Weekly Wednesday Update - February 7, 2024

Weekly Wednesday Update - February 7, 2024
Posted on 02/07/2024
Lemons Day, Val-O-Grams, and more

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Hello, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for February 7, 2024.


Upcoming Dates

January 16 - February 23: Family-School Relationships Survey window for families

February 5 - 9: National School Counseling Week

February 8: PTA School Store during lunches

February 8: Parent-Teacher Conferences, 4:30 - 8 pm at WJMS

February 9: "When Life Hands You Lemons" Day

February 12: Val-O-Grams on sale during lunches

February 14: Val-O-Grams delivered during sixth period

February 16, 19: No school, student non-contact day (Friday) and Presidents' Day

February 23: Coffee with the Counselors, 8:45 am in Room 109


School News

Parent-teacher conferences will take place in-person at our school on Thursday, February 8. The Conferences SignUpGenius closes today to allow schedules to be prepared for teachers. Please see the video for additional guidance in scheduling conferences with your student’s teachers.


Schools across the country celebrate National School Counseling Week 2024 the week of February 5. Sponsored by the American School Counselor Association, the week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. We are thankful to have Mr. Enlund, Mr. Keane and Archie, Ms. Schute, and Ms. Elio focused on our students!


Our sixth grade "When Life Hands You Lemons" Day will be Friday, February 9. This all-day, in-school event for our sixth grade students helps develop self-efficacy, motivation, and growth mindset. The event includes a presentation on key concepts, team building and growth mindset activities, and ends with a lemonade social for students to reflect on what they have learned, build relationships with our eighth grade WEB Leaders, and get to know their peers in a relaxed setting. Please contact Mr. Keane with any questions or families to request their student(s) not participate in this day.


All Jeffco families are invited to complete the 2023-24 Panorama Education Family-School Relationships Survey by Friday, February 23. Our learners are our future, and your feedback will help our district continue to make decisions and measure outcomes based on how well we serve our students.


Our next Coffee with the Counselors will take place Friday, February 23rd from 8:45 - 9:45 am in room 109 on the subject of healthy relationships. When we think of the word "relationship" we often go straight to those of a romantic nature, however, relationships of all kinds impact our day to day lives. Join us to learn how to strengthen our relationships with our children and ways to guide them into healthy relationship choices of their own. Please complete the Coffee with the Counselors RSVP form if you plan to join us!


The draft minutes from the January School Accountability Committee meeting are available on the school website. The next meeting will take place on Monday, February 26 at 4 pm.


Students that eat school lunch, please have your student ID ready to scan the barcode in the lunch line. If you need a replacement ID, please email Mrs. Baker and note your Period 2 class.


Families of instrumental music students have been sent a letter about a change to the instrumental music programs for the Conifer articulation area. Beginning in the 2024-25 school year, Mr. Cartner will be the 6-12 band director and Ms. Sarché will be the 6-12 orchestra director, teaching at both West Jefferson Middle School and Conifer High School.


Students that have formed teams for the Jeffco Middle School Battle of the Books should be reading the books and taking notes in preparation for our school competition..


Every January and February, Jeffco schools collect items for Grub Club, a program that provides boxes of food items and toiletries to Jeffco high school students in need. This year, West Jeff Middle is collecting macaroni and cheese cups through March 8. Direct donations may be made online.


As part of regular monitoring of water quality at our schools, recent drinking water test results showed levels of Haloacetic Acids (HAAs) within acceptable range. The average level over the last year remains out of range due to the high sample value in August 2023. Please refer to the informational letter about our drinking water test results. For more information about school water quality, please contact Ray Cosby at 303-789-1549 or [email protected].


Adult 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].


The annual letter reporting our school's immunization and exemption rates for school-required vaccines has been published.


Jeffco Public Schools and Hazel Health

Through telehealth visits at school or at home, Hazel Health providers offer treatment recommendations, prescriptions and/or over-the-counter medications (when needed and approved by the guardian), and care coordination to appropriate referrals.

Sign Up- The legal guardian gives permission for their child to access Hazel services by completing the consent form.

Student visits school health office- The student visits the school health office with a complaint that Hazel can help with. Hazel can help with the following: colds, flu-like symptoms, sore throats, seasonal allergies, earaches, toothaches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, reflux, insect bites or stings with local reactions, rashes like eczema, ringworm, impetigo, skin infections, contact dermatitis, pink eye, styes, sprains, strains, cuts, bruises, menstrual cramps, and lice.

Physical health telehealth visits- The initiator (nurse or health aide) starts a Hazel Health visit, and within minutes, the Hazel provider joins. The provider performs a physical exam and provides an assessment and treatment recommendations. For example, the provider might recommend over-the-counter medication like Tylenol or ibuprofen which the nurse or health aide would then give to the student based on the provider’s directions.

Follow-up and care coordination support- After the visit, Hazel provides treatment recommendations and follows up with the legal guardian. If the student needs in-person care, Hazel can recommend local providers.

For more information and to complete the consent form, please visit https://getstarted.hazel.co/district/jeffcopublicschools#how-hazel-works


PTA News

Val-O-Grams are on sale! You may purchase Val-O-Grams online anytime using the QR codes on the flier, and students may purchase Val-O-Grams during lunches on February 12 with cash or card. Val-O-Grams will be delivered to sixth period classes on Wednesday, February 14. Send a Val-O-Gram to your student! Your student can send Val-O-Grams to their friends! Let's spread some love and kindness!


Our PTA is organizing a baked potato and salad bar for our teachers and staff during parent-teacher conferences tomorrow, February 8. They still need a few volunteers to bring a dish. If you are interested, please sign up on the Parent/Teacher Conference Meals SignUpGenius and drop off your dish in the teachers' lounge by 5:30 pm tomorrow.


Thank you to everyone who attended our general PTA meeting last night.


The next School Store is coming up tomorrow, February 8 during lunches. Students may pay with cash, card or Google/Apple Pay. Nothing is over $5 and all proceeds benefit the PTA which goes right back to helping students!


School PTAs in Colorado report their membership to the Colorado PTA every October and February. Thank you to everyone who signed up to support our spring membership drive.


Business owners, you can advertise your business and support the PTA at the same time! Check out our website for more information on becoming a fence sign sponsor.


Connect with PTA: PTA Website and PTA Facebook


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.

We have an immediate opening at our school for an Independence Support Para Educator: Job 23678 - Para Educator - 6th grade Independence Support. The position is .875 FTE (7 hours/day) and starts at $19.13/hour.


Baseball Skills Clinic: Evergreen High School Cougar Baseball is hosting a winter youth clinic for players ages 8 - 14 on February 11. The cost is $50. Please contact [email protected] with questions.


Junior Poms/Middle School Clinic: The EHS Varsity Poms invite students in kindergarten through 8th grade to join them on Friday, February 9th, for a Junior Poms/Middle School Clinic. Attendees will learn choreography for a performance at halftime of a basketball game, and enjoy pizza and games with the award-winning EHS Varsity Poms Team! The $50 per participant cost includes a t-shirt, one pom, pizza and snacks, and a youth ticket into the basketball game. Scholarships are available; please contact [email protected] with any questions.


South Jeffco Football: South Jeffco Coyotes player evaluations for the 2024 football season will take place on Sundays - February 11, March 3, April 14 - at the Columbine High School gymnasium. Registration is required and players should be prepared with sneakers and a water bottle.


MindFest: Rotary Club of Conifer invites the community to attend MindFest 2024 on Saturday, February 17th from 9am - 2pm at Our Lady of the Pines, 9444 Eagle Cliff Road, Conifer. The mental health and wellness fair will offer a mix of activities and information, including eight speakers that are scheduled throughout the day.


Summit Jeffco: Jeffco Public Schools invites families to register to attend the free half-day spring Summit Jeffco event on Saturday, March 2nd at Summit Ridge Middle School in Littleton. Summit Jeffco offers families an opportunity to come together to engage with district staff and other experts about topics impacting students, learn more about Jeffco's focus as a district and walk away with helpful tools to help your student thrive. To see more of what Summit Jeffco has to offer, watch this video in English | Spanish and visit our Summit Jeffco webpage. See you there!


Trivia Night: Conifer High School PTSA invites the community to their annual Mind Blown Trivia Night fundraiser on Saturday, March 2nd at Our Lady of the Pines, 9444 Eagle Cliff Rd, Conifer. Tickets are available for $25 per single player or $175 for a table of eight players.


Register now for Conifer's Got Talent: Conifer's Got Talent is calling for youth talent submissions by March 15! Scheduled for Friday, April 19, 2024 from 6 - 9 pm at Conifer High School, winning contestants will earn the opportunity to perform as opening acts for the 2024 EPRD Summer Concert Series at Evergreen Lake or at Buchanan Fields. Conifer's Got Talent is open to musicians, singers, actors, and comedians 18 years old and younger who are part of the greater Conifer mountain community. For more info, visit the Conifer's Got Talent website. Direct questions to [email protected].


Satos Run Club: Registration is open for a running club program open to students in the mountain area. Training sessions are every Wednesday and Saturday from March 27 through May 18. Please visit the Satos Run Club website for more information.


Juniors Recreational Mountain Bike Program: Registration opens January 3 for a recreational mountain bike program in Conifer offered by Avout Racing. Practices will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting April 16 for the spring season. Most practices will be held at parks in or near Conifer. Please visit the Inspire Juniors Rec Conifer page on the Avout Racing website for more information.


Jeffco Gifted and Talented Events: Jeffco Public Schools' Gifted and Talented Department is hosting the following upcoming events for Jeffco families:

Tuesday, February 27: A Gifted 2e Journey: A Parent Perspective, 6 - 7:30 pm via Google Meet; free registration required to receive Google Meet link

Thursday, March 14: Gifted Students and Underachievement, 6 - 7:30 pm via Google Meet; free registration required to receive Google Meet link


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:

Through February 9: Mountain Area Youth Writing Contest, up to 750-word entries on the theme of bravery, open to 5th - 8th grade students, see resilience1220.org/events for more information

February 11: Climb with Resilience1220!, 2 - 4 pm at Buchanan Park Recreation Center, (32003 Ellingwood Trail, Evergreen), cost is $12 (scholarships available, inquire at [email protected])

February 13: 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

February 21: Sensitive Collective for Highly Sensitive People, 6 - 7 pm, via Zoom

February 22: Support after Suicide Loss support group, 5:30 - 7 pm, both via Zoom and in person at the Resilience1220 office (32003 Ellingwood Trail, Evergreen)

February 29: Conversations & Connections: Mindful Eating, Mindful Living, 7 - 8 pm, via Zoom


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

Saturday, February 10: Conifer Creation Station, 11 – 11:45 am

Tuesday, February 13: Teen Time - Wooly Buddies, 4:15 – 5:15 pm

Saturday, February 17: LEGO® ROOM!!!, 11 am – 3 pm

Saturday, February 24: Teen Dungeons & Dragons, 2 – 4 pm

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