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DESTINATION DALLAS April 23-25, 2014

PARENTS’ MEETING April 2, 2014

PAGES DESCRIPTION 2-3

Itinerary (for your information)

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Checklist (for your information)

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Contract (MUST be read, signed, and returned to Mrs. Gorman by Wednesday, April 9, 2014)

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Medication Administration Release Form (if needed, MUST be filled out, signed, and returned to Mrs. Gorman by Wednesday, April 3, 2014)


DESTINATION DALLAS itinerary April 23-25, 2014

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23 

Departure: Two Arrow Coach buses will be in place for boarding in the PA front lot at 9:30 A.M. It is VERY important that ALL students be at the school promptly at 9:30 to load the buses. WE WILL LEAVE at 10:00 A.M. Although students are not required to be at school until 9:30 A.M., they may report to school at normal time. Teachers will be at school at 7:30. Students arriving from 7:30 to 9:30 should report to the classrooms of Ms. Gieringer, Mrs. Gorman, Mrs. Smith, or Coach Wood.

Lunch: We will picnic at Spring Lake Park in Texarkana, Texas, with the sack lunches you bring from home. Hotel Check-in: We will stay at the Hampton Inn Dallas-Fort Worth South, which is located at 4340 West Airport Road in Irving, Texas. In case of emergency, the phone number is (972) 986-3606 (please ask for Sarah Gorman’s room).

Medieval Times: After arriving at 6:45 P.M., we will spend the evening at Medieval Times, enjoying a four-course medieval feast and live jousting performance. We will return to the hotel at approximately 10:00 P.M.

THURSDAY, APRIL 24  Breakfast: Continental breakfast is provided at the hotel. Students will eat from 7:15 to 8:45 A.M. Fort Worth Stockyards: After arriving at 9:15 A.M., we will tour the stockyards, and then we will find our way through the Cowtown Cattlepen Maze. At 11:30, we will watch the cattle drive.

Lunch: We will enjoy an authentic Tex-Mex lunch at Joe T. Garcia’s. This meal is served family style and is pre-paid. Fort Worth Botanic Garden: We will explore 110 acres of beautiful, fragrant gardens, including the Japanese Garden (with waterfalls and thousands of koi to feed) and the Tropical Conservatory (which is like stepping right into a rainforest).

Dinner: We will travel back to the Dallas area for dinner at the Grapevine Mills Mall, which has a food court and two restaurants. Food costs will be the responsibility of the students. We will break up into our small groups and pick from the following venues for dinner: Charley’s Grilled Subs, Chicken Now, Chili's Too, Great Wraps, Kelly's Cajun Grill, Maki of Japan, Panda Express, Rainforest Café, Ruby Thai Kitchen, Sbarro, Sonic, Subway, and Taco Bell After eating, the small groups will enjoy shopping at the various retail stores located at the mall.

Main Event: We will bowl for one hour (with popcorn and drinks provided), play laser tag for 30 minutes, and enjoy the video arcade for 30 minutes with a video game card. All activities are pre-paid. We will return to the hotel at about 10:30 P.M. 2


FRIDAY, APRIL 25 

Breakfast: Continental breakfast is provided at the hotel. Students will eat from 7:00 to 8:15 A.M. Hotel Check-out: We will check rooms and load luggage at around 8:30 A.M. We will then check out of the hotel and board buses for our last day in Dallas.

Sixth Floor Museum: After arriving at 9:00 A.M., we will tour the museum (with audio). We will then walk to the Grassy Knoll for a group picture.

Lunch: We will have a pizza picnic in the Plaza at Victory Park in Dallas. Pizza and drinks are pre-paid. Perot Museum of Nature and Science: This NEW downtown Dallas museum, which opened on December 1, 2012, boasts four floors of hands-on science exhibits. At 2:00 P.M., we will attend an interactive educational program called “Superhero Science.” After the program, we will return to the exhibit area to finish exploring.

Departure: We will depart Dallas for Little Rock by 3:30 P.M. If time permits, we will stop at the TA Travel Center at the Rockwall/Terrell exit to get drinks and snacks.

Dinner: We will stop at Texarkana for a quick dinner at about 6:30 P.M. We will take the State Line exit, where a McDonald’s, Taco Bell, and Burger King are located next to each other.

Arrival: We will arrive at PA at approximately 9:15-9:30 P.M. After 8:00 P.M., please check for an email from Mrs. Gorman with an arrival update. Each parent will pick up his/her child on the sidewalk along the lower parking lot. A chaperone should be told that the student is leaving. Please do not block the front drive – leave the buses room to come into the lower lot.

TRIP CHAPERONES Mrs. Sarah Gorman (7th grade team leader) CONTACT INFO: sarah.gorman@pulaskiacademy.org – 425-1578 (may call, email, or text) Mrs. Jann Compton (MS/US nurse) Ms. Noel Gieringer (7th grade English teacher) Ms. Megan McCain (7th grade Spanish teacher) Mrs. Lin Schuster (MS/US learning lab teacher) Mrs. Hollie Shepherd (MS/US drama teacher) Mrs. Susan Smith (7th grade pre-algebra teacher) Coach Brad Wood (MS/US PE teacher and coach) Coach Todd Wood (7th grade American history teacher) Coach Jason Wyatt (7th grade science teacher)

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DESTINATION DALLAS checklist April 23-25, 2014

WHAT SHOULD YOU BRING? 1. Luggage is limited to ONE small carry-on bag (brought on the bus with you) and ONE small piece of luggage (loaded underneath the bus). 2. Bring a sack lunch and a drink for Wednesday. Please put lunch and drink in a small insulated lunch bag. Make sure your name is clearly written on your bag. Do NOT bring things that will spoil easily. 3. Snack and drinks will be allowed for the bus trip. Please make sure that all drinks are in plastic bottles and have screw-top lids (as cans spill too easily, and glass breaks). NO GUM, PEANUT-BASED FOODS, OR ENERGY DRINKS ARE ALLOWED! 4. Bring an appropriate amount of money for the trip (about $75). You will need money for the following things: a. Thursday night dinner at Grapevine Mills Mall b. Friday afternoon snack stop in Rockwall (if time permits) c. Friday night dinner in Texarkana d. OPTIONAL spending money for gift shops and/or Grapevine Mills Mall. 5. Although we will not hold you strictly to the school dress code, we do expect you to dress appropriately and to look nice. If you are wearing inappropriate clothing, you will be required to go back to your hotel room and change before leaving for the day’s activities. You may wear t-shirts, as long as they have appropriate messages on them. Shoulders must be covered; no tank tops or spaghetti-strap shirts may be worn. Shorts or pants should not have rips, tears, or holes in them. Pajama pants, sweat pants, or any similar pants may only be worn at the hotel and not on the bus while travelling. Please pack a light jacket or sweatshirt in case of cool weather. In addition, please pack COMFORTABLE shoes that stay with your feet (NO FLIP-FLOPS). Hats/caps are NOT allowed at any time on the trip. Please adhere to the following additional dress expectations:

GIRLS

BOYS

Knee-length Bermuda shorts or capris (NO SKIRTS) Khakis or jeans

Knee-length shorts (NO ATHLETIC SHORTS) Khakis or jeans

6. Wear a watch. We will often give specific times for meeting together with the large group, and your knowledge of the current time is imperative for your personal safety and our group’s punctual arrival at prescheduled events. 7. You may bring a music device with headphones, a camera, and/or a hand-held video game (all clearly labeled with your name). These devices must NOT have internet or Wi-Fi capabilities. REMEMBER, THE STUDENT IS FULLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THESE ITEMS. Chaperones will NOT keep up with them, and we are also not responsible for anything stolen, lost, or broken. 8. You are NOT to bring a portable DVD player or laptop. Movies (rated G/PG) will be available on each bus to watch while travelling. 9. You may NOT bring a cell phone or ANY other device that has internet or Wi-Fi access. Because we want you to have a full experience in Dallas, we would like you to “unplug” from these devices that otherwise rule your life. 

IF A CHAPERONE DETERMINES THAT YOU BROUGHT A PROHIBITED DEVICE ON THE TRIP, THE DEVICE WILL BE TAKEN AWAY FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE TRIP, AND YOU WILL RECEIVE A SATURDAY DETENTION WHEN WE RETURN TO SCHOOL. PROBLEMS WITH ALLOWED DEVICES MAY ALSO RESULT IN CONFISCATION. 4


DESTINATION DALLAS INFORMATION AND GUIDELINES Our trip to Dallas is sure to be a fun and educational experience. This will be an exciting opportunity to expand some of our studies in history, English, math, science, and the arts outside the regular classroom environment. It will also be a positive way to further class spirit and unity. To ensure a successful trip, it is very important that students show their full cooperation by adhering to all school rules, following the predetermined itinerary, and respecting the chaperones who have the final word in all matters. The well-being of all students and the reputation of Pulaski Academy are our first priorities. Below is a list of trip rules that must be read carefully by ALL students and parents. These rules, along with the rules in the PA Handbook, serve as behavior guidelines for our trip.

THIS CONTRACT MUST BE SIGNED BY THE STUDENT AND PARENT AND RETURNED TO MRS. GORMAN BEFORE THE STUDENT IS ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS TRIP. 1.

All school rules, including modified dress code (explained on the packing checklist), apply to the trip. Any violation of a major school rule (i.e. possession and/or consumption of drugs or alcohol) will result in the student’s immediate return home and appropriate disciplinary action upon return to school.

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Once students are checked into their rooms at curfew, NO ONE is to leave the room unless it is an emergency, in which case a chaperone should be contacted IMMEDIATELY.

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Luggage is limited to one small carry-on bag and one small piece of luggage.

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Each student is responsible for his/her possessions. Leave all valuable items, such as expensive jewelry, at home. Do NOT bring large sums of money. Do NOT bring laptops, portable DVD players, or devices with internet or Wi-Fi access.

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Students are not to call home, and parents are not to call students. THEREFORE, STUDENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BRING CELL PHONES. In case of an emergency, call the numbers presented at the parents’ meeting. Teachers will be in touch with parents if there is a problem.

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Follow the itinerary at all times. IN ALL CASES, THE CHAPERONES HAVE FINAL SAY.

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Students must stay with the group at all times. Because this is a bonding trip for the students and teachers, students will NOT be allowed to break away from the group to spend time with family members or friends who live in or are visiting the Dallas area.

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Students who are on regular medication must remain on medication and must have enough to last for the three-day trip. Student inhalers and EpiPens that are stored at school will be brought along on the trip. Over-the-counter medications such as pain relievers, antacids, and antihistamines will be available for students if needed. All medication will be monitored by Nurse Jann and Mrs. Schuster. Medications should be carefully labeled as directed and given to Mrs. Schuster by Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

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If students must be picked up early from the trip due to prescheduled weekend plans (such as athletic tournaments or competitions), parents must communicate this request with Mrs. Gorman by April 9, 2014. Early departures/pickups will be the responsibility of the parent, as teachers will not be able to leave the group in order to accompany a child to the airport.

IF, IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAPERONES, A VIOLATION OF THIS CONTRACT AND/OR OF A MAJOR SCHOOL RULE HAS OCCURRED, THE STUDENT WILL BE IMMEDIATELY RETURNED HOME AND DISCIPLINARY ACTION WILL BE TAKEN UPON RETURN TO SCHOOL.

RETURN THIS CONTRACT TO MRS. GORMAN BY WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 2014. student signature

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DESTINATION DALLAS Medication Administration Release Form

Student’s Name To Pulaski Academy, School Nurse, or Nurse Substitute: I request that you give the following prescription medication(s) to my child during this trip in accordance with the policy printed below. You are authorized to delegate this authority to another person if so desired. I will not hold the school staff responsible for an undesired reaction which may occur from the medication.

parent name (printed)

parent signature

Name of Medication Dosage

Quantity Dosage Time(s)

Name of Medication Dosage

Quantity Dosage Time(s)

Name of Medication Dosage

Quantity Dosage Time(s)

Name of Medication Dosage

Quantity Dosage Time(s)

Medication Policy and Guidelines 1. The medication MUST be in the ORIGINAL container with the child’s name on the prescription label. 2. All medications must be placed in a clear Ziploc bag clearly labeled with the child’s name. 3. All medications must be given to Mrs. Schuster by Wednesday, April 16, 2014. 4. The consent form must be signed before any medication will be given. Handwritten notes are NOT acceptable. 7


PA Dallas Trip Parent Meeting 2014