The Paw Print

Volume 26 April 16, 2021

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April is Month of the Military Child

There are over 1,500 students in BPS who have at least one parent who is an active military member and 64 schools have at least one military child as a student.

With Patrick Space Force Base in Brevard County, BPS has long history of educating children of the military. During Tuesday's School Board meeting, board members voted 5-0 to approve a proclamation designating April 2021 as "Month of the Military Child" in Brevard Public Schools.

The proclamation also recognizes and celebrates April 21, 2021, as "Purple Up for Military Kids" day. We encourage all staff and students to wear purple on April 21st to show support for children of the military. April 21st is the date selected by the Florida Department of Education to honor our military children.

Welcome Class of 2034!

Join us virtually for our Kindergarten Orientation. See the flyer below for more details.
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Staff Appreciation Week

Please join us in celebrating our amazing staff who have gone above and beyond this year to make learning a priority during these unprecedented times. We are so fortunate to have amazing teachers and staff rallying around our kids every day.
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Parent Input Forms

If you would like to have input on your child's placement for next year, please fill out the form below and return it to the school office by May 1, 2021. We are unable to accept specific teacher or friend requests, but would be happy to consider requests for characteristics of learning environments and/or teachers. Please review the form in its entirety and return only one form per child.
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Book Fair

Thank you to everyone who supported our Book Fair! We raised quite a bit of money that will help us buy new books for the Media Center. A huge shout out to Mrs. Herman who helped make this event a huge success.
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Important Dates and Reminders

March 22 - April 15 - One School, One Book - We are joining together as a school community to read the One and Only Ivan. Please tune in each night to the read aloud from various staff members. You can access this on our Surfside website,

March 22 - April 2 - Returning Student Registrations - Please return packets ASAP.

March 29 - April 2 - Kindergarten Registration - Welcome Class of 2034!!!! If you missed the deadline, that is ok. Please stop by and get your packet from the front office. We will continue to accept registrations through the summer.

April 26- No School for students and teachers

April 28- Virtual Kindergarten Round-up 6-7 pm

May 3rd-7th- Staff Appreciation Week

May 4 - 5- FSA Reading for grades 4-6

May 11 - 12- FSA Math for grades 3-6

May 18 - 19- FCAT Science for grade 5

June 1st-3rd- Early Release Days

June 3rd-Report cards and last day of school

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We are in the midst of planning for next school year. So many things depend on students registering, including staffing. Please return your registration paperwork as soon as possible. In addition to general registration for students in grades 1-6, we are also registering kindergartners next week. We are thrilled to welcome the Class of 2034! Please share the word in your neighborhoods and social circles, and encourage families to register early.

Please send all registrations in as soon as possible.

Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) Calendar

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Safety Reminders

Cassia Blvd. is quite congested in the afternoons. Please remember that we have families crossing this street to meet children who walk home from school. Please adhere to all traffic laws and help us keep all Panthers safe.

Thank you!

Dress Code Reminders

As the weather is warming up, we're noticing many of our children wearing very short shorts and crop style tops. Just a reminder, no part of the belly should be seen when students raise their hands over their head. Students will have to call home if they violate dress code.

Below is the exact language from the Brevard Public Schools Code of Student Conduct regarding dress code.

Upper Garments

Upper garments must adequately cover the waistline and must not expose the midriff while the student is performing normal school-related activities(studying, retrieving books, raising hands, etc.).

Lower Garments

Shorts must have clearly discernable inseams of reasonable length and cover the buttocks. Short shorts are prohibited.

Garments must be of a length and fit that are suitable to the build and stature of the student.


Students in K-6 must wear shoes that are safe and appropriate for recess and physical education.

Arriving to School & Breakfast reminders

Students needing to eat breakfast may arrive between 7:45 and 8 am and receive a free breakfast. However, if students are not eating breakfast, they should arrive at 8 am when the classroom doors open to have time to get unpacked and begin their day. We're also having some students arrive very close to 8:15 and still want breakfast, but it does not allow for ample time to eat before instruction begins. Thank you for your assistance and support in the mornings to our arrival procedures.

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


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Summer Communications

Our Paw Print Newsletter will not be published every week this summer. We will send one in June and one in July. If more information needs to be shared, we will send information via email.

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.