KPMS Newsletter

King Philip Middle School

December 19, 2021

Dear KPMS Students, Families, and Staff:


This is the last KPMS Newsletter for 2021. We hope that our students will remained focused on working hard as we wrap up the last school week of 2020, so that they can take full advantage of relaxing and enjoying themselves over winter break.


As you know, last week was a challenging week for our community. Please be assured that we remain committed to ensuring a safe and secure learning environment at KPMS. Our district benefits from having a strong partnership with our local police departments. We are also grateful for our School Resource Officer from the Norfolk Police Department, Officer Joe Choiniere, who is at our school each day along with our Community Resource Dog, Officer Mitchell. Officer Joe has provided us with tremendous guidance in the areas of school security and safety, and continues to assist us with thoroughly investigating any threatening comments that may be directed to students, staff, and our schools.


In a letter to families on Friday, December 17, Superintendent Zinni shared a list of resources with the overarching goal of assisting families in supporting students who are struggling with concerns about threats of violence. The list was compiled by our Director of Wellness, Dot Pearl. (Please click here to view the resources.) Included in the comprehensive list are suggestions for parents/guardians to refer to when speaking with their child about threats of violence and school safety. Also included in the resources are lists of local emergency mental health organizations and hotlines.


If you have any questions or concerns about safety at the middle school, please feel free to reach out to me. The best way to reach me is through calling the main office (during the school day) or by email at kreuzerm@kingphilip.org. I thank you all for your continued support and cooperation.


I hope that you have an enjoyable and restful winter break -- and I look forward to seeing you back again in January. Happy holidays!


Sincerely,


Michelle Kreuzer

Principal

This Week at a Glance

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Announcements & Reminders

Choose Kindness this December!

The Student Council wishes to announce Do-Good December. A kindness challenge will be issued every day until Winter Break. Students who participate will be eligible to win prizes.
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Registration for KPMS Basketball Intramurals is Open!

Click Here for Slides from Last Week's Informational Meeting -- the file is accessible through student King Philip google accounts.


  • Jan. 6 - Feb. 10, 2022 (Snow Dates : Feb 15,17)

  • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:15-4:15 PM
  • Students must have a ride home at 4:15

  • No basketball intramurals on early release days (Jan 20, Feb 8)

  • Students should join the KPMS Basketball Intramurals Google Classroom for announcements


To register on FamilyID, click below.

Last Day - Pictures with Mitch

Officer Joe and Officer Mitch are working together with the Guidance Department to raise money for local families in need this holiday season. For a $1 - $5 donation, students can have their picture taken with Mitch wearing festive holiday attire. Families are encouraged to give the amount they are comfortable giving. Pictures will be emailed to the student’s King Philip email account.


Our last day for pictures will be during lunches on Monday, 12/20.


Students are expected to pay for their photo at the time their picture is taken. We thank you all for your continued generosity for those in need this holiday season.

KPMS Spirit Days this Week

Show your school spirit by participating in the following events!


Wednesday, December 22nd -- Ugly Sweater Day

Thursday, December 23 -- Pajama Day

Early Release on Thursday, December 23

We have an early release day on Thursday, December 23. School will end at 11:00 AM.


Please be reminded that on early release days, students must ride their assigned bus home.

November Library Review

Please take a moment to read The Library Monthly - November Review, put together by our Library Media Specialist, Mr. Cannon.

Pictures from this week's fabulous chorus concert!

Health and Wellness

Health Screenings

Starting Monday, December 13, the health office will begin Body Mass Index (BMI), vision, hearing, and postural screenings. Information about health screenings can be found in the KPRSD Handbook, starting on page 25.


If you have any questions about required health screenings, please contact the MS Health Office at msnurse@kingphilip.org.

COVID-19 Reminder

If your child is experiencing symptoms, has tested positive for COVID-19, or has been informed that they are a close contact to someone who is COVID positive, please reach out to to the school nurse at msnurse@kingphilip.org or 508-541-3457 for guidance. Thank you!

COVID-19 School Testing Program

King Philip continues to participate in School COVID-19 Test and Stay, and Symptomatic Testing. Consent must be provided in advance for those who would like their child to be tested when symptomatic, or a close contact at school of an individual who is positive. This must be completed through the online consent form linked here, or a hard copy consent form available in the health offices. Please know that we are not able to accept a consent over the phone. We understand that you may have questions about the program and the testing process. Our goal is to provide a safe environment at school that allows students and staff to maintain in person attendance as much as possible.

From Food Services

School Lunch

Main Lunch:

Monday, December 20: Stuffed Crust Pizza, Crispy Chicken Sandwich, Peas, Chicken Caesar Salad or Wrap


Tuesday, December 21: Rotini with Meat Sauce or Marinara Sauce (note change to calendar), Ham & Cheese Croissant, Green Beans, Caesar Salad, Hot & Spicy Chicken Salad or Wrap


Wednesday, December 22: Cheesy Pull Aparts Or Mozzarella Sticks w/Marinara Sauce, Chicken Patty, Glazed Carrots, Salad– Oriental Chicken


Thursday, December 23: No Lunch Served; Early Release Day (11:00 AM)


Friday, December 24: No School


Please reach out to the KPMS Cafeteria Manager, Elizabeth White at whitee@kingphilip.org or 508-541-3462 if you have any questions.

P-EBT and SNAP Reminders:

Based on federal rules, students attending school in-person are not eligible for Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT), but the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) encourages students and families to keep their P-EBT cards. More information can be found at MAp-EBT.org.

If students received P-EBT, they may be eligible for SNAP. SNAP, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Families who received P-EBT are encouraged to sign up for SNAP. It is fast and easy to apply, and the monthly SNAP amount is now higher than ever ($658 for a family of three and $835 for a family of four!). Video on SNAP


For other food access information and other wellness information, please visit Family Wellness Resources.

Important School Dates

  • Friday, December 24 - Friday, December 31 - No School, Winter Break
  • Monday, January 3 - School Resumes
  • Monday, January 17 - No School, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Thursday, January 20 - Early Release (11:00 AM), Staff Professional Development

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