KP Connection

November 17, 2017

Need to Know Dates

    • Friday, 11/17 - Unified Theater Production @ 7pm

    • Tuesday - 11/21 - Birds of Prey Program for 6th graders

    • Tuesday - 11/21 - Midfest Choir Students to Conards - 8:15am to 2:30pm

    • Tuesday - 11/21 - There are no late buses

    • Thursday - 11/23 and Friday - 11/24 - Thanksgiving Break - no school/offices closed

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School News

Lead Learner Highlights

Dear KP Families,

The hallways were alive with families during conference week. I hope you enjoyed the opportunity to hear from your child about their progress and goals as much as I did. Please complete the survey below to share your thoughts about our process. I am grateful for the opportunity to work in a supportive district with a caring staff and rock star students. We could not enjoy the successes we have without your support and partnership. Thank you for supporting your children and our staff in so many ways.

I wish you a restful and enjoyable Thanksgiving Holiday spent with family and friends.

Picture Retake Day has been scheduled for December 1st

Performance Alert

Unified Theater would like to invite you to join us as we go INTO THE BOOKS on Friday, November 17th at 7pm!! Please come and support our students!

6th Grade Parents/Caregivers:

Yellow demographic sheets have gone home to all our 6th grade families. Please return them with corrections so we may update our PowerSchool database. Thank you for your help.

With the help of PTO and the Department of Public Works, KP is joining the Trex Film Plastic Challenge!

Film plastics - they are everywhere. Plastics are commonly used for packaging, bagging groceries or retail items, dry cleaning bags, food packaging (clean and dried), newspaper sleeves, and bread bags. Film plastic is not a waste for the incineration or landfill disposal processes, nor can film plastics be recycled with our mixed materials collected curbside. Plastic films have their own recycling stream.

With this challenge, we hope to bring awareness to this type of recycling for Plastic Films. Starting on November 15th America Recycles Day. King Philip has joined the Trex Film Plastic Challenge, where the students at King Philip will learn about the value of recycling in a fun way by collecting as much eligible plastic films as possible and hopefully building new family recycling habits along the way. Trex is a leading recycler for plastic films to produce synthetic building materials commonly used for decks and outdoor structures.

The film plastics that we collect will be delivered to ShopRite of West Hartford on Kane street. Public Works partners with recycling and sustainability initiatives such this one. ShopRite is valued business in the West Harford Community and is committed to improving our environment by supporting sustainable waste material management practices. We are happy as well as fortunate to have this partnership.

Resources about the challenge:


Student Opportunities

November & December Intramural Menu

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

Opportunities to Serve the KP Community

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.

Please click on the following link for a complete list of items to donate:

Support Creativity

6th Grade Spanish teacher Mrs. Gieczewskiwould like to offer a sewing component to our Maker Space options. To make this happen, we are looking for two or three basic sewing machines and a supply of cotton fabrics. So if you have a basic sewing machine or cotton fabrics that you would like to donate to KP, please drop them off at the office or contact Mrs. Gieczewski at

As a result of your giving, we will earn $240.70 from our first Box Top submission. We know we can do better than that, so please send in those box tops!

Parent Information

Get Involved at KP -- Start with the PTO

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

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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.

Friday, December 1 from 9:30am to 10:30am

Coffee & Conversation" at Panera in 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. We generally meet in the back of the restaurant.

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"