Weekly Wednesday Update - December 15, 2021

Weekly Wednesday Update - December 15, 2021
Posted on 12/15/2021
Enjoy Winter Break!

The following information was sent to families via SchoolMessenger on Wednesday, December 15 with the subject "WJMS Weekly Wednesday Update 12.15.21". 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 15, 2021.

Upcoming Dates

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

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

December 13 - 17: Spirit Week

December 15: Orchestra concert, 6:00 pm

December 16: PTA fundraising committee meeting, 6:00 pm via Zoom

December 17: PTA Holiday Shop during lunches

December 22 - January 4: no school, Winter Break

January 5: PTA Restaurant Night at JJ Madwell's, 11 am - 8 pm

January 10: 2022-23 enrollment opens in EnrollJeffco (postponed from 12/13)

TBA: "When Life Hands You Lemons" Day for 6th grade students (postponed from 1/5)


School News

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.


First trimester student art that was on display must be picked up by Friday, December 17 from Ms. Dignan’s room.


Please remind students to check the Lost and Found to see what may be theirs. It is growing again!


There are two days remaining in the Spirit Week this week:

Mountain Thursday: Dress as something from our area - hiker, bear, trees - or generally mountain-themed!

Winter Celebration Friday: Come dressed to celebrate your favorite things about winter, whether it’s a sport, a holiday, a tradition, movie or book!

Please remember that school rules and dress code still apply during spirit week. We ask that you don’t wear hats and any outfits be school appropriate.


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!


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.


Sixth grade families were sent information via SchoolMessenger on Tuesday, December 21 about "When Life Hands You Lemons" Day, an all-day event for our sixth grade students that includes a presentation on key concepts relating to self-efficacy and motivation, team building and growth mindset activities, and ends with a lemonade social for sixth grade students to reflect on what they have learned, build relationships with student leaders (WEB leaders) in the school, and get to know their peers in a relaxed setting. This all-day, in-school event was scheduled for Wednesday, January 5; it will be rescheduled to a later date. Please contact Mr. Keane if you have any questions.


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.


Eighth grade families have been sent a welcome letter from Conifer High School with information on the high school registration process. Dates to note:

Monday, January 10 and Tuesday, January 11: CHS counselors will visit 8th grade social studies classes with registration information.

Wednesday, January 12: Curriculum Showcase at Conifer High School, 5:30 pm

Tuesday, January 18 and Wednesday, January 19: CHS counselors will review class selection with each 8th grade student in Infinite Campus during homeroom.


Illustration of the letters MYVH inside a speech bubbleBetween January 10 and February 11, our students will take the secondary level Make Your Voice Heard (MYVH) survey. The voluntary, confidential survey will take 30 – 45 minutes. Please see our family letter and the Annual District Surveys page for additional information. Families that do not want their student to participate may contact the main office.


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.


Music Students in All-County Honor Ensembles

Illustration of a treble clefCongratulations to our music students that will be performing in district honor ensembles after winter break:

All-County Choir:  Fletcher A., Mathias B., Marley B., Cara D., Aspen D., Waylon K., and Sarah S.;

All-County Band: Ella G., flute; Lucian J., alto saxophone; and Zac B., tuba;

All-County Orchestra: Henrik S., viola; and Rowan J., cello.

Tickets are available for purchase through Jeffco Music Festivals for the All-County Middle School Band and Orchestra concert on Friday, January 14 and All-County Choir concert on Friday, April 8; both concerts will be at Arvada High School. A livestream will be offered for the concerts. Any tickets purchased for the January 7 All-County Choir concert have been transferred to the April 8 date.


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 December 10: Nathan A., Emerson B., Milania E., Emma F., Charlize H., Paige H., Brody K., Jullien L., Tess L., Makenna M., Sawyer P., Nigel R., Sarah S., Savanna S., Raya S., Michael S., Praise W., Keira W., Maya W., and Charlie W.. Congratulations!


PTA News

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. Transactions are cash only. Adult volunteers to staff the sale during lunch may sign up using the School Store SignUp Genius. Thank you!


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 next fundraising meeting will take place Thursday, December 16 at 6:00 pm via Zoom. Anyone interested in attending may email wjmspta@gmail.com to get added to the email communication with no obligation to commit.


Families that would like to contribute to holiday gift cards for West Jeff Middle staff may give using Cheddar Up. t's a great way to contribute to staff with our students having so many teachers. Gift Cards will be distributed on Friday, December 17th.  Let's show the school how much we appreciate them this year! Simply click the link to donate today!


Congratulations to 7th grader Abby Leidel, whose Film Production entry in the PTA Reflections art program was recognized with an Award of Excellence at the Jeffco level of judging. Abby's entry will advance to the state level of judging in January 2022. Way to go, Abby!


Please make lunch or dinner plans on Wednesday, January 5th 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.


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.


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.


Gifted and Talented Family Learning: Jeffco Gifted & Talented invites families for an evening of parent/family learning on a variety of topics on Wednesday, January 26 from 6 - 8 pm. A Zoom link will be emailed to all who RSVP by 3:00 pm on January 26. All sessions will be recorded and posted on our GT website the following week, so you may review sessions attended or engage in additional learning at your leisure.


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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