KP Connection

January 20, 2017

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.

Need to Know Dates

  • 1/22 - KP Character Counts Winter Bowling League @ Silver Lanes in E.H. - 2pm
  • 1/23 - Coffeehouse Production - 6:30pm
  • 1/25 - 8th Grade Parent Orientation @ Hall HS - 7pm
  • 1/25 - End of Quarter 2
  • 1/26 - Middle School Principal Transition Meeting for Parents/Caregivers of 5th Grade Students @ Whiting Lane School - 7pm
  • 1/29 - KP Cares Penguin Plunge - 9 to 11am
  • 1/30 - Algebra 1 Midterms - 8am
  • 1/30 - Hall Band Pyramid Concert - 7pm
  • 1/31 - KidsLit Quiz 2017 @ CCSU - 5:30pm
  • 1/31 - Hall Orchestra Pops @ KP - 7pm
  • 2/2 - Middle School Principal Transition Meeting for Parents/Caregivers of 5th Grade Students @ Duffy Elementary - 7pm
  • 2/2 - Report Cards Distributed

Drama Performance

Attention KP students and families! The KP Drama Llamas are ready for the spotlight! Please join us on Monday, January 23 from 6:30-8:00pm in the large cafeteria for their evening Coffeehouse production. Enjoy an evening of entertaining skits and monologues as you nibble on delectable desserts. All are welcome!

GRADE 8 Parents/Caregivers

Grade 8-9 Transition -- Mark Your Calendars

  • Grade 8 Parent/Caregiver Orientation Wednesday, Jan 25 - Hall high School

West Hartford Town-Wide Spelling Bee, Tuesday, January 24, 6:30 PM

On January 24, West Hartford students in grades 6, 7 and 8 will compete in a town-wide spelling bee hosted by the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society at Town Hall. The event is open to the public, come out and support our spellers!

As stewards of the birthplace of America's most famous speller, Noah Webster, the museum is particularly honored to support the town-wide spelling bee. This is the museum's second year hosting this celebration of learning, etymology, and language.

The town-wide spelling bee winner will receive a trophy to display at their school for the year. In addition, the town-wide bee winner and top spellers from each school move to the next level, the regional bee

And the winner is!

Congratulations to Andrew G., a 6th grader on the Diamond team. Andrew is King Philip's 2017 Geography Bee Champion. His knowledge of geography was very impressive. He did not get a question wrong throughout the final competition. Next, he will complete an online test in order to qualify for the State Geography Bee on March 31st. Congratulations and good luck Andrew!!!

Notes from the Student/Family Handbook

Arrival to School

To assure student safety, all students who are walkers or receive a ride to school should not arrive prior to 7:40am.

Penguin Plunge

The Penguin Plunge will be on Sunday, January 29th from 9-11am at Winding Trails in Farmington.

We already have several teachers and administrators participating but we would like as many students and families as possible to participate, too!

If you and/or your family would like to TAKE THE PLUNGE please register on our Special Olympics Penguin Plunge website:

If you’re a chicken (not a penguin, get it?), you can also volunteer to support and help our teacher and student penguins at the event. Another great way to support our team is through participating in our Penguin Raffle! Students will get more information on this during morning announcements for more information next week.

For more information, please visit our KP Cares website: or email Ms. Pearson (

KP Cares hopes to see you there!

Thank you!

West Hartford Unified Sports Basketball 2017

Practices will be held from 5:30-7:00pm in the Sedgwick Gym on the following Sundays: January 29, February 12, February 26, March 5 and, March 12

Basketball Tournament


Smith Middle School Glastonbury, CT

3:00 – 6:00pm

We appreciate your hard work and dedication

And thank you in advance for your continued support of

West Hartford Unified Sports


Coach Garneau Coach Bowie

Coach Baldwin Coach Gustafson

Mrs. Brezinski Ms. Condon

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Parent/Caregiver Resources

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Community Events

Progressive Conversations - Bridge Newsletter

Parents, you have a challenging job these days. You may also be uncomfortable talking about mature topics, or not know where to start. Don’t worry. You can rise to your challenge by developing a mindset for progressive conversations.

Free Community Breakfast

The Fern Street Community Kitchen has free community breakfasts for neighbors in need at The Universalist Church, 433 Fern Street, WestHartford. The Community Breakfast is held every other Monday. Foodshare Mobile Truck distributes food from the back parking lot from9:15-9:45AM. Breakfast is served 9:00-10:00 AM.

BREAKFAST DATES: (9:00-10:00 AM)

January 30

February 13, February 27

March 13, March 27

PANTRY DATES:(10:00 AM-12:00 PM)

January 21, February 18, March 18

For more information about the Fern Street Community Kitchen, call 860-233-3669 or email,, or

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SEPTO News - Transition Planning

Wednesday, February 1 at 7pm

Transition Planning: Pre-School – Elementary – Middle – High – Post Secondary

Please join SEPTO and Pupil Services on February 1, 2017 for the Annual Transition Night. Transition Night is scheduled for West Hartford parents of children transitioning into Kindergarten, Middle School, High School and Post-High School programs. Gretchen Nelson, Director of Pupil Services and school personnel will discuss the transition process and programs available to students receiving special education services at each level.

Parents & Guardians are encouraged to attend if their student is transitioning to a new school Fall 2017 or Fall 2018!

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

Wednesday, February 15 at 7pm

Monthly Meeting – Topic TBD

Save the date for our regularly scheduled monthly meeting at Sedgwick Middle School at 7pm in the multipurpose room.


Membership Drive

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

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"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"