April 1, 2017
for 2017-05-26 to 2017-06-26
News and Announcements
We are in the final stretch and the last week is a short one! There is no school on Monday for Memorial Day. On Tuesday our 5th graders will take a field trip to the Bob Bullock Museum and our 2nd graders will go to Eastwood’s Park for some outdoor fun. That afternoon we will celebrate Ms. Stuart’s impressive career at her retirement party in the library at 3:00 (not Wednesday). On Wednesday we will hold our annual Volunteer Assembly at 10:15 with a luncheon to follow. We invite everyone who has worked during this year to make Lee such a special place to join us! Also on Wednesday our 6th graders will take a trip to Deep Eddy Pool and our 5th graders will walk to Eastwood’s Park. Thursday June 1st is the last day of school. We will hold our 6th Grade Graduation at 8:00 am in the auditorium and then 4th grade will head to Eastwood’s Park while celebrations continue throughout the school. There will be an after school celebration at the triangle. We hope you are able to join in the fun.
My time at Lee Elementary began with a series of challenges that taught me so much about the generosity and strong sense of community at our school. Within the first week of my first year, we had a kindergartener admitted to Dell Children’s Hospital where she would spend most of that year. Her teacher, Ms. Manning would go to read her stories as the doctors struggled to diagnosis the illness that was making her so sick. The Lee community showed their support in a number of ways, including donating all of the proceeds from our “We are Roadrunners” yard signs to her family to help with the monumental costs of longterm treatment. After months in the hospital, Saige returned to Lee, a school she had only attended for a few days before. She is now a vibrant 1st grader who is quick with a hug and a smile. Every time I see her I am reminded of the strength that she and her family showed and the outpouring of support from our community for a little girl they’d never met.
Now three years into my time at Lee Elementary, we have another student facing a lengthy hospitalization and the uncertainty of a difficult diagnosis. I have known 5th grader Caroline Ryan and her family since the summer I started at our school. They were incredibly welcoming to me and my family, always offering to help with anything they could. In the second week of February, Caroline became very ill and has been in and out of the hospital as doctors attempt to provide answers and a course of treatment. She is currently at Dell Children’s Hospital where she has been for the last two weeks and will remain for the foreseeable future. She has received an impressive array of stuffed animals from visitors, but is eager for more visitors (not stuffed animals, she has enough gifts and puzzles). The illness has taken it’s toll on Caroline, but she hasn’t lost her sense of humor or sweet smile. So many of you have asked about the ways to help. The best way to support Caroline and her family at this time is through the GoFundMe account that has been established: https://www.gofundme.com/sweetcarolineryan Caroline is scheduled to travel to Houston for more medical care this week and I know that any assistance would be appreciated. Thank you for your support of this sweet Roadrunner, we look forward to welcoming her back to Lee for a healthy and successful sixth grade year.
Have a wonderful weekend,
Russell Lee Elementary School
Lee Elementary is committed to make the world of scouting open to all children and their families. Next school year, consider having your child join a Girl Scout Troop or Cub Scout Pack. Scouting adds quality time and brings families together in the fleeting years before kids are all grown up. It provides active, social alternatives to a life that is becoming more digital all the time. Scouting is learning to be a friend and getting to have exciting outdoor experiences like hiking, camping, mountain biking, and more. Being a Scout builds character and gives girls and boys the life skills to become successful adults. You can also volunteer to lead activities in the pack or troop to be more involved with your community and your child’s development. It creates relationships and shared memories for a lifetime.
Girl Scouts can have a troop for each grade level at Lee, and they meet at the school in the Outdoor Classroom or in a parent’s home. They’re more than cookies, badges, campfires, and friendship bracelets. Their proven approach gives girls the opportunities to prepare for a lifetime of leadership, and to change the world. Girl Scouts has a join scouting event in September. For more information, please contact Natalie Niles Arguello at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-294-3083.
Boys can participate in Cub Scouts from 1st through 5th grade and Boy Scouts is for 6th through 12th grade. Lee Elementary’s units are Cub Scout Pack 28 and Boy Scout Troop 28. In addition to den meetings, service projects, campouts, and the Pinewood Derby, pack 28 holds a Join Scouting Night in September, as well as summer events for boys wanting to try out scouting. For more information, contact Patrick Worrall at email@example.com for Cub Scout Pack 28 and Reed Caylor at firstname.lastname@example.org for Boy Scout Troop 28.
It’s time to show our teachers and staff how much we appreciate them! Their kindness and dedication to our children is priceless but, let’s all attempt to put a little price tag on it and send them into summer with a big bonus! You can drop off cash or checks in the envelopes in the office. The final day to donate online will be WEDNESDAY, MAY 31 at 7:45 am. Please contact your grade level coordinator regarding options for online donations.
Kinder – Paolo Bueche, email@example.com
1st – Beth Reyburn, firstname.lastname@example.org
2nd – Beatrix Paal, email@example.com
3rd – Amy Doran, firstname.lastname@example.org
4th – Michele Starkloff, email@example.com
5th – De’Andrea Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org
6th – Bonnie Brantley, email@example.com
GLC Coordinator (for staff gifts) – Sara Bircher, firstname.lastname@example.org
A favorite end-of-the-year tradition at Russell Lee Elementary is spending the afternoon/evening of that last day at the Triangle (https://goo.gl/maps/frgRN8u15hx)! Plan a picnic or dine at one of the many restaurants. Come prepared for playing, splashing (when the fountain is working) and celebrating a year of hard work by our students!
See you there on June 1, 2017!