ASTA 2019 Albuquerque

Travel Update

ASTA in Albuquerque
March 6 – 10, 2019

Thank you to all the parents and students who joined us Thursday night for the travel meeting.  The meeting was very well attended, and I believe many questions were answered.  If you were unable to attend the meeting, the following links are provided  for your convenience:

Please note that the itinerary is preliminary only and will change as we add activities and refine the days’ plans.  Likewise, the cost breakdown is our best estimate at this time and may change if circumstances and bids change as the trip approaches.

A few items that require immediate attention:

1)  Trip Payments:  The first of 4 installment payments for the trip is due THIS FRIDAY, October 12.  Payments should be made online through the My Schoolbucks site or app.  If you are unable to pay online, you may send a check payable to DPS to Terrie.  Please make your payment by this deadline so that we have the cash on hand to make our first payment to ASTA by the deadline of October 15.  Because of a change in the bus quote, we had to revise the payment schedule.  The new payment schedule is:


High School

 10/12/18        255.00

11/12/18        255.00

12/12/18        256.00

1/12/19          257.00

Total                1023.00

 $125 to be brought for food


Middle School

 10/12/18        255.00

11/12/18        255.00

12/12/18        255.00

1/12/19          255.00

Total                1020.00

 $125 to be brought for food

All payments will be due on the 12th of the month for the next 4 months.

2)  Scholarships:  We have a limited amount of funds at our disposal to use toward need-based scholarships to ensure that all of our students can make it to Albuquerque with us.  If you would like to apply for scholarship funds, please email Tracy Holt, DSA’s Arts Administrative Assistant, at by Wednesday, October 10.  DSA’s administration will make decisions concerning scholarship awards and will notify you as soon as they are able.

3)  Chaperones:  If you are interested in being a chaperone for the trip, please email Terrie at by Wednesday, October 10.  Please be aware that chaperones are asked to pay 1/2 the amount paid by students.  We will try to make final decisions and send out notifications to chaperones by the end of the week.  We anticipate needing 7 orchestra parents (and 3 band parents) to chaperone the high school. and 5 parents to chaperone the middle school.  We would love to have moms and dads, parents from different grades, and both experienced and inexperienced chaperones (the latter so that we can pass on our knowledge and have you ready to carry on the tradition!).

4)  Forms:  The Consent to Emergency Treatment and Durable Power of Attorney forms are required for any off-campus trip.  These forms must be turned into Terrie by December 1, 2018 in order for your child to be allowed on the trip.  In addition, the ASTA Photo Release is required by ASTA.