Outdoor School

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6th Grade Outdoor Science School​ - October 2019

We are excited to offer an Outdoor Science School Experience to all ISB 6th graders this fall. Planning is underway and we want to share some information about Outdoor School with our 6th grade families. We will update this page as more information becomes available.

BSD Middle Schools partner with the Northwest Regional Education Service District (NWRESD) to offer free four day, three night Outdoor Science School programs. The NWRESD website includes helpful information for parents including a Program Tour and Frequently Asked Questions reference page.

All 6th grade students are invited to attend Outdoor Science School at Cedar Ridge Camp (Vernonia) from Oct. 7-10, 2019.

Information packets and permission slips were sent home with your 6th grader during Science Class on Sept. 12th & 13th. Here’s the link to the presentation shared with students. It’s also posted for students in Canvas.

Students need to return signed Permission Forms (Beaverton School District and Student Health History) to their Science teacher on Sept. 16th & 17th.  Souvenir orders are due at the same time.

return forms
Weekend Drop-off for Luggage & Sleeping Bag - Sunday, Oct. 6th
As an option, families are invited to drop off luggage & sleeping bags on Sunday, October 6th from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Remember when packing that the student is responsible for carrying their own luggage & bag - make sure that they can lift them and walk without dragging them on the ground. Consider placing sleeping bag inside a plastic garbage bag in case it is raining when we arrive at camp.
Departure Day - Monday, Oct. 7th
Students can bring their luggage & sleeping bags on Monday too.  When students arrive at school they should bring their belongings to their Advisory Teacher's classroom. Remember when packing that the student is responsible for carrying their own luggage & bag - make sure that they can lift them and walk without dragging them on the ground. They should be able to carry them independently from the parking lot to the classroom with their belongings.  Students will tag their luggage in their Advisory Teacher's room and then depart between 9 and 10 am.

We are looking for 10 strong volunteers who can help us load luggage onto buses beginning around 9:00 am. Sign up here.

Student Pick Up - Thursday, Oct. 10th
We expect the buses from Outdoor School to return by 1:45 pm on Thursday, Oct. 10th. Due to the normal parking lot congestion with the end of our school day and the need to unload luggage from buses, as well as load it into family vehicles, we are asking 6th grade parents to wait until 2:15-2:30 to arrive at ISB to pick up your child.  
Please complete this form to let us know your plans for how your 6th grader will get home after returning from Outdoor Science School. We anticipate that most parents will arrange to have their child (and luggage) picked up from school, but know that some families will want their child to take the after school bus. 
If you are picking up your child at school and arrive after buses depart, feel free to park curbside. You will need to bring a picture ID and check your student out with school staff in the cafeteria. 
Any medication you dropped off can be picked up in the office.
We are looking for 10 strong volunteers who can help us unload luggage from buses and move them into the school. Sign up here


We will bring any medication to Outdoor Science School that is held in the health room for your child. If you are sending additional medication, it is necessary for a parent/guardian to bring that to the school office. Do not send it with your child. Medication can be dropped off Thursday, Oct. 3rd and Friday, Oct. 4 from 7:30 am - 3:00 pm, and Sunday, Oct. 6 from 2:00 - 5:00 pm. We will accept medicine the day of departure, but prefer to have it in advance.
Prescription and over-the-counter medications must be in the original container and placed in a zip lock bag with name on the outside. Please do not mix medications. Non-prescription medication sent from home must be in the original labeled container and must be accompanied by written instructions from the parent.

It is recommended that students who need to carry asthma inhalers, epinephrine, or other emergency medications with them bring a backup to be kept at the health supervisor's station.

Over the counter medications will be dispensed as needed in accordance with the Outdoor School consulting physician's standing orders. DO NOT send the following medications as they are supplied on site: Non-aspirin pain reliever, Antacids, Antihistamine/Decongestant/Antiseptic Cleanser, Antibiotic Ointment, Benzocaine, Carmex, Cough Syrup, Cough Drops, Gatorade/Pedialyte, Hydrocortisone Cream 1%, Imodium, kin Lotion, Throat Lozenges, Vaseline.

Non-prescription medication (including vitamins, supplements or herbal remedies such as melatonin) that is not approved by the Federal Drug Administration can only be dispensed to students if it is accompanied by a written order from the student's prescriber that includes the name of the student, name of the medication, dosage, method of administration, frequency of administration, a statement that her medication must be administered while the student is in school, any other special instructions, and the signature of the prescriber.

Medication can be picked up in the office on Thursday, Oct. 10th as you pick up your student.

What to Bring
See the Outdoor Science School packing list. We are also asking that all students bring a choice reading book.
It will likely be cold and wet. We've emphasized to students the importance of bringing twice the pairs of socks they think they'll need, warm layers, rain gear, and waterproof boots. Campers last year found that yoga-style pants were not warm enough. 
Your student should carry a day pack (for example a draw string backpack) that includes a pencil, water bottle, and rain gear. They should arrive at school in waterproof boots, ready to go on a hike as soon as they arrive at camp.
What NOT to Bring
Students need to leave all cell phones and other electronics at home. They also should not bring food, candy, drinks other than water, or gum. Make-up, hairspray, perfume & body spray, and hair dryers should also be left at home.
Need a sleeping bag?

If your family needs to borrow a clean, warm sleeping bag for Outdoor School, please complete this form by Oct. 1st. The sleeping bag will be ready for your student the morning of departure and can be left at the school when students return (we will wash it for you).

We look forward to sharing the Outdoor School experience with your child!