KP Connection

March 10, 2017

Lead Learner Highlights

Dear Families, This week has been chalk full of opportunities for our teachers to meet with you to discuss your child’s progress. We hope that the conversations have informed your understanding and that you have had the opportunity to share what would best support your child's learning for the remainder of the year. Below is a survey to inform our planning for next year that we hope you will take a few minutes to complete. Please take the time to review this week’s newsletter for student news and upcoming events. We hope to see many of you at tonight’s Family Skate Night to support KP Cares, our school-wide service organization. We also have our spring school fundraiser starting on Monday that we hope you will support. As a result of Tuesday night’s presentation of the Superintendent’s budget, there is much uncertainty related to next year. However, I want to assure you that our staff remains committed to providing a high-quality education and learning environment for your child. We trust that you will continue to partner with us and lend your voice so that we can sustain these efforts next year.

Need to Know Dates

  • 3/10 - Family Skate Night - Veteran's Memorial Skating Rink - 7-8:30pm
  • 3/12 - Character Counts Winter Bowling League @ Silver Lanes - 2 to 3:30pm
  • 3/13 - Unified Sports Tournament - 1:30 to 6pm
  • 3/13 - 5th to 6th Orientation (Aiken, Norfeldt, Smith)
  • 3/13 - School Spring Fundraiser Begins - Butter Braids
  • 3/15 - CSI - Department
  • 3/16 - PTO Meeting - 7pm
  • 3/17 - KP Cares Shelter Dinner @ Immaculate Conception Church - 5:45pm
  • 3/18 - Cycle Against Cancer - 9 to 12:30pm
  • 3/20 - 5th - 6th Orientation (Bugbee, Charter Oak, Morley, Whiting Lane) 6:30 - 8:30pm
  • 3/21 - World Down Syndrome Day
  • 3/24 - Northern Regionals - Wethersfield HS - 2:30 to 9pm
  • 3/24 - Butterbraid Fundraiser deadline
  • 3/25 - Northern Regionals - Killingly HS - 8:330am - 3:30pm
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.

After School Activities

KP's After School Activities Calendar

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

School News

Congratulations to . . .

6th Grade Diamond's Andrew G for qualifying to compete in the state-level competition of the National Geographic Bee! The Connecticut State Bee will be held on Friday, March 31, 2017. Let's cheer him on. Please visit the State Bee Homepage, and click on Connecticut to access your state Bee website and review event information. If you have questions regarding the event, please contact your State Bee Coordinator, whose email address is listed on the Connecticut State Bee website.

to the KP Winter Section Chess Champions

KP Cuirassiers KP Pegasus

Samuel L Caitlin S-C

Ethan S-C Lauren R

Pranav B Isaiah G

Gavin B Pamba H

If you haven't joined the team or contributed check out the video below. The Cycle Against Cancer (with direct support to Allison T) was featured on Better CT.


For the third year, KP's spring fundraiser will be selling Butter Braids. These delicious butter braids are a welcome addition to any meal. All funds raised will be used to support school projects. All order forms and money need to be turned in by March 24th and delivery will be April 5th. We hope that you can support this even if it means buying one bread.


A QUICK LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED THIS MONTH with KP School Counselors and their work with KP Students

We Need Your Support!

Click here to Donate to the KP Cycle Team for March 18

expenses such as rent, mortgage, and utilities. It will also provide a large grant to the family of Allison, a brave seventh-grader from West Hartford, who is currently battling leukemia.

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Parent/Caregiver Resources

Informed and Connected - WHPS Board of Education 2017-2018 Budget Information

Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 7 p.m. - Regular Board Meeting/Budget Work Session #1

Town Hall, Legislative Chamber – Room 314

  • Regular Instruction including Supervision of Instruction
  • Special Instruction, Pupil Services
  • General Support Services

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 7 p.m. – Regular Board Meeting/Budget Work Session #2

Town Hall, Legislative Chamber – Room 314

Thursday, March 23, 2017, 6-8 p.m.Members of Board of Education Presentation to Parents, Teachers, and Other Interested Parties

Charter Oak Int'l Academy


425 Oakwood Avenue

Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 7 p.m. – Public Hearing

BOE 2017-18 Budget Information


Wednesday, March 22 at 7pm

Spring/Summer Recreational Programs & The Care Card Program

Come learn about exciting opportunities for your student receiving special education services!

1. Everything Recreation! Learn about ALL the recreational activities available for your student including summer camps. We will have representatives from various groups & organizations on hand to answer your questions and even register your students right then and there!

2. The West Hartford Police will be introducing the Care Card! CareCards will help first responders properly assist children (and adults) with special needs. The cards can be carried or worn by an individual as an ID card and when needed will alert first responders if an individual is non-verbal, has diabetes, seizures, autism, etc. It will also link to a database that includes all information which may be too sensitive or private to be physically on the card, but will be accessible when needed by first responder.

Location: Sedgwick Middle School, 128 Sedgwick Road, West Hartford (Enter through Wardwell Rd entrance)


Membership Drive

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

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This year ASAP! is celebrating its 12th Annual Celebration of Young Writers. This annual event began as a way to encourage children to share their love of writing. ASAP! recognizes their talent by bringing the students together with celebrity authors and actors at the event.

Submissions are now being accepted for this extraordinary event. All public, private, and home schooled students in grades K-12 are invited to submit a piece of writing. Without teachers' support, ASAP! wouldn't be able to provide this experience for so many children.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 31, 2017.

Here is a link to our website where you can view and download the submission guidelines, which include details about the event and how to submit an entry, as well as sample formats. Entries may be made by teachers or parents. High school students may submit on their own. Entries are limited to one piece per student.

Nominate a teacher for the Frank McCourt Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

Nominations and applications are now being accepted. Do you know a teacher who is passionate about what they do? Who inspires their students to become enthusiastic learners through imaginative assignments and techniques? Now is your chance to recognize an outstanding educator!

ANYONE CAN NOMINATE A TEACHER. Students, parents, colleagues and even the individuals themselves may submit a nomination. Nominees must submit an application, which is available on the ASAP! website or by clicking the link below.

The deadline for teacher nominations is Friday, March 24, 2017.

Here is the link for more information on the Frank McCourt Prize.

Click here to nominate a teacher.

Click here to download an application (due by March 31, 2017)

For current 7th Graders

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program offers a unique pre-college scholarship and advising program to high-achieving, low-income students. From 8th grade through high school, Cooke Young Scholars join a community of ambitious peers and receive academic and college counseling, financial support for academic and extracurricular enrichment, and a pathway to college success. The application is open to 7th grade students from February 7, 2017 through April 5, 2017:

For Students 13 years of age

Community Events

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West Hartford's Cookin' 2017 - April 1st-6:30 - 9:00pm

Buy your Tickets - Join West Hartford's "Celebrity" Chefs as they don chefs' aprons for an evening of food sampling, fun, and silent & live auction to benefit the Foundation for West Hartford Public Schools. - West Hartford Town Hall Auditorium

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Summer Programs

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

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

March 27

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

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"