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Roadrunner Rundown | Week 22



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Weekly updates

Expect to see Lee Live graphics everywhere between now and March 2nd because as of tomorrow we'll officially start our 4 weeks countdown!


Principal's Coffee: It was great to see so many of you at this morning's Principal's Coffee which doubled as an impromptu PTA meeting.


Principal Sileo gave a brief update on upcoming events which included STAAR practice tests in February and STAAR testing in March. Vice Principal Ridgeway will lead the March Principal's Coffee with a discussion focusing on April's STAAR testing.




2024 PTA Meetings: We have three upcoming PTA membership meetings where your participation is also critical. In March we'll need folks to join the nominations committee. In April, the Exec Board members will be elected and in May, the PTA membership will vote on the new Exec Board's proposed budget for the 2024-2025 academic year.


Spring meeting schedule: See the full list below.




Lee Live budget: Thank you to everyone who voted to pass the budget amendment which increased the Lee Live budget to $19,000. The approved budget amendment will go a long way towards ensuring Lee Live will be a night to remember! Scroll down to see the amazing bands the Lee Live team has booked and don't forget to buy your ticket!


March 2, 2024 @ the Austin Public Library (Central Branch) | 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm | TICKETS




Russell Lee Photography Webinar: If you missed yesterday's webinar, “One of the Best States of All”: Russell Lee’s Photographs of Texas, 1939-1959, you can watch it here.



 

Black History Month



National Black History Month is a time to honor and celebrate contributions and legacy of Black Americans to our country.

AISD has several events schedule to honor Black History Month as well as special BLEND course for students. See the full list here.



Learn more about Black History month:





 


School Counselor Appreciation Week


Mr. Peckham, Thank you for all that you do to help every Roadrunner succeed both inside and outside Lee!! We appreciate you everyday!

February 5-9, 2024 | This week and every week, we're honored to have Mr. Peckham working with and supporting our Roadrunners at Lee.











 

Countdown to Lee live!



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

Ticket sales now open! Purchase here before they sell out.


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

6:00 pm - 11:00 pm



Step into a world of vintage glamour inspired by 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 from Eagle Eye Williamson and the Talking Heads cover band HeartByrne, and savor sumptuous Vik and Al’s cajun cuisine 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 (but leave your weapons at home), choose your favorite Clue character to emulate, dress in a grade-level color, add a single piece of colorful flair to your regular attire, or simply come as you are. 


Grade-level colors: Kindergarten: Noir; 1st Grade: Peacock Blue; 2nd Grade: Mustard Yellow; 3rd Grade: Scarlet Red; 4th Grade: Verde; 5th Grade: Plum Purple; 6th Grade: Blanc


 


Nominate Lee Staff until Feb 9th!



Submit your Salute Awards Nominations today!

We have the opportunity to highlight our amazing staff through the district's Salute Award. This award is designed to recognize some of the district’s outstanding team members for their continued dedication to student excellence and achievement in our schools.


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.See below for the members of our Lee Community and feel free to nominate anyone who has particularly touched your family and honor them for their outstanding dedication. 


  • Campus Clerical/Office Staff of the Year- Erica Sanchez, Kerry Hull, 

  • Teaching Assistant of the Year- Dani Monahan, Porsha Shores, Kim Penson

  • Custodian of the Year- Veronica Ramirez, David Morales, Enrique Salazar

  • Food Service Staff of the Year- Loren Wyatt, Claudia Valencia

  • Librarian of the Year- Jenny Day

  • Counselor of the Year- Aaron Peckham

  • Assistant Principal of the Year- Chandria Ridgeway

  • Principal of the Year- Caitlin Sileo

Nominations will close Friday, February 9 at 5pm.




 

Lost & Found Weekly Photos


Please remember to label your Roadrunner's personal items!


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.


 

STAAR Practice Test Schedule


See upcoming STAAR testing information below. Details and updates will be provided by the Lee Administration & Teachers as needed.


TEA Required Stand-Alone Field Test:

  • Monday February 5th: 4th and 6th grade only, ELA


STAAR Interim Assessments: Practice Test Opportunities 


  • Wednesday: February 7th 5th/6th ELA

  • Thursday: February 8th 3rd/4th ELA

  • Tuesday: February 13th 3rd/4th Math, 5th Science

  • Tuesday: February 20th 5th/6th Math 

  • Make-Up: dates as needed 





 


Call for Volunteers! We Need your help!


Photography Exhibit

We need 3-4 people to help us take down the framed photographs that have been on display as part of the Russell Lee Photography exhibit.


DATE: February 9th approx 10:00 AM.


To volunteer, email Emily Hermans emilyphermans@gmail.com




Lee Live Donations Committee


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! 







CAREER WEEK 2024


Seeking speakers for Lee Career Week! Mr. Peckham will work with you regarding your availability and interest in speaking to one or multiple classes to suit your preferences. All careers are welcome! Please spread the word among your community.






 

Yearbooks for Sale! + Call for Art!



Place your order for this year’s Lee Elementary Yearbook here! Yearbooks will arrive to Lee in May. If you’d like your child’s artwork to be a part of this year’s book, please submit a high res image to our historian’s email. historian@russellleepta.org






 

Lee Calendar

Swipe for February Calendar! (Note, there are two versions for folks who do or do not want to see the STAAR practice dates on the monthly calendar)




Spring 2024 PTA Meetings 

  • Mar 19 | PTA Membership Meeting (Nomination Committee Formation)

  • Apr 16 | PTA Membership Meeting (Elections PTA Exec Board)

  • May 14 | PTA Membership Meeting (PTA 24-25 Budget Vote)




 

Feb 5-9 | School Counselor Appreciation Wk




School Counselor Appreciation week

February 5-9, 2024














 

Feb 8 | 5th Grade Program

"Find Your Rhythm" This is the 2nd year of this exciting percussion show!




 

February 9 | NO SCHOOL - Spring Conference Date

Teachers will begin sending information about this soon.


 

Feb 14 | Valentine's Day Parties

Keep an eye out for communication from Room Reps about Valentine's Day Parties. Caregivers will be asked to help contribute by bringing in snacks or volunteering at the event.





 

Feb 22 | 1st Grade Program

A program on social and emotional learning (SEL)



 

March 2 | Lee Live



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

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





 

Mar 7 | 4th Grade Program

A program on Texas History




 

Local Community Events / Opportunities


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.




 

Feb 24 | STEM Girl Day At UT Austin



Elementary and middle school students, families, and educators are invited to join us for FREE hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fun on Saturday, February 24, 2024, from 11:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. CT on The University of Texas at Austin campus.



All participants must be registered and must be accompanied by an adult throughout the event. Registration remains open throughout the event date.



 

AISD is holding auditions for the 2024 Summer Theater Series!



Calling all actors, singers, dancers, musicians and technicians! The Austin ISD 2024 Summer Theatre Series auditions are open Feb. 1 through March 18. 



 



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 or online here. Join or caregiver Facebook group!






 


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