The Compass

Week of May 3, 2021

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Happy May Westside Parents and Families! FSA testing begins this week (see schedule below) and we are excited for our students to SHOW what they KNOW! Please ensure they are getting a good night's sleep, eating a healthy breakfast and ON TIME for school.

Brick & Mortar Students:

May 4th- 4th-6th FSA Reading Session 1

May 5th- 4th-6th FSA Reading Session 2

ELearning Students: *Must take assessments ON CAMPUS*

May 6th- 4th-6th FSA Reading Session 1

May 7th- 4th-6th FSA Reading Session 2

Happy Staff Appreciation Week to our hard-working team at Westside! If your family would like to share the love and let them know how much you appreciate them, you can either follow the guide below OR create your own way to make them feel special. Don't forget the Activity Team, ESE/Speech/Language, Counselors, Child Care, and any other staff who positively interacts with your child.

Monday, 5/3:
  • Family Note of Appreciation- Handwrite a note of thanks to your favorite staff member and/or child's teacher.
Tuesday, 5/4:
  • Sweet Treat- Send in a sweet treat to child's teacher and/or staff member.
Wednesday, 5/5:
  • Student Art- Have your child create a portrait or creative piece of art to show how much their teacher and/or staff member means to them.
Thursday, 5/6:
  • Salty Snack- Surprise your teacher and/or staff member with a salty snack today!
Friday, 5/7:
  • Special Gift- family choice of a special gift or treat for your favorite staff member and/or child's teacher.

Thank you for your continued support of Westside and your child!

~Mrs. Stephanie Woodbury, Principal
(321) 956-5050 or

Advertise Your Business in our 2021-2022 Student Planner

Attention Business Owners...ONLY A FEW AD SPOTS LEFT! Next year, every child in grades 2nd-6th will be using a daily planner and we are looking to support our community in them. If you would like to put a color advertisement in these planners, prices are listed below:

  • Quarter page: $25
  • Half page: $50
  • Full page: $100

Spots are going fast, so please reach out to Mrs. Woodbury via email listed below. Use subject line: "Planner Ad". Thank you! Email:

Westside Students Learn Every Moment of Every Day

Mrs. McKinney, our Physical Education teacher, uses different modes of learning to grow the whole child! First, her Walk to Success group uses BrainBall materials to teach CVC words. Next, her Kindergarten class participated in Backyard Yoga during the nutrition class with Mrs. Shelby from the University of Florida Nutrition program. Last, she helped the Brevard After Care students work on our circular flower garden.

Ms. O'Neill's Kindergarten class learned about elephants and made elephant headbands for the letter E. Did you know that elephants are the largest land mammal and take dust baths to cool down their bodies? Learning about elephants was EXCELLENT! Then, they made Friendship necklaces for Fun Friday activity for letter F.

Students in Mrs. Burchinal’s 5th grade class participated in critical-thinking activities. They had to devise a way to save Sam (gummy worm) who is on a capsized boat (cup) by putting a life- preserver (gummy saver) around him. Unfortunately, they could NOT touch Sam, the boat, or the life-preserver in the process! The online students watched and offered ideas on how to save Sam.

“How would you solve it?” First Graders in Ms. Dickson's class demonstrated different ways to solve the same type of problem. These students used their strategies and creativity to show what they know!

Mrs. Harwood's 4th grade class worked in teams to classify minerals in Science this week!

Sixth Grade students in Ms. Dawkin's class reviewed math by playing the game of Clue to figure out “who kidnapped the teacher?” All clues were given by correctly solving math equations. In ELA, students reviewed reading comprehension by working in groups and playing 4 corners. Groups went to the corner they believe went with their correct answer.

Brevard Summer Camp Registration

Registration for Brevard's Summer Camps is now OPEN!

June 7th-July 30th (closed July 5th)


Weekly Tuition $103 (10% sibling discount)

Daily Drop In Rate $40

Registration fee $10 per child

Field Trips are additional cost

Elementary Schools Hosting:

Andersen, Columbia, Enterprise, Longleaf, Meadowlane Primary, Stevenson, Surfside and Viera

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Upcoming Events

  • May 4th- FSA ELA (4-6)
  • May 7th-Interims issued and published on FOCUS
  • May 11th- FSA Math (3-6) Window Opens
  • May 18th- FSA Science (5th) Window Opens
  • May 21st- 5th & 6th Grade Dance 1:30-3:15p
  • 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

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