Roadrunner Rundown – 5/5/17

Roadrunner Rundown

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for 2017-05-05 to 2017-06-05
Teacher Appreciation Week 1 May - 5 May, 2017 Add 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
AISD Holiday for Students and Staff 29 May 2017 Add to GCal
Volunteer Lunch 31 May 2017 10:50am, Lee LibraryAdd to GCal
Last Day of Classes 1 Jun 2017 Add to GCal
6th Grade Graduation 1 Jun 2017 8:00am, Lee AuditoriumAdd to GCal

News and Announcements

Lee Creates Release Party!!!

Please  join us in the Lee library on May 10th at 6:30 p.m. as we celebrate another successful release of our beloved Lee Creates magazine. All are welcome, but for those students that appear in the magazine, look for an invitation to be sent home. We will snack on cookies and punch as we listen to our amazing students read their poetry and short stories, as well as display and discuss their art. Each student will receive an advance copy of the Spring 2017 issue. Thank you to all who submitted this semester. If you have any questions, please email

Benefit Concert for Education in India

Enjoy an evening of entertainment and support education in rural and tribal India.

Ekal’s primary vehichle for achieving their vision & mission is through the support of 1 teacher schools (Ekal Vidyalayas) in rural and tribal India. The emphasis is one functional literacy and numeracy so that the people can eventually become self sufficient. One of the key aspects of the Ekal model is that of training the teachers, and directing over 90% to teacher training, student materials, etc and not to overhead costs.

Concert info:
When: Sat. 5-13-17 at 5:00 pm
Where: Texas School for the Deaf Auditorium (1102 S. Congress)
Cost: $20 general admission, $10 students (available online at<>)
Keynote address by 2016 Texas Teacher of the Year, Revathi Balakrishnan

Roadrunner Rundown – Noche Latina!

Roadrunner Families,
Tonight is the night! Noche Latina starts at 5:30 and runs until 8:00. Come help us celebrate Cinco de Mayo and raise funds for our fantastic homegrown Spanish Program! There will be live music from Group Massa, a Roots and Rhythm drum circle, the popular marketplace and lots of arts and crafts opportunities for the niños. Tickets will be available at the door.Our CATCH Night (Coordinated Approach To Child Health) will be occurring at the same time in the gym. See you tonight!

The scene was set for a festive Cinco de Mayo by our 2nd Graders yesterday in their Mexico Program. They did a wonderful job with their performance and enjoyed a much deserved fiesta today with piñatas and traditional Mexican treats.

It has been a great Teacher Appreciation Week here at Russell Lee Elementary! Thank you to each and every person who has helped us to celebrate all that our teachers do. There has been so much laughter and friendship throughout the halls of our school. We appreciate all your generosity. Special thanks to Eileen Davern and Renee Barnett Drew for orchestrating the teacher massages on Wednesday.

Speaking of teacher appreciation, Raksha Joshi from our 5th Grade Team is currently raising funds through EdBacker for a Resilient Roadrunners’ Teacher Training that is taking place this summer. This professional development reinforces AISD’s focus on the whole child as it addresses social-emotional learning, mindfulness, character education, and other non-academic programs. If you are interested in more information or would like to support this worthwhile professional development, please click here –

Next week our students will be taking the STAAR test in the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grades. On Monday students in 3rd, 4th and 6th grades will take the Math STAAR. On Tuesday 3rd, 4th and 6th graders will take the Reading STAAR. Then on Wednesday, our 5th graders will be taking their Science STAAR Test. Please make sure that students get a great night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast before test time. We will also be hosting a FABPAC – Facilities And Bond Planning Advisory Committee meeting on the evening of Thursday, May 11th. There will be limited time for public comment at this meeting, but there will be more opportunities for input at a series of meetings the following week. More information will be going home in Friday Folders.

Lastly, congratulations to Principal Perkins, our Principal for the Day! William took a break from 5th grade to help all around the school. He was a natural in the role.

Have a wonderful weekend,

John Hewlett
Proud Principal
Russell Lee Elementary School

Extending Deadline for Spanish Fundraiser

Extending Deadline for Amigos Photobook Fundraiser!!

New Deadline: Friday, May 19th  4 DAYS LEFT

Photobook Details

PARENTS, this is a great family time opportunity! One Lee parent shared this about her experience with her daughter, “Taking photos out and about in Austin was a blast.  Carlisle and I learned Spanish words together (espuma, calidad, el sabor de cuaresma…) AND we even got to speak some Spanish and eat some churros while we were at it.  Gracias, Amigos.”

~ Clayton Maxell, Russell Lee parent

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.