KP Connection

May 5, 2017

Need to Know Dates

  • 5-8-5-12 - Teacher Staff Appreciation
  • 5/8 - Grade 8 Concert - 7pm
  • 5/9 - Faculty Meeting - there are no late buses
  • 5/10 - National School Nurse Day on Wednesday, May 10, 2017
  • 5/10 - Bike to School Day! Wednesday, May 10!
  • 5/10 - Anti-Defamation League for 6th and 7th Grade Students
  • 5/10 - KP Quest Fair- 6-7:30pm
  • 5/11 - Grade 7 Concert - 7pm
  • 5/22 - KP Art Show
KP Daily Bulletin - Stay Up To Date

This Bulletin provides students, parents/caregivers, and staff members with important happenings. There is information about a number of school activities.

After School Activities

New May Intramural Menu

KP's After School Activities Calendar

Stay in the know about our clubs and activities happening during the week.

School News

For 6th and 7th Grade Families

This coming Wednesday, May 10th, the Connecticut chapter of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) will present two “Step-Up!” assemblies, one to sixth grade, one to seventh. The objective of these assemblies is to help King Philip maintain a school climate that is respectful of all people, regardless of their faith, race, ethnicity, language, or sexuality. While we address these issues through health, social studies, and world language curricula, we believe that a focussed program, bolstered by follow-up during advisory, and further training next school year will significantly benefit our students. ADL uses Let’s Get Real video clips by GroundSpark to prompt discussion during their “Step-Up!” assemblies. Some of these clips include language that would be considered inappropriate in a school setting, but staff from ADL will prepare students to hear these real accounts and will mediate discussion.

Please contact assistant principal Justin Gusy at 860-233-8230 or

Bike to School Day! Wednesday, May 10!

Thousands of students, families, community partners, and elected officials around the country will celebrate the benefits of biking and walking to school during National Bike to School Day. Please bring a bike lock and use the bike racks.

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Thank you to everyone who brought in BOX TOPS in April!

We have collected 695, which means that KP has earned almost $70 this month!

Special thanks to the OPAL team, for bringing in 260 Boxtops, TOPAZ for 55 Boxtops, and AMETHYST for 44 Boxtops!

Library Media Center News

Obligation Notices for the Library : letters will be mailed home shortly for students who have long past due books from the Library . Since October, weekly emails have been sent to students with reminders. As of May 1st any student who has an overdue library book will not be able to checkout another book until that book is returned. All books must be returned or paid for prior to attending their end-of-the year trip. NO fines are charged . Please remind your child to stop in the LMC with any questions. Thank you for your support

May 25- June 1st , the book fair is open before school from 7:30 - 3:15 .

Denise deMello

Library Media Specialist


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860 233 - 8236 x2268

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End of Year Reminders

Cell Phones: Our goal is to minimize distractions to the school day. To do this, we ask students to refrain from using/openly carrying their device during the day. Please speak to your child about keeping their device in their pocket or their locker unless a teacher gives them permission to use it for an educational purpose. As a parent or caregiver, we ask that you refrain from texting your child during the school day. If you need to reach your child, please call the main office at 860-233-8230.

Obligation Notices were sent home for students who owe books or cafeteria books. We would appreciate any support you can give to return or pay for items.

Dress Code Guidelines: As the weather turns warm once again, we ask that you review the dress code guidelines with students. We always ask students to have an extra outfit to change into if needed, so they do not have to disturb someone at home. Please see page 11 of the Student Handbook.

Student News

School Survey --255 families took it which is just over 12% -- Hoping to get to at least 300 families!

It is that time of the year when we seek your input about your experience at KP and our school climate. This survey supports our school improvement efforts as we continue to reflect on our progress this year and make plans for next year. The expectation is we have at least 30% of our families respond. You can access the survey by clicking the link here

Parent/Caregiver Resources

Community Events

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Mental Health Awareness Month

To mark Mental Health Awareness Month this May, Jewish Family Services and Tara’s Closet will host a compassionate community-wide conversation led by an outstanding panel of national experts and local members of our community who have been impacted by mental illness. Join us on Thursday, May 11 for an unforgettable evening discussion aimed at tearing down the many misconceptions surrounding mental illness.

Seating is limited and advance reservations are recommended. Order today.

Parent Resources

What A Middle School Boy Needs Most from His Parents

Raising four boys of my own, I am keenly aware of all that they go through to transition from boyhood to manhood. And parents, here’s what I know: If there is ever a time your son needs your support, it is in their Middle School years.

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Summer Opportunities

Free Summer Program - Young Manufacturers Academy

The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc., is excited to announce our ninth consecutive year of the Young Manufacturers Academy (YMA), a FREE summer program for middle school students entering grades 7, 8, and 9 in the fall.

This Academy is a free, two-week, hands-on summer program for middle schoolers that will be held here in our East Hartford facility. We are hosting two of the CCAT Academies this summer, either of which your students are invited to sign up for.

We are beginning recruitment for the program and have attached a flyer that we are asking you to distribute to students at your schools in the appropriate grades.

You can apply atsend this online registration link

Be sure to act fast, as each academy is limited to only 20 students on a first-come-first-served basis, and they fill quickly.

Capital Community College will be hosting the 4th annual Summer Computer Science Program for middle school students (aged 12-15).

June 19th - June 30th

8:30am - 4:00pm

The 2017 summer program contains two tracks - Mobile Application Development and Cybersecurity.

Lunch is provided to students each day. Need-based scholarships are available to Hartford and East Hartford residents. The program website is:

"Public Act 16-189

We believe that it is vital for all students in West Hartford Public Schools to be able to efficiently and effectively use digital tools that empower them in all phases of the learning process, including research, problem solving, content creation, communication, and collaboration. We also believe that we must be committed at all times to protecting students' privacy and providing them with a powerful and safe educational experience. To that end, the West Hartford Public Schools follow the legal requirements of Public Act 16-189 to promote the safety and security of all students and staff.

In compliance with Connecticut State Law, we update online programs used within the district that house student data. The programs may be used district-wide, in a very small number of classrooms, or with individual students. The list will be updated each time the district enters into a new contract where student data is housed. For more information on the specifics of Public Act 16-189 and updates of vendor agreements, visit"