Each grade level is scheduled for one field trip per trimester. Most of the time these field trips are off campus, but occasionally organizations come to Castro instead. Permission slips are required for children to participate in field trips and teachers may ask parents to sign up as field trip chaperones.
PTA volunteers plan field trips with input from classroom teachers to ensure the off-site experiences tie into the classroom curriculum.
Sample Field Trips from recent years:
|Science||Visual Performing Arts||Social Studies||Other|
|K||Playing with Science||
|1||Mtn. View Center for the Performing Arts|
Natural Bridges (insects)
|Mtn. View Center for the Performing Arts||Mtn. View Police Dept. & City Works|
Weird Fish @ CA Academy of Sciences
De Anza Planetarium-Sun, Moon, and Stars
|Mtn. View Center for the Performing Arts or other theater||Deer Hollow -Ohlone Indians|
Marine Science Institute (4th and 5th)
|Bing Concert Hall at Stanford (second Choice Taiko; third choice Sunnyvale CTC)||Age of Sail (DI)|
|5||Science Camp||Mission||Stanford College Day (if possible 4th and 5th)|
Funding for Field trips is provided by the Castro PTA through funds raised at our annual Walkathon. These funds are supplemented by grants when possible. Your student’s teacher may request a one-time donation if there is a special field trip or a trip is over the allotted PTA budget (i.e. an overnight for fourth grade).
Field Trip Transportation
Various modes of transportation are used for field trips. These include district school busses, chartered busses or city buses, and walking to local destinations.
On the rare occasions when parents drive, the driver must complete district forms and provide proof of adequate insurance and a recent DMV driving record. These requirements are for the protection of drivers and students.