The Paw Print

Volume 1 August 14, 2020

The Countdown has Started!

In just a few weeks, we will open our doors and welcome the students of Surfside back to campus. Some will join us face-to-face for brick and mortar education, while others join us virtually for e-Learning. Words cannot express how grateful we are that you continue to trust our Panther Team with the education of your child(ren). The foundation that is being set for our children through the essential work of our teachers and staff is certain to make a difference that will last a lifetime.

Many have called and asked what school will look like. I have tried very hard to answer as many questions as I can. Below you will find some of those questions and the answers. Please keep in mind that, as with everything this year, we are asking that everyone extend grace and flexibility. As with so many things, Covid-related changes will happen. Please know that some of these answers are subject to change. We will continue to communicate information as it becomes available.

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to call the front office.

Kindest Regards,

Mrs. Erenstoft

We want to send a very special thank you to all of our wonderful parents that have so generously provided snacks and goodies to fuel us through our planning weeks, thank you!


The teachers and staff have truly loved all of the snacks and drinks provided by our amazing parents. We cannot thank you enough for everything that has been provided!!!!


  • If your student has supplies from the 2019-2020 school year that were not picked up, you will need to get them by Tuesday, August 18, 2020. We will not be able to store them after Tuesday. All items are in bags with student names. We will place them on the front patio of the school Monday, August 17 and Tuesday, August 18. We will dispose of anything not picked up by Tuesday afternoon at 3:00. Thank you for your help in this matter.
  • The school supply lists are posted on the school website, Please know that we do not expect families to find wipes and some other materials. If you happen to find them, that is fantastic, but no worries if not. Thank you for your continued support!
  • If you are not returning this year, please call the office ASAP. This will help us plan for the year.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will kids doing e-learning be stuck at a computer all day?

  • The purpose of e-learning is to provide families the opportunity to benefit from the amazing instruction of our teachers from the safety and comfort of their own home. Students doing e-learning will follow the same pace and schedule as their same age peers in the school building. They will have breaks for lunch, recess and activity. Teachers will provide online lessons, but students will also engage in independent assignments, small group instruction and collaborative activities with classmates. The e-learning option will not be the same as distance learning that was offered in the spring of 2020.

What if we need to switch from brick and mortar (face-to-face) to e-learning?

  • We will do everything we can to best serve our students. We are asking that families do their best to commit for a quarter. However, we know that life happens and we will continually strive to extend flexibility and grace to all of our families during this unprecedented time.

Will students doing brick and mortar education be stuck in their classroom all day long?

  • No. Kids will have recess, lunch and activity. They will not be stuck in their classroom all day, every day.

Can I walk my child to class on the first day?

  • The unfortunate answer to this is no. As parents and educators, we know this is a special tradition. We will however follow the guidelines set by the School Board, and visitors and volunteers will not be permitted on campus until further notice. We miss you and can't wait to one day have you back on our campus.

Surfside Elementary School

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