The Paw Print

Volume 4 September 18, 2020

Message from Mrs. Erenstoft

I cannot believe we are halfway through September! It feels like just yesterday that we began this adventure of reopening Surfside during the pandemic. We continue to be proud of the resiliency of our students, families and staff. We appreciate your grace, flexibility and encouragement during this school year.

This newsletter contains various topics. Please make sure that you click on the survey regarding communication. Our hope is to communicate effectively and efficiently, and we look forward to getting your input. There is also key information on inclement weather dismissal and the sales surtax renewal.

Again, thank you for continuing to entrust your students to us. We are honored to be on this journey with you.

Warmest Regards,

Kassie Erenstoft

Sunshine State Books

We would like to have two copies of each Sunshine State book in our Media Center for students to checkout. If you would be interested in donating a book to the Media Center, please use the Amazon link below to make that purchase. Thank you for your continued support of Surfside!

Welcome Nurse Kiley!

Please join us in welcoming Kiley Yohn to the Surfside Family. She is serving as the new nurse in our clinic. Below is a little message from Ms. Yohn telling you about herself.

My name is Kiley Yohn. I'm an Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) with the Florida Department of Health. If you've worked at other schools you may have recognized my name. I was a school nurse a few years ago for Brevard County schools, then I moved to Louisiana for a short stint of 3 years. Other than that I am a Nebraskan at heart, 5 year of service Air Force veteran, wife of a retired military veteran, a mother of three young men, and a 10 year cancer survivor. I enjoy dabbling in all artsy crafty fun, nature photography, outdoor activities, and travel.

Welcome, Ms. Yohn!

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

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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Free Breakfast and Lunch for ALL Students

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School Advisory Council Needs Parents

We are in need of additional parents to serve on the School Advisory Council. If you would be interested or would like more information, please click the button below.
School Advisory Council Needs Parents

Please click this button to fill out a short survey if you are interested in serving on SAC.

Communication Frequency

We would appreciate feedback on communication coming from the Surfside front office team. Below is a link to a survey asking how often you would like to receive these newsletters, as well as a spot to put any important topics you would like to read about. It is our goal to keep families informed and connected. The survey will take no more than five minutes to complete. We look forward to hearing from you.
Family Communication Survey

Please click this button to complete a very short survey regarding communication at Surfside.

Inclement Weather Dismissal

We keep our fingers crossed daily that it will be sunny for dismissal. However, we know that this will not always be the case. Below is some key information regarding procedures for inclement weather dismissal. Please read it carefully and let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

1. If we need to move to an inclement weather dismissal, families will be notified via email, text and phone call.

2. In the event that lightning is close to Surfside, we will hold all walkers and bikers and follow their Inclement Weather Dismissal Plan. If you have not provided a copy to your child's teacher, please do so as soon as possible.

3. If inclement weather is called, but we can safely dismiss car riders, we will use the overhangs at the end of the third and fifth grade hallways. Students will remain in their classrooms until we call them to come to the car loop. Staff members will be throughout the campus supporting students as they dismiss.

4. If your student attends Panther Den, they will be dismissed with the support of staff as usual.

Our ultimate goal is to keep students safe. Thank you ahead of time for your patience as we implement these plans.


Our picture day will be held on 10/23/2020. E-learning students will be scheduled on re-take day in December. Further information to come before that date.

Important Dates and Reminders

  • Interims will be posted on September 30
  • Picture Day is October 23, 2020
  • Report Cards will be posted on October 30

Surfside Elementary School

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