KP Connection

November 7, 2014

Upcoming Events/Activities

Friday, November 7th

  • Report Cards Distributed
  • On the Spot Improv 7pm $5

PLEASE NOTE: Due to Conferences Afternoon Intramurals will not run November 11th-15th

Tuesday, November 11th- Thursday, November 13th

  • Parent/Guardian and Teacher Conferences


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October Student Awards

The following students were awarded Character Counts at KP certificates for October. These students were honored for deeds which warrant praise and demonstrate that King Philip Middle School students continue to exhibit our positive character traits; Responsible, Respectful and Citizenship. Each month those students honored with a certificate will be showcased on the wall next to the main office. Please join us in congratulating: Gerardo R, Alexandra A, Adrianna A, Rachel S, Emma B, Jack W, Jason H, Jason C, Ethan P, Sarah P, Jacob S, Desiree C, Guntaas S, Max H, Surya S, Joseph H, Angelica C, Emma D, Leo M, Timothy S, Oliver W, John B, Rashed H, Tsegaab W, Lauren P, Liana A, Kobe N, Esteban D, Ali A, Emily D, Jessica J, Jack B, Sophia D, Ashley G, Campbell M, Kevin C, Cecilia E, Alice E, Hunter K, Jules R, Jack W, George T, Toryn G, Mason B, John K, Israel H, Margaret M, Grace S, Isabella B, Megan R, Da'Juan B, Eli K, Alana K, Leela C, Griffin V, Samuel K, Matthew R, Saad S, Hayden M, Lauren D, Samuel M, Gideon B, William G, Hannah M, Carolyn C, Diego H, Anastazia C, Devon H, Mateo M, Joshua O, Lillian H, Priya M, Ruben M, Gabriel S, Emma R, Drew T, Delaney F, Mira D, Chiemerie E, Tyra H, Emily M, Evelyn S, Princess C, Sarah W, Nathaniel W, Aaliyah D, Niija D, Rebecca A, Gianelly D, Jared P, Jenna S, Jayce H, Autumn R, Ava T, Seamus O, Margaret M, Jilian C, Alexandra S, Samuel G, Rose K, Olivia D, Videep S, Rajvir S, Paolo Q, Arden H, Maia G, Mia D, Michael M, Darina S, Hayden S, Samuel P, Spencer M, Jamali W, Peter P, Korey D, Aislinn M, Nathin B, Delaney C, Max S, Carla L, Charlotte T, Amy M, Aubrey H, Aine K, Colleen K, Henry H, Leonardo E, Hayley B, Jackson R, Lauren O, Alec R, Gavin B, Marissa L, Nathaniel B, Victor M, Noah H, Benjamin R, Nicklaus R, Lauren C, Yafet M, Desmond H, Jade H, Oidinai T, Hassan H, Pierce N, Ryan N, Robert S, Allison F, Randy P, Emily C and Cole M.

The following students were awarded Students of the Month: Jack B, Charlotte K, Dara S, Beau A, Lola S, Christopher M, DeAhna F, Ryan A, Tiantian Q, Ryan O, Ella L, Brandon W, Nita B, Carl N, Nina F, Noah H, Jameson C and Holly S.

Parent/Guardian Teacher and Student Conferences Nov. 11th, 12th, and 13th.

This is an exciting time of year where students, families and teachers take specific time to discuss each student's progress both as scholars and citizens. It is also another opportunity to for you to connect with one of your child's teachers and discover once again their passion for your child's overall growth.

Please do not be surprised or alarmed if you see Justin, Marc or me stop in to your conference. As leaders, we want the opportunity to participate in this process and observe these rich conversations.

School Wide Homework Club--Starting November 17th

Dear Parent/Guardian,

We are writing this letter to welcome and encourage your child to participate in the Homework Club.

The Homework Club is available to all students at King Philip Middle School and is a great opportunity to work on homework with the support of a certified instructor. It is our goal to help your child improve on his or her academics, homework completion and to assist those students who need assistance to make up work after being absent.

Students are welcome to attend whenever they deem it helpful. Students may also be invited to attend the Homework Center by their teachers. We do ask that students come with assignments to complete and are prepared to work for the entire time of Homework Club. Students will have access to the late busses.

The club will meet on most Mondays and Thursdays from 2:55 - 4:00 PM beginning November 17th.

There will be an instructor to supervise and to support the students in their assignments each afternoon.

We hope that your child will take advantage of this program.

KP Honors Our Veterans

Please remember that on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, KP will present its "Recognition of America's Veterans program. The ceremony will be held in front of KP in the inner driveway near the flagpole at 8:00 am.

In our effort to support our Veterans at the VA Home and hospitals in CT, the King Phillip community will be collecting new men's and women's socks and t-shirts. Donations should be brought to your child's morning advisory or placed in the bin located in the main entrance.

Author Lynda Mullaly Hunt visits KP to talk about One for the Murphys

Lynda was MARVELOUS! The students were mesmerized with her stories about how she was a poor student who had trouble reading and how a teacher changed her life. Students had some great questions. She brought bookmarks & bracelets - with the motto ,"Be someone's Hero," tattoos with images of her new book coming out in Feb , A Fish in A Tree, raffled off books , signed books , and donated her fee so we could buy copies of her books!!!
Students Raised $850 for Breast Cancer Research to see 10 staff members slimed. Principal Wright


Please Support our 1st Social Event for 7th and 8th Grade Students

Gaming Festival - Volunteers Needed

On Thursday November 20th from 3-4pm KP will be hosting a Gaming Festival. All 7th and 8th graders are welcome to attend. Video game systems will be set up and projected onto big screens for students to enjoy! Kids will be able to take turns playing their favorite video games and can enjoy snacks and music.

We are looking for chaperons to help with this event, parents to make or donate snacks and for video game consoles that we can borrow for the evening.

Please email if you are interested in helping in any way.

Parent Volunteers Needed

The Bridge Family Center's Substance Abuse Prevention Commission (SAPC) is looking for a few parent volunteers. Their next meeting will be held in room 400 of Town Hall from 5-6:30p.m. on Thursday, November 13th. If you are interested in contributing to this important work, please contact Marc Kotler at 860-929-5253 or

News from the KP PTO

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


We hope you'll join our KP Parent/Guardian Fall Book Study --Tuesday, November 18th

Our first discussion will focus on chapters 1-4 and the second session will focus on chapters 5-8. The book study will be in held in the Library at 7pm on Tuesday, November 18th and on Thursday, December 11th in the Library at 7pm.

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.

Still on the fence about joining our book study? Watch this.

It's Complicated by danah boyd Book Trailer

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!
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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!!

Family Resources


Great by 8 and the Bridge Family Center, two FREE upcoming workshops

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

Wednesday, November 19th at Saint Brigid School for “Adventures in Mindfulness for Parents and Childcare Providers” from 6:00 to 7:30 pm with presenter Ann Sullivan, M.S. Learn proven techniques to help you and your child become more mindful of your thoughts and actions – and ease stress for all. Dinner provided, childcare by reservation, and door prizes! Please RSVP by Tuesday, November 18th to

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

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, November 21st from 9:30-11:00 a.m. at Charter Oak's Family Resource Center.

Call 860-233-4701 to RSVP. Kids are welcome and refreshments will be served.

Student Contests

To foster the understanding and appreciation of Korean history and culture, KSCPP is hosting its 8th national essay contest. The Essay Contest is open to Middle and High School students. The entrants are required to read Chung Hyo Ye, Tales of filial devotion, loyalty, respect and benevolence from the history and folklore of Korea published by KSCPP (available online for free at If you want to receive a copy, please contact us using the information below.

  • CPSC has just announced a new carbon monoxide poster contest for middle school students. The contest started on Monday, July 14 and goes through February 2015. Finalists get $500 each and the grand prize winner gets an additional $1,000.