KP Connection

April 8, 2016

Things to KNOW


  • 4/11 through 4/15 - No School
  • 4/18 - Garnet Team History Day - 6 to 7pm
  • 4/19 - Faculty meeting - No late buses
  • 4/19 - Opal Team to Chinatown - 7am to 6pm
  • 4/21 - Sapphire Team to Chinatown - 7am to 6pm
  • 4/22 - 6th Grade Lost Boys Presentation - 12:35 to 2:04pm

Lead Learner Highlights

This week, I would like to share with you two examples of how KP students shine! Several 8th grade students represented KP at the National Regional Education Conference in Sturbridge, MA teaching social studies teachers about various technology tools while experiencing a professional conference. On Wednesday night, our West Hartford middle school students performed beautifully at Midfest.

We have a hardworking KP community and we wish you a restful vacation week ahead.

WEB - Calling all 7th graders - Extended deadline - New due date: April 20!

Applications have been rolling in, but we still need more! If this is the first time you are hearing about it, WEB ("Where Everybody Belongs") is a transition program that welcomes 6th graders and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their middle school experience. Members of the 8th grade class are trained to act as positive role models, motivators, leaders and teachers who guide the 6th graders to discover what it takes to be successful in middle school. 6th grade students will experience an exciting orientation prior to the start of school, and will meet with their assigned WEB leader(s) throughout the year.

Does your child want to try on the word LEADERSHIP and become a WEB leader? The WEB application can be found here: Applications are due on Wednesday, April 20!

April Intramural Menu

Lost and Found Items

There are two areas in the building where we store lost and found items. There is a bin in the small cafeteria and two rolling bins in front of the 7th and 8th grade gym on the ground level. We inform students to look through these areas for lost or forgotten items. To maintain a clean and organized school space, we will start to donate unclaimed items on the first of every month. If your child has lost or forgotten an item at school, please encourage your child to look in these areas. Additionally, parents/guardians/caregivers are welcome to come and look for your child's lost items during after-school hours .

Over break the office is open 8am-3pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. After the break, after-school hours are from 3-6pm, Mondays through Fridays.

Students in Action

Congrats to

Teddy Z. for participating in the 2016 Trinity College Fire Fighting Robot Contest. His team, Robokidix/GoatBot won 1st place in the Unique robot teams category from Connecticut. They won 2nd place out of 8 junior teams from Connecticut, and they are ranked 41 out of 83 teams including high school and college student teams.

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News from our school nurses

Dear Parents/Guardians of 6th grade students,

We have mailed letters to parents/guardians of students that need updated health information before entering 7th grade. Your child may need a physical and/or immunizations. If you do not receive a letter, your child is up to date. If you have any questions or concerns please call us at 860-929-5260. Thank you.

Kathy Condon
Tami Renfro

International Night - Donations Needed!

On Friday, May 6, King Philip Middle School will be hosting this year's International Night to celebrate KP's cultural diversity! Last year, we had over 200 people attend this event, and this year, we hope it will be more. Students will be receiving permission slips for this incredible event in their morning advisories this coming Tuesday. Please be on the lookout for it, and please make sure to get those permission slips signed and turned in.

We have an amazing committee of teachers helping to organize this event, but we are always more than happy to accept donations such as: paper plates, plastic silverware, plastic cups, napkins, serving utensils, streamers, balloons, and water. Please deliver any donations to Marisa Tamayo. Any questions, you can contact her at Thank you in advance for everyone's support!

We Want to Get in Touch with the Best Teacher You Know

During Teacher Appreciation Week on May 2-6, the U.S. Department of Education wants to say thank you to some great teachers. Recommend a friend, a colleague, your child’s teacher, or a teacher who inspired you! Tell us about a teacher you want to highlight along with a few details about why they are great and how we can reach them. We hope to directly contact each nominee but cannot guarantee that we will be in touch during that week. We may also use this information for additional teacher highlighting purposes throughout the year.

Events to Attend

West Hartford Special Education PTO (SEPTO)

Wednesday, April 20th at 7pm

Assistive Technology with Nicole Feeney

At Sedgwick Middle School

What is assistive technology? How do we incorporate it? We will showcase the latest technology and applications in use today. Get some tips and tricks to enhance communication skills.

Tuesday, May 3rd from 5:30 – 8pm

Celebrity Scoop Night at Rita’s to benefit West Hartford Special Education PTO

Local celebrities including teachers, principals, fire fighters, police officers and more special guests will be scooping ice cream at Rita’s to raise money for our organization! Tons of fun and prizes for everyone. Click on the link for more information:

Friday, May 6th at 9:30am

Coffee & Conversation at Panera - Bishops Corner

The first Friday of the month, parents of children receiving special educations services meet for coffee and a chance to talk & make new friends in a casual setting.

For more information and to become a member of West Hartford Special Education PTO visit:

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In the Community

Vacation Week Opportunity for Students

Step up to the Plate 7th and 8th Graders!!!

Baseball Game Announcers Wanted! Join Little League’s “The Press Boxers”!

Who: 7th and 8th grade baseball fans who have aged out of Little League but would like to volunteer and be involved.
What: Commit to 1 or 2 games a week.

Where: Games at the West Hartford Little League UConn Fields.

When: Various week night and Sunday games.

Why: Why not? Join the Press Boxers to learn how to be an announcer, possibly

keep stats and help make the Little League experience exceptional for all players!

Informational meeting to be scheduled! Contact WHLL Press Boxers if you are

interested in learning more. Email:

Invite a friend!

Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day on Tuesday, April 12th from 12:00 to 8:00pm!

ALL children and families are invited to Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day on Tuesday, April 12th from 12:00 to 8:00pm! Since 1979, Ben & Jerry’s has been saying “thank you” to fans around the world by sponsoring Free Cone Day. This year, Ben & Jerry’s of West Hartford Center has selected Connecticut Children’s Medical Center as their charity of choice for their Free Cone Day Celebration! On this special day, the register doesn’t open. One hundred percent of event proceeds benefit the kids at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

Free Ice Cream Cones, Live Music & Much More! Enjoy the Sounds of The Rivermud Band from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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