do not send a phone with your child in the hopes of communicating with
him or her. There is little to no cell reception where we are going,
and if reception does occur, a phone call or text message will
interfere with the program. Also, hearing from a parent tends to create
homesickness that might not be there prior to a phone call. A phone
call that a child receives could make other kids want to call home.
When we are out on a trail and this occurs, everyone must stop while
the situation is resolved. This has happened before, and it created
some problems. Additionally, it is against the policy of Westminster
Also, please don't try to communicate with the chaperones to check up
on your child; the reasons are the same as those previously stated. I
will, as well as I possibly can, send messages about the trip each
evening. It will be late as I need to manage the class through the
evening, and I often am not done with that until 10:30, or sometimes
later, at night. However, if the service works at camp, you should get
a message through the group email each day. If there is anything you
need to ask me while at camp, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for respecting this policy.
The cabin/trail and car lists were given to the students last Friday. Hopefully, those lists made it home to you.
Please be sure that your child has a lunch on the first day. It should
not be packed in the luggage as we may not unload luggage until after
lunch. The goal is to have a lunch that creates no waste products that
would end up in a landfill.
All medication needs to be packaged with very specific instructions on
it. No medication, whether it is prescription or over the counter, can
be dispensed without the medical form that was given out in the student
packet in early March. Please give the medication to Mr. La Marr by
It is a good idea to send a plastic bag with your child so that wet
clothes can be stored in there as opposed to the child placing the wet
clothes along with his or her dry clothes.
If you wish to send snacks with your child, they can be eaten in the
car. However, no food is allowed outside of the car due to the animals
at camp. Many families send snacks to be shared in the car; you can
check with your child's driver if you wish to know if that is
acceptable or not.
The weather looks good for next week. If we do encounter rain, it
doesn’t look like it will be too much. Yet, each student should have
some type of water resistant outerwear. A poncho will work just fine. I
have seed some at Dick’s Sporting Goods for less than $5.00. I have
also suggested to the kids that they dress in layers as the
temperatures change from cool in the morning, to quite warm in the
afternoon, and then cool again in the evening.
The forecast for Occidental, April 9-12, from Accuweather.com:
Please let me know if your child has sleep walking or bed wetting issues.
Where to drop-off students and luggage on Tuesday morning:
the former staff parking lot, now the DPM playground, will be open on
Tuesday morning. You can drive onto the playground and we will gather
there to load luggage. We will have a limited amount of space there
with which to work, but if we park carefully, there should be enough
room. The school does not use that playground at the start of the day,
so there should be no trouble in using that space. You need not arrive
before 8:00; our goal is to have everyone packed up in cars, attendance
taken and leave by 8:25.
We will return the fourth graders to the former tennis court parking lot upon
our arrival back at school on Friday. We will likely leave camp by
1:00, and depending on traffic, we should arrive at DPM between
4:00-4:30. Most drivers have the kids start calling home as we get
close to Sacramento to let you know approximately when they will arrive
back at school.
I will have my e-mail open Monday evening if any questions come about
as you prepare for the next day. Please don't hesitate to send a
question to me as I will be more than happy to answer it.
This is going to be a great trip. The students have shown curiosity,
wonder and amazement through the life science unit, and I think they
will be excited over all the things that they will experience next
week. Thank you for supporting extended learning opportunities such as
these. It is part of what makes DPM a strong RL Program.
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