KP Connection

March 17, 2017

Lead Learner Highlights

Need to Know Dates

  • 3/18 - Cycle Against Cancer - 9 to 12:30pm
  • 3/20-3/24 - Student Leukemia Fundraiser (see below for details)
  • 3/20 - 5th - 6th Orientation (Bugbee, Charter Oak, Morley, Whiting Lane) 6:30 - 8:30pm
  • 3/21 - World Down Syndrome Day
  • 3/24 - Northern Regionals - Wethersfield HS - 2:30 to 9pm
  • 3/24 - Butterbraid Fundraiser deadline
  • 3/25 - Northern Regionals - Wethersfield HS - 8:330am - 3:30pm
  • 3/28 - KP Parent/Caregiver Workshop on RULER (see flyer below) 7:00-8:00pm
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

We are $1200 Away from Putting a Large Screen in our Auditorium

We want to thank you for your support during our fall fundraiser. The cost of installing a screen large enough for our auditorium and a projector is $9,700. We currently have $8,500. With your help, by purchasing 1 or more Butter Braids, we could raise the $1,200 to fill the gap.

If you are staying away from gluten or carbs, consider giving them as a gift for the people in your life who still indulge.They make a great addition to a breakfast, brunch or dinner meal.

All order forms and money need to be turned in by March 24th and delivery will be April 5th. We hope that you can support this even if it means buying one bread.

Thank you for anything you can do to get us closer to improving our auditorium for our students.

THANK YOU and Sharing Great News is our Suppor of Allison - From Terri Eickel @Sports Foundation

One of the coolest things about the Cycle Against Cancer is how everyone pulls together in support of the Ambassador. No matter how busy they are, people make time to help a family that most of them don't know. And in the process, they fall in love with a child who is invariably brave and beautiful. People ask me how the Ambassador is doing on a regular basis, so I thought I would send out a little update on how both Allison is doing.

I spoke with her brother yesterday and he tells me that she is doing well. The best news is that the doctors can no longer detect any cancer cells in her blood! Yay for NO CANCER! She still has to continue with treatment, though, to ensure that the cancer doesn't return. In fact, she received chemo, Friday, March 17 and her mom, Olga, was right by her side, as she has been from the beginning. (Most people don't know this but leukemia treatment is very lengthy - two years of chemo for girls and three years for boys. This is part of the reason pediatric cancer treatment is so financially devastating - it's a lot of tests, procedures, treatments, and hospital stays. In addition, Olga hasn't worked since Allison's diagnosis because she is taking care of Allison.)But even though the chemo is hard, Allison's spirits are good and she continues to be an inspiration to everyone that knows her.

Thank you for all that you are doing for the Cycle Against Cancer - as a result of your efforts, we will be able to give their family a much larger grant than we can typically provide. The rest of the money raised will go to our statewide CT Patient Assistance Program. You are not only helping a local family, but you are also helping hundreds of cancer patients throughout the state. We provided almost $450,000 to cancer patients in Connecticut last year, but we couldn't do it without you, so THANK YOU!

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Thank You for Supporting Skate Night

Your support raised $550 for our school-wide community service club KP CARES. The rink said it was the best turn out they have ever had. Thank you for putting your empathy into action!

Student News

Chinese Classes at KP

KP Chinese classes had a Qi Gong lesson on Friday. Qi Gong is similar to Tai Chi in that they are "Chinese exercises that use slow, gentle movement to bring awareness to every part of the body, which helps bring your awareness to the present moment. In the present moment, you find stillness and peace."

ATTENTION, King Philip!

Willem K. and Cole S., two seventh graders, are hoping to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, for the treatment of pediatric leukemia patients. The plan is to raise money the week of March 20th - March 24th. There will be a collection box in the front of the school. On FRIDAY, March 24th, they are encouraging everyone to wear orange, the color symbolizing leukemia. They are also selling orange bandanas for only $1.

Also, they plan to challenge other public schools in West Hartford to see if they can top the amount of money KP raises and the number of people wearing orange. They are are hoping to model this fundraiser after the Ice Bucket Challenge, which was created to help raise money and awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease, by having multiple schools challenge each other. They want it to spread to other districts and, hopefully, even outside of Connecticut.

So what do you say? Will you help show that character counts at KP by supporting an Orange Out Day on Friday, March 24th? Help raise awareness and money to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society? Or will you brush this off, and choose to forget it? “The choice is yours…”

Chess Team News

On March 4, KP competed in the CT State Scholastic Team Chess Championships. KP teams were as follows:

KP Cuirassiers KP Pegasus

Samuel L Caitlin S-C

Ethan S-C Lauren R

Pranav B Isaiah G

Gavin B Pamba H

The teams finished first and second in the Middle School Section, which was merged with the High School Section for competition purposes. KP Cuirassiers were the Middle School Team Champions, scoring 2.5 out of 5 team match points. This is the third CT State Team title won by King Philip this year.

On March 11 and 12, KP players (Samuel L, Ethan S-C and Caitlin S-C, all grade 6) traveled to the NYS Championship, the largest regional chess tournament. While there were not enough players for a team score, individually the team had some impressive performances:

Ethan won third place in the Elementary Intermediate Section (K-6 Under 1200) with a record of 5 wins and 1 loss. 115 players competed in the Elementary Intermediate Section, mostly from NY City schools.

Sam won three of six matches in the Elementary Championship Section (K-6 Open), which included 134 players from seven states and Canada. The top rated player in that section was 2100.

Caitlin won two games in the Middle School Reserve Section (K-8 Under 1000).

KP is competing at the Hartmayer Memorial K-12 Chess Tournament this Sunday, March 19.

We Need Your Support!

Informed and Connected - WHPS Board of Education 2017-2018 Budget Information

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 7 p.m. – Regular Board Meeting/Budget Work Session #2

The focus will be on more extreme budget restriction cuts. There will be an opportunity for public comment at the start of the meeting before they move into the workshop.

Town Hall, Legislative Chamber – Room 314

Thursday, March 23, 2017, 6-8 p.m.Members of Board of Education Presentation to Parents, Teachers, and Other Interested Parties
Charter Oak Int'l Academy Auditorium - 425 Oakwood Avenue

Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 7 p.m. – Public Hearing
BOE 2017-18 Budget Information

Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 7 p.m - Board Budget Adoption – April 4, Town Hall, 7 PM

Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 7 p.m. - Town votes on the budgetTown Council Adoption –

West Hartford's Cookin' 2017 - April 1st-6:30 - 9:00pm

Buy your Tickets - 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. - West Hartford Town Hall Auditorium

King Philip’s Celebrity Chef!

The Foundation for West Hartford Public Schools is proud to have King Philip’s own Joy Wright as a Celebrity Chef for our annual West Hartford’s Cookin’ event on Saturday, April 1st from 6:30 – 9:00 in the Town Hall.

West Hartford’s Cookin’ is the Foundation’s annual fundraiser. All money raised supports grants awarded to teachers to implement their creative and innovative ideas that enhance students’ education.

The theme this year is “No Foolin’, it’s a FACT!” Committee members are excited to uncover facts from the schools and share them with guests. For example, did you know that the honorary chair, Town Manager, Mr. Ronald Van Winkle, attended Duffy Elementary School’s first Kindergarten class?

All are invited to join Joy and other celebrity chefs as they delight you with their signature dishes. Enjoy an evening of food sampling and fun with live and silent auctions and a chance to Raise the Paddle for the Foundation!

For more information and ticket purchases, please go to

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Parent/Caregiver Resources


Wednesday, March 22 at 7pm

Spring/Summer Recreational Programs & The Care Card Program

Come learn about exciting opportunities for your student receiving special education services!

1. Everything Recreation! Learn about ALL the recreational activities available for your student including summer camps. We will have representatives from various groups & organizations on hand to answer your questions and even register your students right then and there!

2. The West Hartford Police will be introducing the Care Card! CareCards will help first responders properly assist children (and adults) with special needs. The cards can be carried or worn by an individual as an ID card and when needed will alert first responders if an individual is non-verbal, has diabetes, seizures, autism, etc. It will also link to a database that includes all information which may be too sensitive or private to be physically on the card, but will be accessible when needed by first responder.

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


Membership Drive

It’s always the right time to join West Hartford SEPTO! Please register online at

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This year ASAP! is celebrating its 12th Annual Celebration of Young Writers. This annual event began as a way to encourage children to share their love of writing. ASAP! recognizes their talent by bringing the students together with celebrity authors and actors at the event.

Submissions are now being accepted for this extraordinary event. All public, private, and home schooled students in grades K-12 are invited to submit a piece of writing. Without teachers' support, ASAP! wouldn't be able to provide this experience for so many children.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 31, 2017.

Here is a link to our website where you can view and download the submission guidelines, which include details about the event and how to submit an entry, as well as sample formats. Entries may be made by teachers or parents. High school students may submit on their own. Entries are limited to one piece per student.

Nominate a teacher for the Frank McCourt Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

Nominations and applications are now being accepted. Do you know a teacher who is passionate about what they do? Who inspires their students to become enthusiastic learners through imaginative assignments and techniques? Now is your chance to recognize an outstanding educator!

ANYONE CAN NOMINATE A TEACHER. Students, parents, colleagues and even the individuals themselves may submit a nomination. Nominees must submit an application, which is available on the ASAP! website or by clicking the link below.

The deadline for teacher nominations is Friday, March 24, 2017.

Here is the link for more information on the Frank McCourt Prize.

Click here to nominate a teacher.

Click here to download an application (due by March 31, 2017)

For current 7th Graders

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program offers a unique pre-college scholarship and advising program to high-achieving, low-income students. From 8th grade through high school, Cooke Young Scholars join a community of ambitious peers and receive academic and college counseling, financial support for academic and extracurricular enrichment, and a pathway to college success. The application is open to 7th grade students from February 7, 2017 through April 5, 2017:

For Students 13 years of age

Community Events

Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day

ALL children and families are invited to Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day on Tuesday, April 4th from 12:00 to 8:00pm! Since 1979, Ben & Jerry’s has been saying “thank you” to fans around the world by sponsoring Free Cone Day. Ben & Jerry’s of West Hartford Center has selected Connecticut Children’s Medical Center as their charity of choice for their Free Cone Day Celebration! On this special day, the register doesn’t open. One hundred percent of event proceeds benefit the kids at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

Free Ice Cream Cones, Giveaways & Much More! Please click on the following link for more information:

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Summer Programs

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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 from 9:15-9:45AM. Breakfast is served 9:00-10:00 AM.

BREAKFAST DATES: (9:00-10:00 AM)

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"