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Roadrunner Rundown | Week 20

Updated: Jan 20



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Russell Lee Photography Exhibit


You're Invited: Russell Lee photography Exhibit Fami-Lee & Community Day

January 20 | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

This exhibit will feature dozens of Russell Lee photographs from 1935-1977 on loan from Humanities Texas. 


Gallery Guide: This event is for all ages! Upon arrival, you'll receive an 8-page gallery guide full of interactive activities to complete as you tour the school. 


Additional Activities: Ms. Day and Ms. Wilborn have several fun activities planned--including drawing from a photo, perusing books about Russell Lee and photography, a photography board game, some old-fashioned Viewmasters and reels, photography trading cards, and more! Please help out wherever they need it and also help with straightening up materials and encouraging families to engage with the activities.

Webinar: Russell Lee Photography

February 1 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Author Mary Jane Appel will present a free webinar for the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission titled “One of the Best States of All: Russell Lee’s Photographs of Texas, 1939-1959.” Please register in advance. The webinar will be recorded and all are invited to attend.


This program is supported by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed  do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Thank you to Emily Hermans, Lee Parent, for taking the initiative to propose this amazing opportunity and then making all the necessary arrangements for us to host this timeless collection!


Interested in helping the day of the exhibit? Sign up here: https://www.parentsquare.com/feeds/28013242 or email Emily Hermans at emilyphermans@gmail.com


 

Enrichment After School Clubs start next week!



PTA Enrichment after school clubs begin the week of January 22nd! (Yoga k-2 starts 1/31)


Club schedules viewable here: www.russellleepta.org/enrichment-1


Note, most clubs are full but you can email enrichment@russellleepta.org to request to join a waitlist.


** If your student will not be participating in the club that they were accepted into, please E-mail Simone at enrichment@russellleepta.org as soon as possible to let her know so that we can open up that slot for someone else.


$50 per semester donation for each non-vendor club

Please also remember we are asking for a $50 per semester donation for each non-vendor club enrollment, along with the option to sponsor another student. CLICK HERE These clubs are offered despite your ability to donate so please don't let cost deter you from signing up. This donation will allow us to continue to offer a sustainable and robust enrichment program for our community. 






 

Nominate Lee Staff for Salute Awards!



Submit your Salute Awards Nominations today!

Salute is AISD’s annual celebration to recognize some of the district’s outstanding team members for their continued dedication to student excellence and achievement in our schools.

Big news! For 2024, we're expanding our Salute Awards and recognizing campus staff in TEN categories! District employees, students, families, and the community are invited to submit a nomination for staff members they believe represent the very best of AISD in the following categories:


  • Campus Clerical/Office Staff of the Year

  • Teaching Assistant of the Year

  • Custodian of the Year

  • Bus Driver of the Year

  • Food Service Staff of the Year

  • Campus Safety & Security Staff of the Year

  • Librarian of the Year

  • Counselor of the Year

  • Assistant Principal of the Year

  • Principal of the Year


Your nominees will have the option to continue in the award process! The winners will be celebrated at our Salute Awards ceremony on May 8th, where we will also honor Teachers of Promise and Teachers of the Year.

Nominations will close Friday, February 9 at 5pm.




 

Lost & Found Weekly Photos


Please help the Lost and Found team reunite your belongings with your children by labeling all their clothing, water bottles and lunchboxes.


Lost & Found will donate any unclaimed items every 2 weeks!



Email lostandfound@russellleepta.org. with questions.


REMINDER: L&F items are posted in the Lee Facebook group frequently.



 


Enroll in 2024-2025 School Year!


Every student must be registered for the 2024-2025 school year! There is a new system, Enroll Austin, which can be found in your Parent Portal Account.


Registering early also helps the school begin to plan for staffing and facilities needs.



QUESTIONS about the process? Email Kerry Hull Kerry.Hull@austinisd.org



 

Call for Volunteers! We Need your help!


Lee Live Art Projects for Auction

We are currently looking for volunteers to help us create the stunning class and grade-level Lee Live Art that we will auction as part of our annual fundraiser. We need a grade-level lead for K, 4, 5, 6 -- and helpers at every grade level. K-2 will create similar pieces for each class and grades 3-6 will create one piece per grade level. 


Time commitments on this can be as little as an hour (more for the lead, though the level of effort/complexity of the project is up to you!). We have a small budget for each class/grade for supplies and framing. Lee Live will be March 2nd this year and it would be wonderful to have all of the art ready for the auction by February 23rd. If you're interested, please contact Emma Woelk at arts@russellleepta.org. Thank you!



Seeking volunteers to support our Lee Live committee solicit donations from the community. We will provide you with all of the resources you will need- we just need your time and willingness to reach out behalf of our Lee community! email leelive@russellleepta.org.




 

Lee Live: A Clue-Inspired Night of Elegance and Enigma | March 2nd


Lee Live 2024 is around the corner. We know you guys do so much already, but if you have it in you to donate a grade-level, teacher, PTA, caregiver, or staff experience, we would be incredibly appreciative. Our goal this year is to raise 70K (yikes!) so anything goes a long way. If you are inclined to donate an experience (e.g., mini-field trip, Airbnb weekend, etc.), please fill out the survey below so we can put it on the auction website and get this party started. Auction bidding begins Saturday, March 2nd for Lee Live 2024 (Austin Public Library). The theme is vintage Clue (no murders, though; just the mystery of whether or not we will raise the funds – which we will, in the library, as a group!).


Also, other info in case you like having info in advance ;)  Lee Live 2024 website for tickets and auction website.



Grade-Level Clue Colors:


  • Kindergarten: Noir 

  • 1st Grade: Peacock Blue

  • 2nd Grade: Mustard Yellow

  • 3rd Grade: Scarlet Red

  • 4th Grade: Verde 

  • 5th Grade: Plum Purple





 

Lee Calendar

Swipe for the calendar back page!





 


January 20 | Russell Lee photography Exhibit Family & Community Day




On Saturday, January 20, Lee Elementary families, friends, and community members are invited to the Russell Lee Photography Fami-Lee Day, which will include activities for engaging directly with Lee’s photographs. The photos are on display around the school, with most of the Lee collection downstairs and most of the Humanities Texas exhibit upstairs.





 

January 20 | Science Fair Saturday w/Ms. Price


(3rd-6th) - 12-2pm @Ms. Price's Class

***updated time***

You've done your project, but want someone to look it over to see if you've missed anything? Bring your boards for final review!


 

January 23 | CAC Meeting


3:30 PM - 4:30 PM @ Lee Library


A total of eight meetings held throughout year, on a variety of topics including school improvement goals and planning. Members may apply to serve on council and all meetings are open to the public.


Membership applications can be found here: https://www.austinisd.org/advisory-bodies/cac/application 


Questions can be sent to Principal Sileo caitlin.sileo@austinisd.org 


 

January 23 | Celebration of Science


4-6PM @ Lee Gym - all are welcome!



Families are encouraged to attend even if your Roadrunner is not participating so that they can get an idea of what the typical expectations are for this type of event!


 

January 31 | 6th Grade Info Session


6PM @ Zoom


6th Grade Leadership Institute information session plus a Q&A













 

February 1 | 5th Grade Program


Percussion based ensemble show


 

February 1 | Webinar Russell Lee Photography


6:00 PM - 7:30 PM


Author Mary Jane Appel will present a free webinar for the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission titled “One of the Best States of All: Russell Lee’s Photographs of Texas, 1939-1959.” Please register in advance. The webinar will be recorded and all are invited to attend.

 

February 2 | Black History Laser Tribute


This event is sponsored by the PTA in honor of Black history month


9:00 - 9:40 AM (K-2)

10:30 AM - 11:10 AM (3-6)


Caregivers welcome to attend! More details to come!



 

February 2 | Dragon Dance for Lunar New year


Students only


 

February 9 | NO SCHOOL - Spring Conference Date


Teachers will begin sending information about this soon.


 

March 2 | Lee Live




Lee Live: A Clue-Inspired Night of Elegance and Enigma

Saturday, March 2, 2024 @ the Austin Public Library (Central Branch)


Step into a world of vintage glamour based on the classic board game and film Clue. Our annual spring fundraiser, Lee Live, invites you to delve into a night filled with thrilling twists and turns as you engage in a live auction, sway to live music that echoes through the library walls, and savor sumptuous food that would delight even the most discerning guests of Mr. Boddy.


As a member of our esteemed Lee community—current, future, and past caregivers, and ardent supporters—you are key to helping us meet our fundraising goals. The mystery lies in whether or not we will collaboratively succeed. Which we will! In the library as a group!


So join us! Let’s mingle and conspire over cocktails, ponder over silent auction items, and engage in spirited bidding. Funds raised are instrumental in providing our students with the essentials for academic success—classroom supplies, instructional materials, classroom enhancements, and enriching programs that foster creativity, problem-solving, and critical thinking. So, don your detective hats, choose your favorite Clue character to emulate, dress in a grade-level color, or simply come as you are. 


 

Local Community Events


Jan 20 | Free 5k, Kids Mile, & Walk



Date: Saturday, Jan. 20th


Location: 

Texas Children's Hospital North Austin Campus

9835 North Lake Creek Parkway

Austin, TX US 78717


Event Schedule:

10:15 am: Health & Wellness Village Opens11:00 am: 5K Run/Walk Begins 12:45 pm: Kids K Begins1:15 pm: Kids Bike Ride Begins 2:00 pm: Event Concludes




 

Jan 27 | MLK Community Festival


11:00 AM - 3:30 PM @ Huston-Tillotson University



The festival will include all types of vendors and local musical artists to make this year’s celebration the best ever! A vendor application can be downloaded for those interested in purchasing booth space. For questions and information, please contact Carol Wright by email at carol_wright@att.net.



 


Feb 1-Feb 3 | High School Musical Jr. by Lamar Middle School



Show location: McCallum Arts Center


Disney's smash hit movie musical comes to life on the Lamar Middle School's stage. Troy, Gabriella, and the students of East Elm High must deal with issues of first love, friends and family while balancing the classes & extracurricular activities.




 

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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