The Paw Print

Volume 20 February 19, 2021

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Your Help is Needed

PTO needs you! We are in need of parents to serve in the board elected positions listed below. Please consider joining the team to help serve the Surfside community.

President (board position, elected): This position presides over all PTO meetings and coordinates the work of the officers and committees. The President is a voting member of the board and helps out at fundraising events.

Vice President (board position, elected): This position fills in for the President at meetings when necessary, and is a voting member of the board when it comes to decisions on funding and other operational functions. The Vice President helps out at fundraising events.

Secretary (board position, elected): This position consists of note taking at all official PTO meetings, with typed up minutes of meeting proceedings that are approved by the board.

The secretary is responsible for compiling the monthly newsletter, both for print and electronically, that is completed with input from the PTO President and other members. The Secretary is a voting member of the board and helps out at fundraising events.

Treasurer (board position, elected): This position handles all financial responsibilities of the board, including reimbursements for approved purchased items, distribution of money to teachers for classroom gifts and to committee for activities, and the annual purchase of insurance. The Treasurer deposits all money for the PTO and organizes the books for the organization. The Treasurer also handles the end-of-year annual audit. The Treasurer is a voting member of the board and helps out at fundraising events.

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Important Dates and Reminders

February 24 - Interims will be published on FOCUS

March 5 - Doubles Spirit Night - Have dinner at Doubles, let them know you are with Surfside and a portion of the proceeds will come back to the school. Thank you for your support!

March 11 - Color Run!

March 15 - 19 - Spring Break - No School

March 22 - One Book, One School Kickoff - Please see the flyer that came home today.

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Parent Survey - Exceptional Student Education

If your child receives Exceptional Student Education services here at Surfside, please take a moment to fill out a survey about your experience.


Dress Code Reminders

Below is the exact language from the Brevard Public Schools Code of Student Conduct regarding dress code. Please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately for school prior to arriving. Students not meeting dress code will be sent to the office and parents will be called to provide alternate clothing. Thank you for your help in this matter.


1. No hats, curlers, bandanas, or sunglasses (unless prescribed by a physician) are to be worn in the school building or hallways.

2. Extreme hair styles or hair colors that create a disruption are prohibited.

Upper Garments

1. Garments must be of a length and fit that are suitable to the build and stature of the student. The cut of sleeveless garments must not expose undergarments or be otherwise immodest.

2. Strapless garments are prohibited. Straps of permitted garments must be a minimum of 1 1/2 inches in width. (Tube tops and halter-tops are prohibited.)

3. Necklines of all upper garments must be modest. Low cut necklines are prohibited.

4. Excessively large or baggy clothes, which may conceal dangerous items or be a safety hazard, shall not be worn.

5. 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

1. Pants shall conform to the build and stature of the student, shall be worn at the waist, and shall not extend below the heel of the shoe in length. Pants shall have no holes or rips. (Tights, spandex, leggings, bike shorts, etc., are not permitted.)

2. Undergarments shall not be visible. (Sports bras are considered undergarments.)

3. Dresses and skirts must reach mid-thigh or below in length with the waistband of skirts worn at waist level.

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

5. 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. Students in grades 7-12 may wear footwear commonly considered as beachwear (for example: flip flops, thongs, etc.) unless a course of instruction requires them to wear safe

and appropriate footwear to protect the student from injury, (i.e. athletic shoes in physical education class).


1. Clothing, jewelry, and accessories shall not convey messages that are crude; vulgar/profane; violent/death-oriented; gang related; sexually suggestive; and/or promote alcohol, drugs, or tobacco.

2. Dog collars, tongue rings, wallet chains, large hair picks, chains that connect one part of the body to another, or other jewelry/accessories that pose a safety concern for the student or others shall be prohibited.

Symbols or Clothing Showing Membership/Affiliation with a Gang

1. Any clothing, accessories, symbols, or regalia that convey membership or affiliation with a “gang” or other similarly oriented group or association prone to violence or criminal acts is prohibited.

2. Prohibited gang clothing, accessories, or regalia can include, but is not limited to, gang related colors, rolled up bandanas about the head or other parts of the body, knit caps, rolled up or split pant cuffs, certain sports attire that has a “street meaning”, etc.


1. Beachwear and see-through or otherwise revealing apparel is not considered appropriate.

2. Students are not permitted to wear clothing which contains vulgar, sexually explicit, or oriented wording/scenes, promotes tobacco, alcohol, or illegal drug use, or contains printed profanity as defined in Policy 5500.

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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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.