KP Connection

November 21, 2014

Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse. - Henry Van Dyke

No matter the language, thank you is a beautiful word. Whenever the chaos of life threatens to "steal my joy," I stop to appreciate what I have and where I am in the current season of my life. When I remember to be thankful for what is going well, it immediately improves my attitude and aligns my perspective on even the most challenging of situations. While I know we should do this all of the time, I love the season of Thanksgiving because it provides me with a specific opportunity to reflect, show appreciation and return the many acts of kindness I have received.

Among my many gifts, I'm thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the messy, exciting, emotional, complex, fast-paced, never dull, chaos of school, and to partner with you and our staff in clearing paths toward bright futures without limits for our awesome students. Thank you for all you do to support our school community and our students to realize their greatest potential.

“If the only prayer you say in your life is ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.” – Meister Eckhart

Upcoming Events/Activities

November 24th and 25th

  • No Intramurals

November 27th and 28th

No School - Happy Thanksgiving!

December 1st

  • PTO Meeting 6:30pm --KP Commons
  • Presentation on Math and the Common Core at the Middle School (6:30-7:00pm)

December 2nd

December 10th

Barnes and Noble Book Fair 6:00-8:30 Blue Black Square

December 11th

  • Final Book Discussion on It's Complicated: The Socially Networked Lives of Teens The book study is held in the Library at 7pm


Fall Conference Survey (click here) --The survey will close on December 4th, 2014.

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School Wide Homework Club is Up and Running!

Meets Mondays and Thursdays from 2:55 - 4:00 PM in the Library

  • Students have access to
  • a certified teacher
  • computers
  • Hall High School Student Tutors


We hope you'll join our KP Parent/Guardian Fall Book Study --2nd Session on Thursday, December 11th

Our second session will focus on chapters 5-8. The book study will be held in the Library at 7pm on Thursday, December 11th.

You can purchase the book at all major bookstores or download it as a pdf document from her website here by scrolling down to the bottom of the page. If you do not read the book, you are still invited to join us and participate in the discussions. Your valued input is needed.

If you have any questions, please contact Joy Wright @ or 860-233-8230.

News from the KP PTO

December 1st at 6:30pm in the KP Commons

PTO MEETING--Presentation on Middle School Math and the Common Core

  • Come hear from the math department about how they are helping students become conceptual thinkers and effective problem solvers (6:30-7:00)
  • General Meeting (7:00-8:00pm)

Our Book Fair Needs You

Greetings Families of KP!

One of our biggest fundraisers of the year....The Barnes and Noble Bookfair and Shopping Day is coming up on December is right around the corner and we need your help! This year Katie Russo and Annie Keith are working with Barnes & Noble and KP Teams to have some new features to make it a robust event!

That said, we need more help than ever....that is where you come in. We need the most help from 4-9 p.m., but can use help all day. Please email us at Include your name, phone and email.... along with your availability for the day of December 10th.

Your support and volunteer time are greatly appreciated.


Annie Keith and Katie Russo

Event Chairs – King Philip Barnes & Noble Shopping Event


Shop 4 KP

It’s not too late to order your Big Y or Stop n Shop gift cards to use when you grocery shop.

Support King Philip by purchasing grocery store gift cards for your upcoming holiday shopping. Print this order form and send the completed form and payment in to school today!

Did you order some FUN PASTA to support KP PTO?

There are endless varieties of pasta shapes to choose from including Thanksgiving, other upcoming holidays, sports and many others. Follow the link and order yours today. It’s shipped directly to you in 3-5 days!

Simply click on the link below and get starting with shopping for FUN PASTA!!


Great by 8 and the Bridge Family Center, a FREE upcoming workshop

Great By 8 and the Bridge present a free upcoming parent & childcare provider workshop for the West Hartford community! You can register for one or both.

Monday, December 1st (snow date December 3rd) at Elmwood Community Center for “Building Meaningful Relationships with Teachers” from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. An important key to your child’s success is the parent-teacher relationship. Come join us for an evening of information and humor with presenter Beth Bye, long-time early childhood educator, as she helps build parental self-awareness and provides practical advice for strengthening your relationship with your child’s teachers. Dinner provided and childcare by reservation! Please RSVP by Sunday, November 30th