Weekly Wednesday Update - October 17, 2018

Weekly Wednesday Update - October 17, 2018
Posted on 10/17/2018
Gearing up for Outdoor Lab!

Good afternoon, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for October 17, 2018.

School News

Upcoming Performing Arts Dates

Our band students will be performing on Wednesday, October 17, at 7:00 pm in the gym.

On Thursday, October 18, there will be a double-header of performances in the cafetorium with 6th grade drama students presenting the comedy Cliques and Cafeterias by Laura Toffenetti, which pokes fun at middle school life, at 6:30 pm. Following the play, the 6th grade choir will be singing their concert, "Music from Movies", at 7:30 pm. Their set list includes: The Greatest Show, This is Me (both from The Greatest Showman), Circle of Life (Lion King), Candle On the Water (Pete's Dragon), Seize the Day (Newsies), If You Can't Rock Me (Stuart Little), Windsong (Mighty Joe Young), When You Believe (Prince of Egypt), Trashin' the Camp (Tarzan), and Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride (Lilo and Stitch).

On Tuesday, October 23rd, our 7th and 8th grade drama students will be performing in the cafetorium. Drama 7 is performing the comedy Jack and the Three Sillies. When Jack leaves his fiance and future in laws to find a smarter group of people, he finds that the best place was right where he started, with his future in laws. Drama 8 students will be performing original one-act plays, including a rewrite of the movie Titanic, a parody of The Office, an improvised play inspired by Jimmy Fallon, and more.


Fall Spiritwear Sale

The fall spiritwear sale window is now open! Order your West Jeff gear, designed by Denver Athletic, by 11:59 pm on Sunday, October 21st. Orders will be delivered to our school by November 14th.


Hat Day on September 24

Did you know that Rotary International has helped reduce cases of polio worldwide by 99.9% since 1988? We are recognizing World Polio Day this Wednesday, October 24, with a hat day fundraiser. Donate $1 or more to wear a hat all day at school and your money will help Rotary obtain vaccines, transport, and materials to continue the push to end polio.


Veterans Day Wall of Remembrance

As part of this year's Veterans' Day celebration, Mr. Cushing's Advise class is creating a "Wall of Remembrance" upon which they are inviting all members of the Conifer community to place pictures of their family members who have served in the military in whatever capacity, and whom have since passed away.

Please include the following with your picture: (1) the honoree’s name, (2) their birth year, and year of death, (3) their branch of service, and (4) any comments, notes, on honors received. Photos will be accepted for the Wall of Remembrance through the end of October.

Go to to download a copy of the Wall of Remembrance template.


Sixth Grade Families: Outdoor Lab Notes

Our sixth grade students are going to Outdoor Lab during the week of October 22nd.

Students have been asked to bring their pre-packed daypacks with them to school this Friday, October 19.

Please check the Outdoor Lab Packing List to make sure your student has the items they need! Items may also be borrowed at the Outdoor Lab site once students arrive.

Sixth grade students need to be dropped off at school on Monday, October 22, no earlier than 9:00 AM and picked up from the school on Friday, October 26, by 12:30 PM. They cannot ride their regular bus routes on Monday morning or Friday afternoon, so please make arrangements for transportation with their luggage if an adult family member is not available at those times.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your student's Advise or science teacher.

Medications for Outdoor Lab: Please pack only the amount needed for the week in the original containers, unexpired, and kept together in a zip-lock bag labeled with your student's name.

An adult must bring the bag of medication in to the school on Monday morning, October 22, and check it in with the clinic aide to ensure the medication goes to the correct Outdoor Lab location. An adult will also need to pick up the bag after students return.

Prescription medications must have a prescription label with your student’s name. All inhalers must have a label with the child’s name, usually found on the box. If you no longer have the box, your pharmacy may agree to make a new label.

All essential oils must have instructions provided from a doctor on when to use, how to use, and how much to use.


Halloween at West Jeff Middle

Students are welcome to wear costumes on Wednesday, October 31st! If you wear a costume, please choose something that:

  • can be worn to school and be worn all day,

  • meets the school dress code, and

  • permits the wearer to sit and participate in the learning process throughout the day.

If you have PE, please wear or bring shoes appropriate to wear in PE.

Costumes worn to school should not:

  • distract from learning, either yours or others';

  • completely hide the identity of the student, i.e. gorilla suit, Scream Ghostface masks;

  • include masks, sound effects, lights or other components that may disrupt the learning environment;

  • include toy or facsimile weapons (swords, guns, knives, etc.);

  • be demeaning to any ethnic group, race, religion, nationality, disabilities, gender or gender identity (boys as girls and vice versa), sexual orientation, or individual (staff or student) at the school;

  • include props or equipment that are unsafe;

  • impair a student's vision or movement; or

  • show obscene materials, threats, or prohibited substances.

Students whose costumes do not meet the standards will required to change their clothes.

If you have questions about Halloween costumes at school, please contact Mr. Squires at or 303-982-8381.


PTA News

Please consider JJ Madwell's for your lunch or dinner plans today, October 17th. All orders that mention West Jeff Middle will have a portion of the sale donated to PTA to help our school. Thank you for your support!

Our next PTA meeting is this Thursday, October 18th at 2:30pm in the library. There's no pressure to volunteer, just come and check out what's going on.

The next School Store is Friday, October 19. Students can purchase snacks and inexpensive items right after school in the lobby.

Please feel free to reach out to or follow the West Jeff Middle PTA via e-mail, the PTA website, the PTA Facebook page, or join online.


Community News

Bond Issue Information: Conifer Lobos Unified Boosters (CLUB) is holding a community awareness meeting at 6:30 PM on Thursday, October 18th at Conifer High School. There will be information provided on how the school bond issue on this year's ballot would affect all Conifer-area schools.

Wrestling: Mountain Grapplers is holding an informational meeting on Monday, October 22 at 6:30 pm in the Conifer High wrestling room. Practice begins November 5. Please direct questions to Coach Ryan at or 303-870-2372.

Scouts BSA;: An informational meeting for girls ages 10-17 and their families interested in Scouts BSA, the new program offered by Boy Scouts of America, will take place at 6:30 PM on Monday, November 12th at Evergreen Lutheran Church.

AFW School Program: West Jefferson Middle has partnered with American Furniture Warehouse to receive a donation of 2% back on all purchases and 4% on Simmons products purchased from AFW using our school code: WJMS68. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Jefferson County Public Library events: Please follow the links for more information on upcoming programs at the Evergreen and Conifer branches.

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