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Welcome Back to our 2021-2022 School Year! This year we invite you to COME EXPLORE WITH US! I don't think we have ever been as excited about the start to our school year. While we are still following protocols to keep us as safe as possible from Covid-19 and following Public Heath Orders, things are much more back to normal. This year we will once again be eating in the cafeteria and visiting the library weekly as a class. Students get to mix with others while outside at recess- not just their homeroom. We are feeling hopeful that we will be able to be in school all year without the interruptions of quarantines and at-home learning. We are most excited to welcome back most of our students who worked solely from home last year!

Another great change is that we will be able to have parents and other visitors inside our building- with masks, but still...inside during the school day! Our teachers, staff and students are very excited for this change as we have missed seeing our Watch D.O.G.S. roaming the halls and cheering us on. We have also missed seeing our PTA during the day and the classroom volunteers were greatly missed. So, I hope you will plan to come back and get re-involved with our school community.

As we focus on "EXPLORING", we continue our efforts around NURTURING, ENGAGING AND INNOVATING to meet the needs of our whole WJES community- students, staff, families and the greater community. We are passionate about our CREW time this year, with new learning around RESTORATIVE PRACTICES (SAFE CIRCLES), THE ZONES OF REGULATION and efforts to continually grow and strengthen our classroom community as we learn about our Habits of Character!

We are also doubling down on our EXPEDITIONS this year. Teachers have been working to create authentic learning experiences within their classrooms as well as beyond our classroom doors. We are committed to connecting our students in meaningful ways with our school grounds, our local community, and the greater Conifer and Colorado community through partnerships with parks, other recreation areas, museums, businesses and all aspects of being a part of a greater community. 

Without a doubt, Covid-19 interruptions have taken a toll on learning as well. This is where our INNOVATING comes in. During our daily, weekly and monthly team meetings, we are zeroing in on the learning needs of all students- whether it be to identify and implement interventions for some who have fallen behind or created gaps, or to continue to create our systems to offer deeper learning for those who need to be challenged in different ways. We are looking for you, as parents, to partner with us in these efforts as well!

We are excited about our plans and already making great movements toward realizing them. With our small class sizes and amazing teaching and support staff, we are feeling confident we can reach new levels. If you are interested in learning more, please reach out via email or phone to set up a time to meet.

In Partnership,

Wendy Woodland
West Jefferson Elementary

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