Monday Morning Bearcub Brief

Volume LXVI-- 14 May 2018

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

Kleb Kudos

Good morning and happy STAAR week! Teachers, thank you so much for all that you have done this year to make sure every Cub has experienced at least a year's worth of growth...even in a year that has been tough emotionally on everyone. Just think back, eclipse, hurricane, ice storm; nature threw everything at us this year and you have still managed to help our kids learn so much! Here are just a few examples:

My first shout out of the week goes to Meagan Solomon and Josh Tice for their outstanding work in creating a total kinesthetic experience for their social studies kids in the form of an obstacle course review. It was awesome to hear our students cheering each other on and yelling encouragement as students hula-hooped while singing the 13 colonies song, ran to place events on the interactive timeline, dribbled a soccer ball while reciting amendments and more! Thank y'all for bringing your social studies review to life!

My second kudos this week goes to Mr. Gist for arranging a trip for his Gateway to Technology classes to visit one of Klein High's new CTE courses. Thank you for showing our students new pathways in high school and extending their learning outside the classroom.
Nurse's day was this week and we can not say enough about Ms. Manning and Ms. McCollum. They do an amazing job of caring for our students and staff on campus and we are so grateful that they work at Kleb Intermediate. Thank you ladies for all that you do!
Another kudos this week goes to Ms. McDonald and all of the students that participated in the Pop Show. They performed for a packed house and did an amazing job...every Bearcub choir member had a fantastic performance, and the pinnacle of the event was a solo by Ms. McDonald herself! Thank you all so much for your hard work and dedication!
Finally, thanks to Mrs. A. Hodge and the staff for all the work they did this past week to celebrate our amazing teachers and staff here at Kleb Intermediate during Teacher Appreciation Week. Everyone enjoyed the daily events and we appreciate all the work you put into making the week so special!

Cubs of the Week

Super Teacher of the Week- Shannon Noble and Developmental team!

Day after day, you all work tirelessly for your students to build and maintain meaningful relationships in the classroom. I love spending time or chatting with you guys about all of the awesome things going on at Kleb.

From Jessica Jackson

Huggins Highlights

Staff, remember that we will have a brief faculty meeting in the morning this Friday, May 18th to go over the end-of-year closing procedures for the last week and a half of school. At the meeting, you will receive your check out sheet as well as your assignment for the last-day duty schedule. Can you believe we are already at check-out time?!?

If you have not already had a chance, please take some time to give the admin team feedback on how we can grow and serve you better. Click here to take the admin feedback survey for me, Alex, Ellen and Tyson. Thank you for your help, I know this is a busy time of year...I appreciate your effort to help us grow!

Finally, parents, make sure that you check out the instructions for our school supply pre-order for the 18-19 school year below. Pre-orders will run from now until July 2nd, and this year there will be no supply sales at the door during the new student orientation and school supply order yours soon!

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Notable Dates...To the End of the Year!

Ongoing--School Supply Preorders! (There will be NO school supplies sold at the 18-19 New Student Orientation/School Supply Pickup!!!)

5/14--STAAR 6/7 math, 8th retest

5/15--STAAR 6/7 reading, 8th retest

5/16--STAAR 8th Science

5/17--STAAR 8th Social Studies

5/18--Final Exams Begin (see schedule below!)

5/21--Textbook collection day

5/21--8th Grade Awards (evening, 6:30pm)

5/22--6th/7th Grade Awards (during school)

5/23--Chromebook Work Order Day (in ELA)

5/25--Chromebook Pickup Day (in ELA)

5/28--Memorial Day Holiday

5/29--Final grade pull for Quarter 4

5/29--Locker Cleanout

5/30--Fun Day Celebration

5/31--Early Release Day, 8th Grade party

Spring 2018 Final Exam Schedule

Friday, May 18: TSDE (part 1), Prin. Info Tech (part 1), PHS (part 1)

Monday, May 21: TSDE (part 2), Prin. Info Tech (part 2), PHS (part 2)

Tuesday, May 22: DDMP (part 1), Gateway to Technology (part 1), Health (part 1)

Wednesday, May 23: DDMP (part 2), Gateway to Technology (part 2), Health (part 2)

Thursday, May 24: Spanish I & II (part 1), Algebra/Geometry (part 1), Art 1

Friday, May 25: Spanish I & II (part 2), Algebra/Geometry (part 2), PATH


Kleb Car Decals are IN! Get your decal by becoming a silver or above level donor with Write A Check -- you can print a form at and turn it in to the blue PTO mailbox in the front office. Let's get our school spirit going and support your kids' school - remember, all donations are tax deductible!

We also want to hear from you! We're wrapping up our school year and are planning for the year ahead -- so, we need your input! First, if you know someone who would be great as a part of our PTO board for 2018-2019, or you want to nominate yourself, please fill out this quick nomination form for us! Even if all you'd like to do is help with a committee, we'd love to know -- not every PTO job requires you up at the school frequently, but every bit helps!

PTO Nomination Form:

Kleb PTO Nominations

Please give us the name and any contact info for yourself or someone else you think would be great as part of the PTO board! Don't forget to think about incoming parents of current 5th graders :)

Finally, if you haven't had a chance yet, please take a few minutes and fill out this parent survey -- we can't make improvements unless we know your concerns, suggestions, and ideas! We've converted it to a google form to make submitting it easier.

Kleb WAC 2017-18

Yes! I want to participate in the Kleb Write A Check campaign with the following donation: Diamond ($250 or more) Platinum ($100-$249) Gold ($50-$99) Silver ($25-$49) Bronze (Any Amount up to $24) Donors at Silver level and higher will rece...


Starting April 16th thru July 2nd!

1. Go to

2. Enter the school ID, KLE001

3. Follow the directions to complete your order.

4. Keep your online confirmation as your receipt.

Tax will be applied at checkout.

Staff Spotlight--Elizabeth McCrory--Case Manager

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Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those bits of good put together that overwhelm the world--Desmond Tutu

Where are you from?

Corpus Christi, Texas

Where did you go to school?

University of Texas at Austin

How many years have you been in education?


What is your proudest accomplishment?

My three teenage sons who are moral, generally hard-working, and growing into fine young men.

What is your most heartwarming teacher/student moment?

Attending a student's graduation at a campus similar to Vistas. She was able to complete her high school education while supporting herself and working three jobs.

Who is your hero and why?

Temple Grandin's mother, Eustacia Cutler, who fought for her child's access to a education, therapy, and opportunity when institutionalization of children with autism was commonplace.

If you were a superhero, what would your name and power be?

My name would be "Educator," and I would be present in body, mind, and spirit to help guide the minds and growth of children.

What is the weirdest thing you've ever eaten?

Squid in ink sauce

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? Why?

Greece, because it is the seat of modern civilization, scenically beautiful and sunshiny, and has good food.

Which three words describe you?

Very high expectations

Attendance Counts

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

Next Year's School Calendar

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Have a great week, Bearcubs!

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