KP Connection

November 10, 2017

Need to Know Dates

    • Monday, 11/13 - Report Cards Distributed

    • Monday, 11/13 - PTO Meeting - Focus on Supporting Middle School Students

    • Tuesday, 11/14 - Conferences - 12:45pm dismissal

    • Wednesday, 11/15 - Conferences - 1:30pm dismissal

    • Thursday, 11/16 - Conferences - 12:45pm dismissal

    • Friday, 11/17 - Unified Theater Production @ 7pm

KP After School Clubs, Activities & School Groups

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

Daily Bulletin

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School News

Lead Learner Highlights

Dear KP Families,

Well, the cold weather has hit outside, but we are feeling warm and fuzzy at King Philip following this week's activities. We appreciate our staff and students who baked and wrapped cookies on Thursday to mail to current service people. Today we held a breakfast and ceremony to honor our KP Family Veterans. We want to thank all of the families who contributed to our breakfast to honor the veterans that are dear to our students and staff. We will continue to support those who serve our country in the military over the course of the year through Project 436 (see below) and hope that you will support our 8th-grade students as they lead in this area.

If you are looking to honor our veterans as a family, venture to Town Hall tomorrow at 11:00 AM and meet at the Veterans Memorial, corner of North Main Street and Farmington for a Veterans Day Ceremony sponsored by the American Legion Post 96 and featuring the Sedgwick Middle School Principal, Andrew Clapsaddle.

Please join us for the next PTO Meeting!

When: Monday, November 13 at 7 pm

Where: The Commons at King Philip Middle School

We will have a special guest speaker – Marnie Paulus – who will present “Middle School Tips to Help Your Child Succeed and Reduce Your Stress.”

After the presentation, we will discuss upcoming PTO events and the kickoff for the Trex Recycling Challenge.


WHPS Middle School Technology & Engineering program won the PROGRAM EXCELLENCE AWARD for the 2017-18 school year.

The Program Excellence Award is one of the highest honors given to technology and engineering education classroom teachers and is presented in recognition of outstanding contributions to the profession and students. The CTEEA and ITEEA judges were very impressed with our detailed application which highlighted our mission, goals, curriculum and classroom technology.

Our T&E teachers will be honored at Tuesday's annual State conference. Congrats Carey, Derek and Cathy.

Performance Alert

Unified Theater would like to invite you to join us as we go INTO THE BOOKS on Friday, November 17th at 7pm!! Please come and support our students!

6th Grade Parents/Caregivers:

We would like to host you for a parent evening program to discuss the transition to middle school. It is important to us that we share information on topics that are relevant to your experience. On the day of your conference, you will find chrome books set up in the 6th-grade hallway. Before or after your conference please take a 2-minute survey sharing what topics you would be interested in learning more about during that evening program. Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback.

Ashley Carlson
6th Grade School Counselor

Student Opportunities

A Chance to be Creative!

The Library will be open after school during parent conferences until 3:00pm this week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Come and enjoy extended time to work in the Makerspace or read while you wait for your parent conference.

VEX Robotics

Do you want to build robots to compete in competitions with other schools? There will be an informational meeting of the KP VEX Robotics Club on today after school from 3-4pm in 207. If you're interested in building a robot for competition, please bring a friend and plan to attend!
November & December Intramural Menu

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

Opportunities to Serve the KP Community

Project 436:

This year as a school we will be adopting a Battalion of 54 men and women who will be serving in the Middle East throughout this year. We will have a drive to collect goods and money (for shipping costs) to send to the battalion 11/13-17.

We are also collecting any extra Halloween candy to send to the battalion while they are training at Ft. Hood this month. Please bring any extra candy in a bag to the office by Wednesday.

Please click on the following link for a complete list of items to donate:

Support Creativity

6th Grade Spanish teacher Mrs. Gieczewskiwould like to offer a sewing component to our Maker Space options. To make this happen, we are looking for two or three basic sewing machines and a supply of cotton fabrics. So if you have a basic sewing machine or cotton fabrics that you would like to donate to KP, please drop them off at the office or contact Mrs. Gieczewski at

As a result of your giving, we will earn $240.70 from our first Box Top submission. We know we can do better than that, so please send in those box tops!

Parent Information

Get Involved at KP -- Start with the PTO

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

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

West Hartford Special Education PTO News

Wednesday, November 29 at 7pm

Join us for a discussion with Special Guest, Dan Weiner, MA LPC

Dan Weiner, MA LPC has provided psychotherapy services to children, adolescents, parents, families, and adults for the last 20 years. Dan’s practice serves clients experiencing a variety of mental health issues, while also specializing in the treatment of neuro-developmental disorders which effect clients, cognitively, emotionally, and socially. Dan co-founded and is a partner in the Family Resource and Development Center, LLC (FRDC, LLC), also located in West Hartford, CT. FRDC is a group psychotherapy practice offering a variety of mental health services to children, adolescents, and families throughout the state of Connecticut.

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


Membership Drive & Book Club

Your 2017-2018 membership dues earn you a great deal this year: a paperback copy of Ross Greene's Raising Human Beings.

For just $15, you can support Special Education projects, receive information about SEPTO events, and earn a best-selling author's book, a great, down-to-earth read, whether your children have challenging behaviors or not! The book can be claimed by new or renewing members for 2017-2018 at any SEPTO meeting beginning October 25. Please see for program details and to join or to renew your membership.

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. The model focuses on identifying the skills a person is lacking and the expectations they’re having difficulty meeting. Then the goal is to help them solve those problems, rather than trying to modify their behavior through application of rewards and punishments.] Greene proposes that kids will do well when they are able. And they will learn to better communicate, take another's perspective, and resolve disagreements without conflict when they are made collaborative, proactive partners in finding solutions.

Friday, December 1 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.

Thank You!

You helped us raise $500 during our Harry’s BC Fundraiser on October 11th!

Funds raised will go directly back into supporting our students receiving special education services in West Haertford.

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