KP Connection

April 22, 2016

Things to KNOW


  • Passover - April 22-30
  • Admin Professionals Week - April 24-30
  • 4/26 - Ruby Team to Chinatown - 7am to 6pm
  • 4/28 - Suessical the Musical - matinee performance - 9:30 to 11am
  • 4/28 - Battle of the Nutmeg Books - 3 to 4pm
  • 4/28 - Suessical the Musical - 7 to 8:30pm
  • 4/29 - Chinatown - 4th trip - 7am to 6pm
  • 4/29 - Suessical the Musical - 7 to 8:30pm
  • 4/30 - Suessical the Musical - 2 to 3:30pm

Connecticut Primary is Tuesday, April 26th

Dear parents/guardians,

As you know, the Connecticut Primary is Tuesday, April 26th and our school is a designated polling area. Voting at King Philip will occur in one of our technical education classrooms (Rm: 207). This room was selected because it can be isolated from the building by being close to the parking lot with an outside entrance. Voter parking will be in the lot located on King Philip Drive and reserved for voters. We will have security on site to make sure that students are kept separated from the voting and their day is not interrupted. We will also have support from the West Hartford Police Department on campus to support both traffic, voters, and staff. As you can imagine, it would be very helpful to eliminate as many cars as possible during parent drop off and pickup. To avoid traffic backups during drop-off and pick-up, please drop off in the morning in the back parking lot off of Mohawk Drive. If you are attending a meeting or picking up a child during the day, please park on King Philip Drive directly. I appreciate your help and all that you do for our school community.

Your Partner in Education,

Joy K. Wright

Lead Learner Highlights

This week, staff and students returned from break reinvigorated and ready to learn. Classrooms have been abuzz with activity. The week started with an amazing night of learning with eighth grade Garnet team's History Day exhibition. Two of our three seventh grade teams have traveled to Chinatown to link experience to what they are/will be learning in class about Chinese culture and immigration. Seventh grade science students have entered into team medical schools to explore their new unit on human body systems. Our spring musical, Suessical, is completing its last week of rehearsal and our community is in for an amazing show! We are looking forward to another great week.

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Join the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, the citizens of Whoville and other beloved Seuss characters for an evening of fun and entertainment!

WHAT: KP Drama Club presents SEUSSICAL JR!

WHEN: Thursday, April 28 at 7:00pm

Friday, April 29 at 7:00pm

Saturday, April 30 at 2:00pm

WHERE: The King Philip auditorium

HOW: Tickets are only $5 for students and $10 for adults, and will be on sale in the auditorium lobby an hour before each performance. We will also sell advance tickets in the hallway before morning advisory on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning.

You do NOT want to miss this! Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!!!!

April Intramural Menu

Please let our office staff know how much their hard work means next week

Thoughts welcomed

Our school nurse, Melissa Hawkins, will remain out on medical leave for the remainder of the year as she completes her cancer treatment therapy. We thank you in advance for your thoughts and support for Melissa and her family. Tami Renfro will continue as her interim replacement.

Students in Action

International Night - Donations Needed!

On Friday, May 6, King Philip Middle School will be hosting this year's International Night to celebrate KP's cultural diversity! Last year, we had over 200 people attend this event, and this year, we hope it will be more.

We have an amazing committee of teachers helping to organize this event, but we are always more than happy to accept donations such as: paper plates, plastic silverware, plastic cups, napkins, serving utensils, streamers, balloons, and water. Please deliver any donations to Marisa Tamayo. Any questions, you can contact her at

Also, if your family is interested in attending the event, the deadline to return permission slips has been extended to Wednesday, May 4. Please click on the link below for the permission slip and make sure to join us!

Thank you in advance for everyone's support!

We Want to Get in Touch with the Best Teacher You Know

During Teacher Appreciation Week on May 2-6, the U.S. Department of Education wants to say thank you to some great teachers. Recommend a friend, a colleague, your child’s teacher, or a teacher who inspired you! Tell us about a teacher you want to highlight along with a few details about why they are great and how we can reach them. We hope to directly contact each nominee but cannot guarantee that we will be in touch during that week. We may also use this information for additional teacher highlighting purposes throughout the year.


West Hartford Special Education PTO (SEPTO)

Friday, May 6th 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.

For more information and to become a member of West Hartford Special Education PTO visit:

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Events to Attend IN THE cOMMUNITY

New Britain Bees to Host Pink in the Park Day

The New Britain Bees will be hosting Pink in the Park Day on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 1:35pm to benefit the Connecticut Breast Health Initiative at their first Sunday home game located at 230 John Karbonic Way in New Britain, CT. Tickets are $5.00 at the gate. We hope you'll join us and celebrate our survivors.

The Connecticut Breast Health Initiative, Inc. (CT BHI) is a state-wide non-profit founded in 2004 that makes a significant impact in the quest to find a cure for breast cancer by providing grants to support education and research in Connecticut.

The New Britain Bees are a member of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and began their inaugural season of play at New Britain Stadium on April 21 against the York Revolution. For further information or to become a season ticket holder, email or call 860-826-BEES (2337).

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The CT Breast Health Initiative Holds 13th Annual CT RACE IN THE PARK!

The CT RACE IN THE PARK takes place annually each May on the Saturday before Mother’s Day in New Britain’s historic Walnut Hill Park. This year, the race will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2016, rain or shine! Each year, thousands gather to participate in race day festivities and events while honoring survivors, remembering loved ones, celebrating life and most importantly, raising much needed funds to advance the fight against breast cancer in Connecticut. By joining The Race, pledging your support or becoming a valuable sponsor, you help raise awareness and funds to support the fight against breast cancer. 100% raised in Connecticut stays in Connecticut. Join The Race. Join the cause.

The RACE includes the male/female 5K Run at 9:15 am, 1 Mile/4K Walks at 10:15 am, 4 Kids’ Races, live music, food, kids’ games, and our famous Touch A Truck. Come join the fun!

For RACE IN THE PARK information and to register, visit:

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Help support the KP PTO by purchasing gift cards to either Big Y or Stop and Shop through the Shop4KP program! Our school receives a 5% discount on Stop and Shop cards and a 6% discount on Big Y gift cards (purchased in April). So, use the order form in the link attached and place your order by April 27th! Thank you for your support!

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