Hi! ROPES is just days away! Attached is the packing list that the class went over this morning.  If you have questions about the packing list, your child should be able to answer them or email me.  If your child takes any medications, please send it in with them on Tuesday (11/5) morning along with time of medication administration and dosage amount.

We still need 2 more drivers to ROPES and 2 more drivers from ROPES.  What would be VERY, VERY helpful is a parent with a truck that could help us haul all our stuff to and from Camp McConnell.  If you can drive please email me at your earliest convenience.  I need to know how many seatbelts you have. Please do NOT including the front seat passenger seatbelt, no students in front seat on field trips. I’ve also included the Local Background Check form that all field trip drivers need to complete and the parent driver criteria.  The front office will also need a copy of your driver’s license and insurance information.




Here is the list of parents who have volunteers to drive (THANKS!!!).

11/5 – To Camp McConnell

Adkins (3)

Black (6)

Mackritis (4)

Phillips (5)

Webb (5)


11/7 – From Camp McConnell (to MMS)

Adkins (3)

Black (6)

Dobbins (5) – Is this the truck?!?! I hope so :-)

Mackritis (3)

Sosa-Pesantes (5)

Field Trip Parent Driver and Chaperone Criteria

Parent drivers must meet the following criteria:

  • Complete the required background check procedures (see the front office).
  • Volunteer drivers must have a valid driver’s license and automobile insurance with bodily injury coverage of at least $100,000.
  • An up-to-date copy of your driver’s license and insurance information must be on-file in the front office
  • If you volunteer to drive, please plan to stay with the group during the field trip unless the teachers confirm that you are not needed to chaperone as well. *It is not necessary for parents to stay after they drop students off at Camp McConnell.
  • Parents acting as chaperones or drivers may not bring a younger child along.
  • ·         Siblings, friends, etc. may not attend the field trip if the parent attending is acting as a chaperone for the trip.
  • Convertible vehicles, 15 passenger vans, or motor homes are not acceptable field trip vehicles.
  • In the event that you will be coming along to chaperone but not drive, please ride in the car to which you are assigned.  We do not allow students to switch cars to sit with friends and we ask you to model the rule.
  • Please do not make unplanned stops for food or treats if you are driving on a field trip.


Rules for Safety on Field Trips

Each student and driver must be secured in an individual seat belt and wearing a seat belt at all times.


No student, regardless or height, weight or age may ride in the front seat. It does not matter if it is your own child; they may not ride in the front seat while on a class trip.

  • Stay in your seat at all times while the car is moving.
  • Don’t leave your seat to get out until the car has come to a complete stop.
  • For everyone’s safety, do not shout; engage in horseplay or switch seats during the trip.
  • Never stick your hand (or anything else) out of the car window.
  • Never throw anything out of the car.
  • Do not play with sharp objects, such as pens or pencils, in the car.
  • Do not eat or drink in the car unless the driver gives permission.
  • Every student is expected to set a good example. Do not use inappropriate language or behave inappropriately.
  • All school rules, requirements and procedures are in effect during field trips.

Electronic Devices While Operating a Motor Vehicle

This policy about electronic device usage applies to any device that makes or receives phone calls, leaves messages, sends text messages, surfs the Internet, or downloads and allows for the reading of and responding to email.

Due to research that indicates that cell phone use while driving is dangerous, and may even approach the equivalent danger of driving while drunk, according to some studies, parents and/or staff members who are transporting his or her self, other parents, staff members, or students on school related trips or school related business are prohibited from using a cell phone or similar devise while driving.


We recognize that other distractions occur during driving, however curbing the use of cell phones, while driving, is one way to minimize the risk, for our students, parents and staff, of accidents. If cell phone use while driving is necessary, the school requests that you wait to stop your vehicle in a safe location so that you can safely use your cell phone or similar device.

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