KP Connection

January 13, 2017

KP Daily Bulletin - Stay Up To Date

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

Need to Know Dates

  • 1/16 - Martin Luther King Day - No school/Office closed
  • 1/17 - Hall Counselors present Program of Studies to 8th Grade students
  • 1/18 - 6th and 7th Grade Scheduling Information Night - 6:45pm
  • 1/19 - Select Ensemble Concert - 7pm
  • 1/22 - KP Character Counts Winter Bowling League @ Silverlanes in East Hartford - 2 to 3:30pm
  • 1/23 - Coffeehouse Production - 6:30pm
  • 1/25 - 8th Grade Parent Orientation @ Hall HS - 7pm
  • 1/26 - Middle School Principal Transition Meeting for Parents/Caregivers of 5th Grade Students @ Whiting Lane School - 7pm

Lead Learner Highlights

The concert season is nearing its end with our final concert this coming week with the Select Ensemble. As you know, the students have worked diligently over the past several weeks to produce wonderful music, and we appreciate all you do to support our students. I continue to be impressed with the level of commitment students are showing to their learning and their care for others. As we near the end of the second quarter (January 25th), we encourage you to continue to check in with your child and their teacher to discuss their progress along with any questions or concerns. I look forward to the long weekend and the opportunity to reflect on our country's commitment to justice and equality as we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King.

Programs Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

West Hartford Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Join us for the 21st annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King's life on Monday, January 16, 2017, 10:00-11:30 AM, at the West Hartford Town Hall Auditorium, 50 South Main Street.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Celebration Flyer

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Evening Community Conversation

Join us for an evening of storytelling to hear the voice of the "Other" as an avenue to encourage open dialogue about the strengths and complexities of our community's diversity. This thought-provoking event will take place on Monday, January 16, 2017 from 7:00 pm-8:30 pm, at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford, 26 Buena Vista Road, West Hartford.

Click the following link for more information

Dr. Martin Luther King Evening Conversation - Storytelling

Student Kindness in Action

Nora G. and Maddie O. ran a bake sale to in support of their 7th-grade peer Allison T. They planned this bake sale in last fall and it was wonderful to see it come to fruition this week. They wanted me to thank all of the 6th-grade families who bought a baked good or gave a donation. Thanks to your generosity, they raised $385 for the Terrones Family. They will be passing around a GIANT card during 7th-grade lunch waves next week to present to the family along with the funds.

Scheduling Information Night for Parents/Caregivers of Current 6th & 7th Graders - Are these some of your questions?

What changes happen between Math and Language Arts as my child progresses between grades? What does it mean to be in an honors Language Arts or Math course? What is the difference between Math 8, Standard Algebra, and Honors Algebra? How do the different courses prepare my child for high school and beyond?

If so, get your 6th to 7th and 7th to 8th Grade Transition Questions Answered

Date: Wednesday, January 18th

Time: 6:45-8:00 pm.

Location: King Philip Middle School- Commons

Audience: Current 6th and 7th Grade Parents/Caregivers

Presenters: Math Department Supervisor: Ms. Albani-Ethier

Languages Arts Department Supervisor: Dr. Nystrom

Topic: Math and Language Arts: Preparing your student for success in grade 7, grade 8 and beyond.

An overview of the differences between 7th and 8th grade Math and Language Arts standard and honors courses and their connections to future Math and Language Arts study.

Drama Performance

Attention KP students and families! The KP Drama Llamas are ready for the spotlight! Please join us on Monday, January 23 from 6:30-8:00pm in the large cafeteria for their evening Coffeehouse production. Enjoy an evening of entertaining skits and monologues as you nibble on delectable desserts. All are welcome!

Notes from the Student/Family Handbook


Parents/caregivers, please help us by:

  • informing the office the day your child is absent by calling 860-233-8236 (7-4) or by using the voice mail box #2399.
  • providing a note explaining the reason for the absence within 24 hours of returning to school.
  • notifying the school office of planned absences.

Valuable Parent/Caregiver Information regarding the Norovirus and the Flu

GRADE 8 Parents/Caregivers

Grade 8-9 Transition -- Mark Your Calendars

  • High School Counselor Program of Studies Presentation - Tuesday, Jan. 17 Periods 1-3
  • Grade 8 Parent/Caregiver Orientation Wednesday, Jan 25 - Hall high School

KP Character Counts and Students of the Month

The following students were awarded “Character Counts at KP” certificates. These students are honored for exhibiting one of our positive character traits: Respectful, Responsible, or Citizenship. Please join us in congratulating: Chloe V, Emily F, Lauren F, Gabriel D, Gerkarit M, Cody B, Aidan A, Brooke M, Henry B, Wilejah C, Aaliyah B, Justin L, Mauricio V, Natalie P, Elijah R, Ixael A, Xavier R, Grace K, Wade B, Andrew H, Jenna R, Ryan M, Carys B, Sean C, John G, Samuel F, Mason B, Tatiana T, Katya G, Aileen L, Sabrina B, Nikita N, Lillian W, Drew S, Justin N, Cameron H, Julia T, Jacob B, Jayden B, Michael S, Devine E, Maya E, Dara S, Liana A, Lindsey W, Mina D, Marcus R, Steve N, Jack B, Lucas B, Noah Y, Kimberly M, Qi Han Z, Tuquynh V, Anthony P, Elizabeth Y, Emily D, Owen T, Ava G, Erin D, Zachary M, Lindsey W, Moises A, Israel H, Jenny Z, Samantha G, Henry O, Colin F, Ethen-Andrew W, Jysiah W, Jayvon M, Guled D, Isaac D, Prince R, Kellyann T, Eliana S, Elizabeth G, Katherine L, Chase W, Cornelia M, Leo P, Sophie G, McKenzie M, Julia S, Miles J, Nolan M, Kylie G, Evan S, David D, Matthew F, Jonathan A, Anabel D, Finley K, Caden R, Kayla W, Daequan B, Brooke N, Simon R, Victoria C, Amelia S, Dubella U, John S, Benjamin B, Kennedy R, Elijah H, Maurice G, Elizabeth H, Leo P and Shaye F.

Students of the Month: Allison D, Zachary B, Brooke M, Gavin R, Alexander M, Sarah A, Katelynn E, Griffin O, Meredith N, Andrew G, Jordan K, Lucy H, Liana A, Jack B, Juliannah X, Simon R, Sadie M and Lyndes (Ben) S.

Penguin Plunge

The Penguin Plunge will be on Sunday, January 29th from 9-11am at Winding Trails in Farmington.

We already have several teachers and administrators participating but we would like as many students and families as possible to participate, too!

If you and/or your family would like to TAKE THE PLUNGE please register on our Special Olympics Penguin Plunge website:

If you’re a chicken (not a penguin, get it?), you can also volunteer to support and help our teacher and student penguins at the event. Another great way to support our team is through participating in our Penguin Raffle! Students will get more information on this during morning announcements for more information next week.

For more information, please visit our KP Cares website: or email Ms. Pearson (

KP Cares hopes to see you there!

Thank you!

West Hartford Unified Sports Basketball 2017

Practices will be held from 5:30-7:00pm in the Sedgwick Gym on the following Sundays January 15, January 22, January 29, February 12, February 26, March 5 and, March 12

Basketball Tournament


Smith Middle School Glastonbury, CT

3:00 – 6:00pm

We appreciate your hard work and dedication

And thank you in advance for your continued support of

West Hartford Unified Sports


Coach Garneau Coach Bowie

Coach Baldwin Coach Gustafson

Mrs. Brezinski Ms. Condon

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Parent/Caregiver Resources

Looking for an MLK Day volunteer opportunity?

Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?' Martin Luther King, Jr. - Find the right opprortunity to serve on MLK Day.

The scenario is familiar to many parents. It’s winter. The temperature outside feels arctic. Yet your kid absolutely refuses to bundle up.

Shoes Yourself | #EminemParody | The Holderness Family
Student Opportunities of Interest

These offerings are not affiliated with WHPS or KP but may be of interest.

10 Tips for Raising A Moral Child

Article by Michele Borba author of Unselfie

Community Events

Progressive Conversations - Bridge Newsletter

Parents, you have a challenging job these days. You may also be uncomfortable talking about mature topics, or not know where to start. Don’t worry. You can rise to your challenge by developing a mindset for progressive conversations.

Free Community Breakfast

The Fern Street Community Kitchen has free community breakfasts for neighbors in need at The Universalist Church, 433 Fern Street, WestHartford. The Community Breakfast is held every other Monday. Foodshare Mobile Truck distributes food from the back parking lot from9:15-9:45AM. Breakfast is served 9:00-10:00 AM.

BREAKFAST DATES: (9:00-10:00 AM)

January 16, January 30

February 13, February 27

March 13, March 27

PANTRY DATES:(10:00 AM-12:00 PM)

January 21, February 18, March 18

For more information about the Fern Street Community Kitchen, call 860-233-3669 or email,, or

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West Hartford Town-Wide Spelling Bee, Tuesday, January 24, 6:30 PM

On January 24, West Hartford students in grades 6, 7 and 8 will compete in a town-wide spelling bee hosted by the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society at Town Hall. The event is open to the public, come out and support our spellers!

As stewards of the birthplace of America's most famous speller, Noah Webster, the museum is particularly honored to support the town-wide spelling bee. This is the museum's second year hosting this celebration of learning, etymology, and language.

The town-wide spelling bee winner will receive a trophy to display at their school for the year. In addition, the town-wide bee winner and top spellers from each school move to the next level, the regional bee

SEPTO News - Transition Planning

Wednesday, February 1 at 7pm

Transition Planning: Pre-School – Elementary – Middle – High – Post Secondary

Please join SEPTO and Pupil Services on February 1, 2017 for the Annual Transition Night. Transition Night is scheduled for West Hartford parents of children transitioning into Kindergarten, Middle School, High School and Post-High School programs. Gretchen Nelson, Director of Pupil Services and school personnel will discuss the transition process and programs available to students receiving special education services at each level.

Parents & Guardians are encouraged to attend if their student is transitioning to a new school Fall 2017 or Fall 2018!

Location: Sedgwick Middle School, 128 Sedgwick Road, West Hartford (Enter through Wardwell Rd entrance)

Wednesday, February 15 at 7pm

Monthly Meeting – Topic TBD

Save the date for our regularly scheduled monthly meeting at Sedgwick Middle School at 7pm in the multipurpose room.


Membership Drive

It’s always the right time to join West Hartford SEPTO! Please register online at

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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"