LOGISTICS/WHAT TO BRING
Dear June 14 and 15 UAS families,
This is our fourth year kicking off the summer at Inspired Teaching! We have a wonderful two days planned full of community-based learning and fun. On Thursday, we're looking forward to visiting the beautiful City Blossoms Marion St. Garden and on Friday, we have an especially jam-packed day looking for geocaches, learning to build our own water filtration systems, and picnicking in Crispus Attucks Park.
This webpage covers logistics and what to bring, whether you're coming for one or both days. Please share the attached letter with your Squad member(s), as we rely on families to help reinforce rules for safety and maximum fun!
Safety is paramount at the Squad; please help reinforce our safety and conduct rules by sharing the Squad letter with your children. As we tell our Squad members, we don’t make rules for the sake of making rules--we make them so that we stay safe as we criss-cross the city and look out for each other. We really appreciate your support.
Program location: Inspired Teaching, 200 Douglas St NE, Washington, DC 20002
DROPOFF: Dropoff begins at 8:45 am and ends at 9:00. We'll be in front of the school with our UAS sign. We start our morning meeting as close to 9:00 as possible, so if you arrive after 9:00, please walk your Squad member inside to the designated classroom, the multipurpose room.
PICKUP: Pickup begins at 3:55 and ends at 4:00 in the same place. Please be on time; we have to clean up and vacate our space, and send staff home. If we’re delayed, we’ll have to pass costs on to late families.
PICK-UP AUTHORIZATION: We will not release your child to anyone—including another UAS parent—unless we have permission from a parent or legal guardian. If you let us know in advance, we’ll include the info on our printed rosters. Otherwise, if someone other than the morning dropoff adult is picking up your child, please let us know when we see you so we can note it on our rosters.
WHAT SQUAD MEMBERS SHOULD BRING
--A simple bag lunch, which could be just a sandwich, and maybe a snack or fruit, depending on your child’s appetite. We have morning and afternoon snacks (e.g., fresh fruit, bars, cheesesticks) to keep brains and bodies fueled for adventure.
--A refillable water bottle, minimum 16-ounce size (please make sure it doesn’t leak).
--A lightweight backpack to hold the lunch, water bottle, and any extra layers/rain jacket, if necessary.
--The playground where we'll have lunch on Thursday, Kennedy Rec Center, contains a spray park. Your Squad member should come wearing a swimsuit if he or she wants to join in the spray park fun. A small towel that fits in a backpack is helpful, too.
--Weather-appropriate clothes, hats, and comfortable shoes for hiking and walking. We do lots of walking! Comfortable, prepared kids = maximum adventure.
--For younger children, if relevant: a change of clothes in a plastic bag, in case your child sometimes wets or soils him/herself. We get muddy and have spills, but we generally only need to change clothes if a child has an accident.
**ALLERGY PROTOCOL** If your child has an allergy that might require intervention (e.g., Benadryl, EpiPen), please email me with the protocol that staff should follow in case of an allergic reaction. I am happy to discuss this, too, but written documentation ensures that we're on the same page, and that I can easily pass this info to our Squad leaders.
Snacks. None of our snacks contain nuts, but some carry a disclaimer saying the product may contain traces of nuts. If you don't serve snacks with these labels at home, please let us know and send extra snacks with your child. Squad members and Squad leaders DO bring lunches that carry nut products; we discourage food sharing and encourage hand-washing after meals, but we are not a nut-free environment.
Sunscreen and bug spray. Please be sure to apply sunscreen & bug spray to your Squad members before they arrive. Though we have some on hand to help Squad members reapply later in the day, we can get out on our adventures sooner if everyone has it applied before arriving at the program.
Tick checks. Squad leaders will do basic tick checks upon returning from the woods or tall grass, but please keep in mind that it's always best to do a full body check at home that evening. You'll know ahead of time when we're hiking, in which case please use your best judgement for what you'd like your Squad member(s) to wear. For ultimate tick safety, dress your Squad member in light colored, lightweight, long pants and long sleeves and braid or tie up long hair. On our website, we have now published our own UAS Tick Protocol, which will provide more information for how we will work to keep your Squad members safe this summer. Other detailed guidelines can be found here.
STAFF BIOS can be found here.
Thanks and please don't forget to share the Squad letter below!
Dear Squad members,
On Thursday, the Squad will make our way to the City Blossoms Marion Street Garden where we will meet with Willa, a great friend of the Squad’s. Willa will show us around the garden so that Squad members can learn about pollination and compost, and identify the parts of a plant. We'll work in groups to successfully complete a delicious and healthy "Parts of a Plant" recipe. Then it's off to the playground and spray park for play time and a picnic lunch!
We also have a big day planned for Friday; Can you think of a way you could filter your dirty water using mason jars, coffee filters, and sand? Start rolling around some ideas in your mind because we are going to work together this Friday to figure out exactly how these supplies can act as an effective water filtration system. We are going an a neighborhood hike near McMillan Reservoir (which uses sand filtration) to look for three geocaches and have a picnic under the sun at Crispus Attucks Park. Lastly, the Squad will work together to hide our Rhode Island Ave. geocache as part of our on-going 50 States Project.
For maximum fun and adventure, we need to keep a few things in mind.
- Follow our safety rules! This is important for our safety and for our enjoyment:
- If a Squad leader calls your name, stop and answer right away.
- No running ahead of our group or hiding.
- Stay in the white lines when crossing the street.
- Eat a good breakfast and stay hydrated-- you need to take care of your brain and your body for a great day with the Squad.
- Check the weather to make sure you’re wearing comfortable, appropriate clothes and shoes. We do lots of walking!
- Don’t be nervous. We’re a friendly, welcoming Squad, and we’re all in this together! It’s going to be a GREAT adventure.