Addison Elementary School PTA 4th & 5th Grade Field Trip FAQ

How are field trips funded at Addison?
The Addison PTA sponsors 100% of the Kindergarten-3rd grade field trips and the 4th and 5th grade “day trips”.

If the PTA sponsors 100% of field trips, why is there a separate “ask” for 4th and 5th grade students?
The PTA funds 100% of field trips which take place during “classroom hours” (e.g 8:15 AM – 2:20/2:45 PM) for all grade levels. In 4th & 5th grade, Addison students are provided the special opportunity to participate in overnight/sleep away field trips. These programs have a significantly higher costs than the “classroom hours” programs. The PTA is not able to fund these programs and families of those students are asked for a contribution.

What is the “PTA Field Trip Transportation Fund” on the One Payment Form?
In order to provide safe and reliable bus transportation to more distant field trip locations, the PTA underwrites the transportation costs so that parent drivers are not needed. The PTA suggests a voluntary donation of $75 per student to the PTA Field Trip Transportation Fund. While participation in this contribution typically exceeds 50%, this fund does not cover all transportation expenses. Therefore the PTA also relies on our general funds to cover field trip transportation costs.

What does the 4th & 5th grade contribution cover?
Your contribution covers the program fees including admission, room & board, instruction and program supplies for each student, teacher and adult chaperones. For the 2019-20 school year, the suggested contribution is $315 per student.

Is a contribution mandatory for a student to participate?
While state law does not allow school districts to charge fees to students for educational activities, these programs rely on financial contributions from participating families. A donation is not required to participate.

What if I want to contribute less or more than the amount that is suggested?
Families that choose to contribute may do so at any amount. The goal is 100% participation. Give what your family is comfortable with contributing either as a one-time payment or over 9 months. Extra donations are always appreciated to ensure that the programs selected by the grade-level teaching teams are available to all students.