Plan Your Field trip
The field trip program takes place every Wednesday - Friday, Sept. 4 - 26, 2014 (Closed Wed., Sept. 3)
You may choose any date that you would like to attend. If the date is in the drop down menu, the date is still available. Checking with your transportation department to ensure busing is available on the date you would like to attend is suggested before booking your date. Lunch storage is available on grounds if your groups decides to bring a sack lunch.
*The only thing you need to bring with you on the date of your field trip is the confirmation email that you receive after you enroll.
Below are some suggestions for planning out your field trip:
• Start planning your trip in May and complete the planning by June. Have your date picked out and sign up by the end of May. The lowest attendance of the Fair is at the beginning.
• Start recruiting parents at the beginning of the school year. Have a sign up at Back to School Night. Make sure you have enough parents for 1:4 or 5 ratio. Explain all of the expectations and guidelines to the parents.
• Each child wears a wristband with emergency contact information
• Teachers/chaperones wear lanyards with contact information of teachers and other chaperones
• A week or so before the trip, create small groups, assign 1 parent for every 4 or 5 students. This will alleviate the problem of the teacher having to keep track of 20-35 students. Each parent is responsible for keeping track of their small
• Stay together as a whole class or even as a grade level. As a whole group you are able to point out what is pertinent to your curriculum. Keep in mind that this information can be used as background knowledge, and can be referred to throughout the rest of the year.
• Highlight a planned route on the map provided by the Fair. Number each stop and set a timeline to guide you through the trip. Give a copy of this map to every parent in your group. This will keep the field trip focused and on track.
• Have a parent make a large sign on a stick with your name, room #, school, and a recognizable picture on it. When you hold this up in the crowd, it will help your students and parent volunteers follow you more easily.
• Make sure you set clear expectations for your parents. Give a list to parents a few days prior to leaving on the field trip.