Monday Morning Bearcub Brief

Volume CXVII--4 November 2019

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

Kleb Kudos

Happy November, Bearcub Family! I hope everyone enjoyed their extra hour this weekend. Although I enjoy the "falling back" part of daylight savings, I never quite get used to the feeling of leaving school in relative darkness. This week we round the corner on the semester, with only three 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:
The Kleb Young Authors Club is a community of writers who meets every Tuesday to develop and grow their writing abilities. These young writers are currently working on several contests in hopes of becoming published writers and poets. Bearcubs, if you are interested in becoming a member of the Young Authors Club or any club we have here on campus, check out the Kleb webpage for a list of our current clubs with meeting dates and times.
Congratulations to 8th grader, Kadin Jones whose blind contour portrait, titled "Disdain" is currently on display at the TLC. Kadin's art teacher, Dr. Fridley Hereford said, "During blind countour, the artist looks only at the subject, not the paper. As a result, the final work is a bit distorted. It takes courage, but blind contour creates highly expressionistic works of art. The purpose of blind contour is to teach the artist to truly "look" (study) their subject rather than be consumed by perfection of the subject matter." Dr. Fridley Hereford, does an excellent job of ensuring high expectations for every student in her classroom and creating a classroom culture of risk-taking and reflection. Congratulations to both of you!
Our 6th grade math team; Ms. Demoss, Ms. Hendrix, Ms. Westfall, and Mr. Ortiz provided an engaging learning experience this week through Order of Operations. The students performed equation surgery, but when an answer was incorrect, a limb was removed. The students were able to reattach the limb by going back, reworking, and getting the problem correct. There was outstanding collaboration among students and immediate feedback from their teachers.
Congratulations to our 7th and 8th grade B football teams! Both teams went undefeated and won the district title this past week. Their hard work and determination throughout the season was noticed by all. We also want to congratulate their coaches who dedicate many hours each day to ensure the athletes are prepared on the field and in the classroom.

7th Grade Coaches: Coach Huber, Coach Perry, and Coach Woodard

8th Grade Coaches Coach Harshaw, Coach Mauldin, and Coach Waddy

Huggins Highlights

Teachers, don't forget, the second cycle of our FLE challenge needs to be completed in the season between now and Thanksgiving break. Make sure to let the PL team know when you are trying your second personalized learning lesson using (this is the same form as before). Teachers on the beginner pathway need to visit one of our teachers on the advanced pathway. If you are on the intermediate pathway, Ms. Sharp and I will schedule someone to come give you feedback on your second time with the same personalized learning model from October.

The November online Google Roadmap and Stepping Up to PL classes run November 1 - November 18. Teachers who are interested can Register in Eduphoria. Questions? See Ms. Sharp for more details!

Also, Monday, November 4th begins our webinar series with Ed Elements. Anyone is welcome to join...teachers, admin, specialists, instructional paras. Staff, reference the link to the webinar sent out via email from me. Linked here is the calendar of webinars and the topics that will be covered throughout the year.

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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.


A note from our PTO

VETERAN'S DAY: All students are involved in honoring our American Veterans on Veteran's Day each year. Registered volunteers are encouraged to sign up to help set up the posters the students made to honor those who have served our country. An email was sent to all registered Kleb volunteers with link to Signup Genius to register. We still need volunteers for the afternoon shifts. If you are a registered volunteer, but have not received emails about volunteer opportunities, please check your account on CERVIS or contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Katrina Wilhelmsen at

SPIRIT NIGHT: Thank you to all our amazing Kleb families who joined us for BBQ and Memory Books at Rango's BBQ last Thursday. We had a wonderful turnout and some delicious food! Stay tuned for our next Spirit Night event...coming soon!

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 along with your name, your student's name. You can also print the form ( 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!)

MEMORY BOOKS & 8TH GRADE ADS: Buy NOW!!! Our online store is OPEN! Please go to and search for Kleb to purchase your student’s memory book at a discount before December 31. Parents of 8th graders, don’t forget to reserve your graduation ad space now – you can purchase a 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, or full page ad on the balfour website and save your spot. Artwork will be due in the spring but we do have limited space for ads so don’t wait!

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.

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
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--John Harshaw--Coach/PE Teacher

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-From Christian Mullins

Cubs of the Week

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Angela Blanchard- Science Teacher

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Endurance produces Character, Character produces Hope ( Romans 5:4)

Where did you grow up?

Upstate New York

How many years have you been in education?


Where did you go to school?

SUNY Oneonta

What is something interesting about yourself?

My first degree was in Meteorology. However, I had an interesting opportunity to coach/teach at a children's summer camp. It was there that I fell in love with teaching others. I have been teaching ever since.

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

I have been a quilter since 2014. In that short period of time, I have created quilts for friends, family, and several charity projects. The most recent quilting adventure includes creating weighted blankets for autistic children.

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

Omelettes (love eggs)

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

Jigsaw puzzles

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

Meryl Streep, she is fun, down to earth, and loves musicals

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

Cyndi Lauper, I grew up as an 80's chick who just wanted to have fun.

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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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