Start of Summer KP Connection
June 28, 2015
Things to KNOW
- 29th - Beyond The Bake Sale Virtual Book Study BEGINS --We hope you join us.
- Encourage summer reading (see library information below)
- 17th SAVE THE DATE ---End of Summer Blast @KP 4:00pm-7:00pm
- 24th 6th Grade WEB Student Orientation - 8:00am-12:00pm
- 26th First Day of School for the 2015-2016 School Year
Still on the fence? Don't be, join us for this virtual book chat.
We have teachers, the whole admin team and we need a few more parents to make it complete. We still have a 4 books to loan (office is open from 8:00-3:00pm). You can also purchase it from Amazon here (they offer hard copies and digital copies) . The flyer below has the details about how use Voxer.
I just returned from a Family Engagement conference and met the authors. I'm beyond excited to think about how we will define engagement for our school. Join Us! It's not too late! E-mail me with any questions Joy_Wright@whps.org .
The Power of Legacy
Last week a member of our school community was taken abruptly from those who loved him. His passing created a tidal wave of emotion that included not only mourning, but also joy and gratitude as family, friends, colleagues, and students recounted stories and discussed his impact on their lives. I was reminded this week of the legacy each of us leaves behind when we travel from this life to the next. For Paul, the legacy people spoke of were his genuine kindness, his commitment to his students --not only their learning but their development as people--and his fierce connectedness to those he loved.
Having only known Paul for two years, I did not have the privilege of knowing him as deeply as my school colleagues; however, as a building leader I witnessed his kind spirit and observed his commitment to our students and our school community daily. He epitomized one of our big rocks by “fostering a sense of community that enriched the experience of middle school students by building relationships among the students, staff, families, and the community.” As a member of our Wellness Committee he was determined to provide opportunities for our staff to get together outside of school to increase our connections. Every staff member I spoke to talked about his openness, warm smile, and fierce commitment to friendship. Paul also cultivated excellent relationships with his students. One small example, among the hundreds, was during a classroom visit where students were wrapping up a unit and preparing for an essay. When I asked a group of students how they felt about the upcoming claim paper, one student responded: "With a teacher like Mr. Duquette it will be okay. We'll get there." He created an environment where students wanted to thrive because they knew he believed they could. In his 28 years as a teacher in our district, his legacy has touched thousands.
Amidst the grieving process, we have an opportunity to consider the impact of a person on our own lives, and we have a choice to decide how we will pass that impact on to others. As I think about Paul, I'm choosing to pass on kindness in action, to focus on the whole child, and to remember that investing in relationships is at the heart of what we do and in the end, it is all that matters. Thank you Paul for leaving a legacy that makes me strive to be better.
First published: http://principaljoywright.blogspot.com/
Back to School Supply Lists to Help You Plan
*ATTENTION 6th GRADE PARENTS
Please be aware that before the first day of your child's 7th grade school year, the following information needs to be brought to the school nurse.
1. Physical exam completed after 7/1/2013
2. Updated immunizations to include Menactra, Tdap and 2 Varicella
Thank you and if you have any questions call us.
Melissa Hawkins RN and Kathy Condon RN
office # 860-929-5260
fax # 860-929-5283
We will hold all clothing until the end of July. In August, we arrange for the Salvation Army to pick up any clothing that has been left behind. Please call ahead so that we can make arrangements for you to look through the clothing for any items your child may have left at school. Summer school hours are 8:00am-3:00pm.