What amazing concerts this weekend! Both the high school and middle school orchestras will do great in their competitions! Please take a look at the following trip reminders:Middle school families should have received an email with airline ticket information. If any family did not receive this email, send an email to Suzi Erickson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please check in with Delta (use the link in the ticket email) the night before departure and pay for baggage. The orchestra will check in and pay for baggage for the return flight. High school families do not need to check in with Southwest Airlines until they arrive at the airport.
Remember that all students and parents have agreed to the trip rules. Please refresh your knowledge of the rules which are posted on the DSAO website (middle school CLICK HERE; high school CLICK HERE)
Trip itineraries, other handouts, and chaperone phone numbers are also posted on the DSAO website. Please check the packing list for details on appropriate concert attire.
Students may want to take a list or photos of everything they have packed so that when they are repacking in the hotels they can review the list to make sure everything is back in their suitcase. And don’t forget that students will be carrying all their own belongings, so be mindful when packing.
It will probably rain at some point on the trip. Don’t forget a rain jacket and/or an umbrella.
Please check TSA rules on line for restrictions on carry-ons and checked baggage.
Please make sure each student has enough money for food, activities, and souvenirs. A combination of both a debit card and cash will probably work the best. We have already paid for breakfasts and dinners in New York, and for breakfasts, lunches, and one dinner in Atlanta. We may not have formal lunches in New York (and we won’t on our competition day), so students can either bring snacks or purchase them in the hotel. Similarly, students may want to bring or buy snacks to eat on the planes. Please see the Expenses handout on the DSAO website to estimate amount of money needed.
Please review hotel etiquette. Keep activities and noise levels appropriate.
High school students must bring stands for rehearsals. Please coordinate with your stand partner.
If you want to visit the Georgia Aquarium, it is best to buy tickets online ahead of time for $26.95 + tax. Go to www.georgiaaquarium.org, click on buy tickets, and we will be attending Imagination Nights, 3/10/18, 6:30-7:00 pm entrance. Tickets may be printed or viewed on phones. Tickets may also be purchased on site for $43.
The high school will meet on Friday, 3/2/18 at 7:30 a.m. on the Southwest departures curb or inside at the Southwest Departures area. Students should find their chaperone and stay with them in the airport. The high school will return to Denver on Sunday, 3/11/18 at 3:15 p.m. and meet parents in the Southwest Baggage Claim. The middle school will meet at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, 3/8/18 at the Delta Airlines departures curb. Students should find their chaperone and stay with them in the airport. The middle school will return to Denver on Sunday, 3/11/18 at 2:05 p.m. and meet parents in the Delta Baggage Claim. Please check out your students with the chaperones. And don’t forget Daylight Savings Time on 3/11/18!
And, so no one starves on the flights, either bring a sack lunch (NO LIQUIDS!) or buy something on the concourse before we board.
Please contact your chaperone if you have any questions or concerns. We are excited for an awesome trip!!!!!