Weekly Wednesday Update - June 9, 2021

Weekly Wednesday Update - June 9, 2021
Posted on 06/09/2021
Summer office hours and more

The following information was sent to families via SchoolMessenger on Friday, June 11 with the subject "WJMS Weekly Update - End of the Year". The content has been formatted for the web and into our school's weekly newsletter format.

Good afternoon, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for June 9, 2021.

Upcoming Dates

May 28 - June 14: summer office hours, 7 am - 2 pm

June 15 - July 12: office closed

July 1: Free and Reduced-Price meal application opens for the 2021-2022 year

July 13 - August 9: summer office hours, 7 am - 2 pm

August 10: regular office hours resume, 7 am - 3:30 pm

August 12, 13: training for WEB Leaders

August 17: WEB Day for incoming 6th grade students

August 18: first day of school for all grades


School News

Our 8th grade Continuation ceremony video and 8th grade slideshow have been published for families to view. The links are also available on the school website. Thank you to the WJMS PTA for providing gift bags for each or our 8th grade students and to the following businesses: Happy Llama, Inc., the Conifer Dutch Bros Coffee, Mac Nation Cafe the Aspen Park King Soopers, and the Conifer Wendy’s.

The main office will follow summer office hours of 7:00 am to 2:00 pm through Monday, June 14. The office will be closed Tuesday, June 15 to Monday, July 12. Summer hours of 7:00 am to 2:00 pm resume on Tuesday, July 13 and continue through Monday, August 9, then regular office hours of 7:00 am to 3:30 pm begin Tuesday, August 10.

Jeffco Transportation asks that students issued a ZPass card for buses this year hold onto them. The ZPass is designed to be reused from year to year. Replacement cards are $15.


Changes to Mask Requirements and Other Protocols

Effective June 9, 2021, the following changes to COVID-related health protocols in Jeffco Public Schools facilities went into place:

Temperature and health screenings are no longer required at the entrance of Jeffco Public Schools buildings. In lieu of screenings, we ask staff and families to utilize this home-screening review and guidance from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).

Masks are no longer required at school, indoors or outdoors, for children age 11 and younger and for adults and students 12 and older who are fully vaccinated. “Fully vaccinated” is defined as having received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine plus two weeks, or having received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine plus two weeks. Wearing a mask is optional and will be supported for those who wish to continue to wear masks in this group; however, masks are still required for individuals over the age of 12 who are not fully vaccinated.

We encourage our community to consider receiving a vaccine. People who are fully vaccinated are not subject to quarantine should they be exposed to a COVID case in schools. 

If a student needs accommodations due to a health condition that prevents them from wearing a mask or receiving the vaccine, the student’s parent/guardian should reach out to the school principal or school nurse to initiate the accommodation process.

Jeffco Public Schools is continuing to advocate with Jefferson County Public Health and CDPHE for removing current quarantine restrictions. The quarantine process will continue to follow CDPHE Guidance for Schools until new guidelines are determined by CDPHE.

It is wonderful to be able to share these changes in our protocols! We did this together. The hard work and dedication of our community has paid off, and we are pleased to return to more "normal" environments in our schools and district facilities. While there may be developments related to COVID over the summer, and we will continue to monitor the pandemic conditions within our community, there is a bright light shining on the coming school year.



School spiritwear is available for online ordering! Please visit the West Jefferson Middle School spiritwear page at Educational Outfitters to view, select customized options (size, color and graphic) and order spiritwear products. Payment for the product(s) and shipping is done online. The turnaround time from your order to fulfillment is about two weeks.


Free and Reduced-Price Meal Benefits

Even though the school year will be ending soon, it is very important to apply in School Year 2020-21 for Free and Reduced-Price meal benefits if you previously qualified for Free and Reduced-Price meals or you believe you may qualify for this current school year.

The Free and Reduced-Price meal application is used for many other benefits within the District, and approval of an application is necessary to receive any of these additional benefits. Benefits may include waiver of fees for AP testing, standardized tests (SAT, PSAT, etc.), general school fees, textbook fees, technology fees, transportation fees, and may even include additional funding for your school!

If you have not already done so for the current school year, please log in to SchoolCafé to apply for Free and Reduced benefits before July 1, 2021. If you have further questions, please contact Lexie Kermani at Lexie.Kermani@jeffco.k12.co.us or call 303-982-6916.


Community News

JCPL Summer Reading: Let your imagination GO WILD with Jefferson County Public Library’s Summer Challenge from June 1 to July 31. Registration is free and open to readers of all ages. Individual prizes include a free book, an unlimited rides pass to Elitch Gardens for kids and teens, and entries into a drawing to win an iPad! When registering, students can select the school they will be attending in the fall to automatically count the points they earn for activities and reading toward the school competition, which recognizes the Jeffco schools with the highest percentage of finishers. What sparks your wild ideas? Whether it’s magical fantasy, white-knuckle suspense, examples of heroism in non-fiction or more, release your imagination and let it run free!


Resilience1220 Speaker Series: The 2021 Conversations & Connections speaker series for parents of teens and tweens continues on Wednesday, June 16 at 7 pm ;with "Let's Talk About Stress & Anxiety". Presenter Ariel Shea, LCSW, is the Director of Therapy at Resilience1220 and is a therapist in private practice. The presentation covers recognizing signs of stress and anxiety in your child, common types of anxiety, facing fears vs. avoidance, strategies for helping your child talk about and manage anxiety, and the role of parents in childhood anxiety. Free registration is required in order to receive the Zoom link.


Conifer Area Council Library Survey: The results of the Conifer Area Council's 2021 community survey about public library service have been presented to the Jefferson County Public Library's executive team and Board of Trustees, and the Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners. The council appreciates all the responses received. The library survey results may be viewed on the Conifer Survey Results page of the Conifer Area Council website.


Conifer Volleyball Summer Camps: Conifer Lobos Volleyball is offering a pre-season camp for teaching the team aspect of the game July 26 - 29, with camp times of 9 am to 12 pm for students entering 9th to 12th grades and 2 to 5 pm for students entering 5th - 8th grades. The camp cost is $80 with a sibling discount available of of $120 for two students. Please visit the Volleyball Summer Camps 2021 page for more information.


Conifer HS Bleacher Bucks: New bleachers with back rests are coming in summer 2021 to the main athletic field at Conifer High School. The Conifer Lobos Unified Boosters invites the community to make a donation or buy a bleacher seat this spring at clubchs.org/donate.


Veterans Rendezvous: The Mountain Resource Center is celebrating veterans this year with a fun day of music, food, and activities to kick off the summer on Saturday, June 12 from 11 am to 4 pm at Eudaimonia in Indian Hills. Veterans Rendezvous admission is free and open to the community; attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable item to the Rendezvous.


Freedom Run: The Freedom Run returns for its 39th year this July 4 with a 5 kilometer (3.1 miles) course beginning at Evergreen Middle School and ending at Nick's Pro Fitness, with in-person waves starting at 8 am and 8:30 am. The race supports Mount Evans Home Health Care and Hospice, a provider of hospice, home health, and palliative care in the mountain communities of Jefferson, Clear Creek, Gilpin and Park Counties.


Elevation Celebration: Save the date for Conifer's signature summer festival! The Elevation Celebration returns on the weekend of July 24 and 25, transforming Sutton Road into a free street fair with music, vendors, food, games, and more.

Everyone is invited to participate in their preferred distance - 5K, 10K, 2 Mile Fun Run, or virtual - for the Elevation Run/Walk, which benefits the Conifer Lobos Unified Boosters and Conifer Area Council Trails Team.


Local COVID-19 Vaccinations: County health departments and many retail pharmacies are offering COVID-19 vaccines by appointment or walk-in. People younger than 18 need to have an adult family member or a signed consent form; please check with the provider to be sure of what will be needed. Local providers include:

Evergreen Fire/Rescue, 1802 Bergen Parkway, Evergreen; Thursdays 10 am - 4 pm, by appointment (call 303-239-7000, option 1, Evergreen Clinic to be scheduled) or walk-in

King Soopers, multiple locations; during pharmacy hours by appointment or walk-in

Safeway, multiple locations; during pharmacy hours by appointment or walk-in

Social Remedy, 1262 Bergen Parkway E-106, Evergreen; by appointment

St. Mary of the Rockies, 236 Bulldogger Road, Bailey; Thursdays, 12 pm - 6 pm, by appointment or walk-in

Walgreens, 3510 Evergreen Parkway, Evergreen; by appointment

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