Weekly Wednesday Update - December 1, 2021

Weekly Wednesday Update - December 1, 2021
Posted on 12/01/2021
December events and more

The following information was sent to families via SchoolMessenger on Wednesday, December 1 with the subject "WJMS Weekly Wednesday Update 12.1.21". 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 December 1, 2021.

Upcoming Dates

November 29 - December 21: Family-School Partnership Survey open

November 29 - December 8: Winter MAP testing

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

December 1 - 17: Winter Food Drive for the Mountain Resource Center

December 3, 10, 17: PTA Holiday Shop during lunches

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

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

December 8: PTA fundraising kick-off, 6 pm via Zoom

December 13: 2022-23 enrollment opens in EnrollJeffco

December 14: Band concert, 6:00 pm

December 15: Orchestra concert, 6:00 pm


School News

Our sixth and seventh grade digital citizenship learning in December will focus on privacy and security. 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 this week and next week. 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.


Families are invited to join us for first trimester Honor Roll assemblies. Students that earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher will be recognized on Wednesday, December 8: eighth grade from 7:35 - 7:55 am, and sixth grade from 8:05 - 8:30 am.


West Jeff Middle students are invited to collect non-perishable food, toiletries, and pet food for a Winter Food Drive for the Mountain Resource Center from Wednesday, December 1st through Friday, December 17th. All donations may be turned in through Homeroom classes. With your help, we can make life a little bit easier for those here in Conifer who are struggling to make ends meet.


Illustration: Family-School Partnership SurveyPlease consider completing the Family-School Partnership Survey to let us know how we are doing and how we can better support our families. The anonymous survey will take 10 – 15 minutes and is open through Tuesday, December 21. Results will be used to improve your child’s learning environment. Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback!


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.


Office Reminders

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.


Illustration: a brown paper bag with its top closed, an apple, and a boxed drink container labeled 'milk'.Our school breakfast service has changed to grab-and-go only. We ask that students either eat while waiting outside or wait until they are seated in their classrooms.


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 19: Ethan E., Polly F., Cooper F., Lola J., and Colt M.. Congratulations!


PTA News

It’s not too late to make dinner plans to dine in at or order carryout from JJ Madwell's today, December 1st, 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.


Students will have the opportunity to visit the school store Holiday Shop during lunch every Friday in December and purchase fun items and gifts for friends, family, or themselves for around $5 or less. Students have been excited to learn the Holiday Shop is returning, so please remind them that they can stop by on Fridays to see what's offered!


Raise CrazeVolunteers are needed for our annual fundraiser coming up in February using Raise Craze, which is about fundraising through acts of kindness. Whether you have just a little time to spare or want to lead the charge, we welcome all who are interested to learn more and sign up! The Zoom kick-off for PTA fundraising will be on Wednesday, December 8 at 6:00 pm. Anyone interested in attending may email wjmspta@gmail.com to get added to the email communication with no obligation to commit. The link will be sent out the week of December 6.


Families that would like to contribute to holiday gift cards for West Jeff Middle staff may give using Cheddar Up. PTA will use the donations to purchase gift cards that will be distributed to staff on Friday, December 17th.  Any amount is appreciated, and all proceeds will be distributed. Let's show our school how much we appreciate all that they do, especially during these unprecedented times. Simply click the link to donate today!


AmazonSmileWant to help make a difference while you shop on Amazon? Selecting our PTA with AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of every Amazon purchase you make at no extra cost to you. If you shop with the Amazon mobile app, you can select our PTA as your charity from the main menu (=) by selecting Programs & Features, then AmazonSmile. From there, choose "West Jefferson Middle School PTSA" as your charity and follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app. If you shop from a computer or mobile browser, simply go to smile.amazon.com/ch/23-7113962 and confirm West Jefferson Middle School PTSA as your charity.


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.


Conifer Christmas Parade: The Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce invites the community to the 38th Annual Conifer Christmas Parade and After Party on Saturday, December 4th.


Special Education Community Forum: Jeffco Public Schools is hosting a Special Education Community Forum on Thursday, December 16th from 4:30 - 5:15 pm on Zoom. The event provides families and staff an opportunity to learn, share, and connect in a virtual setting. The Zoom link will be published on the district website on the day of the event.


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.


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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