· After including the cost of the chartered bus, the final price came to $549. We have been negotiating some changes to get the price below $500. We are also working out the cost of the trip if we cut one day off and just spend 3 days in NY instead of 4. As soon as we get this cost, we will put both itineraries and both prices on our weebly website and ask you to vote for which you prefer. The feedback will help us to get a majority opinion. We will send out an email the day the information is put on the website so you will know to go and vote.
· Our first fundraiser will be to sell raffle tickets. Each student received 10 tickets today, and the tickets sell for $1 each. Students can sell them to school friends, teachers, neighbors, relatives, etc. When a ticket is sold, the student will need to get the buyer to neatly fill in their name and phone number at the bottom of the ticket. They need to give the top of the ticket to the buyer and bring the part with the name and phone number on it to us along with the money for the tickets. It will be helpful if the stubs and money is brought to us in the same brown envelope we are sending home today. We will receipt the money each time they turn it in, and we will staple the receipt to the envelope. This will help you keep up with the amount they have sold. Students keep 100% of what they sell, and it goes toward their payments. The last day to turn in money will be November 29, and the drawing will be November 30. Any money turned in prior to the 15th will go toward that payment. Any money turned in after the 15th will go toward the second payment.
· We are working on other fund raisers as well, and we will let you know about them as soon as they are finalized. If you have any suggestions, please let us know. We have encouraged the students to seek out jobs to help them earn money by babysitting, raking leaves, etc. We have also encouraged them to get several families together and do some joint projects such as yard sales or bake sales.
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· If you really want your child to go on this trip, but feel that you will be unable to financially pay for your child to go, even after the fundraisers, please email or call me.
· The AIG classes are going well. We have taken our first SIGMA test, a math competition all the AIG students will compete in during their AIG time. We have finished the Salem witch trials and the students re-enacted their version of the trial. One theory of the mass hysteria associated with the witch trials is that a microscopic organism called ergot could have been growing on the wheat. That possibility has led us to look at microscopic conflicts around our school. Students have identified places around the school that might be the source of microscopic conflict, taken samples of those sites, and are culturing the samples they collected in petri dishes.
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