KP Connection

September 12, 2014

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Open House

We are looking forward to meeting you at this year's Open House nights. We know that you will walk way excited about our passionate and caring staff. This year we are going to get you into classrooms right away. I'm including my principal's address in a video below. However, I'll also be available along with the administrative staff during the scheduled lunch wave periods. 7th and 8th grade families, please be sure to ask your children for a copy of the schedule they completed in Morning Advisory and 6th grade families please expect them home by next Thursday.
Open House 2014 Principal's Message

SCHOOL NEWS

AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITES

The KP Science Club is open to 6th, 7th and 8th Grade students who just can’t get enough of science. We will explore topics in the Life Sciences such as the life cycle of mosquitoes, in Physical Science such as the Physics of Arcade Games and the Chemistry of crystals and in Earth Science-- Global Climate Change.


The club meets most Fridays immediately after school in Room 122 until 4:15 p.m. The first meeting is Friday, September 12. Mr. Felekey will answer any questions you have about the KP Science Club.

From the Nurses Office

ILL CHILD POLICY


Regular school attendance is necessary for optimal learning. However, a mere presence at school does not ensure effective learning. A child must be feeling well in order to maximize the learning experience. In addition, a child who is sick and comes to school may spread the illness to other students and staff. It is recommended that a child remain home if any of the following conditions are present:


1. Fever: Temperature of 100 degrees or higher. The child can return to school after he/she is fever-free for 24 hours, without fever-reducing medicine such as Tylenol (Acetaminophen) or Motrin (Ibuprofen).


2. Vomiting/diarrhea: A child with vomiting and/or diarrhea should stay home and return to school only after being symptom-free for 24 hours.



3. Antibiotics: If your child has a contagious illness that requires antibiotics, he/she must be on the medication for 24 hours before considered non-contagious and able to return to school.

Upcoming Events/Activities

September 15th

7th and 8th grade Open House 6:30pm

Cross Country Practice

KP Singers Rehearsal (returners only)


September 18th

KP Singers Call Backs

KP Universal Club Meeting

Cross Country Practice


September 19th

Improv Rehearsal


September 22nd

6th grade Open House 6:30pm


October 6th

First PTO meeting of the year will be on Monday October 6th at 7:00pm KP Commons

PARENT/GUARDIAN INFORMATION

News from the KP PTO


The PTO hopes the entire KP community is off to a great start to the new school year! This is just a reminder to complete the PTO forms in your first day packet and send them into the school as soon as possible. You can be “Guilt Free”, purchase Spirit Wear or purchase Big Y or Stop and Shop Gift cards all to support KP PTO!

Don’t forget to pay your dues! The PTO dues payments need to be submitted by Monday, September 8th. With your dues payment you will receive a KP “Connections” school directory.

Need replacement forms or more information on the PTO?? Just visit the PTO page on the KP website athttp://www.whps.org/page.cfm?p=795


Upcoming Events:

Our first PTO meeting of the year will be on Monday October 6th at 7:00 p.m. in the KP Commons so please mark your calendars and join us.

Two more options to atttend Parent/Guardian Workshop: Successful Students in Middle School How Parents Can Help

Volunteer Opportunities at KP

We are steadily looking to provide opportunities for our parents/guardians to participate in the KP Community. From time to time, we will post opportunities to engage adults in our community, and we encourage you to contact the key person when you are interested.

Veteran's Day Coordinator(s)

We are looking for 1-2 parents/guardians who are willing to serve as the coordinator(s) of our annual Veteran's Day Program. If you love working with staff and students, are organized, and have a heart for honoring those who have served please reach out to Joy Wright at Joy_Wright@whps.org or at 860-233-8230.

IN THE COMMUNITY

CPSC has just announced a new carbon monoxide poster contest for middle school students. http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Safety-Education/CO-Contest-2014/

The contest started on Monday, July 14 and goes through February 2015. Finalists get $500 each and the grand prize winner gets an additional $1,000.

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KP Community Art Project Displayed at Envision Fest Hartford--September 20th

Thank you for your support of our Community Art Project. As a result of your thoughtful recycling, we were able to collect over 1,000 water botles. Students are already painting and preparing them for the EnvisionFest display. I also want to thank Megan Cassidy for coordinating this HUGE undertaking.


Be sure to mark your calendars for to see this awesome display while participating in a fun day focused on showcasing the wealth of culture in our capital City. More information can be found on the EnvisionFest website (click hyper linked text).

A Celebration Above… a Recycled Art Installation (From the Website)

Walk underneath an incredible canopy of recycled material that is reminiscent of the amazing hand-blown glass work of the artist Dale Chihuly. The entire student body and staff of King Philip Middle School in West Hartford, CT has participated in the creation of this recycled art installation. Using water bottles students have painted and cut to create the spiral work of Chihuly. Stop by the Bushnell Theater’s Community Day on September 20th to see one of Chihuly’s orginal works.

The West Hartford Relay is scheduled for Saturday, September 27th!

Registration is open and it is time to start putting teams together. It’s fun for all ages and promotes a healthy lifestyle while raising money for West Hartford Public Schools Health and Physical Education Department!! Grab some friends and sign up for the 3rd Annual West Hartford Relay! This event will include the 20-mile Relay and a Kids’ Relay. The course starts and ends at West Hartford Town Hall on Main Street.

Check out all the details and register online today at www.westhartfordrelay.com

Also check out information on Growing Great Schools (GGS) www.growinggreatschools.org GGS is a community-based effort headquartered in West Hartford, Connecticut with a mission is to create healthier schools by connecting food, culture, health, and the environment. The vision of Growing Great Schools is to empower students to become active participants in their nutritional and physical health, while caring for the planet.