Manito-Wish 2016

Dear Upper School Parents,

I write to you to provide pertinent information related to this year’s Manito-wish trip that departs on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 8:30 a.m.

  • Students are not allowed to have any bottles containing beverages on the bus trip to Manito-wish.  This includes soda bottles/cans, sports drinks, or water bottles.
  • Unopened canned soda or bottled water may be included in a student’s lunch, but may only be consumed during our lunch stop.  Provide a bag lunch for Tuesday (to Manito-wish) and money for the dinner stop on Friday (from Manito-wish).
  • Nalgene water bottles like the Prairie School bottle the students received in the spring are allowed, but they must be empty and packed in the student’s luggage that we will stow under the bus. Any Nalgene-type bottles containing liquid are not allowed in carry-on bags on the bus.
  • Faculty members may inspect luggage and carry-on bags either before or upon arrival at Manito-wish. Similar to current airline practices, students must place all toiletries (no more than 3 oz.) in Ziploc bags for easy inspection. Containers larger than 3 oz. may be collected.
  • Before our departure from campus, all students should hydrate appropriately.  After about two-and-a-half hours into our trip, we will stop for lunch (to Manito-wish) and for dinner (from Manito-wish).  These half way stops will provide ample opportunities for students to quench their thirst.  For any student with special health needs, we will have bottles of water available on the buses.
  • Students are reminded that the dress standard applies to all school sponsored trips. Proper Physical Education attire would be appropriate for the Manito-wish experience.
  • Upon our arrival at Manito-wish, students will be required to turn in all phones and electronic devices; these items will be returned to them some time after we leave camp on Friday afternoon, August 26.  Students should NOT bring their iPad. Students who wish to take pictures must bring a camera separate from his or her phone or other electronic devices; we recommend disposable cameras.

On Tuesday, August 23 we require students to arrive between 7:45-8:00 a.m. so we can leave from the parking area of the Johnson Athletic Center at 8:30 a.m. promptly.  We will return Friday, August 26 at approximately 9:00 p.m.  Please be courteous and on time for pick-up on Friday so that faculty chaperones do not have to wait with students.

If you have not initialed the Manito-wish waiver in your PowerSchool account, please do so.

Overnight Field Trip Medications:

  • All medication taken on overnight trips must be entered into the Powerschool Health page.
  • For all prescriptions, a Prescription Medication Form bearing parent/guardian and physician signatures must be on file in the Health Office.  (download here)
  • All medication must be in the Health Office three days prior to departure.
  • All medication must be in the original container bearing the student’s name.
  • Students may not carry medication without approval of the Health Office prior to departure.

Many thanks for your cooperation.  We continue to take all reasonable steps to ensure that our trips are safe and enjoyable. With so many energetic kids, the faculty and I look forward to a great week at Manito-wish and the promising year ahead of us!

There will be a Manito-wish Meeting for families new to Prairie’s Upper School on Thursday, August 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Theatre; parents whose children have already experienced Manito-wish are also welcome to attend.

Finally – the first day for Upper School classes will be Tuesday, August 30.  Monday, August 29 is a professional day for faculty work without students.

Everett McKinney
Head of Upper School