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									Dear Families,                                                      January 26, 2009

        The Sixth grade Challenge Program students will be going on their extended field
trip soon! We are getting excited for an “out of school” learning experience. This will be
a great opportunity for growth, both socially and academically, as well as being fun! This
note will provide you with the details you need to know and our itinerary.

 We will be leaving East Middle School on Monday, March 2nd at 8:00 am. Students will
ride in the 14-passenger activity buses that will be driven by Mrs. Hanson and Mr.
Driscoll. We will drive to Colorado Springs via Denver with a stop for a picnic lunch at
the Red Rocks Amphitheater and then continue to the Denver Museum of Nature and
Science for a general tour and an IMAX film, “The Grand Canyon.” Students need to
pack a picnic lunch. We will travel on to Colorado Springs that evening and will stay at:

                                     The Sleep Inn
                                1075 Kelly Johnson Blvd.
                                     719-536-0731

        On Tuesday, March 3rd, we will be doing two major activities. The first is
“Rendezvous with a Comet” at the Challenger Learning Center in Colorado Springs. We
will spend three hours there beginning at 8:30. Next, we will go to the Air Force
Academy for lunch and tour. When we are finished at the Academy around 4:30, we will
travel back up I-25 to the Metro area. We will stop at the factory stores in Castle Rock
where the kids will have a dinner of their choice at the food court. We will continue north
where we will spend the night at:

                                   Drury Inn & Suites
                                   Denver Tech Center
                                 I-25 & Dry Creek Road
                                9445 East Dry Creek Road
                               Englewood, Colorado 80112
On Wednesday, March 4th, we will head to the Colorado capitol in downtown Denver for
a general tour at 9:00. We hope to meet our local representatives and senator, watch state
business being conducted from the gallery and climb the 99 steps to the interior of the
dome. We are also scheduled for a tour of the U.S. Mint at 11:00 am. We will then eat
lunch and leave the Metro area about 1:30. We plan to be back at school around 6:00.
We will ask a couple parents to be our phone contacts to let everyone know when we
expect to arrive. We will also call when we arrive in Colorado Springs.

The students need to bring money for lunches (one day at the Academy and one in
Denver after the tours). Remember they need to bring a picnic lunch on Monday. The
dinners on Monday and Tuesday will be covered with funds paid.

Students will be sharing a room with two or three other students. They choose their own
roomies. We are expecting exemplary behavior and proper etiquette. Please discuss
behavior with your child.

Please have students pack clothes that are appropriate for representing East Middle
School per the handbook. Students who wish may pack a swimsuit as well because the
hotels have pools. Please pack a small overnight bag; no giant suitcases because room is
limited on the buses. Students may also bring a backpack with a book, notebook, pencils,
camera, cards, small games, healthy snacks (nothing too messy), water bottle or healthy
drink (NO highly caffeinated or energy drinks!). They may bring music (with
headphones) or small electronics. These will be for the bus ride only and will not be
allowed during our educational sessions. We will not be responsible for these so it is up
to you if they bring them. They will have to leave all their packs, purses, electronics,
cellphones, cameras, snacks, water, etc. on the bus during the tour of the Mint as they are
not allowed in the building (Basically nothing is allowed in except a wallet holding
money and ID). The buses will be parked on Broadway in special bus areas but security
(besides locking the buses) is not provided.

Finally, as you know, March weather in Colorado can vary from balmy to arctic
blizzards. We are concerned for your child’s safety and will keep a close eye on weather
forecasts along the I-70 corridor and the Front Range. Any chance that storms in the
mountains or in the Denver/Springs area will threaten our safety either going, returning or
while there, will mean the trip will be postponed or cancelled.

If you have any questions, please call or e-mail Mrs. Hanson or Mr. Smyth at 254-5020
or annh@mesa.k12.co.us or jmsmyth@mesa.k12.co.us.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Hanson
Mr. Smyth


(If you need to contact us during the trip you may call Ann’s cell phone: 970-250-5828)

								
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