Weekly Wednesday Update - September 6, 2023

Weekly Wednesday Update - September 6, 2023
Posted on 09/06/2023
Screenings, Resource Showcase, and more

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Hello, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for September 6, 2023.


Upcoming Dates

September 12: School Accountability Committee meeting, 4 pm

September 14: PTA School Store during lunches 

September 19: Community Mental Health Resource Showcase, 5 - 7 pm

September 22: No school, non-student contact day


School News

Families were sent two emails the week of August 28th about screenings for student needs. All students will be included in the screenings unless their families complete and return opt-out forms to the school per the following directions:

If you want to opt your student(s) out of the Social Skills Improvement System™ Social-Emotional Learning Edition Screening/Progress Monitoring Scales (SSIS SEL), please complete and return the opt-out form to Social-Emotional Learning Specialist Melissa Shute or the main office by September 8.

If you want to opt your student(s) out of the student needs survey, which helps the school determine individual, small group, grade level, schoolwide, and community interventions and resources, please complete and return the opt-out form to counselor Craig Enlund or the main office by September 11.


If you are an adult family member, teacher or staff member, or community member interested in the School Accountability Committee (SAC), please contact Kim Halingstad to express your interest. We will be meeting Tuesday, September 12 at 4 pm in the WJMS library with a virtual option.


Families, please refer to the email that contained the link to this week's newsletter for additional information on graffiti that has been found in our student bathrooms. If you or your student have any information about the graffiti, please contact the main office.


Please join us at West Jeff Middle for our Community Mental Health Resource Showcase on Tuesday, September 19 from 5 - 7 pm. Your WJMS Mental Health Team will kick off the evening with a short presentation about individual roles supporting students and families. Following will be the first "Coffee with the Counselors" session discussing back to school anxiety and relevant strategies for families. Community partners in attendance will include Resilience 1220, Mountain Resource Center, and Conifer Counseling. Coffee and light refreshments provided. Please RSVP to help us plan for attendance. Please contact Dan Keane, [email protected], with any questions.


There will be no school on Friday, September 22 for a non-student contact day. Classes will resume as usual on Monday, September 25.


The following assistance information is summarized from earlier Weekly Wednesday Updates:

  • If you need to make arrangements to split the bill, set up a payment plan, or have other questions about student fees, please contact Mrs. Jessee.
  • All families should complete a HSMA Combination Form on SchoolCafé. It is one of the ways to be considered eligible for other potential benefits, such school fee waivers.

  • Families interested in receiving a bag of non-perishable food each Friday afternoon may contact counselor Craig Enlund or complete the 285 Backpack Project Form and return to the counseling department.

  • The Rocky Mountain Kids Before & After Care Interest Survey for WJMS is open to families impacted by the cancellation of bus route so the school can estimate the number of families interested in before and after-school care for our students.


PTA News

PTA for your child animationWelcome back, WJMS! The West Jeff Middle PTA invites you to join the PTA as a member. Membership gives you all the rights without the requirements.

Individual Membership $20

Family Membership $35

Teachers & Staff $6.25 (covers CO PTA dues)

Business sponsors for Fall 2023 are also welcome. Sponsorship includes promoting your business on our website, Facebook page and in our upcoming fundraiser.

Business Sponsorship $200


Save the Date! Our first general meeting is Wednesday, September 27th at 6 pm at Los 3 Garcias, 25567 Conifer Rd in Aspen Park West Jefferson Middle School.


Families, please consider joining the West Jeff Middle PTA using our MemberHub store 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.

Positions in Food and Nutrition Services offer a starting hourly rate of $18.40 - $26.50, depending on position and experience.


Jeffco Athletics Events Admission is Cashless: Jeffco Athletics has gone cashless for the 2023-2024 school year. Tickets to all sports events are $5 for adults, youth ages 7 and older, and seniors. (Youth ages 6 and younger are free.) Tickets can be purchased online or using the HomeTown Fan app. Additional savings are available by purchasing a 10, 20, or 40 punch pass! Punch passes may be used for all regular season Jeffco Athletics events; they are not usable for playoffs, invitationals, or non-Jeffco athletic events.


Summit Jeffco: Join us on Saturday, September 23 from 9 am - 1:30 pm at Green Mountain High School for the launch of the first-ever Summit Jeffco event! Summit Jeffco is a gathering where families can learn from district and school staff and other experts about important topics impacting students and how they can better support their student’s educational journey so they can thrive. Free registration by Friday, September 15 is strongly encouraged.


Free Dental Care Day: Evergreen Dental Group's 7th Annual Dental Day will be providing free dental work from 8 am to 1 pm on Saturday, September 30. Patients will be seen on a first-come, first serve basis for one procedure per visit, including cleanings, exams, fillings, and extractions.


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:

September 10: Teens and Substance Use, 3 pm at Congregation Beth Evergreen, 2981 Bergen Peak Drive, Evergreen

September 12: Beyond the Rainbow, 6 - 7:30 pm, separate groups for youth and adult family members that are LGBTQ+ or allies, please RSVP to [email protected] by 10 am the day of event

September 20: Sensitive Collective support group, 3:30 - 4:30 pm via Zoom

September 27: Autism Spectrum Disorder: Beyond Myths & Embracing Neurodiversity, 7 - 8:30 pm  at the Resilience1220 office (32003 Ellingwood Trail, Evergreen) with a Zoom option

September 28: Support after Suicide Loss support group, 5:30 - 7 pm, both via Zoom and in person at the Resilience1220 office (32003 Ellingwood Trail, Evergreen)

October 26: Resilience1220 Benefit Concert with Dakota Blonde, 5:30 - 9 pm at The Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park, 26624 N Turkey Creek Road, Evergreen


Jefferson County Public Library events: Please follow the links for more information on upcoming programs at the Evergreen and Conifer branches:

Saturday, September 9: Conifer Creation Station, 11 – 11:45 am

Tuesday, September 12: Teen Time - 3D Pens, Conifer, 4:15 – 5:15 pm

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