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2018+Washington%2C+D.C.+Trip
 Wednesday, May 16th - Sunday, May 20th
2018
 
Two Schools . . . One Destination
Brownstown Central Middle School is very excited to announce that, again this year with the Class of 2022, we have partnered with our Jackson County neighbor, Seymour Middle School, to offer the 8th grade students of our county schools a most unique educational experience . . . Washington DC!  

At the invitation of SMS, BCMS 8th grade students will be given the opportunity to travel to our nation’s capital for a learning adventure they will likely never forget.

SMS made their first trek to our nation's capital in the Spring of 2010.  BCMS joined the venture in 2017.

Travelling together helps to insure that both schools have the sufficient number of student participants to keep trip expense costs as low as possible for the students/families of both schools.  (As there will naturally be some fluctuation in regards to the student participation/eligibility rate from year to year, this joint school endeavor will provide additional cost stability and trip solvency for both schools.)

On behalf of BCMS, I would like to thank SMS for their continued partnership.  Of special note:
- the Seymour Community School Corporation School Board of Trustees
- Mr. Robert Hooker, SCSC Superintendent
- Mr. JB Royer, SMS Principal
- Mrs. Sherri Holt-Price, SMS Teacher & Washington, D.C. Trip Coordinator
 . . . and . . .
- the SMS student body (thank you for sharing your trip experience with us!)

I would also like to thank:
- the Brownstown Central Community School Corporation School Board of Trustees
- Mr. Greg Walker, BCCSC Superintendent
. . . and . . .
- Mrs. Jessica Fritz, BCMS Teacher & BCMS Trip Coordinator
"NEW INFORMATION ZONE"
This is where you can look for new announcements and information as they relate to the DC trip throughout the course of the year.  Each new announcement will have a date stamp preceding it.

May 29, 2017:
Mark your calendar! There will be a mandatory student/parent informational meeting for all 8th grade students interested in participating in the May 16-May 20, Washington, D.C. trip.

Meeting Date:  Tuesday, August 15th, 2017
Time:  6:00PM
Location:  BCMS Gymnasium
Participants:  only 8th grade parents & students
 

For 6th and 7th grade students & parents interested in learning about the Washington, D.C. trip in anticipation of their 8th grade year, a repeat meeting will be held at 7:30PM.

Note:  Interested 6th and 7th grade students attending the 7:30PM information presentation will be given the chance to participate in the Fall 2017 fundraiser should they choose.  Purpose:  an additional opportunity to begin accumulating and "banking" profits toward their future trip.

Meeting Date: Tuesday, August 15th, 2017
Time:  7:30PM
Location:  BCMS Gymnasium
Participants:  interested 6th and 7th grade students & parents

Refer to the page links to the right to view the following:
1) Washington, D.C. Trip BCMS Student Criteria
2) Washington, D.C. Trip Student Dress Code Requirements
3) Sneak peak of the August 15th Washington, D.C. Student/Parent information power point
4) Class of 2022 Trip Information Letter (May 2017)
5) BCMS Washington, D.C. Trip Fundraiser Policy

TIMELINE and OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

For quick reference, here is an outline of important information and events leading up to our May 16th departure.  (Please note:  this information is NOT meant to be comprehensive regarding all details related to the trip.)


Touring Company:

Brightspark Travel, Inc.
8750 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue
Suite 450e
Chicago, IL  60631
1-708-831-7124
 

Important Calendar Dates & Deadlines:

Tuesday, Aug. 15th
8th grade Student & Parent Informational Meeting and Fundraiser Kick Off-- 6:00 P.M. BCMS Gymnasium

6th/7th grade Student & Parent REPEAT Informational Meeting and Fundraiser Kick Off-- 7:30 P.M. BCMS Gymnasium

Friday, Oct. 6th
Registration and $70 Deposit Deadline

Friday, Nov. 17th
Payment #2 Due-- $235

Friday, Jan. 12th
Payment #3 Due-- $235

Friday, March 2nd
Roommates and T-Shirt Size Form Due
 

 Friday, March 16th
Payment #4 Due-- $235

Thursday, April 12th
U.S. Capitol Panoramic Group Picture Order Due
Medical Form Deadline- Turn In at Main Office or Room 220

Wednesday, May 9th 
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 16th
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  
    Luggage
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 
    Them Bye


Load Buses-- 5:45 P.M.

Departure-- 6:00 P.M.

Wednesday, May 16th-Sunday, May 20th

Washington, D.C., Here We Come!

Sunday, May 20th
Arrive to Seymour Middle School-- Approx. 8:00 A.M.



Miscellaneous "Need-to-Knows"

**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 20th.  

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. 

THANK YOU!** 




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