KP Connection

December 8, 2017

Need to Know Dates

    • Monday - 12/11 - Coffee with the Principal - 9:00am (small cafe)

    • Tuesday - 12/12 - 6th Grade to the Hartford Stage

    • Tuesday - 12/12 - Faculty Meeting - there are no late buses

    • Tuesday - 12/12 - start of Hanukkah (Chanukah)

    • Wednesday - 12-13 - Moe's Restaurant Night - 4pm-9pm

    • Thursday - 12/14 - Drama Club Coffee House - 6:30pmIn

    • Thursday - 12/14- Inspiring Equity Multi-Media Exhibit - Town Hall Auditorium, 6:30-8:30 p.m

    • Friday- 12/15 -- National Ugly Holiday Sweater Day

    • Saturday - 12/16- Inspiring Equity Multi-Media Exhibit - Town Hall Auditorium, 6:30-8:30 p.m

    • Monday - 12/18 - 8th Grade winter concert - 7pm

Daily Bulletin

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School News

Lead Learner Highlights

KP Families,

We have had another wonderful week. Last night, the 7th-grade musicians did a wonderful job at the concert and enjoyed cookies and cocoa afterward. I always love seeing students and families socializing as part of school event. Today students learned about Human Rights Day (recognized on Sunday, Dec. 10) during their morning advisory time. I was delighted to see so many students in their pajamas in solidarity with the brave children in CT who are in treatment for cancer and serious illnesses at CCMC. I heard that currently, WHPS is the second highest donating district in the state to this cause. We'll report out on KP's giving next week. As we think about how we can Be The One to show empathy, I am so proud that each our teams and the main office have adopted a family from the West Hartford Community. Thank you for what you are doing as well to help these 10 families have a wonderful holiday.

On Monday we will be 10 days away from Holiday Break. The time is flying. Wednesday, the 13th, marks the midpoint for the second quarter. The Unified Arts rotation ends on December 18th. Please check-in with your child about their progress. Ask your child about how they are progressing on the goals they discussed at the student-led conference. Encourage your child to set up time with their teacher if they have questions or concerns about past or upcoming assignments.

Next week, we'll start with a Principal's Coffee at 9:00 am. This is an opportunity for you to share your thoughts about KPs glow and grow areas and to ask any questions in a more intimate setting. Be sure to support KP at the Moe's Restaurant Night on Wednesday, Dec. 13th between 4pm-9pm. Just be sure to mention KP and spread the word to all of your friends. This is sponsored by our PTO.

Please Note

While Mr. Kotler is on medical leave, our stand-in administrators will be Sarah Issacs and Ed D'Addio who will assist with supervision and student support on alternating days. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Joy or Justin with any questions or concerns.
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Before the Winter Concerts, the KP PTO will be selling King Philip Spirit Wear and Inspire! Music Notes

Inspire! Music Notes! Family and Friends can purchase a Music Note for $1.00 for a student. It’s simple. Write a message on the note (click on attached link:, and send the note and $1.00 to the student’s morning advisory by the following dates: Dec 6 - 7th Grade; Dec 15 8th Grade; Jan 9 - 6th Grade. Or you can purchase an Inspire! Music Note the day of the concert. Write a message and each note will be displayed on a wall outside the auditorium for all to see! Celebrate and inspire your talented musician.

After the concerts, please join us for hot cocoa and cookies* in the large cafeteria The KP PTO will be selling hot cocoa and cookies for $1.00 each. Have fun with friends and congratulate your student for all of their hard work and an amazing concert. *Nut-free snack option will be available.

Thank you for your continued support of the KP PTO.

Be The One to Recycle thoughtfully -- Keep Sending them In!

Student Opportunities

November & December Intramural Menu

Please look to see what is coming up for before and after school intramural activities.

KP After School Clubs, Activities & School Groups

Listing of after-school clubs, activities and school groups with meeting days and times.

Parent Information

Action for Happiness

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Get Involved at KP -- Start with the PTO

There are several events/activities throughout the year. Please choose at least one to get involved.

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Buy Your Groceries and Support KP -- Click Below for our Big Y Fundraiser

West Hartford Special Education PTO News

West Hartford Special Education PTO

December 2017 – January 2018 Events

Thursday, December 14 & Saturday December 16 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Inspiring Equity: A Multi-Media Exhibit

Join us at the book launch and photography exhibit of CommUnity: Voices Toward Equity West Hartford Listens featuring WHSEPTO! The book highlights West Hartford groups and individuals who inspire equity in our community. CommUnity is a project of the West Hartford Public School that seeks to bring our schools and community together through the lens of individual and collective stories.

LOCATION: West Hartford Town Hall, 50 South Main Street, West Hartford

Friday, January 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.

Wednesday, January 24 (snow date 1/31)

Transition Meeting: for students entering a new school

Meet with Pupil Service and leaders from each school as well as experienced parents to ease the transition for you and your student into a new school.

NEW LOCATION: King Philip Middle School Media Center, 100 King Philip Drive, West Hartford


Membership Drive & Book Club

Your 2017-2018 membership dues of $15 earn you a great deal this year: a paperback copy of Ross Greene's Raising Human Beings. The book will be discussed at our April meeting, as West Hartford Schools personnel share their training in Greene's Collaborative and Proactive Solutions model. Please visit to join or to renew your membership.

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Community Events

"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"