The Paw Print

Volume 14 January 8, 2021

Happy New Year!

From our staff to your family, we want to wish you an amazing year! May 2021 bring you much joy and laughter. It has been wonderful getting to see our students again this week. They have arrived with smiling faces, and ready to learn. As always, I want to reiterate that if there is anything that we can do to support your family, we are only a phone call or email away. We are excited for the second semester and to continue to watch our students grow.

Warmest Regards,

Mrs. Erenstoft and Mrs. Seibert


Mrs. Erenstoft -

Mrs. Seibert -

School Arrival

The campus will be open to students starting at 7:45am daily, Monday through Friday. We ask that all students be on time when arriving at school. Breakfast is offered at no cost in our cafeteria daily. Having students on campus prior to 8:15 allows for a smoother start to the day. They have time to unpack their belongings, get adjusted to the classroom and settle prior to the bell ringing. When students are late, they miss critical instruction.

Students arriving at 8:15 and later, must be signed in at the front office by their guardian. Please do not let students out in the car loop at 8:15 or later. They will need to go to the front office for a tardy slip. Due to coverage in classrooms, we can only staff the car loop until 8:15. Supervisors and safety patrol assisting students will leave their posts promptly at 8:15. Thank you for helping students arrive at school in a timely manner.

Important Dates and Reminders

Early Release Days:

Jan. 13th, 14th & 15th - These are the traditional early release days at the end of the first semester. They usually occur before Winter Break. However, due to the later start this year, the first semester continued after Winter Break. Dismissal will be at 1:30 on all three of these days.

End of 9 weeks and the first semester- January 15, 2021

Monday, Jan. 18th Martin Luther King, Jr. Day- No school

School Advisory Council Meeting- Thursday, January 21 at 7:30am

Link for the meeting -

Youth Truth Survey- Jan. 4th - 20th for grades 3-6:

The survey looks at student and stakeholder perceptions. The topics the survey looks at are Engagement, Academic Challenge, Relationships, Belonging & Peer Collaboration, Culture, Health & Well-Being, and Instructional Methods. This year they will also add in Distance Learning and School Safety.

Report Cards Issued - Monday, January 25, 2021

Celebrate Literacy Week: Jan. 25th - 29th

This is a great time to highlight and share book chats, encourage and engage students to take charge of their independent reading and highlight interesting words. This year's theme of "Humanity tells a story: What's YOUR chapter?" encourages building civic minded students while instilling a lifelong love of reading. More information to come.

Kinder iReady Diagnostic 2 Window- Jan. 25th - 29th

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.