KP Connection

December 29, 2017

Need to Know Dates

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

    • Thursday - 1/5 - GeoBee - 8:20 to 10:00am

    • Saturday - 1/6 - Northern Regionals @ KP - 8am to 2pm

    • Monday - 1/8 - PTO Meeting -- Presentation from our Clinical Staff

    • Thursday - 1/11 - 6th Grade Concert

    • Monday - 1/15 - Dr. Martin Luther King Day

Daily Bulletin

Click here for KP's daily announcements about upcoming activities and opportunities.

Lead Learner Highlights

KP Families,

Just a few more days until we welcome a New Year! We had a great end to first 77 days of the school year. Mr. Kotler will be back on at the start of the year. I want to take this time to thank Sarah Issacs and Ed D'Addio for all of their assistance during his absence. Please take some time to review what's been happening, our new Intramural offerings, new opportunities for students and families, and updates about some of our projects.

School News

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.

Announcing Audition Dates for the KP Spring Musical

7th-grade students write letters in Chinese and create cards that light up with a circuit in the Library Makerspace.

Happy Holiday! Thanks to our library teacher Ms. deMello! "

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.

Keep Up the Support

  • PJ Day Raised $1433.25!!! We raised $400 more than last year. Nice job KP!!!!
  • PTO Restaurant Night at Moe's raised $1,334 and PTO netted $200. They said we were their highest earner so far. Thank You.
  • Our students at King Philip are doing an excellent job separating this material from their home waste and collecting film plastic for the school’s drop off containers. This month we collected 45 pounds of film plastic, which is enough to fill an entire pick-up truck. This is amazing if you think about how light and compact film plastic can be. Kudos to the King Philip student body and staff. Good waste material practices can happen. Remember if you can’t get your film plastics to King Philip, all grocery retailers and some local department store have designated receptacle for film plastic recycling. DPW is especially grateful for Chuck Joseph at Shoprite West Hartford for being our designated film plastic recycler. Go one step further and spread the word.

Student Kudos:

  • On December 2, KP participated in the CT State Scholastic Blitz Championships, held at Farmington Library, with a short-handed team of three: Mason R., grade 6, Sam L., grade 7 and Ethan S-C, grade 7. The team won first place, giving KP back to back middle school Blitz Chess titles on consecutive years. Sam L.also finished third individually. Congratulations to KP and the team!
  • Congrats to Ruby student Dan M. for being selected as a Nutmeg Book Award student reader finalist. Although he will not sit on the final reading committee, this time, the selection committee noted that they were very impressed with his application and he is among a handful of students in the state selected as a finalist‬.

Student Opportunities

January/February Intramural Menu

Click here for details and New Options

Unified Basketball

  • Unified Sports will begin the basketball season on Sunday, January 7th from 5:30-7pm in the Sedgwick Gym! We only have 8 practices before our tournament in March. See Mr. Gustafson or Ms. Condon in room 4 if you have any questions. We can’t wait to see you there!

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.

KP in the Press for our visiting artists. Click Below

Be The One to Recycle thoughtfully -- Keep Sending them In!

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.

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


West Hartford Special Education PTO

MOVIE TICKETS bought via this direct link to Fandango support our cause!

$1.00 from every ticket to WONDERbought any day during DECEMBER supports West Hartford Special Education PTO

NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO MENTION OF OUR CAUSE PAST THIS LINK. Fandango does not host any information about the wonderful schools or causes that FilmRaiser supports. The tracking tag attached shows that our cause benefits.

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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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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