Blog Archive


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 13th: Test

PTA Minutes Test October 13, 2017
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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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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...
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STAAR Reminders for Monday and Tuesday

Parents, Just a reminder that 4th graders will take the Math STAAR test on Monday, May 8 and the Reading STAAR test on Tuesday, May 9.  Please make sure your child gets plenty of rest this...
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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...
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Exciting times
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...
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Math Homework for next week

Parents, I wanted to let you know about some important Math items in your child's binder today.  This week we took the Released STAAR Math test.  It is the test that was given to last year's 4th...
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Kindernews April 28, 2017

It's Been a Busy Few Weeks! This week we learned about oviparous and viviparous animals.  Here are a couple of examples of the former.          ...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Lee Olympics

Roadrunner Families, We had an exciting Lee Olympics on Friday! After an inspiring opening ceremonies, we had a brief building evacuation while we solved a situation with the popcorn maker. Our...
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Reminder: Bring sack lunch tomorrow

Reminder:  We will be going to the Capitol tomorrow and will be eating lunch at the Capitol.  Please remember to send your child with a disposable lunch and disposable water bottle, unless your...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Easter Weekend

Roadrunner Families, I would like to start by sharing news of the joyful arrival of Addison Charles Muehling, who was born on Thursday, April 13th! He weighed in at nine pounds, three ounces and is...
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Field Trip to Capitol on Monday

Bring Sack Lunch!!!
We will be going to the Capitol on a field trip on Monday, April 17 from 9:45  am - 1:15  pm.  We will eat lunch on the Capitol grounds.  Students need to bring a disposable sack lunch and...
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Mexico Diorama Project – PDFs

Parents, I am including pdfs of the Mexico Diorama  project that we discussed this week in class.  Please email your teacher with any questions. Thanks, Rachel Szilagyi...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Librarian Appreciation Week

Roadrunner Families, Congratulations to our kindergarteners on an outstanding Dinosaur Program! They did a fantastic job with their performances and the songs are still ringing through the hallways....
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April Is...
National Poetry Month:  We will celebrate poetry all month and on April 27th we will participate in National Poem in Your Pocket Day.   I will be giving little prizes to all participants.  I am...
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Kindernews March 31, 2017

Flat Stanley Update Our Flat Stanleys are beginning to arrive.  They will be sent home for you to view.  Please return them promptly so that we can display them on the wall for all to see....
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Roadrunner Rundown – Kinder Round-Up

Roadrunner Families, Next week is a busy one! On Tuesday morning we will host our Kindergarten Round-Up from 9:00 until 10:30. This is an opportunity for incoming kinder families to learn more about...
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4th Grade STAAR Writing Test on Tuesday, March 28

Fourth graders will take the STAAR Writing test on Tuesday.  Please be sure your child is on time to school, has had a good night's sleep, and has eaten a healthy breakfast.  We will have 2 snack...
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Roadrunner Rundown – School-wide Art Show and Maker Fair

Roadrunner Families, I hope everyone had a wonderful spring break! It has been great hearing about all the adventures and activities that our Roadrunners were involved in over the break. Thanks to...
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Kindernews March 24, 2017

Staar Testing Next week, March 28th, 29th, 30th, the older children will be taking the STAAR test.  Our campus will be closed to visitors on these days to minimize distraction. Please do not...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Spring Break!!

Roadrunner Families, Thank you to everyone who attended Lee Live on Saturday night. It was a wonderful evening worthy of the10th anniversary celebration of our creative community. Together we were...
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Kindernews March 10, 2017

Dinosaur Program Each kindergarten student will participate in the Kindergarten Dinosaur Program on Monday, April 3rd at 9:00 am, and on Tuesday, April 4th  at 10:00 am for Kindergarten Round Up...
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Reminder: Field trip tomorrow 9 – 12

Just a reminder that we will go to Pease Park tomorrow for a Rocks, Fossils, and Minerals field trip through Austin Nature and Science Center.  Please have your child wear his/her new Lee t-shirt...
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Happy Dr. Seuss' Birthday! Reminder:  Our 1st Schoolwide Art Show and Maker Fair is scheduled for March 23 at 6:00.  Please let Mrs. Day or Ms. Kennedy know if you'd like to Show and Tell your...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Lee Live!

Roadrunner Families, Today is the day! We are hours away from the biggest PTA event of the year, Lee Live! This year’s tenth anniversary celebration is going to be an incredible evening of fun,...
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Kindernews March 3, 2017

It's Been a Busy Week On Wednesday we celebrated Dr. Suess' birthday by reading many of his wonderful books, and doing lots of fun, Suesstacular activities Flat Stanley After reading Flat...
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Texas Program this Thursday, March 2

Our Texas Program is Thursday, March 2 at 7 pm.  There is an open house from 6 - 7 pm where you can come view your child's work.  There will be work for you to view in all 3 classrooms and the...
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Kindernews February 24, 2017

It's Been a Busy Week! In phonics, we are working on long and short vowel sounds and vowel patterns for the long A sound.  These include ay (play), a-consonant-e (male), and ai (pail)patterns....
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Principal’s Newsletter – Rally Day

Roadrunner Families, Thanks to everyone who helped us show our appreciation for our Childcare Team this week. They are an energetic and creative group who cares deeply for our Roadrunners and we are...
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Lee Live! 4th Grade Project and Texas Program

Marty Lewis is heading up the 4th grade art project for the Lee Live! auction.  He has asked each student to bring in a small item to go into compartments that will become a part of the framed...
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