Tiger Tribune

August 2023 Edition

A Message from Mrs. Taylor

Dear Theiss families,

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year! We have been preparing all summer to return to the best yet in Klein this year and are glad you are joining us for the journey. This has been one of the best first week's we've had! We have many new families moving to the area this year, and we couldn't be more excited to welcome you to the neighborhood. The Theiss family is one of a kind!

At Theiss, we want to embrace the whole child to become successful citizens, educate to achieve high expectations and empower through an equitable culture of learning. Our staff is committed to embracing, educating and empowering our students so that they can live out Klein's vision of every child entering with a promise and exiting with a purpose.

We hope you will stay connected with us by reading announcements via Remind, following us on Facebook and checking our website often for updates. We look forward to working with you and your child this year!


Jessica Taylor


Feedback Requested: How did we do?

Please let us know how the transition back to school has been for you and your family. We love to collect feedback so we can constantly work to improve!

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Who Do I Call?

Our staff has grown and changed this year, and we have many new families. We want to help you find the right people to help you with your needs. Please use this contact list to contact staff members directly responsible for the questions you have.

New! Lunch Drop Off and Delivery Procedures

We are committed to safety for our students and, in doing so, have updated our drop off procedure for students and staff to align with our feeder schools.

Starting Monday, August 28, 2023:

  • Food deliveries for staff will be dropped off on a cart on the front porch, so no unauthorized delivery people will enter the school.
  • Food delivery service drop offs for students will be turned away.
  • We highly discourage dropping off fast food meals for our students.
  • Student drop offs (food or forgotten items) will be left on a cart in our vestibule.
  • Only parents/guardians can drop off lunch for their child, and their child only.
  • Parents will need to write the student's name and teacher on a sticky note and leave it on the cart.
  • Students will come through the front office to pick up their items and return back to class through the front office.
  • Parents are responsible for making sure students know to come get the dropped off item by coordinating in advance. For forgotten items (glasses etc...), please send the teacher a Remind. The teacher will send the student to pick up when possible.
  • Please note that our teachers are focused on teaching the class, and may not immediately see any messages about forgotten items or lunch drop offs. Please make sure that your child has everything they need for the day each morning as they come to school.
  • We will follow standard protocols and require IDs to enter the vestibule to drop off items.

Thank you for understanding and following these new procedures.

Save the Date - Open House!

Feedback for Open House

Please let us know how we did with Open House this year! We are constantly trying to improve!

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Sponsor Our "Teacher & Staff of the Month" Awards!

We love to celebrate our teachers for showcasing our core values and making our mission at Theiss come to life. If you would like to sponsor one of our monthly awards, please sign up on this form. Thank you for showing your support of our staff!

Thank you Parish and Dixon families for being our first sponsors! Check out how you can be a sponsor below!

What are my children learning? Click here to find out!

Klein ISD has published the 1st quarter curriculum guides for families. Check out topics and skills your child(ren) will be covering during this 1st quarter.

Early Childhood Parent Engagement Nights this Fall!

Save the date to learn about technology and literacy during these sessions offered to families of PK-2 students.

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Updates for the Flag Pole Walkers/Bikers & Driver Expectations:

There has been much concern for safety with regard to the parents parking in the community center parking lot and trying to exit the lot while our true walker/biker students are accessing the sidewalk. We still encourage all our parents to access our car rider line in lieu of parking in the community center. The flag pole walker designation is meant for students to meet parents who are walking/biking home together. This is how the bus circle side of our building operates, and we do not have any of the same issues with safety.

The community center is private property, so my involvement with the use of this lot is limited. I encourage homeowners to address specific concerns with the use of the lot to your HOA board. We have been able to make adjustments to improve the safe crossing of our walker/biker students across the 2 driveways. The staff member(s) assisting our students as they cross will also assist in prioritizing the right of way for our families accessing the car pool line as intended. Over the last 2 weeks, the car line has been quick and allowed families to pull up, get their children near the front door and, on many occasions, exit Theiss' parking lot before the line of cars in the community center leaves.

One concern still remains, though, that the drivers zooming in and around the community center, pulling out in front of other vehicles, stopping in front of the crosswalk preventing access to our students, vulgar language and hand gestures are not making this process safe. Many of these drivers are people picking up our students.

My plea is to all our families, to help remind each other to drive with patience, caution and understanding. Should the behavior of our drivers continue to make our dismissal process unsafe, we will have to look at other options to remove the access to the community center during our dismissal purposes. Our students' safety has to be the bigger priority.

Expectations for all drivers (flag pole and bus circle) during dismissal, many of which are laws:

  • School Zones are 20 MPH zones
  • No drivers should be using their cell phones while driving in a school zone
  • High acceleration should not be used, especially in the parking lot
  • Do not block the cross walk when trying to exit the parking lot
  • All children must be buckled up with a seat belt
  • Follow all staff directions
  • Refrain from using vulgar, inappropriate language to our staff and around students
  • Be a model and example for your children to follow

Pro Tips:

  • Please keep your car number visible to staff until your car is loaded.
  • Car tags are most visible when hanging in the middle of the windshield (ie: from a hanger on the rear view mirror, or hanging from the visor etc...). When simply placed on the dashboard, we cannot see when walking by your vehicle.
  • Dismissal can be a great time to network with other families. We highly encourage families who want to stick around to chat or play during dismissal to utilize the park near the clubhouse until dismissal is complete.
  • The playground is off limits until dismissal is complete, usually by 4:00.
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Klein ISD Student Handbook

Our school district publishes a Student Handbook annually and posts this online for easy access for all parents and community members. We often receive questions about specific topics at the beginning of the year and have had to address the following problems more often in the last couple of years. Please take note of a few of these important guidelines and review these expectations with your students.

Cell Phones Highlights:

Cell phones or other telecommunication devices (watches with ability to call and message) must be turned off during the instructional day. If these guidelines are not followed, the device will be confiscated by staff members and turned in to the principal for disciplinary action.

Dress Code Highlights:

Hats and head coverings, with the exception of those worn for religious or medical purposes, will be worn in the building unless. This includes hoodies, hats, scarves, bandanas, and caps.

Appropriate footwear is required and must be worn at all times while on school property.

Any attire (including accessories) or hairstyle that is distracting, disturbing or disruptive will not be permitted.

Electronic Communication Highlights:

Students are prohibited from possessing, sending, forwarding, posting, accessing, or displaying electronic messages that are abusive, obscene, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, damaging to another’s reputation, or illegal. This prohibition also applies to conduct off school property, whether on district-owned or personally owned equipment, if it results in a substantial disruption to the educational environment. This includes messages with or about other students and/or staff.

**For more details about these guidelines and more, please see the Klein ISD Student Code of Conduct at www.kleinisd.net.

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Attendance Basics & Updates

Attendance is very important to your child's education. We know that sometimes students will need to be absent due to illness, family emergency etc. Please arrange vacations, out of town trips and doctor appointments to limit school disruption as much as possible. You can view student holidays here on the Klein ISD student calendar. When students accumulate absences at 5, 10 and 15, letters are sent to parents to keep you updated. After 18 absences, a committee must review the child's case to determine if the child needs to be retained due to absences.

It's also important for students to be on time to class. This year, the tardy bell rings at 8:10. Tardies will be entered into Skyward. Classes begin right after this bell rings, so student entering late are missing out on key instruction and interventions. Tardies will prevent a student from earning attendance recognition and awards each quarter.

Process for Reporting Absences: All parent notes regarding absences must be either handwritten or reported using Skyward Family Access. Visit this link for directions on how to report an absence through the Skyward Family Access app and through the web application. You can also use Skyward Family Access to report an early dismissal request. Truancy letters are automatically generated after 3 unexcused absences in a short period of time. Please make sure to send notes through Skyward Family Access to ensure your child's absences are excused.

Early Dismissals

If you know that your child will need to leave school early, please send a note with your child the morning of the early dismissal or submit a request through Skyward Family Access. Office staff will give your child an early dismissal pass to ensure students and teachers know what time he/she needs to report to the office so he/she is ready for pick-up. Any student waiting for more than 15 minutes will be sent back to the instructional setting until the parent arrives. Parents are required to come in and sign the child out before he/she will be allowed to leave the school. Any early dismissal requests after 2:30 may be delayed due to the start of the campus dismissal procedures.

Legal Paperwork Updates

If you have legal paperwork regarding your child's custody arrangement or regarding people who need to have restricted access to your child, please bring the original document with the judges signature to the office so we can make a copy to retain in your child's cumulative record. We follow all the legal requirements of court ordered documents, and are able to fully comply best when we have the records on file.
Notes from the Nurse!

Please check out updates from the clinic. Many resources are shared in this document, including information regarding birthday snacks.


We love to celebrate birthdays with your child and will work hard to make it a special day for them at school!

However, sending invitations to school to pass out will not be allowed. Instructional time cannot be used to support or promote private social events such as birthday parties.

At this time, we will not be accepting birthday treat bags. If you would like to arrange for an edible treat to be shared for your child's birthday during the lunch period, please follow the KISD protocols and begin the process 2 weeks in advance. No food brought up to the office will be allowed without going through this process. Thank you for your cooperation.

Breakfast & Lunch

We offer breakfast and lunch daily at Theiss Elementary. All students will have a SMART card tag to charge their account as they go through the line. One card will stay on your child's backpack and need to remain there at all times for use at breakfast. For lunch, your child's teacher will store a separate ID card in the classroom.

Our breakfast line is open from 7:40 - 8:05 to allow time for students to be on time to class. For lunch times, please contact your child's teacher for their specific lunch time.

Please utilize our new app School Cafe to add money to your child's account, set up autopay, set limitations on additional purchases and more! Items such as snacks, second meals, extra drinks and desserts are available for an additional charge. With this new app, you can control how many extras your child is allowed to eat and even specify dates when this may be available.

We offer free and reduced prices to those who qualify. To complete a free and reduced lunch application, please create an account through School Cafe and complete the application in the app.

Please remind your child that we do not share or trade food. The only food that may be consumed at school is that which is provided by the cafeteria, the classroom teacher for instructional purposes, the PTO, or food brought by themselves for their consumption.

For specific questions related to the Theiss cafeteria, please contact Ms. Chamrod, our cafeteria manager, at 832-484-5980.

**Parents will be allowed to return to eat lunch in the cafeteria starting in October. This allows us time to establish our routines and procedures and reduce separation anxiety for our youngest learners.

Wednesday Folders

You can expect your child to bring home a folder each week on Wednesday. This folder is used to communicate your child's progress and updates towards learning targets for the week prior. Please review this information with your child, sign the folder and return to school the next day.

School Store & Spirit Items

One of the service projects and fundraisers for Theiss Elementary is the operation of our school store. Students can purchase spirit shirts, spirit items and school supplies from the school store from 7:45 - 8:00 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday beginning 8/14.

Facebook: Theiss Elementary School, @TheissKISD

Join our Facebook group to get instant updates from the website!

Important Events

Fridays are Spirit Days! Show your school spirit by dressing with your spirit shirt on Fridays, or Thursdays when there is a Friday holiday. You can wear this year's shirt or a vintage shirt from a previous year! Go tigers!

August 24 - Open House

August 29 - PTO Spirit Night @ Willie's Grill & Icehouse - Willowbrook; 11:00 am to 10:00 pm

September 4th - Labor Day Holiday

September 11th - Patriot's Day, wear red, white and blue

September 13th - PTO Fall Fundraiser Kick Off

September 15th - Volunteer Breakfast - Come and learn how to get involved!

Save the date: Fall Festival is back by popular demand! October 20th 5 - 7 PM

Missed Something?

We'll post links to all the previous newsletter from this school year here!