KP Connection - Weekend Edition

November 25, 2017

Need to Know Dates

    • Mon & Tues - 11/27 & 28 - Visiting Artist, Mijumi, to 6th grade art classes

    • Mon & Tues - 11/27 & 28 - Visiting Artist, Silas Finch, to 8th grade art classes

    • Thursday - 12/7 - 7th Grade Concert - 7PM

KP After School Clubs, Activities & School Groups

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Daily Bulletin

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School News

Picture Retake Day has been scheduled for December 1st

Visiting Artists at KP

6th Grade - On November 27 and 28, local artist Mijumi will come for a two day workshop from a grant that was awarded from The Foundation for West Hartford Public Schools. He has named his style "organized chaos" with a vibrant use of color and droopy paint spatters. The students will work on a collaborative piece for the school but the culmination to his visit (weather permitting) will be the students painting on his vehicle. He paints his "art car" and suggested that he would love to see the students adding their mark to his moving art. This would happen on Tuesday, November 28.

8th Grade - New Haven artist Silas Finch will be presenting and creating with the 8th grade art classes on November 27 & 28th. He is visiting King Philip through a grant awarded by the Foundation of West Hartford Public Schools to 8th grade art teacher, Eina Rieger. Students will be learn about the Connecticut based sculpture artist Silas Finch who will introduce them to new ways of thinking about art. Eight graders will experience how he repurposes found objects, fragments, metal scraps, antique finds, and nature, to create works of art. Student will also collaborate with Silas Finch and each other to explore how everyday objects become art.

Staff Kudos

Join 8th Grade History Teacher Becca Lewis for this lively conversation

2016 PBS Digital Innovator Rebecca Lewis is teaching students that political discussions can indeed be civil.

Join PBS Tuesday, November 28th at 8:00 p.m. for a Facebook Live chat with Rebecca about her classroom civil discourse strategies.
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Read about how she activates student voice and supports civil discourse in her classroom.


From the Classroom to the Thanksgiving Table, Students Bring Civility and Respect

Quest Teacher Laura Swenson

was selected to run a session at the Connecticut Association for the Gifted (CAG) conference called CreativityCon. The workshop provided educators with hands-on opportunities to explore talent development in the middle school classroom. Her colleague noted that

participants were actively engaged as Laura demonstrated how to creatively implement and experiment with writing, drawing, performing, and building to enhance the curriculum in a meaningful way for students.

6th Grade Parents/Caregivers:

Yellow demographic sheets have gone home to all our 6th grade families. Please return them with corrections so we may update our PowerSchool database. Thank you for your help.

Be The One to Recycle thoughtfully -- Send in those Film Plastics

With the help of PTO and the Department of Public Works, KP is joining the Trex Film Plastic Challenge!

Film plastics - they are everywhere. Plastics are commonly used for packaging, bagging groceries or retail items, dry cleaning bags, food packaging (clean and dried), newspaper sleeves, and bread bags. Film plastic is not a waste for the incineration or landfill disposal processes, nor can film plastics be recycled with our mixed materials collected curbside. Plastic films have their own recycling stream.

With this challenge, we hope to bring awareness to this type of recycling for Plastic Films. Starting on November 15th America Recycles Day. King Philip has joined the Trex Film Plastic Challenge, where the students at King Philip will learn about the value of recycling in a fun way by collecting as much eligible plastic films as possible and hopefully building new family recycling habits along the way. Trex is a leading recycler for plastic films to produce synthetic building materials commonly used for decks and outdoor structures.

The film plastics that we collect will be delivered to ShopRite of West Hartford on Kane street. Public Works partners with recycling and sustainability initiatives such this one. ShopRite is valued business in the West Harford Community and is committed to improving our environment by supporting sustainable waste material management practices. We are happy as well as fortunate to have this partnership.

Resources about the challenge:


Student Opportunities

November & December Intramural Menu

Please look to see what is coming up for before and after school intramural activities.

Parent Information

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

CCSU Astronomy - Public Observation

You’ve seen the famous painting, now experience the real thing by viewing galaxies, star clusters, double stars and more through a variety of telescopes and mounted binoculars at Central Connecticut State University. On December 3-6 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM, if the skies are clear, join us for free public observing sessions hosted by CCSU astronomy students. Bring along your own binoculars to learn how to use them to paint a picture of the universe from your own backyard. We promise it will make an impression on you! For more information, visit astronomy or call 860-832-2938.

West Hartford Special Education PTO News

Wednesday, November 29 at 7pm

Join us for a discussion with Special Guest, Dan Weiner, MA LPC

Dan Weiner, MA LPC has provided psychotherapy services to children, adolescents, parents, families, and adults for the last 20 years. Dan’s practice serves clients experiencing a variety of mental health issues, while also specializing in the treatment of neuro-developmental disorders which effect clients, cognitively, emotionally, and socially. Dan co-founded and is a partner in the Family Resource and Development Center, LLC (FRDC, LLC), also located in West Hartford, CT. FRDC is a group psychotherapy practice offering a variety of mental health services to children, adolescents, and families throughout the state of Connecticut.

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

Friday, December 1 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.

Thursday, December 14 & 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

Save the Date! 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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"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"