Spring Trip

Nitschmann Middle School Band Trip

May 26 & 27, 2019

Washington D. C. National Memorial Day Parade

Here is a video about the parade and festivities of the weekend. Parade coverage starts at 4:05.  VIDEO

Hello Everyone,

The spring trip this year will be a band only trip.  The band will be participating in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington D.C. on May 26 & 27, 2019.  
 

 ITINERARY

Sunday, May 26

  • 4:15 Chaperones arrive
  • 4:45 Students arrive
  • 5:30am Depart Bethlehem, PA via motorcoach
  • 10:30am Estimated arrival in Washington, D.C.
  • 10:45am Meet your Tour Managers, at the dock to board the spirit cruise
  • 11:30am Enjoy a two-hour lunch cruise on the historic Potomac River Visit the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery and witness the Changing of the Guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns
  • 5:00pm Dinner at Hard Rock Café
  • 8:00pm Attend the official “National Memorial Day Concert” on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, featuring the National Symphony Orchestra and broadcast live on PBS
  • 10:30pm Check-in to hotel for overnight

Lights out will be determined when we arrive at the hotel.

Monday, May 27

  • 6:00 Am Wake-up
  • 7:30am Breakfast at the hotel (served until 8:30am), followed by check-out 9:00am Depart hotel for wreath-laying
  • 9:30am Visit World War II Memorial and lay your Nitschmann Middle School wreath at the base of the Pennsylvania state marker Pick-up boxed lunches at the parade staging area Arrive at your assigned parade staging area on the National Mall
  • 2:00pm Participate in the National Memorial Day Parade on Historic Constitution Avenue
  • 5:00 pm Estimated departure for return home

–Dinner stop on the way home

  • 11:00 pm Estimated arrival in Bethlehem, PA
  • Students are expected to be in school on Tuesday at the start of school.

TRIP PREPARATION

  • Make sure all personal items are labeled with your name
  • Label instrument, suitcase and carry-on with your child’s name & bus number
  • Have all your “uniform” parts packed together
  • Keep the emergency contact information at home

MEDICATIONS

  • Prepare any medications needed
    • In original packaging with label
    • Must be accompanied by page 3 of the medical form.  (All are on file)
    • Must indicate distribution times and dosage
    • May drop off meds Thursday night (5/23) between 5-7 PM
      • Meds will remain secure with the nurse from when they are dropped off until we return home from the trip.
    • Parents should pick up medication bottles

UNIFORMS FOR THE TRIP (STUDENTS)

  • EVERYONE will wear jeans and their BLUE POLO Shirt on Sunday, May 26.
  • EVERYONE will wear their parade t-shirt and band uniform on Monday, May 27.
  • All trip participants must drop off their full uniform including hat box on Thursday May 23 between 5 and 7 pm.
  • If your uniform is not complete you will be sent home to get the missing parts.

UNIFORMS FOR THE TRIP (CHAPERONES)

  • EVERYONE will wear jeans and their PARADE T-SHIRT on Sunday, May 26.
  • EVERYONE will wear their BLUE ID shirt and band uniform on Monday, May 27.

* PARADE T-SHIRTS ARE EXPECTED TO ARRIVE MONDAY AND WILL BE DISTRIBUTED AT BAND REHEARSAL ON WEDNESDAY MORNING.

WHAT TO PACK – Each student may bring one small suitcase and one carry-on bag.

  • Pack in your suitcase:  suitcase must be labeled with your name and bus number
    • Parade shirt for Monday.
    • Recommend wearing shorts UNDER YOUR UNIFORM for parade.
    • toothpaste, toothbrush, comb/brush other toiletries
    • Pajamas
    • Other clothes

NEEDED FOR SUNDAY

            What to wear/carry on: carry on must be labeled with your name and bus number

  • Wear jeans and POLO SHIRT
    • comfortable shoes and socks
    • jacket, sweatshirt, sweater
      • (layering suggested, it can get cold)
    • Snacks to get carry you over until lunch
      • (lunch on own at the museum)
    • snacks and beverages for the ride
      •  (no soda, no glass, NO ENERGY DRINKS)
    • books, games, etc. to keep you occupied on the bus ride

MEALS

  • Sunday:
    • LUNCH – Buffet lunch on river cruise
    • DINNER –  Hard Rock Café
  • Monday
    • BREAKFAST – is provided
    • LUNCH – Box lunches you ordered
    • DINNER – We will stop at Golden Corral on the way home.

RULES AND REGULATIONS

  • All BASD rules apply as listed in the student handbook and exist throughout every moment of the trip.
  • Wear appropriate attire
  • No torn jeans.
  • No shirts with exposed mid-drift.
  • No shirts with inappropriate sayings, pictures, graphics or tobacco or liquor insignias.
  • No exposed underwear.
  • All Medications must be given, by the parent, to the nurse, upon arrival to school on Thursday, May 23.
  • If your child take medicine for motion sickness, give it to your child before he or she leaves the house
  • Excessive noise will not be tolerated on the buses, at the hotel or the school.  Each student must respect the rights of others.  Violation of the noise rule will result in disciplinary action.
  • Students may not leave the group without permission.
  • If the bus captain or a chaperone believes a student is abusing the privilege of using electronic equipment, it will be confiscated and returned to the student or their parent when we return to Nitschmann on Monday night.
  • Students may bring cell phones.  They are required to give their cell phone number to their chaperone.  If the student refuses to provide their number, the cell phone will be confiscated and returned to the student or their parent when we return to Nitschmann on Monday night.
  • Smoking, drugs and alcohol are prohibited
  • Laser pointers are prohibited.
  • Pocketknives or any other kind of weapon are prohibited from the trip.
  • The BASD code of conduct will be in effect at all times.
  • TRIP PHOTOS AND VIDEO

PARADE ITEMS

3:00 – 3:03 PM

MOMENT OF REMEMBRANCE

(YOU MUST FOLLOW AND UNDERSTAND THIS PROCEDURE)

To ensure that the nation remembers the sacrifices of America’s fallen from the Revolutionary War to the present, we will be promoting the spirit and unity and remembrance through the observance of the

National Moment of Remembrance at 3:00 PM!

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN????

This means that the National Memorial Day Parade will literally come to a halt for at least THREE minutes on parade day. We ask that all members of your group actually halt and bow their heads in remembrance.

HOW WILL THIS WORK????

You need to be aware of the time by looking at your watch (pay great attention to this)! THIS IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO DO SO! At 2:59 PM begin to go through the processes of stopping your parade element, marching band, vehicle, float, or anything else, so you are prepared for the moment of remembrance at 3:00 PM.

WE CANNOT HAVE ANY MUSIC OR OTHER NOISES from 3:00 PM – 3:03 PM

You will remain in the halt position (no music … silence only) as you remember those who have fallen by bowing your head. At 3:03 PM you should be in full forward motion!!!

Thank you for your dedication to this important moment!

Participants are expected to conduct themselves courteously, safely and in good taste at all times during the Parade’s formation, execution and dismissal.

Memorial Day is our military’s most sacred holiday, stretching back to the years following the Civil War when graves of the fallen were decorated by families, friends, and old comrades. It is a day of remembrance, in which we pay tribute to men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms.

The National Memorial Day Parade – in fitting with the purpose of Memorial Day – is a much different parade than any other that will be held throughout the year. While it is a fun family event, it is also a dignified expression of our nation’s gratitude for the sacrifices made by the fallen.

We ask that all participants in the parade conduct themselves at all times in a manner befitting of the highest ideals of our nation and its’ military. The eyes of thousands of attendees — and hundreds of thousands of viewers on television and the live online stream — are on you

THE PARADE WILL NOT BE DELAYED FOR FINAL PREPARATION BY ANY ELEMENT.

NO ONE WITHOUT A COSTUME/UNIFORM WILL BE ALLOWED TO MARCH IN

THE PARADE; A limited number of chaperones/band staff or support staff must be dressed in colors identifying them as part of the band or group. They must look as though they are part of your presentation, not along for a walk down Constitution Avenue.

ALL UNIT DIRECTORS, STAFF, PARENT/CHAPERONES ARE TO MARCH TO THE RIGHT OF THE ELEMENT AS YOU TRAVEL DOWN THE PARADE ROUTE!!!!

TELEVISION BROADCAST

Televised on Local ABC/CBS/NBC/Fox Stations Nationwide

(Visit NationalfvlemorialDayParade.com for station listings)

INTERNATIONALLY televised LIVE on the

AMERICAN FORCES NETWORK

The parade will also be streamed live at:

YouTube.com

ABC News LIVE

Military.com

and at NationalMemorialDayParade.com

For further detailed information, go to:

www.nationalmemorialdayparade.com

Due to time constraints, commercial breaks, and other considerations, NO ONE PARTICULAR GROUP IS GUARANTEED TELEVISION TIME. We ask that you please share this statement with friends, parents, and supporters. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

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