KP Connection

November 5, 2017

KP After School Clubs, Activities & School Groups

Listing of after-school clubs, activities and school groups with meeting days and times.

Need to Know Dates

    • Monday - 11/6 - End of 1st Quarter

    • Tuesday - 11/7 - Election Day - No school / Offices open

    • Wednesday - 11/8 - Cookies for Veterans - 6pm

    • Thursday - 11/9 - Social Media Assembly for 7th and 8th graders - 1:30-2:30pm

    • Friday, 11/10 - Veterans Day Ceremony - 8:10 to 8:30am

    • Monday, 11/13 - PTO Meeting - Focus on Supporting Middle School Students

Daily Bulletin

Click here for KP's daily announcements about upcoming activities and opportunities.

School News

Lead Learner Highlights

Dear KP Families,

We are at the end of our 1st quarter! This week students started officially preparing for conferences that will be facilitated by their teachers. We also had two amazing turnouts for fall school dances. Friday's dance raised $1100.00 to support KP Cares and their community service efforts which include providing food for their shelter dinners. Next week, while citizens are casting their votes, KP teachers will be engaged in a variety of professional learning activities. When students return on Wednesday, they will enter the 2nd quarter of the year. Please check below for our new Intramural Menu with a new day for 7th grade PLAE, opportunities to honor Veterans, for an upcoming assembly for students about technology, and the last opportunity to submit for the student Citizenship Award if your child is an avid volunteer.

November & December Intramural Menu

Please look to see what is coming up for before and after school intramural activities.

Project 436:

This year as a school we will be adopting a Battalion of 54 men and women who will be serving in the Middle East throughout this year. We will have a drive to collect goods and money (for shipping costs) to send to the battalion 11/13-17.

We are also collecting any extra Halloween candy to send to the battalion while they are training at Ft. Hood this month. Please bring any extra candy in a bag to the office by Wednesday.

Thank you to all the 6th grade families that volunteered to decorate, chaperone, or provide goodies for the 6th Grade Masquerade Mixer! It was a huge success with over 200 students attending!

8th Grade Family -- High School Options

Last Friday, approximately 60 8th grade students attended the High School Options Fair. The fair gave them an opportunity to hear from and speak with school representatives from various magnet, technical and vocational schools in the area. There were approximately 11 schools represented. Parents and guardians were also invited to attend. If you were not able to make it to the fair at KP, there is a similar fair occurring at Dunkin Donuts Park in Hartford on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 10 am to 2 pm. Feel free to also contact Ms. Tamayo at if you would like further information.

Student Assembly on Being Addicted to Tehcnology

On November 9th, Dr. Greenfield will talk with 7th and 8th-grade students about technology use. He is a West Hartford resident who is renowned and respected for his research in technology usage and his mantra is: “Plug back into life.” He is world This presentation promises to enlighten students as to the risks associated with

the abuse of technology.

Additional information about Dr. Greenfield and his work can be found here: The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction.


For students who are active volunteers. The program represents America's largest youth-recognition program based exclusively on volunteer service. Since 1995, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, has honored more than 120,000 young volunteers.

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Opportunities to Serve the KP Community

Collecting books

Hi! My name is Alexander Steinberg from the Ruby team. For my Bar Mitzvah project, I am collecting books to donate to kids in need. If you have any preschool and elementary (grades K-3) books at home that you don’t want anymore, please consider donating them. You can bring them to the security desk in front of the office and put them in the book box that I will provide! The books will be donated to preschoolers who don’t have the privilege of having as many books as we do. So open your hearts and your bookshelves, and give to children in need.

I will be collecting books through the month of November.

Thank you.

Parent Information


“How to Pay for College” - Workshop 11/8

In an effort to help families better prepare for the rising cost of college education, the West Hartford School Counseling Department invites you to attend a seminar titled “How to Pay for College” next Wednesday evening November 8th at 7:00 pm in the Conard High School auditorium. Mr. Charles Wareham of Valark Financial Services will be presenting information designed to help parents:

  • Understand how the financial aid system works
  • Identify college funding options
  • Discuss strategies that can be used to help make college more affordable
This presentation provides key planning information for parents of students in all grades. We look forward to you joining us next Wednesday 11/8.

Please Note:

This seminar is presented at a variety of schools around the state in similar communities and is not intended as a sales presentation. The West Hartford Public Schools is not advocating specific use of Valark Financial or Mr. Wareham over any other available financial planner. Rather, we find this presentation to be comprehensive and useful information for those engaging in the college planning process.

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Get Involved at KP -- Start with the PTO

There are several events/activities throughout the year. Please choose at least one to get involved.

Buy Your Groceries and Support KP -- Click Below for our Big Y Fundraiser

West Hartford Special Education PTO News

\Wednesday, November 29 at 7pm

Join us for a discussion with Special Guest, Dan Weiner, MA LPC

Dan Weiner, MA LPC has provided psychotherapy services to children, adolescents, parents, families, and adults for the last 20 years. Dan’s practice serves clients experiencing a variety of mental health issues, while also specializing in the treatment of neuro-developmental disorders which effect clients, cognitively, emotionally, and socially. Dan co-founded and is a partner in the Family Resource and Development Center, LLC (FRDC, LLC), also located in West Hartford, CT. FRDC is a group psychotherapy practice offering a variety of mental health services to children, adolescents, and families throughout the state of Connecticut.

NEW LOCATION: King Philip Middle School Media Center, 100 King Philip Drive, West Hartford


Membership Drive & Book Club

Your 2017-2018 membership dues earn you a great deal this year: a paperback copy of Ross Greene's Raising Human Beings.

For just $15, you can support Special Education projects, receive information about SEPTO events, and earn a best-selling author's book, a great, down-to-earth read, whether your children have challenging behaviors or not! The book can be claimed by new or renewing members for 2017-2018 at any SEPTO meeting beginning October 25. Please see for program details and to join or to renew your membership.

The book will be discussed at our April meeting, as West Hartford Schools personnel share their training in Greene's Collaborative and Proactive Solutions model. The model focuses on identifying the skills a person is lacking and the expectations they’re having difficulty meeting. Then the goal is to help them solve those problems, rather than trying to modify their behavior through application of rewards and punishments.] Greene proposes that kids will do well when they are able. And they will learn to better communicate, take another's perspective, and resolve disagreements without conflict when they are made collaborative, proactive partners in finding solutions.

Thank You!

You helped us raise $500 during our Harry’s BC Fundraiser on October 11th!

Funds raised will go directly back into supporting our students receiving special education services in West Haertford.

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Community Events

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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"

PTO News

Mark November 13th at 7:00pm in the KP Commons on your calendar for our next PTO Meeting. Details to follow regarding our focus on supporting your middle school learner.