The Compass

Week of January 13, 2023

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Happy January Westside Families! Thank you for getting your students to school and ON TIME last week for our "soft start" to the second semester.

I have updated this newsletter with just a few more details to support you and your child for the upcoming week, so please be sure to browse through.

We are back to EARLY DISMISSAL Fridays this week and for the remainder of the year! Students will begin dismissal at 1:15pm, so please ensure they are being met off buses or picked up at this time.

Next Monday, January 16th, is a school holiday to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School will resume Tuesday, January 17th.

Academic Support Program (ASP) for this semester will resume the week of January 17th. There is NO ASP this coming week.

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

New Playground Enhancements

Over the break we added more enhancements to our painted playground areas for students to enjoy including jumbo Connect Four, jumbo Jenga, dice, bean bags and two new benches for relaxing and storage of our items. We also added a gameboard (Roll and Race) and an Agility Course to build coordination. Students learned about how to use the new equipment and games last week. Be sure to have them tell you all about it!

The next phase will be new soccer goals for our campus, the arrival of picnic tables and more sports equipment for students to use.

Thank you to all who fundraised last year in our Fun Run to help provide all of these enhancements this year!

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Progress Monitoring Assessments This Week

This week, students will take a variety of Progress Monitoring Assessments required by the state. Below are details based upon grade. It is important the students get a good night's sleep prior and are HERE and ON TIME each day. These assessments, along with other data points throughout the year, will be used to determine if students are mastering grade level standards.

VPK-2nd Graders:

  • Students in grades VPK, Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd will take the second session of their Early Literacy/Reading assessments.
  • K-2 will assess on Wednesday and Thursday. VPK will work through the week on their assessments.
  • Assessments are all digital and taken on the iPads or computers.
  • Data will be share with you by January 20th.
  • Students with accommodations will be provided those during assessments.

4th-6th Graders:

  • Students will take the second Writing Assessment from our Reading curriculum this week on Wednesday, January 11th.
  • They will have 120 minutes to read supporting documents, plan, and compose a written response to the prompt.
  • Students will be typing their response into the computer platform, but will have a hard copy planning sheet for notes and outlines.
  • Students with accommodations will be provided those during assessments.
  • Results will be share with families upon scoring.

3rd-6th Graders:

  • Intermediate students will take their second F.A.S.T. assessment the week of July 17th.
  • ELA and Math will be assessed by the state.
  • Assessment is computer-based.
  • Results will be shared within 2 weeks of completion.
  • Data points from these assessments help guide interventions and make decisions about students' ability to master grade level standards.

If you have questions, please feel free to reach to Mrs. Williams at

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Westside's Club Corner

We are restarting our clubs for the next semester. See below for this week's schedule and information. ALL Clubs pick up in SIDE Car Loop at times shown below and if a club is canceled, the teacher sponsor will send out notifications.

Monday, 1/9

  • Beginning Orchestra @2:30-3:30p

Tuesday, 1/10

  • Intermediate Orchestra 7:15a-8:00a
  • Beginning Orchestra @2:30p3:30p
  • Odyssey of the Mind @2:30p-4:30p
  • Modern Artists @2:30p-4:00p

Wednesday, 1/11

  • Chorus @2:30-3:30p

Thursday, 1/12

  • Intermediate Orchestra @2:30p-3:30p
  • Great Van Goghs @2:30p-4:00p

Friday, 1/13

  • Jammers @1:30-3:00pm
  • Ceramics Club @1:30-3:00pm
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Our next meeting is Wednesday, January 11th at 3:00p

You do NOT have to be a registered volunteer to attend!

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

  • January 5th- Students and Staff Return
  • January 11th- End of 2nd Quarter
  • January 11th- Science Fair Workshop #1 (4th-6th graders)
  • January 18th- Awards K-2
  • January 18th- Science Fair Workshop #2 (4th-6th graders)
  • January 19th- Report Cards Issued
  • January 19th- Awards 3-5
  • January 20th- Awards 6th
  • January 25th- Club/Class/Group Photos
  • January 26th- Conference Night
  • February 14th- Interims #3 Issued
  • February 16th- PBIS Event #3
  • February 20th- Hurricane Nicole Make Up Day
  • April 24th- Hurricane Nicole Make Up Day