The Compass

Week of October 31, 2022

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Happy November Westside Families! Thank you for helping our Explorers dress up and learn about drug prevention during our Red Ribbon Week! Be sure to check out our Facebook Page for all of the photos.

With Halloween on Monday, we are asking parents to prohibit students bringing candy to school and in their lunch boxes this week. Please keep candies and treats at home for students to enjoy! Additionally, be sure attire for Monday is school appropriate and students are able to still participate in recess and PE.

Don't forget we have our Family Science Exploration Night this Thursday, 11/3, from 5:00-7:00pm. See details below.

Last Tuesday, the School Board approved their plan to make up the instructional minutes from Hurricane Ian. BPS will be extending the first semester by two additional days after winter break and extending 4 Fridays to FULL days. Those Fridays are:

  • November 4th (This Friday)-Dismissal at 2:30p!!
  • November 18th
  • December 2nd
  • January 6th

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!

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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Thursday, Nov. 3rd- Family Science Exploration Night

We invite all Westside families to join us this Thursday

for a FREE Science Exploration Night from 5:00-7:00PM!

Students and families will have the opportunity to visit 7 different science experiment stations, enter into a prize giveaway, purchase spirit shirts from PTO, and enjoy Kona Ice!

Please be sure to send in your blue RSVP form to help us plan accordingly.

*All students/children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times*

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Brevard Millage Referendum

Brevard County residents will see an Ad Valorem Millage on the November ballot this year to support our schools, staff and students. We invite you to learn about this topic by visiting the informative website located at the button link below.
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November 9th- Fall Portrait Retakes

Students will be bringing home their Fall Portrait photos this week.

If your child was absent on that day, please be sure to have them ready to photograph for our yearbook and a link to order will be sent out soon.

If you have photos and would like retakes, be sure to return the uncut photo package to the school that day.

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Reimagining Middle School

Brevard Public Schools has put together a task force to reimagine the middle school experience for students. They are asking for community, student and parent input as they build their new vision. Our current 4th-6th graders will be impacted by these upcoming decisions, so please take a moment to view the video and offer your voice at the links below.
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We are excited about all of our new members in PTO!

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, November 15th at 5:30pm in our Media Center.

You do not have to be a registered volunteer to attend these meetings.

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

Week of December 12th- Holiday Shop

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, 10/31

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

Tuesday, 11/1

  • DOVE Bible Club @2:30-3:30
  • 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, 11/2

  • Chorus @2:30-3:30p

Thursday, 11/3

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

Friday, 11/4 **FULL Day of School**

  • Pint-Sized Picassos @2:30-4:00
  • Jammers @2:30-4:00p

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

  • November 2nd-4th- Writing Assessment (4-6)
  • November 3rd- Family Science Exploration Night 5-7p
  • November 4th (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 15h- PTO Meeting @ 5:30pm
  • 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)