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Weekly Wednesday Update - May 8, 2019

Weekly Wednesday Update - May 8, 2019
Posted on 05/08/2019
Get ready for Coni-Con! May 10

Good afternoon, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for May 8, 2019.

Our hearts are with the Highlands Ranch community. Please take the time necessary to talk with the young people in your life about what happened yesterday at STEM School Highlands Ranch. If you need resources to guide your conversation, please refer to Talking to Children About Violence and Talking to Children After Traumatic Events.

Students may always use Safe2Tell (website, app, or toll-free 877-542-7233) to anonymously report anything that concerns or threatens them, their friends, their family or their community. The service is monitored 24/7 to provide supports for students in crisis. All of us have a responsibility to tell school administrators if we have information that may affect the safety of our students or staff.

 

School News

Upcoming Events

Over the past year, our band and orchestra students have had the opportunity to collaborate with professional composer Dr. Mischa Zupko. "Ripple Effect", written specifically by and for our West Jeff Middle music students, will have its world premiere on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 in our school gymnasium. Our eighth grade is hosting a reception after the premiere; volunteers for setup and donations are welcome.

Students, please check your lockers and at home for any library books that might not have made it back to the book return by Thursday, May 9th. There are no fines for late books! Outstanding items do convert to a fine added to the student's fees on June 1st. We can request the fine be removed when a book does come in, but it's easiest to get books returned before the end of the school year.

We have a BOGO book fair at the end of the school year to help families stock up for summer reading - or put away extra books for Jolabokaflod, if you want to squirrel away books for winter - open school hours from Friday, May 10 through Thursday, May 16.

Our Technology Student Association, a student organization that provides competition and leadership opportunities for our students in pre-engineering classes, is having a fundraiser night at Qdoba. Please mention WJMS TSA with your order between 5:00 and 8:00 pm on Friday, May 10 to help raise funds for their activities!

We do not have to make up any time due to the security threat on April 17th, so our last day of school remains Thursday, May 23rd and is an early release day. School dismisses at 11:50 am.

 

Coni-Con open house event 4-6 pm May 10Coni-Con

It's almost time for Coni-Con, the capstone event for our 6th and 7th grade language arts PBL unit! Students will create and illustrate their own graphic novels, then present their final product during their ELA classes and have the opportunity to participate in an after-school event from 4 – 6 pm on Friday, May 10th.

The after school event will be a place to present final products (graphic novels, poetry, chapter book, passion booths, and extensions), take pictures, see professionals in the field, celebrate work done, and hold a prize ceremony!

Please let your student's ELA teacher know if you are interested in volunteering for the event.

 

8th Grade Continuation

8th grade Continuation is Thursday, May 23rd. The ceremony will take place at 5:15 pm in the gym with the students-only party taking place in the cafeteria and commons from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Volunteer and donation opportunities are available for all West Jeff Middle families that want to contribute funds, goods, or time to help the event go smoothly. Current sixth and seventh grade families are especially welcome to help with event setup so eighth grade families can be present for the Continuation ceremony prior to the students-only party.

Eighth grade families: please complete the 8th Grade Continuation Pictures Form by 9 am on Wednesday, May 15th. The form allows file attachments so you can include a kindergarten photo of your student and, if you would rather not use this year's school photo, a current photo of your student. If you have any questions please contact Heather Swegle at heatheress@gmail.com .

Additional resources:

 

Office Reminders

Heelys: Families, please remind your students to refrain from wearing Heelys or similar roller heel shoes to school. They are not allowed due to safety issues.

After School Activities Survey: As a school, we are looking at the possibility of having more variety in after school activities available for students next year. We currently offer sports through the Middle School Sports Program and some after-school clubs organized by staff and community organizations. With this in mind, we are reaching out to gauge interest and feasibility in possibly adding more opportunities for our students. Please complete the survey linked below to share your input.

Community Garden: Are you interested in helping to plan a school garden at West Jeff Middle? We are looking for volunteers to begin planning a school garden for Spring 2020. If you are interested, please email Kate Broyles at kkatem@hotmail.com.

 

285 Traffic Alert

Families, please be aware that CDOT crews will be performing repairs on several bridges along US 285, resulting in single-lane closures during the day on weekdays through late July. The bridges that will be worked on are at South Turkey Creek Road, Conifer Road, Pleasant Park Road, and Kennedy Gulch Road. Please refer to the full press release for additional information on the planned work.

 

PTA News

The School Store will be open at the end of the school day on Friday, May 10th. Students can purchase snacks and inexpensive items right after school in the lobby - and this week there will be $5 flower bouquets on sale for Mothers Day.

We are pleased to announce the amended 2019-2020 West Jefferson Middle PTA board:

President: Salesa Hancock
Treasurer: Suzette Pell
Secretary: Maria Beken
VP Communication: Aimee Pless
VP Education: Sara Miller
VP Enrichment: Ginger Dickinson

Please note the change in secretary; if you would like to nominate yourself or someone else for the position, please e-mail wjmspta@gmail.com. The amended slate will be voted on at the PTA summer meeting, date and location TBA. 

The Watch D.O.G.S. program seeks adult volunteers that can give an hour at the beginning or end of the school day to help drop-off and pick-up run smoothly. Please contact Bryan Broyles at torgeaux@hotmail.com with questions or interest.

We have two upcoming donation and volunteer opportunities to help with events in May:

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

Jeffco Schools Community Night at the Rapids: Watch the Colorado Rapids play Real Salt Lake at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Saturday, May 11 and your tickets will help support Jeffco students. $5 of the $20 ticket price, which includes fees, taxes, and parking, goes to the Jeffco Schools Foundation!

 

Youth Soccer Camp: Conifer High School Lady Lobos Soccer is hosting a soccer camp for students entering kindergarten through eighth grades at Marshdale Fields. The half-day camp runs from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm June 3rd – 6th. Registration is $120; additional family members may register for $80.

 

Youth Lacrosse Camp: Conifer High School Lobos Men's Lacrosse is hosting a soccer camp for students entering kindergarten through eighth grades at Marshdale Fields. The half-day camp runs from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm June 11th – 13th. Registration is $90; additional family members may register for $70.

 

Summer Reading Program Volunteers: Jefferson County Public Library is looking for teen volunteers to support Mission to Read, the 2019 summer reading program. Volunteers assist with registration, prize giveaways, and a variety of special programming. Teens in grade 7-12 are eligible to volunteer. Training provided.


Dinosaur Ridge Summer Camps: Registration is open for summer 2019 day camps at Dinosaur Ridge. Rock Stars, the program for 10-13 year old campers, will be offered the week of June 10.

 

Food and Nutrition Services: Jeffco Public Schools is hiring food and nutrition services staff.

 

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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