Kuehnle Koala Chronicle

22/23 Issue 1

New 2022-2023 School Hours

School Starts at 8:10 am.

School Ends at 3:25 pm.

Students are allowed to enter building at 7:45 am.

Thank you for helping everyone stay safe by not dropping off your child prior to 7:45 a.m. Supervision of students does not begin until 7:45 a.m. If you need before school care, please contact the front office about Koala Kare or go to their website for information https://www.koalakare-llc.com/

We kindly request that you do not enter the car rider line PRIOR to 7:30 AM. The line backs up and then our staff can not get into the parking lot to park their cars and get to their classroom and morning duty assignments to welcome and supervise students.

Kuehnle Front Office Hours:

7:45- am to 4:10 pm


August 5: Kuehnle Meet the Teacher from 2-4 pm

August 5: Kuehnle PTO Kickoff Event 2-5 pm (outside)

August 9: Kindergarten Popsicles on the Playground 3-4 pm

August 10: First Day of School

August 17: Spirit Night @Pizza Zone 11am-9:30 pm

August 25: Fall Open House/Parent Information Night (see details below)

August 25: 1st General PTO Meeting 5 pm prior to Open House-Cafeteria

August 26 Kuehnle Fall Fundraiser-Big Kahuna (more details to come)

August 29: Lunch Visitors may begin

September 1- 30: GT Referral Window

September 5: Labor Day Holiday/No School

Dear Kuehnle Families,

We are excited to welcome back our Koalas for the 2022-2023 school year and we can't wait to meet our new Koalas! Kuehnle Elementary is the best place to be because of our dedicated staff and our supportive parents and community.

Who are we and why do we exist? Kuehnle Elementary's -The Koala Way: Learning, Serving, Leading- is who we are and why we exist. As a result of joining the Holdsworth Campus Leadership Program, we developed The Koala Way. Our goals are to provide Intentional Instruction through personalized learning and capitalizing on innovation. We strive for Educational Excellence nurturing our Klein ISD’s Promise2Purpose by cultivating talent with personalized and ongoing campus professional development. We are a Collaborative Community with a focus on building relationships, shaping character through communication and feedback with a servant’s heart. We engage in these goals with the use of practices such as Relational Practices, student goal setting, teacher small groups, and high levels of communication with our families.

Our partnership with you, our parents, has always been very important as we work together to provide a positive and successful learning experience for EVERY student. We believe that parent engagement and involvement is a very important component of your child's academic success. There are many ways at Kuehnle for you to volunteer. We love our volunteers! Please email our PTO Volunteer Coordinator @KuehnleVol@gmail.com for more information. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter @KuehnlePto.

As a result of this partnership and the support you give to our staff and school we have been able to fund many projects that directly impact our students through fundraisers. This past year as a result of your support with fundraisers led by the school or our Kuehnle PTO and your attendance and participation at school spirit nights we were able to purchase

digital programs that supported student achievement (personalizing learning), purchase leveled readers that supported small group instruction (intentional instruction), purchase playground equipment (supporting the need for children to engage in play), and much more. For the 22-23 school year so far we have been able to renew subscriptions of digital programs that support student achievement, replace the broken PK/K slide and purchase NEW PK/K playground structure. (See pics below) At Kuehnle, dollars raised always go to directly impact our students whether it is in the classroom or on the playground. Thank you for your continued support.

Looking forward to our best year yet...

Mrs. Julia Funk, Principal

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Have you seen our new trees?

Thank you to Dennis Venema, grandparent of a Kuehnle student. He donated four trees which were planted at the end of the 21-22 school year at the front of our school. He also cared for them all summer making sure they were properly watered to ensure growth. Thank you for your donation and service to our school.

School Supply List

Click HERE for the 2022-2023 Kuehnle School Supply List
If you ordered school supplies through Kuehnle, your child's supplies will be in the classroom. If you did not order school supplies, please click on the link above for information when you go to purchase them at your local store. Please feel free to bring them to Meet the Teacher and take to your child's classroom.
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First Day of School and After Visitor Requirements

Parents are welcome to walk their child to their classroom on the first day of August 10, 2022. We highly encourage all students to walk to their classroom on their own the second day. Don't worry, we have a lot of staff in the building ready to help them get to their classroom safely! On Thursday, August 11, if a parent still wishes to walk their child to the classroom you will need to sign in at the front office, have your driver's license scanned and receive a school badge. Beginning, Monday, August 15, 2022 all students should walk into the building on their own. We will continue to have staff in the hallways to help students reach their classroom safely.
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We want to set up students for success by spending time with them teaching expectations, procedures, etc. Lunch time with their peers is valuable time for your child all year to spend with their peers as they grow and cultivate their friendships.

We will begin allowing visitors for lunch on Monday, August 29, 2022. Thank you for your cooperation and support.

Beginning the 22-23 school year, USDA will no longer offer waivers allowing all students to eat for free. Students will be charged according to their eligibility. Prices for the new school year are the following:

Student lunches cost $2.50. Breakfast is $1.50

This year Klein ISD will be using Schoolcafe for lunch accounts.

NEW Schoolcafe

  • SchoolCafe, an all-in-one portal that allows families to complete meal benefits applications, deposit funds to their student’s lunch account, view meal transaction information in real- time and more!
  • Please click on links below for how to sign up and set up your account.

How to apply for meal benefits: Click HERE Or HERE

How to make payments in Schoolcafe: Click Video How TO

What information do parents need to register students?

● 6 digit student ID* Skyward includes an “s”. Do not include this when enrolling in SchoolCafe

● Last name of student

● Enrolled campus

Where can parents find their child’s ID Number? Skyward which is located at https://www.kleinisd.net/familynet

When sending money for your student’s account, please place the money or check in a sealed envelope and label with the following : Child’s First and Last Name, Teacher’s Name, Grade and Amount Enclosed.

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Meet The Teacher-August 5, 2022 2-4 PM

Please enter through the cafeteria doors. Doors will open at 1:45 pm for access to the cafeteria only until 2:00 PM. At 2:00 doors will open to the main building so you can proceed to your child's classroom. Please proceed to the Check-In table where you will receive the following:

1. Your child's assigned homeroom teacher.

2. Important To Do's at Meet the Teacher.

Prior to and during Meet the Teacher, please visit other tables in the cafeteria so you can:

1. Pick up your 22-23 required and official car rider number tag. We have new tags for everyone so please pick up your 2022-23 car rider tag at MTT. It is a different color for 22-23 and if you use the green one from last year you will be asked to proceed to the front office to pick up your student and obtain the 22-23 car rider tag.

2. Purchase your child's official 2022-2023 School Spirit Shirt that we wear every Friday.

If you preordered, please stop by to pick up.

3. Add money to your child's lunch account or learn how to do this via online.

4. Learn how you can become a PTO member and volunteer at Kuehnle.

5. Learn about Koala Kare if you need before or after school care for your child.

6. Learn about girl scouts and boy scouts.

After you meet your teacher, join us for the Kuehnle PTO Kickoff 2-5 pm in the cafeteria parking lot.

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Adjustments in Class Assignments

Your child’s teacher may be changed during the first several weeks of school. This may be due to balancing of class sizes, an addition or deletion of a teacher, or an instructional ability grouping change. These changes are made only to improve the instructional program of the students. We will inform you by letter or direct contact in the event these changes become necessary. Your cooperation in making this a smooth transition for your child is requested in the event that your child’s class assignment should need to be changed

Invitations to Outside Events

Please remember that the teacher cannot facilitate the delivery of invites to any outside events (i.e. birthday parties, sleepovers, etc.) The delivery of party invitations should happen outside of the instructional day. Thank you in-advance for your cooperation with this matter.
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Help us make the first day of car pool go smoothly!

Every student who is a car rider MUST have a car rider number. We have new 22-23 car rider tags for EVERY family that needs one. We do not dismiss by names and a lack of a car rider tag may require you to go to the front office to pick up your child. Car number tags speeds up our dismissal getting you home quicker. If your child will ever be a car rider during this school year, please pick up your car rider number at Meet The Teacher on August 5, 2022. Can't make Meet The Teacher? Please stop by the front office to pick up your car rider number August 8th or 9th between 8 AM and 3PM.

AM Car Rider line is at the front of the school near the flag pole.

PM Car Rider line is near the cafeteria.

Important Information for Parents

Visitors to Campus

All visitors to our campus must check in at our front office. A valid driver’s license will be needed to check in to visit any area past the front office. Name tags will be provided and should be worn at all times by all visitors. Please use the main entrance (near the flagpole) to enter and exit the building.

Rights of Possessory Conservator

The school district does not have the obligation to contact the managing conservator when the possessory conservator requests permission to review the child’s records and/or consult with the teacher.

Any conflicts between the two parents should be handled outside the school and we should be advised of any limitations of contact that might ultimately be established in the divorce decree; i.e., a visit with the child exclusive of a review of the records, etc.

Custody Issues

Please assist us in the handling of custody related issues. It is the responsibility of the parents to provide the registrar a certified copy of the most recent court order affecting any other person’s right to their children. Should you have any question, please call the school and ask for Julia Funk, Principal.

Car Pool

Please remember to have the car rider number tag hanging from your rear view mirror. Make sure you turn off your cell phone while in the carpool line. For morning drop-offs, please follow the directions of the staff members and drop your student off when the line stops. This helps to expedite the traffic flow.

Early Dismissal by 2:45 pm

All early dismissals must occur before 2:45p.m. If you need to pick your child up before the end of the school day please send a note to the front office in the morning. Please come to the front office at the requested time to sign him/her out. After 2:45 p.m. students will only be released following their normally dismissal routine. You can email Kuehnlefrontdesk@kleinisd.net

Transportation Changes by 2:45 pm

All changes to a child’s normal means of afternoon transportation must be received in the front office no later than 2:45 pm to allow time to get the updated information to the teacher in time for dismissal. You can email Kuehnlefrontdesk@kleinisd.net. Transportation changes must be requested in writing.

Medication at School

All medication, prescription and over the counter, must be delivered to the clinic by a parent or guardian. Prescription medications must be in the original container with prescription label. Most pharmacies will provide you with an extra bottle when you fill prescriptions if you ask them. Over the counter medications must have a dosage for the child by age or weight and can only be given for 2 weeks without a doctor’s note. Unused medication can not be sent home with the student. If the parent or guardian cannot pick up medication, you may make arrangements with the nurse for another adult to pick up medication. No vitamins, health food, or herbal preparations may be given.

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Smart Tags and more!

Klein ISD will continue using the SMART tag ID card system in the 2022-2023 school year to increase student safety, streamline management of students riding on school buses, and allow access to campus services via easy scans. Bus stop notifications will be implemented during the fall semester in a phased-in rollout. Families will be notified in advance prior to these notifications.

The district purchased the first lanyard, card and plastic cover for every student. The school staff will place them on your child's backpack where instructed by Klein ISD Transportation Department. Please do not remove them unless you need to attach to a new backpack.

Parents will be required to pay for replacement cards, plastic protective covers, or lanyards if they are broken, lost, or stolen. Every student is required to have a Smart Tag.

Replacement costs are as follows:

-lanyard = $2.00

-plastic protective cover = $1.00

-Smart Tag = $5.00

Parents will be contacted by our front office staff when a replacement is needed. Parents will need to pay for the replacement via School Cash Online. You will find the link on our Kuehnle webpage and here: https://www.schoolcashonline.com/

Once payment has been received the front office will provide the replacement. Parents will continue to receive reminders until the fee is paid. Remember, this is a requirement for all elementary students who ride the bus even once.

Dismissal - Safety is our Priority!

Parents, please help us with the following:

Car Riders:

1. Official school car rider number tags must be displayed in the front windshield.

2. Please keep your car rider number tag displayed until your child gets in your car. After your child enters your car, please remove your carpool card from the windshield. This is our signal that your child is loaded.

3. Please be patient in the car line. Remember that SAFETY is always a priority at Kuehnle. Be mindful that students are still moving until we give the go ahead to move cars forward.

4. Please refrain from using your cell phone in a School Zone, including waiting in the car rider line. There are Texas State Laws which prohibit the use of cell phones while in a school zone.

Walkers/Bike Riders:

1. Walkers will be issued a ‘dismissal card’ by their teacher

2. Walkers will turn this card in to the staff member on duty at the assigned walker exit. This will be the student’s ‘ticket’ to leave the school building at the end of each day.

3. Walkers do not walk to cars in the parking lot. Any student leaving school grounds in a car must be picked up in the Car Rider line.

4. For safety reasons, do not park your car in the parking lot during dismissal unless you are required to come into the building.

Bus Riders:

Students will receive a bus card which must be attached to his/her backpack the entire year. Please do not remove this card.

Bus Rules:

· Student must remain seated at all times.

· Students must keep hands, feet and objects to themselves.

· Refer to the Klein ISD Student Handbook for a more detailed list.

Parents, please plan ahead with your child for rainy days. Consider packing a raincoat or umbrella for them to use.

All changes to a student’s regular means of dismissal must be received in the front office by 2:45 pm. You may email kuehnlefrontdesk@kleinisd.net

Bus Schedules

Please be patient with the bus schedules the first week of school.

Buses typically run late the first few days of school.

Click HERE to find out more information on bus stop locations, and approximate times. Transportation is working hard to finalize routes, but please be advised that this information may not be available until immediately before school starts.

Reporting Student Absences

All student absences must have an excuse note from the parent/guardian within 5 days of the student's return to school.

How do I submit an excuse note?

Entering an absence in Skyward is Klein ISD's preferred method of communication for absence reporting.

Other acceptable methods of notification are:

  • hand written note from parent/guardian
  • note from a medical professional

We cannot accept the following communication methods:

  • No emails to the front office, registrar, teacher or other staff member
  • No Remind messages
  • No Dojo message

Klein ISD is no longer automatically sending notification of student absences to parents/guardians. However, there is a way for the parents/guardians to select to be notified if they want notification. The instructions for setting up the notification through Family Access is linked HERE.

See the Attendance Policy section of the Klein ISD Student Handbook for more information.


Please note the following information regarding the use of cell phones during school. This information is from the 2022-2023 KISD Elementary Student Handbook pages 64-65.

Electronic Devices and Technology Resources (All Grade Levels)

Possession and Use of Personal Telecommunications Devices, Including Cell Phones, and Other Electronic Devices

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 on campus such as laptops, tablets, or other portable computers.

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 cell phones 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.

Confiscated telecommunications devices that are not retrieved by the student or the student’s parent will be disposed of after the notice required by law.

In limited circumstances and in accordance with law, a student’s personal telecommunications device may be searched by authorized personnel.

Any disciplinary action will be in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. The district is not responsible for damaged, lost, or stolen telecommunications devices.

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August 25, 2022 Parent Information Night

Two sessions: 5:30-6:15 pm and 6:15-7:00 pm

Come hear important information from your child's teacher that will help you support your childs' learning in the 22-23 school year.


Selective school supply items and novelty items will be available in our school store most mornings from 7:40 - 8:10 a.m. beginning on August 29th.

Kuehnle PTO

Please visit the PTO website HERE and buy a membership today! Your donation will go directly to support Kuehnle Elementary and you will also get some cool Kuehnle spirit items!

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Kuehnle PTO Online Spirit Store

Show your school spirit with a Kuehnle Spirit Shirt, Sweatshirt or Yard sign! Visit the PTO website HERE to get all your Kuehnle gear!

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Kindergarten Popsicles on the Playground

Attention All Incoming Kindergarteners! Please join us for a popsicle on the Kuehnle Playground from 3-4pm on August 9th. This is a great time to meet other Kindergarten students and say hello to your Kindergarten teachers before the first day of school!
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Next Spirit Night

Looking for an easy dinner? Starting school can be a busy time . . Skip the cooking while helping support our Koalas. If you mention "Kuehnle" when you order 20% of the sale will go back to our school!
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Upcoming PTO Events:

  • 8/5/22 - Meet the Teacher 2-4pm & Kuehnle Kickoff Party 2-5pm

  • 8/9/22 - Kindergarten Popsicles on the Playground 3-4pm

  • 8/10/22 - First Day of School

  • 8/17/22 - Spirit Night @ Pizza Zone 11am-9:30 PM

  • 8/25/22 - 1st General PTO Meeting 5pm

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Become a Volunteer

If you would like to Volunteer at Kuehnle Elementary you have to complete the KleinISD Volunteer Application. Please visit the KleinISD website HERE and fill out your application today.

Follow us Twitter and Facebook @KuehnleKISD & @KuehnlePTO