KP Connection

October 3, 2014


Fond Farewells

This week has been one of boo hoos and yahoos as we've said goodbye to staff and wished them well on their journey.

Milt and Gary Riley have served as KP's security officers for the past 13+ years. Each of them retired this week. We are grateful for the service they have given to KP in keeping our community safe.

Patricia Mulhall's last day is today (you can read her comments below). We appreciate her contribution to the KP community and wish her well as she returns to southern CT to attend to her first job as a mom.

From Mrs. Mulhall

Dear Parents/Guardians,

It is with a heavy heart that I let you know that I will be leaving KP at the end of this week. This has been a very difficult decision for me professionally as I love being a part of the KP community, and have never worked with better people than Ms. Wright, Mr. Kotler, as well as our teachers, and staff. Unfortunately, my son Billy suffered a concussion at the end of the summer which has taken a larger toll on him then we first anticipated. My husband Bill and I believe that it is time for me to return to my first passion--being a mom. I am confident that Billy will make a full recovery, however, he needs me to be closer to our home in Milford, CT.

I appreciate having grown and learned professionally and personally at KP and I have loved working with each student within the community.

All the best,

Patricia Mulhall

Please Join Me in Welcoming Our New Staff (please click on the picture for the bio)

KP Interim Assistant Principal --Donna Namnoun

As we prepare to hire our new Assistant Principal, Donna will serve as our interim assistant principal for the next two weeks. Donna, served as an assistant principal for Hall High School before retiring last year and was most recently awarded the Bridge's "Build No Fences Award" for her service to the West Hartford Public Schools and our community.

Attention 7th and 8th Grade Families

Rachel’s Challenge Comes to KP

To all 7th and 8th Grade Parents/Guardians:

Soon you will be receiving a letter in the mail describing a program called Rachel’s Challenge. This program is our kick-off event for KP’s “Choose Kind” movement and will be seen by 7th and 8th grade students on Thursday, Oct. 16. Please be on the lookout for this letter. You may also access a copy of the letter below. In addition, we have included links to the Rachel’s Challenge website as well as an introductory video. We encourage you to review this information and to talk with your children about the program as we prepare to accept Rachel’s Challenge to spread kindness and compassion in our community and our world.

Parent Letter

A Video Introduction to Rachel's Challenge

Rachel's Challenge Intro Video

Thank you for the feedback

112 of our 7th and 8th grade families and 78 of our 6th grade families respond to our open house survey. Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We will be analyzing the results and using your feedback, along with that of our staff, to evaluate our efforts and plan for next year.

We Want our Students Involved After School!

  • All activity participation requires the $25 activity fee. Please call our office if you have questions or need assistance.
  • Due to low attendance, Chess Masters has been canceled for this fall.

Upcoming Events/Activities

October 6th

We want to see YOU at our first PTO meeting of the year this Monday October 6th at 7:00pm in the KP Commons

SKI CLUB MEETING 6:30 Small Cafe

BYOD Registration is Open for 7th and 8th Grade Students Starting This Week

Starting on Monday, October 6th, 7th and 8th grade students will have the opportunity to register their devices. In addition to participating in an overview of digital etiquette and a review of the BYOD expectations, students will need to bring a signed copy of the 2014-15 Parent/Student User Agreement Permission Form. Please feel free to review WHPS BYOD Website for more information.


News from the KP PTO

Our first PTO meeting is right around the corner. Please join us in the KP Commons on Monday, October 6th at 7:00 p.m. We hope to see you there!

Still looking for a KP car magnet, please email us at ~The magnets are 1 for $3 or 2 for $5.

KP Parent-Run Ski Program

The KP parent-run ski program is getting ready for another season. Lets turn the plug off and ski instead!!!

This parent-run ski program will take place on Wednesdays after school from January 7-February 4th. The program offers discounted ski tickets, equipment rentals, bus transportation (KP students only), and an opportunity to learn to ski. Lessons are HIGHLY recommended even at the expert levels.

Equipment will be stored at KP, ( drop off is at 8:30 am)

Parents are required to help out by attending one trip to the mountain and/or a 1-2 times at the door of KP loading the equipment into our storage room. Deadline for the forms to be completed is November 10th. Sorry, NO EXCEPTIONS!! Bus transportation is on a first come first serve basis. The bus does fill up so don't hesitate to sign up if interested.

Mandatory SKI MEETING- OCTOBER 6TH at 6:30pm. SIgn up begins at meeting so bring your checkbook.

Email Karen Tiernan at with any questions.

Family Resources


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