TRIPS & TRAVEL
Throughout the academic year, students in the Pleasanton Middle School music program have the opportunity to travel and perform at various locations off the school campus. Notable offsite performances include local destinations, like Amador or Foothill high schools, and amusement parks, such as Great America or Disneyland. Information for all offsite travel and performances can be found below.
PUSD is canceling all cross-regional trips due to Alameda County Health Department recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Corona virus). Sadly, this includes our Disneyland trip.
This is all the information we have at this time. We will continue to communicate as we receive further updates.
Thursday, March 26 – Sunday, March 29, 2020
Plans are underway for our first-ever trip to “Disneyland” (Anaheim)! While at the park, the choir, orchestra, band and jazz band will get the opportunity to perform and attend education workshops. We are looking forward to an exciting and educational trip and hope that together we can make this trip a reality for our kids.
The total estimated cost of the trip is $92,000. This cost is based on a total of 140 students. This cost will change based on the number of students who choose to participate. Our goal is to raise the sum needed through donations and a variety of fundraisers. If this amount is not raised by mid-February, 2020, with 50% due in by December 13, 2019, the trip may be cancelled due to insufficient funds.
We will have several fundraising opportunities to help us to reach our goal but our two main fundraisers for the trip are:
● Donation Letter Campaign, Sept 2019
● Music is a Treat, February 2020
To help us reach our goal, we estimated the cost per student is $600 and $300 per chaperone. We would appreciate any voluntary donation you are able to make to support this experience (Tax deductible). The suggested payment schedule is as follows:
$200 per student, $100 per chaperone due by 10/11. $200 per student, $100 per chaperone due by 12/6. $200 per student, $100 per chaperone due by 2/14.
Please note that no student will be denied the opportunity to attend regardless of their ability to pay. Checks should be made out the PMS Music Boosters and turned into Mrs. Slous, Mr. Pedroni or dropped in the collection box in the band room. Online payment options will be available on our website at pmsmusic.org, at an additional cost.
The cost of the trip includes transportation (chartered busses), three nights lodging at Embassy Suites (Santa Ana), pizza dinner Thursday night and breakfast buffet Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings. Students will have to cover lunches and dinners themselves on the other days. Also included is a two-day park-hopper pass for admission to Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure and lots of time to play!
The Jazz Band and Choir will perform in the Disneyland Resort. The String Orchestra and Symphonic Band students will participate in the industry workshop. A Disney Conductor will lead students through a sight-reading clinic while recording Disney sound-track music. CLICK HERE for a more detailed trip itinerary.
We will leave Pleasanton Middle School for Southern Ca. at 8:30AM on Thursday and plan to arrive back in Pleasanton about 6pm on Sunday.
Students participating must be responsible members of Band, Choir or Orchestra, and have a minimum grade of “B”. The first week of February, 2020, student discipline records will be reviewed and any students with excessive referrals or a suspension on record will lose the privilege of going on the trip. Students must also have a 2.0 GPA with no F’s in order to participate.
If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Slous or Mr. Pedroni.
To make a payment for the Disneyland trip, click the appropriate button below to go to the corresponding FutureFund page. Sign in to your FutureFund account to attribute the payment to your student.
Donations and trip/travel contributions can also be made via check. Just send a check to school with your child and they can put it in the secure drop box in the band room. Make sure to put your child's name on the memo line. Checks should be made out to "PMS Music Boosters."
The following forms will be given to students in class and must be completed and returned in order to participate in the trip. Most of these forms can also be completed digitally and printed.
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