The Compass

Week of February 27, 2023

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Greetings Westside Families! What a gorgeous weekend we had and I hope you had time to be outside soaking in the sunshine!

If you have yet to complete and return the Parent Intent Form for the 23-24 school year, please do as soon as possible. This information is helpful as we begin planning for next year's needs.

This week is Literacy and Read Across America Week! We have lots of fun activities happening on campus including our Literacy Family Engagement Event on Thursday, March 2nd from 5:00PM to 7:00pm. Please see below for more details.

We are asking parents to review the BPS Wireless Communication Device policy (po5136) and the Cell Phone Contract which are attached to the end of this newsletter. It will also be posted on our school website and social media forums. You can also access po5136 at the BPS link HERE.

If your child has obtained a wireless communication device such as a smartphone since registration in August 2022, you will be asked to complete a Cell Phone Contract for this device. This week, we will be identifying those students who need updated contracts and send them home to you. Please feel free to reach out to our office for a copy as well. As a reminder, Westside Elementary's procedures are that cell phones are to be powered off and in backpacks while on school grounds unless permission has been given by an administrator. Students who violate the WCD policy may receive disciplinary action. Reminder: if a student needs to contact home we will provide access, or if you need to speak to your child, please call the front office and we will connect you.

BPS is launching their annual Parent Input Survey on Monday! We will be sending out the link and would appreciate your time to offer valuable stakeholder input about the district and our school community.

As always, thank you for your support! Our office will be open Monday-Friday from 7:30AM-3:30PM. Please come on in if we can assist you in any way.

~Mrs. Stephanie Woodbury, Principal

(321) 956-5050 or

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Literacy Week and Family Engagement Night

Westside will celebrate their Literacy Week between Feb. 27th and March 3rd which aligns with National Read Across America week. For planning purposes, here are some details on activities and theme days:

  • Spud Book Character Competition- Students will decorate a potato spud as a book character. Due March 2nd. Judging March 3rd.

  • Theme Dress Up Days:

Monday, Feb. 27th

Fiction (wear RED) vs. Non-Fiction (wear BLUE)

Tuesday, Feb. 28th

Crazy about Reading- Wear a crazy hat or hair!

Wednesday, March 1st

Books Knock our Socks Off!- Wear fun socks!

Thursday, March 2nd

Dress Up as your favorite Dr. Seuss or storybook character

Come to our Literacy Night in costume too!

Friday, March 3rd

PJs and D.E.A.R (Drop Everything and Read) Day

Bring blankets and pillows along with your favorite book


This week students will be able to make purchases during their Activity time at Media. It will also be open during our Literacy Night Family event on March 2nd.

You can preview items and open your child's e-wallet by clicking the button below.

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Join Us Thursday, March 2nd at 5:00pm-7:00pm

Westside is hosting our annual Literacy Family Engagement Night Thursday, March 2nd from 5:00pm-7:00pm. Our campus will host many fun activities and giveaways including Bingo for Books! Kona Ice will also be on site for delicious treats! See below for the times of different events:

Bingo for Books:

5:15pm, 5:50pm and 6:25pm- Cafeteria

Staff Read Alouds:

5:35pm, 6:10pm and 6:45pm- Commons

Literacy Games and Activities

ongoing 5:00-7:00pm around campus

Book Fair:

Open from 5:00pm-7:00pm- Media Center

We will also have a PRIZE GIVEAWAY table for families to enter to win one of our amazing prize packs! Earn entry tickets by completing various activities around campus!

Don't forget to grab Kona Ice on your way out!

Westside Students Explore Their Potential Every Day!

In PE this week, students enjoyed seeing all the lettuce they had planted and practiced hula hooping! Mrs. McKinney works with students to help build and maintain gardens around campus with vegetable and flowers.

Our talented Explorers performed at the Elementary Music Festival Saturday evening alongside students from numerous other schools. Orchestra and Chorus students were showcasing their talents through their voices and instruments. Way to Go!
Thank you Kona Ice for celebrating our Odyssey of the Mind winners with a special treat!
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Westside's Club Corner

Monday, 2/27

  • Running Club @2:30-3:30p (only students who have entered a race)
  • Beginning Orchestra 2:30-3:30pm

Tuesday, 2/28

  • ASP 2nd-6th (7:00a)
  • Intermediate Orchestra 7:15a-8:00a
  • ASP 1st-6th (2:30-4:00p)
  • Beginning Orchestra @2:30p3:30p
  • Odyssey of the Mind @2:30p-4:30p
  • Modern Artists @2:30p-4:00p
  • DOVE Bible club

Wednesday, 3/1

  • ASP Kinder (7:00a)
  • Chorus @2:30-3:30p
  • ASP 1st-6th (2:30-4:00p)

Thursday, 3/2

  • ASP 2nd-6th (2:30-4:00p)
  • Intermediate Orchestra @2:30p-3:30p
  • Great Van Goghs @2:30p-4:00p

Friday, 3/3

  • Early Release
  • Jammers @1:30-3:00 p
  • Ceramics Club @1:30-3:00p
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Are you a small business owner or have business connections to help with recess improvements, staff appreciation and other events? If so, we'd love to connect! Email us at:

Upcoming Needs for Registered Volunteers:

**IF you are able to support any of these, please email our PTO at address below**

Kindergarten Lunch Support (Daily) 11:00-11:45a

Parent Lunch Fridays- 10:30am-12:30pm

PTO will continue to sell Spirit Shirts at all Westside events OR you can send in the money in an envelope with your child's full name, teacher name, material & color of shirt, and size desired. Cotton shirts (teal or black) are $10 and Dryfit shirts (black only) are $12.

Have questions or need more information? Email us at:

Friday is Family Lunch Day!

We had a good turnout for our Parent/Student Lunch Day last Friday! Thank you to the families who joined us and we look forward to seeing more of you this Friday.

At this time, we must follow the parameters listed below per BPS guidelines:

  • This opportunity will only be available on Fridays.
  • Only adults on the approved pick-up list for a child will be allowed to have lunch with students. You will need to present your photo ID at the front office and receive a visitor's tag. When done, you must sign out before leaving campus.
  • A designated area will be provided for the adult and student.
  • Adults will only be allowed to eat lunch with THEIR child and we request only two adults per child please.
  • Adults who are not registered volunteers will be monitored by school staff at all times.
  • Adults will be permitted to be on campus for lunch for their child's 30-minute lunch block (times listed at end of newsletter for all classes). Once your child's lunch is over, we kindly as you to sign out and exit campus. If you have multiple children and want to have lunch with all of them, you must wait for additional lunch times in the front office, glass booth, or your vehicle.
  • You may bring in food from outside sources for your child only. Any leftover drinks or snacks will not be allowed back in class however.
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Upcoming Events

  • February 20th- Hurricane Nicole Make Up Day
  • February 22nd- School Bus Driver Appreciation Day
  • February 27th-March 3rd- Book Fair/Literacy Week
  • March 2nd- Literacy Night Event
  • March 13th-17th- Spring Break
  • March 28th-April 5th- Booster Fun Run Week
  • April 5th- Westside Fun Run
  • April 24th- Hurricane Nicole Make Up Day
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