KP Connection

February 10, 2017

Lead Learner Highlights

It looks like winter has shown up in New England. Given the recent weather that has required school delays or cancellation, I just want to clarify our communication efforts. In the event of a school cancellation or delay, our communication system (BlackBoard Connect) will send out a voice and email message. In the event of a delay, I will also send out our schedule for the day as a reminder along with any additional information for the day. However, here are just a few general reminders:

  • Students are allowed to arrive 20 minutes before the scheduled delay time. To keep students safe by providing adequate supervision, it is imperative that parents/caregivers refrain from dropping off students prior to this time. These times are as follows: 8:40 am for a 60-minute delay, 9:10 am for a 90-minute delay, and 9:40 am for a 2-hour delay.
  • When the message states that offices are delayed, a secretary will be available to answer phones at the following time 8:00 am for a 60-minute delay, 8:30 am for a 90-minute delay, and 9:00 am for a 2-hour delay.
  • When there is a school delay ALL BEFORE SCHOOl PROGRAMS/Activities (i.e. PLAE and musical rehearsals) are also canceled.
  • If a bus is late please reach out to the Transportation Office at Telephone: (860) 561-6647

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have questions/concerns/ideas to keep you better informed. or 860-233-8230

Need to Know Dates

  • 2/10 - 6th Grade Bingo - 3 to 4pm
  • 2/12 - Character Counts Winter Bowling League @ Silver Lanes in East Hartford - 2 to 3:30pm
  • 2/13 - Rescheduled - Mock Trial Competition @ Kingswood-Oxford from 3 to 8pm
  • 2/13 - Hall LUV Concert - 7pm
  • 2/14 - Faculty Meeting - there are no late buses
  • 2.17 - National Random Act of Kindness Day
  • 2/20 - 2/21 - Winter Recess - no school
  • 2/24 - Holocaust Speaker (Amethyst & Emerald Teams)
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.

Notes from the Student/Family Handbook

How do I report an absence to school?

Call 233-8236 between 7am - 4pm. Wait for the prompt or use voice mail box #2399. Provide a written note when your child returns to school.

Special Notice to current 6th and 7th Grade Parents

Bristow Middle School Enrollment

Bristow Middle School expects to have a limited number of openings for students entering grades 7 and 8 in the 2017-2018 school year. Bristow Middle School is a school of choice, drawing its diverse population from all neighborhoods in West Hartford. In the 2017-2018 school year Bristow will have an enrollment of approximately 420 students.

Students who attend King Philip or Sedgwick Middle Schools, or non-public schools who would like to be part of our enrollment for 7th and 8th grade must apply for inclusion in the process by March 21, 2017. In order to help parents make an informed choice two informational meetings will be held at Bristow Middle School on Monday, March 6, 2017 and Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 6:30 pm. Parents can choose to attend either of these meetings. Students are invited to attend these meetings with their parents.

The application form as well as more details about the process for all grades is on our website at

If you would like more information about Bristow and its programs please email or call the principal, Steven Cook, at, or 231-2100.

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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Student News

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Character Counts

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: Selma A, Zphony H, Thanh D, Seth E, Hannah K, Patrick S, Andrew C, Julianna d, Allison D, Wylee F, Cayden G, Mica L, Rebecca M, Richard M, Colin M, Jack N, Drew S, Evelyn S, Santiago V, Lillian W, Rumsha L, Italia L, Alexandra G, Antonio O, Chiara P, Kalani R, Jason P, Lauren F, Alyson B, Aaliyah B, William G, Matthew G, Christian R and Grace W,
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Parent/Caregiver Resources

KP's After School Activiities Calendar

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

February Intramural Schedule Below

Student Contest to highlight a favorite teacher - click below

SEPTO News - Transition Planning

Wednesday, February 15 at 7pm

Monthly Meeting – Topic TBD

Save the date for our regularly scheduled monthly meeting at Sedgwick Middle School at 7pm in the multipurpose room.


Membership Drive

It’s always the right time to join West Hartford SEPTO! Please register online at

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CONVERSATION EQ Vs. IQ: How We Measure Children & Their Success - Great conversation -(46 min)

EQ vs. IQ: How We Measure Children & Their Success
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Progressive Conversations - Bridge Newsletter

Parents, you have a challenging job these days. You may also be uncomfortable talking about mature topics, or not know where to start. Don’t worry. You can rise to your challenge by developing a mindset for progressive conversations.

Community Events

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Talcott Mountain Science Center Opportunities

February Vacation Programs, an Open House, and our "Spectacular Saturday" programs. They are all for grades K-8, and are great for hands-on activity outside of school. For more information please click on the links below:

West Hartford Unified Sports Basketball 2017

Practices will be held from 5:30-7:00pm in the Sedgwick Gym on the following Sundays: February 12, February 26, March 5 and, March 12

Basketball Tournament


Smith Middle School Glastonbury, CT

3:00 – 6:00pm

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 from9:15-9:45AM. Breakfast is served 9:00-10:00 AM.

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

February 13, February 27

March 13, March 27

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

January 21, February 18, March 18

For more information about the Fern Street Community Kitchen, call 860-233-3669 or email,, or

"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"

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