Monday Morning Bearcub Brief

Volume LXXXV--7 January 2019

"Every CUB stepping up, reaching out, moving forward!"

Kleb Kudos

Welcome back, Bearcubs! I hope you had a fabulous break and spent lots of quality time with family making holiday memories. The chance to really unplug at the midpoint of the year is amazing...and even though we will have to retrain ourselves to wake up early and eat breakfast before 10am (guilty as charged!), it is well worth the chance to rest and get ready for the fast and furious second semester schedule. But first, here's a look back at some of the great things happening just before we left for the winter holiday.
This week's first kudos goes out to our amazing special education department. From our diagnostician, LSSPs, secretary, and counselors to our paraprofessionals, aides, and teaching staff, these men and women work so hard everyday to support our students on campus. I wanted to take a moment this week and thank you for all of the incredible work that you do to ensure the success of our staff and students on campus. Thank you!

My second kudos goes to Ms. Julie Kurihara for crushing all eighteen challenges in our campus professional development on technology. Thank you for modeling the vision of being a forever learner on campus and seeking opportunities to continuously grow and improve. Great job, Ms. Kurihara!

My final kudos of the week goes to our choir, band, and orchestra for putting on a fantastic winter performance for all of our Bearcubs on the last day before winter break. Their excellent performances had all of our students and staff singing and celebrating in true Bearcub fashion. Thank you also to Mr. Gonzales, Ms. King, Ms. McDonald, Ms. Shannon, and Ms. Herron for the many hours you invested with the students to prepare for the performance. It was a great way to wrap up our fall semester and we cannot wait to enjoy your upcoming performances in the spring!

Cubs of the Week

Huggins Highlights

There are several events upcoming...they feel a LOT closer on this side of the winter holidays. First of all, staff, if you missed it, click here to access the schedule for the Monday staff development (make sure you are using your KISD google account to check it out). We will spend the morning learning from each other and the afternoon with planning time with your PLC.

Wednesday, January 16th will be the 8th grade high school campus visits. If you are one of our 8th grade teachers, anticipate taking students on campus tours during the day. Be on the lookout for an email from Ellen Hodge with your assigned group and campus some time this week. For planning purposes, assume we will leave shortly after 1st period begins and most likely be back before 6th grade lunch begins.

Can you believe it's almost time for Spring Open House ?!? Next Thursday, January 17th will be both our Open House from 6pm to 8pm as well as our 5th grade parent informational meeting starting at 5:30pm. For those staff who are new to Kleb this year, this open house is more of a come-and-go curriculum night celebration where parents and students have the chance to see some of the amazing stuff happening on campus scavenger hunt style. Talk to your team for more information and be on the lookout for instructions from Ellen Hodge.

Amidst all of these activities, the week of January 14th-18th is also course selection week! Teachers, be on the lookout for a detailed schedule from Ms. Villegas today. Parents, please make sure that you have talked with your Bearcub about what they would like to take next year, and remember that we want everyone to have their course selection sheets turned in by Friday, January 18th!

Finally, 5th Grade Campus visits will occur on Thursday, January 24th. For those who are new, this is a chance for our incoming Bearcubs to get just a small taste of what it is to be a Bearcub and see first-hand what possible fine arts electives they could choose as a 6th grader. Anticipate having students out who are presenting on behalf of fine arts as you plan for that day.

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Kleb CUB Award of the Week

Kayla Shannon

I’d like to nominate Kayla Shannon. Mrs. Shannon is an incredible asset to Kleb Intermediate. She works hard to build relationships with all of her students to help them become great musicians and people. I’m very lucky to have her on my team.

From Mrs. Herron

From the PTO President

Parents, welcome back – we are halfway done! PTO has a lot going on this month. Here are the most important things to know for January:

  • We will be having a Silent Auction/Raffle (our second fundraiser) at Kleb’s Community Night/Spring Open House on January 17! We will have some fantastic items available, so we hope you’ll be there to support our school by bidding or try your luck with the raffles. Raffle tickets will be sold at the event. We will also have food trucks there, so feel free to skip planning dinner that night, and PTO will get a percentage of the proceeds

  • There will be a brief PTO General Meeting that same evening (Jan 17) just before 6pm – we’ll be going over the current fundraising goals and proposed projects, awarding the first round of our staff Wish List Grants, and beginning to take nominations for next year’s board. Please be there!

  • Memory Books are on sale at for $30 + optional personalization, and don’t miss your chance to buy an ad for your 8th grader! There is more information on the PTO website if you have any questions. We will be taking orders in person at Community Night as well.

  • Finally, if you haven’t already, PLEASE join our Remind group so we have the most direct communication possible and can keep you in the loop on activities and PTO needs/opportunities (because we all know, papers don’t make it home with middle school kiddos!) To join, text “@klebpt” (no “o”) to 81010.

Thanks so much and we look forward to seeing you all on the 17th!

-Rebecca Strong, PTO President

Robin Lewis -- English/Language Arts Teacher

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"Be All That You Can Be"

Where did you grow up?

Hot Springs, Arkansas

How many years have you been in education?


Where did you go to school?

Hot Springs School District and Southern University for college in Baton Rouge, LA

What was your first job?

Cosmetician at Walgreen's

What is your favorite family tradition?

Dinners--we eat out all the time!

What is one thing that you wish everyone knew about you that they probably don't?

I don't know how to swim because I almost drowned in a natural disaster, and once as a young child.

If you could switch places with any one person for a day, who would it be, and why?

My mother. She is so strong and does so much for everyone even to this day. I would like to know how it feels to be a strong, beautiful woman that is loved by everyone who meets her.

What are three things that are on your bucket list?

African Safari, Australian cruise, Paris tour

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Attendance Counts

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 or your assistant principal.

Additional attendance information can be found starting on page 27 of the handbook.

Attendance Information in the Klein Handbook

This Year's School Calendar

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Have a great week, Bearcubs!

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