KP Connection

February 23, 2018

Need to Know Dates

    • Wednesday - 2/28 - Conferences - 1:30pm dismissal

    • Friday - 3/2 - Chinese New Year Celebration @ Hibachi - 5 to 7pm

    • Wednesday - 3/7 - Parent Conferences - 1:30pm dismissal

    • Thursday - 3/8 - Parent Conferences - 12:45pm dismissal

    • Friday - 3/9 - KP Cares Shelter Dinner @ Immaculate Conception - 5:45pm

    • Monday - 3/12 - Coffee with the Principal - 9:05am

    • Tuesday - 3/13 - Faculty Meeting - No late buses

Daily Bulletin

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School News

Lead Learner Highlights

We are back into learning mode and grateful for the weather that has kept us running a normal schedule. Over the past couple of weeks, we've had some great things happening at school. We have welcomed the Year of the Dog with gusto thanks to Mrs. Guo. As a result of her coordination, we have had a dancing dragon, dumpling making, dinners at Hibachi restaurants, and a 6th Grade Chinese New Year Celebration. In March, she will host a visiting artist from the Confucious Institute at UMass. Our Library Media SpecialistDenise deMello and 8th Grade History teacher Sally Nyhan have secured a traveling exhibit from Gilder Lehrman. The exhibit "Emancipation and Its Legacies" marks the sesquicentennial of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. The exhibition is divided into five panels: Conflicting Visions of the Future of the United States: 1850–1860; War and Fugitive Slaves: 1861–1862; 1863: Emancipation; The Process of Emancipation:1864–1865; and The Legacy of Emancipation: Civil War to Civil Rights, 1865–1964. Drawing on letters, personal accounts, images, and other documents from the Gilder Lehrman Collection, each section traces the major events that led to emancipation. We hope you'll be able to visit this exhibit while it is here.


This month as a staff we have focused on our second Big Rock: Staff Wellness. We reinforced our professional wellness with an emphasis on implementing trauma-informed practices to support students. Also, our staff members have had the opportunity to participate in self-care workshops focused on strategies and tools to support emotional wellness, they were treated to a pop-up candy bar and entered into a raffle for practicing acts of self-care. As we near the end of February and head into March, please know that we continue to focus on building a community of kindness through our advisory and team activities. I am blown away daily but the thoughtfulness I see in students every day. Be on the lookout for ways that we reinforce this.

Spring Conference Dismissal Times

Wednesday, 2/28 - 1:30PM

Wednesday, 3/7 - 1:30PM

Thursday, 3/8 - 12:45PM


If you have not received the letter about conferences, please reach out to your child's team leader.

Mark Your Calendars -- March 5th --6:30-8:30pm

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-Imagine yourself when you were in middle school.

-What were you like socially? Emotionally? What were your interests? Challenges?

What was school like for you emotionally?

“Emotions Matter” for Middle Schoolers – they impact:

  • Attention, memory, learning
  • Decision-making
  • Relationship Quality
  • Physical and Mental Health

Come to this workshop to explore Four Developmental Tasks of Adolescence

- and what it’s like to be a middle schooler, “from the inside out.”

March Intramural Offerrings -- New Offerings

Special thank you to the following businesses for their generous donations: Five Guys, Big Y, Crown Market, Lox Stock and Bagel, Qdoba Moes

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Parent Information

Rethinking School Start Time Committee

Rethinking School Start Time Committee

UPDATE

New Dates: Stakeholder Surveys/Family Information Night


The Rethinking School Start Time (RSST) Committee which consists of a group of volunteer parents, students, teachers and administrators, is studying the issue of changing school start times. At the request of the Board of Education, the committee is examining the impact a change will have on all aspects of the educational program.

One important aspect of the committee’s work is to gather information from stakeholders. To that end, the committee will issue a survey for parents, teachers, and secondary school students. Originally, the committee planned to administer the surveys in February and March. The committee has secured the services of the Hanover Research Group to support the creation of a survey personalized to West Hartford’s needs. Hanover will administer the survey and work with the RSST Committee to analyze the results. The new survey window is May 1-May 15. A Family Information Night will held at 7:00 p.m. on May 3 in the auditorium at Town Hall, 50 South Main Street.

The survey and family information night are two ways for stakeholders to communicate their questions, comments and concerns about this important issue. If you prefer to use email, please direct any comments to RSST@whps.org . You are always welcome to attend a Board of Education meeting and address the Board of Education members in person during the public comment portion of the meeting.

Special Notice to current 6th and 7th Grade Parents


Bristow Middle School Enrollment

Bristow Middle School expects to have a limited number of openings for students entering grades 7 and 8 in the 2018-2019 school year. Bristow Middle School is a school of choice, drawing its diverse population from all neighborhoods in West Hartford. In the 2018-2019 school year Bristow will have an enrollment of approximately 420 students.

Students who attend King Philip or Sedgwick Middle Schools, or non-public schools who would like to be part of our enrollment for 7th and 8th grade must apply for inclusion in the process by March 21, 2018. In order to help parents make an informed choice two informational meetings will be held at Bristow Middle School on Monday, March 5, 2018 and Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 6:30 pm. Parents can choose to attend either of these meetings. Students are invited to attend these meetings with their parents.

The application form as well as more details about the process for all grades is on our website at http://bristow.whps.org/

If you would like more information about Bristow and its programs please email or call the principal, Steven Cook, at Steven_Cook@whps.org, or 231-2100.

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February & March 2018 Events

Wednesday, February 28

Assistive Technology, Screen time & Your Child

7pm

During this presentation, Nicole Feeney, Director of AT Services at NEAT, will discuss some of the most common topics in Special Education and Assistive Technology. Join us for a relaxed conversation, where questions are welcomed. Some of the talking points will include:

· Discuss the concerns and benefits surrounding screen time, especially for children and student with special needs;

· Digital citizenship and student privacy resources;

LOCATION: King Philip Middle School, Media Center

Wednesday, March 21 @ 7pm

To Medicate or Not?

Discussion and conversation with Dr. Lisa Namerow, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist from the Institute of Living.

LOCATION: King Philip Middle School, Media Center

Ongoing

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 www.whsepto.org/membership.html to join or to renew your membership.

SAVE THE DATE!

Wednesday, March 21 @ 7pm

To Medicate or Not?

With Dr. Lisa Namerow, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist from the Institute of Living

www.WHSEPTO.org

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Get Involved at KP -- Start with the PTO

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

Community Events

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CT Autism Speaks Walk

Greater Hartford Walk/Rentschler Field, East Hartford

Sunday, June 3rd

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March 25, 2018

10:30 am

Blue Back Square West Hartford

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in “Style”!

Run, Walk, Push Strollers or just Be Festive!

Bagpipers send you off and welcome you home!

Prizes for Best Irish Garb!

Face Painting/Irish Music/Irish Dancing and much more!

Silent Auction and After-Party at Rizzuto’s Restaurant and Bar!

Proceeds Benefit 3 Children’s Organizations

Covenant Preparatory School of Hartford

(www.covenantprep.org)

Molly Ann Tango Memorial Foundation

(www.mollytango.org)

The Miracle League of Connecticut

(www.miracleleaguect.org)

Registration, Donation & Corporate Sponsorship

www.johnnysjog.com

www.facebook.com/johnnysjogforcharity

Johnny's Jog for Charity is inspired by the short but powerful life of Johnny Moran. Johnny was born with Wieacker Wolff Syndrome, a rare debilitating condition that affects the central and peripheral nervous systems. Johnny's spirit of strength and love rose far above his many limitations. His warm smile and positive attitude toward life affected all who came to know him. The goal of Johnny's Jog for Charity 5K is to continue to share Johnny's spirit by bringing the community together with a grand St. Patrick's Day themed 5K event benefiting 3 local non-profit children's charities.

"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."