The Paw Print

22-23 Volume 3 August 12, 2022


Thank you so much to all of the families who provided snacks, treats and beverages to our staff this week. We were overwhelmed with the outpouring of items. Everyone will be fed for weeks with the donations received. Thank you!!!
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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.

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Clinic Permission Forms

Florida's Parent Bill of Rights and HB 1557 requires school districts to notify parents of all healthcare services offered at their child’s school and provide parents the opportunity to individually consent to or decline each service. This year's consent form was sent home on the first day of school. Please send it in with your child if you have not done so already. We will not be able to serve your student(s) in the clinic without that form. Click HERE to access the Brevard County School Health Services Plan. This document will outline exactly what you are consenting to by selecting yes and signing the form.

Thank you for your help with this. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Safety Reminders

Students should be dropped off in the car loop. The only students crossing the west crosswalk through the car loop, are students who walk from the west side of campus. Nobody should be walking through the car loop at any time. Please use the crosswalk at all times for the safety of everyone.
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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

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.

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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.


It’s time for another Summer Reading Challenge! United Way has partnered with Brevard Public Schools to keep students reading this summer. Students in Kindergarten through 5th grade will be coming home with a summer reading pledge sheet given to them in Media indicating how many books they will read this summer, and a reading log postcard in their report card envelope, which they can record the books they read over the summer.

The goal for incoming K-2nd grade students is to read 10 books, and for incoming 3rd-6th graders is to read 8 multi-chapter books. If students complete the challenge and turn their logs in by August 18th, they will get to come to an ice cream party provided by United Way in September or October. We would like all reading logs - regardless if students complete the challenge - to be turned in next school year. If we get 120 reading logs, Mrs. Erenstoft, Mrs. Herman, and Mrs. Oehlmann will kiss a pig next school year! Students can participate in the reading challenge this year by completing the traditional log, by reading on Sora (found on student’s BPS Launchpad), or by submitting their list digitally (at one time, once per student) at

We hope that all students read over the summer! Thank you for your support!


Are you interested in joining the Surfside Chorus or Beginning Orchestra? Please see the details below!

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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Business Partner Feature

Thank you to Popaholic Balloon Art and Shannan Kozack from Curri Kirschner Real Estate! They provided the Surfside themed balloon arches on the first day of school. We will set these up again on Monday, August 15 for the first day of Kindergarten. We appreciate their continued support for our first days of school. We love having a photo opportunity and a way to show our school spirit. Go Panthers!
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Important Dates

August 8 - Meet and Greet 8:30-11:30

August 10 - First day of school for grades 1-6

August 15 - First day of school for K

August 23 - Open House 5:30-6:30

September 5 - Labor Day - No School

Kindergarten Color Week is Coming

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Asbestos Notification

PTO Corner

PTO Newsletter

Click here to access the latest PTO newsletter.

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Surfside Elementary School

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.