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Our 2014 Ottawa Itinerary is Finalized

From Day One, the talk has been about the amazing sites and sounds of Ottawa that students will get to experience.  If we refer back to this post in December when the trip was being promoted, students were informed about all of the amazing sites that we would visit.

Here are the sites and events that students will visit this year as we travel to our Nation’s Capital.

– The National Gallery of Canada

– Sala San Marco for dinner and Dance

– Nepean Point and its wonderful views of Ottawa

– A ride along the Rideau Canal (We’ve skated along it before, and it was COLD)

– The Byward Market

– Sussex Drive Tour

– Canadian Museum of Civilization

– Museum of Nature (for a visit, dinner and 3D IMAX Movie)

– A tour of Parliament Hill

– the Rideau Centre

– The Canadian War Museum

And so, the students asked and at our last meeting we discussed what to come prepared with.  A little provided by our tour provider (The List), however I did suggest to students that they consider packing a couple of night beforehand and not any earlier to ensure that they are best prepared for the forecasted weather.  That being said outdoor activities are rain OR shine, so students should be prepared to participate even if it is raining.  Extra clothes might be necessary because of this.

Beyond clothing students will need to be able to purchase a lunch en route to Ottawa when we stop just outside of Kingston and upon return to school when we stop for an early dinner.  Students may also want to bring some spending money to buy souvenirs for family and friends and or any extra beyond what is provided.

Some questions that were asked and may need further clarification,

1.  Devices, can we bring them? While it is understood that students will want to bring devices including iPods, cell phones and the like, for entertainment on the bus, to contact parents upon arrival and upon departure.  It is the students’ responsibility to keep care of these devices while on the trip.  Staff on the trip and the school will NOT take responsibility for devices lost or damage during our travels.  We maintain the same BYOD-like policy while on the trip as we do while in our school building.  Students who do bring devices will be reminded that during our tours and visits devices will only be used to support our learning and share our experiences with peers back at school and parents who follow our activity online. (Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Vine using the hashtag #TPSOttawa14)

2.  How much extra spending money should we bring?  There is no set amount of extra spending money to bring though students must be able to purchase a meal en route and upon return, any additional money for spending is upon the sole discretion of the individual parent.

3.  Others, feel free to fill out the attached form or ask your teachers travelling with you at school this week.  We will meet Monday, May 12th during 1st Nutrition break in Room 217.

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