8th Grade Trip to Washington, DC

Once again, we are excited to offer 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 6-8, 2015.  The experiences on this trip will enhance their 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 $384, and we are asking for $394 per student to cover the cost of tour guide tips and first aid/bus supplies, and to offset the cost for students who cannot afford the full amount.  Payments may be made in three 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.  This will reduce the amount each family will need to pay and will provide scholarships as well.   More information regarding fundraising for the trip will follow soon.  Scholarship assistance will also be available (see registration form).

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The cost of the trip per student includes:

  • Deluxe Motorcoach transportation
  • 2 nights hotel accommodations
  • Entrance to the Smithsonian National Zoological Park
  • Guided Illumination Tour of the Monuments and Memorials
  • Visit to MLK Memorial and Vietnam Memorial
  • Visit to museums on the national Mall (student choice)
  • Entrance to the International Spy Museum
  • White House Visitor Center
  • Admission to Central Park Funland for 3-4 hours
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners

Students will have to bring money for lunch the first day

Chaperones: The 8th grade teachers will be chaperoning the trip.  Additional parent chaperones are needed as well.  The cost per chaperone is also $384.

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 is allowed to be sold by students in the cafeteria or school building.

Please return the completed Registration/Payment Form , DOE Parental Notification/Consent Forms, and the Emergency/Medical Form (all below) with the first payment of $131 to Ms. Vissa or Mr. Kuklakis no later than February 13, 2015.  Checks should be made payable to MS 447. All documentation should be put in an envelope with students name and class on the front. You may contact ms447DC@gmail.com with any questions or ideas.  We are looking forward to sharing this exciting experience with your children!


Thank You,


Ms. Christine Vissa and the 8th Grade Staff


Washington 2015 Registration Form


Washington Emergency, Medical, Special Needs 2015


OverNightConsentForm 2014-15 (1) (see pages 9-10, PARENT NOTIFICATION/CONSENT FORM