The Paw Print

21-22 Volume 8 September 17, 2021

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Step Up for Students Reading Scholarship

Step up for Students is continuing to offer reading scholarships to students in grades 3-5 who scored a level 1 or 2 on the Florida Standards Assessment for English Language Arts (FSA-ELA) during the 2020-2021 school year. The value of the scholarship is $500 and can be used towards tutoring, instructional materials, literacy programs and more. For more information and to apply, please visit the Step up for Students homepage. Your child should have brought home their FSA score reports at the beginning of September. If you did not receive their reports, please ask your child about them and then reach out to their teacher.

Arrival Reminders

Students needing breakfast are welcome to arrive on campus as early as 7:45. All students arriving between 7:45 and 8:00 will be sent to the cafeteria.

The first bell rings at 8:00. At that time, classroom doors open. It is imperative that students be in class and ready to learn by 8:15. Students who are not in the classroom by 8:15 are considered tardy.

Our car loop is very busy in the mornings with students arriving to school. To make the car loop more efficient, we are asking that students are dropped off at the next gate available and not just by their grade level hallways. This will allow cars to pull up to the next gate instead of having gaps in car line. The tardy bell rings at 8:15 and students are expected to be in their classrooms when the bell rings. Please help your student by making sure that they arrive on campus with time to get to class or to acquire breakfast if needed. We appreciate your help.

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Important Dates and Reminders

September 23 - Chilly Spoons Spirit Night

October 8 - End of the First 9 Weeks

October 11 - No School - Teacher Work Day

October 15 - Elementary Report Cards will be Sent Home

Covid-19 Updates

If your student is quarantined from school, and you want to return with a doctor's note or negative test result (as per the flowcharts), they must go to the office and present their doctor's note or negative test results when they return to school. The office will give them a pass to return to class.


Students will continue to be quarantined this year if they show symptoms of Covid-19. Our staff works directly with the DOH in order to determine who needs to quarantine. There are a few updates to how students can return to school. Please read this list in it's entirety.

- Fever

- Cough

- Chills

- Congestion

- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

- Fatigue

- Muscle or body aches

- Headaches

- New loss of taste or smell

- Nausea

- Vomiting

- Sore Throat

- Diarrhea

What do I do if my child is sick?

Please keep your child home if they are not feeling well. This will help us minimize the transmission of COVID and other illnesses on campus. Please keep in mind as well that if a child has a fever, they must be fever-free, without medication for 24 hours before returning. They cannot take medication and come back to school if they have a fever. There will not be any awards for perfect attendance. We would prefer to catch your child up when they are feeling their best.

Please note, these are not Surfside guidelines. They are Brevard Public Schools and Department of Health guidelines. We cannot change them. When working with our front office staff, please know that they are following the guidelines we have been provided. Thank you for remaining kind and considerate.

Surfside Spiritwear

Want to design your own Surfside gear and have it shipped to your house? Visit to begin your design. They offer everything from totes and backpacks, to t-shirts and sweatshirts. Gear up for the school year, and show your Surfside pride! 20% of each purchase comes back to Surfside, and all orders are shipped directly to you.
We love catching our precious panthers in their Surfside gear! Send us pictures of your students in their gear. We would love to feature them in our newsletter.
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Now Hiring

Surfside is in need of one custodian and one aftercare group leader. Please go to the district website to apply. The links can be found below.

6th Grade Math and Social Studies Teacher

Custodial Position

Brevard After School Group Leader Position

Substitute Teacher

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Spotlight on Business Partners

Thank you, Chilly Spoons for partnering with Surfside again this year. Please join us for spirit night on September 23 from 3:00pm-9:00pm. A portion of the proceeds will go back to our school.

Thank you, Dr. Schumacher!

Thank you to Dr. Schumacher and his team at Schumacher Orthodontics! They provided us with a gorgeous rug for our front office. We love it!


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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.