Weekly Wednesday Update - November 18, 2020

Weekly Wednesday Update - November 18, 2020
Posted on 11/18/2020
Results, Reflections, Thanksgiving Break

The following information was sent to families via SchoolMessenger on Friday, November 20 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 November 18, 2020.

Upcoming Dates

November 16 - 29: Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

November 19: Pride Alliance meeting, 2:30 pm via Google Meet

November 23 - 29: no school, Thanksgiving Break

December 2: PTA Restaurant Fundraiser at JJ Madwell's, 11 am - 8 am


School News

We have transitioned into remote learning through winter break. Please see the news item WJMS Remote Learning for answers to specific questions you may have and our Remote Learning Resources website for video tutorials. For the week of November 16, meal pickup at our school will be at the front entry from 3 - 4 pm on Tuesday, November 17 and Thursday, November 19. 

Families are invited to support our school library by shopping our Virtual Book Fair between November 16 and 29. Orders will ship to your home address with free shipping for orders over $25.

There will be no school for Thanksgiving Break the week of November 23. Classes resume on Monday, November 30.

Beginning November 30, grab and go meal pickup will be at West Jefferson Elementary School, 26501 Barkley Road, each Tuesday and Thursday between 3:30 and 4:30 pm. Additional information on meal pickup can be found in the Food Service section of our Remote Learning Plan.

The hybrid student retake and remote student picture days scheduled in December have been postponed. We are working to schedule new dates in January. We know that this is a big disappointment and inconvenience for everyone, and appreciate your flexibility and patience with the changes and challenges we are facing this school year.


Attendance Procedures

To try help minimize attendance calls from the school, please call the attendance line at 303-982-3051 to excuse when:

  • your student will be absent;
  • your student needs to log out of class early;
  • your student will be late logging into their first class of the day; or
  • your student is having computer or internet issues during class.

For additional guidance or situations that fall outside those described above, please call the main office at 303-982-3056.

If your student is logged in to their Google Classroom but not responding to the teacher verbally or in the chat, your student will be marked absent. In order to count as attending, students must be engaged with the teacher and other students in the Google Classroom during their class time.


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 November 16: Skyler E., Megan H., Aiden H., Layton H., Brandon K., Aydon L., Madelyn P., Cody S., Logan W. and Jackson W.. Congratulations!


Clash of the Classrooms

The Clash of the Classrooms fundraiser has wrapped up! Thank you to everyone whose donations helped us raise over $5000 for classroom technology and to Evergreen Orthodontic Specialists for sponsoring prizes of gift cards to Mr. Wooldridge's homeroom for highest overall fundraising homeroom, Holly D. for highest overall individual fundraising student, and the highest fundraising homeroom class in each grade for each week during the fundraiser:

Week 1: Buffington / Wooldridge / Williams

Week 2: Dignan / Wooldridge / Williams

Week 3: Hannawacker / Wooldridge / Williams

Week 4: Sherman / Wooldridge / Wiechec

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


PTA Reflections

Two students have been recognized at the school level of judging for their PTA Reflections arts program entries in the Literature category based on the 2020-2021 theme, "I Matter Because...":

Award of Excellence: Lily Woulfe, "Opportunities Matter"

Award of Merit: Casey Adams, "I Matter Why?"

Both entries have been submitted to the council level (Jefferson County PTA) of judging.


PTA News

The Rotary Club of Golden and Jeffco PTA are offering a two-hour QPR Suicide Prevention Training on Monday, November 23 from 10 am to noon. The training is free for adults ages 18 and older. Advance registration is required.

Please make lunch or dinner plans on Wednesday, December 2nd to dine in at or order carryout from JJ Madwell's for our monthly restaurant fundraiser to support 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.

West Jeff Middle teachers and staff may apply for our Fall 2020 Educator Grants through Monday, December 14 at noon. Please refer to the Educator Grant Information and Educator Grant Application for more information. Grant applications will be considered at the December PTA meeting.

The December PTA meeting will take place at 6 pm on Tuesday, December 15th via Zoom. The meeting link will be sent to families via SchoolMessenger on Monday, December 14. The November 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:

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

Resilience1220 Speaker Series: The Conversations & Connections speaker series for parents of teens and tweens continues on Wednesday, November 18 at 7 pm with "Handling Difficult and Combative Behaviors in Teens". Behavior specialist Angele Tatem, has 20 years of experience helping families with difficult parenting situations including children with special needs, unique family dynamics, blended families, and garden-variety conflicts with teens and tweens. Free registration is required; donations are welcome.


Resilience1220 Chronic Pain Group: An in-person support group for young people ages 12-20 dealing with chronic pain and other illnesses will be meeting on Sundays from 3:00 to 4:15 pm at 30922 Hilltop Drive in Evergreen (2nd floor, above Gather Yoga). To join the group or for more information, please contact Rebecca Kitey, MSW at


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, November 20 from 4 to 7 pm. Registration is required; donations are recommended.


Destination Imagination Tree Fundraiser: Families are invited to support the Destination ImagiNation teams at Elk Creek Elementary and West Jefferson Middle School by making a donation for a cut-and-carry live Christmas tree on Saturday, November 28. The Destination ImagiNation teams at Elk Creek have placed at district, state, and global (national with international teams) levels of competition. Please see the attached flyer for additional information on the event.

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