Kleb Intermediate

Edition 12: November 29, 2020

Hello Bearcub families,


Happy Sunday afternoon!


We hope that everyone had a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving week that was filled with rest and time spent with family. We have packed schedule of events, try outs, and course work over the next three weeks before taking off again for winter break!


One of those events is our teacher planning day which will occur this Friday, December 4th. Please click here for the information which includes an RSVP form for any on campus student that will be coming onto campus for that non traditional school day. Please note the important information about what that day will look like for both our on campus students and online students. The RSVP form deadline for your student to join us on campus that day was November 20th, if you have not completed the form please do so as soon as possible so we can prepare and plan for that day, thank you! We will be sharing our teacher's office hours for that day soon in a separate email by Wednesday of this week.


Also as we start back up this week, please note the following information from Klein ISD about students and staff returning to campus. Klein ISD continues to prioritize keeping all of our students and staff healthy and safe, and we are grateful for your continued partnership and help.

Please contact us by using this form (https://kleinisd.typeform.com/to/CgmkMBCV) before returning to school if your child or anyone in your family is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, tested positive for COVID-19, or if you were in close contact with somebody who has tested positive in the past 14 days. As always, your student should not return to campus until you receive a response from your child’s school regarding next steps for your child’s learning experience. 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!

Kleb Staff

We are so grateful to our staff and everything they do to support all of our students this year. It has been both a challenging and rewarding year and I'm so proud of the work we have accomplished. A big thank you to everyone that keeps our school running from our wonderful custodians who work so hard to keep our school clean and safe to our teachers, support staff, and leadership team who work tirelessly to meet our student's needs, we appreciate you so much!

MAP Celebrations

For our second kudos, we want to celebrate our students and their academic growth on their beginning of the year MAP scores from winter of last year. Our amazing specialists dressed up and celebrated students that showed growth on any of the three MAP tests that were taken at the beginning of the school year. We are so proud of you and can not wait to see how much you have grown this year when we take our middle of the year MAP test in January. Well done, everyone!

Our Parents

Finally, a big thank you to our parents who help support not only their students everyday but have also reached out to support our staff and other Kleb family members. From the well wishes and donut surprises to stocking our teacher's lounge fridge to our awesome PTO, we can not thank you enough for all that you do! This year has shown more than ever that it truly takes a village and we love our Kleb community!

Tips & Reminders to Prepare for Week 13:

Progress Report 3

Just as a reminder the end of PR3 was Friday, November 20th. Grades will pull on Monday, November 30th. Please encourage your students to use den time on Monday to conference with teachers and attend tutoring so their highest possible grade is reflected.

6th Period: Bearcub Den

Please make sure that students are attending their den each and every school day. This period is used for not only interventions and tutoring, but our campus has character education lessons, peer interaction opportunities, and beginning this week we will introduce a math intervention day. This den period is such an important opportunity for our students to learn academic ownership and behavioral skills that will help them be successful in not only middle school but high school as well. Learning to advocate for their needs, communicate with teachers, attend tutoring as needed, and schedule time to complete homework or missing work is an essential skillset we would love all of our Bearcubs to learn. If your student has questions about any of these opportunities, please let us know or encourage them to speak with their den teachers.

MAP Reports

Our Kleb Cubs have completed the begging of year (BOY) MAP Test and the results are now located in your Skyward Family Portal under Portfolio. MAP Growth scores help teachers check student performance by measuring Achievement and Growth. Teachers use results to tailor classroom lessons and to set goals for students. For more information on how to access or use the MAP data with your student, please visit the Map Family Report website. Our campus specialists are also available to answer any additional questions you may have.

Susan Collier

ELA Specialist

scollier@kleinisd.net

Kelsey Marino

Math Specialist

kmarino1@kleinisd.net

Paula Freund

Science Specialist

pfreund1@kleinisd.net

KOC Reminder

Beginning last 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

BearCUBs of the Week

Calendar of Events:

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Student Information

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.

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 pass or gold card 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.

School Store Hours

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

Parent Information

Grade Repair for Q1

If your child was not successful in earning a 70 or higher in a core course for quarter one, our grade level counselors should have contacted you November week 2 about grade repair opportunities that take place after school. If you have questions, please reach out to our grade level offices for support.
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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!

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 red Keep Klein Safe Button at the top.

2.Then click on the purple COVID-19 button also found at the top. (Linked below as well)

3.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.

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

Dawn Herron-- Orchestra Director

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Where did you grow up? Houston, TX


How long have you been in education? 14 years


Where did you go to school? Sam Houston State University


What's your favorite theme park? Disney World


What's your idea of fun? I love spending time with my husband and two beautiful children.


Have you ever won a contest? If so, what did you win? I've won orchestra competitions with my students. The most recent was the invitation to play in Chicago for the 75th Annual Midwest Clinic and Convention in 2021. We are the first Junior High String group in KISD to be invited ever.


Where would you time-travel, if it were possible? I would time travel to just about any time other than 2020 at the moment. :)

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

SPIRIT NIGHT:

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream...and our AWESOME Bearcubs! Join us Wednesday, November 18 from 5-8 pm for Kleb Spirit Night at Bruster's Ice Cream on Louetta. Mention Kleb PTO and a percentage of your purchase will go to support our students and teachers. See you there!

MINTED.COM FUNDRAISER – HOLIDAY CARDS AND GIFTS:
Kleb PTO is excited to participate in an online fundraiser with Minted.com. Minted.com is an online marketplace where individuals can purchase personalized holiday cards, invitations, note cards, and gifts. Use code FUNDRAISEKLEB at checkout and you will receive 20% off your purchase and Minted.com will donate 15% of your purchase price to Kleb PTO.

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