Monday Morning Bearcub Brief

Volume CXXIII--13 January 2020

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

Kleb Kudos

Since we did not have a Bearcub Brief last week due to the break, let me officially welcome you back, Bearcubs! I hope you and your family had a wonderful vacation and that you are rested and relaxed as we head into the second half of the school year. On this side of winter break, things always get so busy, but let's not forget that we are all a family working towards the common goal of EVERY Cub stepping up, reaching out and moving forward. Before we push forward in the new year, let's look at some of the great things that have happened lately:
Before break, students in Ms. Broadnax's Social Studies class had a great time debating and defending the Bill of Rights. Thank you to Ms. Sharp for acting as the judge in these awesome debates. Great job to our forever learners for skillfully collaborating and embracing challenges in class and to Ms. Broadnax for designing such engaging activities!
Congratulations to these 6 lucky Bearcubs! Their names were drawn from CUB cards for portraying our Bearcub traits. Each student received a $50 gift card to Walmart or Target compliments of our PTO.

Huggins Highlights

Parents and teachers, this year's spring open house event is being reinvented as a Course Selection Night/Elective Fair, and it is just around the corner! It will take place on Thursday, January 23rd, with the 5th grade parent meeting in the cafeteria at 6pm and the course selection Q&A and informational elective fair following at 6:30pm for our current 6th and 7th grade students.


Teachers, it is also the season of student visits! Our upcoming 5th grade students will be on campus during 1st-3rd period on Thursday, January 23rd (for those of you who are new, anticipate having a good chunk of your fine arts students in the program). Additionally, our 8th graders will be visiting their high school campus on Friday, 1/17. Anticipate 8th graders being out from the beginning of the day until just before lunch. More information will be coming out from Mr. Coleman soon!


Parents, one more reminder, the new cell phone/headphone policy went live last week. Students are now required to put away cell phones and headphones before entering the classroom each period, and will not be allowed to use them during instructional time. They can still use phones before and after school, at lunch, and briefly during passing periods. In addition, students are no longer allowed to use wireless headphones for instructional purposes. Every student will need wired headphones that plug into their Chromebook for school. Please help us have this conversation with your Bearcubs at home. As always, if you need to get in touch with your student you can call the front office, any of the grade level offices or attendance and we can send for them. Thank you for supporting our effort to provide an excellent learning environment for our Bearcubs.

Teacher of the Year-- Malinda Gonzalez

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We are still looking for WATCH D.O.G.S.!® This is an innovative program focusing on education and safety in schools by using the positive influence of fathers and father-figures for a two-fold purpose:

1. To provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important.

2. To provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying.

Fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, male guardians and uncles are asked to spend at least one day at their student’s school volunteering. They will support the school through:

monitoring the school property, working one-on-one or in small groups, reading, helping with work, listening ears, or whatever else needs to be done to PLANT SEEDS OF SUCCESS in the lives of the students.

PLEASE CLICK THE LINK AND FILL OUT THIS GOOGLE FORM IF YOU ARE INTERESTED: WATCH D.O.G.S. INTEREST FORM

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A note from our PTO

MEMORY BOOKS: Memory book prices have now increased to $30, but it isn't too late to order one! Go to balfour.com 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 PayPal. Membership Levels include: $10 Family Membership; $25 Bronze Level Sponsor Membership; $50 Silver Level Sponsor Membership; or $75.00 Gold Level Sponsor Membership. Send your payment to klebptomoney@gmail.com along with your name, your student's name. You can also print the form (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OURRmcTxgTUSvAOgYm4GmM7YPUgppVT6/view?usp=sharing) and send it in the front office with your student with payment, or forms and envelopes are available to fill out. 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 Veterans’ Day poster help. Please be sure to register so that we can invite you to participate. You can fill the form out at https://kapo.kleinisd.net/VolunteerForm/.
If you HAVE renewed your form but have not received any emails from Kleb for volunteer opportunities, please email klebvolunteers@gmail.com and ask to make sure that you have been added to the Kleb group.

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Last Week's Kleb Teacher of the Week--Amy Smith--CTE Teacher

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I am nominating Amy Smith as teacher of the week for empathy, kindness, and leadership as she consistently challenges her students and cheerleaders at all times. Amy has done a terrific job sponsoring the cheer team here at Kleb and they represent our school in a positive manner throughout the district. She puts in a lot of time with the girls and it shows as they are truly one of the best cheer squads in the district.


-Coach Huber

This Week's Kleb Teacher of the Week--Shaun Hebert--Science Teacher

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I am nominating Shaun Hebert for kindness, leadership, and empathy because he goes above and beyond to get to know his students and holds them to high expectations. He is a wonderful co-worker and genuinely cares about everyone at Kleb Intermediate.


-Amy Smith

Cubs of the Week

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Katrina Wilhelmsen--Receptionist

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He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8

Where did you grow up?

Austin, TX


How many years have you been in education?

1


Where did you go to school?

Texas A&M University


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

All things creative


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

Chic-fil-A


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

Party planning


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

The Beatles because they have some AMAZING MUSIC!!

Parent Reminder--Dismissal Procedures

Car Riders

Car rider parents will turn on Lyons School Road from either Louetta Road or Stuebner-Airline. Parents will enter at the north entrance to the Klein High School student parking lot. Look for the sign. Parents will then form two lanes along the curb, up until the sign indicating the stopping point. When your student arrives, a staff member will direct you to exit past the band and to the right so that you can exit through the south exit of the parking lot. If your student will not be immediately ready to be picked up after school, parents will need to park in one of the parking spots to wait for their child. If you do park in a parking spot to wait for your child, use extreme caution when backing out of the parking space. Students have been instructed to cross to the Klein High parking lot at the cross walk with an employee. See the image below for an aerial view.


As a reminder, there is no afternoon pickup at the front of the school due to the potential safety issue as traffic backs up onto Louetta. Thank you again for understanding our need to keep our Bearcubs safe.

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Bus Riders

Students who ride the bus are to wait in the cafeteria at the designated table for their bus number. Once a bus number is called, the bus number will be posted on the wall next to the cafeteria exit door. All students should check the posted bus numbers before exiting into the bus parking lot.


The first round of buses will be dismissed promptly at 4:25 after a last call for those buses has been made in the cafeteria. Once the first bus begins to roll, for student safety, no student will be allowed to enter the bus lot or get on a bus. After the first bus has started to depart, there is no way to communicate with the driver and it is unsafe for students to be in the bus lot. After the first round of buses has been dismissed, the second round of buses will be called as they arrive and will depart as soon as they have been loaded.

Walkers

Students who walk must immediately leave the building unless attending tutorials or are otherwise under the care of a supervising teacher. The cafeteria is reserved for bus riders only. Once students have exited the building, they are expected to make their way home directly and there is no reentry into the building.
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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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Have a great week, Bearcubs!

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