Monday Morning Bearcub Brief

Volume LXXX--5 November 2018

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

Kleb Kudos

Good morning Bearcub family! I hope you had a great weekend, and made great use of the extra hour that "fall back" gave us. This week we round the corner on the semester, with only two weeks until Thanksgiving break and less than six full school weeks until the semester ends! It feels like we just started, but at the same time, we have done so much this school year to make sure that EVERY Cub is stepping up, reaching out and moving forward. Here's just a few things from this week:
This week's first kudos goes out to all of our athletes and coaches. Our fall sports season has just concluded and we could not be more proud of our Bearcubs and their accomplishments. Our athletes exhibited humility, perseverance, and resilience throughout the season both on and off the field. Congratulations on your season and we cannot wait to cheer on our basketball teams in the next couple of weeks.

My second kudos goes to Ms. Washington and her 6th grade ELA classes. Ms. Washington created engaging learning experiences in her class last week by facilitating an expository lesson that asked students to use text features to write instructions for other students on how to make their favorite paper airplane. The students had a great time constructing their peers airplanes based on the instructions that were written and giving feedback on the instructions for the students to use in the revising process. Great job Ms. Washington!

My third kudos of the week goes to Ms. Layton for her weekly incorporation of literacy concepts in her 8th grade Science classes. Ms. Layton creates a central theme each week and includes activities such as a joke of the week, mini debates, and more to expand the learning in her classroom across other disciplines. Great job Ms. Layton and thank you for creating opportunities for our students to continuously improve and grow!
My final kudos of the week goes to Ms. Siger for creating an awesome literary analysis lesson on the spooky stories of Edgar Allen Poe. To get her students excited, she came dressed in character and decked out her room in themed decorations. The students made great connections across multiple pieces of text and were able to skillfully collaborate and communicate with one another during their group work. I know that the students will reference the lesson in their writing for many weeks to come. Way to go, Ms. Siger!

Cubs of the Week

Huggins Highlights

Teachers, just a reminder to save the date for our November faculty meeting for Wednesday, November 14th. At this meeting, we will have our normal round of nuts and bolts, but a large portion of our time will be set aside for a question and answer session with Dr. Champion.


This week, the second school accountability video is available in Schoology. Please make sure you watch these with your collaborative team and reflect on how you are serving your Bearcubs. Reflections are due by next Wednesday, November 14th.


Next week on Monday, November 12th, we will continue our tradition of hosting the annual Veteran's Day Breakfast at Kleb Intermediate! The breakfast starts at 8am, so we will be on silent passing periods during entry and possibly the passing period between 1st and 2nd period. Please plan on being on campus and in your room by 8:15am so that you can receive students (there won't be a place for them before school since the cafeteria will be full!). If you are one of our veterans on staff, we would love for you to be a part of the breakfast! Just let Amanda know so we can plan for your coverage. More details, including a Veterans' Day duty roster, will be coming your way early this week.


Finally, don't forget that this Friday is the last day for grades in the latest progress report cycle. It's also the next cycle of mentor meetings, so make sure you see your mentee in the Activity Center this Friday!

Parents, now that report cards are out, if you have a Bearcub that was unsuccessful and failed a core area subject in the first quarter, they are eligible for our Edgenuity Grade Repair Program at the discretion of their teacher. Counselors will be contacting parents about this opportunity throughout next week, and the grade repair session begins on Monday, 11/5 and runs through Thursday, 12/13. Courses run Monday through Thursday directly after school until 5:40pm.


Also, the beginning of the year MAP results are coming home this week! Scores for reading, math and science will be distributed through your Bearcub's ELA class in addition to each student getting a personalized email with goals and resources to improve before the middle of year testing in January. See the informational letter for more details.

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Kleb CUB Award of the Week

Josh Tice

Josh’s dedication to serve his country & his continued role in education to serve all students exhibits a value driven Leader. He is kind & compassionate as well as a strong role model for the students here at Kleb. Not only is he a great teacher, his ability to know each of his students by name, strength & need is amazing!

Here’s to you, Josh Tice!


From Ms. Dawson

From the PTO President

Hi parents! In case you missed it, we held a ‘virtual PTO meeting’ at Open House, but we did have some technical difficulties, so many of you did not get a chance to see it. Here are the highlights:

  • New this year: register to follow our account on Remind so you can stay updated on events around school and ways to be involved: text @klebpt to 81010

  • Please join the PTO! Your $10 membership ($5 for faculty/staff) makes a BIG difference in our ability to fund our giving projects, AND it gives us the ability to include you on email votes to help us decide on fundraisers and how we will use our money to best benefit the school and students. Help us hear your voice by joining PTO – envelopes are in the front office, or check your kiddo’s backpack to see if one is swimming around in there from the second week of school ;) Remember, PTO Membership doesn’t come with any expectations from you, aside from replying to a vote. Of course we’re happy to have you as a volunteer if you’re willing and able, but it isn’t a requirement for membership


Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions/suggestions or if you would like to get involved/volunteer. You can drop notes in the blue mailbox in the front office, or message me through Remind. Thanks – looking forward to a successful year!


Rebecca Strong

PTO News

Don’t forget to order your 2018-19 Kleb Memory book today by visiting Balfour.com. The price is only $25 but will increase to $30 after December 31, 2018. The number of memory books is limited so make sure you place your order as soon as possible.

Also, parents of an 8th grade students have the the opportunity to purchase an ad in the memory book as a way to dedicate special wishes for their student. 8th grade ads may be purchased and designed on Balfour.com. Prices vary based on size, and space is limited.

If you have any questions, please contact PTO Representative, Theresa Berend, at theberends@msn.com or 817-223-0855.

Mrs. Herron- Orchestra Director

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Where did you grow up?

Cut-n-Shoot, Tx


How many years have you been in education?

12


Where did you go to school?

Sam Houston State University


What is your favorite family tradition?

My family will find any reason to get together and celebrate each other.


What was your first job?

My first job was teaching private lessons for Kleb Intermediate.


What is one thing that you wish everyone knew about you that they probably don't?

After teaching private lessons for Kleb over 16 years ago, I knew that I wanted to be in the KISD. I started as the assistant at KHS and then took over the head position at Doerre. I loved both places but am so glad to have come full circle and to be at Kleb in charge of the orchestra program. We have amazing students and families!!

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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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