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Puerto Vallarta Annual Trip
Preparations are underway for the annual trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The trip is planned for Mid-Winter Break (Feb 17-12, 2014), and is open to all JSIS students and their families.
Puerto Vallarta trip registration opened
Monday, October 28, 2013, Room 404 from 8am-9am
JSIS Room 404 at 6:30pm
There are still some trip openings.
We will have a meeting in Mid-January with all the families that are going on the trip.
The registration fee is $35.00 per family memeber going on the trip. Children under 4 do not have to pay a registration fee.
Students attend a half-day of classes at our sister school, Juan de la Barrera Primary School (JB). Parents are encouraged to volunteer, either in the classroom or helping to improve the school grounds and infrastructure. Afternoons are free for sight-seeing, swimming, etc. JSIS staff or faculty members accompany the families. Contact Maestra Priscilla for details.
MEXICO TRIP FAQ
How much will the trip cost?
PV has a very developed tourist infrastructure and most store, restaurant, and hotel staff speaks English. However, the school is located in a disadvantaged area of PV and most students and teachers do not speak English. There are usually several Spanish speakers among the teachers and parents. Although JSIS Japanese students have participated successfully in the past, most JSIS students are from the Spanish track.
What is a typical day like?
♦ Wake up at 6:30am or earlier
♦ Meet in the hotel courtyard at 6:45am
♦ Get on the city bus to school at 7:00am
♦ Arrive at school at 8:00am and enjoy some recess before class starts.
♦ Attend class 8:30am to 12:30pm
♦ Take bus back to hotel, arriving around 1:30pm
♦ Free time all afternoon for swimming, sight-seeing, shopping, etc.
Yes, we require students to go to school each day they are in Puerto Vallarta.
Yes, but they will sit with a JB student. The school is for children grades 1 to 6. Some of the JSIS 5th graders may be put in the 6th grade classroom, and K students will be placed in first grade.
Parents do not have to go to school every day if they can find another adult to be responsible for their child(ren). Participating in a volunteer project is highly encouraged, however.
What do the parents do while the kids are in class?
♦ Parents do a service project for the school. In past years we have cleaned and painted exterior walls and classrooms, picked up trash, and planted a garden.
♦ Parents are also asked to organize one art project for each classroom at Juan de la Barrera. You can work with the other families in your grade.
♦ JSIS holds a plant sale in the Spring to raise money for Juan de la Barrera. Before or during the trip we discuss with the school officials how best to use it for the benefit of the school community.
♦ Sunday evening at 7pm we usually have a meeting at the hotel.
♦ Monday morning there is usually a flag ceremony at the school and some welcome speeches. We sing the National Anthem.
♦ Friday morning there is usually a performance and lunch for the families prepared by the teachers.
Yes. We do not purchase plane tickets together, so families are free to schedule their arrival and departure days. In the past, some families have arrived a few days early or stayed later, in order to spend more time in PV or visit other towns up and down the coast and in the mountains.
Puerto Vallarta is always about 80 degrees Fahrenheit in February. It is cool in the mornings when we have to get on the bus so pack a warm sweater.