Kleb Intermediate

Edition 6: October 13, 2020

Hello Bearcub families,


Happy Monday afternoon! We hope that everyone enjoyed some time with their families this weekend and got some well deserved rest. Even though this will be a short four day week for us, we know that it will be a busy one as we wrap up our sixth week at school!


This week marks our second academic progress measure as our first eligibility progress report is this Friday. This means that our students who participate in a UIL activity can become ineligible if they are not passing a course with a 70 or higher. Our staff is working hard to communicate our student's academic progress and help support them in completing any missing work. We are asking our parents to help with this endeavor by reviewing with your student their grades and work to determine if they need to attend tutoring during den this week or submit any missing work. This is a great study skill for our middle schoolers to develop and will be invaluable as they progress through middle school and into high school. Parents we are also asking for your understanding that we will need at least twenty-four hours in some cases to respond to your calls or emails as we work to assist students. We appreciate your patience as our middle school teachers juggle up to 165 students and we are working hard to provide support to all of our Bearcubs.



We are looking forward to another fabulous week and as always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to our staff.


~Kleb Intermediate Administration

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Kleb Kudos!

Great job to our athletes this past week as we kicked off our football and volleyball games! It was so great to see our players, coaches, and cheerleaders in action at the big stadium and in the Kleb gym. Our Bearcubs did a great job displaying our CUB traits both on & off the field/court. We are so proud of you and can't wait to watch our talented Bearcubs this week!
Our PBIS Staff parking sign is up! Our amazing staff works so hard every week supporting our students and each other. We can't wait to celebrate them with some well deserved front row parking as a kudos for a job well done. This week's winner: Mrs. Amy Parker
Finally kudos goes to our online students that participated in our online student panel during den. We loved getting to see some of our online students and find out what is working well for you online and what changes we need to make. We loved your insight and are so proud of your progress this year. Thanks, Bearcubs!

Tips & Reminders to Prepare for Week 5:

Weekly Emailed Progress Reports:

Our staff members will be sending out emailed progress reports again this week. Please note that these grades reflect the student's current average in their courses as sometimes there is a variance between Skyward and Schoology, as there are typically additional assignment in Schoology that may not be taken as a grade.


Students will continue to have opportunities in den to complete any work or visit a teacher for additional tutoring through Zoom or in person. Teachers will also continue to have Zoom tutoring options available before and after school to support students.


We appreciate everyone's support this year in helping us grow our Bearcubs academically.

Klein Online: Library Book Pick-Up Change

  1. Fill out the Curbside Request Form

  2. Call or email Mrs. Vaughan at 832-249-5534 or to arrange a day and time to pick up/ drop off books.

  3. Someone from your family should come to Kleb to pickup your books at your scheduled time.

  4. Questions? Email Mrs. Vaughan at avaughan1@kleinisd.net

Kleb PTO

Be sure to check out the PTO corner at the bottom of the newsletter for their upcoming virtual meeting and our first spirit night of the year at Gringo's!


  • Join us at Gringo’s at the corner of Cypresswood and Stuebner Airline for our first Spirit Day of the year. Kleb PTO will receive 20% of your total bill when you present the attached flyer on Monday, October 18th from 11:00 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. This applies to take-out orders as well as dine-in orders. We look forward to seeing our Bearcubs there!

Final Week of MAP testing

This week we will wrap up MAP testing for any student that may have missed a test in Science, Reading, or Math.

BearCUBs of the Week for October 5th

Student Information

Online Testing Guidelines

Now that school is underway, we wanted to make sure that everyone was aware of our testing day expectations for our online students. Students testing online will need to:


  • Be present on Zoom at the time of the class to take the test and remain in class the entire period. If a student is not present online during the class on test day, they will have to arrange a time with the teacher to take a make-up test. If all testing opportunities are missed, then a zero would be recorded in the grade book for that test.
  • Have their cameras on with the student's face in view. Students must have their cameras on the entire time they are testing. If not, teachers will give the students reminders to turn it on before exiting them from the Zoom. Students that begin the test and then turn off their cameras or leave may cause their test to become invalidated.
  • Ensure their testing environment is free from distractions and communicate with their teacher if they are having any issues.


Our campus will work hard to ensure that all major grade testing is communicated well in advance, but we wanted to make families aware of the testing guidelines for this year.

Zoom Participation Guidelines:

In order to help support our students more effectively and manage our Zoom/Online classrooms, we have implemented the following guidelines that will be required in order to participate in Zoom.


  • Students need to follow the dress code when online with their teacher and/or classmates
  • Students will need to make sure to use their first and last name as their screen name in order to be let in from the waiting room
  • Students will need to leave their cameras on for the entire time while in the Zoom session unless there are extenuating circumstances that does not allow them to do so. If those circumstances exist, then the student or parent needs to contact their teacher to let them know.
  • Students may use the Chat feature for topics related to the lesson or to communicate with the teacher.

  • Students need to be participating in a conducive work environment, for example, students should not be Zooming in from a vehicle.



Parents, please note, that our Zooms are considered part of our classrooms. Our campus is diligently working to create a cohesive classroom environment and provide our online students an opportunity to engage with both the teacher and other students. If you need to contact one of our staff members for questions or support, we ask that you email or call them so that they can reach out and address any issues.

KOL Student Tech Support for this week:

Updated Tech Support for this week: For our online students, we have added a Kleb Tech Support Form to our Website for all software tech issues such as Schoology, Skyward, and Zoom. The form will link to each grade level office so we can direct your response to the proper channels to get you support. Click here to access the form. On campus students can continue to visit our repair center during school hours for both hardware and software issues.


New Device Pick-Up for our online students will be on Monday & Friday of this week from 7:30-8:00 am as drive through help in the bus parking lot on the cafeteria side of the school.


Hardware Tech Support such as repairs to keyboards, screens, cameras, etc. for our online students will be on Monday & Friday of this week from 7:30-8:00 am as drive through help in the bus parking lot on the cafeteria side of the school.

Campus Sporting Events

This semester will begin hosting Volleyball and Football games on our campus and at the Klein High Stadium. However, this year's sporting events will have to run differently than in years past in order to meet the UIL mandated safety guidelines for our players and attendees.


With the games beginning soon, we wanted to share spectator information that applies to both the games held on campus and at the high school stadium. With limited capacity rules and following Klein's guidelines for all Intermediate campuses, we will be restricting our spectators to our participants/athletes, the parents, grandparents, & siblings of the athletes, and the season pass holders. We are limiting our spectators in an effort to ensure that family members have an opportunity to watch their student's play. Spectators must present their pre-paid pass or gold card at the entry gate for each game to order to enter. A limited number of tickets will also be available for family members to purchase at the game but on a first come, first serve basis. Families will be required to sit together and socially distance themselves from other families. There will also be some special procedures for spectators at the on campus facilitates.


Please note, all spectators must wear a mask for the entirety of time, whether at the gym or outside stadium. We appreciate everyone following this rule so we can continue to hold games!


We understand this is a big change from year's past and will continue to reevaluate our process throughout the season. We will look for opportunities to be able to invite students and other community members to the games once we are able to accommodate everyone safely or there is an adjustment to the Intermediate campus guidelines.


Once again, we appreciate your understanding as we work to create opportunities for our students and families to participate in sporting events.

Parent Information

Food Services: Klein2Go Meals & Applying for Free/Reduced Lunches

Thanks to recent approval from USDA, Klein ISD Nutrition and Food Services will provide meals to all children 18 and under free of charge, through December! Click on the link below to find out more information about Klein2Go for our online students.

Paypams (lunch accounts): https://paypams.com/


Klein ISD Nutrition and Food Services Launches Klein2Go Meals


Families that need to apply for free or reduced lunches, please take a moment to visit the following website to complete the application. (Full price lunches will begin again after December)

https://kleinisd.net/district/facility___school_services/nutrition_and_food_services

Campus Visitors

  • The campus will continue to encourage all meetings to take place virtually, however, if face to face meetings are needed, we will be implementing the following procedures.

  • All visitors will be required to complete a health screening form and wear a mask while on campus.

  • Visitors should check-in the front office and present their ID to be scanned so a campus ID badge can be created.

  • Once checked in, visitors should remain in the front office until staff has confirmed that the visitors destination has safety measures in place.

  • At this time, parents/guardians will not be allowed to visit students in the cafeteria nor bring lunch deliveries, until further notice.

No Deliveries, Please

Please note that our campus is not accepting deliveries at this time for our staff or students. If a student forgets their lunch they are currently able to eat for free through December in the cafeteria. After December,, they would be able to charge a meal to their account. Thank you for your understanding.

Live School is going Great!

Liveschool is a website and app that allows us to reward our students for positive behavior. Liveschool will replace the CUB Cards and Cub Wristbands that our students earned in the previous years. Students will be rewarded points for following our Virtual and On-Campus CUB Behavior Matrix. Students will be able to use their points to enter to win raffles and rewards throughout the school year.


  1. Ask your student to login to their student account.

  2. Click the upper right hand corner and select “add a parent”

  3. Visit Parent Liveschool and enter the code provided for your student.

  4. View the Parent Guide for additional information. *This will help if you have multiple children at Kleb!


If you are unable to gain access to view your child's account, please fill out the following form.


How can parents help?

Each week we rely on donations to help fund our gift card rewards. If you would like to donate a $10-$50 gift card to a local store or restaurant you can drop off your donation in the front office, have your student drop it by the 8th grade office, or hand it to Mrs. Lammers in the car rider pickup line. Thank you for all your support!

COVID-19 Notification

We wanted to make everyone aware of a notification button that has been added to our website. If you need to inform us that your student has tested positive for COVID-19, please note the following steps:

1.Visit the Kleb Intermediate Homepage and click on the red Keep Klein Safe Button at the top.

2.Then click on the purple COVID-19 button also found at the top. (Linked below as well)

3.Finally click on the report COVID-19 button and complete the form prompts. A Kleb staff member will be in contact with you after completion.

Car Rider Pickup:

Kleb administration is working along side our Klein PD to make pickup a safe and quick process for both students and parents. We ask that all parents that arrive before 4:15pm park in a parking spot in the lot behind Kleb. If you are picking up a student after 4:15pm, please pull forward and form a single line. Please note that students will no longer be allowed to walk down the row of cars to get into their vehicle. All students should cross with the adult holding the stop sign. Thank you for your patience and help.

Campus Safety Guidelines:

Students will be expected to follow all safety guidelines while on campus including maintaining social distancing, wearing a mask, and frequently cleaning their hands. Our staff will be working to help support our students transition on campus and practice our new guidelines. New updates were sent out the first week of September regarding face masks, please note the specific updates regarding face masks with ventilators and shields. The campus has also created new procedures for hallway transitions, classrooms, the cafeteria, and other common areas on campus. We highly recommend that students bring an extra mask in their backpacks when on campus. We also recommend students bring a bottle of water with them to campus as the fountains are only available to refill bottles.


Please visit the campus safety supports page to read more about these procedures and review our updated information.

Calendar of Events:

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Teacher of the Week

John Perry- Social Studies Teacher

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carpe diem

Where did you grow up? united states


How long have you been in education? 29 years


Where did you go to school? kempsville


What's your favorite theme park? disney


What is something you are really good at cooking? food


What's your idea of fun? cooking, playing, eating

Campus Resources

2020-2021 Bell Schedule

As in years past, our 6th grade students will continue to run on a separate bell schedule. Please note, that 7th & 8th grade students have two different lunch times. To know yours, check your schedule through student access in Skyward.

Dress Code Highlights

Whether online or on campus, students should follow our dress code guidelines. Students that are out of dress code will be asked to make corrections before continuing with their school day.

Cell Phone Policy: Pulled from the 2020-2021 Klein ISD Student Handbook

Electronic Devices and Technology Resources (All Grade Levels) Possession and Use of Personal Telecommunications Devices, Including Mobile Telephones: The district permits students to possess personal cell phones for safety purposes; however, these devices must remain turned off during the instructional day, including during all testing, unless they are being used for approved instructional purposes.

A student must have approval to possess other personal telecommunications devices such as laptops, tablets, or other portable computers. Students are not permitted to possess or use personal electronic devices at school unless prior permission has been obtained. Without such permission, teachers will collect the items and turn them in to the principal’s office. The principal will determine whether to return items to students at the end of the day or to contact parents to pick up the items. The use of mobile telephones or any device capable of capturing images is strictly prohibited in locker rooms or restroom areas while at school or at a school-related or school-sponsored event. If a student uses a telecommunications device without authorization during the school day, the device will be confiscated. The parent may pick up the confiscated telecommunications device from the principal’s office.

Please reference the Student Handbook for more information about cell phones and acceptable technology use.

Attendance Procedures

Regular school attendance is essential for a student to make the most of his or her education—to benefit from teacher-led and school activities, to build each day’s learning on the previous day’s, and to grow as an individual. Absences from class may result in serious disruption of a student’s mastery of the instructional materials; therefore, the student and parent should make every effort to avoid unnecessary absences.


Did you know you can now report an absence in Skyward? Click HERE for more information.

Any student who is absent for the whole day is required to produce one of the following within 5 days of their absence(s):

· Parent Note

· Parent email (within 5 days of absence)

· Original medical note (copies or altered notes will not be accepted)

· Faxed notes must be sent from physician’s office

· Court note

· Official note for observance of approved religious holy days

***If a student is absent for part of the day for a doctor appointment, their absence will be coded as Section 25 (temporary absence) if the student follows the following procedure: The student must return the doctor excuse to the Attendance Office immediately upon returning to school to receive the Section 25 coding for their absence.

If a student does not produce one of the items listed above within the allotted timeframe, that absence will be considered unexcused and counted toward their total semester absences.

Klein ISD takes attendance very seriously, and we want to see your child succeed at Kleb. If you have any questions regarding attendance, please feel free to contact the attendance office at 832-249-5495 or reach out to your assistant principal.

Additional attendance information can be found starting on page 36 of the 20-21 Student Handbook.

PTO Corner

VIRTUAL PTO MEET & GREET: Please join our Kleb PTO Board representatives on Tuesday, October 13th to find out more information about our upcoming year and opportunities to be involved. Our meeting will take place via Zoom, in alignment with Klein ISD distancing guidelines. We will host a morning meeting at 9:30 a.m. and an evening meeting at 6:00 p.m. on October 13th. Please use the following zoom link to join us for either or find the link on our Kleb PTO Facebook Page or our Kleb PTO website. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83377946386



MEMBERSHIP: Membership for 2020-21 is up and running! Joining is easy and we do not expect anything from you – we love volunteers, but we know not everyone can give their time! Family memberships are $10 (Klein ISD staff $5) and it is the easiest way for YOU to support our efforts, and for US to be able to keep you updated on events. Additional membership levels include a tax-deductible donation and will be included in our Write A Check fundraising. All members will receive a Kleb car sticker.

Two ways to pay:

  1. send cash or check (payable to Kleb PTO) to the school with the membership form (print from https://sites.google.com/site/klebintpto/forms-links , and deliver to the PTO box in the front office), or
  2. via Paypal on the PTO website Shopping Cart page – https://sites.google.com/site/klebintpto/shopping-cart . (Please make sure to include your contact and student info so we know who you are!)

*You may also want to check with your company to see if they offer matched donations – this can be a great source of additional income for our organization.


WRITE A CHECK:

In conjunction with our membership drive, we are also kicking off our annual “Write A Check” Fundraiser. Please help us support our students and teachers by making a donation (any amount helps!) to Kleb PTO. Fund from our Write A Check campaign are used annually to provide support to our school. Past projects include (1) repainting and refurnishing the library, (2) remodeling and refurnishing the teacher lounge, and (3) converting our unused locker space into a multi-purpose learning area. Please see follow this link to the Kleb PTO website to make a donation. https://sites.google.com/site/klebintpto/shopping-cart?authuser=0


SPIRIT DAY:

Join us at Gringo’s at the corner of Cypresswood and Stuebner Airline for our first Spirit Day of the year. Kleb PTO will receive 20% of your total bill when you present the attached flyer on Monday, October 18th from 11:00 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. This applies to take-out orders as well as dine-in orders. We look forward to seeing our Bearcubs there!


HALLOWEEN CANDY DONATIONS FOR TEACHERS: Kleb PTO is seeking donations of individually wrapped Halloween Candy to boost the teacher’s morale near the Halloween holiday. Please drop donations in the front office at Kleb Intermediate anytime before Wednesday, October 28th.

STOCK THE TEACHERS’ LOUNGE: Instead of our traditional teacher luncheon each 9 weeks, we are showing our support for teachers by stocking the Teachers’ Lounge with snacks and drinks! If you are interested in making a donation, please sign up this SignUp Genius link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0e44afab29a64-snacksdrinks


FACEBOOK CONTEST:

From now until October 31, 2020, we are encouraging our parents, teachers and community supporters to follow us on our Kleb PTO Facebook page. Each follower on our Facebook page as of October 31, 2020 will be placed in a drawing to win a $25 gift card! Scan the attached QR Code to go directly to the Kleb PTO Facebook page, like it, and share with other Kleb parents!



MINTED.COM FUNDRAISER – HOLIDAY CARDS AND GIFTS:

Kleb PTO is excited to participate in an online fundraiser with Minted.com. Minted.com is an online marketplace where individuals can purchase personalized holiday cards, invitations, note cards, and gifts. As a supporter of Kleb PTO, you will receive 20% off your purchase price when you use code FUNDRAISEKLEB at checkout. When you use the code FUNDRAISEKLEB, Minted.com will donate 15% of your purchase price to Kleb PTO to benefit our students and teachers! Don’t forget to use this code when ordering your personalized holiday cards and gifts, and feel free to share with friends and family!



VOLUNTEERS:

We are going to be very limited with on-campus volunteering for now, but there may be a few opportunities. Please make sure to update your background check at https://apps.raptortech.com/Apply/NDEzMTplbi1VUw==

PLEASE NOTE: every volunteer is required to renew the background check each year. We are also using a new volunteer system this year, so it will look different than before – and bear with us as we work out the kinks.


MEMORY BOOKS:

2020-21 Books: You can begin purchasing on the Balfour website at balfour.com, search for Kleb.

8TH GRADE PARENTS: you can go ahead and buy ad space for your graduating student now! We will offer half page, quarter page, and 1/8 page (business card size) full color ads to be featured in the back of the memory book, and you can buy these through the website when you buy your student’s book. Last year we did sell out – so reserve your space now; you will have until early spring to finalize your photos and message. Ads are for 8th graders only.


COMMUNICATIONS:

We struggle every year to stay in contact with our Bearcub parents – you can help us by opting in to our communication streams. We may contact you to send out surveys, hold electronic votes, inform you about volunteer opportunities, and remind you of major school events. So, please help us be in touch:

  1. follow us on Facebook at “Kleb PTO” and
  2. join our Remind by texting @klebpto to 81010 – if you were on the group last year, you WILL need to join again!
  3. Add klebptomoney@gmail.com to your email, so we can contact you if we have any payment-related information
  4. And make sure to provide contact info when you join PTO!


Thanks for your continued support!

-Kleb PTO Board