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Parent Letter

April 2018

Dear Parents and Students:

It’s a great time to be a 7th and 8th grader at Old Vail Middle School because you have an opportunity to take a trip to our nation’s capitol, Washington, D.C. In April of 2019, Mrs. Laborin will take 7th and 8th graders on a 5 day, 4 night trip to see the many historical monuments and museums in the D.C., and Virginia area.

Last April, we took a group of students on a similar trip and had a wonderful time. We stood in awe of the documents that shaped our country, set us free from tyranny, and forged the way for all of us to do our civic duty and become actively involved in our government. It was a truly memorable experience for us and the students, and the team hopes to be able to share that with this year’s seventh and eighth graders.

There is so much information to disseminate to parents including fundraising ideas and parent/student contracts and deadlines, that there will be two parent meetings. You will be required to attend at least one of those meetings with your student because we must ensure that all participants are fully aware of the expectations and responsibilities.

The cost for the trip is $1912-1962.00 before May 1, 2017 and is all inclusive; everything but the souvenirs! We have chosen World Strides as our carrier because they presented the best offer for the price and they offer a scholarship for families based on income. They also offer high school credit. The two differnt prices are based on adding or deleting a small river cruise at Mt. Vernon. After the May 1st deadline, the price goes up to 2032-2082 so don’t miss out!

Arizona state tax credits allow for $200.00 for single and up to $400.00 for married couples to donate to this program for a specific child each year. It is possible that you could pay for your child’s entire trip in tax credits with the help of your family and friends who pay Arizona State taxes.

The eighth grade team is committed to taking all students who meet the eligibility requirements: no D’s or F’s on any report card; including permanent reteach, enrich and special’s grades. Also, the week prior to the trip, no D’s or F’s are permitted. In addition, students with serious behavior issues will not be allowed to attend. This trip is a privilege not a right for those students who demonstrate OVMS behavior and uphold the ACT statement.

To say that this is an ambitious undertaking is putting it mildly, but it’s something that I feel is important in creating responsible citizens.

I look forward to another successful year of student travel.
Mrs. Laborin