KP Connection

September 23, 2016

Lead Learner Highlights

Happy Fall!

We had a wonderful Open House night with 6th and 7th grade families, and we look forward to welcoming 8th grade families this Monday. As we enter the fourth week of school, students are settling into classroom routines and are actively engaged in learning. Our 8th grade students moved into sitting cross team at lunch (currently available for teams in the large cafeteria) with relative ease, and it feels wonderful to see students enjoying this opportunity in a respectful and responsible manner. As we enter our final set of team building field trips in the upcoming week, I want to take the time to thank all of you for your support and generosity in donating to make sure every student has the opportunity to attend.

Have a great weekend!

Up Coming Events

8th Grade Open House - Monday, September 26, 2016

Open House is from 6:30-8:09 or 6:30-8:32 if you have children in a performance music.

Click here for the KP Open House 2016-2017 Video Administrative Message

Upcoming Events


  • 26th - Open House for grade 8 parents/caregivers
  • 27th - No Afterschool Activities due to Middle School Department Meetings


  • 1st - Park Road Parade
  • 3rd - NO SCHOOL in observance of the 1st day of Rosh Hashanah
  • 4th - Faculty Meeting - No Afterschool Activities - Skiclub Informational @7pm
  • 6th - School Pictures
  • 10th - Columbus Day - School and offices closed
  • 11th - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Inservice Day
  • 12th - NO SCHOOL in observance of Yom Kippur
  • 14th - School Fundraising Assemblies --Help support KP

Our Week of Learning in Pictures

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We've Been Granted

Thanks to the dedication of our teachers and the generosity of The Foundation for West Hartford Public Schools, King Philip students will have the opportunity to participate in unique experiences this year. Please see here for the descriptions of the grants. The Foundation funded grants to the following King Philip teachers: 7th grade Art teacher Megan Cassidy, Librarian Denise deMello, 7th grade Language Arts teachers Kim Harrell and Libby Wallace, 7th grade Physical Education teacher Paula Dombek, ESOL teacher Johannah Kosienski, and 7th grade Math Teacher of the Year Finalist Eric Fisher.

A Chance to support a King Philip Family

A student in our KP community was recently diagnosed with a severe medical condition, and the care required for her treatment has resulted in a financial hardship for the family. We want to show that we care and while this will be a long term support effort, we want to help them now.

In addition to cash/checks, donation options include contributing a gift card specific for the family.

  • BJ'S Wholesale Store
  • Walmart
  • Stop & Shop
  • Gas Cards

Please send all donations to Karen Walsh. If you write a check, please make it to King Philip and write in the memo line - KP Cares Student Stupport.

Please Note: If you do not want your personal information published in the PTO Directory Book, please notify the office by Wednesday, September 28th. Thank you.

Join the KP Partnership Engagement Committee -- We have 1 spot open!

We believe in the power of partnership to help our students succeed and build a strong school community. We would love 1 more parent/caregiver to support our efforts by joining our Partnership Engagement Committee. To build a common understanding, we are attending the CT Family Engagement Conference on October 26, 2016. The PTO will sponsor the interested parent. Please contact Joy Wright at or at 860-233-8230 to sign up ASAP.

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KP is collecting box tops! Have your child check with their team leader for the location of their team's collection box. Here is a link to frequently asked questions.

Vacant Seat Program Application Start date is Monday, October 3, 2016

The West Hartford Public Schools vacant seat program utilizes available space on school buses. This program allows students to ride buses, where space is available, who under the West Hartford Public Schools Transportation policy are not eligible for transportation. No additional bus stops are added to the routes for this program. Interested parents should contact the West Hartford Public Schools Transportation Office at (860) 561-6647 for additional information on or after October 3rd. Requests are taken in this office by telephone on a first come, first served basis starting at 8:00 am.

Students in Action

Student Opportunities/After School Information

Free Hiking Opportunity for students -Parents drop off at KP and pick up at Auer Farm in Bloomfield 3 miles away.

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Ski Wednesday Informational Meeting Oct. 4 @ 7pm

Please click here to learn more about Ski Wednesday Parent-Run Group 2017. Sign-ups will happen at the meeting in the small cafeteria.

2017 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is now open

Is your child practicing Good Citizenship through active community service? Please consider applying for this award. King Philip has the opportunity to nominate 1 student. Please have students submit applications to the principal by Nov. 8.

Parent/Caregiver Resources and Community Events

KP Daily Bulletin

This Bulletin provides students, parents/caregivers, and staff members with important happenings. There is information about a number of activities.

Random Hacks of Kindness Junior - Coding for a Cause

If you haven't had a chance to experience the power of Random Hacks of Kindness Junior, now is the time! Register your child and come see first hand how coding for social good changes children's perception of technology. Registration fills quickly.

Empowering Your Preteen and Teen for Success

Literacy for Life! C o n n e c t i c u t Stat e D e pa r t m e n t o f E d u c at i o n

Preparando a su Adolescente para el éxito

¡Lectura Para Toda la Vida! Departamento de Educación del Estado de Connecticut

In the Community

Park Road Parade - October 1, 2016

The Park Road Association invites the West Hartford community to sign up now for the 18th Annual Park Road Parade. This zany and wildly popular parade draws over 7,000 people each year from West Hartford and beyond. You should be a part of it!

Unified Theater

Unified Theater will mark its 15th anniversary with a year-long celebration of inclusion and creativity, and we invite you to join in! Join us at events and community discussions throughout the school year focused around celebrating our growth and continuing to build more inclusive communities.

The “Orange Ball: A Halloween Birthday Bash” kicks off the anniversary year events on October 29th. Parents, donors, community members and Halloween lovers alike will come together to eat, drink, dance, and compete for best costume, all while raising support for Unified Theater. The anniversary celebrations will continue with a variety of special events throughout the school year for Unified Theater supporters of all ages and interests, with a focus on our founding town of West Hartford. “We are so grateful for all of the support that the community of West Hartford has given to Unified Theater over the past 15 years,” said Laura McLelland, CEO of Unified Theater Inc. “Our largest programs are here. We pilot new programs like CampUT with local partners, and a great many of our donors live right here in West Hartford. It seemed only fitting to use our anniversary to say thank you to the town that made our success possible.”

And of course, original student shows featuring rockstars of all abilities at Sedgwick MS, King Philip MS, and Conard & Hall will be performed throughout the year. Plus, new programs at Bristow MS and a fall offering of Unified Theater at Hall HS for both Conard & Hall students, will offer even more inclusive and creative performances! (Visit for full show listings.)

Interested in learning more? Visit for upcoming event details, or contact Rachel Griffin, Development & Communication Manager, at or 860-559-3810.

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