Monday Morning Bearcub Brief

Volume CXXVII--10 February 2020

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

Kleb Kudos

Good morning, Bearcubs! Valentine's Day is this Friday, and in the spirit of love, let me just remind you how much I love the Bearcub staff and students! I am so blessed to have such an amazing team with which to do the important work of educating our young Bearcubs and transforming them into good citizens. We, collectively as a staff, are blessed to have a fantastic student body that are growing into wonderful young men and women. It's easy to get bogged down in the stress and strain of the month of February, but breathe deep and remember that the people we see everyday are what makes Kleb Intermediate the best place to be! Here's a look at some of the great things that happened here last week:
I want to start out by giving a shout out to our two newest additions to our Bearcub teaching staff. First, congratulations to Jerson Sarceno, our new making connections teacher. Mr. S is not a new Bearcub, but he has been a making connections aide who has proved himself to be a great asset to the campus since joining us. After graduating in December, he was promoted to the MC teaching position...I am so proud of him! He loves students and goes above and beyond to ensure they get a quality education. Great job, Mr. S!!!
I also want to say an official welcome to Ms. Jaime Owens. Ms. Owens was heralded as the brightest potential teaching candidate in the Sam Houston 4+1 program when I reached out to her just before the semester started. Since coming in, she has done a fantastic job building relationships with her students and has already become a valuable asset to her 8th grade ELA team. Coming in mid-year as a teacher can be really difficult, but Ms. Owens has done an impeccable job and I'm proud to have this Klein ISD alum as a part of our team. Thanks for investing in our Bearcubs, Ms. Owens!

Congratulations to our amazing Mathletes that competed this weekend in the Houston chapter MATHCOUNTS competition. Our Cubs did an outstanding job in problem solving and working in teams to solve challenging problems. Mrs. Gonzalez and Mr. Woll could not be more proud of the students' energy, enthusiasm for math, and their investment in countless hours of practice.

Thank you Mrs. DeMoss for sharing your story this month at our faculty meeting. We appreciate your vulnerability and strength for standing up in front of 80 of your peers and telling your WHY! You inspire us to take a closer look at EVERY student and remind us that what we believe to be the truth may be far from reality. You are a part of why Kleb is such an amazing place to work and learn.

Huggins Highlights

Kleb parents and staff, based on feedback from our last few security audits, there has been an issue with access to the building at unmonitored times. The building officially opens at 8:25am, however access to the building has traditionally begun at 7am when the custodial staff arrives. To address this safety concern, staff have been issued access cards and doors will now remain locked until the building is officially open for business. This transition will occur after the three day weekend. Kleb staff, make sure that at some point this week you go by the front office and sign for your new access card.


Kleb parents, help us communicate this new change to your students and remind your Bearcubs that if they have tutoring or clubs before 8:25 that they need to be on time so they don't miss being picked up by their teacher or sponsor. Also, as a courtesy, we will continue to allow access to the cafeteria on days when the temperature falls below 40 degrees or during significant rainfall (once an administrator is on campus to be able to monitor students), however we continue to encourage student drop off after the building is open at 8:25.


8th Grade parents and staff, remember that the 8th Grade Panoramic Picture is this Wednesday, February 12th at 9am. Teachers, anticipate the picture taking the majority of 1st period...it takes a while to organize our 500+ kids into the stands!


Finally, don't forget that next Monday, February 17th is a student holiday and a staff exchange day! I can't believe we are already so close to a three day weekend. Staff, Amanda has reached out to all of those who still owe hours towards the exchange day...so if she didn't send you an email you are good to go from your beginning of year form! For those who do not have the exchange hours, there will be a training at TLC to attend that day.

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A Note from PTO

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8th GRADE CELEBRATION: Mark your calendars for the 8th Grade Mardi Gras Mambo Celebration on May 29 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Klein Multi-Purpose Center. Stay tuned as ticket sales will begin soon. Additional information, including dates for ticket sales, will be posted on the Kleb PTO Facebook page. Please note that parent volunteers/chaperones must be registered and approved volunteers through Klein ISD. You can fill the form out at https://kapo.kleinisd.net/VolunteerForm/.


Note that the 8th Grade Party is an official PTO fundraiser, but not a Kleb Intermediate event.


MEMORY BOOKS: Memory book prices have now increased to $30, but it isn't too late to order one! Go to balfour.com and search for Kleb Intermediate to purchase your student's memory book.


IMAGE SHARE: We need your help to make sure we have great photos of ALL our Bearcubs in action for the memory book! Coaches, club sponsors, parents, and students can all submit your shots of what happens this year through Balfour’s ImageShare website or app (available for both iOS and Android.) You’ll need to create an account and then can send photos directly to a dropbox for Kleb, using project code 022579.


MEMBERSHIP: We are still accepting PTO memberships and welcome registration and payment through our PTO website: https://sites.google.com/site/klebintpto/. Membership Levels include: $10 Family Membership; $25 Bronze Level Sponsor Membership; $50 Silver Level Sponsor Membership; or $75.00 Gold Level Sponsor Membership. You can also send your payment to klebptomoney@gmail.com along with your name, your student's name, or you can print the form (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OURRmcTxgTUSvAOgYm4GmM7YPUgppVT6/view?usp=sharing) and send it in the front office with your student with payment. Finally, forms and envelopes are available to fill out in the front office at Kleb. The additional donor levels are an easy way for you to support our goals (please remember to ask your company if they will match donations, too!)


VOLUNTEERS: We are always grateful for parent volunteers even at the intermediate school level. In fact, we have several important volunteer opportunities coming up over the next two months including the Teacher Luncheon and 8th Grade Celebration help. Please be sure to register so that we can invite you to participate. You can fill the form out at https://kapo.kleinisd.net/VolunteerForm/.
If you HAVE renewed your form but have not received any emails from Kleb for volunteer opportunities, please email klebvolunteers@gmail.com and ask to make sure that you have been added to the Kleb group.

Kleb Teacher of the Week--Josh Tice--Coteacher

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I have gotten to see all that Mr. Tice does for his kids as he has been working at the end of our hallway over the last few weeks. He goes out of his way to help students and it is cool to see how he works so hard to invest in them.


Nominated by Greg Gist

Cubs of the Week

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Staff Spotlight -- Christina Daniels-- ELA Teacher

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The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.

Where did you grow up?

Columbus, MS


How many years have you been in education?

11


Where did you go to school?

Mississippi State University/ Lamar University


What is the most impressive thing you know how to do?

Cook without measuring :)


What are you really good at, but kind of embarrassed that you are good at it?

flipping my eyelids


If you could eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

tacos


If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning a medal for?

Sleeping!


If you could join any past or current music group which would you want to join? Why?

The Chippettes, because I could sing everyone else's songs and people would think it was cute!

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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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Next Year's Calendar

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Have a great week, Bearcubs!

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