Monday Morning Bearcub Brief

Volume XCVIII--15 April 2019

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

Kleb Kudos

Hey Bearcub family! Welcome to a short week with a four day break on the horizon! I hope you have plans to really decompress and spend some quality time with family and that we can come back rested and recharged for the big push to the end of the school year. And while we are looking forward to a well deserved break, let's also reflect on the great things that happened last week.
This week's first kudos goes out to all of our awesome Bearcubs and staff members for a job well done during testing last week. From adjusted schedules & testing to virtual assignments & supporting one another in the classroom, our Bearcubs did a great job! A special thanks Mrs. Collier, Mrs. Sharp, and Mrs. Schofield for helping to prepare our students for testing and to Mr. Raleigh for the many, many hours you spent working to ensure that everything went smoothly! Great job everyone!
My second kudos goes to Kelsie Brown, who recently placed third in the Pearl Fincher Museum art contest for her piece titled Orangey. Congratulations Kelsie we are so proud of you! All winning artwork will be on display April 10 – May 4, 2019 at the Museum of Fine Arts.

Cubs of the Week

Help send DI to Globals!

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Parents, help send our DI team to globals and feed your Bearcub at the same time (and staff, you can order, too!). Simply log into school cash online (click here) and purchase as many sandwiches as you would like for any (or all) of the designated days. Thanks for your support!

Teacher of the Week

Angela Blanchard

Ms. Blanchard is student focused and always looking for new ways to engage her students in the learning. She is not afraid to try new things, and she works to make the learning fun! She is kind and has a great rapport with students and staff. She is a great leader, offering helpful suggestions, but willing to listen to others’ ideas. I love collaborating with her to create meaningful learning experiences for students!

Huggins Highlights

All staff, don't forget that a four day weekend is coming up! While the 19th is a school holiday, don't forget that Monday, April 22nd is our second exchange day of the year. If you haven't already, please make sure that you turn in all of your exchange day hours (or non-duty/comp time for non teaching staff) to Amanda Hodge at the beginning of this week (so that you don't end up at the district training needlessly). Ms. Hodge will be in contact with anyone who does not have their hours this is one of those times where no news is good news!

Also, an end-of year tentative save the date: our chromebook pickup day this year will most likely be on Tuesday, May 28th (the Tuesday after Memorial Day), so plan on your Bearcubs having their chromebooks until the last week of school. For those of you who are returning staff, the pickup will be a little different this year and we will have an altered bell schedule. More info later this year!

Finally, the end of the year is soon here is our continued list of some of the notable dates between now and the last day of school!

Tuesday, April 16-NJHS Induction

Friday, April 19-School Holiday (Easter weekend)

Monday, April 22-Student Holiday, Staff Exchange Day

Wednesday, April 24-April Staff Meeting

Monday, May 6 to Friday, May 10-Teacher Appreciation Week!

Monday, May 13-STAAR 6th and 7th Grade Math, 8th Grade Math retest

Tuesday, May 14-STAAR 6th and 7th Grade Reading, 8th Grade Reading retest

Wednesday, May 15-STAAR 8th Grade Science

Thursday, May 16-STAAR 8th Grade Social Studies

Monday, May 20-8th Grade Award Ceremony (evening)

Tuesday, May 21-6th and 7th Grade Award Ceremonies (during the day)

Monday, May 27-School Holiday, Memorial Day

Wednesday, May 29-Fun Day Celebration

Thursday, May 30-Last Day of School! Early release @ 1:25pm, 8th Grade party

Friday, May 31--Staff breakfast and checkout day!

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Here is what is coming up for Kleb PTO:

We are still taking nominations for next year’s board here: (or you can print a form from the PTO website)

If you have a little time or a skill to offer, please consider putting your name in the hat so we can create a strong, well-balanced group that represents our WHOLE school. Don’t forget to pass the interest/nomination form on to anyone who will be coming up from elementary school too. We would also like to have a contact in each of the clubs and organizations here to make sure we are as connected as possible to the needs and activities of our kiddos. Thank you for continuing to support Kleb PTO!

Stay Connected to PTO:
@Klebpt to 81010 (remind) (website)

Kristina Castaneda- Making Connections Teacher

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"You have within you right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you." - Brian Tracy

Where did you grow up?

All over - Scotland, London, Wyoming, Louisiana, and Texas

How many years have you been in education?


Where did you go to school?

Stephen F. Austin

What was your first job?


What is your favorite family tradition?

Spending Christmas day together

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

I can be a huge introvert and enjoy time by myself. I also like to people watch and be on the outside of conversations/discussions/activities.

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

My son - I would love to see the world through his eyes and from his perspective.

What are three things that are on your bucket list?

Travel the world, see my son graduate college, and learn how to bake as well as my mom!

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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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Sneak Preview--Next Year's School Calendar!

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Have a great week, Bearcubs!

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