8th Grade Trip to Washington, DC

We are looking forward to an exciting adventure for our 8th graders!  Students will experience the history, culture and life of Washington, D.C. during a 3-day/2-night stay on May 4-6, 2016. The experiences on this trip will enhance the Social Studies curriculum at MS 447.  The trip will be facilitated through Four Winds Tours and Travel (fourwindstours.com).


Our goal is for all 8th grade students to attend. The cost of the trip will be $395, and we are asking for $405 per student to cover the cost of tour guide tips, and to offset the cost for students who cannot afford the full amount. Payments may be made in four installments.  A payment plan timeline has been set up for scheduled payments.  We are planning a number of school-wide and individual fundraising events to offset the cost of the trip, which will reduce the amount each family will need to pay, in addition to providing for scholarships .   More information regarding fundraising for the trip will follow soon.  See registration form for scholarship information.  


Payment plan:

Initial payment and registration due December 4, 2015: $105

2nd payment due February 4: $100

3rd payment due March 4: $100

4th and Final payment due April 1:  $100


The Cost Includes:

2 Nights hotel accommodations (Hampton Inn)  with  2 full buffet breakfasts

1 Lunch at the Hard Rock Café in Baltimore Inner Harbor on day 3

Visit the Washington National Zoo

Visit the Smithsonian National Gallery, Smithsonian Museum of American History or Natural History

Visit of the MLK Memorial, FDR Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, etc.

Baseball game:  Baltimore Orioles vs. New York Yankees

Admission to Newseum Museum

Tour of the U.S. Capitol Building

Visit to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Holocaust Museum

Visit to the Pentagon Memorial and Iwo Jima Memorial

Wreath laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Memorial Cemetery

Chaperons: The 8th grade teachers and staff will be chaperoning the trip.  Additional parent chaperons are needed as well!  The cost per chaperon is also $405.  


Candy Sales: Children who wish to sell candy to offset the cost of the trip will be sent home with a 30 piece box of $2 candy worth $60 per box. Children will “earn” $30 towards the cost of the trip with each box they sell. The remaining $30 will cover the cost of the candy. For example, if a child sells 4 boxes, the cost for his/her trip would be reduced by $120.  A student who sells 14 boxes will completely cover the cost of the trip.  If you would like to donate the money raised from the sale of your candy to the scholarship fund, you should make a note of that on the candy money envelope.  We are asking every family to sell at least one box of candy. No candy may be sold inside the school building.  If you would prefer that your child not be given candy to sell, please notify Mr. Smith.


Please return the completed Registration/Payment Form (blue), DOE Parental Notification/Consent Forms (yellow), and the Emergency/Medical Form (green) with the first payment of $105 to Mr. Smith or Ms. Somers no later than December 4, 2015.  Checks should be made payable to MS 447. All documentation should be put in an envelope with student’s name and class on the front. You may contact ms447dctrip@gmail.com  with any questions or ideas.  We are looking forward to sharing this exciting experience with your children!


Thank you,


Eli Smith and the 8th Grade Staff


DC 2016 Registration Form

DC Parent Notification & Consent Form

DC Emergency, Medical, Special Needs Form