September 28, 2018
Dear 8th Grade Parents and Guardians,
Last night EF Tours presented information to 8th grade parents and guardians about the proposed trip to Washington D.C. in June of 2019. I have attached the PowerPoint of what was presented, as well as the EF Tours flyer. Below is information for EF Tours on how to enroll in the trip.
We chose to open the enrollment now pending approval of the School Committee so that we can determine interest in the trip. Any deposits or payments made toward the trip will be fully refunded if the trip does not receive final approval form the School Committee.
We will be also convening a meeting of the 8th grade students on October 10th so that they can hear more about the trip and help determine their level of interest. The enrollment for the trip is done online through EF Tours by following the link on the attached flyer.
Here is an overview of the trip, but please also refer to the attached Presentation and Flyer from EF Tours:
Dates: The trip is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, June 11th through Friday, June 14, 2019. It is four days and three nights.
Supervision: Students will be chaperoned by Day Faculty at a 1:10 faculty to student ratio.
Medical Care: A nurse will also be attending the trip to address any student need for medications or ongoing medical needs.
Itinerary: The trip itinerary is included in the PowerPoint and includes a culminating cruise of the Potomac River.
Lodging: Students will be staying overnight in a local DC area hotel which will be determined once we know the final enrollment numbers. There will be 4 students to a room, with 2 students sharing a bed. Students will be allowed input into roommate selections, and parents will be informed of final roommate decisions.
Transportation: Transportation to Washington D.C. will be by coach bus using companies approved by the NPS Transportation Department.
Cost: The cost of the trip is $775, which includes everything except for lunches and spending money. Breakfast and dinners are provided. Through the generosity of the PTO, we are able to offer financial assistant to any families who need financial support in accessing this trip. Families in need of financial assistance should contact me or one of the 8th grade guidance counselors, Ms. Bryant or Mr. Thompson. As the attached information indicates, payments can be spread out over 10 months or paid in full. There is also a link provided to families for fundraising or “gifting”.
Enrollment: Enrollment is done online by following the link provided on the message from EF Tours below. Enrollment is currently open, and will
remain open until November 2nd. The trip is pending approval by the School Committee, which we anticipate at an October meeting. If for some unforeseen reason the trip does not receive approval, all deposits or payments will be fully refunded by EF Tours. Once the trip is approved, please see information provided by EF Tours about their various options for travel insurance.
As we will inform the students, this trip is a privilege and is contingent upon a student’s ability to exhibit safe student behaviors throughout the school year.
If you have any concerns about your child’s ability to access this trip, please reach out to me. I will work closely with EF Tours on making this trip accessible to any child who would like to attend.
ENROLLMENT INFORMATION FROM EF TOURS
Hello Day MS 8th Grade Families!
Thank you to those who joined our meeting last night. F A Day Middle School, in partnership with EF Explore America, is excited to offer educational travel at the middle school level and we are thrilled to be going to Washington, D.C. in June 2019. This trip is currently open to students who are currently 8th graders. We’d love it if your child joined us for this fun, eye-opening and educational experience. For those who were not able to make it to the meeting, and enrollment flyer is available at school for your child to take home. The fall enrollment window is now open through November 2nd. This deadline will help us get a sense of who is committed and interested in the trip, as spots are limited on the busses.
Here’s a summary of the trip and how to enroll. To learn more about the trip and sign up, visit our tour website at www.efexploreamerica.com/enroll and enter our tour number: 2166309AB
Tour name: Washington, D.C.: The Capital Tour
Tour ID: 2166309AB
Payment needed to reserve spot: $95
Deadline to enroll: November 2nd
Approximate student monthly payment by enrolling today, depending on chosen withdrawal date: $100/month
There are 2 different ways to enroll your child on this trip:
1. Online at www.efexploreamerica.com/2166309AB
2. By calling 888-333-9756
We sincerely hope that your child will be able to participate in this opportunity. We are excited to share with them this educational travel experience. Thank you for enrolling now and helping with our planning process. We appreciate this investment into your child’s education and we look forward to a great trip.