4th Grade Overnight Field Trip
The objective of the 4th 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. The Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) provides a unique hands-on experience that supplement our inquiry based learning program in multiple science related activities.
Our child loved it and still talks about the many great experiences on the trip. It is exactly what we send him to Magellan to experience, the joy of learning, inquiring, community, working together and so many other IB attributes. We are beyond pleased with this trip and think it is prime example of him becoming an explorer for life.
Who is going
The 4th grade students and teachers, as well as other school employed chaperones for a minimum ratio of 7 students to 1 teacher/staff at HMNS. For more information regarding chaperones, please read the Health and Safety guidelines for overnight field trips. For your information, all Magellan staff will be compensated for these additional responsibilities required for an overnight trip. 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 not be participating on the bus or attending HMNS tours.
A charter bus with safety belts will transport students and teachers to and from Houston as well as between field trip sites.
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.
Our group has the unique and special opportunity to stay on site at Houston Museum of Natural Science after the facilities are closed to the public!! Students will need to bring a sleeping bag and pillow to sleep on the floor of the facility (they do clean it prior to us laying out our belongings!) The sleeping area is one large open area, so teachers will arrange the group into separate sections for boys and girls. There are standard public bathroom facilities for our group to brush teeth and prepare for bed. Teachers will be able to alternate managing the students so that they may have a time and separate place to shower and dress. Students will not be bathing at either facility.
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.
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. But a second objective is for the children to have an independent experience and bond with their classmates. On that note, we are not inviting parent chaperones to travel with the bus or attend HMNS tours.
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.
The school has carefully vetted procedures and protocols in preparation for the trip. Some of these protocols include:
◦ For the overnight accommodations, there will be multiple chaperones; the number will be dependent on the number of students attending
◦ All children will be sleeping in their own sleeping bag
◦ No children will share a sleeping bag with anyone
◦ All chaperones will have background checks
◦ All chaperones will be trained in CPR and first aid
School administrators hope these procedures will alleviate concerns so that your child can attend the 4th-grade field trip to Houston. If you do not feel this is a good fit for your child we will have other educational activities planned for students who remain in Austin.
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
Travel & Health Policy – 4th Grade Trip
Parent Consent – Food Allergies, 4th Grade