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3rd Grade Overnight Field Trip

The objective of the 3rd Grade Overnight Field Trip is to help our students become lifelong learners, develop independent social skills in a caring environment and promote participation in the world around them in the ultimate “beyond the classroom” experience. Johnson Space Center provides a unique hands-on experience that supplements our inquiry based learning program in multiple science related activities.

My daughter had a fantastic time at the field trip. She came home telling me dozens of exciting facts about astronauts and space travel, and she really learned from the hands-on enrichment activities. Thank you to everyone who worked hard to coordinate and execute the trip!!

Who is going
The 3rd grade students and teachers, as well as other school employed chaperones for a minimum ratio of 7 students to 1 teacher/staff at Johnson Space Center.

Transportation
A charter bus with safety belts will transport students and teachers to Houston, the overnight facility and Space Center.

Communication
Teachers will be very busy during the trip and will not be able to respond to individualized parent communication. To keep the parents informed, teachers will give periodic broadcast updates and communication to parents through text messages. They will only contact individual’s parent if needed.

Overnight Accommodations
Our group will have the opportunity to stay in the facilities of a school right across the street from NASA. Students will need to bring a sleeping bag and pillow. The sleeping area is one open area, so teachers will arrange the group into separate sections for boys and girls. There are bathroom facilities for our group to brush teeth and prepare for bed. Students will not be bathing at the facility.

Meals
The buses will be stocked with snacks and water, following Magellan food guidelines. We will ask your student to bring a sack lunch the day of departure to be eaten en route to Houston. Parents should let field trip coordinators know if there is a conflict with food allergies or if you need to provide specialized meals/snacks.

Parent Involvement
The primary objective for this overnight field trip is to provide a unique learning opportunity for our children. But a second objective is for the children to have an independent experience and bond with their classmates. On that note, parent chaperones will only participate to provide supervision during the overnight portion of the trip. Their role will be to greet the students upon arrival at the overnight facility, support an assigned group of students, and then help get students packed up and on the bus the following morning.

Students who are not able to participate
While students are encouraged to attend, we realize that this trip may not be appropriate for all students and their families. The goal for students who don’t attend the field trip is to provide them with educational activities and material similar to what is being offered to students on the trip. There will be no cost associated unless going offsite for a local field trip. Students who stay in Austin will still participate in their regularly scheduled specials classes, including English and Mandarin.

Student Safety
The school has carefully vetted procedures and protocols in preparation for the trip; please see the document linked below.

Forms and Policies for Overnight Field Trips

Primary Years Programme (PYP) Overnight Field Trips (3rd – 5th):
Administration of Medication Form
Letter from School Nurse
Overnight Student Behavior Policy
Overnight Travel Emergency Plan
Safety Protocols for Overnight Trips
3rd Grade Field Trip Permission Slip
3rd Grade Field Trip Chaperone Form
3rd Grade Trip – Travel & Health Policy
Parent Consent – Food Allergies, 3rd Grade