KP Connection

September 29, 2017

Need to Know Dates

  • Tuesday - 10/3 - Winding Trails - Turquoise Team - 9:00am to 1:30pm

  • Tuesday - 10/3 -Riverfront Recapture -Garnet Team - 9:00am to 1:45pm

  • Friday - 10/6 - Riverfront Recapture - Emerald Team - 9:00am to 1:45pm

Daily Bulletin

Click here for KP's daily announcements about upcoming activities and opportunities.

School News

Lead Learner Highlights

Dear KP Families,

Can you believe October is already here? I want to thank all of you for attending our Open Houses this year. We hope you enjoyed getting a small glimpse into your child's day. As we complete our first month of school, we are happy about how smoothly the transition has been. We've started our first round of team monthly celebrations and it is wonderful to hear the ways in which students are exhibiting the attributes of respect, responsibility, and citizenship in their classrooms and the school community. Our goal is for all students to receive a Character Counts recognition by the end of their three years at King Philip.

This is the last weekend for our school's Color Run Fundraiser. This promises to be a wonderful community event that also will support our school by providing technology for our classrooms, field trip support for school groups, curriculum supported activities and more. Please remember that every student/family that wants to run must pay the entry fee.

As you peruse this week's newsletter, please look for Ski Club news, our KP Character Counts Bowling League fall session information and student contests that might be of interest to your child. Our after-school activities have started as well. If your child is not involved in something, please review the intramural and after-school activities offerings and encourage them to try something or share an idea with their teacher.

It has been brought to the school's attention that King Philip Drive has become a bit of a traffic mess before and after school. The concerns raised include cars being double parked and cars making illegal U-turns. In addition, please respect the no parking zones.and remember not block any streets preventing cars from entering or exiting a particular street. Normal traffic laws apply.

On Friday September 22nd the school counselors hosted a breakfast for 39 students new to the West Hartford School District and The King Philip School community. The students met their grade level counselor and also had an opportunity to learn more about each other. We are excited to welcome these students to our KP community!

Student & Family Opportunities

Ski-Club Information

Ski Wednesday Parent-Run Group 2017 - Required Meeting for Participation is October 3rd, 6:45pm

KP Cares Fundraiser Dance

We will be holding a KP Cares Fundraiser Dance, on Friday November 3, 2017, from 6:30-8:30pm in the 7th-8th grade gym. Tickets will cost $7.00 each and can be purchased before school, and during lunch waves, if we have parents that can volunteer for those times. Tickets must be purchased in advance.The money will help to fund the numerous activities that emphasize being respectful, responsible and good citizens.

KP Cares is the a community service club for 6, 7 & 8th grade students, who want to help give back to the community and do good for others. Service projects include: The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, a holiday gift drive, Penguin Plunge, Shelter Dinners and more. For the dance, we will need volunteers to bring/bake snacks (chips, cookies, cupcakes, box of candy bars/candy and plastic water and or bottles of Gatorade. Please E Mail if you are interested in helping to make this dance a success.

KP After School Clubs, Activities & School Groups

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

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Have you always wondered what Squash was? Or, did you want to learn how to play? Click the flyer below for two great opportunities to learn more.

Honoring Young Volunteers

Is your child active in community service? The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honors middle level and high school students who make meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.

Student Contests

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Opportunities to Serve the KP Community

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Parent Information

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

Get Involved at KP -- Start with the PTO

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

West Hartford Special Education PTO September & October 2016 Events


"Meet and Greet" with West Hartford's Director of Pupil Services, Gretchen Nelson

Connect with other parents of children with IEPs, meet the Director of Pupil Services and hear about her vision for Special Education in West Hartford. If you have questions or concerns you’d like addressed, please send them to and we’ll forward them to Dr. Nelson.

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

Friday, October 6 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, October 25 at 7pm

Becoming Your Child’s Best School Advocate: Tips and Tools for Supporting Your Child with an Educational Disability

Carrie Berman, Special Education Advocate and one of the founding members of the West Hartford Special Education PTO, will share her top strategies to help parents effectively communicate with their child’s school and advocate for an appropriate education. Participants will learn tips on preparing for PPT meetings, how to foster positive relationships with teachers and how to work collaboratively as a team even when they disagree.

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

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Parent/Caregiver Resources

Worth 4 minutes to watch!

Parent Toolkit - Middle School Resources

Parent Toolkit is a one-stop shop resource that was produced and developed with parents in mind.

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Noah Webster House --West Hartford Hauntings


West Hartford Public Schools Mentor Program

Help us spread the word - Mentoring matters!

We are calling on all mentors to spread the word about the value of mentoring. Please take a moment to think about your own mentoring experience. Share this experience with others - your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers.

Help us tap potential recruits by encouraging others to complete an application (attached) for the Fall New Mentor Workshop to learn more about mentoring.

Fall New Mentor Workshop

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Conard High School – Rm. 169

110 Beechwood Drive, West Hartford

6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. (Refreshments will be served)

Guest Speaker: Dr. Susan Weinberger, President, Mentor Consulting Group

Those who are interested may sign up for the October 24 New Mentor Workshop by contacting Carol Wilkas, West Hartford Public Schools, District Mentor Coordinator, at 860-231-6009.

As always, we thank you for your continued support of the Mentor Program.

"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"