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New Orleans Spring Trip

Wednesday, April 25-Sunday, April 29, 2018

The Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School Music Program is excited to announce the 2018 Spring Trip to one of the all time greatest music cities in the world, the birthplace of jazz, the Big Easy, New Orleans, LA! All students enrolled in a curricular music class are invited to participate in what promises to be an incredible and unforgettable experience.

We will travel to NOLA by plane, departing from RIC on Wednesday, April 25th, 2018 at 5:30 p.m., and arriving in NOLA at 8:30 p.m. We will leave NOLA on Sunday, April 29th at 5:20 a.m., arriving at RIC at 12:25 pm. This trip is school sponsored and absences are excused. Students are responsible for making up work missed.

Highlights of the trip include:

2 full days at the world famous New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (aka Jazz Fest) with Chartered Transportation.


Chartered city tour around the perimeter of the French Quarter, down the Lakefront, and through the Garden District.


Buffet lunch at the House of Blues (check out the Virtual Tour!).


Sightseeing and exploring the French Quarter by day.

4 nights accommodations and delicious breakfasts at the Best Western Bayou Inn.

In order to offer the absolute best value for the money, all of the lodging, meals, and itinerary items have been arranged by Mr. von Klein and Music Boosters volunteers, saving significantly on professional trip coordinator fees. Additionally, the Music Boosters and the Foundation have donated $2500.00 each to directly offset the total cost. All expenses with the exception of spending money for souvenirs are included in the estimated total of $930 - $950 per participant. The final cost is dependent on the total number of students going and will be adjusted prior to the due date for the final payment.

To help further offset the trip cost, students will be able to participate in a gourmet dessert fundraiser in February (details forthcoming). All funds raised by students will be applied directly to reduce their trip cost. The payment schedule for the trip cost is as follows...

 Initial Non-Refundable Deposit due Friday 12/1/17 $190
 1st Payment due Friday 12/29/17 $190
 2nd Payment due Friday 1/26/18 $190
 3rd Payment due Friday 2/23/18 $190
 Final Payment due Friday 3/16/18 $TBD ($190 est.)

In order to make reservations, we need to know the number of students and chaperones interested in participating by Friday, December 1st, 2017. Please return the “Letter of Intent” with the initial deposit by that date. We need 10 parent chaperones for this trip, so please, please, please consider volunteering!

Checks should be made payable to MLWGS Music Boosters with your student’s name on the memo line and submitted to your student’s music teacher. You may also pay and track your balance online (see detailed instructions below). Each family will be responsible for the full financial commitment on the “Letter of Intent” (see top of this page). NO refunds will be able to be granted and all unpaid balances are the responsibility of the family.

We sincerely don’t want anyone to miss this trip due to cost!!  If your student is interested in participating but is concerned about cost, the Governor’s School Foundation may be able to help. To request financial aid, please contact Dr. Wendy Ellis, Assistant Director for Curriculum and Instruction at wellis@gsgis.k12.va.us.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact Mr. von Klein at kvonklein@gsgis.k12.va.us.

How to access parent/student information in Charms in order to make credit card trip payments and keep track of your trip balance:

  • Log on to www.charmsoffice.com, and click “ENTER / LOG IN” in the upper right corner.
  • Locate the “PARENT/STUDENT/MEMBERS LOGIN” section of the web page.
  • Login to your student’s program account using the following School Code: mlwgs
  • This will bring up the main “Public” page.  This will allow you to look at the “public” calendar for your organization, event list, and handouts and other “publicly shared” files, as well as a few other options.
  • The first time you go here, enter your child’s Maggie Walker Student ID NUMBER (available on Power School) into the Student Area Password field.  You will be directed to the Change Password screen, to set a personal password different from the ID, for future use.  You may also be directed to create both a unique Username and Password for the student.  There are also mechanisms to recover/reset a lost Username/Password – when you create your new password, create a “hint” as well.
  • Whenever you enter using this Username/password, another more detailed screen appears, with various button options for you to access areas in the Charms account.  

Two areas in which you can help the teacher maintain his records:

Update Personal Information – if the director has allowed it, you  may help make changes to your and your child’s student information page (such as updating phone numbers / cell carriers and email addresses if they change) to help them communicate with you more effectively. You may also be able to indicate which parent volunteer/resource groups you would like to participate in, if this feature is activated. Click Update Info to save changes.  

If your program has set up online credit card payments, you can make credit card payments for fees, trips and deposits to your student’s account. Click Finances -- if credit card payment is activated, you will see blue buttons in the four main areas of the financial statement indicating your ability to make online payments.

The Calendar may list events, rehearsals, and volunteer/RSVP opportunities.

You can also download the Charms App to your smartphone – search your App Store for “Charms Parent/Student Portal” (or “Charms Blue”).  It’s the way to stay in touch on the go!