The Compass

Week of March 20, 2023

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Welcome Back Westside Families! We hope everyone had a wonderful break and ready to "SPRING" into the last nine weeks of the 22-23 school year. If your child participated in a class Spring Break Challenge, have them bring their sheets in when school resumes on Tuesday, March 21st.

Although Monday is a student holiday, our office will be open to assist you. You can also come browse our Lost and Found collection to reunite items with your child. A video of all items can be viewed HERE. The collection will be located in our front alcove on Monday for your convenience. On Friday, any items not claimed will be donated to local shelters.

Save the Dates for 3rd nine weeks Awards shown below. If you child is receiving an award this round, you will be notified by the teacher via their Thursday folder or Dojo.

  • Monday, 3/27- Kindergarten (8:15a), 2nd grade (8:50), 1st grade (9:30)
  • Tuesday, 3/28- 5th grade (8:15a), 4th grade (8:50), 3rd grade (9:30)
  • Wednesday, 3/29- 6th grade (8:30a)

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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View/Order Spring Portraits

You are able to view and purchase your child's Spring Portraits taken prior to spring break. Click the button link below and enter your child's student ID number to access their gallery.
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$50 Amazon Parent Sweepstakes!

Hello Westside Families,

The day is here! You can now register for our Explorer Fun Run! Our goal is to raise $25,000 for more playground additions and upgrading our technology. Last year's funds have helped us begin the addition of a NEW shade covering over our current playground and multiple picnic tables for our campus. We want to continue the additions outside with new structures and enhancements next year along with refreshing our learning technology.

Registering is easy and free! PLUS, Just for registering, you can enter our PARENT SWEEPSTAKES to win a $50 amazon gift card. In order to be eligible for the drawing, you must register before kickoff on 03/28/2023.

⭐️ Register Now On MYBOOSTER.COM ⭐️

Be sure to check out the easy sharing functions on MYBOOSTER.COM to let others know how they can help support our school.

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Re-Enrollment for 23-24 School Year Now Open

Re-enrollment (previously registration) will be 100% digital this year for all BPS students through the FOCUS Parent Portal platform. Families will need to activate their Parent Portal if they have not done so already. If you have not activated your account for your children, please stop by the Front Office to obtain your PIN code and directions.

Once your Parent Portal is set up, you may begin the re-enrollment process at anytime by following the directions below (printed or video).

If you do not have access to an electronic device (computer, smartphone or tablet), please come into our office to use our school-based laptops. Our office is open Monday-Friday from 7:30AM-3:30PM.

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Kindergarten Enrollment for 23-24

We are excited to invite NEW Explorers to our campus next fall for Kindergarten! If you have a child who is eligible for Kindergarten, we will begin enrolling them the week of March 27-31. More information will be coming out later this week.

Additionally, we are hosting a Kindergarten Orientation for families and their students on the evening of April 12th, so save the date!

For your planning purposes, the first official day of Kindergarten is Aug. 15th; however your child may be invited to a "soft start" between August 10-14 to help them become acclimated with our campus, classrooms and friends.

Last, if your child will be joining us for Kindergarten next fall, there is a VPK opportunity shown below for any child who did not attend PK.

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Summer VPK Program

Hello Westside Families! BPS is hosting a Summer Voluntary PreK program for students who are eligible to attend kindergarten in August 2023 and did not attend the school year VPK prgram.

Summer VPK will be held at Sherwood Elementary Monday-Friday from May 31-July 25, 2023 (7:30AM-3:30PM daily). A Meet & Greet will be hosted on May 31st from 11:30am-3:30pm for students/families attending.

Please see the attached flyer for more information.

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Westside's Club Corner

Monday, 3/20

  • Teacher Workday/Student Holiday

Tuesday, 3/21

  • Wear Blue/Yellow for World Downs Syndrome Day
  • Intermediate Orchestra 7:15a-8:00a
  • Beginning Orchestra @2:30p3:30p
  • Odyssey of the Mind @2:30p-4:30p
  • Modern Artists @2:30p-4:00p

Wednesday, 3/22

  • Chorus @2:30-3:30p

Thursday, 3/23

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

Friday, 3/24

  • Early Release
  • Jammers @1:30-3:00p
  • Ceramics Club @1:30-3:00p

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

  • March 13th-17th- Spring Break
  • March 20th- Student Holiday/Teacher Workday
  • March 21st- School Resumes
  • March 27th – K, 1st, 2nd Awards

  • March 28th – 3rd, 4th, 5th Awards
  • March 28th – Explorer Fun Run Kick-off
  • March 29th – 6th Grade Awards
  • March 28th - April 4th – Explorer Fun Run Program & Pledging
  • April 5th – Explorer Fun Run Event!
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Wireless Communication Device Policy

We are asking parents to review the BPS Wireless Communication Device policy (po5136) and the Cell Phone Contract which are attached to the end of this newsletter. It will also be posted on our school website and social media forums. You can also access po5136 at the BPS link HERE.

If your child has obtained a wireless communication device such as a smartphone since registration in August 2022, you will be asked to complete a Cell Phone Contract for this device. This week, we will be identifying those students who need updated contracts and send them home to you. Please feel free to reach out to our office for a copy as well. As a reminder, Westside Elementary's procedures are that cell phones are to be powered off and in backpacks while on school grounds unless permission has been given by an administrator. Students who violate the WCD policy may receive disciplinary action. Reminder: if a student needs to contact home we will provide access, or if you need to speak to your child, please call the front office and we will connect you.