5th Grade Overnight Field Trip
The objective of the 5th 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 McDonald Observatory and Prude Ranch provide a unique hands-on experience that supplement our inquiry based learning program in physical science, astronomy, physics, & natural science related activities.
My daughter had a fantastic time on the trip and could not stop talking about it when she got home! What a incredible opportunity to see the telescopes and learn from experts in the field. I loved that they were able to do a star party and a campfire.
Who is going
The 5th grade students and teachers, as well as other school employed chaperones for a minimum ratio of 7 students to 1 teacher/staff. 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.
A charter bus with safety belts will transport students and teachers to and from the Fort Davis area, McDonald Observatory and Prude Ranch 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.
Prude Ranch offers temperature controlled bunkhouses with bunk beds which will accommodate boys in one bunkhouse and girls in a separate bunkhouse. There will be two chaperones of the same sex in each bunkhouse. Bunkhouses have restrooms and showering facilities that allow for privacy. Each bunk has a pillow with fresh sheets and a blanket. Towels are also provided.
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. 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 participate.
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 2 chaperones per bunkhouse (of the same sex as the students)
◦ No children will be sleeping in beds with adults
◦ No children will sleep in the same bed together unless in separate zipped sleeping bags
◦ All chaperones will have background checks
◦ At least one chaperone in each room will be trained in CPR and first aid
School administrators hope these procedures will alleviate concerns so that your child can attend the 5th-grade field trip. 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
2019-2020 Overnight Field Trip Permission – 5th Grade
Prude Ranch Liability Waiver
Travel & Health Policy – 5th Grade
Parent Consent – Food Allergies, 5th Grade