Lee School Glossary

The mission of Lee Expressive Arts Elementary School is to promote learning through the arts.  Students, teachers, and parents work together as a diverse community to support high expectations and achievement for all students.  Some of the events and common terms you’ll hear about at Lee are listed below.  If you would like more information or to volunteer please contact Lee PTA.


  • Curriculum Night – A community picnic and opportunity to learn about the school’s curriculum
  • T-Shirt Silk Screening – All students silk screen their school t-shirts with a design created by fifth grade.
  • Tie-Dye Day – Students tie-dye the shirts they previously silk-screened. Students often wear their tie-dye shirts on field trips.
  • Read-a-thon – A week-long celebration of reading at home and at school during which students raise money for the school through pledges and donations for reading.
  • Literacy Night – In conjunction with Read-a-thon, the school hosts Literacy Night. Students may bring in gently used books and exchange them for others. Student Council sells pizza to raise money for school activities.
  • One Read – Each year, a new book is selected for the One Read program for all students to read and discuss.
  • Fall Festival – Instead of a traditional Halloween celebration, students enjoy a day of exploring and celebrating history, the arts, science, storytelling, and physical education. Each year the theme is related to the school’s One Read book. The day begins with a pep rally and short parade through downtown Columbia led by Marching Mizzou. The rest of the day is spent rotating through stations provided by our Partners in Education.
  • Silent Film / Silent Art Auction – The school’s largest fundraiser, featuring a live orchestra that accompanies silent films and the sale of local and collaborative Lee student art.
  • Book Fair – Scholastic brings two week-long book fairs to Lee that provide families with an affordable selection of high interest book and raises money for our library programs such as our annual One Read.
  • All-School Art Shows – These events give Lee students the opportunity to see their art displayed in a public venue. Scheduled throughout the year, Lee student art is displayed at Artrageous Friday events, in the KOPN radio station, in downtown business windows, at Ragtag/Uprise and at the Columbia Public Schools Board Office.
  • Ice Cream Social – A free end-of-the-year family event with ice cream.


  • Slow Food – As part of the national Slow Food in Schools program, the Lee PTA is committed to creating meaningful relationships between young people and food “by placing an emphasis on hands-on experiences, community interaction, and the pleasures of the table.” Lee third-grade students connect with local farmers through field trips, gardening, classroom visits by farmers, and cooking and eating local foods.
  • Reflections – The National PTA Reflections Program is an arts recognition and achievement program for students. The Reflections Program provides opportunities for all Lee students to express themselves creatively and to receive positive recognition for original works of art inspired by a pre-selected theme, while increasing community awareness on the importance of the arts in education. Student works can be in dance, visual arts, music, film, photography, and/or literature. All students’ works are recognized.
  • Teacher Appreciation – Celebrating our teachers for the work they do for our children with food and activities.
  • Classroom Teacher Support – Providing support for our classroom teachers—from helping in the classroom to helping from home.
  • Art, Music, and Library Support – Providing support to our art, music, and library programs at school and in performances and exhibits.
  • Partner Fundraising – Raise money for the school when you shop at Schnucks and Target, or by saving Box Tops.
  • Grant Writing – Research and apply for grants that could benefit our students and the school community.
  • Green Team – Student and parent/volunteer activities that educate students about sustainability through gardening, habitat building, recycling, and composting with ties to the curriculum.


  • Autonomous School Board (ASB) – The Lee Expressive Arts Elementary Autonomous School Board’s mission is to offer guidance and leadership to the Lee learning community, ensuring the success of Lee Expressive Arts Elementary as an Autonomous School and, most importantly, the success of every Lee student.
  • Specials – Specials refers to the art, music, physical education, media, and dance and movement classes that students attend on a rotating basis.
  • EEE – Identified students in grades 1-5 attend the Center for Gifted Education one day per week for interdisciplinary classes that are differentiated for their special learning needs.
  • ELL – English Language Learners. District program to improve a student’s ability to speak and understand the English language.
  • PIE – Partner In Education. Lee has many Partners in Education that provide support for the school and its activities through a mutual sharing of resources.
  • Adventure Club – The University of Missouri provides Adventure Club as an option for before and after school care at Lee School.