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

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September 13, 2019

  1. Open House 2019: Click here for our Open House details. Open House is set for Thursday, September 19, 2019. You will have the opportunity to meet your student’s teachers and learn about their curricular plans for the school year.
  2. ATHLETES CAN STILL JOIN SOCCER! Learn to be a leader! Sharpen your skills! There is still time to join the soccer teams, our registration will be open through next week! Register in the PowerSchool Portal. Please come out for the WJ school soccer teams, our numbers are low. The parent Meeting will be held at Rec Park on Monday, September 16 @ 4pm. Schedules will be given out at that time.
  3. The Starlight Social All-school Dance will be held again and the date is Friday, Sept. 27th 6:30-8:30. The last 1/2 hour is for grade 8 only. Stay tuned for a permission slip shortly!
  4. START WITH HELLO! A Sandy Hook Promise Initiative for the week of September 23-27: Click here for flier.
  5. Lyman Orchards Pies & Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Fundraising: 9/30 - 10/14. Order forms go home 9/27. Take a moment to ask your family and friends to support WJJMS. WJ receives 40% of the profit! Orders/money are due 10/14. Delivery is 11/21 from 2-7pm next to the WJ Surplus Store (which will be open as well). Questions? Contact Michelle Toennes at 570-362-1706. Thank you for your support! Click here for the flier and here for the order form. For online orders, click the link or see the order form. Once signed in you may share!
  6. AWAY GAME PICK UP POLICY: We encourage athletes to ride the bus home from away games, but when it is necessary for the child to be picked up from away games, a waiver and release from must be completed and given to the coach prior to the child being released to the parent. Emails are no longer accepted.  A waiver and release form must be completed for each game, one form CANNOT be completed for the entire season. Athletes are NOT allowed to travel home from away games with anyone other than their own parents or family members over the age of 18. This is a Board of Education policy attached here.
  7. Athletics, CCC and After School Club Cancellations: The students are invited down to the office to call their parents from the office when there is a cancellation of a practice, game and CCC Meet. Please send a note into the office If your student  is in an after school club and will not be attending. If your student does not attend and we have not received a note from you that they are not attending on said day, we call you to verify the student's location. Cell phone policy states that students are not to check their phones until they are out of the building once they are dismissed. It's a good idea to have a plan in place if there is a cancellation, such as, " take the bus home if there is a cancellation and text me." When in doubt, please call the office and we will help you. 860 537 2313.
  8. PTO VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!  Everyone loves our amazing PTO Surplus Store but this year we need YOU.  Our volunteer list is small and we need help covering the store openings.  Please email Merrill Collins
  9. PumaGear! NEW Puma Gear to kick off the school year.  Please help support WJJMS by sporting some new gear! 10% of sales go to the PTO! Click here for details.
  10. PTO Donations (we do not have membership dues) All of these great services are funded through our fundraisers and donations. We are always actively looking for volunteers to work on various projects. If you have the time, we need you. Please note, however, that you can choose to be a contributing member only. Once you complete our Donation Form your student can turn it into the Main Office.


  1. Parents/CaregiversClick here to read the Letter from Supt. Jeffrey Burt concerning the Eastern Equine Encephalitis disease carrying mosquitoes.
  2. Colchester Public School News Twitter - Follow @COLschools on Twitter.  If you don't have Twitter you could just click on the link here to view the latest posts!

Community News:

  1. Cragin: Kid Governor to visit Cragin – Saturday, September 14th, click here for flier.
  2. Babysitting Basic Course: Wednesday, October 30th, click here for flier. 
  3. UCFS Colchester Behavioral Health Center Programs: FLEXIBLE FRIENDS! A group for boys and girls ages 7-9 to build regulation, social and competency skills. PERSPECTIVE DETECTIVES A group for children ages 10-13 with High Functioning Autism, ADHD, and Anxiety. Click here for flier with details.
  4. Fun Run! Saturday, September 21st.  Click here for details.
  5. CYB Travel Registration for 4-8th grade Boys/Girls in 4-8th grade is open! at There are no fees for tryouts or registration. Tryout dates are tentatively scheduled for late September/early October. If you have any questions at
  6. Cragin Memorial Library Upcoming Programs:  September Teen Events attached here and GSA Middle School September 20th flier here.
  7. Kids September Programs at Cragin here.
  8. Teen September Programs at Cragin here.
  9. Colchester pack 109 joining night information attached here.
  10. Harlem Wizards Trick Hoops & Alley-Oops coming Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 6:30pm to Bacon Academy!  Friends of Football is hosting a family friendly fun-filled basketball fundraiser. Come out and watch Colchester teachers and staff play against the awe-inspiring Wizards. You will see a magical display of tricks, high energy comedy and audience interaction. Click here for details.
  11. Flu Clinic at the Town Hall October 7th.  Flier here.
  12. UCFS Healthcare: Back to School support details here.
  13. Cub Scout Pack 13 is having their Joining Night Friday, September 13th at 6:30 pm at St. Andrew's Church hall.  Any questions, please email
  14. Colchester Recreation Upcoming Events/Programs here!
  15. Raffle Tickets: Colchester Recreation will be selling raffle tickets to fund the largest annual event in Colchester- the “Celebrate Colchester-57 Fest”.  Take the Ticket Challenge here!
  16. Celebrate Colchester! - 57 Fest: Click here for details. 
  17. Bacon Academy Project Graduation Fundraiser at the Inishmor Thursday, Sept. 26! 
  18. Ages 5 and up - Join Troop 72 September 28th 10am-3pm at Lions Pond, 292 Halls Hill Rd, Colchester CT . Rain date is 9/29. For more information contact  Click here for flier.

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