OUTDOOR EDUCATION. Providing your child with a unique on-site and hands-on environmental education experience. What is Outdoor Education?. -Two and a half day overnight educational experience centered around science curriculum. Why does your child go?. Enhances the sixth grade curriculum
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OUTDOOR EDUCATION Providing your child with a unique on-site and hands-on environmental education experience.
What is Outdoor Education? -Two and a half day overnight educational experience centered around science curriculum.
Why does your child go? • Enhances the sixth grade curriculum • Instructional activities that cannot be done in a school building • Develops relationships • Provides supervised opportunity to develop independence
Adults Sixth grade staff Parent volunteers Students All sixth grade students in MCPS Who goes to OE?
When does your child go? • Bears Wednesday, November 7- Friday, November 9 OR - Tigers Wednesday, November 14- Friday, November 16
Which Outdoor Ed site will your child be attending? Students at TPMS will attend the Skycroft Conference and Retreat Center located on South Mountain near Middletown, Maryland.
What do we do at Outdoor Ed? Classes: Stream Study Predator Prey Survivor Earth History Hike Confidence Course
What do we do at Outdoor Ed? Evening activities: * senses activity * a nature hike and star gazing * a campfire with s’mores * reptile show
Cabin Life • Children sleep in cabins • Cabins at Skycroft vary in size • Cabins are monitored by parents • Cabins are only entered with adult permission and supervision • Students are not permitted to visit other cabins
Meals • Students are served breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. • All meals are served family style. • Be sure to include any special dietary needs on the parent permission form (page 6).
What does your child need to pack for OE? • Sleeping bag OR blanket and sheets • and pillow • Soap, toothbrush/ • paste, deodorant, etc. • Long pants (NO SHORTS) • Old sneakers • (wear a pair & pack a pair) • Sunscreen • Old clothes • Sweatshirt or jacket • for layering • Warm jacket for night time • Rain poncho • Lots of socks
What about special needs and medications? • Does your child have allergies? • Does your child get a lot of headaches? • Does your child take medicine everyday? • Does your child use an inhaler? Step 1: Get a medicine form Step 2: Give it to your doctor Step 3: Bring it back to school with the medicine Student Name & Directions Medicine is Due no later than October 29! The nurse will not be here after that date
Complete your child’s forms and send them back to school right away even if the money is not available yet. Turn the forms in to Ms. Epling – she’ll be out in the hall before school to collect forms. Forms include: The permission slip Need Tetanus shot date Behavior Contract Emergency Contact Information Request for Financial Assistance Volunteers Medical form (only if your child has special medical needs / takes medication daily) Forms, forms, forms
Payment • $85 • $76 to MCPS program • Staff • Facility • Materials • Meals • Transportation • $9 to TPMS • Evening acvtivities • Coveted TPMS OE Souvenir
Financial Assistance • Financial assistance is available upon request and provided by MCPS. • Complete the financial assistance form in your child’s packet and one of the school counselor’s will contact you. • Please do not let money be the reason your child does not attend OE.
Parent Volunteers • WE NEED YOU TO VOLUNTEER! • WE NEED YOU TO VOLUNTEER! • WE NEED YOU TO VOLUNTEER! • WE NEED YOU TO VOLUNTEER! • WE NEED YOU TO VOLUNTEER! • WE NEED YOU TO VOLUNTEER! • WE NEED YOU TO VOLUNTEER!
Volunteers What we need your help with… • Chaperone all cabin time • Supervise recreation activity • Model behavior and problem solve at meals • Help load/unload luggage busses • Attend (if you’d like) all classes and evening activities ***Your are most helpful when you can attend the full session***
Why on earth would I volunteer? • Free lodging • Free meals • Free evening entertainment • Meet your child’s teachers and see them in rare form (sweatpants, T-shirts, messy hair, etc.) • Most importantly, share memorable moments with your child in the outdoors.
We need, 24 female parents and 24 male parents each night!As of now, we have the following volunteers: • Tigers Cabins • Bears Cabins