The Paw Print

Volume 10 October 30, 2020

Key Updates

Report Cards

Please ask your child to see their report card. They came home today! You can also view them on FOCUS. Below are some tips on discussing report cards with your child.

  • Always point out their strengths first.
  • Praise their progress and effort. This will build confidence so they are eager to continue working hard.
  • Read the report card with your child and find some areas they would like to improve.
  • Once you have identified the areas to improve, help your child set some goals. This could be reading nightly or practicing math facts daily.
  • Finally, always reach out to your child's teacher if you have questions about how they are progressing.

Parent Conference Night

If you would like to attend schedule a virtual parent conference night with your child's teacher, please email him/her. We have allotted November 5 as Surfside Parent Conference Night. These will be scheduled directly with teachers, not through the front office.


We have seen an increase in the number of cases here on campus. We remain vigilant in following Covid protocols set by the district. Our classrooms are cleaned often and we remind students often to wash hands. Please encourage your kids at home to follow these same measures. The more that we encourage healthy habits, the safer everyone will be.

The School Board voted on Tuesday to no longer allow face shields to be used without a mask, unless the instruction requires those participating to see each other's mouths. A good example of this is a Speech Pathologist. In order to learn how to articulate sounds, students need to be able to see the mouth of the teacher. This would be a case where shields are allowed. Masks are still strongly encouraged for K-2 and required for 3-12.

Each time there is a case on campus, we notify the entire school and send an additional notification to the classroom that had a positive case. Please know that if your child is ever a contact to a case, you will be notified. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call the office.


With health and safety measures in place, our school playground will open next week. One class will be allowed to use the playground at a time. Students will have to wash or sanitize hands prior to playing and after they finish playing. Our custodial team will sanitize the equipment daily.

Dress Code

Please encourage your student to follow dress code when attending school. Lately we have noticed a lot of students wearing flip flops and cut-off shirts. Flip flops present a safety issue when students are playing outside or attending PE. Cut-off shirts that show stomachs are not appropriate for school. Students will be sent to the office to change if these shirts are worn.

Please stay safe this weekend! Have fun and enjoy your families. We will see you on Monday!

Mrs. Erenstoft and Mrs. Seibert

PTO Silent Auction

October 23rd - Kick-off

PTO Silent Auction

Bidding starts - today! Log onto to bid on theme park tickets during our silent auction. Since we did not have the Backyard BBQ in the spring due to COVID-19, we had some amazing tickets leftover. PTO is auctioning these off in hopes that we can raise funds to continue to support the school. We have already upgraded teachers’ computers (around $1,200) and funded classroom supplies ($1,700 so far).

This auction will allow PTO to continue to support our students and staff for the remainder of the school year. Items up for grabs are:

  • Kennedy Space Center Tickets (4)

  • Brevard Zoo (2)

  • Universal Studios two-park, one-day passes (2)

  • Sea World Orlando (4)

  • Aquatica (4)

Take advantage of the short lines at the theme parks and bid today! Auction closes at 9AM on November 9th.

Save Around Fundraiser

Dear Parents, Family and Friends,

A friendly reminder our fundraiser has ended and all orders are due. Please remember to return your order forms and unsold books to the front office.

Please send in payment of $25 per book, download the app, and enter the code from the front of your book to access 12 months of savings on the go! Use your book as a guide for awesome places to go and thrilling things to do with your family close to home and while traveling! You will enjoy savings from local and national retailers.

If you are not purchasing or selling books, please immediately return your unsold books to the front office.

Thank you again for your support. We truly appreciate all of your help!

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Important Dates and Reminders

  • PTO Silent Auction October 23 - November 9
  • Save Around Fundraiser ends on October 30
  • Report Cards will be posted on October 30
  • Veterans Day is November 11, 2020 - Holiday for All

Sales Surtax Renewal

On the November ballot, Brevard citizens will have the opportunity to vote to renew the surtax. This money goes towards capital improvements within our BPS schools. Below is a poster containing the proposed improvements for Surfside, should the tax get approved. For more information on the sales surtax and a full presentation from Dr. Mullins, please visit
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Clinic Quarantine Information

Students who go the school clinic and show any symptoms of Covid-19 will be sent home and required to quarantine for a period of ten days. The list of symptoms can be found below.

Students may return to school sooner if they meet the following criteria;

1. A medical release from your child’s doctor clearing them to return to school OR

2. A negative viral Covid-19 test (must be a PCR, not a Rapid Antigen test) AND

3. No fever (100.4 or greater) for at least 24 hours without medication


· Fever greater than 100.4

· Chills

· Cough

· Congestion

· Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

· Fatigue

· Muscle or body aches

· Headache

· New loss of taste or smell

· Sore Throat

· Nausea or vomiting

· Diarrhea

Surfside Elementary School

Hours: Monday - Friday 7:30am - 3:30pm

Surfside Elementary School provides a safe and positive environment where high quality education occurs for all students.