The Compass

Week of June 1, 2021

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Hello Westside Parents & Families! Thank you for sharing your children with us this year, and being a partner as we navigated uncharted waters amid the pandemic. There were times we rose above the surface and times we sank below, but through it all your support for our school and staff kept us moving forward. In 3 days we will close out this school year and cherish the memories made and lessons learned. The staff at Westside wishes everyone a HAPPY SUMMER and hope it brings good health and time well spent with those you love!

Reminder there is NO SCHOOL MONDAY, 5/31, in honor of Memorial Day. School will resume on Tuesday, 6/1.

Here are some important reminders for the last week of the school year:

  • All students will be dismissed at 1:15p on these Early Release days.
  • Please send in all Library Books or payment for missing books.
  • See below for returning eLearning materials and technology
  • Report Cards and other valuable information for summer/next school year will be issued on the last day of school, June 3rd.

Again, thank you for supporting Westside this year! I will be sending out newsletters every other week over the summer to keep families informed. Have a wonderful summer break!

~Mrs. Stephanie Woodbury, Principal

(321) 956-5050

Sixth Grade Graduation Day Details

Wednesday, June 2nd, we will honor the graduation class of 2021! The ceremony will be recorded and sent out to all 6th grade families. In addition, families can come to the school starting at 11:00am to check-out their student and take commemorative photos in the front of our campus. Please let your 6th grade teacher know if you are planning on checking them out. You can also use this time to return any eLearning materials and technology.

Updated Procedures:

  • Please come through our SIDE car loop on the south side of campus to pick up your child. Have ID ready.
  • After checking out your child, your family can pull around and park in our FRONT lot and walk to the photo booths to capture this exciting moment.

E-Learning Materials/Laptops Return Schedule

Thank you to all the families who supported our eLearners this year! We will begin collecting all non-consumable textbooks and laptops/chargers/hotspots starting this week following the schedule below. Additionally, you will pick up all final paperwork and report cards at this time. There is a $45 charge for any missing chargers, and any damaged laptops will be assessed upon return for replacement cost. Please park and bring your items to the front office to return and receive a confirmation receipt and final report card.

Wednesday, June 2nd- Sixth Grade ONLY


Thursday, June 3rd- Kindergarten-5th Grade


Friday, June 4th- Open to All Returns


Planner Design Winner

Congratulations to Armoni Franklin who created the winning design for our Student Planners next year! The theme was "Dream! Explore! Discover!" Armoni is a 6th grade student who has been a talented artist at Westside this year. She competed against 14 other designs for this honor! We know Armoni will continue to blossom as an artist moving into middle school and beyond.

Second Place Winner: Alexis Szkolinik

Third Place Winner: Mason O'Malley

Honorable Mentions: Sienna Lies and La'Veya Tysdal

2020-2021 Commemorative Yearbooks Have Arrived!

We have a handful of copies left of our yearbook. We will continue to sell them in the morning car loop from 7:30a-8:00a and in our front car loop during the afternoon pick from 1:15p-1:45p. You can also send payment in with your child to turn into the office.

  • Send cash or check (made payable to Westside Elementary) for $26.25
  • Drop envelope in front office or child care mailbox.

End-Of-Year Fun & STEM Challenges

Even though many students have "summer fever", they are still engaged in creative learning! Watch this quick video on some of the fun things classes have been doing this past week!

Plus, third graders in Ms. Gerhardt's class worked as architects to design their own house. They had to calculate and compare the area and perimeter of different rooms, pieces of furniture and much more! In Mrs. Burchinal's 5th grade class, student were challenged to build the tallest tower with only straws, tape and string! Fourth grade students in Mrs. Hohn's class were learning about the rock cycle. They had to gather information from a video and become archaeologists to “dug” for gems. Additionally, they were reading “Invasion From Mars” and listened to the live broadcast while making their own “aliens”.

Westside Student Artists Participate in Local Show

Various student artists participated in the BPS Gallery Art Show. Click on the link and search "Westside" to pull up these amazing works.

Congratulations to our i-Ready Winners!

We are so proud of the following classes for the best performance in i-Ready this year! Each of these classes have earned a pizza or ice cream party. Way to go!




3rd- Wallace

4th- Harwood

5th- Toenjes

6th- Hibbs


Summer Access to Learning Technology

Want your child to keep up with their learning over the summer? Here are three resources at your fingertips students can do independently to ensure their success. Students MUST go through their Launchpad to access these apps shown below! (Go to Launchpad icon--use log in credentials) If your child does not have these apps, simply click on the + sign up at the top and search for the app to add.

  • i-Ready access will be available until July 15th. Students can work on Reading and Math independently. Recommended 30-45 minutes/week for each subject.

  • Lexia Core 5 will be available until July 30th for all K-5 students. Lexia offers online ebooks and lessons on reading skills. Lexia Power Up will also be available for all 6th grade students. Recommended up to an hour/week.

  • Sora access is available all summer. This is a large collection of online books that students can read or listen to for pleasure. Listening to audio books that are above your child's reading level is a great way to build vocabulary and exposure to complex text! Students can earn a special treat for all the books they've read on Sora throughout the summer. They will be receiving a tracking postcard from their teacher soon!

These resources are a great way to encourage learning and keep skills sharp over the summer!

T-Mobile Offers FREE Internet

T-Mobile has launched a program to give K-12 students FREE internet access! See flyer at the end of this newsletter with more information. Sign up today at or visit a T-Mobile retail store to receive assistance enrolling online.

Summer Office Hours-**Monday-Friday**7:00a-3:30p

Upcoming Events

  • May 31st- Holiday for ALL (Memorial Day)
  • June 1st- Early Release
  • June 2nd- 6th Grade Graduation/Early Release
  • June 3rd-Last Day of School/Report Cards Issued/Early Release
  • June 4th-August 9th-Summer Break!
  • August 10th- First Day of School

Reminder: Send clean mask and water bottle with your child daily