KP Student Connection

December 8, 2015

Things to KNOW

  • 10th - Turquoise Team to Hartford Stage - 9:15am to 1:30pm
  • 10th - Mock Trial is Cancelled For Thursday the 10th
  • 11th - 5th Annual PJ Day for the Kids
  • 14th - 7th Grade Concert
  • 15th - Topaz Team to Hartford Stage - 9:15am to 1:30pm
  • 15th - Chess Program Intro Mtg - KP Library - 6:00pm
  • 17th - Unified Theater Production - 7:00-8:30pm
  • 18th - Unified Theater Production - 4:00-5:30pm

Whats For Lunch?

5th Annual PJ Day for the Kids - Friday, December 11th

7th graders Rylie, Cayden, and Sabria want to join the 5th Annual PJ Day for the Kids, to benefit the Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders at Connecticut Children's! So, on Friday, December 11th King Philip students will join other schools and business partners across the state by donning PJs in honor of our child cancer patients. This was PJ Day was established by a 7-year-old boy, thankful for the life saving cancer treatment his sister received at Connecticut Chidlren's. Since 2011, the event has raised more than $20,000 for the Medical Center! For more information, please visit

Here are the details for participation:

  • The COST to participate is $2. (Remember, this is a fundraiser)
  • Appropriate attire for school/ weather. No slippers for safety please.
  • Long flannel or cotton bottoms, as well as sweatpants are allowed.
  • All other parts of the dress code must follow the guidelines in the handbook.

Important: The administration reserves the right to ask any student dressed inappropriately to change. It would be wise of you to bring a change of clothes if you are unsure.

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Weather Precautions

It's hard to believe there's only three weeks left until the holiday break! As we are heading into the winter months, it's a good time to remember to take extra care in the mornings and afternoons. Snowbanks limit visibility and often constrict roads and walkways. Please remember to leave a little extra time to make sure that you and friends/peers are safe.

In the event of an early closing, it is best for you to have a safe and secure place to go. Review the plan you have put in place with your parents/guardians that identifies where you need to go if school closes early. Take the time to write this plan in your agenda for a quick and easy reference.

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 Timothy S, Allison F, Samantha F, Abigail A, Michael C, Aoife K, Beau W, Abdullah S, Deante W, Aishwarya S, Gabriella C, Nina F, Benny C, Alanna B, Ethel D, Liam S, Angelica C, Delnez A, Daniel H, Lauren M, Kanwalpreet K, Sydney H, Jeffrey W, Matthew F, Cole S, Scarlett C, Bridget T, Ethan H, Claire O, Ruth D, Leeani O, Alyson B, Grace C, Grace K, Lauren S, Joseph D, Dubella U, Peyton J, Sophia C, Zoe P, Emma K, Grace M, Princess C, Noah C, Matthew C, Christopher T, Mason B, Emily M, Julia T, Esteban D, Jules R, Samantha B, Cecilia E, Brandon W, Emma F, Mark R, Harrison M, Eli K, Divine E, Qi Han Z, Selma A, Isaiah L, Kobe N, Sophie A, Emely D, Jack C, Beau A, Rylie D, Sabria R, Tyler M, Sabrina B, Nikita N, Ava F, Akshatha N, Jessica B, Bridget H, Janine P, Sadie M, Rebecca M, Zachary B, Kaitlyn T, Rebecca A, Victoria C, Scott G, Kalyan G, Cindy S, Nathaniel S, Allison R, Natalia A, Nayelli B, Matthew S, Amy Z, Dovidas K, Sophia C, Amelia S and Kayla W.

Students of the Month: Thomas P, Mollie H, Brady T, Meredith W, Nora G, Brian M, Amrita S, Adam H, Ethel D, Owen B, Colin R, McKenzie M, Jack N, Mina D, Matthew C, Gabriella R, Cameron H and Alice E.


Have an idea for an intramural? Share it with Mr. Keena, Mrs. Schielberg, Mr. Kotler or Mr. Gusy or Ms. Wright.

Do You Like Soccer?

Do you like soccer? It is getting to cold to play outside... So why not come try indoor soccer? We have an Indoor Soccer Intramural that meets Thursday’s from 3-4pm. Meet Ms. Faulkner to Sign up in the Large Cafe after school.

Chess Anyone? Handouts will be available in MA on THURSDAY!

Introducing: The King Philip Chess Program!

All students in grades 6 through 8 who are interested in learning to play chess are invited to participate in the introductory session, which will include a program orientation meeting for parents. Practice play and lessons from basic to beginning intermediate chess will be offered. Emphasis will be on developing basic skills and providing the opportunity for at least weekly practice play. The program will be a combination of group lessons and free play.

The program will hold an introductory session on December 15 at 6:00pm to determine students’ interest for a permanent school year-long program for 2015-2016. This would be a fee-based offering.


Water for Sudan Project

Dear family, friends, and community members,
After reading the non-fiction novel, A Long Walk to Water, by Linda Sue Park in which she writes about the life of one of Sudan’s lost boys, Salva Dut, we have developed a great concern for the water crisis affecting so many on the continent of Africa. The response to this book was overwhelmingly one of concern as well as questioning how we can help.
After several days of research, we uncovered startling statistics regarding the lack of access to clean water that so many people in developing countries face. In addition to researching statistical data to support that there is most definitely a water crisis, we also researched ways in which we, a middle school in West Hartford, Connecticut, could help those most affected. We have found that “1 in 9 people around the world don't have access to clean, safe drinking water”, and we would like to doing something about it.
We would like to raise $3000 to co-sponsor the purchase of a drilling rig and the actual drilling of a well in a village in South Sudan.
Please consider helping us reach our goal by going to and donating or by sending in cash/check (made out to KPMS- Water Challenge).
Thank you for your support!
Turquoise Team Students

Heifer's Disaster Rehabilitation Fund

Congratulations to 8th Grade Student Rose Kitz!

This past September, King Philip 8th grade student, Rose Kitz, was invited to participate in the Global Citizenship Festival in New York City. She represented Heifer International as their Youth Ambassador, chosen for her work on her Quest project last year which resulted in raising over $7,000 so far toward disaster relief in Nepal, including sending an ark full of 16 types of animals! She stood on stage alongside Queen Rania of Jordan and Salma Hayek-Pinault. What an amazing experience this has been for her.

Click here for a short video clip of the Youth Ambassadors.

Rose is continuing her fundraising efforts, trying to reach her goal of $10,000 to help the people of Nepal through Heifer's Disaster Rehabilitation Fund. You will find Rose with a table set up at our upcoming school concerts for grades 6 & 7. Please consider a donation to this wonderful cause. For more information, please visit her fundraising page at

You can also visit Rosie's Ark Facebook Page for further information and photos of her amazing day:

Do You Like Science?

Talcott Mountain Science Center is hosting Vacation Science on Dec 28, 29 & 30. Please see attached flyer for more details.

It's Time to Read!

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