The Compass

Week of February 20, 2023

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Greetings Westside Families! It was another exciting week for our Explorers. Just a reminder we DO have school tomorrow, Monday, Feb 20th as a hurricane make-up day.

On Friday, students brought home an "Intent Form" for the 23-24 school year with their interims. Please complete this and return to school so we can accurately begin projecting our needs for next year. This is NOT registration paperwork, and information about re-enrollment for next year will be coming in March along with new Kindergarten enrollment guidelines.

This is the LAST week to purchase our 2022-2023 Yearbook so don't miss out! Sale ends THIS Friday, Feb 24th. Please send cash or check (payable to Westside Elementary) to Mrs. Macgowan or Ms. Sepe (Cost is $30).

Our PTO will be meeting this Wednesday at 3:00pm in the Media Center. Any parent/guardian can join and offer input. We hope to see you there!

HUGE shout-out to our Odyssey of the Mind teams who took 1st and 3rd place in this weekend's competition and earned an invitation to the State event. Thank you to all the parents and families who have supported their child for practices and coming out to the event.

Our Penny War was a great success raising just over $800 to support our school. Fifth Grade had the most points and won the pizza party for the entire grade level. Thank you to all who donated!

The Movie Event hosted by the 4th grade Team was awesome! Students loved relaxing with friends to wind down from a busy week. Fourth grade will be using the money raised to help support their trip to St. Augustine.

Reminder of our updated Check-out Policy: the latest a student can be checked out by a legal guardian will be 1:45pm (M-Th) and 12:30pm (Fridays). Please plan accordingly. Parents arriving after 1:45pm will be asked to join our normal car loop line for dismissal. Additionally, if you are checking out your child during Activity, lunch or recess, they may not have access to their backpacks and other materials. Please check with your child's teacher and avoid these times.

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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Literacy Week and Family Engagement Night

Westside will celebrate their Literacy Week between Feb. 27th and March 3rd which aligns with National Read Across America week. For planning purposes, here are some details on activities and theme days:

  • Spud Book Character Competition- Students will decorate a potato spud as a book character. Due March 2nd. Judging March 3rd.

  • Theme Dress Up Days:

Monday, Feb. 27th

Fiction (wear RED) vs. Non-Fiction (wear BLUE)

Tuesday, Feb. 28th

Crazy about Reading- Wear a crazy hat or hair!

Wednesday, March 1st

Books Knock our Socks Off!- Wear fun socks!

Thursday, March 2nd

Dress Up as your favorite Dr. Seuss or storybook character

Come to our Literacy Night in costume too!

Friday, March 3rd

PJs and D.E.A.R (Drop Everything and Read) Day

Bring blankets and pillows along with your favorite book

Save the Date for our Literacy Family Engagement Night next Thursday, March 2nd from 5:00pm-7:00pm. Our campus will host many fun activities and giveaways include Bingo for Books! Kona Ice will also be on site for delicious treats!

We are still hoping for a business to sponsor our Literacy Night dinner option. If you are interested in supporting this event and earn FREE ADVERTISING from our school, please email Brianne Tison at

We would like to offer a "grab and go" meal for families that night and need monetary donations or Wal-Mart Gift Cards to purchase the food and paper products. Any amount will help!

Businesses who sponsors will receive FREE advertising on our social media, newsletters and electronic marquee!

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Book Fair is Here!

This week, our next Book Fair will be set up and students will have the opportunity to preview their options along with online catalogs during Media. Students will be allowed to purchase items starting later this week. It will also be open during our Literacy Night Family event on March 2nd. More details coming home soon!

You can preview items and open your child's e-wallet by clicking the button below.

Westside Students Explore Their Potential Every Day!

VPK Students visited our local fire station to learn more about fire safety and build social skills. The BEST part was, of course, climbing in the truck! Thank you to Station #4 for hosting our Explorers.
Westside's Odyssey of the Mind teams competed this past weekend at Viera High School. Both teams had to complete a spontaneous problem-solving task and perform a short skit that they have been working on over the last few months. Both teams earned an invitation to the STATE competition! Way to go Explorers!
Students were celebrated for being Safe, Respectful and Responsible last week at our third PBIS event. Explorers could purchase a ticket to our Bingo games with their Compass Cash and win LOTS of prizes! Check out these smiles from our prize table!
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Westside's Club Corner

Monday, 2/20

  • Running Club @2:30-3:30p (only students who have entered a race)
  • Beginning Orchestra 2:30-3:30pm

Tuesday, 2/21

  • ASP 2nd-6th (7:00a)
  • Intermediate Orchestra 7:15a-8:00a
  • ASP 1st-6th (2:30-4:00p)
  • Beginning Orchestra @2:30p3:30p
  • Odyssey of the Mind @2:30p-4:30p
  • Modern Artists @2:30p-4:00p

Wednesday, 2/22

  • ASP Kinder (7:00a)
  • Chorus @2:30-3:30p
  • ASP 1st-6th (2:30-4:00p)

Thursday, 2/23

  • ASP 2nd-6th (2:30-4:00p)
  • Intermediate Orchestra @2:30p-3:30p
  • Great Van Goghs @2:30p-4:00p

Friday, 2/24

  • Early Release
  • Jammers @1:30-3:00 p
  • Ceramics Club @1:30-3:00p
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Are you a small business owner or have business connections to help with recess improvements, staff appreciation and other events? If so, we'd love to connect! Email us at:

Our next meeting is February 22nd at 3:00pm in our Media Center.

You do NOT have to be a registered volunteer to attend!

Upcoming Needs for Registered Volunteers:

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

Kindergarten Lunch Support (Daily) 11:00-11:45a

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

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:

Friday is Family Lunch Day!

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

  • February 20th- Hurricane Nicole Make Up Day
  • February 22nd- School Bus Driver Appreciation Day
  • February 27th-March 3rd- Book Fair/Literacy Week
  • March 2nd- Literacy Night Event
  • March 13th-17th- Spring Break
  • March 28th-April 5th- Booster Fun Run Week
  • April 5th- Westside Fun Run
  • April 24th- Hurricane Nicole Make Up Day
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