Great start to fall term classes!

Despite some delays due to remodeling, the DCS staff agreed that this may have been the most smooth first week of a school year yet at DCS! The building has been very busy, with lots of families coming in for meetings, to preview and borrow curriculum materials, and to start onsite classes. Our (optional) classes this term are phenomenal – we were able to get Rock Clibming on the schedule at the last minute, add two more sessions of swimming lessons, and have some super cool onsite options like Chess, Cryptology, Seuss-ucation, Debate, Songwriting, Rock Music & Politics, several Physics classes, a Food Pod money, math and management series, and lots of great art offerings, among many others. We are also loving the friendships and interactions among all the students in classes and during our lunch and recess periods. Families are also hearing good things from their kids – When one grandmother asked “so, are all your classes good this term?” Her granddaughter said “No, they’re not all good. They’re all GREAT!” 

We are looking forward to our upcoming field trips like our forest walk, pumpkin patch visit, Evergreen Aviation Museum, Oregon Historical Society, and the Gilbert House, plus class trips to the fire station, arboretum, food truck, and others. We are so lucky to be able to provide all of these learning opportunities to our home learners! Every class and field trip is an opportunity to spark their curiosity and get them interested in learning more later on. 

Learn on!

No morning classes at DCS April 8-11 – State Testing

Just a reminder – we will be conducting SBAC / State Testing every morning this week at DCS for grades 3-8 so there will be no morning classes in the building this week. Luckily, rock climbing will still take place in Salem on Friday morning as usual! Afternoon classes take place as normal starting at 12:30 every afternoon. If you’d like to sign up for testing time slots, or try out the practice tests with your child(ren), check out our OAKS / SBAC webpage.

Two hour delay due to snow – Tues. Feb. 5, 2019

Following the lead of the Dallas School District’s weather delay decisions, classes onsite at DCS will be delayed by two hours today (Tuesday, February 5). We will begin our onsite classes today at 10:45. 
It is possible that a decision will be made later to cancel all onsite classes at DCS for the day, so before you leave for any classes at DCS, please double check our website, our Facebook pages or your email again! 

This is still an attendance day for all DCS students (marking your attendance to show that students have participated in learning activities today). Your DCS Guide is available today if you have any questions.

 

Now accepting applications for 2019-2020 school year

If you would like your child(ren) to have access to a flexible, nontraditional, community-based education at DCS, with our excellent instructors, resources, and services to help personalize their home learning, we will be accepting applications for new students until May 6, 2019. Prospective families are strongly encouraged to attend one of the information sessions to learn more about DCS before submitting their application. The first information session for prospective families will be on Thursday, February 21 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm at Dallas Community School, 124 SW Walnut Ave., Dallas, OR. 

http://dallascommunityschool.org/application-form/

Winter Enrichment Course Enrollments Open!

Enrollments will open in the Active.com online enrollment system at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, Dec. 12 and the deadline for enrollments will be 12:00 pm (noon) on Monday, Dec. 18.

Please note that all class lists will be finalized with input from the Guides, so if you end up on a waiting list for a class that your child really wants or needs for some reason, please let your guide know and we will take this information into account when finalizing the class rosters by Tuesday, Dec. 19.

Use THIS LINK to enroll in enrichment courses starting at 5:00 pm on Dec. 12. In the system, you can sort classes by location (click OREGON in the Location filter to get a list of our class locations) or by day of the week using the Calendar view instead of the Session List view.

Click on a class name to see the course description and information about instructors and locations. Don’t worry about being the first to enroll, we really don’t anticipate having any problems getting students into all or most of their enrichment class choices, and we can be flexible with some numbers. All class lists will be finalized on Monday, December 18 and Tuesday, December 19, with input and confirmation from the DCS Guides.

Below is the finalized schedule grid / list of winter enrichment classes. We have made several schedule changes in the past week, so please note that the dates and times in this grid and in the Active.com system are the true days and times of all the classes. (The other lists with course descriptions, etc. may have outdated information.)

Dallas Schools Lockdown

We learned from the assistant superintendent of Dallas Public Schools at about noon today (Wednesday, Oct. 18) that all of the Dallas schools were on lockdown because of a specific threat from one student to another student. The assistant superintendent said that we should lock our doors but reassured us that it was a very specific threat, and that we could continue to release kids to parents and go in and out of the school. The DCS Middle School Guides brought their students to our building, and we arranged car rides for those going back to the North Campus building, where the doors were locked after students and teachers entered for the 12:30 class.

Some parents called or posted on Facebook to ask about why they didn’t hear from us during the lockdown. Although we very much understand parents’ concern, our first priority during any “emergency” situation is the safety of the students and staff, and all the organization and processes that entails. While we are focused on doing what needs to be done to that end, it is hard for any staff to break away to send out emails or update our school community Facebook page. If our school is in a lockdown, then normally, it would usually not be advisable for parents to come pick up their children, or for families to be going in and out of the school. As many of you know, we follow the Dallas School District policies, but the Board and the staff are currently working on updating our own school policies, and we will be communicating our revised lockdown and emergency policy after next week’s staff meeting.

In any case, all is now well – the lockdown was called off at around 1:00 or so, and we don’t have any further details to share, though it will probably be in the morning papers! Thank you for your concern and communications, and rest assured, student safety and well-being is our top priority at all times, but especially during a lockdown or emergency situation!

Online Enrollment for Enrichment Classes now open until Sept. 11

Dear DCS Parents,

Online enrollment for DCS Enrichment Classes is now open until 4:00 pm on Monday, September 11. Please read the below information and instructions carefully before logging in to Course Storm, the online enrollment system.

We have approved every student for their top three choices of Enrichment Classes (except for a few on the waiting list for Yoga, K-3 on Mondays). There was some confusion about student’s top three choices and what they would be enrolled in and we apologize for that confusion. Several of the Guides informed me that most parents where hoping their student’s would be enrolled in their top three choices, so where it was possible, that is what we did. We also gave priority to the Maple and Cedar Track families, with input from the Guides.

You should have received a confirmation email from Dallas Community School with confirmation of each class in which you have been enrolled. There may have been one or two mistakes or omissions, and if you did NOT want your child to be enrolled in all three classes, you will have to email me directly to let me know which classes to cancel at mmcqueen@dallascommunityschool.org. Unfortunately, because of the way Course Storm is set up, they do not allow students to cancel their own classes in the system.

Now that we have entered every student into their top three Enrichment Class choices, we will be opening up online enrollment for the remaining spots in all classes. Although most registrations at this point will be first-come, first-served, the actual FINAL confirmation of students enrolled in all classes is subject to the approval of the Guides. You should receive a second confirmation email on Monday or Tuesday of next week (Sept. 11 or 12) with the FINAL confirmation of your class choices, once all the changes, cancellations, additions and waiting list adjustments have shaken out. During this weekend, people can enroll and unenroll, change their minds, and correct mistakes in enrollment (those will probably be mine!) so don’t hesitate to sign up even if a class appears to be full – there may be changes that allow students on the waiting list to get into a class at the last minute!

Payment: All materials fees will be deducted from families’ Allotment Funds (as approved by your Guide). If you got a registration confirmation email saying “this registration is pending receipt of check payment sent to Dallas Community School”, you can happily ignore it – we will take care of the payment directly UNLESS you prefer to pay by check or another way other than allotment funds, in which case, please let Andrea Wilcoxon know! If you will be doing more online enrollments in Enrichment Classes, please note: When the online payment information comes up, DO NOT ENTER YOUR CREDIT CARD INFORMATION. Select “Pay By Check” and then “Submit Registration”. You will not have to pay by check but this allows us to enter the payment in our own system more easily!

For full instructions and links to the system, please see our Online Enrollment document. PLEASE NOTE: If your phone number isn’t in the system for some reason, try entering 10 zeros (0000000000) which was the default number in the system. 

We hope that your online enrollment goes smoothly, and thank you in advance for your understanding with the complexities of this enrollment process! These online course enrollment systems are generally made for parents to enroll students in classes themselves on a first-come, first-served basis, and not for staff to enroll many students in many classes themselves, as we have done, as we are trying to make it as fair and as smooth as possible for everyone based on the Track System, and the unique needs and processes we have at DCS!

I will be available this weekend and on Monday for help enrolling in Enrichment Classes as needed, so don’t hesitate to email or call me (contact information below). By the end of the day on Monday, Sept. 11, we hope to have the class lists mostly finalized. If there are classes with spots still available, we will send out reminder notices to encourage full enrollment and participation.

Thanks again, and happy enrolling!

Monica McQueen, Communications and Enrichment Coordinator

Dallas Community School

mmcqueen@dallascommunityschool.org

Cell: (971) 301-4124

Work (at DCS): (503) 420-4360