Victory Reins Therapeutic Riding Center. Michelle Miller and Kathryn Lindemulder. Pre Trip. Students will be split into groups Pass out the “Horse” Ag Mag Each group will be assigned a page to read. The students can read silently, or take turns reading aloud.
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Michelle Miller and Kathryn Lindemulder
February 15, 2012
Dear Mr. Slattery,
The fifth grade team is getting ready to begin an Interdisciplinary Unit centered on the “Wild West”. As part of this unit, the students will be learning about responsibility in character ed, and various animals in the West in science. Since the Old West is known for mustangs, we decided to focus on horses for the field trip for this unit. Because of this, we are requesting permission to take the students to Victory Reins, a therapeutic riding center in Peotone, Illinois.
Our objective of this field trip is for the students to have an experience that may be out of the ordinary for many of them. The field trip will give students a unique opportunity to experience some of the responsibility of caring for a living creature, as well as study firsthand one of the animals they learned about in “Wild West” unit.
While at Victory Reins, the students will be put into groups in order to experience various stations that the riding center offers. The students will have the opportunity to participate in all of the following: grooming, painting a horse (to learn the parts), riding, a classroom station, and chores (i.e cleaning stalls). In addition, the students will have a station to eat lunch.
The tentative date for our field trip is April 27, 2012. The cost for each student will be ten dollars. Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to discussing this trip with you.
The Fifth Grade Team
Kathryn Lindemulder Michelle Miller
March 30, 2012
On Friday April 27th, 2012, the Fifth Grade Team will be going on a field trip to Victory Reins Horse Stable in Peotone, IL. This year, we have learned a lot about the “Wild West, and we want to put our cowboy (and cowgirl) skills to the test! The purpose of this field trip is for the students to get firsthand experience working with the animals that we’ve been learning about! The students will be able to participate in various activities while at the barn, including riding, grooming, and painting a horse! This will be an exciting, fun day that is full of learning! For more information about Victory Reins, you can visit www.victoryreins.org.
Students will be required to wear CLOSED TOED shoes, and comfortable clothing – the students MUST wear long pants. Student s will also need to bring a sack lunch on the day of the field trip. We will depart from Creekside at 10am, and returning at approximately 2pm.
Students MUST return a permission form and release form, along with $10 (Cash or Check Payable to Creekside Elementary School) NO LATER than Wednesday April 18th if they would like to attend.
Although the barn provides volunteers, we are asking for 8 parent chaperones. If you would like to be a chaperone for this trip, please fill out and return the bottom portion of the permission slip.
If you have any questions, pleas feel free to contact Miss Lindemulder at firstname.lastname@example.org / (xxx)xxx-xxxx or Miss Miller at email@example.com (xxx)xxx-xxxx.
Fifth Grade Team
Kathryn Lindemulder Michelle Miller
Signature below indicates an agreement to release liability of school district CCSD 202, its employees and volunteers against any and all damages, claims or actions for bodily injury and lost or damaged property.
Student Name Teacher
I give permission for my child,_______________________,to attend the field trip to Victory Reins on Friday April 27, 2012.
List any Health Concerns:__________________________________________________
In case of emergency, please contact:
Parent Name___________________________ Phone________________
I give permission for teacher or chaperone to authorize emergency medical care:
Parent Signature_________________________ Date __________
I am willing to be a parent chaperone for the Fifth Grade team’s field trip to Victory Reins on Friday April 27, 2012
PARENT’S NAME: ________________________________________
STUDENT’S NAME: _______________________________________
PHONE between 8am and 3pm: ______________________________
Thank you for volunteering to chaperone! A teacher from the Fifth Grade Team will be in contact with you on or before April 13th to review the details of the trip.
We are going to Victory Reins on Friday April 27th!
Students must bring a sack lunch!
Remember to wear closed toed shoes and long pants!
Victory Reins Horsemanship Program Consent Form
I hereby give my permission for (participant)________________________ to
participate in the Horsemanship Program. This may include any of the following
activities: receiving horseback riding instruction, feeding/grooming animals, riding the
horses, and maintaining the barn at Victory Reins.
In consideration for Victory Reins allowing (participant) _________________ to
participate in the riding program the Participant and his/her successors and
representatives do hereby agree to release and discharge Victory Reins’ officers, staff,
administrators, employees and agents from any and all causes of action damages, claims,
costs, expenses (including attorney’s fees) and liability in any way arising from or
incidental to this authorization.
X ___________________________________________ Date __________
X ____________________________________________ Date__________
(Participant signature required of all individuals ages 12 and over unless a guardian has
been legally appointed.)
X ____________________________________________ Date___________
(Parent/Guardian signature required of all individuals under age 21 and those who have
a guardian appointed.)
X ______________________________________________Date _________
(Staff witness required in all instances when only a participant signature is required.)
Video Tape /Photo Release/Media Release
I give permission for the Victory Reins Horsemanship program its advertising agencies or news media to publish or reproduce the print/slide photographs, moving pictures orvideo tape for publicity purposes. Publicity may include but is not limited to newspaper, television, brochures, pamphlets, instructional materials and books.
I understand that no inducements or promises have been made to secure my signatureto this release other than the intention of the Horsemanship Program to use or cause tobe used for the purpose of promoting the Horsemanship program and its work.
Specific limitations to the above____________________________________
This release is valid for (1) year from the date it is signed and may be revoked by me in writing at any point in time.
Signed _________________________________ Date _________
Authorization for Emergency Medical Treatment
I authorize Victory Reins to (1) Secure and retain professional emergency medical
treatment and transportation if needed and (2) Release rider and records upon request
to the authorized individual or agency involved in the medical emergency treatment. In
the event emergency medical treatment is needed, due to illness or injury during the
process of receiving services, or while being on the property of this agency,
Zip Code_______________ Phone ____________________
In the even that I cannot be reached contact:
Phone_______________ Physician’s Name__________________________
Health Insurance Co_______________________________
Consent Plan: This authorization includes x-ray, surgery, hospitalization, medication and
any treatment procedure deemed “ Life saving” by the physician. This provision will only
be invoked if the person listed is unable to be reached
B. Know and apply concepts that describe how living things interact with each other and with their environment.
12.B.2a Describe relationships among various organisms in their environments (e.g., predator/prey, parasite/host, food chains and food webs).
12.B.2b Identify physical features of plants and animals that help them live in different environments (e.g., specialized teeth for eating certain foods, thorns for protection, insulation for cold temperature).
C. Apply acquired information, concepts and ideas to communicate in a variety of formats.
5.C.2a Create a variety of print and nonprint documents to communicate acquired information for specific audiences and purposes
D. Understand Illinois, United States and world social history.
16.D.2b (US) Describe the ways in which participation in the westward movement affected families and communities.
A. Demonstrate physical competency in individual and team sports, creative movement and leisure and work-related activities.
19.A.2 Demonstrate control when performing combinations and sequences in locomotor, non-locomotor and manipulative motor patterns.
I have taken so much away from this project! It is fairly complicated to plan, organize, and implement a field trip! Being on the other side of the desk has certainly changed my view about field trips! However, I believe that field trips can be great opportunities to learn outside of the classroom! This particular field trip site is special to me personally, so it was exciting to plan a hypothetical field trip there. Although Victory Reins is primarily a therapeutic riding center, so much can be learned there by any student! VR also provides unique opportunities for students that they may never otherwise experience. I think it is important for students to expand their horizons, and for many students in the city/suburbs, they are not used to a farm-like experience. There is also more content than it seems. One of my favorite pieces that can be taken away from a trip to VR is a lesson in character ed – the barn cannot function without everyone’s help! While a riding center may not be a traditional field trip choice, I think the students would benefit greatly from visiting!