Weekly Wednesday Update - May 24, 2023

Weekly Wednesday Update - May 24, 2023
Posted on 05/24/2023
End of year reminders, summer events

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Hello, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for May 24, 2023.

Upcoming Dates

May 24: choir concert, 6 pm in the WJMS cafetorium

May 26: early release day, 11:50 am

May 26: 8th grade Continuation ceremony, 10:15 am

May 26: 8th grade Continuation party, 6 - 7:30 pm

May 29: office closed, Memorial Day

May 30 - June 13: office summer hours, 7 am - 2 pm weekdays

June 14 - July 9: office closed


School News

Students' TechForEd Chromebooks will be sent home over the summer with all students. Please refer to Chromebooks Over the Summer for more information on TechForEd Chromebooks.


Our choir students will perform on Wednesday, May 24 at 6 pm in the cafetorium. Students should plan to arrive at the school by 5:45 pm.


Our school office summer hours are 7 am to 2 pm weekdays through June 13 and July 10 through August 8. The office will be closed June 14 through July 9. Regular office hours of 7 am to 3:30 pm weekdays begin on Wednesday, August 9.


Adult family members and community members interested in having a voice in what's going on in our school are invited to attend a School Accountability Committee meeting in the upcoming school year. The May 2023 draft minutes have been published on our school website.


Virtual mental health support is available at no cost to families through Hazel Health. With an adult family member's permission, students can be matched with a therapist for weekly video therapy sessions. Learn more and consent for services at my.hazel.co/jeffcopublicschools.


Eighth grade reminders

PTA invites eighth graders to celebrate at the Summer Nights 8th Grade Continuation Party from 6 to 7:30 pm on Friday, May 26th! The beach-themed event will include a DJ, photo booth, food and drinks, as well as fun games and a prize giveaway. The event is open only to current West Jeff Middle eighth graders. A completed digital permission slip is required for entry.


Eighth grade students should keep their current school-owned TechforEd device over the summer. They will exchange it for a new one in the fall during Freshman orientation. Please see the 2023/24 Incoming 9th Grade Families TechforEd Communication letter for more information.


Summer Food Information

The Rotary Club of Conifer's 285 Backpack Project weekend food program goes on hiatus during the summer. Supplemental food resources for families are available in our area through the Mountain Resource Center.

The Mountain Resource Center offers a food share market Monday through Thursday, 1:00 – 3:45 pm, at 11030 Kitty Drive, Conifer (behind the Staples shopping center). The MRC's mobile food share offers free food from a refrigerated van weekly at locations around our area, including Indian Hills, Marshdale, Pine, and Bailey. Please see the website for exact times and locations.


2023-2024 School Meals

Starting July 1, families can complete a Free & Reduced Meal application for the 2023-24 school year on SchoolCafé. Paper applications are available from schools and at the Food & Nutrition Services office, 809 Quail Street Building 1, Lakewood. If you have questions, please call 303-982-6916 or email [email protected].

Families can use SchoolCafé to view school menus and set up an account to make payments to their student's meal account, place restrictions on items and frequency of their student's a la carte purchases, and apply for free/reduced price lunch. SchoolCafé directions are available on the district's Food & Nutrition Services website.


PTA News

Adult volunteers interested in helping put on the 8th grade Continuation celebration on Friday, May 26 may confirm the role(s) they would like to help with at the Summer Nights 8th Grade Continuation Party SignUpGenius.


Thank you to the donors and volunteers that helped provide great experiences and opportunities for our kids in the 2022-2023 school year! We couldn't do what we do without support and are thankful for the many ways you have helped this year.


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 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.


Conifer High School Mountain Bike Team Events: Seventh and eighth grade students interested in the Conifer High School Mountain Bike Team may contact Liz Wehr at [email protected] for more information about the program.


2023 Library Summer Challenge: Registration is open for Jefferson County Public Library's Summer Challenge! Have fun in the sun while you earn points and win prizes during the challenge, June 1 – July 31. Register on May 1 to grow with great reads, blossom your interests, write inspiring stories and sow the seeds of kindness in the world around you!


Girls' Basketball Camp: Registration is open through Monday, June 12 for Little Lobos Girls' Basketball Camp. The camp is open to girls entering third through seventh grades and will meet from 9 - 11 am daily, June 21 - 23 in the gym at Conifer High School. The camp cost is $50, payable by cash or check and dropped off in person or mailed to the school. Questions may be directed to Coach Connie Ireland, [email protected].


Summer Piano Opportunities: Grace Piano Studio in Evergreen has an introductory monthly rate for students interested in their recreational, variety, or classical course tracks this summer.


Girls' Lacrosse Camp: Registration is open for girls' lacrosse summer camp! The camp is open to girls entering first through eighth grades and will meet from 9 am - 12 pm daily, August 1 - 3 at Marshdale Fields in Evergreen. An early bird discount is available through May 31. For full details and registration information, please visit http://www.mountainlax.com/.


Mountain Predators Cheer: The Mountain Predators youth football program is organizing a cheer and poms program for the Fall 2023 season! If you have a 2nd through 8th grader interested in cheer, please reach out to Alli Brennan at [email protected] or register on the Mountain Predators website.


South Jeffco Track and Football: Registration is open for the summer track season with South Jeffco Track. The season for athletes in first through eighth grades runs from May 30th through July 20th with twice-weekly evening practices at Columbine High School. Registration is also open for the fall football season with South Jeffco Football. Practice may begin July 31st and games begin August 28th and go through mid-November.


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:

May 25, June 22, July 27, and August 24: 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)

June 14 and July 26: Stay Connected - Through Yoga, 5 - 6 pm at the Resilience1220 office

June 19, July 11, and August 8: Stay Connected - Through Art, 9 am - 12 pm at the Resilience1220 office

June 21 , July 19, and August 16: Sensitive Collective support group, 3:30 - 4:30 pm via Zoom

June 24: Low & High Challenge Ropes Course, 9 am - 1 pm in Genesee

June 27 and July 28: Stay Connected - Through Equine Therapy, 10 - 11:30 am in Golden

June 28: Grief Group, 6 - 7:30 pm at the Resilience1220 office

July 22: Outdoor Rock Climbing & Rappelling with Evergreen Wilderness Guides, 9 am - 1 pm at Alderfer/Three Sisters Park, Evergreen

August 3: Paddleboarding & Boating on Evergreen Lake, 10 - 11:30 am at Evergreen Lake


Local summer activities: Events and youth activities in our area over the summer include the following, listed in chronological order by start date.

May 1 - July 31: Upslope Beach Volleyball summer training, Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:30 - 6:15 pm at The Island, 2233 S Geneva St, Aurora

May 26: Teen After Hours: Board Game and Video Game Night, 6 - 8 pm at Evergreen Library

May 30 through the end of June: The Venue Theatre summer experiences, Matilda JR (grades K - 6/7) and Spamalot (grades 7 - 12 and alumni)

May 30 - July 28: Evergreen Hurricanes swimming summer season (printable flier)

May 30 - September 26: Evergreen Farmers Market, 10 am - 2 pm at El Rancho (printable flier)

June 1 - July 31: Library Summer Challenge, Jefferson County Public Library

June 2 - August 11: Summer Basketball at Marshdale, 9 - 11 am for students entering 4th through 8th grades in the 2023-24 school year, contact Isaac Mooberry, 303-862-2371

June 2: Teen Self Defense, 1 - 2:30 pm at Evergreen Library

June 3: Teen Pride Party, 6 - 8 pm at Conifer Library

June 4: Summer Challenge Kickoff Party, 1 - 4 pm at Evergreen Library

June 5 - 8: Youth Soccer Camp, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm at Conifer High School (printable flier)

June 5 - 8: Volleyball Individual Skills Camp, Conifer High School

June 5 - 23: StageDoor Theatre summer programs, full-day camps in one-week sessions

June 5 - August 4: Center for the Arts Evergreen arts summer camps, half-day and full-day camps in one- and two-week sessions

June 10: Cultivate Kindness Through Comics, 1 - 3 pm at Evergreen Library

June 15: Teen Dungeons & Dragons, 3:30 - 6 pm at Conifer Library

June 21 - 23: Little Lobos Girls' Basketball Camp, 9 - 11 am at Conifer High School

July 7 - 16: Park County Fair, Fairplay

July 18 - 21: Volleyball Team Skills Camp, Conifer High School

July 29-30: Elevation Celebration, Conifer

August 1 - 3: Mountain Girls Lacrosse Summer Camp, Marshdale Fields

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