KP Connection

April 6, 2017

Need to Know Dates

  • 4/7 - Grade 6 Read-A-Thon
  • 4/7 - End of Quarter 3
  • 4/10 - 4/14 - Spring Recess - There is no school
  • 4/18 - Sapphire Team to Chinatown - 6:30am to 5:45pm
  • 4/19 - ESOL Family Night @ Sedgwick Middle School - 5:30pm
  • 4/20 - Opal Team to Chinatown - 6:30am to 5:45pm
  • 4/20 - Report Cards Distributed
  • 4/20 -2017 KP Science Club Electronics Recycling Day (see flyer below)
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

Lead Learner Highlights

What a week filled with energy both in the classroom and outside of it as students complete work for the end of the quarter and get excited about Spring Break. The highlight of the week was watching 3rd graders from Norfeldt put their empathy into action by bringing awareness to their Unified Recess efforts and providing our students with the opportunity to support their vision of inclusion by purchasing mindful bracelet kits. As a result of KP's generosity, the proceeds added up to $389 for the two days, which was way beyond their expectations. Not only did students and staff have the opportunity to support a worthy cause, but they also can enjoy the mindful experience that making bracelets can offer.


We are looking forward to our 1st Read-a-Thon in 6th grade tomorrow and want to thank you for encouraging literacy by submitting a pledge for a student. Be sure to check out our web page for pictures. As many of you know, the Board of Education has adopted a budget for the 2017-2018 school year. We want to thank you for your support of our schools and your advocacy in a number of ways.


We wish you a wonderful Spring Break!

2017 KP Science Club Electronics Recycling Day

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

All students entering 7th grade next year MUST have a physical exam performed after July 1, 2015 and up to date vaccinations.

The State of CT physical assessment/vaccination form needs to be given to the nurses’ office at King Philip BEFORE the first day of school. The State of CT required vaccinations for 7th grade include:


  • Tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (Tdap vaccine)
  • Meningitis (Menactra vaccine)
  • Chicken pox (Varicella vaccine


If you are unsure if your child has already met these requirements, please contact the nurse's office and we can let you know.


Seasonal allergies are on the rise! We highly recommend that students start taking their allergy medication if they are having frequent symptoms of red, itchy eyes and nasal congestion. We routinely provide students with cool compresses if they are experiencing eye discomfort, however, we cannot give any allergy medication to students without a doctor’s order. If a student needs to take any medication during school hours, please provide the nurses’ office with the medication and a copy of the Medication Authorization Form, which needs to be signed by a parent/guardian AND physician. Please feel free to contact us at any time if you have concerns regarding your child’s health.


Please feel free to contact us at any time if you have concerns regarding your child’s health.


Office phone: 860-929-5260

Fax #: 860-929-5283

Kathy Condon RN email: kathy_condon@whps.org

Melissa Hawkins RN email: melissa_hawkins@whps.org

Check out What our School Counselors are Doing (click below)

Character Counts & Students of the Month

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: Riley C, Nathan C, Mikael D, Kevin M, Lukas P, Yonatan R, Seth S, Jared S, Walter V, Kyle Z, Jiaxin Z, Natalia A, Matthew G, Emma K, Isabelle A, Jason B, Benjamin B, Cameron C, Luke D, Brian F, Grace F, Hannah G, Elijah H, Willem K, Margaux L, Nolan M, Brooke N, Leeani O, Thomas P, Leo P, Kristen P, Tobias R, Evan S, Matthew S, John S, Julia S, Grace S, Emma S, Juliannah X, Jack B, Katelynn E, Emily F, Maximilian J, Mahnoor L, Rumsha L, Josephine U, Ethan S-C, Zenia A, August B, Beatrice H, Dovidas K, Justin L, Laila M, Xavier M, Deven N, Heitor C, Danielle K, Jackson S, Samantha A, Elijah R, Sydney H, Emil T, Danielle K, Bridget T, Nora G, Madeline O, Samuel K, Brooke M, Lauren S, Zachary B, Benjamin C, Richard M, Dylan M, Evelyn S, Alecander T, Gabriella R, Andrew S, Fabrizzio A, Noah B, Chaya B, Jack B, Lucas B, Aine D, Alice E, Delaney F, Branden K, Brooks M, Charlotte M, Vulang N, Victoria R, Maeve S, Lindsey W, Olivia S, Alexander B, Andrew B, Camden C, Paige D-W, Julia K, Alton L, Finn M, Grace M, Logan M, Tina X.


Students of the Month: Guled D, Catherine E, Aidan O, Samantha T, Julia P, Matthew S, Gavin B, Chaya B, Heitor C, Danielle K, Brendan P, Mollie R, Nevaeh B, Lorenzo B, Vincent S, Olivia S, Jean-Yee L, Manual S.

8th Grade Families - Save the Date

Monday, May 1, for KP's History Night. From 6:30-7:30pm.

All three teams will participate in this event where students will share their research and learning on the topic of Taking and Stand in History.

KP's Multicultural Celebration Is Back!

Some of you may know it as International Night, but this year we decided to call it KP's Multicultural Celebration. This year's celebration will occur on Friday, May 5 from 6 to 8pm. Entertainment will begin at 6 and dinner will begin at 6:30. If you and your families would like to participate in one of the most festive events of the year, please click here to RSVP:


https://docs.google.com/a/whps.org/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe9OPSsyMreuOETAG_2h_igjbChSwqWTVB0K3k65cOWODyPBw/viewform?c=0&w=1

Student News

Opportunities to Support

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

Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 7 pm - Town votes on the budget Town Council Adoption –

Contests

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Parent/Caregiver Resources

WHPS SEPTO News

West Hartford Special Education PTO

April/May 2017 Events


Friday, April 7 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.

Wednesday, April 19 at 7pm

The Budget

Dr. Gretchen Nelson, Director of Pupil Services will be discussing the 2017-2018 school budget and how it will affect Special Education services.

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

Tuesday, May 2nd from 5pm to 8pm

WHSEPTO’s Celebrity Scoop Night at Rita’s!

Join us at Rita’s, 1134 New Britain Ave in West Hartford for our annual Celebrity Scoop Night! Celebrity scoopers to be announced. A portion of the proceeds will benefit West Hartford Special Education PTO. If you would like to be a celebrity scooper, please contact Randi Leopold at randi_leopold@whps.org.

Friday, May 5 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.

Ongoing

Membership Drive

It’s always the right time to join West Hartford SEPTO! Please register online at www.whsepto.org/membership.html

www.WHSEPTO.org

Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/West-Hartford-SEPTO

Empathy in Action

Unified Recess at Norfeldt School in West Hartford, Connecticut

Great video about the beauty of perseverance and the power of an invitation

The bookish football star

An Artist with Autisim

An Author and Professor with Autism

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Community Events

Back to School Program is Now Accepting Applications for New Backpack/School Supplies


West Hartford Social Services is currently accepting applications to receive a NEW backpack and assistance with school supplies! Income eligible West Hartford residents or any student enrolled in a West Hartford Public School may apply for this program at: Town Hall, 50 South Main Street Social Services Office, Room 306 Monday – Friday from 9:00–11:00 and 2:00–4:00. See Back to School Flyer or Back to School Application for more information.

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Mental Health Awareness Month

To mark Mental Health Awareness Month this May, Jewish Family Services and Tara’s Closet will host a compassionate community-wide conversation led by an outstanding panel of national experts and local members of our community who have been impacted by mental illness. Join us on Thursday, May 11 for an unforgettable evening discussion aimed at tearing down the many misconceptions surrounding mental illness.

Seating is limited and advance reservations are recommended. Order today. www.jfshartford.org/tickets

Summer Opportunities

Summer Jazz Jam 2017

The Summer Jazz Jam is a two-week jazz ensemble program for middle school students through first-year high school students (rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders) performing on traditional big band instruments (saxophone, clarinet, flute, trombone, trumpet, bass, piano, guitar, drum set). The program is being offered through the West Hartford Continuing Education Summer Life Learn Program. This is a great opportunity for Sedgwick music students to improve their jazz chops, as soloists and ensemble players, and all students are encouraged to take part as we are looking to fill up to three big bands! Students will benefit from quality group and individualized instruction, jazz improvisation, and small combo experiences while learning from experienced jazz educators and professionals on a variety of instruments. This is a unique opportunity to learn with other students from multiple school districts in the greater Hartford area while benefiting from a regional level ensemble experience. The program will culminate in a performance on the concert stage at Elizabeth Park in July. There are no auditions, but students should anticipate a brief five-minute placement interview on the first day of the program. To register: www.whlifelearn.org

Capital Community College will be hosting the 4th annual Summer Computer Science Program for middle school students (aged 12-15).

June 19th - June 30th


8:30am - 4:00pm

The 2017 summer program contains two tracks - Mobile Application Development and Cybersecurity.

Lunch is provided to students each day. Need-based scholarships are available to Hartford and East Hartford residents. The program website is: www.capitalcc.edu/csprogram

"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 www.whps.org/pa189."