KP Connect

September 25 , 2019

Important Dates

Sept. 26 - Sapphire Team to Camp Sloper

Sept 30 - Rosh Hashanah - NO SCHOOL

October 2 - National Custodian Day

October 2- PTO Meeting - KP Library from 6:30-7:30 pm.

October 4 - Picture Day

October 5 - Park Road Parade

October 8 - Dussehra/Durga Paja (Hindu)

  • Staff Meeting - No Late Buses

October 9 - Yom Kippur (No School)

Lead Learner Highlights -

Dear KP Families,


Team Building for our 6th and 7th-grade teams are wrapping up. Students enjoyed building bonds with their peers and the staff members that will contribute to their success this year. We enjoyed the opportunity to connect with families during our last Open House Night over the past two weeks and look forward to our first PTO meeting next Wednesday, October 2nd in the KP Library from 6:30-7:30 pm.

Our goal is to provide frequent and meaningful communication about what is happening in our classrooms to help you support your child's learning. We also want to share what is happening at school to increase your awareness and encourage your involvement. We invite you to give feedback to teachers, team leaders, and administrators to make sure we are accomplishing this goal and meeting your needs as parents/caregivers. As we move comfortably into the school year, I want to encourage you to BE the ONE to choose to get involved in the KP community. There are several ways you can support KP by volunteering on different PTO committees, chaperoning a trip, or answering a teacher or team call for support.

As you read below, please check out the opportunities to Stomp Out Bullying, provide Open House feedback, and review the clubs that are starting, and more.

SCHOOL NEWS

Picture Day will be October 4, 2019

Picture forms will be home by tomorrow so check those backpacks.
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Standing Up Against Hate, Racism and Discrimination. Changing The Culture With Inclusion, Equality, Civility And Unity Becomes Our Destiny.


We hope that you will join us to wear blue to stomp out bullying.

REMINDERS

Breakfast at School for Students

Breakfast is offered in the small cafe daily from 7:40am- 8:00am. A $1.50 fee may apply.

Important! Please Remember to return: All PTO Fee and Membership Forms & Student Activity Fee and Forms

Hispanic Heritage Month - September 15 to October 15. Please Join Us in the Celebration!!

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month which is celebrated September 15 to October 15, gives us a special opportunity to highlight the importance of Hispanic leadership contributions to communities throughout the United States. This year we are broadening our horizons by offering some special activities which will be announced soon. However, we also want to hear from you, our KP parent/Caregiver community. We invite you to share your cultural expertise with us. Our intention is to help show, in ways large and small, how Hispanic-Americans have helped shape the United States and make it into the diverse and dynamic nation it is today.


Please join us. Contact us to share your time, talents, background or whatever you would like to offer to celebrate and honor Hispanic culture and heritage with our students, staff and families.


Please click on and complete this form Hispanic Heritage Month. Thank you!

Extracurricular Happenings

Homework Club has Started!

The KP Homework Center is officially open 3 days a week! That’s Mondays,Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 3 - 4 PM. The 7th and 8th graders meet in the Media Center’s Computer Lab and 6th graders meet in Room 2 -- Ms. Guo’s room. Time to get your homework done! (Please note on Tuesdays when a Staff Meeting is scheduled there are no late buses and no homework club.)

The Latest Information On KP CLUBS - Check these out!!

  • IMPROV Club -That’s when you have fun “on the spot” in a series of fun, silly, and sometimes hilarious theatre games…it’s for everyone! We meet on Tuesdays and Fridays at 3pm in Room 22. Talk to Ms Oshinskie or Dr Foreman or just come next Tuesday or Friday!


  • Are you good at recalling facts and improvising? Are you interested in the law and how our court system works? Do you like to speak in public? KING PHILIP MOCK TRIAL TEAM could be for you! There will be an informational meeting for interested students after school next Tuesday, October 1st in the library. Try-outs will be held October 3, 4 and 7. If you are unable to make the meeting, see Mr. St.Germain next week for an audition packet and to sign up for a time.


  • Do you love to read? Do you love trivia? KIDS LIT may be the club for you! Come and learn more at our first meeting on Thursday, September 26, 2019 in Mrs. Harrell's room, room #11. All are welcome!


  • KP SCIENCE CLUB returns for another exciting season. You can build a robot, program an autonomous vehicle, enter the CT Science & Engineering Fair. Please get an application from your science teacher or Mr. Felekey in Room 122. First club meeting is Friday, September 27 in Room 222. We meet approximately every other Friday. bring a friend!


  • GIRLS WHO CODE If you would like to "Code today, change tomorrow" get your application from your science teacher or Mr. Felekey in Room 122. First meeting is Friday, September 27 in the Library Computer Lab. You will be amazed at what you can do with coding.
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KP Middle School After School Clubs & Activities

Please click for our full list of clubs for the 19-20 school year.

Interested in Chess?? Middle School Chess Program @ King Philip - Registration form below

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Parent/Caregiver Resources

Join The PTO Membership form

Click here to print the form to Join the PTO and receive a Student Directory.

Click Here for Powerschool Parent Portal Instructions

This provides specific information about how to create and log onto a parent portal account.

Student Contest Opportunities

Encourage your child to ENTER

Does your child have a strength or passion that needs an outlet? Why not encourage them to consider putting their knowledge and skills to use through a contest. Click here!

Patriot Pen - Contest - Deadline Oct. 31

The VFW is dedicated to promoting patriotism and investing in our future generation. If you know a patriotic middle school student interested in winning $5,000, these scholarships may be for you.

Community Events/Resources

$$ Calling all Community Projects!

In 2018, West Hartford earned bronze-level certification from Sustainable CT, a voluntary certification program to recognize thriving and resilient Connecticut municipalities.

As a registered member of this program, community projects in West Hartford have access to Sustainable CT’s new Community Match Fund. This is an innovative program that will provide a fast, flexible funding mechanism to support sustainability-related projects throughout Connecticut.

Sustainable CT will provide one-to-one matching funds for projects that align with Sustainable CT actions. Please note: the Town/WHPS, itself, does not need to be the project leader. Anyone in a registered municipality can access the program, meaning that schools, nonprofits, community groups, and even individual residents can all take on projects. Sustainable CT will match up to $25,000 (for a total value of up to $50,000) and support project leaders in crowdfunding to engage your community and raise the remainder of the project funds. Sustainable CT has partnered with ioby (“in our backyards”), a non-profit civic oriented crowdfunding platform that provides one-on-one coaching and support to project leaders. Community Match Fund projects will also help West Hartford earn points towards Sustainable CT certification in future years.

If you have a project idea or are interested in finding out more, register for one of Sustainable CT’s upcoming information sessions, which will provide an introduction to the Community Match Fund, explanation of eligibility criteria, and guide to project initiation, fundraising, and implementation. There is a session scheduled in West Hartford on September 27.

Sustainable CT - Community Match Fund Info Session

September 27, 2019
9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
West Hartford Town Hall, Room 400
50 S Main Street, West Hartford, CT 06107

Community Match Fund Contact: Abe Hilding-Salorio, Sustainable CT, Community Outreach Manager, hildingsalorioa@easternct.edu, (860) 465-0256

West Hartford, Sustainable CT Contact: Catherine Diviney, Energy Specialist, Town of West Hartford, catherine.diviney@westhartfordct.gov, (860) 561-7581

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Junior History Club at Noah Webster

Noah’s New Americans is a junior history club for young adults (ages 10-15 years old). We meet the first Sunday of each month (October through May) from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the Noah Webster House. Each member assumes the identity, mannerisms, and dress of a Colonist. Daily life in 18 c. is recreated by performing chores and pastimes, sponsor public programs, and experience a fun “sleepover” complete with stories. Noah Webster’s literature and actions changed the course of history and the NNA intend to create positive changes in our present and future history.

For more information, please contact the Noah Webster House (860) 521-5362 ext.10, or Sherry Woodward, leader of NNA (860) 491-0545.

Thank You,

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"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."