KP Connection

February 26, 2016

Things to KNOW


  • 2/29 - 3/11 - Lend-A-Hand Food Drive


  • 3/2 - Butter Braid Fundraiser Ends
  • 3/2 - Parent Conferences - 1:30 dismissal
  • 3/4 - Basketball for Paul Duquette Fundraiser - 6 to 8pm
  • 3/7 - Partnership Conversation with Principal Wright - 7pm
  • 3/8 - Faculty Meeting - No late buses
  • 3/9 - Parent Conferences - 1:30 dismissal
  • 3/9 - Midfest Rehearsal at KP
  • 3/9 - Artbeat Reception - 4:30-6:30pm
  • 3/10 - Parent Conferences - 12:45 dismissal
  • 3/11 - Jazz Band to UNH - 8:30am
  • 3/12 - Jazz Band returns - 7:45pm
  • 3/12 - Mathcounts Competition - UofH - 8:30-3:30pm

Lead Learner Highlight

We look forward to seeing our families in the building over the next two weeks for conferences. Please see last week's newsletter for specific resources as well as the questions identified in the conference letter we sent home.

Be sure to check out the wonderful things happening in and around our community as well. On March 7th, we are scheduled to have a partnership conversation. This is an opportunity for parents/guardians to meet with me around topics of interest. Please see the invite below for more information.

Have a great weekend.

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We hope to see you there!!! March 2nd (1:30 dismissal), March 9th (1:30 dismissal) and March 10th (12:45 dismissal)

Butter Braid Fundraiser to Support our KP Families in Need -- The flyers have been sent home!

If you haven't purchased any butter braid pastry yet, please do so today! These are not only great tasting, but can be kept frozen for future desserts. There are a variety of flavors so you are sure to find one or several that you and your family will like. All profits support our KP families in need. Your support will be greatly appreciated. Please order by March 3rd. Orders can be picked up on Tuesday, March 15th between 3 and 6pm.

Basketball for Paul

A fundraiser for a memorial in honor of former King Philip Middle School

8th grade history teacher, colleague and friend, Mr. Paul Duquette

8th Grade Students vs. KP Faculty

When: Friday March 4, 2016 @ 6:00 P. M.

Where: Hall High School

Admission Charge: $2 per person

Intramural Menu

Lend-A-Hand Food Drive!

It's that time of year again for Lend-A-Hand's Food Drive! Last year, the KP community donated more than 1500 food items! Can we surpass 1500 this year? Starting Monday, Feb. 29 until Friday, March 11, students, families and teachers are asked to participate in this year's food drive by bringing in non-perishable food donations. Students should bring these items into their MAs. The MA with the highest number of donations will earn a breakfast extravaganza!

So...go looking in your cabinets and bring in your donations! All donations will support the West Hartford Food Pantry.

A scholarship has been set up to support the Ennis children. Anyone looking to help should send a check payable to "Ennis Family Scholarship Fund Trust" to:

Robert Lachs

1729 E Prairie Ave

Wheaton, IL 60137


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Artbeat 2016

We are pleased to announce ArtBeat 2016, an annual student art exhibit sponsored by West Hartford Public Schools and the West Hartford Art League. The show features student work from kindergarten to twelfth grade. King Philip will have 24 pieces on display, eight from each grade level. The opening reception is on March 9 from 4:30-6:30pm at the Saltbox and Clubhouse galleries located at 37 Buena Vista Road. The show will be up until April 3. In the spirit of promoting community collaboration, we ask visitors to please bring a non-perishable food item to the opening to donate to the West Hartford Food Bank.

The following students were selected to display their work of art: Noah B-G, Isabel B, Emma C, Riina C, Rylie D, Nicole D, Seth E, Garrett E, Britt E, Ariana F, Sahar G, Amy H, Madeline L, Aileen L, Jessica M, David M, Jamie R, Natalia R, Dara S, Cindy S, Fionna S, Ian T, Alyssa W and Noah Y M.

KP Students Head to State Level Competitions

6th grade student, Anthony H, will participate in the Regional Spelling Bee at Quinnipiac University on Saturday, March 12, 2016.

Congrats to 7th grade student, Meredith S, who qualified to compete in the state level competition of the National Geographic Bee! The Connecticut State Bee will be held on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Let's cheer them on!

Parent/Guardian/PTO NEWS

Character Counts at KP

The following students were awarded “Character Counts at KP” certificates. These students are honored for exhibiting one of our positive character traits: Respectful, Responsible or Citizenship. Please join us in congratulating: Garrett E, Bridget A, Jenny H, Jack G, Kiet H, Joseph H, Rachael J, Harrison M, Seamus O, Benjamin R, Kathleen R, Brady T, Jenna Z, Hannah D, Alex M, Genevieve L, Sophia C, Leah M, Grace C, Jaden F, Michelle T, Grace R, Julia K, Mia P, Britt E, Katelyn R, Olivia O, Timothy S, Dubella U, Andrew S, Lily O, Julia T, Niija D, Anna B, Lucas B, Raquel R, Esteban D, Jacob B, Molly Z, Joonbeom H, Branden K, Charles D, Kaitlyn C, Benjamin B, Lauren S, Jessica W, Nayelli B, Henry B, Natalie P, Aaliyan B, Courtney F, Alexandra O, Genevieve N, Nora H, Allison D, Jessica J, Hunter K, Sovereign J, Jonathan L, Beau A, Charlotte K, Yaw K, Nikita N, Melanie R, Julian H, Rashad H, Eli S, Bridget H, Enely D, Tommy H, Ethan C and Alexander T.

Save the Date!

West Hartford's Cookin' 2016

April 2, 2016

6:30 - 9:00pm

West Hartford Town Hall Auditorium

Join West Hartford's "Celebrity" Chefs as they don chefs' aprons for an evening of food sampling, fun and silent & live auction to benefit the Foundation for West Hartford Public Schools. To buy tickets click here

Parent/Guardian Resources:

WHPS Health Advisory Information On Head Lice (click information below)

If you have questions or concerns, please call our nursing office at 860-929-5260.
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West Hartford Special Education PTO (SEPTO)

Friday, March 4 at 9:30am

Coffee & Conversation at Panera - Bishops Corner

The first Friday of the month, parents of children receiving special educations services meet for coffee and a chance to talk & make new friends in a casual setting.

Wednesday, March 23 at 7pm

Finding Your Advocacy Style

For many parents, navigating the special education process is extraordinarily overwhelming. It can become even more so when disagreements arise between the parents and the school team about the child’s program.

As seasoned professionals who work with parents and school districts in PPT & IEP meetings almost every day, Attorney Jennifer Laviano and advocate Julie Swanson have learned which parental advocacy styles are effective, and which ones are not. Further, having insight into what drives administrative decision making can be a valuable tool for parents as they strive to have their child’s educational needs met. Join us for this informational and entertaining session, Finding Your Advocacy Style with Jen and Julie.

Advocate, Julie Swanson and Special Education Attorney, Jennifer Laviano are co-founders of

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

Coming up in April…

Friday, April 1 at 9:30am

Coffee & Conversation at Panera - Bishops Corner

The first Friday of the month, parents of children receiving special education services meet for coffee and a chance to talk & make new friends in a casual setting.

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In the Community

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Fern Street Community Kitchen - Free Community Breakfast & Lunches

The Fern Street Community Kitchen has free community lunches and breakfasts for neighbors in need at The Universalist Church, 433 Fern Street, West Hartford.

Community Breakfast

Every other Monday, Foodshare Mobile Truck will be distributing food in our back parking lot from 8:45 - 9:30 a.m. Breakfast is served from 9:00 - 10:00am on February 29, March 14, March 28, April 11, April 25.

Community Lunch

12:00 - 1:30pm - March 19, April 16

For more information about the Fern Street Community Kitchen,860.233.3669,,

Create a Future. Be a Mentor. Spring New Mentor Workshop, Tuesday, March 8, 5:00-7:00 PM

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 Mentor Program.

An hour per 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 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 on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at Conard High School - Rm. 169, 110 Beechwood Road, West Hartford, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (refreshments will be served). Guest Speaker: Dr. Susan Weinberger, President, Mentor Consulting Group.

To sign up for the March 8th New Mentor Workshop, please contact Carol Wilkas, West Hartford Public Schools, District Mentor Coordinator, at 860-231-6009 or

Hall High School's Pops 'n Jazz Extravaganza, March 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 7:30 PM (click below for flyer and tickets)

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Family/Friends Dash

The idea is “The Amazing Race” or “Urban Challenge” meets the Mandell JCC!

The Family/Friends Dash will be Saturday, March 19th from 5:30-7:30PM.

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