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WJJMS 360 Norwich Avenue, Colchester CT  06415  Telephone: (860) 537-2313

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December 15, 2017

  1. D & E you tube video: Click here for the cool video created by Dan Ramage and his D & E students with their CO2 cars!
  2. December 19th, 6pm @ Bacon - The WJJMS 6th Grade Band & Chorus concert, December 19th, 7:15pm @ Bacon - The WJJMS 7&8 Grade Band, Chorus, Jazz, and Chamber concert. December 20 is the Band & Chorus Concert for students at BA 7:30 - 8:45am! Students will take their buses directly to Bacon. Parents/Guardians who drive their students to school should bring them to Bacon. Walkers can take a bus from WJ to Bacon.
  3. We have limited number of books left so if you have not ordered, please do so soon. We cannot guarantee a yearbook at the end of the year and the price increases to approximately $50 at that time. 8th grade grad ad deadline is February 1, 2018. This deadline CANNOT be extended. There are a limited number of pages allotted to Grad Ads and once they are full, we cannot accept any more ads. Thank you to those who have already ordered and thank you to those who have emailed me sports photos. It is greatly appreciated. Please email Yearbook Advisor, Kristan Gallucci, at kgallucci@colchesterct.org with any questions. Here is the link for the yearbook and here is the link for the Grad Ads.
  4. Permission to stay after and watch a basketball game form:  Click here for the permission to stay after and watch a basketball game form! You need this specific form each time you stay after to watch a game.
  5. Dear Parents/Guardians, we sympathize with you in regard to the colder weather, but WJ’s policy remains unchanged. Only water in clear containers is allowed to be carried by students in the hallways. If your student  happens to come in tardy with a hot chocolate, tea, coffee or any other drink aside from water in a clear container, they must be consumed before entering the building or left behind. Thank you for your understanding.
  6. The best way to prevent the spread of many illnesses is by frequent hand washing. Hand sanitizers are effective in killing germs and can be kept in a lunch box or backpack. Do not send your child to school if he or she has a fever of 100 degrees or higher. Call your doctor if your child has a sore throat with fever, persistent productive cough, or vomiting/diarrhea with fever. Good nutrition and adequate sleep are also important in helping children stay healthy. Most twelve-year-olds need between 8 and 10 hours of sleep a night. As hormones change during puberty, teens actually need more sleep; but with busy schedules and activities, many don’t get enough. Sleep deprivation can lead to poor school performance, behavior problems, and susceptibility to illness. Teens may try to catch up on sleep on the weekends, but this can aggravate the problem by making it more difficult to fall asleep at a reasonable time on school nights. Encourage your child to go to bed and get up at about the same time each day; with no more than an hour or two variation on weekends.  Too much electronic stimulation makes it hard to unwind at the end of the day. Create a set bedtime routine and “turn off”computers, video games, TVs and cell phones for about an hour before bed. Quiet reading or listening to music will help kids relax so they can fall asleep sooner and sleep more soundly. For more information on helping kids to sleep see www.kidshealth.org Have a safe, happy and healthy holiday! Cindy Noniewicz, RN
  7. Dear Parents, during the next couple months a postural screening program to detect curvature of the spine will be conducted for seventh grade girls and eighth grade boys. The purpose of this program is to detect the signs of spinal curvature at its earliest stages. Early treatment can prevent the development of a severe deformity. Spinal deformities most often develop between the ages of 10 and 15 years. Nearly all cases are painless at first and are often confused with poor adolescent posture. Many cases are mild and require only ongoing observation by a doctor after first diagnosis. Others become progressively more severe as the child grows and require active treatment. The school nurse will be doing the screenings. The procedure for examination is a simple one, requiring less than one minute. The nurse inspects the student's spine as he or she stands and then bends forward. If a spinal problem is suspected, the student will be rechecked at a second screening. If further consultation is recommended, parents will be notified of the findings and will be asked to seek further evaluation from their own physician. Connecticut law requires all students in grades five through nine to be screened annually in school. Students who have been screened by their doctor or have already been diagnosed with a spinal problem will be excused from school screening. Please contact me if you have any questions concerning the postural screening program. Cindy Noniewicz, RN, 860 537 3511.
  8. Aromatic cedar paw drawer buddies:  Click here to view the cedar fresheners made by the D&E students with Mr. Ramage! They’re $3.00 and they’ll go fast. Send in your order to the office and we’ll send it home with your student.
  9. Dear Parents/Guardians: In preparation for the winter season, this correspondence explains the procedure regarding no school, delayed opening, and/or early closing of school Please click here for letter with information.
  10. Boys basketball game AND practice schedule: Click here for the Boys basketball game AND practice schedule however, please know that it is subject to change. Please ask your athlete to communicate with you if the coach let them know of any changes he/she may mention on the evening of a game or practice.
  11. PowerSchool  Parent Portal: There has been an update to the PowerSchool portal links. Click here for information on the links and app directions.
  12. Lions Club Peace Poster update: The1st place poster has been forwarded to the Lions district for display and voting at their December meeting! If this poster wins, it will be sent to the CT State Lions meeting for further judging. All four participants will be invited with their families to attend a Lions meeting to receive awards. This meeting will be held after the holidays and personal invitations will be sent out. Thank you~
  13. Intramural Basketball Program: Play basketball with your friends after school! The program will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning February 6 through March 15 and the cost is $35.00. Sign up at FamilyID. Click here!
  14. Card Collection for hospital patients: Attention all 6th, 7th and 8th grade students! We are collecting cards for people in the hospital to wish them happy holidays. There will be collection boxes placed in each grade where you can place your cards you’ve made by December 22. Cards will be delivered to hospitals in the area. We hope you’ll consider making a card~ thank you!
  15. Sock Collection for the Homeless: 'Tis the season for thinking about others!  We'd like you to think about the 2.5 million children who are currently experiencing homelessness. The number one clothing need--believe it or not--is SOCKS!  So WJJMS is taking that cause on. Starting Monday, December 11th, through Thursday, December 21st, we will be collecting new socks to deliver to shelters around Connecticut. Drop off boxes will be located in your social studies classrooms. Let's spread some Holiday Season Cheer!
  16. If your PowerSchool App view is stuck on quarter 1: If your PowerSchool App view is stuck on quarter 1 information, try clicking on "classes" on the app. The classes tab is at the bottom of the screen. You should be able to change the view to Q2 or set it in grid form!
  17. Empty Bowls Night of the Arts: Click here for the 2018 Empty Bowls Festivities information!
  18. Interscholastic Basketball schedules: Boys basketball schedule here and girls basketball schedule here.
  19. WJJMS Yearbooks and Celebratory Ads: The time has come to order your WJ Yearbook! The cost is $30.00 until Feb. 16th! Orders must be placed online only at Jostens.com. 8th Grade Celebratory Ads are due by February 2, 2018! Don't forget!
  20. PTO Surplus Store hours: The PTO Surplus Store will be open on the following days: November 14th from 2:15 - 7pm, and December 2nd from 9 - 2:00pm, December 7th from 2:15 - 7pm, and the 21st from 2:15 - 7pm. Contact Renee Misbach at rouillette01@snet.net with any questions. Stay tuned for the Holiday Store news and openings for students. Email Jessica Trusz with any questions at jtrusz@yahoo.com.
  21. Information from the Office: Absences/Tardy/Early Dismissal - Student drop off time is 7:05 am. and students must be in homeroom by 7:20 am. School dismisses at 2:00 pm. If your child is going to be absent, please call our office at 860.537.2313. If you need to speak with our School Nurse, please call 860.537.3511. Dentist/doctor appointments and not feeling well are examples of tardy approved. If your child is going to be leaving early, please send a note in with your child for him/her to drop off to our front office in the morning so we can issue him/her a dismissal pass. This way, we can prepare to have your child ready for you when you arrive and our staff will be notified of their absence after their new dismissal time. See the form “A Note to the Office” at www.colchesterct.org. Absence Make-up work - Students are given extra time to finish work and reschedule quizzes or tests if they were missed. Students check in with their teachers upon their return to school. Students and parents/guardians are also free to email teachers regarding assignments. Email addresses can be found in PowerSchool and on our Faculty and Staff page at www.colchesterct.org. Parents/guardians - If there is a subject-worry, please communicate with your student's teacher by emailing them or call the school at 860 537 2313. If you have requested work that is not listed on PowerSchool, we ask that you call the office after 2:15 pm. prior to coming in to ensure that schoolwork has been left for them. Parents/guardians may wish to attain their student's locker number and combination prior to coming. After School Arrangements - After school arrangements are to be made prior to coming to school. A note from a parent/guardian is required regarding arrangements. Bus passes for a student to take a different bus are issued in the case of an emergency only as per M & J Bus Policy.   Lost & Found - We accumulate many items in our Lost and Found areas. Students should immediately inform a staff member upon realizing that something has been lost. Valuables are kept in another location but should be inquired about in the main office. Lost and found forms may be filled out by students and once an item is found, we can locate the student to return the item. All unclaimed items and items that have no identification in/on them are donated to a charitable organizations at the end of each month. Lost and Found locations are: cafeteria cart, grade 8 hallway table, and the elevator hallway table.

District News:

  1. Shortened Day Schedule:  Friday, December 22nd is a shortened day. 
  2. Dear Parents/Guardians: In preparation for the winter season, this correspondence explains the procedure regarding no school, delayed opening, and/or early closing of school Please click here for letter with information.
  3. School Calendar:  Click here to view the 2018-2019 School Calendar.

Community News:

  1. Colchester Youth & Social Services: CYSS is in need of personal care items such as soaps, deodorant, shampoo/conditioner, shaving cream. Please drop off items at the Colchester Town Hall to CYSS or to the schools in a bag labeled for CYSS.
  2. Colchester Youth Services’ 2018 Resolution Run 5K: Start the New Year off on the right foot! Colchester Youth Services 2018 Resolution Run will kick off at a reasonable 10:00 AM on New Year’s Day at Bacon Academy. This event welcomes families and participants of all ages to come run, walk or crawl their way to the finish line! Bring warm layers of clothes, tie up your running shoes, and get ready to “run into” 2018! Medals will be awarded in the following age categories for men and women: 12 and under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+. Early bird registration through December 31, 2017 (4:30 PM) is only $20 and $15 for students. Same day registration is $25 for all. Grab a friend or start a team to participate in the New Year’s Day 5K walk/run to support Colchester Youth Services. All proceeds benefit our scholarship fund and Youth Center improvements. Registration is quick and easy at www.lightboxreg.com Participants are encouraged to register in advance to receive early bird rates. Start 2018 off with a bang! Click here for flier.

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