The PawPrint

Kleb Intermediate Parent Newsletter--April 2017

A Note from Mr. Huggins

Hey Kleb Parents!

I hope that you were able to take a break from your busy schedules and have a fun, relaxing Easter weekend full of wonderful memories with your family and friends! We have had yet another busy, non-stop semester that has flown by. It has been wonderful to see your students grow and see success throughout the school year--and now, summer is right around the corner!

We had a smooth and successful first round of STAAR testing at the end of last month! I could not be prouder of all the hard work both our students and staff have put in to learn at high levels. The second round of testing is just around the corner, and students and staff alike are making strides to finish well...I have no doubt that all of that effort will pay off in the end!

Finally, I want to share with you a copy of our new BearCUB matrix! Earlier this semester, we started a project with staff, students and parent input about what it means to be a CUB--a Continuous learner and Understanding citizen who is Building responsibility in both self and others. The final outcome is who our CUBs are in all settings. It looks like this:

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(Too small to see? Click here) Thanks to all the students, staff and parents involved in creating this collective commitment to who we want our Bearcubs to be! Next week, we will have an opportunity during CUB Den to dig in and find common themes throughout the document to focus on for the month of May. I am excited to see our students work towards these common classroom goals together!

Save the Date!

Here are several important upcoming dates as the second semester winds to a close!

  • Friday, April 21st--5th Six Weeks report card party!
  • Friday, April 21st--Report cards and course verification sheets go home
  • Thursday, April 27th--GT/PATH Showcase
  • Wednesday, May 3rd--STAAR EOC, Algebra I
  • Monday, May 8th--STAAR 6th and 7th Grade Math (8th grade retest)
  • Tuesday, May 9th--STAAR 6th and 7th Grade Reading (8th grade retest)
  • Wednesday, May 10th--STAAR 8th Grade Science
  • Thursday, May 11th--STAAR 8th Grade Social Studies
  • Saturday, May 20th, Texas Google Conference hosted at Kleb!
  • Wednesday, May 24th--8th Grade awards ceremony
  • Thursday, May 25th--6th/7th Grade awards ceremonies
  • Wednesday, May 31st--STAAR Celebration
  • Thursday, June 1st--Last Day of School!
  • Thursday, June 8th--Last day for course request changes, 3pm

"Cubs Care" Service Project

Over the past semester several students have participated in creating handmade “dog beds” for our local rescue dog centers. It has been a wonderful opportunity for Kleb students to learn to work cooperatively on sewing and stuffing the large beds. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those students, teachers, and parents who helped to donate old t-shirts, towels, and other items used to stuff the beds. We also want to thank all of the students who participated in the sewing. BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE……..

Cubs Care is working on a service project where the students will be learning to create “Fidget Lap Quilts “for Alzheimer’s patients in our area. We are in desperate need of donated items such as :

  • Zippers
  • Velcro
  • Shoelaces ( any color)
  • Lace
  • Ribbon
  • Etc.

Donated items can be brought to Ms. Blanchard or Ms. Brandt.

A Word About Attendance

Remember, attendance counts--every day, everyone! We want your kids to be here to learn and grow! Here are a few reminders about how attendance works:

Attendance Procedures

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 (will be verified through our office)

· 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.

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

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.

Theater Thoughts

Over 150 Theatre students participated in the 2017 Kleb Theatre Lip Sync Show! They did an amazing job!

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Advanced Theatre and Tech Theatre students toured the Tall Ship Elissa and took an historic harbor tour to do research for their upcoming One Act Play. Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” will be performed at the Klein Middle School One Act Play Festival, Saturday April 29 at 11:00am at Klein Oak High School.

Noteable Notes from Orchestra

February and March found the Kleb Orchestra students busy preparing and performing their Solos and/or Ensembles. From the Concert, Sinfonietta and Beginner Orchestras, 70 medals were earned and 18 were selected as Outstanding Performers. In the Camerata, Philharmonic, Sinfonia, and Chamber Orchestras, 121 students received medals and 28 students were selected as Outstanding Performers. The entire program earned 191 total medals/trophies! For the prestigious “Outstanding Performers” Award, the judges choose these at the end of the day, only after all students have performed, and only to those musicians whose performance was above and beyond the “Excellent” award. Way to go Orchestras!

The 6th grade concert/beginner orchestras will compete in a new festival at Klein High School on May 24th. The final performance of the year, the Spring Concert, will be May 25th at 7:00 p.m. at Klein High School. More details will be forthcoming in class (early May). We hope many family members and friends will be able to attend. This will be our 8th graders final performance with the Kleb Orchestra…. we wish you farewell and please know how much you will be missed!

Social events……. The Splashtown outing is set for Saturday, May 20th , with more details forthcoming in class. Also, all of the students who have received the #10 coupon on the Incentive Chart will be enjoying the complimentary Orchestra Party at the end of May after school! So keep working to earn the weekly stickers in order to fill out your chart before the last week of May!

TAKE NOTE: The three activities available during the summer are private lessons, weekly summer camps offered locally and at different universities around the state and Kleb Summer Orchestra in August before school starts. Mrs. Herron will send home information later in May regarding private lessons and camp. A letter will be mailed to you in the middle of the summer with more details concerning these two days.

Coaches Corner

Our new Kleb Athletic Webpage is up and running! Thanks Coach Golden for your hard work on this project. This will be more user friendly for our parents to find info on who coaches which sport and as well as serve as a “go to” place for important info. It can be easily accessed on the Kleb homepage under the Activites/Clubs check it out here:

Congratulations again to our 8th grade girls basketball team for being back to back district champs! Way to go, ladies!

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Congratulations to the 7th grade girls who are 2017 Track and Field District Champions and the 8th grade girls who were runner up. All of their hard work this season really paid off for these talented young ladies. The attached pictures are of the athletes who medaled (placed in the top 3) in one or more of their events.

New school records set were:

The 7th grade girls 4x400m relay consisting of Jayla Roashe, Catalina Fossati, Hayden Green and Ayanna Jones broke the record with a time of 4:23.15.

The 8th grade girls 4x400m relay consisting of Jada Malone, Paige Walsh, Serenity Oviedo, and Micah Beasley broke the record with a time of 4:17.60.

Jada Malone broke the triple jump record with a jump of 34 feet 4.5 inches, and tied the high jump record of 5 feet.

From the Clinic

Attention 6th grade parents:

All 6th graders are required by the state of Texas to have two immunizations prior to entering the 7th grade. The following immunizations are needed:

1. Tetanus/ Diphtheria/ Pertussis- Students will be required to have one booster dose of a tetanus/diptheria/ pertussis containing vaccine for entry into the 7th grade if at least five (5) years have passed since the last dose of tetanus containing vaccine. If five years have not elapsed, then this dose will become due as soon as the five-year interval passes.

2. Meningococcal- Students are required to have one (1) dose of Meningococcal vaccine by 7th grade

If you have not already done so, please provide updated immunization records to the clinic before May 19, 2017. Incoming seventh grade students will not be able to receive their schedule on the first day of school without the required immunizations.

Immunization records may be faxed to 832-249-5509.

From the Bearcub Club

Our final College and Career guest speaker will be at Kleb on Thursday, May 4th at 8am. This meeting we will focus on careers in IT consulting!

The Bearcub club is looking for college/career speakers for next year to increase our students' awareness of the vast opportunities that an education can provide to their futures. Our organization helps students at Kleb Intermediate School learn leadership and service skills while building friendships. If you or someone you know would like to present, please use the following link to submit contact information. Mrs. Schofield will contact them soon with more details and to schedule a presentation day/time that would be most convenient for the presenter.