The Compass

Week of October 24, 2022

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Hello Westside Families! Thank you to all the families who came to the Award Ceremonies to support their children. We truly appreciated you being there to honor them!

Kudos to all the students and families who came out on Saturday to support Phase 1 of our Painted Playground! It looks amazing and we are excited to do the second part soon! Be sure to check out photos in this mini video here:

RESCHEDULED! Monday night, Oct. 24th, the Boy Scouts of America will be here on campus at 6:30pm for their presentation for any family who is interested in this organization.

Do you or or family own a business and want to partner with Westside? If so, please email Tara Schwarz at We would love to work together to improve our community and school!

This Tuesday, the School Board will be voting on how to handle the make-up days from Hurricane Ian. The proposal is to extend first semester by two additional days after winter break. The third instructional day, which was lost due to Hurricane Ian, will be captured by converting four early release Fridays to regular school days. The additional minutes gained by converting these four early release Fridays along with extending first semester two days after winter break will meet course credit requirements. Those Fridays are:

  • November 4th
  • November 18th
  • December 2nd
  • January 6th

We will keep you posted on the approval of these changes once the Board votes.

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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Thank You K's Vertical Blinds for Your Donation and Service to Westside!

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Westside Celebrates Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week is a national event to promote a healthy lifestyle and education students about drug prevention. We will be doing some theme days with mini lessons for students each day. See below for the schedule:

Monday: RRW Kick-off!

Wear RED and take the pledge at school to live healthy!

Talk to your child about what might be considered a "drug" and building healthy habits.

Tuesday: Team Up Against Drugs!

Wear sport or team clothes!

Talk to your child about the positive effects on the body by participating in sports or playing actively.

Wednesday: Don't Get Mixed Up in Drugs!

Wear mismatched clothing!

Talk to your child about peer pressures to try things that may be harmful to their bodies and growth. Discuss ways they could say "NO" if put in a situation.

Thursday-Put a Cap on Drugs!

Wear crazy hair or a crazy hat!

Talk about healthy nutrition and plan a healthy meal together. Talk about the benefits of drinking water and eating a balanced meal. Also discuss things they can do to relieve stress such as going outside for a walk, listening to music, doing crafts or even playing with a pet.

Friday- Have Good Character! Don't FALL for Drugs!

PK-3 Dress as Storybook Characters

4th Grade- Dress in FALL colors or as an Idiom

5th-6th- Wear FALL Colors

Talk to your child about setting a goal as a family to have a healthier lifestyle such as family evening walks, limiting screen time, enjoying the outdoors on weekends, cooking healthy foods together or getting enough rest.

Students Earn Shopping Spree at the Explorer Exchange!

Students were able to spend their Compass Cash earned these last at our PBIS Store last week and enter fun giveaways! They also have the ability to purchase a ticket the next PBIS event on Nov. 17th which will be a Bubble Run for PK-3 and a Color Run for 4th-6th Grade. Check out these smiles of students shopping in the Explorer Exchange...
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Upcoming Needs for Registered Volunteers:

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

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

November 3rd- Family Science Exploration Night 5:00-7:00pm

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:

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Westside's Club Corner

We are in full swing of our clubs and programs after school! 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, 10/24

  • *Running Club @ 2:30pm-3:30pm-must have turned in a permission form!

Tuesday, 10/25

  • Intermediate Orchestra 7:15a-8:00a
  • Beginning Orchestra @2:30-3:30p
  • Odyssey of the Mind @2:30p- 3:30p
  • Modern Artists @2:30p-4:00p

Wednesday, 10/25

  • Chorus @2:30-3:30p

Thursday, 10/26

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

Friday, 10/27

  • Pint-Sized Picassos @1:30p-3:00p
  • Jammers @1:30p-3:00p

Lunch With Students

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

  • October 24th-28th- Red Ribbon Week
  • October 29th- Ghostly Gecko 5K at 6p (Support Westside Elites)
  • November 2nd-4th- Writing Assessment (4-6)
  • November 3rd- Family Science Exploration Night 5-7p
  • November 4th (Tentative FULL Day- No Early Dismissal)
  • November 8th- Election Day
  • November 9th- Fall Portrait Retakes
  • November 11th- Veteran's Day (Holiday for All)
  • November 15th-16th- Lagoon Trip (4th)
  • November 16th- KSC Trip (6th)
  • November 17th- PBIS Event #2 (Bubble/Glow Run)
  • November 18th- Interims #2 issued
  • November 18th- (Tentative FULL Day- No Early Dismissal)
  • November 21-25- Thanksgiving Break for all
  • December 2nd- (Tentative FULL Day- No Early Dismissal)