Weekly Wednesday Update - November 17, 2021

Weekly Wednesday Update - November 17, 2021
Posted on 11/17/2021
Lost & Found, Breakfast Changes

The following information was sent to families via SchoolMessenger on Wednesday, November 17 with the subject "WJMS Weekly Wednesday Update 11.17.21". 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 November 17, 2021.

Upcoming Dates

November 19: last day to check the Lost and Found

November 22 - 26: no school, Thanksgiving Break

November 29: classes resume

November 29 - December 8: Winter MAP testing

November 30: PTA meeting, 6:30 pm via Zoom

December 1: 7th grade honor roll assembly, 7:45 - 8:05 am

December 1: PTA Restaurant Fundraiser at JJ Madwell’s, 11 am - 8 pm

December 8: 8th grade honor roll assembly, 7:35 - 7:55 am

December 8: 6th grade honor roll assembly, 8:05 - 8:30 am


School News

Students will want to check the lost and found, located across from counseling, for any items they may have misplaced. Unclaimed items will be sorted and either discarded or donated to charity after Friday, November 19.


Our sixth and seventh grade digital citizenship learning in November will focus on news and media literacy. Please refer to the family letter for additional information about ways families can assist their students in understanding this month's topics.


All students will take the winter MAP Growth assessments after Thanksgiving Break. Reading testing will take place during English/Language Arts classes November 29 through December 1. Math testing will take place during math classes December 6 through 8. Additional information on MAP testing is on the District Assessments page and the MAP Growth Family FAQ. Families may contact Mrs. Samuelson or Ms. Mergendahl with any questions about MAP testing at our school.


ACT: Acknowledge, Care, TellOur seventh grade students are tentatively scheduled to receive suicide prevention training in homeroom classes on December 7th and 8th. Additional information is available in the SOS Signs of Suicide Family Letter. Our mental health staff will prioritize speaking with any students who request support following the programming. Families that would like to opt their student out of the training should contact Melissa Shute by email or at 303-982-7591.


Students will be recognized in short Honor Roll assemblies for each grade level after the trimester ends. Families are welcome to join us and take pictures. A GPA of 4.0 is recognized with Gold Honor Roll; a GPA of 3.9-3.5 is recognized with Silver Honor Roll. Assemblies will be held after Thanksgiving break:

7th grade: Wednesday, December 1, 7:45 - 8:05 am

8th grade: Wednesday, December 8, 7:35 - 7:55 am

6th grade: Wednesday, December 8, 8:05- 8:30 am


The next School Advisory Council meeting is Monday, January 10th at 2:35 pm at the school with a Zoom option. The meeting is open to interested adult attendees; the November minutes are available on the school website. For more information, please contact SACWJMS@gmail.com.


Families may provide proof of vaccination to the health room for students that have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. (Fully vaccinated means two weeks after the second dose in a two-dose series.) Students that are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will not be considered a close contact and therefore not need to be quarantined in the event of an exposure at school.


Please remind your students to be considerate of vehicles parked in the neighborhood around our school when walking before or after school. Damaging private property is a criminal offense in Colorado and can incur a fine based on the value of damage.


School Breakfast Changes

Illustration: a brown paper bag with its top closed, an apple, and a boxed drink container labeled 'milk'.Due to staffing limitations and public health precautions, our school breakfast service will be grab-and-go only starting tomorrow, November 18th. Students arriving at school between 7:00 - 7:20 am can enter the cafeteria directly from the side entrance, pick up their breakfast food, and then exit the building to the front outside area of the school. Students arriving after 7:20 will enter the cafeteria from the side door, pick up their breakfast food, and then take their food to their classrooms.

As students should refrain from eating or drinking in the hallway, we ask that students either eat their food while waiting outside or wait until they are seated in their classrooms. Breakfast privileges may be taken away from students if they chronically fail to follow the above guidelines, so please remind students of these expectations.

Finally, please remember that students are not allowed inside the school building until 7:20 am except to pick up a grab-and-go breakfast. If students need to be dropped off before 7:20, please ensure that they have dressed appropriately for the weather. Families in need of assistance obtaining winter clothing may contact the school office at 303-982-3056 or the Mountain Resource Center at 303-838-7552.


Illustration of a blue rosette ribbon with the school logo in the center of the rosette.

Colt Character Students of the Week

Each week, West Jeff Middle teachers and staff nominate students who have exhibited exemplary behaviors such as growth mindset, responsibility, integrity, or teamwork. Three nominated students are recognized during homeroom announcements and all students who have been nominated that week will be recognized in our weekly newsletter.

The following students have been nominated for displaying Colt Character in the week ending November 12: Camden B., London D., Jack F., Addison F., Braylen G., Jamison N., Owen P., and Levi S.. Congratulations!


PTA News

Illustration of a wire-bound calendar with the pages partially lifted.The November PTA meeting is Tuesday, November 30 at 6:30 pm via Zoom. Please contact wjmspta@gmail.com for the Zoom link if you would like to attend.

Please make lunch or dinner plans on Wednesday, December 1st to dine in at or order carryout from JJ Madwell's for a PTA Restaurant Fundraiser to help our school! All orders that mention West Jeff Middle School between 11 AM and 8 PM will have a portion of the sale donated to our PTA.

The PTA fundraising committee will meet on Wednesday, December 8 at 6:00 pm via Zoom. The fundraiser will take place in February 2022. Anyone interested in helping may email wjmspta@gmail.com to get added to the email communication.

If you are interested in serving as the WJMS PTA President for the 2021-2022 school year or serving on the PTA board in another capacity, please contact Stephanie Winters at freeflybunny@gmail.com.

Please consider joining the West Jeff Middle PTA for the 2021-2022 school year and follow the West Jeff Middle PTA page on Facebook to learn about events, volunteer opportunities, teacher requests, and more going on at our school!


Community News

Jeffco Public Schools is hiring! There are available positions in many areas, including Food and Nutrition Services and School Age Enrichment (before and after school), for adults interested in working for Jeffco Public Schools. Learn more about available positions and apply online on the Jeffco Jobs Board at jeffcok12jobs.org.

Jeffco Public Schools will reimburse new and returning guest teachers (substitute teachers) for their CDE licensing and fingerprint fees. Daily rates of pay for guest teachers have also been increased for the 2021-22 school year.


COVID Testing Student Incentive Program: While West Jeff Middle is not a testing site for the free COVID-19 screening and testing incentive program offered by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), testing may be done in-person at any testing site, including Conifer High School from 2 pm to 5:30 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Evergreen High School from 2 pm to 5:30 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Please see the links below for additional information on the program and links to the West Jeff Middle consent form available in online and printable formats.


Resilience1220 Events: The next event in the Conversations & Connections series will be on Wednesday, December 1 at 7 pm with "Dealing with Grief and Loss during the Holidays". Speaker Susan Conceicao will address the difficulties of dealing with grief and loss during the holidays and will provide ideas and strategies to get through the season. Free registration is required to receive the Zoom link.


Chamber of Commerce Holiday Events: The Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce invites the community to show their holiday cheer by entering the Light Up Conifer holiday decorating competition through November 29, then making plans on Saturday, December 4th for the 38th Annual Conifer Christmas Parade and After Party.


Mountain Grapplers Wrestling Club: Registration is open for the 2021-22 Fall/Winter Folkstyle season for wrestlers in K - 8th grade with Mountain Grapplers Wrestling Club. If you would like to be added to their mailing list or have any questions, please contact mgwccoaches@gmail.com.


Conifer Lobos Unified Boosters: The Conifer Lobos Unified Boosters (CLUB) is looking for new members! CLUB is a 100% volunteer organization that supports all of the sports teams at Conifer High School through facility improvements, team equipment, and providing concession stand services at events. Membership is open to Conifer community members interested in continuing to make positive changes at Conifer High School. Please visit the Conifer Lobos Unified Boosters website to learn more about the organization or contact conifer.club@gmail.com with any questions.

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