Playa del Rey offers 5th grade students unique opportunities to learn, discover, and participate in the world around them.  Part of the 5th grade experience that students can immerse themselves in and enjoy is the exciting area of oceanography.  From November through February, students can join the Oceanography Club.  Each week students gather to learn about our world’s oceans, discuss issues, and create exciting and informative projects.  Those students (up to 40) are then invited on a two-day field trip (teacher chaperones only) to San Diego and Long Beach, California upon completion of all Club assignments and activities.  The Club, which is voluntary, is available to all students who make a commitment to attend the meetings, complete all assignments, and demonstrate character through our Character Counts program.

In addition to the weekly club activities, the students enjoy on the field trip motor coach transportation, a floating lab experience in San Diego Bay, admission to Sea World, hotel accommodations, and entry to the Long Beach Aquarium.

Payment options include cash, check, and tax credit.  Please call the school office at 480-892-7810 to learn more about the tax credit option. The cost of the trip is sent home via flyer in early August so parents have time to plan or budget for it.

Information is sent home in October announcing the start date of the Club and all required signed, parent permission forms to participate. In early February Project Exploration, the organization which coordinates our California field trip, holds a parent meeting explaining the itinerary, guidelines, and other useful information for parents and our students going on the trip.

Please consider having your child join the Oceanography Club as part of their 5th grade experience here at Playa.

Oceanography Club sponsor: Frank Caporaletti (frank.caporaletti@gilbertschools.net

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