KP Connection

January 16, 2015

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Two short weeks

We are nearing the half way mark to the year. The third quarter begins on Friday (Jan. 23) and we are finishing up winter concerts, initiating planning for next year, and engaging in lots of fun events. We want to thank you for your continued support of our school community. We could not continue in success if not for your partnership and support. Please be sure to review our upcoming events as we'd love to see you at KP.

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  • All Month --KP Challenge Wonder Read and Kindness Activities

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Day -NO SCHOOL
  • West Hartford's 19th annual Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life on Monday, January 19, 2015, 10:00-11:30 AM, at the West Hartford Town Hall auditorium
  • The State of the Dream: A Community Conversation about Diversity - 7-8:30PM in the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford Auditorium (see In the Community)
  • Midfest Rehearsal - Sedgwick 1:00PM


  • Knitting to be Kind - A Community knitting/crocheting event to create baby items 4:30-6:15PM @ KP (see below for more information)
  • Penguin Plunge at Winding Trails in Farmington 9:00AM


  • 8th Grade High School Elective Presentation during Learning Lab (1:20PM)


  • Technology Tuesday --Parent/Guardian Tech Opportunity (see below)


  • Hall 8th Grade Parent Orientation 7:00–8:30PM @ Hall
  • Report Cards Distributed


  • Join us at KP on January 22 -Knitting Club will host a Knitting to be Kind event to knit caps or blankets to be donated to St. Agnes Home from 4:30-6:15PM. Please RSVP to Ms. Pacyna or Ms. Shoemaker. This is an extended family event!

  • Join us at KP on February 6 - Bring a t-shirt and create your own Kindness T-Shirt from 2:00-3:30PM and 6:30-7:30PM. We recommend that a parent/guardian accompany a student. Please bring a nonperishable food item to be donated to the local food bank.

  • Join us at KP on February 11 for Family Paint Night. KP's very own art teacher, Mrs. Grindle will host this creative evening from 6:30-8:30PM. There is a $15.00 charge per pair ($22 for three) for this event with proceeds going to the American Heart Association. Seating is limited to the first twenty-five people to register with payment. Students must be accompanied by an adult.



To our assistant principal, Mr. Gusy, on the birth of his son on January 15. He will be on paternity leave for the next week or so. Please direct all inquiries to the main office. Principal Joy Wright or Assistant Principal Marc Kotler will get back to you as soon as possible.

2015 National Geo Bee Team Winners!

The school wide National Geographic Geo Bee was held on Friday, January 16. Congratulations to Samuel K of the Emerald Team, who won the competition. It was a tight competition with both Sam and Meredith S of the Turquoise Team tieing the Championship Round. These two students went three questions into the tiebreaker round when Sam correctly answered that Benin was the country located between Togo and Nigeria, sharing it’s name with a bight or very wide mouthed bay. (Yes, our navigators in the audience did know what a bight was!) Sam will now take a written test to qualify for the state Geo Bee to be held this spring. Congratulations to the team winners who participated: Ben G from the Diamond Team, Allison D from the Topaz Team, Max K from Opal Team, Jacye H from Ruby Team, Matt B from Sapphire Team, Jason H from the Amethyst Team, and Jack B from the Garnet Team. We had a wonderful audience who supported each of the competitors. Thank you Mr. Chad Ellis for your skillful emceeing.

Technology Tuesday --Parent/Guardian Social Media Opportunity --JANUARY 27, 2015

Tuesday, Jan. 27th, 6:30-8pm

King Philip --Room 224

You don't want to miss this Tech Tuesday Event! Please RSVP below.

6:30-7:15PM - How teens and adults are connecting in the 21st Century

  • Come learn about a few Social Media Apps that students and adults use

7:15-8:00PM - It's Complicated book conversation part 3

  • See 21st Century technology and the power of social media in action as we SKYPE with parents/guardians from a Francis Howell Middle School in O'Fallon, Missouri to discuss how they navigate the complicated world of social media with their teens. Even if you didn't read the book, this is a great opportunity to discuss teens and social media and connect and learn with and from other parents/guardians.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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Attention 8th Grade Parents: Information regarding transition to high school

On Thursday, January 8, grade eight students attended an assembly with Hall High School counselors. During the assembly, the counselors distributed the Program of Studies book and discussed the transition to high school. If your child did not receive a Program of Studies book, he or she should see their counselor. In order to help them with planning, students received an elective worksheet, and were instructed to begin thinking of their elective choices for ninth grade as well as some back-up choices in the event that they do not get into the class they have chosen. Please talk with your child about their ninth grade schedule and elective choices. There will be an assembly for students, during their Learning Lab, on Monday, January 26 at KP which will provide them with information regarding elective courses. Also, there will be a parent open house/orientation at Hall High School on Wednesday, January 28 from 7:00 to 8:30PM to provide parents with information about Hall High School. Students will be registering for classes from February 5th -10th at KP in one of their academic classes. At that time, they will find out which academic levels they have been recommended for by their teachers. They should have their elective worksheet completed by that time and will be expected to bring it to class when they register. The Emerald team is scheduled to register on February 5th, Amethyst on February 6th, and Garnet on February 9th. If you or your child has any questions about the course selection process or their individual course selections, you should contact your child's school counselor. Counselors are assigned by student last name.

A-D Marisa Tamayo - ext: 5266

E-K Ed D'Addio- ext. 5269,

E-K Stephen Boyle- ext. 5270

L-Q Megan Johnson- ext. 5267

R-Z Ashley Carlson- ext. 5268

Drop Off Reminders

We have realized that a number of families are driving into the front driveway to drop off students in the morning which is not the appropriate protocol. Attempting to navigate cars and buses during the hectic time of drop off has proven to be risky for students and staff.

As has been our practice, student drop off in the front circle is allowed until 7:30AM when buses start to arrive. After that time, ALL student drop offs, unless given a special pass by the Nurse's office, should occur on King Philip Drive itself or in the loop in the back of the building on Mohawk Drive. The only cars allowed in the front drive way from 7:30-8:00AM for drop off are staff cars and student cars with passes given by the nurse. Thank you for helping to keep all of our students safe.

Receiving Weather Alerts

Weather closing messages are sent in two ways:

  • The night before or the morning of a delayed opening (like last Wednesday night's call). These are sent as Outreach messages and will go to 2 phone numbers.
  • During the school day if there is an early dismissal, messages are sent as Emergency messages and will go to every phone number.

If you did not receive a call on Monday morning or last Wednesday night to all of the numbers you have, please call our office so we can confirm our information in Power School which updates our messaging system. All changes take effect the next day.

KP Kindness Options (click here)

Share Your Kindness Ideas

We'd love to know how your family is making kindness contagious. We'll post ideas here to share so feel free to e-mail them or tweet them to us.

  • One mom shared: Our daughters made "kindness-on-the-go" bags two weeks ago. They are bags for me and dad to keep in our cars and distribute to someone we feel might need one. (They contain socks, deodorant, shampoo, granola bars, etc..)

Knitting to be Kind - A Community knitting/crocheting event to create baby items

St. Agnes Home in West Hartford provides residential care and supportive services for pregnant and parenting adolescent mothers and their infants.

If you have basic knitting or crocheting skills, please plan to join us on January 22, 2015, 4:30-6:15 PM, at King Philip MS. This is an invitation to all teachers/staff, students, parents, grandparents, guardians and friends of KPM. We will focus on creating baby hats or squares to be sewn into baby blankets. We will have patterns and some supplies, but if possible, bring your own knitting/crochet tools and machine washable yarn. Squares for baby blankets will require worsted weight washable yarn. This is a great way to use up that stash!!!

To help us plan, please RSVP by email or phone to Cheryl Pacyna (ext 5261) or Kathy Shoemaker (ext 2276). Let us know how many people will be attending and if you need supplies or will be bringing your own.

Help us evaluate the impact of our Kindness Challenge

  • Have your child bring a completed Acts of Kindness form to his or her morning advisory each Friday (these forms will be distributed in MA) .
  • Tweet in acts of kindness to @KPWHPS with the hashtag #KPKind
  • Post on our KP Acts of Kindness electronic bulletin (click here) board where you can post pictures and text.

Thank you for supporting our efforts to cultivate a climate of Respect, Responsibility, and Good Citizenship where our Character Counts.

Penguin ​Plunge​

On Sunday, January 25th, students and teachers from King Philip will be taking the Penguin Plunge at Winding Trails in Farmington! All money raised will benefit the Special Olympics of Connecticut. We invite all staff, students, parents and friends to join us! If you are interested in taking the Plunge, please email Ms. Pearson at for registration information. If you would like to support our team, please visit

Thank you!

Be sure to discuss upcoming contests with your children! See last week's Smore for more information.

Deadlines in Feb.

Opportunities in OUR COMMUNITY

Noah Webster House Tavern Nights 2015

Join the Noah Webster House and the West Hartford Historical Society for its eleventh season of Tavern Nights. On Jan. 24, the museum will kick-off the season with A Taste of Culture with Hello! West Hartford. Sittings will be offered at 6 and 8 PM. Reservations are required.

The evening will feature cuisines and entertainment from three prominent West Hartford cultures. Enjoy Asian, South American, and Russian foods, music, and dancing. Tickets are $40 per person and $35 for museum members. The evening will also feature a special drink tasting and tavern games.

Tickets include dinner, one complimentary drink, live music, and tavern games. Additional beverages will be available for purchase. A valid ID is required for alcoholic drinks. Vegetarian options must be requested at the time reservations are made. Reservations are available through the museum’s website at, or by calling 860-521-5362 x10.
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