Blog Archive


Roadrunner Rundown – Have a Great Summer!

Roadrunner Families,Thank you for another fantastic year. On behalf of the students and staff of Russell Lee Elementary School, we appreciate your support so much. The collaboration between our...
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Roadrunner Rundown – The Final Countdown

Roadrunner Families, This is the final week of the school year and I want to thank you all for your generosity and support. This was my fifth year at Russell Lee Elementary and stood out as a...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Mother’s Day

Roadrunner Families, We are in the final stretch of the school year and I want to make sure all of you are aware of some important end of year information. Next week we will be administering the...
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Lee Comic Con

Get Ready for   LEE COMIC CON   Friday, May 17 8am-3pm It will be a day of Comics & Graphic Novels Dress Up?  Of Course (just remember Elementary appropriate and NO...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Teacher Appreciation Week

Roadrunner Families, Join us tonight as Amigos de Russell Lee bring you Noche Latina, from 5:30 to 8pm, rain or shine. We have moved all the exciting events inside and entry is free! Delicious,...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Mexico Program & Noche Latina

Roadrunner Families,I want to start by congratulating our new PE Teacher, Alyssa Reyes on a fantastic first Lee Olympics. While this was the 34th annual Lee Olympics, Coach Reyes was able to put...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Lee Olympics!

Roadrunner Families,Next Friday is our annual field day event, Lee Olympics, which was first started under Joy Reilly, who was the PE Teacher at our school prior to Coach Huff. Coach Reilly, who...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Roadie Work Day – Saturday, April 20th

Roadrunner Families, I want to start by reminding everyone that there is no school next Friday, April 19th as our teachers take part in important professional development. We will hold our spring...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Librarian Appreciation Week

Roadrunner Families,This coming week is a busy one as we will be celebrating our amazing Jenny Day during Librarian Appreciation Week. Whether it is the Book Fair, the Maker’s Fair or all of the...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Kindergarten Round-Up!

Roadrunner Families, It is hard to believe that it is already time for our yearly Kinder Round-Up! Next Tuesday, April 2nd we will be welcoming new families as well as some familiar faces for...
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Makers Gonna Make

The 2019 School-wide Art Show and Maker Fair was alot of fun, full of making - jewelery, flowers, headbands, recycled art, knitting, models, and burritos. Thanks so much to all you parents who...
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Book Fair and Maker Fair!!! Great turnout for out Spring Book Fair!  Thank you!!! In addition to your children getting great books to read, your support is providing more than 180...
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Roadrunner Rundown – SXSW

Roadrunner Families, I want to thank all of you who came out to support our school at Lee Live this past Saturday. It was a remarkable night that marked twelve years of our unique way of...
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Kindernews March 1, 2019

It's Been a Busy Week! We continue to work on sight words as well as reading fluency and handwriting. Please help your child practice these at home.Our sight words so far are yes, no,...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Lee Live!

Roadrunner Families, I want to start by updating you on the incident from earlier this week. Through the assistance of community members, AISD Police were able to locate the man who was on...
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Kindernews February 22, 2019

It's Been A Busy Week We continue to work on sight words as well as reading fluency and handwriting. Please help your child practice these at home.Our sight words so far are was, have,...
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Kindernews February 15, 2019

Thank you for all of the flowers, candy and gifts we received on Valentine’s Day.  We are lucky to have so much love in our lives! Thank you also to all of you who donated and or helped with...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Happy Valentine’s Day!

Roadrunner Families,We are sending this week’s newsletter out early to wish you a very happy Valentine’s Day and to remind you that there will be no school on Monday for President’s Day. The...
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Library Lines

Big event from the library this week - author, Judd Winick, visited with 2nd - 6th grade.  Judd Winick writes the HiLo series which are graphic novels.  Book People sponsored his visit,...
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Kindernews February 8, 2019

It’s Been a Busy Week! We continue to work on sight words as well as reading fluency and handwriting. Please help your child practice these at home.Our sight words so far are do, love,  had,...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Counselor Appreciation Week

Friday was the first day of Black History Month. Each day we will be sharing information during morning announcements about Black History and the significant contributions made by African Americans...
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Kindernews February 1, 2019

It’s Been a Busy Week! We continue to work on sight words as well as reading fluency and handwriting. We are now learning three new sight words per week. Please help your child practice these...
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Student peeking through the library window,  "Oh My Gosh!  What's that big, black thing?!?" The MOBILE PLANETARIUM This week we had the AISD Mobile Planetarium in the library. ...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Science Fair

I want to start by congratulating our Teacher of the Year, Celina Abrego! Ms. Abrego was identified by her colleagues for the outstanding work she does with her Roadrunners in 1st grade. This is her...
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Kindernews January 25, 2019

It’s Been a Busy Week! We continue to work on sight words as well as reading fluency and handwriting. We are now learning three new sight words per week. Please help your child practice...
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Lots happening in the Library!!! We've sponsored the Science Fair Saturday and Sunday - last one on January 27th 2-4pm.  We will participate in the BookSpring Read-a-thon to raise funds...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Martin Luther King Weekend

Roadrunner Families,There will be no school on Monday in honor of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. On Tuesday we will be holding our annual vision and hearing screenings in the library. Then Thursday...
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Kindernews January 18, 2019

It's Been a Busy Week! We continue to work on sight words as well as reading fluency and handwriting. We are now learning three new sight words per week. Please help your child practice...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Happy 2019!

Roadrunner Families, Happy new year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with your families. I want to start by thanking you all for your generosity and strong sense of community spirit. Thanks...
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Kindernews January 11, 2019

Happy New Year! Please help us welcome three new students to our kindergarten family.  Piper Soda De Marco is in Ms. Stanfield's class and Nico Soda De Marco and Logan Novack - Babington are...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Celebrations

Roadrunner Families, I want to update everyone on the break-in that we experienced in the early morning hours of Sunday the 2nd of December. AISD Police informed us today that an arrest has been...
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Kindernews December 14, 2018

It's Been a Busy Week Well, the Great Gingerbread Hunt was our focus this week. After reading many different versions on The Gingerbread boy we made our own gingerbread boys.  After decorating...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Recapture

Roadrunner Families, Happy Bettie Mann Day! Yesterday we had a wonderful visit from Ms. Mann who was the first African American teacher at our school and namesake of our kindergarten wing. She read...
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Kindernews December 7, 2018

  It's Been a Busy Week We added the words said and you to our Word Wall this week.  Our sight words so far are not, get, look, my, mom, dad, up, it, I, A, go, at, to, am, me, see,...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Bettie Mann Day

Roadrunner Families, It was an action packed week at Russell Lee Elementary School and I want to take a moment to thank some of the key players. Thanks to Clayton Maxwell who organized another...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Happy Thanksgiving!

Roadrunner Families, I want to start by reminding everyone that there will be no school next week for Thanksgiving break. Our students will not have classes until we return on Monday, November 26th....
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Kindernews November 16, 2018

It's Been a Busy Week We added the words and and play to our Word Wall this week.  Our sight words so far are look, my, mom, dad, up, it, I, A, go, at, to, am, me, see, can, is, like, the,...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Veteran’s Day Ceremony

Roadrunner Families, Our annual Geography Day was a big hit and it was great to see our Roadrunners have so much fun while learning about different cultures. This year’s Geography Day featured...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Geography Day!

Roadrunner Families, We are just a week away from one of our favorite days of the year here at Russell Lee Elementary, the world famous Geography Day! Efforts are already underway to transform our...
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Kindernews November 2, 2018

It’s Been a Busy Week This week we had lots of fun in language arts with Halloween stories.  We sequenced the story, The Old Woman Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything and made a Monster's...
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Roadrunner Rundown – Halloween!

Roadrunner Families, Last night was an amazing Fall Carnival and such a fun night for our Roadrunners of all ages. I want to thank everyone who attended and all of the volunteers who made it happen....
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Kindernews October 26, 2018

It’s Been a Busy Week We added the words mom and dad to our Word Wall this week.  Our sight words so far are Up, it, I, A, go, at, to, am, me, see, can, is, like, the, red,...
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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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Kindernews

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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