For quick reference, here is an outline of important information and events leading up to our May 15th departure. (Please note: this information is NOT meant to be comprehensive regarding all details related to the trip.)
Brightspark Travel, Inc.
8750 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue
Chicago, IL 60631
Important Calendar Dates & Deadlines:
Tuesday, Aug. 14th
8th grade Student & Parent Informational Meeting and Fundraiser Kick Off-- 6:00 P.M. BCMS Gymnasium
Monday, Oct. 15th
Registration and $70 Deposit Deadline
Thursday, Nov. 15th
Payment #2 Due-- $242
Tuesday, Jan. 15th
Payment #3 Due-- $242
Friday, March 1st
Roommates and T-Shirt Size Form Due
Thursday, March 15th
Payment #4 Due-- $241
Friday, April 12th
U.S. Capitol Panoramic Group Picture Order Due
Medical Form Deadline- Turn In at Main Office or Room 220
Wednesday, May 8th
REQUIRED ATTENDANCE - D.C. Parent Informational Meeting @ Seymour Middle School -- 5:00 P.M. In the Gymnasium: Agenda-- Final Instructions, Trip Itinerary, T-Shirt Distribution
Wednesday, May 15th
Check-In-- 5:00 P.M. Seymour Middle School Cafeteria
1. Go to Your Assigned Bus's Table
2. Pick Up Lanyard/Emergency Contact
Card, D.C. Travel Guide, Luggage ID Tag and
Place Any Medication in Designated Container
3. Fill Out Luggage ID Tag and Attach to
4. Set Luggage To Be Loaded Below Next to
Your Assigned Bus (Weather Permitting);
Keep Carry-On Bag and Brightspark Backpack With You
5. Wait and Listen/Watch Patiently for the "Load
Buses" Signal; Thank Parents and Hug
Load Buses-- 5:45 P.M.
Departure-- 6:00 P.M.
Wednesday, May 15th-Sunday, May 19th
Washington, D.C., Here We Come!
Sunday, May 19th
Arrive to Seymour Middle School-- Approx. 8:00 A.M.
**Student ID Cards-- Do Not Lose Them: They Are Needed for the Trip. BCMS Cannot Issue You a New One In May.**
**In the Event Your Child Does Not Meet the Attendance, Behavior and Other Requirements for the Trip, Mr. McClure Will Contact Your Child and You. He Will In Turn Notify Brightspark that Your Child Has Been Removed from the Trip for Failing to Meet the School Requirements.
Should You Choose to Remove Your Child from the Trip for Any Other Reason, You Will Need to Contact Brightspark in Writing to Explain the Reason for Cancellation.
Brightspark Will Retain a $70 Cancellation Fee but Return the Remaining Balance-- Fundraiser Profits Excluded. For Additional Information, Please Refer to the Brightspark Registration and Payment Policy Found In the Attachments Section Below.**
**Brightspark Is Supposed to Mail Out a Medical Form with the Final Payment Notice. This Needs to Be Filled Out and Returned to the School By Thurs., April 18th.
If We Do Not Have a Medical Form on File for Your Child, We Cannot Take Your Child on the Trip!
IT'S THE LAW!
ANY PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS YOUR CHILD WILL BE TAKING DURING THE TRIP WILL NEED TO BE IN A LABELED PRESCRIPTION BOTTLE. IF YOU NEED AN EXTRA BOTTLE, THE PHARMACY SHOULD BE ABLE TO PROVIDE ONE FOR YOU.
OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDS NEED TO BE IN THEIR ORIGINAL BOTTLE AS WELL.
PLACE YOUR CHILD'S MEDS IN A CLEAR ZIPLOC BAG AND WRITE HIS/HER NAME ON IT.