KP Connection

March 3, 2017

Lead Learner Highlights

As we enter into March, it is exciting to witness the wonderful things happening during the second half of the school year. This week I had the opportunity to recognize our February Students of the Month and witness students being recognized for the ways they have represented our school values both in the classroom and outside of it. Starting Monday, all students will be experiencing sitting cross-team at lunch in the large cafeteria. Eighth graders have had this privilege since late September every day. Currently, our 7th graders are enjoying the opportunity to eat with cross team peers two days a week. Based on the ways our 8th and 7th-grade students have shown themselves to be respectful, responsible and good citizens, we know that our 6th graders will appreciate this privilege as well and they will start with one day a week this Monday. I hope to see many of you at our Family Skate Night next Friday. Please be sure to scan the newsletter for other events of interest to your child along with community information about the upcoming WHPS Budget.

Need to Know Dates


  • 3/5 - Character Counts Hall of Fame Bowling at Silver Lanes in East Hartford from 2 to 3:30pm
  • 3/8 - Parent/Caregiver -Teacher Conferences - 1:30pm dismissal
  • 3/8-3/26 - Art Beat - Club House and Saltbox Galleries
  • 3/9 - Parent/Caregiver -Teacher Conferences - 12:45pm dismissal
  • 3/10 - KP Family Skating Night @ Veterans Memorial Skating Rink - 7pm
  • 3/11 - State Mathcounts Competition @ UofH
  • 3/12 - Character Counts Winter Bowling League at Silver Lanes in East Hartford - 2 to 3:30pm
  • 3/13 - Butter Braid Fundraiser Begins
  • 3/13- Unified Sports Basketball Fundraiser Smith Middle School Glastonbury-

    3–6pm

  • 3/13 - 5th to 6th Orientation for Aiken, Norfeldt & Smith schools - 6:30pm
  • 3/14 - Faculty Meeting - there are no late buses
  • 3/16 - 30 Minute Advisory
  • 3/16 - PTO meeting - 7pm
  • 3/17 - KP Cares Shelter Dinner @ Immaculate Conception Church - 5:45pm
  • 3/18 - Cycle Against Cancer - 9 to 12:30pm
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

KP's After School Activities Calendar

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

School News

Character Counts & Students of the Month

The following students were awarded “Character Counts at KP” certificates. These students are honored for exhibiting one of our positive character traits: Respectful, Responsible, or Citizenship. Please join us in congratulating: Laura S, Jenny Z, Hailey C, Jiani Z, Kevin H, Julia S, Virginia B, Sophie B, Noah G, Mayalin G, Meredith N, Henry O, Tyler B, Victoria B, Cherrelle D, Nicole D, Samuel F, Tessa H, Nora H, Ryan J, Jake L, Jonah M, Timothy N, Christopher P, Olivia P, Jonathon R, Elijah S, Ethan S, Ethan T, Alyssa W, Gunnar W, Edward Z, Amelia C, Alexander B, Joshua W, Grace M, Nayelli B, Paige D, Anne C, Lauren S, Kayla F, Salahdin B, Evangeline C, Alexander B, Kali D, Anthony H, Emma K, Dakota L, Laylah P, Mercedes R, Albin T, Mason W, Madison D, Catherine E, Calleigh F, Rachel F, Troy G, Lucy H, Tristan H, Aiden L, Clare M, John N, Qi Han Z, Christopher T, Jessica J, Zoe B, Cecilia E, Noah L, Oliver W, David Z, Lauren R, Joseph S, Isaac L, Jack B, Vulang N, Alice E, Shane J, Cecilia E, Grace M, Ella H, Jacob C, Jack H, Lily S, Zphony H, Scott G, Emma K, Isabella G, Juliannah X, Tobias R, Amy Z, Patrick S, Robert L, Ethan O, Madeline A, Jonathan L, Cameron H, Gabriella G, Emma R, Katelyn A, Aidan G, Xiao Yao L, Richard M, Cam'Ron M, James R, Kevin S, Molly Z, Bridget H, Wade B, Jacob L, Brooke M, Genevieve N, Natalie P, Elijah R, Veronica C, Ashley H, Samuel K and Olivia O.


Students of the Month: Kyle Z, Eliana S, Jonah G, Lily M, Katherine Grace W, Maximilian J, Aidan A, Alyson B, Joseph D, Avery W, Tyler B, Paige D, Sophia D, Qi Han Z, Jazelyn L, Samuel C, Chloe G and Noe C.

KP COUNSELOR'S CORNER - February Recap

A QUICK LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED THIS MONTH with KP School Counselors and their work with KP Students

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We Need Your Support!

Join the KP Team to Cycle Against Cancer - March 18- Please contact Justin Gusy (justin_gusy@whps,org) if you would like to join the KP team.

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Parent/Caregiver Resources

WHPS Board of Education 2017-2018 Budget Information

Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 7 p.m. – Regular Board Meeting

Town Hall, Legislative Chamber – Room 314

· Presentation of Superintendent’s Budget

Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 7 p.m. – Budget Work Session #1

Town Hall, Legislative Chamber – Room 314

· Regular Instruction including Supervision of Instruction

· Special Instruction, Pupil Services

· General Support Services

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 7 p.m. – Regular Board Meeting/Budget Work Session #2

Town Hall, Legislative Chamber – Room 314

Thursday, March 23, 2017, 6-8 p.m.Members of Board of Education Presentation to Parents, Teachers, and Other Interested Parties

Charter Oak Int'l Academy

Auditorium

425 Oakwood Avenue

Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 7 p.m. – Public Hearing

Town Hall, Legislative Chamber – Room 314

Wednesday, March 29, 2017, Budget Session #3 – Immediately following Public Hearing

Town Hall, Legislative Chamber – Room 314

· Budget Review

Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 7 p.m. – Regular Board Meeting

Town Hall, Legislative Chamber – Room 314

· Adoption of 2017-2018 Budget

BOE 2017-18 Budget Information

Public Forum on the Governor's Proposed State Budget

On March 9th the West Hartford Legislative Delegation, along with the League of Women Voters of Greater Hartford, will hold a Public Forum on the Governor’s proposed state budget. Residents are invited to offer their views and opinions

This year ASAP! is celebrating its 12th Annual Celebration of Young Writers. This annual event began as a way to encourage children to share their love of writing. ASAP! recognizes their talent by bringing the students together with celebrity authors and actors at the event.

Submissions are now being accepted for this extraordinary event. All public, private, and home schooled students in grades K-12 are invited to submit a piece of writing. Without teachers' support, ASAP! wouldn't be able to provide this experience for so many children.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 31, 2017.

Here is a link to our website where you can view and download the submission guidelines, which include details about the event and how to submit an entry, as well as sample formats. Entries may be made by teachers or parents. High school students may submit on their own. Entries are limited to one piece per student.

Nominate a teacher for the Frank McCourt Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

Nominations and applications are now being accepted. Do you know a teacher who is passionate about what they do? Who inspires their students to become enthusiastic learners through imaginative assignments and techniques? Now is your chance to recognize an outstanding educator!

ANYONE CAN NOMINATE A TEACHER. Students, parents, colleagues and even the individuals themselves may submit a nomination. Nominees must submit an application, which is available on the ASAP! website or by clicking the link below.


The deadline for teacher nominations is Friday, March 24, 2017.

Here is the link for more information on the Frank McCourt Prize.

Click here to nominate a teacher.

Click here to download an application (due by March 31, 2017)

WHPS SEPTO News

Wednesday, March 22 at 7pm

Spring/Summer Recreational Programs & The Care Card Program

Come learn about exciting opportunities for your student receiving special education services!

1. Everything Recreation! Learn about ALL the recreational activities available for your student including summer camps. We will have representatives from various groups & organizations on hand to answer your questions and even register your students right then and there!

2. The West Hartford Police will be introducing the Care Card! CareCards will help first responders properly assist children (and adults) with special needs. The cards can be carried or worn by an individual as an ID card and when needed will alert first responders if an individual is non-verbal, has diabetes, seizures, autism, etc. It will also link to a database that includes all information which may be too sensitive or private to be physically on the card, but will be accessible when needed by first responder.

Location: Sedgwick Middle School, 128 Sedgwick Road, West Hartford (Enter through Wardwell Rd entrance)

Ongoing

Membership Drive

It’s always the right time to join West Hartford SEPTO! Please register online at www.whsepto.org/membership.html

www.WHSEPTO.org

Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/West-Hartford-SEPTO

Why Social Emotional Learning Matters


A new video shows how parents can be directly involved in promoting their children's social and emotional development. The video shows parents and their children learning such skills as understanding others, solving problems, practicing self-control, and managing stress. Educators and parents discuss the importance of SEL and the impact it has had on their lives. The video concludes with specific tips for parents on how to promote SEL competencies.

They also have a Spanish version too ( click here https://youtu.be/xz_aCbDI9uk)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECI8IzBnmbI

Community Events

Tech Savvy CT conference Sat. March 4 @ Trinity College

For 6-9th grade girls and parents/caregivers and educators. Hands-on workshops, savvy skills, inspiring speakers, raffle items, and more! CT 8:30-3:30.

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West Hartford Unified Basketball Tournament


MONDAY MARCH 13

Smith Middle School Glastonbury, CT

3:00 – 6:00pm

Spring New Mentor Workshop


Tuesday, March 14, 5:30-7:30 PM


Create a Future. Be a Mentor. Who mentored you? Pass it On.

Please take a moment to think about the mentors in your life. Who mentored you - a team coach, teacher, concerned neighbor, or another caring adult? Consider paying it forward and continue the legacy by becoming a mentor in the West Hartford Public Schools Mentor Program.

An hour a week spent encouraging a student can make a difference in a young person's life; that adds up to just 24 hours of support for a young person during the course of the school year. And you will be amazed by how much you will personally gain from this experience.

Please click on this link to complete a Mentor Application today.

To learn more about mentoring and how YOU can make a difference in the life of a West Hartford Public School student, join us for the...

Spring New Mentor Workshop
Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 5:30-7:30 PM
Conard High School - Rm. 169
110 Beechwood Road, West Hartford

Guest Speaker: Dr. Susan Weinberger, President, Mentor Consulting Group

To sign-up, please contact Carol Wilkas, West Hartford Public Schools, District Mentor Coordinator, at 860-231-6009.

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Free Community Breakfast


The Fern Street Community Kitchen has free community breakfasts for neighbors in need at The Universalist Church, 433 Fern Street, WestHartford. The Community Breakfast is held every other Monday. Foodshare Mobile Truck distributes food from the back parking lot from 9:15-9:45AM. Breakfast is served 9:00-10:00 AM.


BREAKFAST DATES: (9:00-10:00 AM)

March 13, March 27


PANTRY DATES:(10:00 AM-12:00 PM)

March 18


For more information about the Fern Street Community Kitchen, call 860-233-3669 or email foodsharemobile@westhartforduu.org,

FernStFood@gmail.com, or communitybreakfast@westhartforduu.org

"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 www.whps.org/pa189."