KP Connection - Sunday Edition

February 26, 2017

Need to Know Dates

  • 2/26 - Character Counts Hall of Fame Bowling at Silver Lanes in East Hartford from 2 to 3:30pm
  • 2/27 - Lost Boys of South Sudan Turquoise Assembly @ 11:30am
  • 2/28 - Rescheduled Date - Mock Trial Competition At Kingswood Oxford 3pm-8 pm

  • 3/1 - Parent/Caregiver -Teacher Conferences - 1:30pm dismissal
  • 3/1 - Raising Digital Natives with Character - Conard High School - 7:00pm
  • 3/5 - Character Counts Hall of Fame Bowling at Silver Lanes in East Hartford from 2 to 3:30pm
  • 3/8 - Parent/Caregiver -Teacher Conferences - 1:30pm dismissal
  • 3/9 - Parent/Caregiver -Teacher Conferences - 12:45pm dismissal
  • 3/10 - KP Family Skating Night @ Veterans Memorial Skating Rink - 7pm
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.

After School Activities

KP's After School Activities Calendar

Stay in the know about our clubs and activities happening during the week.

School News

Conference Week Information

Next Wednesday begins our conference conversations with students and their families. Many of you who desire a conference, have already reached out to your team to schedule one. To make this an informed experience, please identify any specific areas you would like addressed during your child's conference. Below are the questions shared in the letter sent home that may be helpful in framing your conference conversation.

  • Wednesday, March 1st: 1:30 Dismissal
  • Wednesday, March 8th: 1:30 Dismissal
  • Thursday, March 9th: 12:45 Dismissal

You may want to ask questions such as the following during the conference:

  • Is my child working up to their ability in academic areas?

  • What special interests and abilities do they display in class?

  • How do they relate to peers? Adults?

  • What difficulties, if any, are they experiencing?

  • How well do they accept responsibility?

  • What are the goals for them for the rest of the school year?

  • How can I help my child at home?

Amethyst and Emerald Students Hear from Holocaust survivor Abraham Weiner

Based on their current unit of study on the Holocaust, ELA teachers Jessica Kerelejza and Lauren Reynolds, with the help of parent Kim Margolis, brought Holocaust survivor Abraham Weiner to KP to share his story with students and staff. His story was powerful and he called students to action to stand up against injustice. (see video in Parent/Caregiver Resource).

The Holocaust is a great warning to us all. We shall never forget our sisters and brothers. We have to ensure it is not repeated and to ensure we never go back to the days when humans behaved as beasts. Forgetfulness is a menace, we must remember. - Shimon Peres

A West Harford Foundation Heather Congdon Memorial Grant and the KP PTO was put into action

Last week, thanks to 7th Grade Art Teacher Megan Cassidy's grant Painting with Paper, Inspired by Geography: An artist's residency with Amy Genser, students had the opportunity to participate in a wonderful opportunity to work with local artist Amy Genser to create a collaborative art piece using her unique paper rolling sculpture technique. Amy creates depth in her work with different sized rolls of layered mulberry paper that are then cut into smaller sections. Her work is inspired by geography, especially aerial or satellite views. Amy will spend 2 days at each school guiding the students as they first make sketches based on aerial views of West Hartford neighborhoods and then creating a finished piece using paper rolls that are inspired by the sketches. The completed project will be on display at each school's annual art show as well as at the townwide ArtBeat exhibit.

Art Beat 2017

West Hartford’s Annual Student Art Exhibit will run from March 8 – 26, 2017. Students’ artwork is part of the annual town-wide Art Beat 2017 exhibit which features selected artwork from all of the West Hartford Public Schools - grades K-12. The opening reception for parents, families, and friends and teachers of the student artists will take place on Wednesday, March 8th from 4:30- 6:30 p.m. and the run of the show is March 8th– March 26th. The artwork is on display at the Club House and Saltbox Galleries located at 37 Buena Vista Road in West Hartford. Hope to see you there! Please call 860-231-8019 for Gallery hours.

Congratulations to:

Selma A., Josie A., Jayden B., Jennifer B., Sarah C., Amreen C., Annabel D., Cate E., Nora H., Cathy H., Lucy H., Grant K., Aileen L., Oona L.-L., Zach M., Jonah M., Mika O., Zoe P., Lydia P., Elizabeth S., Cindy S., Lindsey W., Sharon Y., Jiani Z., and Jiaxin Z.

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We Need Your Support!

Lost Boys Of Sudan

In partnership with students at Sedgwick Middle School, we would like to raise money to help with 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 initial goal of $1000 by March 31st. You may support us by following this link: or by sending in a donation to school (cash or check made out to King Philip Middle School in the memo: Water Challenge).

You can read more about the Lost Boys of Sudan and our efforts in the Hartford Courant by clicking on the following link:

Thank you for your support!


Turquoise Team Students

King Philip Middle School
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Join the KP Team to Cycle Against Cancer - March 18- Please contact Justin Gusy (justin_gusy@whps,org) if you would like to join the KP team.

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Parent/Caregiver Resources

Holocaust Survivors Talk About Their Lives, Teaching Children, Forgiveness -Featuring Abraham Weiner

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Community Events

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West Hartford Unified Sports Basketball 2017

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

Basketball Tournament


Smith Middle School Glastonbury, CT

3:00 – 6:00pm

Spring New Mentor Workshop

Tuesday, March 14, 5:30-7:30 PM

Create a Future. Be a Mentor. Who mentored you? Pass it On.

Please take a moment to think about the mentors in your life. Who mentored you - a team coach, teacher, concerned neighbor, or another caring adult? Consider paying it forward and continue the legacy by becoming a mentor in the West Hartford Public Schools MentorProgram.

An hour a week spent encouraging a student can make a difference in a young person's life; that adds up to just 24 hours of support for a young person during the course of the school year. And you will be amazed by how much you will personally gain from this experience.

Please click on this link to complete a Mentor Application today.

To learn more about mentoring and how YOU can make a difference in the life of a West Hartford Public School student, join us for the...

Spring New Mentor Workshop
Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 5:30-7:30 PM
Conard High School - Rm. 169
110 Beechwood Road, West Hartford

Guest Speaker: Dr. Susan Weinberger, President, Mentor Consulting Group

To sign-up, please contact Carol Wilkas, West Hartford Public Schools, District Mentor Coordinator, at 860-231-6009.

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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)

February 27, March 13, March 27

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

March 18

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

"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"