The Compass

Week of September 25, 2022

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Happy Sunday Westside Families! We have quite the busy and week with MANY opportunities for you as parents/guardians to get involved in our school OR your child's educational journey. Additionally, BPS is watching TS Ian closely and we will update you if there are any changes to our school schedule.


  • First, join us for our next School Advisory Council meeting on Monday, Sept. 26th at 3:00pm. I will be presenting information about the upcoming Millage that will be on the election ballot in November. Any parent/guardian of a Westside student can attend and we hope you will join us!


  • Our next PTO meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 27th at 5:30pm here at the school. We would love to increase our parent participation as the PTO has many exciting events they will be sponsoring and will need volunteers. However, you do not have to be a registered volunteer to attend the meetings, so anyone can join us!


  • Wednesday, Sept. 28th, the Scouts of America are doing a presentation in our Cafe at 6:30pm for students who might be interested in joining their organization. Your child will be bringing home more information on Tuesday after the classroom visits.


  • On Thursday, Sept. 29th, from 5:00p-6:30p, we are offering an informational night on Science Fair for families of 4th-6th graders. Parents and students who attend will receive information on the correct way to complete a Science Fair Project and a FREE Science Fair board! Additionally, all students will receive a FREE handbook and we will be offering afterschool workshops in January prior to the fair. We hope you take advantage of this informative session and minimize the stress at home!


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 Woodbury.Stephanie@BrevardSchools.org

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Staff Shout Outs

Want to give a special THANK YOU to one of our Westside Staff Members? Click the button below to submit your special message to be delivered to them. Our staff loves positive praise!
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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, 9/26

  • Running Club (Early Access Only) @2:30-4:00p *All Access begins October 17th @ 2:30p-4:00p*
  • Beginning Orchestra @2:30-3:30p


Tuesday, 9/27

  • Intermediate Orchestra 7:15a-8:00a
  • Beginning Orchestra @2:30-3:30p
  • Odyssey of the Mind @2:30p- 3:30p
  • Primary Kindness Club @2:30p-3:30p
  • Modern Artists @2:30p-4:00p
  • DOVE Bible Club @2:30-3:30p *If you haven't signed up yet for DOVE, go to www.dovebibleclub.org You must be registered to attend the club meeting on Tuesday.*


Wednesday, 9/28

  • *none* at this time


Thursday, 9/29

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


Friday, 9/30

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

SAVE THESE DATES

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Welcome to Westside's PTO Press! Each week, we will update you on our happenings and upcoming event details. This year we are rebuilding our PTO membership and want YOU to join us to enhance our children's education! Start by coming to our next meeting this

Tuesday, September 27th at 5:30pm in Westside's Media Center.


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.


Meet Our PTO Board:

President- Nicole Thompson (Parent)

Vice President- Christina Wise (Parent)

Treasurer- Roxanne Knowles (Staff)

Secretary- Emily Torlak (Parent)


Upcoming Needs for Registered Volunteers:

Parent Lunch Fridays- 10:30a-12:30p

October 5th- Fall Portrait Day

October 13th- Science Exploration Night 5-7p

October 14th- Movie Matinee Fundraiser 1:00-4:00p


Have questions or need more information? Email us at: WestsidePTOpalmbay@gmail.com

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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Florida Kid Care Is Now Available!

Free or Low-Cost Health and Dental Insurance for Kids!


Your children could be among the 176,000 kids who may be eligible for low-cost health and dental insurance through Florida KidCare – even if one or both parents are working. Millions of children count on Florida KidCare for the high-quality health and dental insurance they need from birth through their 19th birthday. Florida KidCare is designed to provide services to children at each stage of growth and development. Health and dental services are delivered through quality plans that offer a choice of local doctors, dentists, specialists, hospitals, pharmacies and other health care providers.


Benefits include but are not limited to:

• Doctor Visits • Checkups • Vision & Hearing • Dental Care • Hospital Stays


Florida KidCare includes free, subsidized and competitively priced options based on family income and household size. Most families pay nothing at all for coverage, and many others pay only $15 or $20 per month. Families who do not qualify for free or subsidized coverage may purchase a competitively priced plan.


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Simply fill out the application, and Florida KidCare will match your child with the right option. Apply online at floridakidcare.org or call 1-888-540-KIDS (5437).


**Check 0ut the brochure at the end of this newsletter**

Upcoming Events

  • September 26th- SAC Meeting @3p
  • September 27th- Boy Scout School Visit
  • September 27th- PTO Meeting 5:30p
  • September 28th - Boy Scout Information Night @ 6:30p
  • September 29th- Science Fair Orientation Night
  • October 5th - Fall Portraits
  • October 10th- Student Holdiay-No School
  • October 13th - Science Engagement Night
  • October 14th- Report Cards Issued
  • October 14th- PTO Movie Matinee Fundraiser
  • October 29th- Ghostly Gecko 5K at 6p (Support Westside Elites)