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Roadrunner Rundown | Week 15



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Did you know we have a website? One that we update regularly? It isn't perfect but it is helpful so, if you haven't already check it out: https://www.russellleepta.org/


Stay tuned for links to contribute to End of Semester gifts on GiftCrowd next week! We should also be opening Lee Live ticket sales soon! Mark your calendar for March 2nd!


 

TONIGHT: Family Movie Night & Clothing Swap


5-6 PM | Clothing Swap

How to donate: Drop off your clean & quality clothing items in the donation bins at both school entrances OR bring them directly to the clothing swap.

How to participate: Everyone can browse and claim items from the swap tables. Donations are NOT required to participate!

6:30 PM | Movie Begins

What to bring: Bring a picnic dinner, picnic blanket, lawn chairs, etc to help you and your family get cozy for this fun family friendly movie experience.


About the Movie: Elemental


Rating: PG Runtime: 1h 43min Release Date: June 16, 2023 Genre: Animation, Comedy, Fantasy, Kids & Family


Disney and Pixar’s “Elemental” is an all-new, original feature film set in Element City, where fire-, water-, land- and air residents live together. The story introduces Ember, a tough, quick-witted and fiery young woman, whose friendship with a fun, sappy, go-with-the-flow guy named Wade challenges her beliefs about the world they live in.






 




For many of us this is a new event but for some longtime members of our Fami-Lee, this is a special return to tradition with some amazing and thoughtful updates that help reflect the current Lee community. Regardless of your familiarity with this event, it is sure to be a very special core memory for all of us.


In her announcement, Principal Sileo asks that caregivers submit a form to express interest in tickets to the Celebrations! event by filling out a form by December 8th. Don't delay, fill out the form today!


Responses are due December 8th



 

Human Sexuality and Responsibility (HSR) Forms are due December 4th


Please submit the permission form for the upcoming Human Sexuality and Responsibility Lessons which will be implemented in K-5 classrooms beginning Monday December 11th. If you would prefer a paper permission form, please let your child's teacher know. For more information, please visit the Austin ISD website for lesson information: Human Sexuality and Responsibility.


Links to Parent Square posts by grade level where you can find your opt-in forms...

Responses due by December 4


 

LOST & FOUND


Images below are L&F items found on 11/28 & 11/29.


Claim items by visiting the L&F display in the 2nd grade hallway near the nurse's office or email lostandfound@russellleepta.org. (FYI L&F items are posted in the Lee Facebook group weekly!)





 

Coats for Kids Drive now-Dec 2!



Lee Elementary is participating in the Coats for Kids coat drive!


There are multiple ways to donate to our Coats for Kids Coat Drive. Between now and Dec. 2, you can:


  • drop off a new or lightly used coat in a collection box located in the school entryway

  • purchase a coat from the Coats for Kids Gift Registry

  • donate via text (text GIVEATX to 243725)

  • or donate online by visiting jlaustin.org/coats and clicking “DONATE.”


Note that just $20 buys a new coat!


Note, we will be offering coats in the donation bin to families at Lee. Please reach out to Mr. Peckham if your child needs a coat!


Sincerely, Lindsey Community Cares Chair



 

WANTED: Spring 2024 Chess Instructor (Enrichment Program)


Are you interested in joining the Spring 2024 Lee Enrichment program as a Chess instructor? Know someone who might be great at this? Have questions? Please email enrichment@russellleepta.org.




 


Lee Community News


We've collected links to some of the school-wide newsletters that you may have missed in the last few weeks:



Principal Sileo's Campus Based Updates


Library Lines



PE Newsletter 


Studio Times



 

Lee Calendar

Scroll for the December calendar!



 


 

ALL YEAR | Minted (receipt share)


y'all check out this amazing deal!!

Get an early start on those holiday cards!

Receive 20% OFF Minted cards and gifts, and 15% of the proceeds will be given back to the school.

Use code "FUNDRAISERUSSELLLEE"





 

November 27-December 1 | Book People Receipt Share


20% of proceeds (in-person)

15% of proceeds (online)

 


December 1 | Principal's Coffee



Scheduled for the first Friday of the month, these are informal opportunities to discuss current campus topics with Campus Leadership.



All guests are required to check in with a photo ID at the front office to participate





 


December 1 | Family Movie Night & Clothing Swap






 

December 9 | Kendra Scott (receipt share)


On Dec 9 from 2-4pm, Kendra Scott on N Lamar is hosting a special shopping event for us! 20% of all sales in that timeframe will be donated back to the school. This is a great opportunity to find some holiday goodies and support a good cause. We'll see you there!





 


December 12 | PTA General Meeting


This meeting will feature votes on a few key items.


As a reminder only PTA members can participate in voting.









 

December 18 | Celebrations (1:45 PM)


Celebrations is a tradition in which the whole school unites to commemorate festivities from around the world in song, dance, poetry, spoken word, and visual art.



HOW YOU CAN HELP?

There will be some volunteer opportunities posted soon but for now the team of teachers is looking to source traditional children's clothing from India that might fit a 4th grader for our new Diwali dance. If you have something to donate please email elisabeth.wilborn@austinisd.org


 

December 19 | Celebrations (9:00 AM & 6:00 PM)


Celebrations is a tradition in which the whole school unites to commemorate festivities from around the world in song, dance, poetry, spoken word, and visual art.



HOW YOU CAN HELP?

There will be some volunteer opportunities posted soon but for now the team of teachers is looking to source traditional children's clothing from India that might fit a 4th grader for our new Diwali dance. If you have something to donate please email elisabeth.wilborn@austinisd.org


 

December 20 | Grade Level Parties!

***Room parents - it's time to start planning!***

 

Dec 21-Jan 8 | Winter Break


 

January 23 | Celebration of Science


This event always seems to sneak up on us after Winter Break so mark your calendar and plan on some science fair prep at home and/or at school.



 

March 2 | Lee Live




Lee Live is in it's "Clue" era so whether you're a Miss Scarlet, Professor Plum, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock or some other character... you're invited to Lee Live 2024.


Mark your calendar!!


DATE: March 2, 2024!

LOCATION: Austin Public Library downtown location!


Want to Volunteer?

Want to donate to the silent or live auction?

have a question?



We're starting outreach for silent and live auction donation items so keep us in mind when you're thinking of regifting something quirky or something awesome!




 

Enroll in 2024-2025 School Year!



Save your seat in the 2023-2024 academic year! The new Enroll Austin is up and running so please log in to to register your child for the 2024-2025 school year!


Registering helps the school begin to plan for staffing and facilities needs and is mandatory for all students every year so don't delay! Register Today!








 


WEEKLY RECAP


Family Night @ BookPeople

Thank you to everyone who came out for this very special evening at BookPeople. It was a packed house in the upstairs reading theater where several of our teachers did special readings and Roadrunners and their grownups perused books and had lots of fun!


This awesome receipt share continues through December 2! In-person and online - just mention Lee Elementary when you check out!

  • 20% of proceeds (in-person)

  • 15% of proceeds (online)




 

Principal's Coffee

This is always a great chance to ask questions and learn more of inter workings of the school community directly from the Lee leadership team, led by Principal Sileo.


At today's meeting there was discussion about Celebrations! and the recent ticketing process announcement as well as some thoughtful questions from our caregivers.


How you can help:

  • Submit your Celebrations preference form by December 8th even if you plan NOT to attend. This will help tremendously in organizing & planning for the event.

  • The administration might send out calls for volunteers for a few things in the coming weeks so keep an eye out for those.

  • The PTA Appreciation team plans to provide dinner for the teachers / school staff helping to produce the show so we might also put out a call for a few small items to round out the meal.

  • Be kind to everyone in our Roadrunner community! There's a lot going on this month but we're also thrilled to see the return of such an iconic part of Lee history!


 

Thanks for reading this week's Roadrunner Rundown. As always feel free to share your comments or feature suggestions with Clarissa at communications@russellleepta.org.



 


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