Kleb Intermediate

Edition 14: December 14, 2020

Hello Bearcub families,


We hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend and is staying dry & warm on this soggy Sunday.


We cannot believe this is our final school week of the 2020 year! It has been a whirlwind since September and we cannot believe how quickly it has gone by. We are so proud of our Bearcubs and how they have embraced all of the changes so far this year.


Looking ahead this week, there are a few things to keep in mind.

First, at the beginning of the year when we shifted our start date it also shifted the end of semester one date, which typically falls the last week of December. This year, semester one will not end until January 15th. The adjustment also changed our early release days to full days, so as a reminder, this Friday is full day. To start preparing for the end of the semester, we included our semester one final schedule below with a form that online students can complete if they need to RSVP for a campus testing spot for the exam due to connectivity issues at home. Please reach out to the teachers of these courses if you have any questions. As we head into the end of semester one, we also will continue to encourage our Bearcubs to take advantage of den and tutoring so that they can get additional support in any areas of need. We will also continue to encourage them to check their grades in Skyward not Schoology, as Skyward represents their grades for the year, and remind them to follow the procedure of emailing their teachers to notify them if late work has been submitted. We ask that parents and students give the teachers three to five days to review and grade the work before putting the missing assignment grade in Skyward.

Also, this week we kick off our basketball games for the year. Please note for our spectators we will maintain the same guidelines that we did for volleyball and football. Our basketball coaches held meetings recently to review the ticket information and how everything will work for this season. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our coaches or the campus. More detailed information is included below.

Finally, we wanted to say thank you to our students and families as they try to stay safe during this time. Our families have done a great job of communicating with us regarding any COVID related illnesses, and we appreciate everyone's efforts to keep our campus staff updated as we work through everything together. We want to continue to encourage families to reach out to our administration, campus nurse, or through the COVID reporting system (linked below) if they have information, questions, or concerns. Thank you!


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!

Campus Spelling Bee Competition & Winner

Congratulations to our awesome Bearcubs that participated in the campus level Spelling Bee. A big shout out to Audrey who won first place and will be representing Kleb this year at the district competition on February 10th!. We are so proud of everyone and all of the hard work you put into preparing for the competitions, great job!


5th place ~ Zain Raja, 7th grade

4th place ~ Adithya Gorthi, 8th grade

3rd place ~ Cadee Salyer, 8th grade

2nd place ~ Sienna Batiste, 8th grade


1st place ~ Audrey Nguyen, 8th grade


Also, thank you to Mrs. Collier, Vaughan, and Cummings who organized, judged, and proctored the competitions. We appreciate you so much!

Fine Arts Music Performances

We have had some great music performances from our very talented Bearcubs over the last week and we are so excited that we got to showcase their abilities with friends, families, and our Kleb community.


If you missed the live streaming of our Choir performances you can click on the links below to watch them at home:

Intermediate Choirs 7th/8th Grade

https://youtu.be/TdWcp9d5ERU

Advanced Choirs 7th/8th Grade

https://youtu.be/28v9sl_pEQ0


Our Orchestra performances will be available later on in the week through your student's Schoology account. Just ask your student to log-in once they are posted, grab a hot chocolate, and enjoy the performances!


Finally, our Band performances will be available by the end of the week to enjoy as well. Our band directors will be communicating to all our families how to access the performances by midweek.

Kleb Community Visits

We love our Kleb community and cannot wait to spread some holiday cheer this year. Over the next week, our staff will be out and about in the Kleb community visiting some of our students and families. We cannot wait to see our students smiling faces and say hello to our Kleb families!

Tips & Reminders to Prepare for Week 14:

Grade Repair for Q1

Only 2 more weeks left for grade repair for quarter one! Students will have the opportunity to work on grade repair material with a tutor this Monday through Thursday after school and the first week we are back after Winter Break. However, students may continue to work on the material on their own if they would like to continue to make progress through the course and we will assist as needed to provide them support.

Semester One Finals Schedule

We wanted to share our Semester One Finals schedule with everyone. The schedules will also be posted in our teacher's schoology courses and on our website if you need to reference it. Good luck to our students on these upcoming exams.



Kleb 2020 Semester 1 Finals Schedule


Wednesday, Jan. 6th: DDMP (part 1), TSDE (part 1), Prin. Info Tech (part 1)

Thursday, Jan. 7th: DDMP (part 2), TSDE (part 2), Prin. Info Tech (part 2)

Friday, Jan. 8th: Gateway to Coding, Principles of Business Marketing Finance,

Fundamentals of Computer Science

Monday, Jan. 11th: Art 1, PHS, Gateway to Technology, Spanish I & II (part 1)

Tuesday, Jan. 12th: Biology (day 1), Prof. Comm., PATH, Spanish I & II (part 2)

Wednesday, Jan. 13th: Biology (day 2) Algebra/Geometry (part 1), Health (part 1)

Thursday, Jan. 14th: Algebra/Geometry (part 2), Health (part 2)


If your student needs to come to campus for that period to test in our testing center, please complete the form below. There is a hard deadline for RSVPing by January 4th so we can make arrangements. Thank you.


Link to RSVP for On Campus Testing during Finals Course Period: https://forms.gle/hv5Ar5uasQeGVfj38

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 purple COVID-19 button also found at the top. (Linked to the picture as well)

2.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.

Campus Sporting Events

Our basketball season will be starting soon. Everyone did a great job during football and volleyball season and we are excited to begin this spring sport. Our basketball games will continue to follow the same spectator guidelines as our fall sports.


This includes: 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 tickets 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 while on campus. We appreciate everyone following this rule so we can continue to hold games!

We are continuing to 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.

Changes to Klein Online Learning Platform

For our current Klein Online families or for our families that are considering the online learning platform, please note that the district and campus released some information this past week regarding moving students who are not academically successful back to campus. If you did not have a chance to read the email, please take a few moments this week to review it by clicking on the link here. We want all of our Bearcubs to be academically successful, whether online or in person, and we will continue to support them and our families throughout this school year.

BEARCUBS OF THE WEEK

Calendar of Events:

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Kleb PTO: Staff Breakfast

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Student Information

KOC Reminder

Beginning Monday, November 9th, if your student is coded as a KOC (Klein On-Campus) student the expectation is that the student attends campus daily for instruction. If a student is unable to attend campus, then they will be counted absent for the day. The student will be allowed to work asynchronously through Schoology, but will not be allowed to attend Zoom. If a KOC student needs to access instruction synchronously for absences that extend beyond one day, then the parent will need to contact the attendance office by 3pm by email (dbanks1@kleinisd.net) or through Skyward messaging for administration to approve for the following day. The change comes in an effort to reduce the daily back and forth transitions that are occurring on campus, which the data and feedback shows is reducing learning outcomes and is burning the teachers out with the inconsistencies. Our hope is to get closer to a sense of normalcy, as best as possible, in our current conditions.

KOL Reminder

For our KOL (Klein Online) students, families received a notification from district asking to confirm their student’s mode of instruction for the second quarter. If families would like to switch their students from online to on campus, the form took them to the mode of instruction change request, which can be found here as well. If families wanted their students to remain online, then the form asked them to review and sign an attestation form that included online guidelines and processes for students and parents to follow to help make the online learning experience successful for their students. Our campus will be using those guidelines as well to help support students and in our communication with families about their students current progress and growth opportunities. Students that do not follow these expectations will be removed from the Zoom room


Students who have trouble with their technology need to go asynchronous for the day, contact their teacher, and submit a Student & Family Tech Support Ticket

Authenticated User Log-in on Zoom

In order to increase the security in our Zooms, our campus has turned on the authenticated user setting for our calls. This means that students must use their Klein single sign on log-in in order to join the Zoom calls. This setting will prevent students from changing their name once they enter the call and from logging in as another student. This will take effect across campus beginning tomorrow, November 9th in all classes. Also, please be on the lookout for new Zoom links in Schoology.

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

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.

School Store Hours

Just a reminder that the school store is open EVERY Thursday during lunches. CASH or CHECK ONLY.

Parent Information

Kleb PTO

MEMBERSHIP: PTO Membership for 2020-21 is OPEN! Joining is easy and we do not expect anything from you – just a passion to support our Bearcubs! Funds raised by the PTO through membership and fundraisers go directly back to our school to support our Bearcub students and staff. These funds are VITAL to our Giving Projects each year! Recent Giving Projects have included: quarterly prizes for our Bearcub Character Incentive program, staff appreciation events and campus improvements. Last year, funds raised by the PTO went to provide a NEW
flex learning space for our students. Family memberships are just $10 (Klein ISD staff $5) and it is the easiest way for YOU to support our efforts, and for US, to keep you updated on events and opportunities. Additional membership levels are available and include a tax-deductible donation. All members will receive a Kleb car sticker.

Does your company match donations? If yes, this is a great source of additional income for our organization.

TWO WAYS TO PAY:
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
via Paypal on the PTO website Shopping Cart page – https://sites.google.com/site/klebintpto/shopping-cart . (Please include your contact and student info so we know who you are!)


-Kleb PTO Board

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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, for the year! 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.

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 the end of the year. 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!

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.

Teacher of the Week

Mathis Rieck -- Social Studies Teacher

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"The trouble with quotes from the internet is that you never know if they are accurate" ~ Abe Lincoln

Where did you grow up? The small town of Overton, Nebraska of 600 people


How long have you been in education? 13 years


Where did you go to school? Overton, Nebraska


What's your favorite theme park? Universal Studios Florida


What is something you are really good at cooking? Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers


What's your idea of fun? Volleyball and board games


Have you ever won a contest? If so, what did you win? When I was 7 I won a trip to New York for the anniversary of Sesame Street.


Where would you time-travel, if it were possible? 2019 lol. In all seriousness though, I would love to check out the world pre-industrial revolution just to see the environment back then.


What dance move are you secretly awesome at? I am not good at dancing, but I can two-step a tiny bit. Secretly, I know more rap songs than people expect from someone raised on a farm.

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

MEMBERSHIP: PTO Membership for 2020-21 is OPEN! Joining is easy and we do not expect anything from you – just a passion to support our Bearcubs! Funds raised by the PTO through membership and fundraisers go directly back to our school to support our Bearcub students and staff. These funds are VITAL to our Giving Projects each year! Recent Giving Projects have included: quarterly prizes for our Bearcub Character Incentive program, staff appreciation events and campus improvements. Last year, funds raised by the PTO went to provide a NEW
flex learning space for our students. Family memberships are just $10 (Klein ISD staff $5) and it is the easiest way for YOU to support our efforts, and for US, to keep you updated on events and opportunities. Additional membership levels are available and include a tax-deductible donation. All members will receive a Kleb car sticker.


Does your company match donations? If yes, this is a great source of additional income for our organization.

TWO WAYS TO PAY:
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
via Paypal on the PTO website Shopping Cart page – https://sites.google.com/site/klebintpto/shopping-cart . (Please include your contact and student info so we know who you are!)

WRITE A CHECK:
We are also kicking off our annual “Write A Check” Fundraiser. Help us support our students and teachers by making a donation (any amount helps!) to Kleb PTO. Funds 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. Follow this link to the Kleb PTO website to make a donation. https://sites.google.com/site/klebintpto/shopping-cart?authuser=0



VOLUNTEERS:
To keep all of our Bearcubs safe, on-campus volunteering will be very limited for now. However, 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.

MEMORY BOOKS:
2020-21 Memory Books can be purchased on the Balfour website. Visit balfour.com and search for Kleb.

8TH GRADE PARENTS: buy ad space for your graduating student now! Half page, quarter page, and 1/8 page (business card size) full color ads are available and will be featured in the back of the memory book. Ads can be purchased 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, inform you about volunteer opportunities, and remind you of major school events. Let's stay connected:

  • Follow us on Facebook at “Kleb PTO”
  • Join our Remind by texting @klebpto to 81010 – if you were on the group last year, you WILL need to join again!
  • Add klebptomoney@gmail.com to your email, so we can contact you if we have any payment-related information


And make sure to provide contact info when you join PTO!

Thanks for your continued support!

-Kleb PTO Board