Weekly Wednesday Update - November 16, 2022

Weekly Wednesday Update - November 16, 2022
Posted on 11/16/2022
Thanksgiving Break, Concerts, Honor Roll

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Hello, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for November 16, 2022.

Upcoming Dates

November 1 - 18: PTA Raise Craze kindness fundraiser

November 17: PTA Reflections reception and awards ceremony, 7:15 am

November 17: Algebra business plan presentations, 8:30 - 10 am and 10:40 am - 12:15 pm

November 18: $1 donuts for Outdoor Lab at the start of the day

November 21 - 25: no school, Thanksgiving Break

November 28 - December 2: shifted block schedule for MAP testing

November 28: IXL Growth Breakfast

November 29: Orchestra concert, 6 pm

December 1: 6th grade honor roll assembly, 7:40 am, and 8th grade, 8:05 am

December 2: 7th grade honor roll assembly, 7:40 am

December 5: Band concert, 6 pm


School News

Student entries in the PTA Reflections arts program are on display in the library this week. A reception and awards ceremony will take place at 7 am on Thursday, November 17 in the library.


Illustration of a person holding a pointer in front of a screen displaying a bar chart.Are you an adult family or community member interested in being an audience for algebra classes presenting small business plans on Thursday, November 17th? Please use the SignUpGenius for WJMS Math Algebra Presentations to reserve your spot for 8:30 - 10 am or 10:40 am - 12:15 pm. Thank you!


Help support Outdoor Lab by buying a donut before school on Friday, November 18th. Our 6th grade team will be selling donuts for $1 to help fund Outdoor Lab supplies.


Students that do not feel well during the school day may ask their teacher for a pass to the health room. Adult family members will receive a call from the school (303-982-3056) if your student needs to be picked up. Families, if your student contacts you during the day to inform you that they are ill and want to be picked up, please direct them to go to the health room.


There will be no classes the week of November 21 for Thanksgiving Break.


We will have a shifted block schedule the week of November 28 for testing. Math MAP testing will take place during math classes on December 1 and 2. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday will be Colt Days, Thursday will be a Blue Day, and Friday will be a Silver Day.


Our instrumental music students will be performing after Thanksgiving Break: orchestra on Tuesday, November 29, and band on Monday, December 5. Both concerts begin promptly at 6 pm in the gymnasium.


Students will be recognized in Trimester 1 Honor Roll assemblies at the start of December. A GPA of 4.0 is recognized with Gold Honor Roll; a GPA of 3.9-3.5 is recognized with Silver Honor Roll. Families are welcome to join us and take pictures:

6th grade: Thursday, December 1, 7:40 - 8:00 am

8th grade: Thursday, December 1, 8:05 - 8:25 am

7th grade: Friday, December 2, 7:40 - 8:00 am


Watch D.O.G.S. logoAdult family or community members available at the beginning or end of the school day to help keep the drop-off and pickup of students safe and well supervised are invited to volunteer with our Watch D.O.G.S.! Please contact our Lead WatchDOG, Daniel Tucker, with any questions at [email protected].


Classroom projects posted by teachers from our school on DonorsChoose, a not-for-profit crowdfunding platform for schools, are nearing their goals for funding. We thank our school, community, and business donors whose contributions have funded projects to date.


Outdoor Lab Information

Outdoor Lab logoOur sixth grade students will be going to Outdoor Lab the week of December 12th. 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.


Music Students in All-County Honor Ensembles

Congratulations to our music students that will be performing in All-County Band and Orchestra district honor ensembles in January: Harlan G., violin; Rowan J., cello; Lucian J., alto saxophone; Henrik S., viola; and Amelia S., viola.

Tickets are available for purchase through Jeffco Music Festivals for the All-County Middle School Band and Orchestra concert on Friday, January 13, 2023; the concert will be at Arvada High School.


Health Reminder

While the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) continues to monitor increases in respiratory viruses, including flu, Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), and COVID-19, we can help protect our loved ones, the community, and our health care system by:

  • Getting vaccinated. Both flu and COVID-19 have effective, safe vaccines. Anyone 6 months and older can get vaccinated for flu and COVID-19. It is safe to get the vaccines together.

  • Seeing or calling a health care provider or doctor before going to a busy emergency department when you or your child has respiratory symptoms. Your provider can help you determine the best ways to manage symptoms and when it is important to be seen in the clinic, urgent care, or emergency department.

  • Staying home when sick, including not visiting or interacting with people who may be at higher risk, including older adults, young children, and infants. What might feel like a mild cold for one person can be very serious for another person. This is important to preventing the spread of viruses and causing outbreaks, which put additional strain on the hospital system.

  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or use hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol.

  • Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue or upper arm sleeve when you cough or sneeze, throw away the tissue after you use it, and clean hands as instructed above.

  • Cleaning potentially contaminated surfaces, like doorknobs, tables, handrails, etc.

  • Avoiding sharing cups, eating utensils, and touching your face with unwashed hands.

Jeffco Public Schools follows the CDPHE "How Sick Is Too Sick?" guidelines for families to decide when to keep their kids home from school.


PTA News

Student submissions for the PTA Reflections arts program are on display in the library this week. A reception and awards ceremony will be held at 7:15 am on Thursday, November 17, also in the library. Entries recognized with an Award of Excellence will go on to Jeffco judging and may progress to state and national program judging.


Raise Craze logoIn two weeks, our Raise Craze kindness fundraiser has raised $16,300 and students have completed 890 Acts of Kindness!

Mrs. Bergkamp's, Mr. Sherman's, Mr. Cushing's, and Mr. Matschullat's Advise classes raised the most money last week and Mrs. Wheeler's, Mr. Peel's, and Mr. Cushing's Advise classes completed the most Acts of Kindness last week. Each of these classes received donuts and hot chocolate during Advise on November 15, and the teachers each received a $25 gift card to Taspen's Organics. For the latest class results, check the Leaderboard at https://my.raisecraze.com/leaderboard/for/A2MVZT4/

After reaching over $10,000 in donations as a school, we had a pajama day and music at lunch on Monday, November 14. If we reach the $20,000 goal, all students will receive an ice cream at lunch and students that complete their bingo boards, raise $250 or more, or complete 15 Acts of Kindness will be entered into the drawing to have a throw at Mrs. Halingstad in the dunk tank! Please contact the WJMS PTA at [email protected] with any questions.


Thank you to the business sponsors for our Raise Craze kindness fundraiser: 5280 Drywall & Repairs, Adventures in Spanish 123, Blizzard Mountain Pinball, Brooks Place Tavern, Conifer Bike Shop, Easy Entrees by Silver Spoons, Foothills Computer Service, Get Moving Chiropractic, Golden Stix, Inglenook Fireplaces, JJ Madwell's, Liks Ice Cream, Miranda Tucker, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Moore Lumber and Hardware, Natural Grocers, Rocky Mountain Wraps, Taspen's Organics, and Williams Orthodontics.


Area businesses interested in advertising at our school along the fence may work with our PTA to rent a portion of the fence to display a 4' x 8' laminated aluminum composite sign. Please refer to the WJMS PTA Fence Sign Sponsor Letter for more information on this program.


Families, please consider joining the West Jeff Middle PTA using our MemberHub store or printable sheet and follow the West Jeff Middle PTA page on Facebook to learn about events, volunteer opportunities, and more going on at our school!


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.

A Hiring Fair for educational support staff and tutor positions will take place on Wednesday, November 16 from 5 to 8 pm in the 5th floor boardroom at the Jeffco Public Schools Education Center, 1829 Denver West Drive, Bldg 27, Golden.


Illustration of a winter hat and mittensWinter Clothes Drive: The Conifer church of Christ, 11825 US Hwy 285, is accepting donations of winter coats/sweaters, hats, gloves, socks, and snow boots in new or like-new condition and adult and children's sizes for distribution to community members in need on November 19, 2022. Please see the attached flier for additional information.


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].


Middle School Sports Program Basketball: Registration is open for basketball with the Middle School Sports Program offered after school by the district in partnership with local park and recreation districts. The basketball season is from January to March. Teams practice and/or play games against other middle schools twice per week. Families are responsible for transportation to all away games.


Events at Sojourn Book Store: Sojourn Book Store (25797 Conifer Road, Suite C-202) is accepting registrations for their Backpack Society. A total of twelve spots are available for monthly, quarterly, or academic year membership for students to have a safe space after school to relax, get some homework done, play a game, or just read an adventure. Please see the flier for details.


Conifer community survey: The Conifer Area Council has sponsored a series of surveys since 2006 to inform county government officials about the needs and desires of our community. Their current survey seeks feedback about respondents' community priorities. The survey will be open through the end of December 2022.


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:

November 16: Sensitive Collective support group, 3:30 - 4:30 pm via Zoom

November 16: Support after Suicide Loss support group, 5:30 - 7 pm, both via Zoom (free registration required) and in person at the Resilience1220 office (32003 Ellingwood Trail, Evergreen)

November 16: Conversations and Connections, "Understanding and Responding to Teens Who Self-Harm" with Heather Kassman, MS, 7 pm via Zoom

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