Eighth grade fall adventures

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Dear Westside School families,

As summer winds down, we’re ready to launch a great 2015-2016 school year in our new home! Enclosed are several important updates on your child’s fall trip, including reminders about gear checks and medication as well as details about trip departure and arrival times.

If your child has daily, as needed, or emergency medications…

We ask parents give the exact amount of any daily medications needed for the trip, in the original, labeled containers (as per Washington state law), directly to your child’s trip leader. If possible, please bring these medications in on the same day as your child’s gear check (the first day of school!) If it is not possible to bring the medication in advance, please turn it in on the morning your child’s trip departs. On trips, medications are stored securely and each child has a separate pouch with only their name visible to ensure privacy. When your child returns to campus after their adventure, please remember to collect all daily medications from the trip leader at pickup.

Please do not have your child carry their medications to or from school – the only medications students are allowed to carry with them (at school or on trips) are emergency inhalers and epi-pens. If your child has one or both of these emergency medications, please make sure a school supply is turned in to Kathy Winans on, or before, the first day of school. (The school supply is in addition to what your child regularly keeps with them.) Please ask for Kathy at the Reception desk.

If your child is administered any medication on our trips, it will be documented. If you would like to have a copy of these records, please let us know when we return to campus.

We provide food for all students on our trips, and are careful to accommodate allergies as well as dietary restrictions, but if you would like to talk more about your child’s particular food allergies or other dietary concerns, please get in touch with one of your child’s trip leaders.



*** Students – a note about the packing list: since we will be on the water, in addition to a sun hat and sunglasses, you will want some sort of strap to keep your sunglasses attached to your head! If you don’t have one, we can get crafty and make them here at school before we go.

Trip leaders: Sarah Harper-Smith and Jason Ermer, with additional guides

Important Dates & Times:

Wednesday, September 9 – ALL personal gear brought to school (drop off your gear in Sarah’s room before heading to advisory for first period) and electronic permission forms due.

Monday, September 14 – Arrive at school by 7:20 a.m. for a prompt departure – there is a ferry to catch!  Don’t forget to bring a (nut-free) sack lunch!

Friday, September 18 – Return to school by 3:30 p.m. for regular afternoon pickup, but please be prepared to wait until 4:00 p.m. if the group is slightly delayed  – if they will arrive back later than 4:00 p.m., the school will notify all eighth grade families via email.