The Paw Print

22-23 Volume 8 October 1, 2022

Hurricane Ian

We sincerely hope that all of our Surfside families are safe and that your homes are without damage. If we can do anything to support your family, please do not hesitate to reach out to the front office.

Surfside made it through the storm with minimal damage. Three classrooms took on a small amount of water during the storm, but it was easily cleaned up. The campus was cleared of most debris on Friday. This will be an ongoing process throughout the week. Overall, the campus is ready for students to return tomorrow! We are excited to welcome back our Panthers.

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Upcoming Events

Below, you will find information on two upcoming events; Walk to School Day and Family Fitness Night. We hope that you will join us for both events.
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Art Fundraiser

This semester, our school is participating in a unique fundraising program with Art to Remember that gives you the opportunity to purchase keepsake items with your child's artwork on them. The best part is that every keepsake order supports our school.

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Technology Reminders

If your student has a cell phone on campus, please make sure that you have signed a Cell Phone Contract for them. In addition, we ask that all phones be powered off and stored in backpacks during the day.

More and more students are coming to school with smart watches. Watches that take photos/videos, text and make phone calls should also be powered down and stored away in backpacks. These would be considered a cell phone and a contract should be completed for these as well.

Anyone not adhering to the procedures will be asked not to bring technology to school, and disciplinary action may be taken. Thank you for your support with this.

Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast will be free again this year for all students. Lunch will not be free to everyone. If you are in need of assistance paying for lunches, please fill out a Free and Reduced Lunch Application on the BPS website. If you need assistance, please call 321-633-1000, ext. 11642.

If your child will be buying lunch, please make sure they have money in their account by visiting You will need your child’s student ID in order to sign up for an account. If you need this, you can find it in FOCUS.

Parent Lunches on Campus

We have loved seeing parents back on campus for lunch! Thank you for following the procedures and coming prepared with blankets and chairs. We will be refining the process as we go along to make it as smooth as possible. One thing that would be greatly beneficial is having table umbrellas for the tables on the patio. Two of them specifically get a lot of sun. If you have an extra gently used umbrella lying around or would like to donate a new one, we would love to have it here on campus.


We are excited to have parents back on campus for lunch! As we ease back into being open for lunches, we will only have availability one day per week. Per school board policy, all visitors must be escorted at all times while on campus. If you are a visitor, we invite you to have lunch, but you may only be within the designated lunch space. Within the space, we have room for two parents per class. Due to limited availability, we ask that you ONLY sign up for one spot this month. We want as many children to have the opportunity to eat with a parent as possible. Thank you for your grace and flexibility as we work through this.

Seating: Parents will eat with students on the patio and in the grassy area between first and second grade classrooms. We will NOT have enough seats for all parents. Please plan to bring a blanket or camping chair to sit in. This will be an outdoor picnic-style lunch that we know the kids will enjoy!


  • Include your child's name in the comment section when you sign up. This will help our team locate your in the volunteer system prior to arriving.
  • Parents need to bring a camping chair or blanket for the picnic-style lunch.
  • Parents must be on time for their child’s scheduled lunch time.
  • Parents must communicate with their child’s teacher that they will be coming to lunch on that day.
  • Parents must sign in at the front office with a valid license and their child will meet them in the designated lunch space at the beginning of the lunch period.
  • Parents will be escorted to the lunch location and supervised if they are not a registered volunteer. Registered volunteers do not need to be escorted or supervised during their lunch.
  • Parents may only have lunch with their child.
  • Please be mindful of time; your child will need to report back to the cafeteria before the end of their lunch period to line up with their class. Parents will sign out in the front office.

Sign-up HERE

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Inclement Weather Plans

If it is raining but there is no lightning, students will be released like normal. We encourage students who walk or bike home to have rain gear in their backpacks. If there is severe weather in the area, or lightning, we will call an Inclement Weather Dismissal. This will be communicated to parents via email and text using Blackboard Connect. When Inclement Weather is called, there are only three options for dismissing students, hold for up to 30 minutes, car loop or Brevard After School.

Please note that we will stop checking students out fifteen minutes prior to dismissal. Monday through Thursday this will be 2:30 and on Fridays that will be 1:15. This is a routine practice and will continue on Inclement Weather Days. For the safety of staff and students, parents must remain in their vehicles when going through the car loop. Please do not walk up to the car loop.

Additionally, when lightning is close to the school, we follow the BPS lightning policy. Students will be held in classrooms until it is safe to release them. Please remain patient with us if this happens. Safety is our first priority. Once it is safe to resume activity outside, the car loop will run like normal and walkers/bikers will be released.

If you did not fill out an Inclement Weather Form at Meet and Greet, please contact your child's teacher to fill on out ASAP. Please take a photo of the form. It is easy to forget what you filled out midway through the year.

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Parent Volunteers - Don't wait!

Please use the link below on how to register as a school volunteer. This process is required for volunteering on campus, in the classroom, for special events, and for field trips. Additional information will be posted on this site.

If you are volunteering on campus, you MUST have a prior appointment set up with your child's teacher. This process can take a few weeks, so please plan accordingly.

Want to get involved but don't know how? Email We would love to help you find a way to serve at Surfside.

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Dress Code Reminders

Please make sure that your student is dressed for success each day. This includes sneakers or closed-toe shoes, shorts and shirts that are an appropriate length. Short shorts, flip flops and crop tops will not be permitted. Click HERE for full information on the Brevard Public Schools student dress code.

Interested in Being a Business Partner?

We are looking for businesses to partner with us for the 2022-2023 school year. Our hope is to extend our network within the community and foster relationships with organizations in order to best serve our students. If you are interested in this opportunity, please email Coach Lyons at
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Important Dates

October 7 - End of First Nine Weeks

October 10 - Student Holiday

October 12 - Walk to School Day

October 14 - Elementary Report Cards Published

October 19 - Family Fitness Night 5:00 - 7:00

November 10 - Second Interim Ends

November 11 - Holiday for All

November 21 - 25 - Thanksgiving Break

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

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