Weekly Wednesday Update - October 21, 2020

Weekly Wednesday Update - October 21, 2020
Posted on 10/21/2020
Clash of the Classrooms, Halloween guidelines

The following information was sent to families via SchoolMessenger on Wednesday, October 21 with the subject "WJMS PTA - Clash of the Classrooms", Monday, October 26 with the subject "WJMS & CHS Change in Schedule due to Snow Day", and Tuesday, October 27 with the subject "WJMS Halloween Costume 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 21, 2020.

Upcoming Dates

October 19 - November 13: Clash of the Classrooms fundraiser

October 22: Pride Alliance meeting, 2:30 pm via Google Meet

October 29-30: students may wear Halloween costumes (guidelines below)

October 30: Blue A block day due to October 26 snow day

November 2: deadline to submit PTA Reflections art program submissions

November 4: PTA Restaurant Fundraiser at JJ Madwell's, 11 am - 8 pm

November 5: Accountability meeting, 2:35 pm via Zoom [rescheduled from November 9]


School News

The Pride Alliance will continue weekly virtual meetings on Thursday, October 22 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.

Students may wear Halloween costumes on October 29 and 30. We will be having a virtual costume parade and homeroom classes will be decorating their doors. Please see the costume guidelines in the Halloween item below.

Due to the snow day on Monday, October 26, we have shifted Monday's schedule to Friday, October 30. The schedule for Tuesday through Thursday remains the same; the only change is that we will follow a Blue A day schedule instead of the Friday remote schedule on October 30. If your student is scheduled to attend on Friday and cannot do so, please contact the attendance line at 303-982-3051. Families were notified of the schedule change via SchoolMessenger around 2 PM on Monday, October 26.

Students may submit their original artwork for the 2020-2021 PTA Reflections art program by November 2. Entries on the theme "I Matter Because..." in the categories of Literature, Photography, and Visual Arts are being accepted. Please visit the Reflections page on the PTA website for instructions on how to submit entries.


Office Reminders

2020-2021 student fees are ready for families to pay. You may pay online by going to Jeffco Connect, then Jeffco Student Fees. If you have any questions or concerns about student fees, please contact Debbie Jessee at

While school meals will be free for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year, it is important that students pre-order the breakfast and lunch for the week, even the morning of the day(s) they will be eating school meals. Our kitchen staff relies on the information from pre-orders to make enough meals to fulfill pre-orders and a few extra for students who forgot to order in advance.

We are having days when we run out of lunches or are unable to fulfill students' preferred choice of lunch due to many more students requesting a lunch than the number of students that completed the pre-order form that week. To meet our goal to feed any students who would like a breakfast or lunch, it is helpful for the kitchen staff to know how many meals to prepare. Thank you for working with us to make sure our students have sustenance for learning!

While Fridays are all-remote learning days, students are expected to login to each of their Google Classrooms during their scheduled class times on Friday and complete the learning task assigned or they will be marked absent. Sometimes the learning task is to submit assignments for the week, complete a reflection form, or take a short quiz. Whatever the task, students are expected to attend online classes on Fridays if only to complete the assignment(s). Some students are assigned to meet with the teacher in a Google Meet during the class period for extra help or a re-teach. This should be communicated by the teacher to the student. Friday classes are shorter than a typical day, but Friday is an online learning day and students do need to attend.



We're recognizing Halloween this year by inviting students to wear costumes on October 29th and 30th, having a virtual costume parade, and homeroom classes will be decorating their doors.

Group B students may wear Halloween costumes on Thursday, October 29th and Group A students may wear costumes on Friday, October 30th.

Please remember that all Halloween costumes must adhere to the school dress code and students' faces should not be covered with anything other than a face mask per health and safety guidelines. Students may wear face paint or costume makeup so long as the student remains recognizable, and may wear school-appropriate hats so long as they do not prevent a clear view of the student's face.

For safety reasons, it is important that we are able to easily identify students at all times. We also ask that students avoid wearing costumes that are gory and/or scary.

If you are questioning the appropriateness of a costume, please refrain from having the costume worn at school or email Ms. Samuelson at with any questions.

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 19: Finn B., Maddox F., Amelia H., Kevin K., Sydney M., Kaya N., Erik S., Luke S., Aspen S., Luke T., Parker V., and Matthew W.. Congratulations!


Clash of the Classrooms

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. To help fund these needs, PTA is organizing a Clash of the Classrooms fundraiser where homeroom classes will compete to raise funds through donations from October 19 through November 13. Any funds left after meeting those needs will be used for other needs at our school.

Evergreen Orthodontic Specialists is sponsoring prizes of gift cards that will be awarded to the highest fundraising homeroom class in each grade for each week, the highest fundraising homeroom class overall, and the highest fundraising individual student overall. A gift card will also be awarded to the homeroom teacher whose class raises the highest value in donations.

We ask that donors be sure to enter the student's name and grade when placing a donation so it can be attributed to the correct student and homeroom class as we track fundraising totals.

Clash of the Classrooms donation field 

The tracking chart with fundraising totals by homeroom and additional information for the event is available on the Fundraising page on the school website.


Community Notification of Water Quality

On September 1, 2020, Jeffco Public Schools was notified by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Water Quality Control Division that routine monitoring for the presence of drinking water contaminants showed that the water system that serves Conifer High School, West Jefferson Middle School, and West Jefferson Elementary School exceeds the maximum contaminant level (MCL) for Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5).

Please refer to the public notification letter linked below for additional information on what that information means and what is being done to correct the situation.


PTA News

Please make lunch or dinner plans on Wednesday, November 4th to dine in at or order carryout from JJ Madwell's for a Restaurant Fundraiser to support the Rothley family. 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, which will in turn be donated to the Rothley family, who were in a serious car accident in early August.

The November PTA meeting will take place at 6 pm on Tuesday, November 17th via Zoom. The meeting link will be sent to families via SchoolMessenger on Monday, November 16. The October meeting minutes will be 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:

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 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).


Drive-Through Trick or Treat Street: Families are invited to a drive-through Trick or Treat Street at Conifer High School (10441 Hwy 73, Conifer) between 5 and 8 pm on Friday, October 30. Please wear masks while driving through stations and stay in your vehicle for this free community event!


Resilience1220 Speaker Series: The Conversations & Connections speaker series for parents of teens and tweens continues on Wednesday, November 4 at 7 pm with "Helping Your Child Deal with Bullies Confidently". Mental health professional Pam Deck will describe what bullying looks like in today’s schools, and what schools are doing to bully-proof students. She will help parents explore ways to help their children understand and cope with bullying. Free registration is required; donations are welcome.

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