Let The Field Trips Begin.....

Posted on: Mon, 09/13/2004 - 1:43pm
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Had a thought, perhaps we could have a field trip specific thread. I don't know. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/confused.gif[/img]

At any rate, I am extremely shocked in that Jesse has a day long field trip tomorrow, his sixth day of school.

The school just sent home his emergency medical plan paperwork to-day (which I had requested the first day of school but because the secretary was away, the office was in confusion) and it wasn't as extensive as what I have seen in previous years, except it did have whether or not your child required an Epi-pen which I have never seen on a form before.

They are going to the Etobicoke Field Studies Center which actually isn't in Etobicoke. I'm fairly sure that my Grade 6 teacher is teaching there permanently and has for years (it's like the Frink Center just outside of Belleville, owned by Hastings Prince Edward School Board). I've told DH to check tomorrow.

The kids are doing normal outdoorsy stuff (quite frankly, after doing the Frink Center at least three times a year for the last three years I think they know enough outdoorsy stuff, but that's coming from someone who hates that outdoors [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] ).

Anyway, wrote in all the specific instructions. Went in and met Jesse's teacher after school and told her that DH would be coming with Jesse. She hadn't assigned groups to parent volunteers (I don't know if she had any and she didn't seem to know if she did either [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/confused.gif[/img] ) so I asked if Jesse's cousin could be in the group with her Uncle as well.

Oh, and we did discuss this extensively here last year - the price for this field trip was $7.50, cash only (I've always been able to write cheques in the past - will have to speak with the school about my own personal situation) and volunteers do NOT have to pay or not for this field trip at least.

(Can I say with glee that I am VERY pleased that Dad is here so he can go on the outdoorsy field trips? Very pleased. I asked him the other day if he had ever gone to The Frink Center with the kids in Belleville and surprisingly, he had escaped the I don't know how many times we did go! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img] Not anymore! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img] )

It's probably some place I would consider "low risk" but the first few trips we take this year, back in Toronto, we'll be going and I think the school will want it that way anyway.

So, a field trip thread?

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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Posted on: Tue, 09/14/2004 - 12:00am
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Hi. I have been cruising the board for a few months but I have only posted a few times.
We have our first field trip in 6 weeks. I am attending with my daughter. I would'nt have it any other way. It is a trip to the Children's Museum in Charleston, SC. It is about 45 minutes on a bus. She will be riding with me both there and on the way back. The school is not peanut free and school field trip lunches ALWAYS include peanut butter and jelly because it keeps so well. Her teacher wants me along. I have read to many horror stories about field trips. She did go on one with her daycare last year, but she had been with that teacher for 2 years and I felt very comfortable with her. I still was worried to death and I just could not get off work that time to go. I am not comfortable with public school kindergarten at all, so I plan to attend everything or she does not go.

Posted on: Tue, 09/14/2004 - 2:42am
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Shuleran, welcome! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
I hear what you're saying about going on each of your child's field trips.
I've actually found that in this PA journey, the requirement of a "parent designated supervisor" in my son's written school plan has really changed for me. It is certainly still written into the plan, but it does depend on his age, his teacher, and where he's going whether or not it is actually one of his parents going with him or not.
We have been able to "designate" the teacher say, as his supervisor (simply meaning that he would be in her group of kids), if we've assessed the situation and feel that it is fairly "low risk" for him.
I've also learned a LOT from the single parents on this board who are unable to take time off work each time their children have a field trip - or sorry, even the households where both parents are working. They've had some wonderful tips (i.e., the assessing of the place where they're going to) that have really helped me.
To-day, as I posted above, my son did have a parent with him because it's a new school, obviously new teacher as well, and he was going someplace that I haven't been to in 35 years.
But, in our previous town, there were places that we went to each year on field trips and I truly was able to say, okay, you've been here 4 times before, I know what the place is like, you're okay going without me.
I think all of us would prefer to be able to accompany our PA children on each and every field trip that they go on, but in the *real* world, I also think people do have to look at other options. Keeping your child home from the trip is certainly one, but not the only one (and the quandry there for single or dual-income families is if the child doesn't go to school that day, who is going to take care of the child while they're off school).
My son will be 9 in December. I do think his age certainly has played a great part in my decisions through the years, although in JK and SK, when I was not able to go on field trips with him (I was a single parent and was not allowed by the school to take my daughter with me and had no one to look after her), I based my decision on his teacher and how well she "got" his allergy.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 09/14/2004 - 1:38pm
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Wow, I think my kids' school saves ALL the field trips for the end of the year. The teacher or my PA son has already said to me "I guess we won't be going to the Dairy Queen like we did last year." I told her to check with McD's if they need a fast food joint tour [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
She said she usually takes the kids to the mail processing plant which is true because my oldest had her two years ago and he went there. Sounds safe... but it won't be until June I am sure.
Guess we have a while to work that out!

Posted on: Wed, 09/15/2004 - 12:32am
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The field trip went well yesterday. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] My DH was speaking with one of the three leaders and he found out that all three of them were carrying Epi-pens and were trained in their useage. This is SO different from what we have experienced with trips to the outdoors (conservation like type places) in the past.
Very pleased. This school board does seem to be quite "with it".
Oh, and I did ask DH how he would assess the trip PA wise and he said it was really quite low risk, no peanuts in sight, no peanut products in the lunches that were obvious (there was another class with them), etc.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Fri, 09/17/2004 - 10:19am
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Yes a topic on field trips would be great. I like your ideas.

Posted on: Mon, 09/20/2004 - 11:55am
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Quote:Originally posted by Alternative to Mainstream:
[b]This is SO different from what we have experienced with trips to the outdoors (conservation like type places) in the past.
Very pleased. This school board does seem to be quite "with it".
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That's cuz you're back in civilization. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]
And, conservation type trips - they're the ones that scare me.
Glad to hear Jesse's trip went well, and that *dad* gets to share in this pleasant experience. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 09/21/2004 - 3:06am
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Our school requires that the child bring their own lunch. Why does the school supply lunches?

Posted on: Tue, 09/21/2004 - 4:29am
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I had to laugh when I saw the title of this thread. My 7 1/2 yr old daughter brought home a permission slip from her Brownie troop to go pumpkin picking next month. When I dropped off my 3 yr old son at preschool today, there was a signup sheet for a field trip to a local farm. I'm waiting for my 5 yr old PA son's class trip, I know it's coming, as well as my daughter's 3rd grade class trip. All I know is I'm gonna have a ton of apples and pumpkins this year (and applecrisp, apple sauce, apple pie, apple bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin bread... [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] )
With my school trips, you bring a bagged lunch. However there are kids who qualify for reduced lunch or free lunch. They generally give them pb&j or ham and cheese sandwiches.
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Michelle
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DD 7 1/2 yrs NKA
DS 3 yrs NKA

Posted on: Tue, 09/21/2004 - 12:06pm
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Thanks for this topic!
Ian is in preschool this year, and they do have a few field trips planned, but I don't yet know when or where. They do require that all kids be transported to and from the field trip site by a parent, so I know one of us will be with him. And they have a nut-free school (has been for several years), and they are very conscientious about this. Sending him to school has been our first ever experience with leaving him with someone other than trusted family members, but I'm totally at ease with how they deal with his allergies.
I hope everyone else has a situation which allows as much peace of mind re: field trips as I do.

Posted on: Wed, 09/22/2004 - 12:12am
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Hi.
I am responding back about the school providing lunch. Many of our students are on free and reduced lunch, so the school provides those every day. Many of the other children pay by the month for their lunches so it is considered a regular lunch day because they have credit on the lunch account. I pack everday, no matter what, and my PA daughter and her twin brother eat on special placemats and only what I provide. The also sit by the teacher.
The teacher gets it but I am not as confident in the nurse and other staff. My daughter is contact allergic and I don't want her near the stuff. It is hard enough to send her to school each day!!

Posted on: Wed, 09/22/2004 - 12:50am
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What kind of placemats do you use? We haven't sent our son for lunch yet- but we are trying to plan ahead.
Do you use the placemats- table toppers - I thik they are called?

Posted on: Wed, 09/22/2004 - 4:11am
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Jami,
I bought two red-checked cloth napkins from Walmart. I fold these and place them in their lunch boxes each day. When unfolded on the lunch table they are quiet large and spread out. This keeps my daughter from being in contact with the lunch table. Our school has a policy where the children take turns being responsible for wiping the tables down after lunch, sweeping, or other cleaning up tasks. I don't have a lot of faith in the cleaning abilities of a 5 year old. My daughter is contact allergic so I don't want to take any chances. The twins also sit at the same table as everyone else, but right beside the teacher. The children that are eating peanut products are placed at the other end of the long lunch table. There are 24 kids in this kindergarten class. The only problem that we have had is that all of the classmate want special placemats too!!!

Posted on: Wed, 09/22/2004 - 5:25am
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Thank you - I was hoping that a napkin would be suitable- that seems the most econimical(sp).

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