"In the Know" Weekly Newsletter - The International School

Parents: Get ready for field trips this school year!

Welcome back to school! Our teachers have been busy preparing their curriculum for the year and a very important of that planning is field trips.  Field trips are an integral part of our IB program.  And, to pull off our 40 field trips a year school-wide, we rely parent chaperones to help transport students and keep them safe and engaged on field trips.  THANK YOU to those parents who generously donated their time in years past.  We hope you'll step up again this year and we also hope to see new parents on field trips, too.  

Please review a few key points field trips below or brush up if you already familiar with our field trip process.

Field Trips: Top 5 Things Parents Need to Know

1.) Visit intlschool.org/field-trips on requirements for field trip chaperones.  Background checks are required for all field trip chaperones and can take 2-4 to process.  Apply early if you are interested in helping with field trips.  A link to the form is available at intlschool.org/field-trips.

2.) Your child's classroom teacher will notify you at least 10 days or more in advance (via email) to announce an upcoming field trip.  At that time, she/he will request chaperone assistance.  If you are interested in chaperoning, you must contact the teacher at least one week in advance to express your interest.  All approved chaperones will receive an approval email from the Transportation Coordinator once they've been approved.  Please respect our chaperone approval process by ONLY attending field trips for which you have been approved.  

3.) Even if you have a completed background check on file, you may not be able to attend all of your child's field trips.  Sometimes we have limited space at field trip locations and simply can't take all parents who are interested.  Please "step back" if you typically chaperone many field trips and let other class parents have a chance.

4.) Being a field trip chaperone is an important job and we have essential agreements in place for this role, which were established with input from teachers and administrators.  While you are chaperoning, be safe, respectful, and responsible, just like our students are! (Click on the link above for details).

5.) If you have any questions about field trips or want to know what field trip documents we have on file at TIS, please do not hesitate to contact our Transportation Coordinator, Ida Lombardozzi.  Contact information is listed below.

Here's to a great year and many fantastic field trips!