Monthly Archives: October 2013

Homework #12 Dealing With Fear

Watch This Video and Answer The Two Questions

#1 What is the best way or idea to overcome your fears?

#2 What should have America have done to conquer the fear of Japanese Americans instead of interning them in places like Manzanar?



Manzanar Field Trip Pics & Reflection

Yesterday we returned from a cold and windy Manzanar (A Japanese Relocation Center in WWII) with a new understanding of the dangers of prejudice.  How it can easily lead to action that can drastically change the lives of those mistreated by it.

When we arrived we met up with our guide and teacher for the day, Park Ranger Carrie Anderson.  She first gave us a clear idea of what it must of been like for the Japanese Americans to have to pack quickly, take what would fit in a suitcase or two in less than two weeks and head to an unknown destination for an unknown time just because of your ancestry was the same of those who attack Pearl Harbor.  You were suspect simply by the way you looked.

We then walked through reconstructed barracks that were bare and cold made into  20 by 25 foot rooms for eight people.  If you did not have a family of eight you were crammed in with strangers.  We then visited the remains of latrines shared by 300 people which allowed little to no privacy.  Next, we entered a mess hall that would provide 3 meals a day, but hardly anything people were accustomed too.  That is some of what we saw.

The Japanese Americans lived like this for over three years with little or no opportunity to leave.  The students were challenged with thoughts such as, how could a government treat people so unjustly, what gave them the right to treat people such a way, and how can this be stopped from ever happening again.

If you haven’t yet, take time to wrestle with those same questions with your child.  Also enjoy the pictures below.

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Manzanar Field Trip Updates


Manzanar – Japanese War Relocation Center

10/28/13 – 10/29/13

You will need this important information for our field trip:

7:45am Monday, October 28th – Meet at DRCS so we can pack as we are planning to leave at 8am sharp.  Please eat breakfast before you come, we will not be stopping until lunch except for bathrooms.

5:00 pm Tuesday, October 30th – Return home to DRCS (Possibly as early as 4 pm)

Our emergency telephone numbers:

Mr. Thompson (951) 217- 8956

Pastor Steve (909) 800-2398

Please do not send your children with cell phones.  If you wish to call your student or have your student call you we are more than willing to lend our phones.

We are staying at the Comfort Inn Lone Pinel just of the 395 in Lone Pine

Phone number to hotel is (760) 876-8700

Each room will have two queen beds and four people.   An adult will be staying in each room.

Field trips are a part of Del Rosa Christian School’s regular activities.  As a class, we represent the school and most importantly our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, school rules and regulations must be followed.

  • Dress Code – Modesty and neatness are key words when planning what to pack for this trip!  The school dress code is the guide in determining modest apparel.
  • Please make sure to pack a good pair of shoes, as we will be walking on rough terrain.
  • You will want to pack pants in case it is cold or raining.
  • The motel has a pool, but it will be too cold and windy at night to use it.
  • Students will need a warm coat or sweater for the cold night and brisk morning air.
  • Don’t forget to pack toiletries.

Personal Electronics – No CD players, I-Pods, MP3’s, PSP’s, DS’s, or portable DVD players may be brought on the trip.  .

Luggage – Each person may bring one piece of luggage, but try to keep it small.  You may also bring a backpack.

Meal Money – Each person attending the trip should bring enough money to cover 2 fast food lunch meals.  $15 to $20 should be sufficient.  A pizza dinner is covered in the price as well as a full breakfast at the motel.

Other spending money is up to you.  Students will be responsible for handling their own money, so only send the amount you feel they will be able to handle.  $10 to $20 is more than enough in my opinion.

Snacks – I encourage each parent to send snack foods with your child.

Miscellaneous – Please make sure to bring a Bible, pen, and notebook for our devotional times.

I am excited about this trip, and look forward to spending quality time outside of the classroom with the students.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call me.   (951) 217-8956

Homework #9 Stop & Reflect

Watch and answer the three questions below.

In what ways were the Japanese Americans bullied during WWII?

How could it have been different if more people stood up for them?

How could our school be more different if we stood up for and loved those who were different?

Manzanar Overnight Field Trip


DRCS 6th Grade Class

Manzanar Overnight Field Trip

Monday, October 28th – Tuesday, October 29th



Parents & Students

In three weeks we will be taking our first overnight field trip to the Owens Valley to tour and experience Manzanar.  Manzanar was one of ten Japanese American relocation centers where over 10,000 out of 120,000 Japanese Americans were placed shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor during World War II.  There we will see and learn how fear and discrimination wrongly affected the life of Japanese Americans as they were torn from their communities and forced to live in cramped, makeshift barracks.  We will get to walk the grounds, see where and how the people lived, and get a first hand feel of what life was like in Manzanar.

Here are some important details about the trip thus far.  More details will be told as the trip approaches:

  • We will be meeting at 8:00 am sharp on Monday morning at the school.  We will pack the vehicles and be on our way to Manzanar.  Please make sure your child eats a good-sized breakfast, as we will not be stopping to eat until lunch around noon.
  • Students are allowed to pack one overnight bag and not allowed to bring electronics, such as I-pods, I-pads, hand held video games, and personal DVD players.
  • Each child will need to bring $15 to $20 for food for two meals (fast food lunches) and snacks.  .
  • We will be returning between 4 pm to 5 pm Tuesday, October 29th.   We will have students call their parents when we are close to home.
  • All parents are welcomed to come on the trip, but will need to pay $50 to help cover the cost of the motel, gas, and Monday night’s dinner.  The student’s cost can be covered by fundraising.
  • We are in need of at least 3 parents who are willing to drive and take students with their own vehicles.  They will be given $10 per person to help with the cost of gas.
  • We will be staying at the Best Western, Lone Pine located a couple miles south of Manzanar.
  • Please return the attached permission slip handed out in class today as soon as possible.  Also, if you have any special needs or questions, please let Mrs. Barr or myself know.

Thank You,

Mr. Thompson

Car Wash Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who came out to support the DRCS Middle School Car Wash.

An even bigger thank you for everyone who showed up to was the cars.  What a great turnout!

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Today’s Disneyland Adventure

Here are some pictures from today’s trip

with the Y.E.S. program at Disneyland.

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Check out more pictures on the Principal’s and Mrs. Barr’s Blogs.



Homework #7 Ridenormous

Rides, rides and more creative rides.

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Today you all showed some new, creative, and inventive ideas.  What idea, a ride other than your own, do you think stood out the most and told the best story?