Weekly Wednesday Update - August 14, 2019

Weekly Wednesday Update - August 14, 2019
Posted on 08/14/2019
New year, working dogs, and more

Good afternoon, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for August 14, 2019.

School News

Schedules and Fees

Student schedules and fees have been released! Schedules can be accessed through Infinite Campus/Parent Portal. Fees can be accessed and paid through Jeffco Connect. Please be aware that schedule changes are limited to incomplete schedules or mistakes.

For scheduling questions, please contact Craig Enlund (6th grade and 7th M-Z) or Dan Keane (8th grade and 7th A-L).

For questions about accessing Parent Portal, Jeffco Connect, or specific fees, please contact Debbie Jessee.


New Policies at WJMS

Based on feedback from our community regarding the social and academic impacts of cell phones at school, we have updated our Personal Device Policy. This change has the support of staff, PTA, and our School Accountability Committee.

Smartphones, smartwatches, and tablets are to be kept in a student’s locker during the entire school day or, at minimum, turned off and out of sight in a student’s pocket from 7:30 - 2:20. This includes lunch, recess and hallways.

We have also made changes to our Dress Code to be responsive to all students.


Therapy and Service Dogs

Archie the therapy dogThere will be two working dogs on our campus this year: Archie, a fully-trained therapy dog that works with counselor Dan Keane, and Drew Lou, a service dog that accompanies one of our students.

Please read the attached letter for more information on the benefits of therapy dogs and the differences between the work done by service dogs and therapy dogs. It is important to know that Drew Lou wears a red vest, which means "STOP, do NOT pet me," and Archie wears a blue vest, which means "Yes, you can pet me if you want."

If you have any concerns or questions regarding the working dogs on our campus, please email Mr. Keane or Mrs. Halingstad with the subject line "School Dog".


Weekend Food from the 285 Backpack Program

Families interested in receiving a bag of non-perishable food each Friday afternoon to help over the weekend may complete and send in the form or contact counselor Craig Enlund to request enrollment. There are no requirements to qualify for the program. Bags are delivered every Friday throughout the school year, beginning the week after a family enrolls, and the bags are delivered without identifying or singling out recipients.

The family letter and application form can be found at


Family Handbook

The Family Handbook contains important dates, contact information, maps, policies, and more in a quick-to-navigate document.

If you bookmark the link, you will be able to see the most up-to-date version as changes are made to the document. We will have a limited number of hard copies available at Back to School Night on August 20th. We know how helpful it can be to have information on hand at home.


Box Tops for Education

Did you know that Box Tops for Education benefits middle schools? The funds earned from Box Tops turned in at West Jefferson Middle School last year were used to keep the recess equipment cart stocked.

The program is changing to use the new Box Tops app to scan your receipt. Box Tops are still worth 10¢ each for your school. The app will find participating products purchased at any store and instantly add cash to your school's earnings online. Unexpired clipped Box Tops are still being accepted in the collection bucket in the commons outside Mrs. Jessee's window.


Interact seeks supplies to make Activity Bags

Our student service club, Interact, will be making activity bags this fall for sick children at Denver Health. Most of the supplies we need are very inexpensive at this time of year. If you happen to run across some good deals and feel like donating, we could use the following items:

  • 100 boxes 24-count crayons

  • 100 spiral notebooks

  • 200 pencils

  • 100 coloring books

  • 25 4-packs Dollar Tree brand of play dough

  • 14 yards assorted cotton fabric, suitable for young children (no florals please), in cuts of ¾ yard or more

  • 14 yards 45-inch wide muslin or 8 yards 60-inch wide muslin

Please contact digital teacher-librarian Amy Baker with questions or to arrange donations. Thank you. 


PTA News

The West Jeff Middle PTA would like to welcome you and your student to the 2019-2020 school year! Below you will find some general information for the beginning of the year.


PTA/Accountability Welcome Breakfast: Join the PTA Board, the Accountability Chair, and our new principal, Kim Halingstad, for a welcome breakfast on Thursday, August 15th from 7:30 to 8:30 am in the cafeteria. Enjoy coffee and light breakfast fare, get to know other families, and get your questions answered about activities and events this school year. All are welcome!


Take Action with PTA: Our PTA is committed to actively helping the school provide opportunities for our students and families to socialize, raise funds while having fun, and recognize our students' achievements. Your PTA membership dollars help make these things possible.


Community News

Center for the Arts Ice Cream Social: Join Center for the Arts Evergreen for an old-fashioned ice cream social on Sunday, August 18 from 2 to 4 pm. The free community event will include games, face painting, crafts and more!


Girls on the Run: Registration is open for Heart & Sole, the middle school program of Girls on the Run. Practices are Fridays after school from September 6 through November 8. (Dates are subject to change.) The cost is $170 and includes practices, entry into a 5k at the end of the program, and a Heart & Sole t-shirt. Adult volunteer coaches are also welcome and needed! For more information on the program at our school, including scholarship inquiries, please contact Cathie Nicholson at or 303-946-2332.


Jeffco League Middle School Sports: Registration is open for cross country and flag football through the Middle School Sports Program, offered in partnership with Evergreen Park and Recreation District. Practices and/or games are twice a week from the last week of August through mid October. The cost is $130 and includes transportation to games (families are responsible for transportation after the game). For more information on the program, please contact Jeff Sweet at


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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