KPMS Newsletter

King Philip Middle School

January 9, 2022

Hopefully, you had a nice snow day on Friday! We will skip over the missed day (Day 6B) and continue on with our daily rotation. Therefore, Monday, January 10, will be a Day 1A, as originally planned.


Also, please note that due to the snow day, the last day of school will now be Thursday, June 16.

This Week at a Glance

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Announcements & Reminders

Cradles to Crayons Clothing Drive Update

Thank you so much to everyone who donated to our Cradles to Crayons clothing drive last month! We know it will make a strong impact on the children who received your items. With your help we managed to fill a whole drop off bin with the donations!


A special thank you goes to KPMS students, Ashley Cleverdon & Hollis Hunt, who organized the clothing drive!

KPMS Ski & Snowboard Club Reminders

Ski & Snowboard Club Members (and Parents):

These items will also be discussed at an informational meeting for students on Wednesday, January 5, right after school in the auditorium.


Ski Club Dates:


Wednesday, January 12

Wednesday, January 19

Wednesday, January 26

Wednesday, February 2


Student Reminders:

1) If you need medication, an inhaler, or want to take food along, be sure to pack it.


2) Students may bring in equipment early (Monday or Tuesday during the day), and…KPMS will be open until 8:00PM Tuesday nights to drop off equipment in the auditorium.


3) Please keep the aisles and doorways clear. If you have a ski bag, you may place it gently across the seats. If your skis/boards are loose, please put them on the floor. Please place your equipment as close to the CENTER of each row as you can to leave room for others.


4) If students bring in equipment the DAY OF (Wednesday) – take it to the auditorium.


5) Where you leave your equipment is where you pick it up at the end of the day on the way to the buses.


6) We leave school at exactly 2:25 PM – make sure you are on your bus and ready to go, so we don’t have to leave without you.


7) If you have lessons, they are at 5:00 PM – be there, as attendance is taken.


8) The buses will pull up in front of Wachusett at 7:45 and we leave Wachusett at exactly 8:00 PM. Be there on time or you will not ski the next week.


Parent Reminders:

1) Please pull ALL THE WAY FORWARD in the parent drop-off loop when dropping students off – that way we can unload 10 cars at a time instead of everyone waiting to unload 1 at a time in front of the door.


2) If you bring in equipment for your student during the day (without your student being there), please leave the equipment in the front office, and make sure your student knows where it is. Students should pick up their equipment from the front office on their way to their ski bus.


3) Special Note: By parent request, we will have pickup at KP HIGH SCHOOL again this year. Please be in the KP HIGH SCHOOL parking lot by 9:00 PM, ready to pick up your students – that way you don’t have to fight traffic when we roll in with the 5 motorcoaches at 9:10. If everyone is there, we can get you out quickly!


Snow Day Plan:

1) If school is canceled, the ski trip is canceled. Our first make-up date is Wednesday, Feb. 9.


2) If school is delayed, plan that the trip is on, but we will evaluate the Wachusett weather forecast and make a decision asap.


Of course if you have any questions, please see Mr. Allen in room 118. Thanks, and HOPE FOR SNOW!!!


Mr. Dan Allen

allend@kingphilip.org

Tri-County Applicants (8th Graders)

Attention 8th grade students who are applying to Tri-County Vocational High School: please complete your application online by Friday, January 14. The application must be completed through Tri County's website.


Counselors from Tri-County will be coming to our school on Tuesday, January 25 for interviews. Before the interviews Mrs. Spinelli will meet with all students applying to Tri-County as a group during an SAT block (date to be announced) to go over the interview process.

KP DECA Parents Night - Jan 18

Attention KP students interested in being a member of DECA. Our chapter will be hosting a parents night on January 18 at 6:00 pm at KPHS auditorium. KP DECA is an award winning project based program that is open to all students in grade 10-12 and anticipates opening a section to grade 9 students in 2022. Please see the flyer below for further information on our program.


Note: the lunch block assembly mentioned in the flyer below is only for high school students.

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Save the Dates -- Spring 2022 MCAS Testing for KPMS

Grade 7

English Language Arts

  • Session 1 - Tue, March 29
  • Session 2 - Wed, March 30

Mathematics

  • Session 1 - Wed, April 27
  • Session 2 - Thu, April 28


Grade 8

English Language Arts

  • Session 1 - Tue, April 5
  • Session 2 - Wed, April 6

Mathematics

  • Session 1 - Tue, May 3
  • Session 2 - Thu, May 5

Science

  • Session 1 - Tue, May 10
  • Session 2 - Wed, May 11

COVID-19 Reminder

If your child is experiencing symptoms, has tested positive for COVID-19, or has been informed that they are a close contact to someone who is COVID positive, please reach out to to the school nurse at msnurse@kingphilip.org or 508-541-3457 for guidance. Thank you!

COVID-19 School Testing Program

King Philip continues to participate in School COVID-19 Test and Stay and Symptomatic Testing. Our Test and Stay program is for students who have been identified as close contacts to a positive case within the school.


Consent must be provided in advance for those who would like their child to be tested when symptomatic, or a close contact at school of an individual who is positive. This must be completed through the online consent form linked here, or a hard copy consent form available in the health offices. Please know that we are not able to accept a consent over the phone. We understand that you may have questions about the program and the testing process. Our goal is to provide a safe environment at school that allows students and staff to maintain in person attendance as much as possible.

From Food Services

School Lunch

Main Lunch:

Monday, January 10: Big Daddy’s Pizza, Buffalo Chicken Sub w/Onions & Peppers, Chicken Caesar Salad or Wrap


Tuesday, January 11: Rotini w/Meatballs & Sauce, Chicken Parmesan Sandwich, Baked Beans, Hot & Spicy Chicken Salad or Wrap


Wednesday, January 12: Sal’s Cheesy Garlic Breadsticks w/Marinara Sauce, Chicken Patty, Parmesan Broccoli, Oriental Chicken Salad or Wrap


Thursday, January 13: Chicken Nuggets, Mashed Potato, Carrots, w/Dinner Roll, Dipping Sauces, Crispy Chicken Caesar Salad or Wrap


Friday, January 14: Sal's Cheese Pizza or White Garlic Pizza, Hot & Spicy Chicken Patty, Salad - Chef's Choice


Please reach out to the KPMS Cafeteria Manager, Elizabeth White at whitee@kingphilip.org or 508-541-3462 if you have any questions.

P-EBT and SNAP Reminders:

Based on federal rules, students attending school in-person are not eligible for Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT), but the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) encourages students and families to keep their P-EBT cards. More information can be found at MAp-EBT.org.

If students received P-EBT, they may be eligible for SNAP. SNAP, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Families who received P-EBT are encouraged to sign up for SNAP. It is fast and easy to apply, and the monthly SNAP amount is now higher than ever ($658 for a family of three and $835 for a family of four!). Video on SNAP


For other food access information and other wellness information, please visit Family Wellness Resources.

Important School Dates

  • Monday, January 17 - No School, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Thursday, January 20 - Early Release (11:00 AM), Staff Professional Development
  • Tuesday, February 8 - Early Release (11:00 AM), Staff Professional Development
  • Monday - Friday, February 21 - 25 - February Break
  • Tuesday, March 1 - Trimester 2 Ends

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