KP Connection

December 18, 2015

Things to KNOW

  • 24th - Winter Break Begins

  • 4th - 1st day back for staff and students
  • 7th - College A Cappella Choir Performance - 7pm (see invite below)
  • 8th - School-wide GeoBee - 8 to 9:30am

This Week's Lead Learner Highlights

Although we have staff and students battling colds and the like, I am happy to report that we have had another productive week. Outside of their ongoing work in the classroom, the 7th grade concert was magical, our WEB students were supporting their 6th grade groups, and our students put a "spotlight on ability" during two great Unified Theater shows.

Thanks to the support of our families, our staff continues to enjoy the 12 Days of Before Winter Break Surprises. Thank you to all of you who baked or purchased sweets (including fruit) for our 7th day surprise. Our staff was overwhelmed once again by your thoughtfulness and generosity.

As we prepare to enter a period of rest and rejuvenation, I want to wish you a wonderful time connecting with your children and with friends and family. While students will not have homework over break, we always encourage reading as it is good for the mind and the soul. Thank you for a wonderful 2015 and we look forward to your continued support and partnership in 2016.


A BIG Thank You! A million thanks to everyone who donated gift wrapping materials to support our Adopt-A-Family efforts. Members of Lend-A-Hand, the Sapphire Service Club and now the University of Virginia Alumni Club will turn into elves on Monday, Dec. 21 to wrap and deliver the gifts. Thank you again! ​

Chess Program Update

All students in grades 6 through 8 who are interested in learning to play chess are invited to participate. Practice play and lessons from basic to beginning intermediate chess will be offered. Emphasis will be on developing basic skills and providing the opportunity for at least weekly practice play. The program will be a combination of group lessons and free play.

The program will be on Thursdays from 6 to 7PM (new day and time) on January 14, 21, 28 and February 4, 11, 18, 25 and March 3, 10 and 17. There's still time to sign up! Registration forms available in the KP office or click on the link for the form:

Support the KP Music Department

CCSU's all-male a cappella group "Divisi" (KP Music teacher Brian Jones' alma mater & former a cappella group) will be coming to KP for a performance.

Date: Thursday, January 7th at 7:00pm

Location: In the KP auditorium

This is a performance to help support the KP music department. There is a suggested donation of $5.

Girls in grades 6 to 9

SAVE THE DATE! February 27, 2016 is the 3rd Annual AAUW Tech Savvy Conference for 6th to 9th grade girls. Click on the link for more information:

Students In Action

Hall High School Entrepreneurs

Will be selling water bottles after school ( “Hall Hydrator”) they have dubbed "a stylish water bottle that shows off your belonging to Hall High School and the latest and greatest squeeze water bottle technology (the Gatorade kind). Hall Hydrators are $10 each or save money and buy 2 for $18.

Buying them is optional, but I wanted you to be aware that there will be Hall Students in the front and back during dismissal on Monday, and Tuesday and that we will not let it interfere with dismissal.


7th graders Rylie, Cayden and Sabria organized the 5th Annual PJ Day for the Kids. Students and staff donated $2 to wear pajamas and we are proud to announce $1,006.75 was raised to benefit the Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders at Connecticut Children's Hospital.

Awesome job Rylie, Cayden and Sabria!

Kudos to Jade

Jade, an eighth grader on the Amethyst team held a fundraiser to collect toys for the Department of Children and Families.
A total of 34 wrapped toys were donated and Jade and her mom delivered them to DCF in New Britain this week. Awesome job Jade!

Water for Sudan Project

Dear family, friends, and community members,
We recently read A Long Walk to Water, by Linda Sue Park, in which she writes about the life of one of Sudan’s lost boys, Salva Dut. After reading the non-fiction novel, we have developed a great concern for the water crisis affecting so many on the continent of Africa. The response to this book was overwhelmingly one of concern as well as questioning how we can help.
After several days of research, we uncovered startling statistics regarding the lack of access to clean water that so many people in developing countries face. In addition to researching statistical data to support that there is most definitely a water crisis, we also researched ways in which we, a middle school in West Hartford, Connecticut, could help those most affected. We have found that “1 in 9 people around the world don't have access to clean, safe drinking water”, and we would like to do something about it.
We would like to raise $3000 to co-sponsor the purchase of a drilling rig and the actual drilling of a well in a village in South Sudan.
Please consider helping us reach our goal by going to and donating or by sending in cash/check (made out to KPMS- Water Challenge).
Thank you for your support!
Turquoise Team Students

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