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Weekly Wednesday Update - November 6, 2019

Weekly Wednesday Update - November 6, 2019
Posted on 11/06/2019
Veterans Day, 1st trimester grades, and more

Good afternoon, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for November 6, 2019.

Upcoming Dates

November 8: 6th grade returns from Outdoor Lab

November 8: End of Trimester 1

November 11: Veterans Day 

November 11: Accountability meeting, 2:35 pm

November 11: Trimester 1 grades on Infinite Campus / Portal

November 15: PTA School Store

November 20: Coffee with the Counselors, 7:30 am

November 25-29: Thanksgiving Break

December 5: Glow in the Snow Winter Dance, 2:30 pm

 

School News

Upcoming Events

Thank you to everyone that participated in, volunteered for, or donated to our Monster Dash fun run! Online fundraising will stay open through Sunday, November 10. The final ticket distribution will take place the week of November 11 in Advise and students will be able to bid on gift cards and teacher experiences through that week. Copies of all the event material may be found on the Fundraising page of our school website. If you’d like to set up your student's online fundraising, the Get Movin Fund Hub parent registration link includes our school code. Your student may also turn in donation checks to the office or to their Advise teacher. Please make checks payable to WJMS PTA and include the student's name and Advise teacher on the memo line.

 

Our sixth grade students return from Outdoor Lab schools on Friday, November 8 and need to be picked up from West Jeff Middle by 12:00 PM. They cannot ride their regular bus routes on Friday afternoon, so please make arrangements for transportation with their luggage if a family member is not available at those times. An adult will also need to sign out any medications that were sent with the student to Outdoor Lab.

 

The first trimester of the 2019-2020 school year ends this Friday, November 8th. Grades will be available on Infinite Campus/Portal after 3:30 PM on Monday, November 11.

 

We recognize the veterans in our lives and community with an assembly on Veterans Day. A reception for our guests and their families follows with light refreshments in the cafeteria. Please use the Google Form linked from our Veterans Day page to submit information about veterans you would like honored in our slideshow and to RSVP.

 

Coffee with the Counselors

In November, we hope to kick off a monthly information session series, Coffee with the Counselors, where the counselors will present on a particular topic that may be beneficial to our families. Sessions are expected to be held monthly at the school and run from 7:30 - 8:30 am with time for further discussions and questions afterward. Adult family members are welcome to attend and light refreshments (coffee & donuts) will be served. Official dates will be communicated via Weekly Wednesday Update.

Please help launch the new program by filling out a brief survey to identify topics of interest:

 

EnrollJeffco School Finder tool

The EnrollJeffco School Finder tool opened on Tuesday, November 5th. The School Finder tool will help your family:

  • Learn what kind of programs your neighborhood school offers
  • Locate schools offering specific services like before-and-after-school care or preschool programs
  • Find basic information like school hours, location, and website links
  • Identify schools with certain academic models or extracurricular activities
  • Discover the wide variety of schools available in Jeffco

EnrollJeffco is our district's digital enrollment system. From December 10, 2019 to January 15, 2020, all families will use EnrollJeffco to enroll their student(s) in their neighborhood school, indicate they are returning to the same school, or apply to a new/different school (preschool and choice enrollment).

Please take a few moments to check out www.EnrollJeffco.org and give some thought to where your student(s) will attend school in the 2020-21 school year. Families will receive an email in December with directions for next steps.

 

Colts in the News

Our 8th grade's Social Change Day Fair appears in this week's issue of the Canyon Courier. Thank you, Deb Hurley Brobst, for coming to visit and photograph our students' work!

 

Part-Time Cafeteria Positions Available

If you know someone interested in working a 4-hour shift weekdays with the same days off as our students, our cafeteria has openings for two part-time kitchen workers. The hourly pay starts at $12.48 and interested candidates may apply through the Jeffco Job Board website:

 

PTA News

Thank you for supporting the Monster Dash, our school's major fundraising event of the school year! Online fundraising will be open through November 10 and students will receive their final fundraising participation tickets on Monday, November 11.

We have ongoing volunteer opportunities for anyone interested in helping with restaurant nights, our healthy schools program, or teacher appreciation. Please contact Aimee at aimeepless@hotmail.com for more information.

The November school store day is coming up on Friday, November 15th. Students can purchase snacks and inexpensive items right after school in the lobby.

The winter dance will be Thursday, December 5th from 2:30 to 4:30 in the cafetorium. Please see the PTA Social Events page for additional information, including adult volunteer and donation opportunities.

As always, you are welcome to follow PTA on Facebook to stay in the loop about school and community events and contact the PTA board by e-mail at wjmspta@gmail.com.

 

Community News

Shoe Drive for Destination Imagination: The Destination Imagination teams at Elk Creek Elementary School are collecting gently-worn shoes that will support micro-enterprises in developing nations and help the DI teams raise funds for competition and travel costs with Funds2Orgs. Shoes are being collected through November 11 and may be dropped off during the school day at Elk Creek Elementary or pickup may be arranged at West Jeff Middle by contacting JoLene Kucera. Questions may be directed to JoLene Kucera at 303-513-2870 or Sarah Powell at 720-933-4840.

 

Matilda at The Venue: The Venue Theatre's High School Company is presenting a musical adaptation of Matilda with shows the first three weekends of November. Showtimes and tickets are available on the theatre's website.

 

Willy Wonka Jr at StageDoor: The Junior Company at StageDoor Theatre is performing Willy Wonka Jr on Fridays and Saturdays November 15 through 23. Showtimes and tickets are available on the theatre's website.

 

Girls on the Run: We did not have enough interest to participate in the fall season of Heart & Sole, the middle school program of Girls on the Run. We have the opportunity to be a site for the spring program, which runs March through May and includes participating in a 5k at the end of the program. 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 cathie@BHHSelevated.com or 303-946-2332.

 

Jeffco League Middle School Sports: Registration is open for volleyball and basketball through the Middle School Sports Program, offered in partnership with Evergreen Park and Recreation District. Practices and/or games are twice a week from late October to mid-December for volleyball and mid-January to mid-March for basketball. The cost is $130 and includes transportation to games; families are responsible for transportation after the game. Space is still available in the cross country program; please contact Jeff Sweet at jsweet@eprd.co for more information.

 

Gold Crown Girls' Basketball: Tryouts have taken place for the middle school girls' 14-game season in January and February 2020. Cost is $165. Volunteer coaches are welcome and needed and all levels. For more information, please contact coach John Coder at jncoder@gmail.com.

 

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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