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

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June 16, 2017- Last Day of School

  1. Shortened Days - Thursday, June 15th and Friday, June 16th:  The last two days of school will be shortened days.  Dismissal will be at 11:40am. Have a safe and wonderful summer!
  2. Congratulations to our WJJMS Arts:  Promotion Program cover artist, Ashley Clark, and our next year's WJJMS Agenda cover artist, Leah Balser! Thank you to all those who entered their artwork, they were all great! Click here to view their art.
  3. For fun, we put a steel beam in the courtyard- Between the cafe and 8th grade hallway, for students to sign. This beam will be the top beam at the front of the building (top of ski For fun, we put a steel beam in the courtyard: slope)! This is a fun way for students to be involved.
  4. WJJMS Boys and Girls Soccer Registration for the WJJMS Boys and Girls Soccer program will begin on July 1, 2017.
  5. Summer Teen Reading at Cragin: Click here for details.
  6. Summer Reading Letter for Grade 6 and 7 students:Here is the Summer Reading Letter included in the student's report card envelopes.
  7. Grade 8 Students Entering Grade 9: Bacon Academy Summer reading video created by a Bacon Academy student linked here.
  8. Dear Middle School Students and Parents: Please remember to encourage your children to read this summer! We don’t want your children to lose the literacy skills that they gained throughout the school year during the “Summer Slide” or “Brain Drain”.  One way to prevent the loss of literacy skills, is to have children reading books over the summer.  This year, your child is required to read one book of his/her choosing at his/her reading level. Click here for letter.
  9. WJ has a new Twitter feed page for all of Mr. Bennett's Tweets! Check them out:  http://www.colchesterct.org/page.cfm?p=555
  10. Puma News: See the latest WJJMS Puma News here!
  11. WJJMS Summer Reading: To check a book out, a student's library account needs to be clear of any overdue books or lost books. The due date will be set to Friday, September 1, 2017.
  12. Colchester Learning Foundation: Colchester Learning Foundation is thrilled to announce that a grant has been awarded to Colchester Public Schools to fund Innovation Nation initiatives.  Through a generous donation from a community member, each school in Colchester will receive funds to enhance technology in an effort help students develop 21st century skills and foster innovation alongside collaboration. Click here to view initiatives.
  13. Parents of 8th Grade Students: Message from the BA Math Dept: If your student will be a freshman at Bacon Academy for the upcoming school year, please read this information about calculators from the Bacon Academy Math Department. Please click here.
  14. Promotion Commotion Semi-formal: Dance permission slips to our homeroom teachers for the 8th Grade Promotion Commotion Semi-formal Tuesday, June 13th at the Bacon cafe from 6:30-8:30.  All completed permission slips and money should be dropped off in the office.
  15. Sunscreen Protocol-Students may apply/carry sunscreen supplied by parents. No doctor's order needed. Cindy Noniewicz, RN, William J. Johnston School Nurse
  16. Eight Grade Picnic Sponsored by the WJJMS PTO: Details here.
  17. Tween Scene:  A support group for middle school students is forming! Click here for details. 
  18. CYS Summer Registration: Trip calendar is here. Registration for Summer Trips is online only.

District News:

  1. Letter from Superintendent Mathieu to the Colchester Public School and Colchester Community, As the school year is coming to close and my 34 years as an educator and an administrator in the Colchester school system will conclude, I wanted to say how much I have appreciated my time in this wonderful town. I will forever have lasting memories of the great educational improvements we have made together and the lasting friendships I have developed over the years. I will cherish our time together and look forward to watching the school district become even stronger and more innovative in the coming years. As many of the staff has heard over the years, the phrase “The Colchester Way” is something special that keeps us smiling and coming back year after year.   Please treasure what you have in this district and don’t ever lose sight that it has always been about the children. With much appreciation, Jeff Mathieu, aka Mr. Mat
  2. School News:  For school news and information over the summer, please visit our website for updates or follow us on Twitter @COLschools.  We hope you have a safe and wonderful summer!
  3. Board of Education Meeting: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at the Colchester Elementary School cafeteria at 7:00pm.
  4. 2017-2018 School Calendar attached here

Community News:

  1. SafeFutures: Domestic violence counseling agency for southeastern CT.  Services for families or students struggling with domestic violence. Click on the link http://www.safefuturesct.org/
  2. Handmade Tie-dyed T-shirts:  Youth Services handmade $5 tie-dyed t-shirts on sale June 15th and June 16th.  Profits will benefit our Colchester Youth & Social Services.
  3. CYS Game Club: Click here for details.
  4. Colchester Soccer Club Announcement: Rec Soccer registration has now ended and a late fee is now applied.  Anyone still interested please register http://colchestersoccer.org/ by June 18th for team placement!
  5. New Venture Crew Forming: Click here for details.
  6. Colchester YSS Community ClosetNew and gently used clothing and shoes for adults and children. Open to anyone in the community who has a need for clothing. If you are interested contact the CYSS office at 860-537-7255.
  7. Colchester Connections:  Click here.
  8. CASTLE Summer Programs here.
  9. Tag Sale on the Green: Room for a few more retail/tag sale vendors! Applications at www.colchesterctbusiness.com
  10. Summer Registration Online: Summer trip calendar here! Questions call (860)537-7255.
  11. Free and Subsidized Preschool Offered in Colchester: Click here for details.
  12. June Cragin Memorial Library Programs: Kids and Teens.
  13. Colchester Park and Rec Soccer Camp: Rec Registration here.
  14. Recipe of the Week - Healthy Eating: Click here for the recipe.
  15. 06/17/17: 2nd annual Cross Country 5K to Outrace Hunger flyerhere.
  16. 06/20/17: CT Storm Girls Basketball Clinic -Click here for details and registration
  17. 06/20/17: Author Laura Bradford to Visit at Cragin: Details here
  18. 06/22/17: Cragin Lego Construction Event: Click here for details.
  19. 06/26/17: CYB Boys & Girls Bobcat Basketball Camp- June 26-30th. Details here.
  20. 07/28/17: BA Athletics Golf Outing: Friday, July 28th, 10am at Blackledge details here
  21. 08/18/17: Cub Scout Pack 13 -Joining Night K-5: 6 pm at St. Andrew's Church.
  22. 08/25/17: Cub Scout Pack 13 Ice Cream Social:Friday, August 25th at St. Andrew's Church. Any questions, please email colchesterpack13@gmail.com

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