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Jan 14, 2016
2015Novi Middle SchoolWashington D.C. Trip
Goals of the TripThis trip willBring history alive for students, increasing their appreciation and understanding of the past.
Develop students interpersonal skills as they live together for more than three days.
Enable students to grow individually in assuming responsibility for themselves.
Trip BehaviorOur On the Trip Behavior Contract will be in effect throughout the trip.
Any major violations, as determined by the trip coordinator, will result in the student being flown home on the next available flight at the parents expense.
ElectronicsCell phones, iPods, etc. may only be used at specified times, such as:On the bus when we are NOT touringWhen we are touring in DC, students will not be texting/tweeting/etcor they will risk losing their phone for the rest of the trip.In the hotel room to call homeAs a camera
Exceptions will be made for other emergency situations.Worldstrides, Novi Schools, and the chaperones are NOT responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items.
Hotel RoomsDoubletree Crystal City in Alexandria, VAStrict curfew/quiet timeNo outside phone lineNo moviesNo room serviceNo wake up calls
Hotel EtiquettePlease discuss hotel etiquette with your childrenDo NOT leave valuables in the room.Quiet time/respect for other hotel guests.Security personnel on each floor.Leave the room the way you found it.
Packing ListOnly 1 piece of luggage per student 1 carry-on (DC backpack--label it!!!) Prepare for the weather (especially Day 1)Blanket and/or pillow for the bus?Spending moneySwimsuit, towel, lock, and plastic bag Students do not have to swim.Snacks for the bus ride? Please no peanut products, cans, or glass bottles.Please avoid foods that are smelly or messy.
MedicationIf you currently have meds at schoola 4-day supply will be brought with us and kept by your childs chaperone.
If your child requires meds that are usually given at home you need to fill out a form, get a doctor signature, AND deliver the meds to Mrs. Loeffler-Park (attendance office) before Wednesday, 10/28.
MedicationForms requiring a doctor signatureLight Blue Form = Prescription meds or overthe-counter meds not provided by the schoolYellow Form (both sides) = Self-possessed meds (inhaler)TURN IN TONIGHT (both sides)Purple Form (front) = Emergency med. releasePurple Form (back) = Non-prescription medsForm was passed out as you came inIbuprofen, Tylenol, Tums, Benadryl, Dramamine, ClaritinProvided by the school
After the TripAll meds will be returned to your child when we return Sunday morning, unless they are usually kept at school.
ClothingD.C. Shirts/Sweatshirts (label them)Novi Spirit WearComfortable shoes (not flip-flops!)2 pairs?School Dress CodeNo hats
Emergency NumbersAll contact and hotel information was/will be sent to you.
Worldstrides800-999-4542For Emergency Use Only!Account Manager: Allie Belgiovine
SafetyKids will remain in chaperoned groups at most sites.
Wristbands Worldstrides emergency wristband must be worn at all times.
Students will wear DC Wear and/or Novi Spirit wear.
Dangers of TravelingPlease caution your children about the dangers of traveling:
Homeless people and/or beggarsStreet vendors and performersSecurity at the sites is not a joke!
$ Spending Money $What you send will likely be spent.Discuss for whom souvenirs should be bought.
Money forSnacksSouvenirsForgotten necessities
BusChartered busesLicensed driversSeating for kids by genderAppropriate bus behaviorPlease go easy on the Halloween candy!
Day 1 - Thursday*Meet Wednesday, 11/4 @ 7:30 p.m.--Drive through the nightBreakfastArlington National CemeteryIwo Jima Memorial9/11 MemorialLunch NewseumDinnerJefferson MemorialLincoln MemorialKorean MemorialHotel in D.C. *Trip itinerary subject to change
Day 2--FridayBreakfastTour the CapitolSupreme CourtLibrary of CongressLunchNational ArchivesFords TheaterPetersen HouseDinnerRecreation Centerswimming, basketball, wallyball
Day 3 - SaturdayBreakfastWhite House Photo-StopFDR, Vietnam, WWII, and MLK Memorials LunchWashington MonumentSmithsonian Complexincluding the American History, Natural History, and Air & Space Museums DinnerDrive home through the night
Day 4 - SundayReturn home on 11/8Scheduled for 6:30 a.m. returnWe will have kids call home when we are about 30 minutes from Novi
*All meals included*Tax and tips included
School WorkStudents are responsible for missed workas determined by their teachersPlease have kids in school on Monday!!!
After Tonights MeetingMedication Forms--Please return purple form tonight---BOTH SIDES--3 types of forms you can complete--Need to be returned to attendance office w/ meds & doctor signature by 10/282) Clothing --lines by size and/or gender --put your name in them! --SWAP Friday morningmust be both items!3)Luggage Tags, Backpacks, & Guide Books --tags color-coded by bus number