8th Grade Washington, DC Trip

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 10th-12th, 2017. The experiences on this trip will enhance the Social Studies and curriculum at MS 447.  The trip will be facilitated through GO Educational Tours (GOEducationalTours.com).

Our goal is for all 8th grade students to attend. The cost of the trip will be $357, and we are asking for $367 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 Friday, December 2, 2016: $100

2nd payment due Tuesday, January 10th, 2017: $100

3rd payment due Friday, February 10th, 2017: $100

4th and Final payment due Friday, March 10th, 2017:  $67

The Cost Includes:

2 Nights hotel accommodations  with  2 full buffet breakfasts

Visit the National Museum of African American History & Culture

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.

Admission to Newseum Museum

Visit to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

U.S. Capitol and Visitors Center

Holocaust Museum

Dinner at Magill’s Buffet

Lunch and dinner vouchers for l’Enfant Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, and Firehouse Sandwiches

Visit to the Pentagon Memorial and Iwo Jima Memorial

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 $367.  

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 $100 to Mr. Smith or Ms. Ward no later than December 2, 2016.  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