to our teachers.

As we approach the end of this eventful school year, we are working to keep our students, staff and members of our community as safe as possible. When dropping students off in the morning, please adhere to all speed limits and utilize your turn signals, especially when pulling in or out of our drop-off lane. Please also remember that the red curb indicates a no parking zone at all times so that first responders can access the school easily in the event of an emergency. Next week we will be holding our final series of emergency drills for the year.

Have a wonderful weekend,

John Hewlett
Proud Principal
Russell Lee Elementary School

Noche Latina Spring Festival

Our school’s Spring festival, Noche Latina, is just around the corner on May 5th (Cinco de Mayo) at 5:30-8:00pm. If you have not attended in the past, this event is a fun, relaxing evening on the playground celebrating Latino culture, including food, games, music and more.

Tickets are on sale at the round table starting April 27 or you can purchase them online today! Adults $10; children $5. ALL games and activities are included with the wristband purchase, and you can get the wristbands as well as food tickets for the event here:

Much like the Fall carnival, we need parents to volunteer with setup, serving food and staffing activity booths. Please sign up for a short shift, and then stick around to enjoy the rest of the evening!

If you have any questions about the event, please contact

Snow White or Alex Arguello.

Uniform Drive

The Student Council at Lee is holding a uniform drive for the students at Widen Elementary. Please help us provide new or gently used clothing to these students by bringing an item listed below.

When: Month of April

Location: Boxes outside Mrs. Gilbert’s Door

 Items needed:

  1. Blue polo shirts or blue shirts with a collar, sizes 3 to 12
  2. Yellow polo shirts or yellow shirts with a collar, sizes 3 to 12
  3. Khaki pants, sizes 3 to 12
  4. Blue jeans, sizes 3 to 12
  5. NEW Underwear for ages 3 to 7
  6. Other pants for ages 3 to 10
  7. Belts for ages 3 to 12


1st Day School Supplies

On-line school supply kits are now available to purchase for the 2017-2018 year. Set as a fundraising initiative, every kit purchased gives money back to Lee PTA.  We have a new collaboration with 1st Day School Supplies and their on-line ordering process couldn’t be easier (no forms – yea!).  Each grade’s kit reflects exactly what your child’s teacher has specified with name brand and a la carte items like backpacks, flash drives, and water bottles, etc. So, if you want to avoid the hassle of hunting for each item at the store AND support Lee PTA, check it out. Plus, the prices are competitive!
You can make your purchase right now, just click the link below: