SPEE / Field Trips

SPEE stands for Student/Parent Enrichment Excursion.

Get the Permissions Slip here.

SIGN-UPS: Use the appropriate SignUpGenius link to register for the field trip that you want. Your teacher can provide you with that link.  But you still must complete the 2019 Field Trip Permission Slip, (one/family/field trip). The form is to be filled in, signed, scanned and emailed (lorraine.urfer@pacificcharters.org) or given to your IST before the indicated deadline.

DEADLINE: We must have the names of all participants several weeks before the event. Failure to meet the stated deadline will result in no reservation for the student(s). Deadlines may be earlier for those SPEE’s that are not free, due to the need for check to be issued.

FUNDS: All Student costs will be deducted from student budgets on the deadline date, with no refund if unable to attend. Costs for non-students are the responsibility of attending families, paid at the door.

NAMES: Please indicate on the form the names of all persons who will be coming, in addition to the student (for accurate tallies). This includes any adults & non-student family members, as well as siblings not in VVCP.

NO “DROP-OFF”: Every student must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, who will be responsible for the child’s safety and behavior.

DON’T BE LATE: Be sure to arrive at least 30 minutes early, to report in and to account for possible traffic. Start times are set; we must be ready to enter venue at the designated times. Late arrival means no tour. Text if running late.

WAIT LIST:  Contact Lorraine if you want to be put on a waiting list, even after the deadline.  We sometimes have dropouts.

Questions? Contact Lorraine Urfer = lorraine.urfer@pacificcharters.org


#3 Fri, Sept 20 — OR
#4 Mon, Sept 23:
Kimberly V Art, 4214 Toyah Ct, Concord
4 classes: 11:00-12:15 & 1:00-2:15 each day
LIMIT: 4-10 students per class                 GR: K-12
COST: $25/student
DEADLINE: September 9, 2019
SPEE DESCRIPTION: Introduces students this PCI vendor’s Art Classes, with a bit of art history, and a lot of hands-on “Arting.”


#5 Thur, Oct 3: Vallejo Naval and Historic Museum, 734 Marin St, Vallejo, CA
TIME: 10:00am
LIMIT: 25 students                                   GR: 2-12
COST: Free
DEADLINE:  September 16, 2019
SPEE DESCRIPTION: One-hour program with docent to present the history of Vallejo and the part played by the US Navy in the development of the city. Free to roam the museum afterward.

#6 Tues, October 22: APEX Movement NorCal, 930-A Detroit Ave, Concord.
TIME: 12:00pm
LIMIT: 35 students               GR: 1-8
COST: $25
DEADLINE:  September 30, 2019
SPEE DESCRIPTION:   Introductory Parkour lessons from a PCI vendor: Obstacle training both in the everyday environment and on obstacles inspired by the TV show American ninja warrior. All youth level 1 classes incorporate skills from parkour, ninja warrior and rolling/flipping to prepare the student to safely and efficiently navigate any environment urban, natural or show inspired.


#7 Fri, Nov 1: Forest Home Farms, 19953 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon
TIME: 9:30-11:30am
$5/Student                                      GR: 2-8
DEADLINE:  September 1, 2019
SPEE DESCRIPTION: 3 groups of 15 students each will rotate to participate in three 35-minute programs (“Farm Life”, “Nature Exploring”, and “All About Sheep”).

 #8 Fri, Nov 15: Monterey Bay Aquarium, 886 Cannery Row, Monterey
11:00am (self-guided)
80 students                                       GR: grades TK-12
COST: Students are free
DEADLINE: October 14, 2019
SPEE DESCRIPTION: All families must meet by 10:30 to get organized to enter MBA as a group. Once inside, it is self-guided, and you are encouraged to do some research on the website ahead of time to maximize your time.


#9 Fri, Dec 13: San Francisco Book Center, 375 Rhode Island St, SF
30 students               GR: grades 2-12 (no one under age 7)
$150 (to be shared among participants, from allotted funds).
DEADLINE:  September 16, 2019
SPEE DESCRIPTION: 2 hour activity in making books. Only enough chairs for the students: parents can hang around to assist the kids, but only students will do the binding.

#10 Date ?  Walnut Creek on Ice, 1365 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
TIME: 12:00pm-2:00pm (Date tbd)
LIMIT: 100 students                                     GR: all
COST: $15/skater
DEADLINE: October 14, 2019
SPEE DESCRIPTION: Our annual Ice skating Excursion! Prob. Wed 12/18, TBD.

#11 Wed, Jan 15: Coyote Hills Regional Park, 8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont
TIME: 9:30-11:30am
LIMIT: 2 classes, each with 15 students
GR: K-2 in a 1-hr class,   and grades 3 and up for the longer hike.
There is signup for wait list (we might be able to get additional docents).
COST: $5 – 10 per student, depending on age and size of each class. Parking passes will be made available.
DEADLINE: October 28, 2019
SPEE DESCRIPTION: Habitat Heroes Discovery HikeTwo naturalists needed, 1 per class: It’s a 1.5 to 2 hour hike for grades 3 and up, with a shorter hike for K-2.


#13 Wed, Feb 12: Marine Science Institute, 500 Discovery Parkway, Redwood City
TIME: 10:00-12:30am
LIMIT: 30-45 students                                  GR: K-8
COST: $15 – $25 per student, depending on size of group.
DEADLINE:  OCTOBER 28, 2019 — however, this is filling up fast!

SPEE DESCRIPTION: Shoreside Program – 2.5 hours, 3 stations (Bay Fish, Shark, Mammals). Students explore these topics using scientific methods and equipment. They interact with artifacts and live animals while developing teamwork and critical thinking skills.


#1 Thurs, Aug 29: Bay Model, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA
#2 Tue, Sept 3 thru Fri, Sept 6: Outdoor Education, Occidental, CA


COMPLETED SPEE outings from the 2018-2019 school year were:

#1 & 2: Friday, Sept 7, and Mon, Sept 10: Kimberly V Art, Concord
#3 Friday, Sept 14:
One Tribe Martial Arts, Concord
#4 Friday, Sept 21:
Rosie the Riveter, Richmond
#5 Friday, Oct 12: Presidio Archeological Dig, San Francisco
#6 Monday, Oct 15: Kids and Clay, 809A Allston Way, Berkeley
#7 Wednesday, Oct 17: Kids and Clay, 809A Allston Way, Berkeley
#8 Friday, Oct 26: Mission San Francisco Solano, 114 E Spain St, Sonoma
the General Vallejo Home, 363 Third St W., Sonoma
#9   Friday, Nov 16: Lindsay Wildlife Experience, 1931 1st Ave, Walnut Creek
#10 Friday, Nov 30: Guide Dogs for the Blind, 350 Los Ranchitos Rd, San Rafael
#11 Wed, Dec 12, WALNUT CREEK ON ICE
#12 Dec 18 & 20, Exploratorium, Pier 15, SF
#13 Friday, Jan 11: Blackhawk Musem, Danville
#14 Wed, Jan 16:  Exploratorium, Pier 15, San Francisco
#15 Wed, Jan 30: Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St, San Francisco
#16 Thu, Mar 7: Eugene O’Neill Natl Historic Site, Danville
#17 Tu, Mar 26: School Train Ride: Cal RR Museum, Sacramento.
#18 Wednesday, Apr 10: Point Bonita / Marin Nat’l Rec Area, Sausalito.
#19 Fri, Apr 19: SF Film Fest @ Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand Avenue, Oakland
#20 Thurs, May 16: The Crucible, 1260 Seventh Street, Oakland