Roadrunner Times - END OF YEAR INFO

May 13, 2021

Mark Your Calendar

May 18 - PTA Membership Meeting

May 18 - Spirit Night at McDonald's - Allen Heights-Bethany


May 20 - Recognition of Class of 2021 Senior Rountree Alums & Parents

May 21 - Last Day of School - Early Release

***Friday, May 21st - Change in School Dismissal Times***

School dismissal for Friday, May 21st, is as follows:



K-6 will be dismissed at 12pm. Please make arrangements for any changes in dismissal by calling the front office at 972.727.0550.

Allen ISD has designated four early release days for students during the 2020-21 academic school year. On early release days, the Prekindergarten Program will operate on a modified schedule offering instruction only during the timeframe of 7:35 am - 10:35 am. To accommodate a balance in instruction for both the morning and afternoon sessions, two of the four district half days have been designated for each session to attend classes. The modified instructional schedule on early release days is outlined below:

If your child regularly attends the Afternoon (PM) Session of ECSE or Prekindergarten, then he/she will attend school using the instructional schedule below on early release days:

Early Release Days

Prekindergarten Students in the Afternoon Session

Friday, May 21

No School / Student Holiday

Therefore, if your student attends the afternoon classes, his/her last day of school will be the afternoon of Thursday, May 20.

Field Day is Coming on Wednesday - GO RED!

On Wednesday May 19, 2021 we will be having our Field Day here at Rountree Elementary. It will be an exciting day full of fun and entertainment! This year will be slightly different than past years with there being no water events, so there is no need to worry about sending your student to school with extra clothes or a swimsuit. It is recommended for your student to wear comfortable clothing and athletic shoes, and bring a water bottle with them to school on Field Day. We are looking forward to enjoying a safe, fun event!

Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you!!

Dylan Martin

PE Coach

Let's Celebrate our 6th Graders as They Get Promoted & Celebrate our Rountree Alums as they Graduate!

Parents of Seniors:

For our Class of 2021 Rountree Alums/Graduating Seniors, information has been shared with your Senior. Mark your calendar for Thursday, May 20th, from 1:30-2:30pm. We hope you can join us!

Parents of 6th Graders:

Be on the lookout for more information from your student's 6th grade Teacher. The event will take place on Friday, May 21st.

The Process of Planning Classes for 2021-2022

It is hard to believe we are coming to the end of the year! We are already in the process of looking ahead towards 2021-2022 and making plans for next school year. With each new grade level, parents naturally begin to wonder about class assignments. Therefore, I feel it is important to share with you the process, timeline, and details that will take place to organize class lists for next year. Putting together class lists is an extremely challenging and time consuming task for our teachers. Each student’s needs are analyzed and considered prior to determining the most suitable learning assignment. Each child is different and has a unique set of needs. Therefore, it is imperative for us to balance those needs in order for teachers to be able to effectively meet the needs of each student. To balance groups of students for instructional success, our teachers use the following criteria:

    • Balance of students in academic programs (AIM, ESL, SSI, DT, SPED, ARI/AMI)
    • Instructional environment
    • Learning styles and/or needs
    • Equal division of boys and girls
    • Social needs (friends)
    • Personality of students

As you can see, a lot of details are considered in order to create balanced classes and provide an optimum learning environment for each student. This process requires a great deal of collaboration and planning among team members, including support staff. In my experience, I have found that adding teacher requests hinders the opportunity of balanced classes and poses challenges in regards to scheduling and meeting individual student needs. If your child has a unique need and you feel they would benefit from a particular type of learning environment that the current teacher would be unaware of, feel free to submit that in writing (email at works the best!) to me no later than Thursday, May 13th. My hope is you will put your trust in this process and know your child’s teacher cares for your child, knows his/her needs, and will group them according to what will foster success and happiness next year. I assure you we will be diligent in our efforts to provide an effective, nurturing learning environment that will facilitate academic excellence. As always, thank you for sharing your child with us!

Lara Utecht


Rountree Elementary


Thank you for your support so far!
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Social Emotional Learning - Enjoy.

Yes, the end of the year is in sight. Please don’t forget to enjoy the little moments. Sometimes we are so focused on, “I can’t wait until…,” that we forget to enjoy the present. Don’t wish your days away. We don’t get them back.

CAR TAGS & DRIVER'S LICENSE: Safe & Swift Service

Rountree Family,

Thank you for keeping your car tags visible and your driver's license readily accessible in the dismissal car line. This helps us to ensure the safest and swiftest service for your child's dismissal.

Thank you!

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Final PTA Membership Meeting of the Year!

Rountree PTA will be having our final membership meeting of the school year on Tuesday, May 18th at 4:30 on Zoom! You must be a Rountree PTA member to attend. You can register for this meeting at the link below. Please register by May15th so we have time to verify your membership. We would love to see you there to close out the year!


Important Information for Parents & Families of English Learners

Allen ISD Parents & Families of English Learners,

Our English Learner Support team would like to share tips, tools, and strategies to help you support your child attain English proficiency and develop high levels of academic achievement. Please take a minute to explore the newsletter below!

Parents & Families of English Learners Newsletter


Beginning Monday, April 19th all in-person learners will keep their school issued Chromebook at school, eliminating the need to carry them back and forth to school each day. Their issued Chromebook and charger will be placed in their classroom cart for storage and charging purposes each evening. Students will continue to have access to their Chromebooks for in class use throughout the remainder of the semester. Please have your child return their Chromebook and Lenovo Charger to their homeroom teacher to be checked in.

**Additional information regarding device pick up for our at-home learners will be shared at a later date and time.​​**​​

UPDATED REMINDERS: Vaccinations needed for the upcoming School Year 2021-2022 & Medication Pick-up

For those students who are 4 years old, please make sure to have their 4 year old vaccinations (DTAP, Polio, MMR, and Varicella) completed and provided to the School Nurse.

For all of those students going to 7th grade, please get Meningococcal (MCV) and Tdap vaccines and once done, provide the completed vaccination records to the school nurse.

Parents, please pick up medication in the clinic by Friday, 5/21/21.

Tallenette Jr. Clinic Registration is Open - See Promotional Video

Registration is now open for the Tallenettes Summer Jr Clinic!

If your student is interested in the upcoming Tallenette Jr. Clinic, please check out this promotional video to learn more -

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Character Trail for May: Responsibility

Character Trait of the Month

May - Responsibility

During May, Rountree teachers will be looking for students who demonstrate Responsibility. This looks like picking up after yourself and taking care of what needs to be done without being told. Responsibility sounds like, "I did do that, and I shouldn't have,"-- not blaming others.

We are so proud of our Rountree Roadrunners! Don’t Forget-- each month, we will recognize and reward these positive behaviors we are seeing at Rountree.

It's Time for 2021-2022 Kindergarten Enrollment!

If any siblings are ready for Kindergarten in the Fall, enrollment is open. Please visit or contact Teresa Gaona, Rountree PEIMS Specialist, if you have any questions - 972.727.0550.

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Looking for Summer Employment - Check out Allen ISD!

AISD Facilities and Maintenance Department needs Temporary Summer Help

· Must be at least 16 years old

· College Students welcome

· Guaranteed 40 hours per week

· Need 12-15 people

o Don’t mind getting dirty

o Have worked with hand tools

o Aren’t afraid of heights

o Will promptly show up at 6:00 am ready to work

Education through Diversity

Ethiopian runner Abebe Bikila was the East African to win a marathon in 1960 and first black African Olympic gold medalist. He did it all barefooted, because his new shoes hurt his feet. He was also the first Olympian to win the marathon consecutively in 1964, his second gold medal.

Anthony Nesty is a former competition swimmer from Suriname who was an Olympic gold medalist in the 100-metre butterfly event in 1988. Before these Olympics, he’d won many medals in international competitions, but was virtually unknown. He is one of the first black athletes to medal in swimming!

Setting Boundaries

Don’t forget to set boundaries for yourself.

The end of the year is difficult.

Remember your “Circle of Control” and let the rest go. You can do it!

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It's Jr. Police Academy Enrollment Time!

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