7300 Spout Hill Road, Sykesville, Maryland  21784  (TEL) 410-549-6585    M-F: 6AM-6PM 

Fieldtrip Information & Schedule (rev:9-14-18)

During the fall/spring we offer additional activities AT the Center (In-House) and OUTSIDE of the Center (Fieldtrip). In-House activities are included in your Registration Fee or your Fall Activity Fee; Fieldtrips are NOT prepaid and costs are collected prior to each event.

We ask that you do the following:

1. Sign yes or no if your child is going to participate. If the event falls on your child's regularly enrolled day and you do not wish for them to join us, you must provide alternate care for your child during the fieldtrip times. (WE DO NOT OFFER SEPARATE CHILDCARE DURING ANY OF OUR FIELDTRIP TIMES). If a fieldtrip falls on a day your child is NOT enrolled, but you would like for them to join in the fun, please write "YES" in the chaperone column and check back with us within 24 hours of the due date of the trip. You MUST provide a chaperone if the trip falls on a day your child is not enrolled. IN-HOUSE activities are paid for in your Enrollment Fee/or Fall Fee and all children are welcome to attend during the times of these events but you MUST SIGN THEM UP TO BE ADDED TO THE EVENT if if it is not their regularly scheduled day.

2. Decide if you would like to chaperone. Write "YES" OR "NO" in the column, “I will be providing a chaperone and riding the bus”. WE ONLY ALLOW ONE CHAPERONE PER ENROLLED CHILD, AND ALL CHILDREN AND CHAPERONES MUST RIDE THE BUSES. You may NOT drive separately to any of our fieldtrips. If you decide to drive, your child must go with you and your family will be marked ABSENT from our records. You will need to check with the place we are going to get the prices and availability. Again, YOU WILL NOT BE ATTENDING OR BE COUNTED WITH OUR GROUP!!

If, after signing up to ride the bus, and paying for the fieldtrip you decide AFTER the DEADLINE to change your mind and drive, YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY THE ADMISSION FEE AGAIN AT THE FACILITY. THERE WILL NOT BE A REFUND OF PAID FEES UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES UNLESS THE ENTIRE FIELDTRIP IS CANCELED AND NOT RESCHEDULED.

3. Decide if you have a younger or older sibling that will be attending. If you wish to bring a younger/older sibling on the trip they are welcome to come, but you must write this information on the 3rd column. WE DO NOT ALLOW ANY OTHER CHILDREN TO JOIN ON OUR TRIPS (I.E. COUSINS, FRIENDS, ETC. ARE NO LONGER ALLOWED.) SIBLINGS ONLY!!

4. Payment. Fieldtrip payments should be made separately from your tuition payments and placed in the tuition box. You may pay with either cash or a check made payable to Stepping Stones. Tuition checks that include fieldtrip fees will be returned and you will be asked to replace with 2 separate payments. Fieldtrip fees are not cashed until the event has taken place. This is so that if an event does not take place (i.e. due to weather) then the funds can easily be returned without involving tuitions.

In-House activities are prepaid and regardless of participation, there will be no refund of these fees.

The fees and due dates for every fieldtrip can be found in FOUR areas: monthly calendars, the Calendar of Events (included in your information packet), the fieldtrip papers which are posted on each class's fieldtrip board and lastly, on our website.

OUR DUE DATES WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED!  You will be given AT LEAST THREE WEEKLY REMINDERS PRIOR TO EACH FIELDTRIP; YOUR TEACHERS WILL ASK YOU AT LEAST TWO TIMES TO COMPLETE THE FORMS ON THE BOARDS.  IF YOU HAVE NOT SIGNED UP FOR YOU/OR YOU CHILD TO ATTEND BY OUR DUE DATE, YOUR CHILD WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ATTEND AND YOU WILL HAVE TO FIND ALTERNATE CARE FOR YOUR CHILD ON THE DAY OF OUR FIELDTRIP.

Remember, we cannot participate in fieldtrips without chaperones. We have only FOUR bus trips planned for our Fall/Spring program (September to May). We ask that each child's family provide a chaperone to at least ONE of those field trips; anyone over the age of 18 may chaperone. We have had lots of aunts, uncles, and grandparents in the past who have enjoyed helping out!

WE ARE EXCITED TO ENHANCE OUR PROGRAM WITH FUN-FILLED, SAFE ACTIVITIES FOR YOU AND YOUR CHILD TO ENJOY!

 

** FIELDTRIP DATES ** (Rev 9-14-18)

DATE PROGRAM COST $$ DUE
Tue Oct 9, 2018 Gaver Farms $15 pp Oct 2
Fri Nov 2, 2018 Port Discovery Trip $20 pp Oct 19
Thu Nov 8, 2018 Anthony Ware Magic Show (In-House)    
Mon Jan 28, 2019 Eric Energy Science Show (In-House)    
Tue Mar 12, 2019 Tracey Eldridge Music and Motion Show (In-House)    
Wed Mar 20, 2019 Hoppers Trip $12 per child Chaperones free Mar 13
Tue May 7, 2019 Maryland Zoo Trip $20 pp Apr 23

All fieldtrips and In-House Activities are non-refundable.

Unless noted, the above-listed fieldtrips are "bus fieldtrips" scheduled away from the center.  During the year we have scheduled "in-house" activities where companies come into the center to do activities with the children.  The information for these programs is also provided in your calendars & calendar of events