KP Connection

November 23, 2016

Need to Know Dates

  • 11/24 and 11/25 - Thanksgiving Recess - no school; offices closed
  • 11/30 - UnSelfie Book Club Meeting (#1)
  • 12/7 - King Philip Middle School Barnes and Noble Book Fair - Blue Black 10am-9pm
  • 12/8 - 8th Grade Concert
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.

Lead Learner Highlight

The KP Staff thanks you for the opportunity to teach your children every day. We wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

Parent/Guardian volunteers requested for King Philip’s Safe School Climate Committee (SSCC)

The SSCC meets after school, once each month (12/20/16, 1/24/17, 2/16/17, 3/23/17, 4/20/17, 5/18/17, & 6/15/17) from 3:00 - 4:00PM. During these meetings, the SSCC discusses school-wide efforts to minimize mean behaviors and also basic safety drills and procedures. Parent/caregiver perspective is needed on this year’s committee. Please respond to if you are interested in hearing more and/or participating.

VEX Robotics Team

On Saturday, the KP VEX robotics team competed at Manchester High School. Our students did great and held first place for the qualifying rounds for most of the day. The KP VEX team was even able to participate in the final matches due to their success in the qualifying rounds. Though we did not bring home any trophies this time, the students competed well and were constantly strategizing, working with other teams, improving their robot, and practicing good sportsmanship.

A big thank you to our KP VEX robotics team parents who helped get our team to the competition, brought donuts, and supported the team all day long!

King Philip Middle School Barnes and Noble fair is coming!!!!

King Philip Middle School Barnes and Noble Bookfair

Want to get a headstart on your holiday shopping AND support King Philip Middle School? Then come to the KP Barnes and Noble Bookfair on Wednesday, December 7th, from 10am-9pm. Mention KP at check-out and a percentage of the sales will go to KP. Stop by Barnes and Nobles to check out:

  • Teacher Wish List table! Looking to support your child's classroom directly? Consider purchasing a book for your child's teacher. It makes a perfect thank you gift!
  • Musical Performances by Sixth Dimension, KP Singers, Beaux Strings and Muzak 3.
  • The Barnes and Noble Cafe! It will be offering delicious options for dinner and many special treats. KP will receive a percentage of these sales as well.
  • An amazing selection of educational toys and games for that perfect holiday gift.

We are also looking for volunteers to help staff the welcome table at Barnes and Noble throughout the day on December 7th. If you are available, please email Kim Vincent at

If you aren't able to come into the Barnes & Noble store for the KP Bookfair, you can still support KP by ordering online at between Wednesday, December 7th and Sunday, December 11th. Enter the KP Bookfair ID 11912896 during checkout. We hope to see you there!

8th Grade students Akshatha and alum Sreenidhi Nair making a difference through the Power of Peace

Just for Fun - KP Is taking on the Mannequin Challenge

Emerald Mannequin Challenge Winner -Mrs. Nyhan's MA

Our Chinese Program was Highlighted in West Hartford Life - Click Below

"KP spirit wear drive is back!

If you missed your chance to order in September, or just want to order more, now is your chance. The form also includes the new KP car magnet. The holidays are just around the corner. Get your KP spirit wear order form in before Thanksgiving break to assure your apparel arrives in time for the holidays. If you want your clothing order to be a surprise, please indicate it on your order form and we can make special arrangements." Please click on the link for an order form:

Author Neal Shusterman is coming to KP!

To promote our author visit with National Book Award winner Neal Shusterman on December 13, the library is selling Neal's newest book Scythe, the first of a new series. The cost is a bargain price of $10.00 for a hardcover. The author will be available to autograph your child's copy. Copies are available in the KP library - cash or check accepted.
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KP is starting a Winter Bowling League -- click below

Parent/Caregiver Resources



Thank-You Gift Program - Foundation for the West Hartford Public Schools

The Foundation for the West Hartford Public Schools’ Teacher Thank-You Gift program is a great way to acknowledge wonderful and talented teachers. Make a tax-deductible donation to the Foundation of $10 or more per teacher. Teachers receive a special card indicating a gift has been made in their honor. These gifts support our Teacher Grant program investing funds back in our schools for various educational programs. The Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to raising money from the community to invest in our schools. For more information, visit our website at, call 860-561-8755 or email us at

West Hartford Special Education PTO November/December 2016 Events

Wednesday, November 30 at 7pm

"OT & PT: Differences and Similarities with Amy Alexander and Tess Dagenais

There is often confusion about these two and some even think that they are synonymous. There are significant differences between PT and OT and there are also many grey areas where the two overlap. Occupational Therapist, Amy Alexander and Physical Therapist, Tess Dagenais will be discussing the similarities and differences between Occupational Therapy (OT) and Physical Therapy (PT) and hope to help parents better understand how they work to help children. This is Amy’s 7th year working in the West Hartford School system. Tess graduated from Boston University in 1985 with a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy and a concentration in pediatrics and has worked in the West Hartford public school system for the last 22 years.

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

Friday, December 2 from 9:30am to 10:30am

"Coffee & Conversation" at Panera in Bishops Corner

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


Membership Drive

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

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KP Family Fall/Winter Book Read on UnSelfie

KP Families,

You are invited to join our fall/winter book read on UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World. We hope that you can join us. We have a few books to loan (please call the main office). There are two ways to participate:

Three Meetings: We'll be reading the book in three parts and meeting on the following dates.

KP Book Meeting #1 Wednesday, November 30th 7PM-8PM

  • How to Develop Empathy (Chapters 1, 2, 3,4)

KP Book Meeting #2 Wednesday, December 14th 7PM-8PM

  • How to Practice Empathy (Chapters 5, 6,7)

KP Book Meeting #3 Thursday, January 12th 7PM-8PM

  • How to Live Empathy (Chapters 8, 9)


One Meeting: Discuss the book as a whole on December 19th 7PM-8:15PM

I Hope to see you there.

Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) Information Session:

Come and learn how you can make a difference in the lives of West Hartford children by expanding your parental toolbox to include leadership and advocacy skills. The Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) trains, inspires and empowers parents to become effective advocates for children. To learn more about this dynamic program, please join us on Friday, December 2 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. at Charter Oak's Family Resource Center.

Call 860-929-5575 to RSVP. Kids are welcome and refreshments will be served.

Community Events

Bridge Family Center Newsletter

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