KP Monday Memo -The Tuesday Edition

February 15 - Week 27

Upcoming Events


  • 2/17 - Butter Braid Fundraiser begins
  • 2/17 - Mid-Fest Rehearsal (6th and 8th graders switch Learning Labs)
  • 2/27 - CSI - Dept
  • 2/22 - Love Concert
  • 2/23 - DS Bldg - Joint with Hall Admin @ KP - 1 to 2:30pm
  • 2/24 - World Read Aloud Day
  • 2/24 - CSI - Conference Prep
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Mid-Fest Rehearsal

Today Grade 6 and 8 will switch learning labs to accommodate mid-fest rehearsal. That means grade 6 learning lab will be held during period 8 and grade 8 learning lab will be held during period 9.

Wellness Moment

Capitol Chiropractic Center will provide 10 minute chair massages for our staff on Thursday, February 18th and Monday, February 29th in the PLC Room. In addition to the massage, they provide snacks. All CREST meetings will happen on team that day.

In support of the Boys and Girls Club you are welcome to leave a tip (not required) or a school supply (pencils, crayons, paper, etc) to support their after school programming.

A sign up sheet will be available in the main office. They can accommodate up to 24 people per session and are willing to add an additional day if they demand requires it.

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Coffee House News

Monday- 2nd period

Thursday- 2nd period with Bagels and Cream Cheese for $1.50 from Lox Stock & Bagels

Firestarters - we will be selling those for $3.00.


In an effort to be proactive and to limit the number of times we are asking for donations, we are running a spring fundraiser to establish a fund to support needs as they may develop among our KP Families.

These delicious Butter Braid Pastries (you had them at the admin breakfast) are a welcome addition to any meal. All funds raised will be used to support KP families in times of need.

March 2nd - All order forms and money need to be turned in.

March 15th - Pick-up from 3-6pm in KP auditorium.

It Matters: Paul Duquette Memorial

Paint Night is at capacity, however, there are still ways to contribute to the Paul Duquette Memorial:

Basket Item Donations:

We are appealing to anyone who may help out with putting together baskets or items that could be raffled off the night of the paint event in March. We are looking for any and all things. Ideas include "adult beverages", movie, spa themed, sports items, gift cards to places in town, etc. . Feel free to Contact Stacey Grindle or drop off them off to the main office to her attention.

Donate through Go Fund Me:

The "It Matters: Paul Duquette Memorial" Go Fund Me page is now up and running. The link can be found below. Please take the time to visit this page and read the beautiful words written by our fellow staff members and to see the great sketch of the Cairn Memorial Garden by Stacey Grindle.

Feel free to forward the link on to anyone you feel may be interested.

Thank you and be well.

Things Noticed . . .

  • Staff using their RULER techniques
  • Amethyst team for taking a student's poem and converting into a banner hanging in their hallway.
  • Staff members facilitating discussions with students to see the humor in awkward situations
  • Students becoming "Upstanders" by reporting or responding to inappropriate behavior of their peers.
  • Student Council members working on their entrepreneurial skills
  • Students setting the ground work for character understanding as they prepare to read The Westing Game.
  • Staff practicing self-care and having fun.

You're a GEM

  • Susan Martucci from colleague Ashley Carlson for going above and beyond for me and covering my bus duty. It is appreciated more than you know! Thank you!!!!
  • Bill Dewitt, Kate Kiesewetter, Troy Jones, Becca Lewis, Kate Pearson, Jessica Kerelejza, Nancy Barlow and Sue Martucci, along with JCC Instructors Lori Yontef Mathog and Ellen Brown from admin colleagues facilitating wellness options for staff wellness.
  • Annie Keith from Joy Wright for being so supportive of King Philip and our commitment to staff wellness.
  • Kate Pearson from colleague Marc Kotler for visiting our feeder schools to discuss the World Language program.
  • Stacy Genova from KP Admin or creating a wonderful video highlighting the history of King Philip Middle School.
  • Marnie Paulus and Danielle Drozd from KP Admin for providing cake and fun as we celebrate 60 years as a middle school.

Passing of the Rocks

Mike Rollins is passing the Staff Wellness Rock on to all of the faculty at KP who participated productively and enthusiastically at our "meta-moment" CSI this week. We have the "response-ability," in my opinion, to practice doing things which create a sense of well-being in our individual and collective work environments at KP. It's not always an easy thing to do but practicing productive "meta-moments" will help us deal with the inevitable "slings and arrows" that occur at work.

Bottom line, to use a well known saying at KP - Make it a great moment or not, the choice is yours."

Marilyn Clarke is passing the Student Success Rock to

Art Yepes is passing the Community Engagement Rock to Rebecca Lewis, For the short time that she has been here, she has established relationships with both students and staff. She is the 8th Grade P.L.A.E. teacher and coaches at Hall High School. Rebecca is also a Graduate Assistant at Central Connecticut which provides a series of comprehensive activities: including Intramurals, club sports, fitness and recreation. Thanks for being at great part of the KP community.

In the Know about Happenings Outside of KP


WHEN: THURSDAYS, 4- 5 pm: Feb 18, March 24, April 21, May 19.

WHERE: Sedgwick Middle School, West Hartford CT

WHO: Anyone working in schools (teachers, counselors, administrators, etc.)

WHAT: We discussed and practice mindfulness for our own benefit and to discover how to most effectively bring it into our schools.

Equity and Diversity Council (EDC) meeting

Just a friendly reminder that our next Equity and Diversity Council (EDC) meeting will take place on Thr. 2/18 at 3:45 pm in Room 422 of Town Hall.

No need to reply, but please forward any agenda items to me by Wed. 2/19.

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RESOURCES to Get Keep Us Thinking

Valuing One Another Nominate a Colleague Today

Keeper of the Light Award -- see email from Rosemary Rocchio on Jan 26th

Check out our Family Newsletter: The KP Connection