Student Tours to Washington D.C.
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Dear Parents & Students,
Once again we will be offering an extraordinary educational experience to interested eighth grade students through our annual spring tour of Washington, D. C., Williamsburg, Mount Vernon, Monticello, and Gettysburg. As in the past, the tour, a non-school activity, will be custom designed to provide participants a rich learning experience as well as an exciting trip. Students will depart Friday evening, April 7 and return Thursday evening April 13.
A SPECIAL ONE-HOUR INFORMATION MEETING FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 28, AT 7:30 PM IN THE MEDEA CREEK LIBRARY
As teachers, we have seen the value of educational tour programs which stress structured learning experiences through the excitement of travel. Over the past thirty-nine years we have been able to refine and improve our trip. The result is a stimulating educational program, tailor-made for our students, designed much like a lesson plan using the nation’s Capital and historic sites as our classroom.
Planned sightseeing stops in Washington include: the Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt, & Martin Luther King, Jr. memorials, the war memorials to WWII, Korea and Vietnam, Ford’s Theater, the Smithsonian Institute, the Holocaust museum, the Newseum, the Capitol and Library of Congress, a Kennedy Center performance and much more.
In addition to all this, students will spend an entire day in historic Williamsburg and Jamestown. Through privately escorted tours and evening programs, students are able to “walk back into history.” We will also visit the battlefield at Gettysburg, and tour Jefferson’s estate at Monticello, and Washington’s estate at Mt. Vernon.
Students will depart from Los Angeles aboard a regularly scheduled airline. Once in Washington, we will enjoy deluxe, restroom-equipped, recliner coaches with experienced driver/guides. Students will be chaperoned throughout the trip with a 1:15 adult to student ratio. Nights will be spent in a deluxe accommodation such as a Sheraton, Hyatt, or Hilton in D.C. and a Holiday Inn or comparable in Williamsburg. Rooms are well-appointed with two large beds, cable TV, etc. Students will have an opportunity to select their own roommates, with four students assigned to each room.
All meals are provided during the trip. Breakfasts and dinners will usually be buffet style, affording a variety of entrees. Most lunches are from food courts where students have a wide variety of choices. Vegetarian options are available at each meal, however gluten-free choices are more limited.
The complete cost of the tour is $1,734.00 per person*. This includes: airfare, airport transfers, lodging, sightseeing, all meals, all admissions, supervision, guide fees, and tips. As in the past, we will offer the Guaranteed Price Option, which insures against price increases, excluding any fuel, security, or airport surcharges added prior to departure.
APPLICATIONS FOR REGISTRATION SHOULD BE MADE ONLINE AT TravelEd2DC.com, beginning Sept. 1.
PLEASE REFER TO THE REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS ON THE PANEL TO THE RIGHT.
From past experience we know that the trip will provide students with a learning experience and friendships that will last a lifetime. The website should provide answers to most questions (www.traveled2dc.com). If you have any additional questions, contact us at home in the evenings: Steve White (818) 451-3062, Tom Johnsen (805) 499-1569, or Don Zimring (818) 920-9059.
Since this is not a school-sponsored program, PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOL OR THE DISTRICT OFFICE.
We look forward to seeing you!
Steve White Don Zimring Tom Johnsen
*Based on airfares and land rates at the time of printing Final tour costs, unless paid via the “Guaranteed Price Option,” will reflect the rates at the time of final billing.
Student Behavior Expectations
The Washington Trip provides a once in a lifetime learning experience for students. The trip is planned to provide an exciting and fun-filled week that will bring alive many of the classroom and textbook experiences students have had. The chaperons take pride in the program they offer and enjoy the trip as much as the students. The success, however, is based not only on a carefully planned itinerary, but on a positive attitude toward learning and a high level of commitment from the students as well. To this end, students must adhere to a higher standard of discipline and self-control than is needed in a normal school routine. Students who cannot meet these standards may be sent home early at their parents’ expense with no refund of any monies paid. We don’t want that to happen. The following is a general guide to the behavior expectations we have for the students.
Students are expected to demonstrate respect and courtesy to everyone they meet during the trip. The maintenance of harmonious working relationships, particularly with guides and others in authority positions, is essential for our continued success. This is fundamental for ALL participants.
Violation of any laws, particularly possession of drugs, alcohol, tobacco or other harmful items, will result in immediate return home at the parents’ expense with no refund and/or detention by local authorities.
IDENTIFICATION – Students must carry a picture I. D. at all times, as it will be required at the airport, at several sites and for most meals.
ON THE AIRCRAFT – Flying is exciting regardless of age. However, having a 100+ students on a single aircraft requires discipline and cooperation. Students may not roam the plane or “hang out” in the aisles. Using the restroom should be the only reason for leaving one’s seat. We encourage students to rest or even sleep. Others on the flight will be trying to do so, so students’ behavior needs to be respectful of that. Do not use the flight attendant call button unless there is an emergency. When the aircraft lands, students must remain in their seats until the chaperons have given directions for debarkation.
ON THE ROAD – Students will spend a good deal of time on the buses, which are luxury recliner coaches with restrooms. No eating, drinking or gum chewing is permitted on the bus. Music devices are allowed, provided they do not disturb others and that they are put away whenever a chaperon or driver is speaking on the public address system. Our drivers/guides have a wealth of information to provide, but will not do so, if you appear bored or disinterested.
VISITING SITES – Students will be surrounded by their nation’s history and culture. While it will be exciting, we must act with the respect these sites deserve. These historic and national treasures hold memories and values that are important to many people. It is unacceptable to detract from that atmosphere by running, climbing, yelling or chewing gum. When a guide is talking at a site, students must be attentive and not talk or “play around.”
HOTELS – Students will be expected to strictly adhere to hotel behavior standards and curfew rules. Many other patrons use the facility; their right to not be disturbed must be respected. Students are not permitted to “hang out” in the lobby, hallways or in the rooms of other students.
ATTIRE – The normal school dress code will be in effect on the trip. “Gang” style clothing or accessories are not permitted. Students will be expected to dress appropriately for their evening at the theatre. A clothing list is available on our website and will appear on the back of "Trip Talk #1" in the Spring.
FAILURE TO ADHERE TO THE ABOVE RULES MAY RESULT IN THE STUDENT BEING SENT HOME EARLY AT THE PARENTS’ EXPENSE WITH NO REFUND PROVIDED.
REGISTRATION: Space is limited. Applications for registration are initiated on line at TravelEd2DC.com. Only applications that are complete,including both student and parent signatures, along with a deposit check, will be accepted. Applications will be processed in the order received, and a waiting list established as necessary. Participation on the trip is contingent upon student behavior. (If you need a paper registration form, call Mr. Johnsen at 805-499-1569.)
You may select from two methods of deposit to suit your individual needs (sorry, no credit cards):
GUARANTEED DEPOSIT: A deposit of $500 will reserve space, if available, and guarantee that the final tour price, will not be increased.* This option is valid until December 2nd, 2016. The balance will be due about six weeks prior to departure.
SPACE DEPOSIT: A deposit of $275 will reserve space, if available. The advertised tour price is based on airfares and land rates at the time of printing. The final tour price will reflect any price increases that occur prior to final payment. The balance will be due approximately six weeks prior to departure.
REMEMBER: APPLICATIONS ARE INITIATED ON LINE. PLEASE COMPLETE THE APPLICATION ON LINE, THEN PRINT THE CONFIRMATION PAGE AND MAIL IT WITH YOUR DEPOSIT CHECK TO THE ADDRESS INDICATED ON OUR WEBSITE (TravelEd2DC.com).
BE SURE TO READ THE BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS SECTION TO THE LEFT.
PRE-TRIP MEETINGS: Providing appropriate preparation prior to departure at our special meetings is one of the primary factors that makes our tours so successful. Each meeting deals with a different aspect of the trip and will help the students more fully appreciate everything they will see and do. The meetings will cover topics ranging from government and law to photography and travel tips. Meetings will be held after school several weeks prior to departure. Attendance is mandatory.
INSURANCE: Students are required to show proof of medical/accident insurance as part of registration. Accident insurance and/or trip cancellation insurance may be purchased separately along with flight insurance. For information on these policies please contact:
Travel Insurance Center (866.979.6753) or <worldtravelcenter.com>.
RESPONSIBILITY: It is hereby understood by all participants that TravelEd, its chaperons or agents, are agents for the purpose of writing tickets for transportation and making arrangements for tours, lodging, and accommodations only and we are not liable for any and all claims, suits, actions, delays, inconveniences, strikes, wars, injury or any other expenses of any kind or nature caused by the tickets or arising out of their issuance for travel, transportation, baggage handling or any other type of difficulty stemming from participation in this trip not caused by the gross negligence of the aforementioned parties. Participants are required to provide a completed Medical Release/Discipline form and proof of medical insurance. TravelEd has complied with the California Seller of Travel law.
REFUNDS: We hope you will not have to cancel. The trip is an exceptional educational experience. If you find you must cancel, please notify TravelEd in writing immediately. Your deposit, less a $100.00 service charge plus any airline penalties will be refunded if written notice is received postmarked by January 13, 2017. For cancellations postmarked after January 13, 2017 but prior to fourteen days before departure, $250.00 of your payment along with airline penalties will be retained. Cancellations received fourteen days or less before departure will receive a 50% refund, after any airline penalties are paid. Airline cancellation penalties can include non-refundable tickets. In such instances, the price of the ticket will serve as the airline penalty and the ticket will be included along with any refund due.
Students sent home early for disciplinary or medical reasons are not entitled to a refund.
If the trip is canceled by TravelEd, registrants will receive a full refund.
QUESTIONS? VISIT OUR WEBSITE: www.traveled2dc.com
OR CALL US AT HOME IN THE EVENINGS OR ON THE WEEKENDS
TOM JOHNSEN 805-499-1569 OR DON ZIMRING 818-920-9059
(THIS IS NOT A SCHOOL TRIP: PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOL OR DISTRICT OFFICE)
*Final price may be adjusted based on any fuel/security/airport surcharges added by the airlines. Guaranteed Price Option becomes invalid due to war, terrorist attack, strike, bankruptcy or natural disaster, which causes a change in airline availability.
The Washington 2017 trip is a NON SCHOOL ACTIVITY. School sites have NO information. Please DO NOT contact the School or District Office