WDMS October News

October 2021


10/4- Field Hockey @ WDMS, 4:00 pm

10/4-10/8- WDMS Respect Week

10/5- WDMS Home & School Organization meeting, 6:30 pm, WDMS library

10/5- Cross Country @ WD Park, 4:45 pm

10/6- Field Hockey @ WDMS. 4:00 pm

10/6- Vets in Training -Wednesday session- begins for pre-registered students

10/7- GCIT to visit with 8th-grade during their lunch periods

10/7- Vets in Training -Thursday session- begins for pre-registered students

10/8- Interim reports distributed via email

10/8- Field Hockey @ Collingswood, 4:00 pm

10/11- Full day teacher in-service

10/12- Field Hockey @ Haddonfield. 4:00 pm

10/12- Cross Country @ Penny Packer Park, 4:45 pm

10/14- Field Hockey @ WDMS, 4:00 pm

10/15- Field Hockey @ Clearview, 4:00 pm

10/18- Field Hockey @ WDMS, 4:00 pm

10/19- Field Hockey @ Kingsway, 4:00 pm

10/20- Unity Day, wear orange!

10/21- PE Department Cross Country Meet, 1:00 @ WD Park

10/21- Field Hockey @ Haddon Heights, 4:00 pm

10/22- Fall Fest for 5th & 6th graders, 6:00-8:30 pm @ WDMS

10/25-10/29- Red Ribbon Week

10/27- Lost & found items not claimed will be donated

10/29- Orange and Black Day


Conducted nationwide, this VFW-sponsored youth essay competition gives students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on an annual patriotic theme. All WDMS students are encouraged to participate in this national competition. The completed essays must be submitted to the main office no later than Tuesday, October 26, 2021. Our local VFW representatives will be collecting all submissions on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. Please see the attached FLYER for details including prizes!


The Animal Therapy Room (ATR) will provide WDMS students with a safe, calm space where they can focus on developing enhanced emotional regulation skills through relationships with animals. The ATR will be a place of increased learning opportunity for our special education student community in particular. Students will have daily opportunities to learn how to care for and to interact with the animal, maintain their habitats, and develop independent skills.

The Animal Therapy Room will be supported solely by donations. Your support will help to jump-start the program for our students and cover the cost of feeding our community of animals who will be adopted/re-homed and cared for by our students.

For questions or if you would like to make a donation, please contact Dr. Alexis Walsh at awalsh@wdeptford.k12.nj.us.


WDMS Student Council is hosting a "FALL FEST" for all 5th and 6th grade students, 6:00-8:30 pm on Friday, October 22, 2021. Students may wear Halloween costumes if they wish or not if they don't! Students can dance in the gym, eat and socialize under large tents on the blacktop behind the gym, play games, and much more! Refreshments will be available to purchase. Items available are hot dogs, cotton candy, popcorn, soda, bottled water, candy, chips, and more! Prices will vary but typically range from $1.00 - $3.00 per item. All students must purchase a wristband for $5 to attend this event. Look for more information to be emailed out later this month!

RED RIBBON WEEK 10/25-10/29

The Red Ribbon Campaign® is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation reaching millions of young people during Red Ribbon Week®. WDMS will celebrate by encouraging students to participate in spirit days throughout the week. See attached FLYER for a detailed list of activities.

WDMS Home and School Organization News

It was good to speak with so many of our WDMS students, families and community members at West Deptford Day. The retired spirit wear items were very popular and sold quickly! Thank you to everyone who attended our virtual meeting for September. We hope to hear from you again on October 5th. Together, we can help enrich the school year for the whole WDMS community!

Your Dollars at Work

Thanks to the outpouring of support by our WDMS families, our fall mums and spirit wear sales were a huge success. The HSO used funds raised to provide gifts of recognition for the WDMS Positive Behavior Supports in Schools (PBSIS) program as well as start saving earmarked funds for field trip transportation.

This next goal is a big one, but easily achieved by our loyal middle school community. We desire to support the 5th-8th grade field trips by raising at least $10,000 to apply toward the cost of transportation. With your generous support, we will reach our target with the new seasonal fundraisers highlighted below.

Upcoming Events

10/5 - HSO Meeting 6:30 pm. We encourage collaboration and want to hear from our families! If you have any event, fundraising or grant ideas, please email wdmshso@gmail.com to be added to the agenda.

Fall Fundraising

  • Otis Extravaganza Runs from 10/1-10/15 with delivery 11/23. Look for catalogs coming home soon!

  • Pisker’s Thanksgiving Pie Sale will close out on 11/7. Pies will be $14 and available for pick up on 11/23. Place your orders soon to make sure you get your favorite flavors!

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Orange and Black Day

Friday, October 29th will be Orange and Black Day at WDMS. NO COSTUMES may be worn at school. This includes, but is not limited to, face painting, masks, and hats.

Lost and Found

The Lost and Found will once again be located in the cafeteria to allow for students to check for their missing items daily. Any found eyeglasses, purses/wallets, cell phones, or other electronics are kept in the main office until they are claimed. Once a month we notify students and parents that the lost and found is full and all unclaimed items will be donated to a local charity.

Bus Transportation



No child will be permitted to ride on other buses for any reason. Each student can only ride the bus they are assigned to ride. If you have a one-day childcare issue, the person watching your child should pick them up at the school. No students will be permitted to switch between buses.

Students will NOT be given permission by the WDMS administration to walk to any other location except home. (i.e. ice cream stand, pizza place, or to a friend's house).

For additional transportation information, please visit our district website at:



Late buses are every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday beginning Tuesday, September 14th. Late buses depart between 3:15 - 3:25 pm. Late bus runs are typically longer as there are only five late buses covering a larger area. Students may not stay after school unless they are supervised by a teacher. If attending a sporting event as a spectator, students must leave and return at the beginning of the event.


Regardless of eligibility, West Deptford School District will continue to provide all students with free breakfast and lunch for the 2021-2022 school year. Please visit our district website HERE for important information and necessary forms.

WDMS will continue to offer “Breakfast-on-a-Cart” stocked with our traditional nut-free breakfast items and stationed in each wing during Homeroom. Please note: students are not permitted to bring breakfast in from home. WDMS offers hot and cold lunch options each day. You can view the September hot lunch menu HERE.

In an effort to minimize contacts and assist with possible contact tracing, students will have assigned seats in cafeteria during lunch. There may be no more than 3 students on a bench and students will seated on one side of the table facing the stage.


Governor Murphy announced on August 3, 2020, that all students and staff MUST wear masks at all times unless eating, drinking, or where medical documentation states otherwise. We will require masks to be worn in the buildings at all times. Students are encouraged to place one or two masks in a labeled sandwich bag to keep in their locker. Please click HERE to read the letter to the community which explains how parents have the right to seek a medical exemption to the mask mandate.


Below are some helpful tips for keeping your child healthy during the school year.

  • Frequent handwashing is one of the simplest most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. The Mayo Clinic suggests soaping up for as long as it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday “song twice.
  • Use hand sanitizer
  • Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough
  • Keep hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay current on all childhood vaccines including the flu shot

Students should stay home from school for at least 24 hours if they have:

  • A fever of 100 degrees or more
  • Chills
  • Sore throat or cough
  • Diarrhea or vomiting

Please contact our nurse, Kim Lee with any health-related questions pertaining to your child. klee@wdeptford.k12.nj.us

Student Drop off/Pick up

The school day for students officially begins at 7:45 am. Students must be in homeroom by 7:45 am or they will be marked late. For your convenience, the doors will be open at 7:35 am for students that wish to arrive early. These students will report directly to their homeroom. Any student arriving before 7:35 am will be left unsupervised and outside (in possible inclement weather) until 7:35 am.

Although we realize emergencies do occur, if you know in advance that you will need to pick your child up early, we ask that a note be sent in with your child the morning of the day he/she will be leaving early. Your child will then be given a pass to show his/her teacher at the indicated dismissal time. Without the parent note informing us of an early pick-up, no students will be called out of class until the parent arrives in the main office and proof of identification has been given. A parent phone call requesting for the student to meet them in the main office for pick-up is not an option.


This year, West Deptford Middle School will begin transitioning to Schoology, an integrated learning management solution that provides course management, mobile learning, and support for system-wide communication. Teachers could volunteer to begin using Schoology as early as September 7th while we plan for all WDMS teachers will be using Schoology beginning January 3. Please click here to learn more about Schoology and the timeline for our rollout of the platform.


Cell Phones:

Though students are permitted to bring cell phones and other electronic equipment to school, their use during school hours is prohibited. All electronics, with the exception of school-issued Chromebooks, must be away and/or in student lockers and turned off during school hours. A student in possession of a cellular phone or other electronic devices will be disciplined. Such equipment may be confiscated from a student. In emergency situations, students may use the main office phones to contact parents or guardians. This rule may be revised with prior classroom teacher’s approval.


Students should keep in mind that Chromebooks are provided by the school and loaned to him/her for the length of time that he/she attends West Deptford Middle School. While an insurance fee may cover the cost of a lost or stolen Chromebook, gross negligence and/or multiple damages incurred will result in a fine commensurate to the replacement item (examples: cracked screen/charger). Students are required to use their school-issued Chromebook case, be mindful of their Chromebook in their book bags and come to school each day with the device fully charged. More information can be found in our 1:1 Chromebook Guidelines found HERE


Individual sports schedules and coach contact information are available on the WDMS website under the Athletic tab. Students may not stay after school without teacher supervision. If attending a sporting event as a spectator, students must leave and return at the beginning of the event. In the event an athletic event is postponed or canceled at the last minute, a “Remind” message will be sent from our Athletic Director and a message will be posted in red at the top of the WDMS website. If interested in receiving Remind texts regarding the WDMS Athletics, please text @wdmsath to 81010 to sign up for Remind Text from our Athletic Director.

Item Drop Off for Students

Please understand that the WDMS Main Office is a busy location as it is the hub of our school. In the event your child left an item at home and a parent brings it to school, you will be asked to sign the item in on the drop-off log and leave the item on the cart located in the front of the building. One of our staff will bring the items into the building. We will do our best to notify your student that the item has been dropped off.


The majority of WDMS correspondence will be done through the School Messenger Notification System. Please make every effort to alert our main office immediately with any email or phone number changes OR if you are not receiving our School Messenger text and email notifications as incorrect information will delay you receiving important information from the WDMS staff.

If you have not already done so, please register for a Power Parent account. Power Parent is a great tool for parents to stay on top of their child's grades, assignments, attendance, daily school bulletin, and much more. Contact our main office should you have questions regarding Power Parent access.

Any student who is having an issue with their school-issued Chromebook should click the link below to complete a technology help request form.