KP Connection-Holiday Break Update

December 23, 2014

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Upcoming Events/Activities


  • School Concert Performances
  • Staff and Student Ugly (Holiday) Sweater Day

December 24th-January 2nd

  • WINTER BREAK ---Enjoy!

January 5th

  • KP Kindness Challenge continues with a one book one school reading of Wonder

News from the KP PTO

Student Directories

We apologize for the delay in the distribution of our KP Directory. Unfortunately, it was printed incorrectly and is now being reprinted. The directories WILL go home with the PTO families the first day after break through MAs.

We thank you for your patience.


KP Families,

Our school is on a collective mission to build a community based on Respect, Responsibility and Good Citizenship, and we believe that this starts with a focus on kindness. We will kick off our 2015 KP Choose Kind initiative with a whole school read aloud of the novel Wonder. In addition to reading and discussing the book, morning advisories, teams, and the whole school community will be supporting a kindness focus with a number of activities to teach and model what kindness looks like within the school community and outside of it.

Because we believe in partnering with our families, we are inviting you to join with us by reading the book (click here) and participating in announced events and opportunities to practice kindness as both a school community and within your family. Look for a Kindness Menu for students and families after the new year.

We are excited to have KP Universal (KPU) students leading this charge. Using their training from Rachel's Challenge, they have taken on this opportunity to cultivate a culture of kindness where every student believes it is his or her responsibility to encourage respect and good citizenship. We are excited about the New Year and thank you for your continued support.

Kindness Resources are located below.

Showing Kindness and Compassion through Adopt-A-Family

This year, KP staff and students “adopted” ten families (yes, ten!) during the holiday season through the Department of Human and Leisure Services. THANK YOU to all who participated in purchasing gifts for these families. A special thanks from Ms. Tamayo goes to the KPU elves who wrapped gifts and helped put gifts into the staff cars; to Mrs. Wojo, Mrs. Reynolds, Mrs. Carlson, Mr. Gusy, Mrs. Cardona, and Ms. Nyhan who helped deliver the gifts; and to the custodial staff who carried some heavy items for us! We truly showed how kind and compassionate we can be even during a hectic time of year. Thank you to all and happy holidays!

KPU Announces Bookmark Contest Winners

In support of KP’s one book, one school reading of “Wonder”, KP Universal decided to host a bookmark contest. We asked students to create a design that represented kindness in either words or images. We received a number of designs from students and chose the top 5 designs. Congratulations goes to: Sydney Golas, Andrea Ramirez, Gabby Mangini, Lyla Rivera, Isabella Phelan! Their bookmark designs will be distributed to all KP students and staff while we read “Wonder” starting in January.

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Dress For Succcess

Families, we've been reminding students about our dress code this past week. Please help support our efforts by reviewing the KP Dress Code with your child. It is found in the Student Handbook (click here). Thank you for your support.

Extra time over break? Participate in a STUDENT CONTEST

Offerings Include:

Contests by the CT Council of Language Teachers (COLT)

For questions about either of these contests, please contact the teacher mentioned.

Poetry Contest: The Connecticut Council Of Language Teachers will present its annual poetry recitation contest in American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin only), English To Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL/ELL), French, German, Ancient Greek, Modern Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Portuguese, Polish, Russian and Spanish on Tuesday – March 17, 2015 (snow date: Thursday - March 19, 2015). The contest will take place at Lyman Hall High School in Wallingford, CT (203.294.5350). The contest will begin promptly at 3:30 p.m. and will end by 6:30 p.m. Information regarding the poems to recite will be given to students.

The internal contest for interested participants will be on JANUARY 12th after school from 3:00-4:00pm. If your child is interested, please have him or her contact sixth grade World Language teacher Ms. Pearson room 213 or at The department will cover the entry fees and the school will cover the transportation to the event if there are large number of participants.

Poster Contest: THEME: Lead With Languages: Global Skills for a Competitive Edge

Flyers detailing the expectations (click here) are available to all interested students in their MA and were e-mailed to them as well. All submissions must be submitted by February 19th to Mrs. Scobbo. Select World Language teachers use the judging criteria to select the 5 posters that will represent KP in this state-wide competition. If your child is interested, please have him or her contact sixth grade World Language teacher Mrs. Scobbo room 6 or at The department will cover the entry fees for the posters chosen.

Student Voices for Improving Education

From now until March 2, 2015, the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) and the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) are challenging middle and high school students across the state to develop creative videos and compelling essays (high school division only) that articulate their ideas for improving education in Connecticut. Whether they've brainstormed creative ways to increase learning opportunities outside of the classroom or have unique ideas for increasing collaboration among their peers, we want to hear about it!

We're only accepting entries in the 3rd Annual Student Voices in Education Contest until March 2, 2015 so don't delay. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each division. To learn more and to enter, visit


Kindness Resources



KP and Hall Alum -- Alita Moses performing in Tap and Jazz

Tap and Jazz go together hand and hand. Now, come witness the collaboration of some of CT's incredible "20 something" musicians and dancers as they bring the two art forms together for an incredible night of tap dancing and jazz music. Don't miss out on this energizing blend of two of America's greatest past times, Tap & Jazz!!!! Date: Friday, December 26, 2014 at 8:00 PM Playhouse on Park

Former KP and Hall student, drummer Jimmy Macbride, will be performing with the great jazz tenor saxophonist Jimmy Greene at the Side Door Cafe in Old Lyme CT, January 2 & 3, 2015. Jimmy Greene just released his CD Beautiful Life, a musically and emotionally moving recording dedicated to his 6-year-old daughter Ana who was one of the children whose life was taken in the Sandy Hook tragedy two years ago. KP Parent Latanya Farrell is also featured singing a moving piece on the album. Love Wins!