May 21, 2020
Lead Learner Letter
We are ending week 8 of our distance learning, and I am so proud of the perseverance of our students, staff, and families. Please check out our May Students of the Month, the new parent/caregiver learning opportunities, and an opportunity to purchase shirts that will support the food pantry.
The Good Stuff
Kindness Signs Drop off dates/ times: (at KP Main Entrance)
May 22 - (Friday) 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
May 23 - (Saturday) 10:00 am to 11:00 am
May 22 - 9:30 am Friday Morning Meditation for Parents with Laura Wilson
Join by phone
+1 971-770-1047 PIN: 773 935 200#
May 25 - Memorial Day- Holiday (No school)
Virtual Promotion Ceremony (8th Grade students) - June 16th at 5:30 pm
Google Classroom Workshop for Parents
We are going to be offering our second set of parent workshops on Thursday May 28th. We will once again have presentations on Google Classroom for parents. Presentations will be available in English, Spanish and Portuguese if needed.
Here is the link to sign up (https://forms.gle/uCrrhEGNf73JH9R1A).
Friday Morning Meditation for Parents/Caregivers
It is clear in our conversations with parents/caregivers that there is a lot of stress and worries that everyone is dealing with. Some of us are better at handling these emotions and we turn to our coping strategies to bring our stress response back to a more normal, relaxed state to prevent toxic stress from building up in our bodies. Built-up toxic stress is harmful and can contribute to all kinds of physical and emotional symptoms. Mrs. Wilson, who has been managing our Heart and Mindful Center at school, is offering a 15-minute meditation on Friday mornings to parents beginning at 9:30 am. These meditations will be with her favorite monk, Andy Puddicombe, who brilliantly created 'Headspace'. Please feel free to join her on the google link provided below. I hope you will take advantage of these few minutes to yourself. Sincerely, King Philip Cares.
Join by phone
+1 971-770-1047 PIN: 773 935 200#
Scroll the bar on the right (in the form below) to place an order
A Parent Series
West Hartford Public Schools and the West Hartford School Readiness Council are pleased to provide a three-part series on parenting and teaching children at home during the Coronavirus. Dr. Peg Oliveira, Executive Director of the Gesell Institute at the Yale Child Study Center, will host live Zoom meetings on May 21 and May 28th. Click here for more information (https://www.smore.com/px1uq).
A short description of the series is as follows:
- Care for the Caregiver: Put your own oxygen mask on first 6:30-7:30; May 14, 2020
- How to Create Stability for Children in Uncertain Times 6:30-7:30; May 21, 2020
- Challenging Behaviors: (title to reflect current situations for families) Session will address subtopics such as: behaviors in response to at home learning; regressive behaviors; Who is this child? We've never seen this behavior before! 6:30-7:30, May 28, 2020
Dr. Oliveira's expertise is in early childhood education and many examples will be drawn from that experience. The target audience would be parents, caregivers, and teachers for students as young as 2 years old and through grade 6, however, we are making this series available to families / teachers in PK through grade 8.
Get your Student Involved!
COUNSELORS MEET - CHECK IN ACTIVITIES
All meetings are at 12noon
6th grade on Wednesdays
7th grade on Fridays
8th grade on Tuesdays
May 22 and May 26th at noon will focus on: Emotions Matter
May 27th, May 29th and June 2nd at noon will focus on: Transition Tips
June 3rd, June 5th and June 9th at noon will focus on: Virtual Summer Fun
Resources and activities for children, teens, and adults ~ there is a little something in there for everyone to enjoy!
join in the kindness with KP Cares: create signs of appreciation & display at kp!
We are grateful for all the people and organizations that helped protect us during the Coronavirus pandemic. To show our appreciation, the KP Kindness Club is sponsoring an opportunity to show our gratitude by creating posters to be displayed on the front lawn of KP.
Thank you! (Please see the details listed below, in our KP Kindness Club heart.)
Encourage Students to Listen to Announcements
Please encourage students to watch the morning announcements. Monday - Thursday, with KP students and Mr. St. Germain, and Fridays are hosted by KP Administrators.
The announcements are sent out between 8:00am - 8:30am. It is a fun and informative way to start the day! Please tune in. -- Today's Announcements
Click here for Grab & Go Meals and information on access to Internet &Technology
Resources from Dr. Ratchford
If you need to contact us, here's how to reach us during our special closing. Click this box.
Teacher Thank You Gift Program
The Foundation for WHPS Teacher Thank You Gift program is a great way to acknowledge your students’ wonderful and talented teachers.
Make a tax-deductible donation to the Foundation:
$50 for a Middle School Team
$25 for up to three teachers
$10 for one teacher
Teachers will be emailed a special acknowledgement indicating a gift has been made in their honor from your student (or family). Your gifts support our annual Teacher Grant program investing funds back in our schools for many unique educational programs.
The Foundation for WHPS is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization which provides financial support for educational projects, programs, and initatives that will enhance and enliven the classroom experience and promote excellence in WHPS. For more information or to view the grants at your schools, visit our website at www.fwhps.org.
If you have any questions, please email us at email@example.com.
Hartford Covid19 resources that is maintained by the West Hartford Public Library staff:
All Playgrounds and Fields Activities Prohibited
As we all work together to stop the spread of COVID-19, I want to remind you and your families that all group activities are prohibited on Town properties, and this includes our schools. The tracks and fields are being left open for individuals, but please maintain at least 6 feet of separation and do not share any equipment including sticks, balls, etc. Playgrounds have also been posted as closed to slow the spread of the virus through contact. Thank you all for your support and I know that together our community will stay strong.
Andrew R. Morrow, Ed.D
Assistant Superintendent for Administration
West Hartford Public Schools
"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 www.whps.org/pa189."