KP Connection

December 1, 2017

Need to Know Dates

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

    • Friday - 12/8 - PJ Day for the Kids

    • Monday - 12/11 - Coffee with the Principal - 9:00am

    • Tuesday - 12/12 - 6th Grade to the Hartford Stage

    • Tuesday - 12/12 - Faculty Meeting - there are no late buses

KP After School Clubs, Activities & School Groups

Listing of after-school clubs, activities and school groups with meeting days and times.

Daily Bulletin

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

School News

Lead Learner Highlights

KP Families,

We hope you enjoyed the Thanksgiving Break. We had a productive week with combined music rehearsals in preparation for the upcoming concert, visitors from China, and students engaged in a variety of learning experiences. We are headed into a busy but fun time of year. King Philip has adopted several families from the West Hartford Community who are in need of a little extra help making this year a “happy holiday." This provides a wonderful opportunity for our staff and students to work together in spreading kindness through action. Thank you for your continued support in helping where you can.

As we enter the mid-point of the 2nd quarter, please check in with your child about their progress. If students need a quiet place to study they can sign up for our school homework club or attend our Saturday Academy to get caught up on work. Just reach out to your child's MA teacher or team leader for more information.

We are looking forward to connecting with many of you during the upcoming 7th-grade concert and hope to see you at the cocoa and cookie event follow it (see information below). Be sure to add your congratulatory music note to the wall and support our PTO (more information below).

Please Note

Mr. Kotler will be out on medical leave through December 13th. If you are a 6th-grade parent/caregiver or Ruby or Sapphire parent/caregiver, please reach out to Principal Wright with your questions or concerns.
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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.

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

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.

Follow us on Facebook at - Follow us on Instagram at @whsepto

Community Events

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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"