Blog Archive


Roadrunner Rundown – Fall Carnival!

Roadrunner Families, We are one week away from the Fall Carnival and with the recent cold front, it officially feels like autumn. This year’s Carnival will feature all the familiar favorites like...
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Kindernews October 19, 2018

It’s Been a Busy Week  Our sight words so far are Up, it, I, A, go, at, to, am, me, see, can, is, like, the, red, blue, yellow, green, and orange, brown.  This week was a...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Cold Front

Roadrunner Families, As the weather begins to cool, we will be testing out the new heating capabilities of our new climate control system that was installed over the summer. Because there are likely...
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Kindernews October 11, 2018

It's Been a Busy Week In language arts our vocabulary words were compete, hobby, and partner.  Our sight words so far are Up, it, I, A, go, at, to, am, me, see, can, is, like, the, red, blue,...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Walk to School Day

Roadrunner Families, I want to remind everyone that we will not have school on Monday. Our teachers will be hosting conferences throughout the day. Then on Tuesday evening, we will be hosting our...
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Kindernews October 4, 2018

It's Been a Busy Week Our sight words for the week were on and he. Our sight words so far are I, A, go, at, to, am, me, see, can, is, like, the, red, blue, yellow, green, and orange. Please help...
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Roadrunner Rundown – No School Next Friday

Roadrunner Families, This week, I was fortunate enough to accompany our 6th Grade Leaders to the Outdoor School at Camp Champions. This annual overnight trip kicks off a year of leadership and group...
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Kindernews September 28, 208

It's Been a Busy Week! Our sight words for the week were like and the. Our sight words so far are I, A, go, at, to, am, me, see, can, is, red, blue, yellow, green, and orange. Please help your...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Hispanic Heritage Month

Roadrunner Families, Hispanic Heritage Month is underway and we have a wide variety of learning opportunities in store for our Correcaminos. Our 6th grade leaders have started each day with...
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Kindernews September 21, 2018

It's Been a Busy Week! In Language Arts we are working on expanding the childrens' vocabulary.  Every week we introduce three new words and then encourage the children to use them throughout the...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Celebrating Coach Huff

Roadrunner Families, I want to start by congratulating Coach Huff and all of our Roadrunners on winning the Healthiest Schools Award for elementary schools from the Mayor’s Health and Fitness...
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Kindernews September 14, 2018

It's Been a Busy Week! We added two new sight words this week - me and see.  We also added the "Yellow" song to our list of color songs. The tune for yellow is "If You're Happy and You Know...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Counselor’s Coffee

Roadrunner Families, I want to start by sharing news of the joyful arrival of William Lucas Gilbert, who was born last Friday, August 31st. Leah, William and the entire Gilbert family are doing...
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Kindernews September 7, 2018

It's Been a Busy Week! We are working hard on correct pencil grip and good writing posture.  For many children this is very frustrating as they have never been shown correct grip and have...
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Watch out for the new carpet!
40 students, 1st - 6th, turned in reading logs to become our newest Super Summer Readers! We celebrated with certificates, free books and, of course, Popsicles for all! Thanks to Ms. Sileo for...
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Roadrunner Rundown – PTA Meeting

Roadrunner Families, As you probably saw last week, Coach Huff will be retiring at the end of the semester. In his time at Lee, Dave has had a tremendous impact on our students and their long term...
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Kindernews August 31, 2018

It's Been a Busy Week We are continuing to establish routines this week.  In Writing Workshop we are working on stamina or writing the whole time.  Our mantra is - When your done, you've just...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Fantastic First Week

Roadrunner Families, The excitement level this week has been through the roof at Russell Lee Elementary! We love that our school is a place where children are so excited to come to school every day....
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August 24, 2018
Kindernews August 24, 2018 It’s Been A Busy Week! It has been a great first week in kindergarten!  We are so happy to have your special children with us each day!...
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I Mustache You to READ, This Summer
Summer Reading Challenge (yellow copy packet) starts this week - June 4! Read 20 minutes a day (at least 1400 minutes over the whole summer). Keep track and turn in a reading log when school resumes....
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Roadrunner Rundown – The Final Countdown

Roadrunner Families, We are in our final hours of the 2017/2018 school year! It has been a really great year for our Roadrunners and I want to thank all of you for your support and strong...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Shakespeare!

Roadrunner Families, Muchas gracias to everyone who came out for Noche Latina on Friday and supported Spanish language instruction at our school. Along with our Family Fitness Night we had a great...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Noche Latina!

Roadrunner Families, I want to start by sharing the news of the joyous arrival of Marcos Javier Abrego. Baby Abrego was born on Thursday at 8:48 am and weighed in at 7 pounds, 9 ounces. Ms. Abrego...
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Kindernews May 11, 2018

Walking Field Trip Tuesday, May 15th, we will take a walking field trip to Eastwoods Park.  We will leave school at 8:00 am and walk to the park.  We need some parents to help us manage 60+...
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Kindernews May 4, 2018

Thank you! Thank you so much for all of your sweet notes, gifts, and the beautiful flowers we received throughout the week.  We are so fortunate to share your specal children!  Thank you for...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Parent Education Series

Roadrunner Families, I want to start by congratulating our 2nd graders and their teachers on a magnificent Mexico Program. It was a great celebration of the rich history and culture of Mexico and...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Teacher Appreciation Week

Roadrunner Families, It has been another adventurous week and none of these events would have been possible without our collaborative school community. I want to start by thanking Andy Sharp, who...
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Kindernews April 27, 2018

It's Been a Busy Few Weeks! This week we learned about oviparous and viviparous animals. We read the book, Chickens aren't the Only Ones,  by Ruth Heller and discovered a world of egg- laying...
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Poetry Month and Math Month
Happy April! We have been having a fun time with Poetry Month.  6th grade did Book Spine Poetry, 5th wrote poems to share with the Library department's partners: Nurses, PE, Science Resource...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Lee Olympics!

Roadrunner Families, This Saturday is our Roadie Work Day from 9:00-12:00. We will be collaborating on a creative mural on our Art Portable, working on our student gardens and green spaces and...
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Community Art Sundays

Come enjoy the beautiful weather and art at Creative Action! Each month we celebrate community through free arts workshops, performances, live-music and active learning experiences for all ages at...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Roadie Work Day

Roadrunner Families, The City of Austin’s Safe Routes to School Program is leading a planning effort to identify and prioritize walking and biking infrastructure improvements for elementary and...
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Free UT Theatre for Young Audiences production 4/20 & 4/22

The play follows the story of three triplets who are left in the forest by their heartbroken father. One resolves to travel backwards, another forwards, and the third stays right where she is. After...
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Roadrunner Rundown – PTA Executive Board

Roadrunner Families, On Tuesday our dream team of kindergarten teachers helped welcome next year’s incoming Roadrunners as part of our annual Kinder Round Up. I want to congratulate the three of...
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Kindernews April 6, 2018

It's Been a Busy Week! What a wonderful dinosaur program!  We are so proud of your hard working children!           Staar Testing Next week...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Kinder Round Up

Roadrunner Families, On Tuesday of this week, we will be welcoming next year’s incoming Roadrunners as part of our annual Kinder Round Up. The Round Up will begin at 9:00am and then culminate with...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

Roadrunner Families, I hope everyone had a wonderful Spring Break! Students have settled back into what has been an engaging week of learning. Thank you to our participants and presenters for our...
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Kindernews March 23, 2018

Dinosaur Program  Each kindergarten student will participate in the Kindergarten Dinosaur Program on Monday, April 2nd at 9:00 am, and on Tuesday, April 3rd  at 10:00 am for Kindergarten Round...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Spring Break!

Roadrunner Families, Happy Spring Break! As a reminder next week is spring break and their will be no school until students return on Monday, March 19th. I want to start this newsletter by thanking...
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Calling All Makers
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Kindernews March 2, 2018

It's Been a Busy Week! This week we learned about Rosa Parks and how she stood up to injustice and helped change the world. In math we are working on forming sets of ten and more to make the...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Go to 11

Roadrunner Families, We are just hours away from the raddest Lee Live ever! Break out your leg warmers and parachute pants because it is going to be a night to remember at Saengerrunde Hall! Our...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Lee Live!

Roadrunner Families, We are just a week away from this year’s Lee Live! As the items are pouring in, we are shaping up for an amazing silent and live auction and an awesome night of dancing to...
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Roadrunner Rundown – President’s Day Weekend

Roadrunner Families, This week’s Principal’s Newsletter is being sent out early to remind everyone that there is no school on Friday, February 16th or Monday, February 19th. Teachers will be...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Valentine’s Week

Roadrunner Families, Thanks to everyone who came out for our Whole Child Family Night (WCFN) on Tuesday. As a principal and parent, it was great to see so many of the social emotional learning...
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Kindernews February 9, 2018

It's Been a Busy Week We continue to work on learning sight words. In math we are learning about number bonds. Spanish-Stanfield We have such fun in Spanish class singing songs, dancing,...
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Kindernews February 2, 2018

100 Days! We celebrated the 100th Day of school on Friday.  We participated in many, fun “100” activities such as making “100” trail mix counting 100 steps and more.  We collected cans...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Counselor Appreciation Week!

Roadrunner Families, We are sending out this week’s newsletter early so that all families are aware of the Celebration of Life Service for Lee parent, Robert Young that is taking place this...
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Roadrunner Rundown – We Are Lee

Roadrunner Families, I want to start by sharing the selection of our Teacher of the Year, Kellie Leifeste! Ms. Leifeste, previously Ms. Eiler, has been our Reading Specialist for the past four years...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Great Kindness Challenge

Roadrunner Families, Thank you for your patience during what has been a wild week of student holidays, snow days and late starts. We have rescheduled the PTA Meeting for next Tuesday the 23rd at...
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Kindernews January 19, 2018

The Great Kindness Challenge Information about The Great Kindness Challenge is going home with your child today, Friday, Jan. 19th. Here is just a quick rundown of the daily activities; Monday...
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Roadrunner Rundown – MLK Weekend

Roadrunner Families, It has been a busy full week back at school for our Roadrunners and next week is shaping up to be a busy one as well. There will be no school on Monday in honor of Dr. Martin...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Happy New Year!

Roadrunner Families, Feliz año nuevo to all of you! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and were able to spend some quality time with your Roadrunners. There were definitely some elated looking...
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Kindernews December 19, 2017

What a wonderful semester we have had.  The children have learned so much and continue to surprise us daily with newly gained knowledge.  Your children are so respectful and kind to each other. ...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Happy Holidays!

Roadrunner Families, This will be my last newsletter for 2017. I wish you all a wonderful winter holiday and hope you get to spend some quality time with family and friends. Your children did such a...
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Kindernews December 15, 2017

It's Been a Busy Week Well, the Great Gingerbread Hunt was our focus this week. We read many different versions on The Gingerbread Man. On Thursday we made the dough and then Wednesday we rolled...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Celebrations!

Roadrunner Families, I hope all of our Roadrunners enjoyed the unexpected snow day. We anticipated the possibility of a two hour delay once it started snowing, but the full day cancellation was a...
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Science Fair Sunday
 We've had a few Science Fair workdays in the library in the past years. Last year, Mr. Bircher organized a few Scientists/Lee Parents to volunteer some time to help the kids with their projects....
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Kindernews December 1, 2017

It's Been a Busy Week Science - Gonzales We learned the difference between tattling and reporting.  We report when people or animals are in danger, or when you have tried to solve the problem...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Thanksgiving Break

Roadrunner Families, Our 2nd annual Roadrunner Fun Run was blast! The students did a fantastic job, especially our 6th graders who led the entire day of fun and fitness. Thanks to the Fun Run dream...
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Kindernews November 17, 2017

Thanksgiving Holidays There will be no school next week, November 20-24.   Have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving! We are thankful for you! December Book Order We are sending the...
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Roadrunner Families, On Friday we celebrated Geography Day, our annual event where students have the opportunity to spend the day “visiting” and learning more about one of seven countries. It is...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Veteran’s Day

Roadrunner Families, On Friday we celebrated Geography Day, our annual event where students have the opportunity to spend the day “visiting” and learning more about one of seven countries. It is...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Veteran’s Day

Roadrunner Families, On Friday we celebrated Geography Day, our annual event where students have the opportunity to spend the day “visiting” and learning more about one of seven countries. It is...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Veteran’s Day

Roadrunner Families, On Friday we celebrated Geography Day, our annual event where students have the opportunity to spend the day “visiting” and learning more about one of seven countries. It is...
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Little Free Libraries
Flyer   Just wanted to share this with you.  I'm thinking I'll ask for one for our school library.
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Roadrunner Rundown – Election Day

Roadrunner Families, We recently held a Counselor’s Coffee on the topic of online student safety and I wanted to take this opportunity to share some of the resources that came from that...
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Kindernews November 3, 2017

It’s Been a Busy Week This week we had lots of fun in language arts with Halloween stories.  We sequence The Old Woman Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything We used nouns and adjectives to describe...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Halloween!

Roadrunner Families, The Carnival on Friday was chilly, but tons of fun for Roadrunners of all ages! Thanks to our amazing group of volunteers who pulled it off with such a team spirit. They were...
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Kindernews October 27, 2017

It's Been a Busy Week! The sight words we have covered so far are am, can, I, like, see, little, be, go, and the, as well as the color words. We read the book Bats Love the Night by Nicola...
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Book Fair
        for making our Wild West Book Fair a smashing success!   We had a great time and got some fun books.
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Roadrunner Rundown – Countdown to Carnival!

Roadrunner Families, On Thursday I was fortunate enough to be a part of the Champions for Children Program for Helping Hand Home. http://helpinghandhome.org/champions-for-children/ I shared some of...
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Kindernews October 20, 2017

It’s Been a Busy Week Our vocabulary words for the week were grateful, thoughtful, and display. In language arts, we read and compared two stories – Pumpkin Jack, and Too Many Pumpkins. We...
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Kindernews October 13, 2017

It's Been a Busy Week In language arts our vocabulary words were compete, hobby, and partner.  Our sight words so far are be, like, am, can, I, a, see, and the along with the color words red,...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Russell Lee Celebration

Roadrunner Families, On Thursday night we celebrated our school’s namesake, Russell Lee. We now have more than thirty images in our permanent collection and the celebration featured screenings of...
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So Far this Year
It has been a crazy busy library time so far: We have celebrated our Super Summer Readers, done the library inventory, checked out iPads to K, 1, 2, 3 and Ms. Paula, and Ms. Leifeste, all students...
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October 6, 2017

It's Been a Busy Week Our sight word this week was to.  So far we have learned the words like, am, can, I, a, see, go, to and the along with the color words red, blue, green, yellow, and orange....
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Roadrunner Rundown – Bullying Awareness Month

Roadrunner Families, October is Bullying Awareness Month, so I want to take this opportunity to share some resources that we use to address bullying here at Russell Lee Elementary School. If we have...
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September 30, 2017

It's Been a Busy Week Our sight word this week was go.  So far we have learned the words like, am, can, I, a, see, and the along with the color words red, blue, green, yellow, and orange.  For...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Roadrunner Rally

Roadrunner Families, Congratulations to our third graders on a fantastic Hawaii Program! They did an outstanding job and I would like to thank their grade level teachers for all of their hard work...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Hawaii Program

Roadrunner Families, Next week we will have our first grade-level program of the year, The 3rd Grade Hawaii Program. Our Roadrunners are hard at work on rehearsals and there have been some updates...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Bond Information

Roadrunner Families, I have been asked to share some additional information about the upcoming bond that will be voted on in November. We received the following from the district about a series of...
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Kindernews September 15, 2017

It's Been a Busy Week! We added two new sight words this week - the and like.  We also added the "Yellow" song to our list of color songs.  Watch for these small color booklets to come home at...
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Kindernews September 8, 2017

It's Been a Busy Week! We are working hard on correct pencil grip and good writing posture.  For many children this is very frustrating as they have never been shown correct grip and have...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Counselor’s Coffee and Dot Day

Roadrunner Families, Thanks to everyone who came out for our first PTA Meeting of the year. We had a great turnout and were able to cover a number of important topics, including committee openings,...
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Kindernews September 1, 2017

It's Been a Busy Week We are continuing to establish routines this week.  In Writing Workshop we are working on stamina or writing the whole time.  Our mantra is - When your done, you've just...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Labor Day Weekend

Roadrunner Families, It has been another active week here at Russell Lee Elementary! We started the week with a two hour delay as a result of the remnants from Hurricane Harvey. We are currently...
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Kindernews August 25, 2017

It's Been A Busy Week! It has been a great first week in kindergarten!  We are so happy to have your special children with us each day! We started out the week with one of our favorite books,...
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Roadrunner Rundown – First Week

Roadrunner Families, I’m not sure I can imagine a more exciting first day of school here at Lee Elementary! We kicked things off with a visit from Superintendent Paul Cruz, who was greeted by the...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Back to School!

Roadrunner Families, We are so excited to welcome all of you back for what is going to be a fantastic year at Russell Lee Elementary School. For those of you who are new to our school, welcome! We...
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Thanks for a great year!

Dear 4th grade parents, Thank you so much for the end of year gift of cash.  We will all enjoy spending it this summer.  We appreciate your generosity and helpfulness throughout the year....
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Field Trip to Eastwoods Park changed to tomorrow!

Parents, Due to the possibility of inclement weather on the last day of school, we are going to Eastwoods Park tomorrow instead.  We will be leaving after Special Area (11:50 am) and returning...
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Principal’s Newsletter – Memorial Day Weekend

Roadrunner Families, 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...
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Roadrunner Rundown – 6th Grade Shakespeare Program

Roadrunner Families, It has been another action-packed week here at Lee. On Tuesday we had our final PTA and CAC Meetings of the year. At the PTA Meeting we bid farewell to a number of our Executive...
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Kindernews May 19, 2017

All library books must be returned now.  We cannot release report cards without books being returned or paid for.   Please return any Kinder Readers you may have at home by next week.  These...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Mother’s Day

Roadrunner Families, It has been a long week and I am proud of how well our students did across all grade levels. Our Roadrunners who were testing in the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grades did an...
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Kindernews May 12, 2017

Color days are here! Color Days have been a tradition at Lee school for many years.  It started in kindergarten about 25 years ago and has spread to the rest of the school.  Starting...
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STAAR Reminders for tomorrow and Tuesday

Parents, Just a reminder that 4th graders will take the Math STAAR test tomorrow, May 8 and the Reading STAAR test on Tuesday, May 9.  Please make sure your child goes to bed early, comes on time...
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Kindernews May 5, 2017

Thank you! Thank you so much for all of your sweet notes, gifts, and the beautiful flowers we received throughout the week.  We are so fortunate to share your sweet children!  Thank you for...
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STAAR

Hello 3rd grade families, We would like to extend our appreciations to you. We are so thankful for the gifts you provided us all week long. You made us feel so special. We are very grateful for...
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