Weekly Wednesday Update - October 7, 2020

Weekly Wednesday Update - October 7, 2020
Posted on 10/07/2020
Pictures, Conferences, Short Week

The following information was sent to families via SchoolMessenger on Saturday, October 3 with the subject "WJMS Survey" , Tuesday, October 6 with the subject "WJMS Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences" and Friday, October 9 with the subject "WJMS Weekly Update". The content has been formatted for the web and into our school's weekly newsletter format.

Good afternoon, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for October 7, 2020.

Upcoming Dates

October 1 - 14: Learning Model Change Request window for 2nd trimester

October 5 - 8: reading MAP testing, all grades

October 7: PTA Restaurant Fundraiser at JJ Madwell's, 11 am - 8 pm

October 8: Pride Alliance meeting, 2:30 pm via Google Meet

October 12: Blue A Block Day and Picture Day, Group A

October 12: Accountability meeting, 2:30 pm via Zoom

October 13: Silver B Block Day and Picture Day, Group B

October 13: Parent-Teacher Conferences, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm by appointment

October 14: Remote Learning Day

October 14: Parent-Teacher Conferences, 8:00 am - 4:15 pm by appointment

October 15-16: no school, staff development (October 15) and fall break (October 16)

October 19 - November 13: Clash of the Classrooms fundraiser

October 20: PTA meeting, 6:00 pm via Zoom


School News

The window for families to request a change in their student's learning environment for second trimester, which begins on November 16, is open October 1-14. Families that would like to move their students from remote to hybrid or hybrid to remote are asked to complete the Learning Model Request 2nd Trimester form. If you do not wish to make any changes, then you do not need to complete the form.

The Pride Alliance will begin weekly virtual meetings on Thursday, October 8 from 2:30 - 3:00 pm. Students interested in joining the group's Google Classroom may contact Mrs. Escheman (Woods) at The Pride Alliance creates a safe space for students to share the message of community and acceptance for all people.

On the afternoon of Monday, September 28, West Area Transportation notified families that the bus service stoppage has been extended through October 9. Bus services are now expected to resume on Monday, October 12. If you cannot make other transportation arrangements for this time period, please contact the school about your student participating in remote learning during the interruption in bus service and/or supports to receive grab and go school meal services.

Our school picture days will be October 12 for students in Group A and October 13 for students in Group B. Photo day information for remote students will be announced later. Families have the ability to order pictures online by visiting and searching for our school’s name or by going directly to our picture day page. Order packets will also be available in the main office.

Our School Accountability Committee will be meeting on Monday at 2:35 pm via Zoom. Please contact Kate Broyles at if you would like to be e-mailed a link to join the meeting.

Our block days will be shifted the week of October 12 due to fall break. Monday, October 12 will be a Blue A day; Tuesday, October 13 will be a Silver B day; and Wednesday, October 14 will be a remote learning day. There will be no school for students on Thursday, October 15 and Friday, October 16.

Virtual parent-teacher conferences will be by appointment during the evening on Tuesday, October 13, and during the day on Wednesday, October 14. Conferences can be scheduled on the SignUpGenius for October 13 and the SignUpGenius for October 14. You may select your student's teachers by subject area on the tabs at the top of the SignUpGenius page. Meetings are scheduled in 10-minute intervals. Any times teachers are not available will be indicated on the SignUpGenius.

  • If you have a specific concern(s) you wish to discuss at conferences, please e-mail the teacher to ensure your message gets to them. Any comments left with a booking in SignUpGenius are visible to the public.

  • If you would like to problem-solve and/or discuss ways to support your child’s learning both in-person and remote, please sign up for a time slot to meet with one of our counselors.

  • If you need some support to find your student's teachers and sign up for conference slots, please watch the October Conference Sign-Up Video.


Office Reminders

We understand that the block schedule for hybrid learning can be confusing, especially on weeks where the block days are shifted. When students arrive at school on days they are not scheduled to attend in-person, please know that we are unable to keep the student at school for the day due to COVID safety mitigation measures. If for some reason this occurs, the school office will notify families to pick up students at their earliest possible convenience. If you are ever unsure of which day your student(s) should be coming to school, please check the block days schedule on our website or call the school office. 

2020-2021 student fees are ready for families to pay. You may pay online by going to Jeffco Connect, then Jeffco Student Fees. (Sixth grade families participating in the King Soopers Lab Card Program are asked to not pay for Outdoor Lab until your credit has been applied to your fee. The Lab Card Program will continue until December.) If you have any questions or concerns about student fees, please contact Debbie Jessee at

While lunches are free for all students through December 31, meal charges may return in January. Families that qualify for free and reduced price meal program benefits may opt in to other fee waivers that cover other items such as school fees. If you feel your household may qualify for that program and you have not signed up yet, please take the time to do so. Detailed directions are available at

Families interested in receiving a bag of non-perishable food each week to help over the weekend may complete and send in the form linked below or contact counselor Craig Enlund at 303-982-3062 or to request enrollment. There are no requirements to qualify for the program. Bags are delivered every week throughout the school year, beginning the week after a family enrolls, and the bags are delivered without identifying or singling out recipients.


Colt Character Students of the Week

Each week West Jeff Middle teachers and staff will be nominating students who have exhibited exemplary behaviors such as growth mindset, responsibility, integrity, or teamwork. Each week during hybrid learning, three nominated students will be recognized during homeroom announcements and all students who have been nominated that week will be recognized in our weekly newsletter.

The following students were nominated for displaying Colt Character during the week of October 5: Kadin A., Mason (Hoot) B., Sara C., Eric D., Addison G., William H., Hailey M., Paul P., Amiya P., Adeline P., Lauren R., and Jackson W. Congratulations!


PTA Reflections

Students are invited to submit their original artwork for the 2020-2021 PTA Reflections art program by November 2nd. This year's theme is "I Matter Because...". Entries in the categories of Literature, Photography, and Visual Arts are being accepted this year. Please visit the Reflections page on the PTA website for instructions on how to submit entries; be sure to check the rules and formatting instructions for your individual category.


Clash of the Classrooms

Are you ready for a fun school fundraiser with zero sales? Our PTA is organizing a Clash of the Classrooms that will kick off October 19th! Homeroom classes will compete to raise funds through donations throughout the month. Awards will include weekly prizes for top donations per grade, a grand prize at the end of the month for the top fundraising class in each grade, and a gift card for the homeroom teacher whose class raises the highest value in donations.

Our classrooms have an immediate need for technology to support teachers' delivery of virtual and in-person teaching, including spare power chargers for Chromebooks, video cables to use secondary displays, and audio accessories such as headsets and amplifiers. Any funds left after meeting those needs will be used for other needs at our school.

More information will be relayed to families in the coming days via SchoolMessenger and posted on the Fundraising page on the school website.


PTA News

PTA will be providing lunch from Rocky Mountain Wraps for our teachers during conferences on Wednesday, October 14.

The October PTA meeting will take place at 6 pm on Tuesday, October 20th via Zoom. The meeting link will be sent to families via SchoolMessenger on Monday, October 19. The September meeting minutes have been published on the PTA website.

Our PTA helps the school provide opportunities for our students and staff through funding, classroom grants, and volunteer service. One simple way you can support PTA's mission is with your paid membership:

It's not too late to dine in or carryout from JJ Madwell's today, Wednesday, October 7th for a PTA Restaurant Fundraiser to help our school! All orders that mention West Jeff Middle School between 11 AM and 8 PM will have a portion of the sale donated to our PTA.

Our teacher appreciation committee is organizing box lunches for staff during conferences on Wednesday, October 14. If you are interested in donating, please contact the board at

As always, you are welcome to follow PTA on Facebook to stay in the loop about school and community events and contact the PTA board by e-mail at


Community News

Cohort-Based Academic Life Coaching: Peak Educational Services' Mountain Area Partnership is offering site-based individualized educational support for students in grades 6-12. MAP Conifer offers licensed cohort-based programming synchronized with local area school schedules to provide support during off days. For more information, please visit the Peak Education MAP website.


Resilience1220 Poetry Contest: Poets ages 12-20 who live in the mountain communities (including Jefferson, Park, Gilpin and Clear Creek Counties) are invited to submit their original work on the theme "Resilience" for consideration.

Resilience1220 will convene a panel of judges and select the top 50 poems, which will be published. A poetry reading will be held at HearthFire Books and there are cash prizes for the top three entries: $250 for first place, $175 for second place, and $100 for third place.

Please email your poem to Jennifer Pearson at by October 9, and include your name, age, home address, phone number, and a short statement about what inspired you to write your poem. No more than two entries per person, and poems should not exceed one page in length.


Self-Defense Course at Conifer High School: Martial arts instructor and self-defense expert Theresa Byrne will be leading the 2.5 hour course Protect Yourself: Self Defense for Everyone on the football field at Conifer High School on Saturday, October 10 from 1 to 3:30 pm. The course is open to anyone ages 12 and older. Free registration is required; donations are welcome.


Resilience1220 Grief Group: Young people ages 12-20 who have suffered a loss of a loved one at any time in their life are invited to join Exploring Grief for a walk around Evergreen Lake, pizza, and painting ceramics at Go Paint! on Friday, October 23 from 4 to 7 pm. Registration is required; donations are recommended.


Conifer Lobos Unified Boosters' Great Outdoors Event: The Conifer Lobos Unified Boosters, which supports all of the sports teams at Conifer High School, is holding their 6th Annual Great Outdoors Event on October 29 and 30. The event will be presented as an online auction open both days of the event with an auction item viewing Happy Hour from 4:00 - 6:30 pm on Thursday, October 29th at Woodlands Event Center (8884 US Hwy 285, Morrison).

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