Roadrunner Rundown – 9/13/19

Roadrunner Rundown

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for 2019-09-13 to 2019-10-13

News and Announcements

Roadrunner Rundown – Full Moon Friday the 13th!

Roadrunner Families,

Today we held our first assembly of the year to celebrate Dot Day, the culmination of Coordinated School Health Week, the kick off of our Marathon Kids program and the very rare, full moon Friday the 13th. The last of these will not occur for another thirty years! We also shared some fun details about how we will be celebrating the 80th birthday of our school. We will be holding a daytime celebration on Friday, October 25th; and then that night, we will celebrate more at our annual PTA Fall Carnival. In addition to being a homecoming birthday celebration for Roadrunners of all ages, this year’s Carnival will feature the popular costume contest and will be free to attend. We are excited to offer more free opportunities for our families to get together. Stay tuned for other fun events that will be announced soon!

One of the reasons we are able offer so many of the fantastic programs that take place on our campus is because of the steadfast support of our PTA. Whether it is funding important staff positions at our school, providing school supplies for all of our Roadrunners, or sending our teachers to innovative professional development, none of it would be possible without fundraising efforts like the Roadrunner Rally that is going on right now. If you are able to donate any amount, please do so today.

During our assembly we reviewed our school-wide expectations with all of our Roadrunners. This is part of our ongoing efforts to utilize a common language across all grade levels. We will be sharing more ways to encourage reflective practice with your Roadrunner and emphasize the importance of a growth mindset, but we want to share these campus expectations so you are able to reinforce them at home.

Lastly, I wanted to pass along the following request from our outstanding art teacher, Ms. Wilborn:

Hello Parents! I am really enjoying getting to know your children in the art room and look forward to meeting all of you as well. We are currently seeking donations of fresh flowers so that the students can practice drawing from life. If you have any bouquets on their last legs, please think of us.

Thank you so much – Elisabeth Wilborn

Have a wonderful weekend,

John Hewlett
Principal – Russell Lee Elementary School

Human Sexuality and Responsibility Curriculum


Austin ISD would like your feedback on the newly written Human Sexuality and Responsibility lessons for grades sixth through eighth. Lessons and a feedback survey will be posted on the Parent Cloud from September 18th-25th. Middle school lessons will be revised based on feedback. Elementary lessons have already been revised from feedback provided last May.

Families must have an enrolled student in AISD and must have a Parent Cloud account to be able to review lessons and provide feedback. Please visit the AISD website, How to Create a Parent Cloud Account, for more information. Once in the Parent Cloud, look for the MS HSR Lesson Review Tile. Please contact the Parent Support line at 512-414-9187 if you need assistance creating an account.

Additionally, AISD is offering two meetings for families who need Spanish and Arabic interpretation. These meetings will be held at Navarro High School (formerly Lanier) on September 17 and Austin High School on September 19. Both meetings are from 6-8 p.m. If you are in need of another language, please contact Michele Rusnak , Health and Physical Education Supervisor, by Friday (9/13), at

Office of School Leadership 

Austin Independent School District
4000 IH-35 South
Austin, TX 78704

Roadrunner Rally – Week 3!

We are two weeks into our one-month Roadrunner Rally fundraiser and halfway to our goal!  Thank you to those who have made early, thoughtful gifts!  We ask that families consider a $225/student contribution to help support PTA-funded staffing and programming at Lee.  Your PTA will spend an average of $350/student this year to fund our full-time Assistant Principal, on-campus reading and math specialists, in addition to fabulous, innovative student programming, and critical professional development for our teachers.  To date we have received donations from 87 roadrunner families.  Please help us raise our participation numbers by giving your best gift today!  


  • VENMO: @LeeElementary-PTA with Roadrunner Rally in the memo


GT Nomination Window

September 6, 2019

Lee Elementary Gifted and Talented Program

Welcome Back to the 2019 – 2020 School Year!

The Fall identification process for Gifted and Talented (GT) at Lee Elementary School is beginning on Monday, September 9th.  The nomination window is September 9 – September 20, 2019.  We will test students in grades 3 – 6 this Fall semester.  Students in grades K, 1, & 2 will be tested in the Spring semester. If your child has already been identified in a previous grade, their identification remains active for their entire Austin ISD student career and you do not need to go through GT nomination process again.

The GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) screening process follows district protocols and includes several steps: nomination, screening, selection, online testing, teacher input, and the common district assessment. This process is followed throughout all of Austin ISD.

Timeline of Events:

September 9 – 20Nomination Window
September 23 – 27Home Parent Observation/Permission Surveys – letter to follow on 9/23
October 14 – November 8CogAt Testing, In-class District assignments
November 11 – December 5GT Decision-Making Committee reviews student profiles
December 6Parent notification letters

I want to remind you of the new terminology in the Gifted and Talented program.

  • GT STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) for students identified gifted in math and/or science
  • GT Humanities for students identified gifted in language arts and/or social studies.

Talent Exploration STEM and Talent Exploration Humanities supports high-ability students who did not reach the full AISD GT qualifications, but are still are grouped with the identified GT students.  Therefore, activities are available to these high-ability students who are identified through the GATE screening process.

If you are interested in nominating your child for the GT program, please inform your child’s teacher by returning this letter with your child’s name and Student ID, or email them directly.  After the nomination window has been closed, we will be sending home a Parent GT Observation Survey to be completed.

Complete and return forms to your child’s teacher.  The teacher will give the forms to Mr. D’Erasmo, 3rd Grade Teacher/GT Advocate.

The deadline to submit a nomination to your child’s teacher is Friday, September 20.

No late nominations will be accepted due to the tight deadline for requesting the CogAT online assessments.

After the GT identification process is completed, parent letters will be sent home by Friday, December 5, 2019, to inform you of the selection committee’s decision.  GT services for the newly identified students will begin in the 2nd semester of the current school year.

Upon identification, students will receive GT or TE services by their grade-level teacher from the subject area the student has been identified. Please reach out to the grade-level teachers to learn more about what those enrichment services entail and how they are being implemented.

Thank you for your interest in and support of the Gifted and Talented program at Lee Elementary School.

Mr. D’Erasmo
3rd Grade Teacher
GT Advocate