KP Connection

May 14, 2018

Need to Know Dates


    • Monday, 5/14 - Coffee with the Principal - 9:05am

    • Monday, 5/14 - Chinese AAPPL Testing

    • Monday, 5/14 - 7th Grade Spring Concert - 7pm

    • Thursday, 5/17 - 8th Grade ESOL to Hall High School - 8am to 2pm

    • Thursday, 5/17 - 6th Grade Spring Concert - 7pm

    • Friday, 5/18 - 8th Grade Parents - Meet the Hall HS Principal - 8:30am

Daily Bulletin

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

Lead Learner Highlights

We are excited for the warm weather and the opportunities to connect student learning beyond the classroom walls. This Wednesday we hit the mid-point of the quarter and we invite you to check-in with your child and their teachers about your child's current progress as we near the end of the year. Concert season is upon us, and we hope you will support the PTO's efforts to send encouraging notes to our young musicians before or right after their performance. It's also a great time to have lemonade and cookies (see below for more information).


We will have a Principal's Coffee on Monday morning. I welcome your questions and feedback about what's happening at KP and our plans for next year. 8th-grade parents have the opportunity to meet Dan Zittoun on Friday to ask questions about Hall High School. We also help you can support our high school and young athletes by signing up for Community Day! Come join Hall and Conard athletes as they host Spring sports clinics on Saturday, May 19th www.westhartfordcommunityday.com


Enjoy the Weekend.

Congratulate Your Musician

The KP PTO will be selling Music Notes before the 8th Grade Concert on Monday, May 14th. You may purchase a Music Note for $1.00 and it will be delivered to your child that night at the concert. The KP PTO will also be selling lemonade and cookies for $1 each in the large cafeteria after the concert. Nut-free options will be available.

Announcements!

Important 8th Grade End of Year Dates

  • Tuesday, 6/12 - 8th Grade Awards Assembly (by invitation) - 7pm - KP Auditorium
  • Friday, 6/15 - 8th Grade Dance - 7pm - KP large gymnasium
  • Monday, 6/18 - 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony - 5:30pm - Hall HS gymnasium
  • Tuesday, 6/19 - 8th Grade Trip to High Meadow - 8:15am to 2:45pm

Staff and Student KUDOS

Congratulations to Our Poets

6th Grade, Diamond Team student Ruth H. for her winning poem titled "The Ice Cream Man" placing her first in the West Hartford Library Teen Poetry Contest. 8th Grade Amethyst student Peyton J. won third place for her poem "Sleep." Ruth and Rachel will have their poetry posted on the West Hartford Library Teen Poetry Winners website later today! Each of them will receive a gift card or prize from the library. Please read the winning poems here.

Student Opportunities!

Parent Information

West Hartford Special Education PTO May 2018 Events

Saturday, May 19 @ 7-9:30pm

“Silent” Spring Fling Dance

The West Hartford Special Education PTO invites you to join us for our Silent Spring Fling at The Underground, located at 740 North Main Street in West Hartford on Saturday, May 19th from 7 to 9:30. Silent Spring Fling is a silent dance party experience designed specifically for individuals with sensory sensitivities.

The DJ will spin a live set of dance favorites through wireless Bluetooth headphones allowing attendees to control their own volume levels.

Students (typical and non-typical) from West Hartford and neighboring towns 10 years of age and older are invited to attend.

All students (typical and non-typical) 10 years of age and older are invited to attend.

Tickets are $5 each for students. Tickets available online now at http://bit.ly/silentspringfling

Parents are strongly encouraged to attend for free and a parent lounge is provided for families to relax and connect with other members of their community during the event.

Special thanks to our sponsors Miracle League of CT, Fischman Orthodontics and Harry’s Bishops Corner for their support.


Volunteers Needed

Celebrate! West Hartford

Our BIGGEST fundraiser of the year is our Refreshment Sale at Celebrate! And we can’t do it without your help!

West Hartford SEPTO (Special Education Parent Teacher Organization) is seeking volunteers to work in two-hour shifts to help sell water and soda at SEPTO’s booth at Celebrate! West Hartford, a two-day event held Saturday, June 9(10am -6pm) or Sunday, June 10 (12-6pm).

If you can’t give your time please consider a donation of money to purchase or buy cases of soda, iced tea, lemonade or water yourself. Please contact Randi Leopold at (860) 874-3533 or via email at Randileopold16@gmail.com to help. You can mail or drop off your donations to Randi Leopold, 54 Bainton Rd. West Hartford, CT 06117.

If you can’t give your time, please consider making a donation to defray our cost of purchasing the refreshments via PayPal. Thank you for your continued support!

2018-2019 Student Placement Input for rising 6th and 7th graders

You may use the fillable form here , write a letter submitted to the main office (in a sealed envelope) or you can email your request to your child’s counselor or me at Joy_Wright@whps.org . Please know that we cannot honor requests for specific teams or teachers. We are requesting all feedback by May 18, 2018

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Get Involved at KP -- Start with the PTO

There are several events/activities throughout the year. Please choose at least one to get involved.

Community Events

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Rethinking School Start Time Committee

Rethinking School Start Time Committee

UPDATE

New Dates: Stakeholder Surveys/Family Information Night


The Rethinking School Start Time (RSST) Committee which consists of a group of volunteer parents, students, teachers and administrators, is studying the issue of changing school start times. At the request of the Board of Education, the committee is examining the impact a change will have on all aspects of the educational program.

One important aspect of the committee’s work is to gather information from stakeholders. To that end, the committee will issue a survey for parents, teachers, and secondary school students. Originally, the committee planned to administer the surveys in February and March. The committee has secured the services of the Hanover Research Group to support the creation of a survey personalized to West Hartford’s needs. Hanover will administer the survey and work with the RSST Committee to analyze the results. The new survey window is May 1-May 15. A Family Information Night will held at 7:00 p.m. on May 3 in the auditorium at Town Hall, 50 South Main Street.

The survey and family information night are two ways for stakeholders to communicate their questions, comments and concerns about this important issue. If you prefer to use email, please direct any comments to RSST@whps.org . You are always welcome to attend a Board of Education meeting and address the Board of Education members in person during the public comment portion of the meeting.

"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 www.whps.org/pa189."