Monday Morning Bearcub Brief

Volume CXXVIII--17 February 2020

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

Kleb Kudos

Good morning and Happy President's Day, Bearcub family! I am excited that today's slight pause gives us a chance to recenter ourselves and break through the "wall" that we traditionally hit during Febru-weary. This is always the hardest part of the year, with sicknesses going around and the anxiety we feel as we realize that time with our Bearcubs is short yet we still have so much we want them to learn. But a huge shout out to all of our teachers who take this in stride and still bring their best everyday to invest in the future of our scholars and make sure that every CUB is stepping up, reaching out and moving forward. Here are just a few examples of that from this week:
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Last week the Scholastic Writing Awards were announced and the following Kleb students’ have been recognized for their outstanding writing:

Honorable Mention Awards went to 8th grader Grace Nguyen for her poem “What a Journey” and 8th grader Ava Koss for her short story “The Most Beautiful Things are the Most Dangerous.”

Silver Key Honors went to 7th grader Evan Pfeffer for his Science Fiction/Fantasy entitled “Omen’s Return” and to 8th grade Alany Encarnacion for her poems…..

And lastly a Gold Key honor went to 8th grader Danika Moreno for her critical essay entitled “Consequences of Modernization.”

Congratulations to all of these talented writers! If you are interested in writing and would like to enter the Scholastic competition this fall, see Mrs. Collier in the ELA office.

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Congratulations to 6th grader Ammar for receiving 4th place at the district Spelling Bee this past week. Great job to all of the students within Klein ISD that were able to make it thus far and thank you Ammar for representing Kleb Intermediate.

Huggins Highlights

Don't forget, starting tomorrow, Tuesday, February 18th, staff have been issued access cards and doors will now remain locked until the building is officially open for business. Kleb staff, if you have not already done so, please make sure you have your card to ensure entry into the building and let your students know when to meet you for sponsored events. 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.

Staff, here are a few upcoming notable dates:

The PL Team meets this Thursday, 2/20 at 8am

Team Leaders meet on Thursday, 2/27 at 8:15

Our March faculty meeting is with Dr. McGown and it is on Tuesday, 3/3 at 8am

And last but certainly not least, Spring Break is only 3 weeks away!!!

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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

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 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: 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 along with your name, your student's name, or you can print the form ( 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
If you HAVE renewed your form but have not received any emails from Kleb for volunteer opportunities, please email and ask to make sure that you have been added to the Kleb group.

Kleb Teacher of the Week--Jamie Owens--8th ELA

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I am nominating Jamie Owens for kindness, leadership, and bravery because starting your teaching career is never easy and beginning in the middle of the year makes it that much more challenging. You started off strong by getting to know your students needs and because of your efforts they are learning more and more everyday. Thank you for being such a great member of our team and we are truly lucky to have you be a part of it.

Nominated by Josh Tice

Cubs of the Week

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Staff Spotlight -- April Morgan-- Theatre Arts Teacher

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The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return

Where did you grow up?


How many years have you been in education?


Where did you go to school?

Klein Collins High School and then Texas State University #EatEmUpCats

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

I’m a great cook

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

Talking to strangers

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


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


Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life? Why?

Miley Cyrus since she’s my doppelgänger

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

The Beatles, they defined an entire generation with music and I think I could rock the early era hair cut (jk) 😉

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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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