Kuehnle Koala Chronicle
23/24 Issue 4
2023-2024 School Hours
School Ends at 3:25 pm.
Students are allowed to enter building at 7:45 am.
Thank you for helping everyone stay safe by not dropping off your child prior to 7:45 a.m. Supervision of students does not begin until 7:45 a.m. If you need before school care, please contact the front office about Koala Kare or go to their website for information https://www.koalakare-llc.com/
We kindly request that you do not enter the car rider line PRIOR to 7:30 AM. The line backs up and then our staff can not get into the parking lot to park their cars and get to their classroom and morning duty assignments to welcome and supervise students.
Kuehnle Front Office Hours:
7:45- am to 4:10 pm
DATES TO REMEMBER
Nov 1-3: Vision and Hearing screenings
Nov 2: Fall Academic Night and Bookfair 5:30-7pm
Nov 3: Last day for Food Drive donations
Nov 7: Election Day-Student Holiday-NO SCHOOL
Nov 9: Fall Individual picture Re-takes, 2nd & 3rd grade field trip
Nov 14: Kuehnle Choir/Orff Concert 7pm-Cafeteria
Nov 15: PTO Spirit Night-Spring Creek BBQ
Nov 20-24: KISD Thanksgiving Break Student & Staff holiday-NO SCHOOL
Dec 1: Kleb Holiday program-students only
Fall Book Fair Oct 30 - Nov 3rd
Get ready to shop and read at our Fall Crack the Case Bookfair! We are excited to announce that we will be using a new company, Literati. Literati offers high quality, high interest books, posters, pens, and journals! Our fair will run very similar to before, just with a different look.
New things to note: Families can also sign up for Book Club, a monthly mail service that ships you a curated box of books, so the reading fun (and benefits to our school) can continue! Pre-purchased gift cards (previously e-wallet) can be used as well.
Don't want to send your student with cash? Buy an electronic gift card (like eWallet) today: https://efairs.literati.com/?school=kuehnle-elementary-school-klein-tx
Parents are welcome to shop with their children during their lunch times. The book fair hours will be from 8:30am-2:45 daily, except for the last day and it will close at lunch time.
SIDE NOTE: Since this is the time of year for costumes, we wanted to give you a heads up that we will have a Book Character parade in the SPRING alongside our Spring Book Fair. Your child will be able to dress like their favorite book character at that time. Please reserve all costumes for that day and not for October 31st.
When you are considering the Book Character Parade, here are some things to remember. Character costumes can be inexpensive, homemade costumes. Students must also have a copy of the book to carry. No Halloween (scary, etc.) costumes, please. Students may bring props as long as the prop is not a weapon and as long as the student can carry the prop in addition to carrying their book. More information about the event will be sent home closer to the event date which is to be determined for the second semester.
Save the Date for Fall Academic Night, Nov. 2nd 5:30-7pm
Your Fundraising Dollars at Work!
Invitations to Outside Events
KISD permits parents / guardians or grandparents to supply birthday snacks for their child’s birthday through the KISD Food Service Department. Please call our food service manager at 832-484-6620 for more info and a list of items available.
- Birthday snacks will be distributed for the entire class at the end of the lunch period, after students have had a nutritious meal as defined by the School Lunch Program and Texas Department of Agriculture.
- Written consent from a parent / guardian must be obtained before a student will be permitted to have a birthday treat. (Sent in the 1st day packet.)
- Two weeks notice is required for ordering birthday snacks through Klein ISD food service.
*No balloons are permitted on campus.
Click HERE for the order form.
Growing our Learners!
We love our Kuehnle Volunteers!
Ensuring the safety of our students is our top priority. Having our volunteers complete a background check is one of many ways that we assure safety and security in our schools.
All volunteers must submit a new application each school year.
Click HERE for more information and to complete the annual required process.
School Supply List
Campus Safety and Security
In accordance with KISD safe and secure policies, A valid driver’s license must be shown at the front door before entering the building.
Please see the attached Entry Procedure sign displayed at our front door. All visitors to our campus must ring the doorbell, identify yourself, give student's name, provide reason for visit, and show your valid photo I.D. Place your ID close to the camera.
Please do not allow individuals not in your group to enter behind you. Once inside the building check in at our front office and your license will be scanned if you are visiting any area past the front office.
Name tags will be provided which should be visible on the front of the shirt and worn AT ALL TIMES by all visitors. Please use the main entrance (near the flagpole) to enter and exit the building.
Thank you for helping keep our campus safe and secure.
(School lunch information: NEED TO VERIFY ALL INFO and links BEFORE PUblishing and deleting this statement.)
Klein ISD will continue using Schoolcafe for lunch accounts. Click HERE for updates this school year.
- SchoolCafe, is an all-in-one portal that allows families to complete meal benefits applications, deposit funds to their student’s lunch account, view meal transaction information in real- time and more!
- Please click on links below for how to sign up and set up your account.
How to make payments in Schoolcafe: Click Video How TO
You will need the following information to sign up for Schoolcafe:
● 6 digit student ID* Skyward includes an “s”. Do not include this when enrolling in SchoolCafe
● Last name of student
● Enrolled campus
Click HERE to find your child’s ID Number and select the Skyward application.
If you choose to send money to the campus for your student’s account, please place the money or check in a sealed envelope and label with the following : Child’s First and Last Name, Teacher’s Name, Grade and Amount Enclosed. Student lunch prices is $2.50 and breakfast price is $1.50
Help us make car pool go smoothly!
AM Car Rider line is at the front of the school near the flag pole.
PM Car Rider line is near the cafeteria.
Important Information for Parents
Visitors to Campus
All visitors to our campus must check in at our front office. A valid driver’s license will be needed to check in to visit any area past the front office. Name tags will be provided and should be worn at all times by all visitors. Please use the main entrance (near the flagpole) to enter and exit the building.
Rights of Possessory Conservator
The school district does not have the obligation to contact the managing conservator when the possessory conservator requests permission to review the child’s records and/or consult with the teacher.
Any conflicts between the two parents should be handled outside the school and we should be advised of any limitations of contact that might ultimately be established in the divorce decree; i.e., a visit with the child exclusive of a review of the records, etc.
Please assist us in the handling of custody related issues. It is the responsibility of the parents to provide the registrar a certified copy of the most recent court order affecting any other person’s right to their children. Should you have any question, please call the school and ask for Julia Funk, Principal.
Please remember to have the car rider number tag hanging from your rear view mirror. Make sure you turn off your cell phone while in the carpool line. For morning drop-offs, please follow the directions of the staff members and drop your student off when the line stops. This helps to expedite the traffic flow.
Early Dismissal by 2:45 pm
All early dismissals must occur before 2:45p.m. If you need to pick your child up before the end of the school day please send a note to the front office in the morning. Please come to the front office at the requested time to sign him/her out. After 2:45 p.m. students will only be released following their normally dismissal routine. You can email Kuehnlefrontdesk@kleinisd.net
Transportation Changes by 2:45 pm
All changes to a child’s normal means of afternoon transportation must be received in the front office no later than 2:45 pm to allow time to get the updated information to the teacher in time for dismissal. You can email Kuehnlefrontdesk@kleinisd.net. Transportation changes must be requested in writing.
Medication at School
All medication, prescription and over the counter, must be delivered to the clinic by a parent or guardian. Prescription medications must be in the original container with prescription label. Most pharmacies will provide you with an extra bottle when you fill prescriptions if you ask them. Over the counter medications must have a dosage for the child by age or weight and can only be given for 2 weeks without a doctor’s note. Unused medication can not be sent home with the student. If the parent or guardian cannot pick up medication, you may make arrangements with the nurse for another adult to pick up medication. No vitamins, health food, or herbal preparations may be given.
Smart Tags and more!
Click HERE for the student ridership parent portal.
The district purchased the first lanyard, card and plastic cover for every student. Parents will be required to pay for replacement cards, plastic protective covers, or lanyards if they are broken, lost, or stolen. Every student is required to have a Smart Tag. Parents will be contacted by our front office staff when a replacement is needed. Parents will need to pay for the replacement via School Cash Online. A link will be emailed to you. Once payment has been received the front office will provide the replacement. Parents will continue to receive reminders until the fee is paid. Remember, this is a requirement for all elementary students who ride the bus even once.
Replacement costs are as follows:
-lanyard = $2.00
-plastic protective cover = $1.00
-Smart Tag = $5.00
Dismissal - Safety is our Priority!
Parents, please help us with the following:
1. Official school car rider number tags must be displayed in the front windshield.
2. Please keep your car rider number tag displayed until your child gets in your car. After your child enters your car, please remove your carpool card from the windshield. This is our signal that your child is loaded.
3. Please be patient in the car line. Remember that SAFETY is always a priority at Kuehnle. Be mindful that students are still moving until we give the go ahead to move cars forward.
4. Please refrain from using your cell phone in a School Zone, including waiting in the car rider line. There are Texas State Laws which prohibit the use of cell phones while in a school zone.
1. Walkers will be issued a ‘dismissal card’ by their teacher
2. Walkers will turn this card in to the staff member on duty at the assigned walker exit. This will be the student’s ‘ticket’ to leave the school building at the end of each day.
3. Walkers do not walk to cars in the parking lot. Any student leaving school grounds in a car must be picked up in the Car Rider line.
4. For safety reasons, do not park your car in the parking lot during dismissal unless you are required to come into the building.
Students will receive a bus card which must be attached to his/her backpack the entire year. Please do not remove this card.
· Student must remain seated at all times.
· Students must keep hands, feet and objects to themselves.
· Refer to the Klein ISD Student Handbook for a more detailed list.
Parents, please plan ahead with your child for rainy days. Consider packing a raincoat or umbrella for them to use.
All changes to a student’s regular means of dismissal must be received in the front office by 2:45 pm. You may email firstname.lastname@example.org
Reporting Student Absences
All student absences must have an excuse note from the parent/guardian within 5 days of the student's return to school.
How do I submit an excuse note?
Entering an absence in Skyward is Klein ISD's preferred method of communication for absence reporting.
Other acceptable methods of notification are:
- hand written note from parent/guardian
- note from a medical professional
We cannot accept the following communication methods:
- No emails to the front office, registrar, teacher or other staff member
- No Remind messages
- No Dojo message
Klein ISD is no longer automatically sending notification of student absences to parents/guardians. However, there is a way for the parents/guardians to select to be notified if they want notification. The instructions for setting up the notification can be found in Familynet.
See the Attendance Policy section of the Klein ISD Student Handbook for more information.
USE OF CELLPHONES DURING SCHOOL
Please note the following information regarding the use of cell phones during school. This information is from the 2023-2024 KISD Elementary Student Handbook pages 64-65.
Electronic Devices and Technology Resources (All Grade Levels)
Possession and Use of Personal Telecommunications Devices, Including Cell Phones, and Other Electronic Devices
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 on campus such as laptops, tablets, or other portable computers.
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 cell phones 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.
Confiscated telecommunications devices that are not retrieved by the student or the student’s parent will be disposed of after the notice required by law.
In limited circumstances and in accordance with law, a student’s personal telecommunications device may be searched by authorized personnel.
Any disciplinary action will be in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. The district is not responsible for damaged, lost, or stolen telecommunications devices.
Thanksgiving Gift A Pie
Kuehnle PTO Membership
Thank you to all of the families and staff who have already joined PTO!! If you haven’t joined yet, follow the steps below. (If you didn’t know…..PTO Membership starts over each year, so you will need to join again this year even if you joined last year).
Steps to Join PTO:
1)Click HERE to create an account on PTboard.
2)Login and visit our "Forms & Payments" section.
3)Choose your Level membership and pay online.
**Membership items will be delivered to your child’s classroom within the following week.
If you have any questions regarding membership please email Hillary Goodwin at email@example.com.
As always, we would like our Kuehnle Parents & Families to know how appreciative we are for your financial support and endless hours of time volunteered to support our children. All donations received go directly back to our children to support the student learning experience at Kuehnle.
Koala Birthday Visit
Does your child LOVE the Kuehnle Koala? Give your child the gift of a Kuehnle Koala visit at lunch time for their birthday! Birthday visits will begin September 5, 2023. 100% of the proceeds benefit Kuehnle Elementary! Please be sure to purchase the class birthday treats 2 weeks in advance through the cafeteria, for an additional price, by emailing the Cafeteria Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recycle Bin On going fundraiser
Have you seen our textile recycling bin? It's located on the grass between the cafeteria and the fire station.
You can drop clothing, hats, shoes, linen, belts & purses into the bin. Kuehnle will receive 10 cents per pound of all the recycled donations that we collect.
Please do not leave any items outside of the bin. Before you drop anything make sure it is on the approved items list.
Thank you for helping us support our school and make a difference at the same time!
Become a Volunteer
Watch D.O.G.S. Program
Calling All Dads, Step-Dads, Grand Dads, Uncles, and Brothers…..
This is your chance to spend some special time with your favorite student in a fun atmosphere. Choose a date that fits your schedule along with your preferred time slot.
To volunteer for a full day - PLEASE SIGN UP FOR BOTH TIME SLOTS!!
Be sure to include your child’s name and grade in the “Note” box. Then click the “sign up” button and we will take care of the rest.
You must be a Klein ISD “APPROVED” volunteer prior to signing up.
If you have any questions about our Watch D. O. G. S. program please email us at
Any questions in regard to volunteer approval can be directed to
Click Here to submit an application to become an approved volunteer for Klein ISD.
UPCOMING PTO EVENTS:
10/30-11/17 Yearbook Cover Contest
11/7/23 NO SCHOOL- voting day
11/10/23 PTO Meeting 2pm-3pm
11/11/23 Veteran’s Day (flags and sign in front of school)
11/15/23 Spirit Night: Spring Creek BBQ 5-9 pm
11/20-11/24 THANKSGIVING - NO SCHOOL11/27-12/1 Judging of all yearbook cover entries by peers