KP Connection

February 3, 2017

Lead Learner Highlights

Welcome to February! The temperature is dropping and the weather is becoming more erratic, but great learning and fun is still happening at KP. Tomorrow, 18 KP families will open their homes to students visiting from China through next Tuesday. These students will be in sixth and eighth-grade classrooms on Monday and Tuesday, and their teachers will be visiting classrooms as well. I am excited that students will have the opportunity to practice their citizenship skills in a global way and want to thank families for opening their homes and their hearts.

As you know, students received second quarter report cards yesterday. It is essential to focus on supporting students having a growth mindset and commending them on what they have learned, their effort, how they have grown and to remind them this cannot always be quantified by a grade on the report card. Our teachers, school counselors, and administrators are available if you have any questions or concerns.

Please take the time to look through the pictures, read through the names of students who have earned Character Counts or Student of the Month recognition, mark your calendar for opportunities to support good causes, and check out any resources that may be helpful in your role as a parent or caregiver.

Enjoy the weekend and stay toasty!

Need to Know Dates

  • 2/5 - Character Counts Winter Bowling League @ Silver Lanes in East Hartford - 2 to 3:30pm
  • 2/7 - Mock Trial Competition @ Kingswood Oxford - 3 to 8pm
  • 2/10 - 6th Grade Bingo - 3 to 4pm
  • 2/12 - Character Counts Winter Bowling League @ Silver Lanes in East Hartford - 2 to 3:30pm
  • 2/13 - Hall LUV Concert - 7pm
  • 2/14 - Faculty Meeting - there are no late buses
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.

February Intramural Schedule Below

KP's After School Activiities Calendar

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

School Sponsored Family Events this Weekend!

School News

Notes from the Student/Family Handbook

How does my child sign up for a club/intramurals?

Students and families should read through the Intramural Menu, look at the activities calendar, and/or listen for announcements/check the daily bulletin. Currently, students report to the large cafeteria after school and sign up for intramurals. They report directly to the club room of interest. Please note: All students need to complete a permission slip to participate. Please call the office if you believe your family might qualify for assistance with the activity fee.

Soldiers Abroad Send Notes of Appreciation for Your Cookies

From Kuwait
I've just had several of the cookies you so kindly sent to our unit at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. They were absolutely spectacular! I don't often eat cookies, and I meant to have only two, but . . . they were simply too good to stop there.

Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness and kindness; the time and effort you put into this treat are very much appreciated. Perhaps one day our paths will cross back in the U.S. and I will have the chance to repay your generosity. I hope all is well with you and your family.

From Afghanistan:

I'm writing this email while enjoying your AMAZING cookies! Thank you for supporting us. Your kindness and thoughtfulness are greatly appreciated!

And I thank you for YOUR service to the parents and students in your community. Please let your staff and students know how much we appreciate all of them and the good work they are doing. God bless you all and continue to fight the good fight!

Join the KP Team to Cycle Against Cancer - March 18

The Cycle Against Cancer is an indoor cycling (spinning) fundraiser that will raise money to provide financial assistance to cancer patients in CT to help them pay basic living expenses. This event is being organized by the CT Sports Foundation Against Cancer, a non-profit that provides financial aid to CT cancer patients to assist with expenses like rent, mortgage, and utilities. This event will especially benefit Allison Terrones and her family. As you probably know, Allison is currently being treated for leukemia at CT Children’s Medical Center. Allison is the Ambassador for this event, which means that CSF will be able to give her family a much larger grant than they can typically provide. In addition, they will be able to continue to help hundreds of cancer patients throughout the state with smaller grants.

Here are the details:

· Date: Saturday, March 18, 2017

· Location: New York Sports Club in West Hartford

· Time: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

To participate, people form teams, raise money, and spin on the day of the event. Each team is asked to set a team fundraising goal of $1000 – this is really doable. You can have as many people on your team as you want, plus so many people have been affected by cancer that they are happy to give. Please contact Justin Gusy (justin_gusy@whps,org) if you would like to join the KP team.

Here are some ways to get involved:

Join the Steering Committee! Right now, we are actively seeking Steering Committee members. Steering Committee members help make this event successful by committing to the following things:

· They sign up to be captain of a team.

· They assist with getting event sponsorships

· They recruit teams and participants.

· They attend meetings every other week, in person or by phone.

· They assist with getting raffle items

· They promote the event to their network of family, friends, and colleagues.

Register to spin!

· You can form a team or join one. Just set a fundraising goal – once you are registered, you will receive a personal fundraising page that you can e-mail to your friends, asking for donations. (And no, you don’t have to spin for four hours – some people spin for 30 minutes, some for an hour. It’s up to you!)

The website to register your team is If you are interested in joining the Steering Committee or would like to know more about how you can support it, please contact Terri Eickel at (Some of you may already know Terri – her niece, Lauren Shilansky, goes to KP, and her nephew, David, goes to Aiken.) You can also reach her on her cell – 860-680-2569.

Remember, because of this event, CSF will not only be able to help hundreds of CT cancer patients throughout the state, but they will also be able to give a significant grant to the Terrones family to help them during this difficult time. Thank you!!

Student News

Congratulations to our Kids Lit Competition Teams

The Kids' Lit teacher advisors would like to congratulate the following students who participated in the national competition known as the sport of reading. KP had four teams among over 100 teams that competed. Congratulations to participants Aanand M., Andy Z., Sam E., Madison V., Katelynn E. Brendan P., to the 6th place winners, Gabby H., Bailey K., Eliana S. and Adam G., and finally to the 4th place winners, Samhita K., Hannah F. and Peyton J.

They made KP proud by sharing their impressive knowledge of reading and exhibiting outstanding sportsmanship.

Character Counts and Students of the Month

The following students were awarded “Character Counts at KP” certificates. These students are honored for exhibiting one of our positive character traits: Respectful, Responsible, or Citizenship. Please join us in congratulating: Rebecca M, Chloe G, Christopher D, Molly Z, Jessica A, Isabella M, Brody M, Allison D, Rashad H, Maxwell P, Nikita N, Andrew L, Princess N, Emma R, Bridge H, Isaiah L, Jessica Z, Chloe O, Hannah D, Da'Juan B, Anthony P, Samuel G, Noah K, Jenny Z, Olivia L, Jonathon R, Alexia D, Calleigh F, Samuel S, Pádraig D, Jacob H, Jacqueline H, Anthony M, Lydia P, Marissa S, Astrid M, Najma I, Jack O, Chase M, Yensi R, Miles J, James D, Isabel B, Annika M, Juliannah X, Dominick D, Mollie H, David G, Sophie G-M, Helen F, Connor R, Gabriel R, Kristina B, Charles H, Steven S, Riley M, Seth E, Patrick S, Hannah K, Nora G, Madeline O, Wilejah C, Aidan A, Sean C, Grace D, Justin S, Marvin R, Maxwell H, Justin L, William G, Samuel S, Nathaniel S, Jamie R, Colin R, Grace K, Mauricia V, Ezekiel S, Ryan M, Alexandra G, Shannon D, Aphrodite G, Pablo P, Lianna T, Samuel S, Caitlin S-C, Egypt O, Maya M, Aidan A, Joshua A, Benjamin M, Niya B, Carter M, Maximilian J, Katelyn E, John G, Fordham G, Oona L-L, Sarah C, Antonio O, Jack B, Chloe P, Carsten L, Kyle D, Grant K and Arjun M.

Students of the Month: Connor L, Sophia C, Colin F, Emily C, Ella R, Cooper R, Antonio O, Mahnoor L, Kaj Soiseth, J Boulter, Kimberly M, Caleb W, Molly Z, Alexander T, Artemis R, Leonel V, Isabelle A and Matthew G.

GG's Hearts

Amethyst student Gabriella founded a nonprofit, GG's Hearts, which provides special teddy bears to children who are undergoing heart surgery. To date, she has distributed approximately 200 teddy bears to Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Boston Children's, Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital and Maine Medical, as well as personally sending out teddies to children we hear of having heart surgery.

Next week is Congenital Hearts Defect (CHD) Awareness Week and Ben & Jerry’s West Hartford is generously hosting a fundraiser for GG's Hearts on Friday, Feb 10 from 5:00-10:00 pm to help spread awareness about CHD, the #1 birth defect, as well as help Gabriella's efforts in providing more teddy bears for children. A percentage of all ice cream sales between 5:00 -10:00 pm that night will be donated to GG's Hearts. In addition, any child with a CHD will receive a free ice cream cone/cup.

Please join us for ice cream and help spread the word.

For more information about GG's Hearts or to make a donation, please visit: GG's Hearts: Spreading Smiles One Teddy at a Time or connect with us on Facebook at

Congratulatulations to Ruby student Conlan and his brother, alum, Liam for winning the Farmington Bank Video Contest

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Parent/Caregiver Resources

Parenting is really hard. Having a growth mindset helps

Parents can have a powerful impact on their childrens’ mindsets. Giving process praise, talking about the brain, accepting mistakes as learning opportunities, & understanding the role of emotions in learning are all practices you can begin today.

Fostering Growth Mindsets
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Progressive Conversations - Bridge Newsletter

Parents, you have a challenging job these days. You may also be uncomfortable talking about mature topics, or not know where to start. Don’t worry. You can rise to your challenge by developing a mindset for progressive conversations.

Community Events

Ice Cream Party & Fundraiser Friday, February 10, 2017

Talcott Mountain Science Center Opportunities

February Vacation Programs, an Open House, and our "Spectacular Saturday" programs. They are all for grades K-8, and are great for hands-on activity outside of school. For more information please click on the links below:

West Hartford Unified Sports Basketball 2017

Practices will be held from 5:30-7:00pm in the Sedgwick Gym on the following Sundays: February 12, February 26, March 5 and, March 12

Basketball Tournament


Smith Middle School Glastonbury, CT

3:00 – 6:00pm

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 from9:15-9:45AM. Breakfast is served 9:00-10:00 AM.

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

February 13, February 27

March 13, March 27

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

January 21, February 18, March 18

For more information about the Fern Street Community Kitchen, call 860-233-3669 or email,, or

SEPTO News - Transition Planning

Wednesday, February 15 at 7pm

Monthly Meeting – Topic TBD

Save the date for our regularly scheduled monthly meeting at Sedgwick Middle School at 7pm in the multipurpose room.


Membership Drive

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

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