KP Connection

Weekend Edition December 16, 2017

Need to Know Dates

    • Saturday - 12/16- Inspiring Equity Multi-Media Exhibit - Town Hall Auditorium, 6:30-8:30 p.m

    • Monday - 12/18 - 8th Grade winter concert - 7pm

    • Friday-12/22 -- Holiday/Winter Wonder Hat Day

    • Monday - 12/25 thru Monday - 1/1/2017 - Holiday Break - school closed

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School News

Lead Learner Highlights

KP Families,

It's Saturday, and two classrooms were alive with students catching up on work and two administrators doing the same. We are headed into the last five days before break, and we still have lots of learning happening over this week. We will kick off the week with our 8th Grade concert. Please be sure to support your child and the PTO with a musical note (information below). The PTO will have spirit wear and cocoa and cookies for after the concert.

Our teams are wrapping up shopping for each of our adopted families, and I really want to thank you for making 10 families holiday special. I want to especially thank so many of you for contributing to our 12 Days of Surprises for our staff. Your generosity of time and resources is overwhelming, and the staff feels honored.

As we prepare to end this year and welcome the next, I want to say thank you for the privilege of being the Lead Learner at KP. It is an honor to work with such a great staff, inspiring students and a committed family community. We'll see you next year, and I am happy to report that Mr. Kotler will be back as well.

Student Absences

Please call the office when your child is absent by calling 860-233-8236 ext. 2399. A note is still required to excuse the absence. Thank you for your continued help.

Winter is here!

If the school is closed because of bad weather or another emergency, announcements will be made by the district via voicemail. Local radio and television stations also post school closings.

As we are heading into the winter months, it's a good time to remember to take extra care in the mornings and afternoons dropping off/picking up kids from KP and neighborhoods. Snowbanks limit visibility and often constrict roads and walkways. Please remember to leave a little extra time to make sure that all of our students are safe.

In the event of an early closing, it is best for your child(ren) to have a safe and secure place to go. Review the plan you have put in place that identifies where your child needs to go if school closes early. Take the time to write this plan in your child's agenda for a quick and easy reference.

Due to the cold, our diesel buses will be idling more often in the bus loops. This is necessary to keep them running and is under strict guidelines with the transportation and busing company. If you are picking your child up from school during the winter months, we encourage you to limit vehicle idling on school property to help the environment.

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The Library Makerspace is in need of fabric or felt

Any color or pattern welcome. We were fortunate to get a donation of a sewing machine and would like to have students create a simple sewing activity. If you have any fabric that you would like to donate - please drop off at the office and /or email Mrs. deMello in the Library . Thank you

Denise deMello

Library Media Specialist


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Before the Winter Concerts, the KP PTO will be selling King Philip Spirit Wear and Inspire! Music Notes

Inspire! Music Notes! Family and Friends can purchase a Music Note for $1.00 for a student. It’s simple. Write a message on the note (click on attached link:, and send the note and $1.00 to the student’s morning advisory by the following dates: Dec 6 - 7th Grade; Dec 15 8th Grade; Jan 9 - 6th Grade. Or you can purchase an Inspire! Music Note the day of the concert. Write a message and each note will be displayed on a wall outside the auditorium for all to see! Celebrate and inspire your talented musician.

After the concerts, please join us for hot cocoa and cookies* in the large cafeteria The KP PTO will be selling hot cocoa and cookies for $1.00 each. Have fun with friends and congratulate your student for all of their hard work and an amazing concert. *Nut-free snack option will be available.

Thank you for your continued support of the KP PTO.

Please Note

While Mr. Kotler is on medical leave, our stand-in administrators will be Sarah Issacs and Ed D'Addio who will assist with supervision and student support on alternating days. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Joy or Justin with any questions or concerns.

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Parent Information

Math Tutor Available

Former KP Alum and current Hall Junior, Jake Zweifler has been offering tutoring services for the past two years.He has successfully helped many of his own peers with math. Currently, he is taking AP Calculus and would like to get the word around to anyone who would like to receive help. If there are any students who need help, feel free to give to contact him at his phone number, 860-837-4226, or his email,

Get Involved at KP -- Start with the PTO

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

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

West Hartford Special Education PTO News

West Hartford Special Education PTO

December 2017 – January 2018 Events

Saturday December 16 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Inspiring Equity: A Multi-Media Exhibit

Join us at the book launch and photography exhibit of CommUnity: Voices Toward Equity West Hartford Listens featuring WHSEPTO! The book highlights West Hartford groups and individuals who inspire equity in our community. CommUnity is a project of the West Hartford Public School that seeks to bring our schools and community together through the lens of individual and collective stories.

LOCATION: West Hartford Town Hall, 50 South Main Street, West Hartford

Friday, January 5 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, January 24 (snow date 1/31)

Transition Meeting: for students entering a new school

Meet with Pupil Service and leaders from each school as well as experienced parents to ease the transition for you and your student into a new school.

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


Membership Drive & Book Club

Your 2017-2018 membership dues of $15 earn you a great deal this year: a paperback copy of Ross Greene's Raising Human Beings. 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. Please visit to join or to renew your membership.

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Angell Advantage

Internet/Traditional Marketing Consultant


Community Events

The Magic Of Kayla Drescher!

Professional Magician and Wallingford Native, Kayla Drescher, brings her enthusiastic, engaging and contagious personality, all the way from L.A. to West Hartford to make one exclusive appearance to perform her all-ages magic show The Magic Of Kayla Drescher! February 25th at 2:00pm the Sedgwick Middle School Auditorium.

Everyone is invited! Kids, siblings, parents and grandparents! Watch as the impossible becomes possible. See torn objects restored! Liquids appear from nowhere! Borrowed objects appear in impossible locations! It’s an interactive show, so get ready to see your friends and family get in on the act .Featured in the Current season of Penn and Tellers Fool us - Boston’s 2013, “Magician of the Year” -Today Show’s David Copperfield’s “Search for the Next Great Magician” winner, Comedy Central Stage Appearances

Don’t miss out on this fabulous show sponsored by and benefitting Conard Safe Grad 2018. Makes for a great holiday gift and family outing.

Questions and pre-sale tickets : Email

Online ticketing announcement coming soon!

Find out more about Kayla, visit

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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"

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