The Compass

Week of December 5, 2022

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Season's Greetings Westside Families! It was great seeing so many of you at the parade Saturday evening. Thank you for supporting our Jammers!

This Friday, 12/9 will be EARLY DISMISSAL so students will be released at 1:15p.

Academic Support Program (ASP) will continue this week for all students who have received a confirmation letter to attend. REMINDER: all ASP car riders will be picked up in the SIDE Loop instead of the front like before. Please have your green tag available to show.

Fall Portrait Make-Ups and Retakes have been rescheduled for this Wednesday, December 7th. If your child is new to Westside or missed our previous session, their picture will be taken for our yearbook. You can also order prints by clicking HERE and entering your child's student ID. If you are having retakes done, please bring back the original package to swap for a new session.

Our Chorus will be performing this Saturday for the Palm Bay Breakfast with Santa at the Ted Whitlock Community Center starting at 9:30am. We are excited to showcase their talents!

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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Holiday Spirit Days

During the month of December, Westside will be adding holiday cheer to our campus as students work hard to meet their academic potential! Below is a list of our "theme" days if students want to participate:

  • December 6th- Holiday Headgear & Happy Feet! Wear your favorite holiday hat or headband and socks!
  • December 8th- Team Santa or Team Grinch! Wear RED for Team Santa or GREEN for Team Grinch!
  • December 13th- Jingle All the Way! Wear jingle bells today :)
  • December 14th- Class/Grade Level Holiday Theme (Teachers will share their theme soon)
  • December 16th- Sparkle and Shine! Wear lights or glittery attire.
  • December 19th- Reindeer Day! Dress like a reindeer and bring your favorite book to read during our "DEAR" time (Drop Everything And Read)
  • December 20th- PJs and Polar Express! Wear your PJs to school (with appropriate shoes)
  • December 21st- Ready for the Holidays! Wear your favorite holiday outfit to kick off Winter Break!

Our Explorers are Learning Every Moment of Every Day!

Here are some highlights over the last month of our Explorers doing great things during their time at school. First, Students celebrated and honored our Veterans last month with letters, projects and learning about patriotism.
Our PK students have been working hard at trying new things and learning how to move their bodies to improve coordination and fitness!
Student Leadership Council completed their Food Drive and donated over 100 items to Bayside High School's food pantry to support our community. Now they are working at bringing holiday cheer to our campus!
L3Harris Volunteers visited Westside last week to share "JA in a Day" with students. Junior Achievement is a program that teaches students financial literacy in grades K-6. Primary students learned about the differences between services and goods, local business types used in our community, and financial vocabulary. Intermediate students learned the differences between earned, saved, and donated funds, global currency and businesses, and how to create businesses that would profit in different areas of the nation and world.
The Westside Jammers performed in the Palm Bay Light Parade this past weekend. We are so proud of their efforts! Thank you to members of our Student Leadership Council who carried our banner and passed out treats to the fans!
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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, 12/5

  • ASP 7:00-7:45a (K-1)
  • Running Club 2:30-3:30p
  • Beginning Orchestra @2:30-3:30p

Tuesday, 12/6

  • ASP 7:00-7:45a (2-6)
  • Intermediate Orchestra 7:15a-8:00a
  • Beginning Orchestra @2:30p3:30p
  • Odyssey of the Mind @2:30p-3:30p
  • Modern Artists @2:30p-4:00p
  • ASP 2:30-4:00p (2-6)

Wednesday, 12/7

  • ASP 7:00-7:45a (K-6)
  • Chorus @2:30-3:30p
  • ASP 2:30-4:00p (2-6)

Thursday, 12/8

  • ASP 7:00-7:45a (K-6)
  • Intermediate Orchestra @2:30p-3:30p
  • Great Van Goghs @2:30p-4:00p
  • ASP 2:30-4:00p (2-6)

Friday, 12/9

  • ASP 7:00-7:45a (2-6)
  • Jammers @1:30-3:00pm
  • Pintsized Picassos @1:30-3:00pm
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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

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:

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

  • December 7th- Photo Make Ups and Retakes
  • December 15th- Winter Music Program
  • December 19th-21st: Early Release Days
  • December 22nd-Winter Break Begins for all