Weekly Wednesday Update - October 5, 2022

Weekly Wednesday Update - October 5, 2022
Posted on 10/05/2022
Conferences, Rachel's Challenge, and Retakes

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Hello, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for October 5, 2022.

Upcoming Dates 

October 3 - 10: Scholastic Book Fair in the library

October 6: School Accountability Committee meeting, 2:45 pm in the library and online

October 6: Upstanders screening and panel discussion canceled

October 7: PTA school store, during lunches

October 7: Fall Fest student social/dance, 2:30 - 4:30 pm

October 10: online Parent-Teacher Conferences, 3:30 - 7 pm

October 11: Rachel's Challenge student presentations

October 12: PTA fundraising committee meeting, 6:30 pm via Zoom

October 13: in-person Parent-Teacher Conferences, 3:30 - 7:30 pm

October 14: school picture retakes


School News

Students were given their 2021-2022 CMAS testing score reports in their period 6 block on Thursday, September 29 to take home for their adult family members to review. Please ask your student about their CMAS report.


A sticker-style illustration of a Book Fair caseThe Scholastic Book Fair is at our library! Stop by between October 3 and 10 to browse, make a wish list, and be inspired to become a Bolder, Prouder, and Stronger Reader. Families may set up an e-wallet for their student on the website for our Scholastic Book Fair.


The School Accountability Committee (SAC) will meet on Thursday, October 6th at 2:45 pm in the West Jeff Middle LMC (library). We will have an online link for those who may be unable to attend in person. Adult family members, staff, or community members that want to be included in SAC communication should complete the School Accountability Interest Form.


Due to limited RSVPs we are regretfully canceling our screening of The Upstanders on Thursday, October 6. We hope to attempt future film night events at WJMS in partnership with Resilience 1220. If you RSVP'd and would like to screen the film on your own, please contact Social-Emotional Learning Specialist Melissa Shute.


Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place online on Monday, October 10, 3:30 – 7:00 pm, and in-person on Thursday, October 13, 3:30 – 7:30 pm. Conferences can be scheduled on the SignUpGenius for October 10 and the SignUpGenius for October 13. You may select your student's core teachers by subject area on the tabs at the top of the SignUpGenius page. Please see the Conferences Sign-up Fall 2022 video for additional guidance. Meetings are scheduled in 7-minute intervals with teachers.


Rachel's ChallengeOur students will be participating in Rachel's Challenge on Tuesday, October 11th. The 60-minute student program shares the story of Rachel Joy Scott and the profound positive impact students can have on those around them by paying attention to the little things they do and say every day. We will have two student presentations during the school day: one for 7th and 8th graders, who will attend together, and a modified presentation for 6th graders. Families that do not want their student(s) to attend the presentation should complete the Rachel's Challenge Opt-Out Form. Students that would like to participate in a Friends of Rachel Club are asked to complete the WJMS Friends of Rachel Club signup form.


Dorian Studio will be taking photos on Friday, October 14 for students that missed picture day in August or choose to have pictures taken a second time in October. You may order photos ahead of time by visiting dorianstudio.com and searching for our school’s name or by going directly to our picture day page. If you missed the August photo day, you may order photos on the October retake day. Please bring your August pictures if you are having your photo retaken.


Spiritwear is back and available to order! Visit the West Jefferson Middle School spiritwear store on ApparelNow to customize (size, color and graphic) and order spiritwear products and place an order that will be shipped to you.


Outdoor Lab Information

Outdoor Lab logoOur sixth grade students will be going to Outdoor Lab the week of December 12th. Dates for families to note:

October 10: deadline to complete the medical/consent form required for every student (Mount Evans for Lauer, Sherman, Bishop, Wiechec / Windy Peak for Buffington, Myers, Bergkamp, Dignan)

December 1: deadline to provide completed medication form to school health room for student medications that will accompany student to Outdoor Lab

December 4: last day to place orders for Outdoor Lab gear to be delivered to our school

December 13: students need to be dropped off at West Jeff Middle no earlier than 9 am 

December 16: students need to be picked up at West Jeff Middle between 11:15 - 11:30 am

Additional information can be found in our Outdoor Lab Family Letter.  If you have any questions about your student’s trip to Outdoor Lab, please contact Ms. Lauer if your student will be attending Mount Evans or Mrs. Buffington if your student will be attending Windy Peak.


Gifted and Talented Program News

Illustration of a self-regulation scale with the pointer indicating the most positive option.Are you noticing your student displaying intense emotions, being short-tempered, or shifting from their typical pattern of behavior? For a guide to help your student recognize when stress is creeping up on them, use strategies to maintain calm, and approach life’s stresses from the “smart part” of their brain, please visit the presentation Stress Management Through Practice of Check-in and Regulation! If you have any questions or want to process ideas for your student, please reach out to our GT Social-Emotional Learning Counselor Bailey Craig.


The 2022-2023 GT Center testing application is open through 4 pm on October 14. More information on the Gifted Center Process and the application are available on the district's Gifted & Talented page. We have additional information for mountain area families at GT Center Application Process WJMS / Evergreen.



Illustration of a jack-o-lantern wearing a cowboy hat.We're recognizing Halloween this year by inviting students to wear costumes on October 31st.

Halloween costumes must adhere to the school dress code and students' faces should not be covered with anything other than a regular face mask per health and safety guidelines.

Students may wear face paint or costume makeup so long as the student remains recognizable, and may wear school-appropriate hats so long as they do not prevent a clear view of the student's face.

For safety reasons, it is important that we are able to easily identify students at all times. We also ask that students avoid wearing costumes that are gory and/or scary. No weapons or facsimiles of any kind are allowed.

If you are questioning the appropriateness of a costume, please refrain from having the costume worn at school or email Mrs. Samuelson with any questions.


PTA News

A QR code that takes the user to https://copta-00020310.memberhub.com/storeThere is still time to join the West Jeff Middle PTA. A 2022-23 school year membership costs $20 for an adult family member, or $10 for West Jeff Middle faculty and staff. Simply click on the QR code, go to our MemberHub store, or complete the sheet to join today!


The PTA school store will be set up during lunches this Friday, October 7, 2022. Please note that purchases are cash only and all items are $5 or less.


Fall FestThe PTA invites all West Jeff Middle students to the Fall Fest Dance on Friday, October 7th from 2:30 - 4:30 pm. Admission is free and a signed permission slip is required. There will be a DJ, free pizza and shaved ice, a photo booth, and more! The dance will be held outside, so please dress for the weather. Adult volunteers may use the WJMS Fall Fest Dance SignUpGenius to sign up to help with setup before the event (1:30 pm) and chaperoning during the event.


Thanks to all who were able to join PTA's fundraising kick-off meeting last week! The next fundraising meeting is Wednesday, October 12, at 6:30 pm via Zoom. Please e-mail [email protected] if you are not already on the list but would like the link to join.


Community News

Jeffco Public Schools is hiring! There are available positions in many areas 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. Many mountain area schools have immediate openings for custodial and kitchen staff. 


Kiwanis Fall Festival: The Kiwanis Club of Conifer is holding a Fall Festival on Saturday, October 8 from 10 am to 6 pm at 8307 Settlers Drive, Morrison (next to Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District Station 3). The event will include a pumpkin patch with pumpkins available to buy, kids' activities, arts & crafts, live music, punkin' chunkin', pumpkin bowling, and food and drink – all to support the Conifer community and share a little mountain fall fun.


Oktoberfest: The community is invited to celebrate Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 8 from 3 pm to 9 pm at Our Lady of the Pines, 9444 Eagle Cliff Road. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door for dinner and live music, with raffle tickets and silent auction available.


West Jeff Baseball: Skill evaluations for spring 2023 West Jeff Baseball for boys and girls ages 8 - 14 will be Sunday, October 16th at Evergreen High School Cougar Field. Families with youth interested in playing are encouraged to register in advance to ensure their student is on the eligible player list ahead of skill evaluations. Additional information on the league and policies is available on the West Jeff Baseball website.


Wildflower Paper Memories: The Marshdale Elementary PTA dropped off sheets of wildflower seed paper at our school yesterday. Students that attended Marshdale Elementary should write a memory on one of the pieces of paper and return to a box marked "completed memories". They will be picked up on October 19th to be put in the fence between the old school and new school. As the paper degrades, it will release the seeds to become a meadow of wildflowers.  


The Great Outdoors Event logoConifer Lobos Unified Boosters' The Great Outdoors Event: The Conifer Lobos Unified Boosters, which supports all of the sports teams at Conifer High School, is holding their 9th annual The Great Outdoors Event. The event has a silent auction that opens Tuesday, October 25th, with an in-person happy hour and live auction from 5:30 - 9:45 pm on Thursday, October 27th at Woodlands Event Center (8884 US Hwy 285, Morrison) that includes appetizers provided by JJ Madwell's and a cash bar.


Mountain Grapplers Wrestling Club: Registration is open for the 2022-23 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 [email protected].


Decade2Connect mental healthcare: Decade2Connect is a local non-profit mental health provider whose services include individual and family therapy, a weekly drop-in therapeutic group for tweens, and an after-school intensive program that provides individualized support. Please see the enclosed flier for more information.


Resilience1220: Connect | Grow | ThriveResilience1220 events: Resilience1220 is a local non-profit organization that provides free counseling sessions and support groups for young people ages 12-20, and community outreach and events that increase awareness of mental health issues. Some of their upcoming events:

The Conversations and Connections series for families of tweens and teens starts for the season on Wednesday, October 5 with "Parenting: A Hero's Journey" at 6 pm. Tara Grainger, owner of Root to Rise Wellness, will be guiding us into an exploration of our inner worlds using The Hero's Journey as an analogy for remembering one's passion and purpose for becoming a parent. Free registration is required in order to receive the Zoom link.

A small group Youth Therapeutic Climbing program will meet at Buchanan Park Recreation Center from 10 am to noon for six Saturdays from October 8 to November 19. The session is limited to six youth registrants and costs $20, with scholarships available through Resilience1220. Advance registration is required.

A panel event, Building Inclusion for LGBTQIA+ Youth, is open to community members of all ages on Sunday, October 16th from 4 to 7 pm at Conifer High School. Attendees will  hear the voices of youth and learn how to support adolescents, particularly LGBTQIA+ youth, and state representative Brianna Titone will be a keynote speaker. Free registration is strongly encouraged.

The Sensitive Collective aims to inform and support highly sensitive people to live healthy and empowered lives. The group meets the third Wednesday of each month from 3:30 - 4:30 pm via Zoom and is open to all ages. Free registration is required in order to receive the Zoom link.

Support after Suicide Loss offers a safe place to share and learn after losing loved ones to suicide. The group meets the fourth Thursday of each month from 5:30 - 7 pm, both via Zoom and in person at the Resilience1220 office (32003 Ellingwood Trail, Evergreen) and is open to youth ages 14 and older. Free registration is required in order to receive the Zoom link.

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