KP Connection

April 21, 2017

Need to Know Dates


  • 4/25 - 5/5 - SBAC Testing
  • 4/25 - College Planning Workshop @ Hall High School (see below)
  • 4/26 - Administrative Professionals Day Observance
  • 4/26 - Rotation 4 Ends
  • 4/26 - Spring Musical Matinee "Once on This Island Jr" - 9:30am
  • 4/27 - Spring Musical "Once on This Island Jr" - 7pm
  • 4/28 - Spring Musical "Once on This Island Jr" - 7pm
  • 4/29 - History Day State Finals - 2 to 4pm
  • 4/29 - Spring Musical "Once on This Island Jr" - 2pm
  • 4/29 - KP Day @ Hartford Yard Goats Game - 6 to 9pm
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

Lead Learner Highlights

We hope you enjoyed your spring break. As you know this is our super fun season with a lot of activities to end the year. You are not going to want to miss our spring musical Once on This Island. I promise that it will be AMAZING, so please invite others as well. This time of year also welcomes field trips. Please be sure to sign permission slips and submit payment within the deadline as this helps with appropriate organization. Please be sure to check our calendar for information about upcoming events. We look forward to seeing you this spring.

On Wednesday, April 26th, Please be sure to thank our office staff for all they do to support KP

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School Survey -- Please complete

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. Currently, we have a 10% response rate. We would really appreciate you sharing your feedback no later than April 28th because families with students at the elementary and high school levels will have surveys to complete for those schools as well. You can access the survey by clicking the link here


https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HG97QS5

8th Grade Families - Save the Date

Monday, May 1, for KP's History Night. From 6:30-7:30pm.

All three teams will participate in this event where students will share their research and learning on the topic of Taking and Stand in History.

The 6th Grade KP Read-A-Thon was a huge success!


We raised almost $5,000 in our first annual Read-A-Thon! These funds allowed us to do the following:


  1. Donation of picture books to the WH Food Pantry

  2. Purchase of 2 new stand-up tables and 4 stool chairs for the LMC - (to add to the ones that the PTO purchased for the LMC).

  3. Purchase of a summer reading book for every 6th grader to take home.

  4. Classroom library books for the 6th grade Language Arts and 2 Reading teachers.


Again, we want to thank you for your support!



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College Planning Workshop - HOW TO PAY FOR COLLEGE- April 25th

Paying for college can easily be one of your lifetime's biggest expenses. To help parents better understand their college funding options, the WHPS School Counseling Department is hosting a seminar titled "How to Pay for College" next Tuesday evening, April 25th at 7 p.m.in the Hall High School auditorium. Mr. Charles Wareham of Valark Financial will describe how the financial aid system works, help identify college funding options, and discuss strategies that can be used to help make college more affordable. We invite parents of all students grades 6-11 to join us for this informative program. Please click here for more information.

KP's Multicultural Celebration Is Back!

Some of you may know it as International Night, but this year we decided to call it KP's Multicultural Celebration. This year's celebration will occur on Friday, May 5 from 6 to 8pm. Entertainment will begin at 6 and dinner will begin at 6:30. If you and your families would like to participate in one of the most festive events of the year, please click here to RSVP:


https://docs.google.com/a/whps.org/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe9OPSsyMreuOETAG_2h_igjbChSwqWTVB0K3k65cOWODyPBw/viewform?c=0&w=1

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IMPORTANT Health INFORMATION:

All students entering 7th grade next year MUST have a physical exam performed after July 1, 2015 and up to date vaccinations.

The State of CT physical assessment/vaccination form needs to be given to the nurses’ office at King Philip BEFORE the first day of school. The State of CT required vaccinations for 7th grade include:


  • Tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (Tdap vaccine)
  • Meningitis (Menactra vaccine)
  • Chicken pox (Varicella vaccine


If you are unsure if your child has already met these requirements, please contact the nurse's office and we can let you know.


Seasonal allergies are on the rise! We highly recommend that students start taking their allergy medication if they are having frequent symptoms of red, itchy eyes and nasal congestion. We routinely provide students with cool compresses if they are experiencing eye discomfort, however, we cannot give any allergy medication to students without a doctor’s order. If a student needs to take any medication during school hours, please provide the nurses’ office with the medication and a copy of the Medication Authorization Form, which needs to be signed by a parent/guardian AND physician. Please feel free to contact us at any time if you have concerns regarding your child’s health.


Please feel free to contact us at any time if you have concerns regarding your child’s health.


Office phone: 860-929-5260

Fax #: 860-929-5283

Kathy Condon RN email: kathy_condon@whps.org

Melissa Hawkins RN email: melissa_hawkins@whps.org

Student News

Congratulations To:

6th Grade Diamond student Emily C. for Winning the local Barnes and Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest for her letter of appreciation about 6th Grade Math teacher Donna Burton. Emily's letter will now be entered in the regional competition.

Opportunities to Support

Informed and Connected - WHPS Board of Education 2017-2018 Budget Information

Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 7 pm - Town votes on the budget Town Council Adoption –

Contests

Deadline is May 1st

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Parent/Caregiver Resources

SCREENAGERS (Official Trailer)

Resources for "13 Reasons Why"

Families, I thought I would reach out to share that there is a new Netflix series called "13 Reasons Why." The series is based on a book of the same title. The book is about a teenage girl who commits suicide and leaves behind a tape explaining the 13 reasons why she took her life. As you can imagine, the series is causing quite a bit of concern given the following of young people watching it. Below are some resources that may be helpful to guide conversations with your child. Again, this is just to keep you in the loop and aware as we guide students.



1. National Association of School Psychologists’ Guidance for educators http://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/school-safety-and-crisis/preventing-youth-suicide/13-reasons-why-netflix-series-considerations-for-educators

2. 13 Reasons Tip Sheet from SAVE.org and the JED Foundation
https://www.save.org/?s=13+Reasons+Why

3. 13 Reason Why Trailer that provides the basic storyline for the series:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDz4WbDy0CQ

4. 13 Reasons Why Original Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JebwYGn5Z3E

WHPS SEPTO News

West Hartford Special Education PTO

April/May 2017 Events

Tuesday, May 2nd from 5pm to 8pm

WHSEPTO’s Celebrity Scoop Night at Rita’s!

Join us at Rita’s, 1134 New Britain Ave in West Hartford for our annual Celebrity Scoop Night! Celebrity scoopers to be announced. A portion of the proceeds will benefit West Hartford Special Education PTO. If you would like to be a celebrity scooper, please contact Randi Leopold at randi_leopold@whps.org.

Friday, May 5 from 9:30am to 10:30am

Coffee & Conversation" at Panera in Bishops Corner

The first Friday of the month, parents of children receiving special education services meet for coffee and a chance to talk & make new friends in a casual setting. We generally meet in the back of the restaurant.

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

Community Events

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. www.jfshartford.org/tickets

Back to School Program is Now Accepting Applications for New Backpack/School Supplies



West Hartford Social Services is currently accepting applications to receive a NEW backpack and assistance with school supplies! Income eligible West Hartford residents or any student enrolled in a West Hartford Public School may apply for this program at: Town Hall, 50 South Main Street Social Services Office, Room 306 Monday – Friday from 9:00–11:00 and 2:00–4:00. See Back to School Flyer or Back to School Application for more information.

Summer Opportunities

Summer Jazz Jam 2017

The Summer Jazz Jam is a two-week jazz ensemble program for middle school students through first-year high school students (rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders) performing on traditional big band instruments (saxophone, clarinet, flute, trombone, trumpet, bass, piano, guitar, drum set). The program is being offered through the West Hartford Continuing Education Summer Life Learn Program. This is a great opportunity for Sedgwick music students to improve their jazz chops, as soloists and ensemble players, and all students are encouraged to take part as we are looking to fill up to three big bands! Students will benefit from quality group and individualized instruction, jazz improvisation, and small combo experiences while learning from experienced jazz educators and professionals on a variety of instruments. This is a unique opportunity to learn with other students from multiple school districts in the greater Hartford area while benefiting from a regional level ensemble experience. The program will culminate in a performance on the concert stage at Elizabeth Park in July. There are no auditions, but students should anticipate a brief five-minute placement interview on the first day of the program. To register: www.whlifelearn.org

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: www.capitalcc.edu/csprogram

"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."