Catalina Trip Blog

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***ARRIVE UPDATE 11/6/19***

As of 4:12 pm = ARRIVAL AT AEW 5:08 PM

Wednesday, November 6th

3:25 pm: We have arrived in Long Beach and have just left in our buses. Our estimated time of arrival, as per Waze, is 5:00 pm. I will update if that changes.

9:30 am: We had a very quiet night last night because the students we SO TIRED! We had a hearty breakfast, cleaned our dorm rooms, checked out of our dorms rooms all by 8:30 am! Right now the students are going through the last of their labs. Stay tuned for more pictures! Right now the boat is expected to arrive at camp at 11:30 am. Like I mentioned earlier I will not be able to update the blog until we arrive in Long Beach. I will then be able to give a more accurate update for our arrival time to A.E. Wright.

Tuesday, November 5th

9:00 pm: After our last snorkel session the students showered and had some free time. We had a delicious dinner of grilled chicken, au gratin potatoes, grilled vegetables, and a salad. We also celebrated one of our dear A.E. Wright's student's birthday tonight at dinner! (Happy Birthday, Daniel!) The staff and students prepared a very loud and enthusiastic birthday song for him. After dinner we even had a chance to witness a bison come to the edge of camp! Don't worry, the staff at CIMI made sure to keep us over a 100 yards away! We we all very safe. Tonight's program was a night hike where we learned about the astronomy of our current night sky. Currently the kids are all in their dorm rooms getting packed up for our departure tomorrow and lights out will be at 9:30 pm. Tomorrow I will be able to post in the morning and once we arrive in Long Beach on the bus. Please make sure to check the blog and not to call school to inquire about our return time. We anticipate to return at 5:00pm, but that all depends on traffic on the 405!

1:30 pm: After a morning full of lab classes the students are now off on their last snorkel! The lab classes focused on sharks, plankton, invertebrates, algae, fish, and our local ocean.

9:00 am: Many of the students woke up very early and we went on a sunrise hike on the Shrine trail at 6:00am! There was a some fog on the horizon, nonetheless it was beautiful. We had a hearty breakfast of waffles, yogurt, fruit, sausage, and cereal. They had some free time where the students played soccer, Ga-ga, and human foosball. They are currently in their lab classes (hopefully I will be able to upload some more pictures today). After lunch we will have our last round of snorkeling, and this evening we will have our night astronomy hike.


Monday, November 4th

9:30 pm: The students were very tired after their Orientation Snorkel, but they had an amazing time! Tonight's activity was squid dissection. We are excited to wake up to our first full day at camp. Stay tuned!

12:30 pm: WE HAVE ARRIVED!!! Happy to report that no one got sick on the boat! Woot woot! We even saw some dolphins jumping in the wake of our boat! The students are eating lunch right now, and shortly we will move into our dorm rooms to get ready for our Orientation Snorkel.

6:30 am: A.E. Wright boarded the buses and departed around 6:30 am. We currently are sitting in traffic on the 405 (shocking... I know), but estimated to make it to Long Beach with plenty of time to spare. Our boat is scheduled to leave Long Beach at 9:30 am. Our afternoon will include an orientation meeting, our first time snorkeling, and a night program (they will tell us once we arrive at camp).

As I mentioned at the Parent Meeting, I will try my best to load as many pictures as possible on their SLOW internet. When we return home on Wednesday I will upload more pictures. We are looking forward to a great three days on Catalina! See everyone around 5 pm on Wednesday!

More Pictures From Catalina 2019

Wednesday, October 23rd

Parent Meeting

Presentation from the Parent Meeting.

2019 Catalina Parent Night

Handouts from the Parent Meeting

Catalina Parent Info 2019
Supply list info Parent mtg 2019
Both Schools Catalina Itin 2019
Catalina Supplies & Equipment List.pdf
Emergency Only Info 2019

This is the official A.E. Wright and A.C. Stelle Middle School 7th Grade Honor Society Catalina Trip Blog. Please check in here for daily updates from camp. Parents please make sure to attend the parent meeting at 7pm Wednesday, October 23, 2019 in the Multipurpose Room at A.C. Stelle Middle School. Specific trip information will be presented at that time.

All campers need to meet in front of the Main Office of their respective schools at 6:00am Monday, November 4, 2019. Look on the office door for bus lists and other pertinent trip information. Students should wait on the sidewalk outside the office area until chaperones arrive to take roll. DO NOT board your bus until a chaperone has instructed you to do so.

Each camper MUST have a THICK, HEAVY INSULATED, WINTER WEATHER TYPE JACKET and a sack lunch in their hand when boarding their bus. DO NOT PACK THESE ITEMS IN YOUR LUGGAGE! THEY MUST BE IN HAND WHEN BOARDING THE BUS!

PARENTS! PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANY SNACK OR LUNCH ITEMS CONTAINING PEANUT PRODUCTS! WE HAVE SEVERAL STUDENTS WHO ARE SEVERELY ALLERGIC TO NUTS ATTENDING THE TRIP! Also, make sure to pack all medications including INHALERS AND EPIPENS if your child requires them.

Make sure to look over supply lists carefully! Be prepared for all types of weather!

Significant Dates 2019-2020