OMSI Field Trip

Thursday, January 10, 2019 – 10:15 to 2:45 – OMSI – King Tut Exhibit, Planetarium Show, and Hands-On Science Experiments – Portland, Or (K-8)

Location: OMSI – 1945 SE Water Ave., Portland, OR
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2019
Time: 10:15 am to 2:45 pm (drive and meet us there at 10:15 or meet at DCS at 8:15 to ride the bus and return to DCS by 4:30 pm)

All DCS students (K-8) may attend – one adult chaperone entry fee is paid by DCS – extra adult chaperones and non-DCS siblings will cost $15 (to be paid in advance directly to DCS). $10 will be deducted from each student’s $300 Classes and Field Trips allotment fund for this field trip.

Sign up on this online form (below) – deadline for registration is Friday, December 28, 2018.

This may be one of our best field trips yet! We have a full day of activities scheduled at OMSI, including a planetarium show, a hands-on science experiments led by OMSI staff, and a visit to the very special King Tut Exhibit in its last week! We have a bus booked, so families can meet us at DCS and board the bus at 8:15 (departing by 8:30) and returning to DCS around 4:30 pm, or drive to OMSI and meet there at 10:15 am. Children under age 5 may not ride the bus (school district policy).

Check out the schedule of activities here: 

Parents with kids in different age groups will go with their youngest child(ren) and their older child(ren) will be supervised by DCS staff during the group activities. The King Tut Exhibit takes about one hour. The group entering at 1:15 will be able to explore OMSI after they pass through the exhibit (no need to be out of that exhibit at 1:45).

Sign up on this online form – deadline for registration is Friday, December 28, 2018.


DCS OMSI Field Trip - Jan. 10

Register for the DCS field trip to OMSI - visit the museum, participate in guided, hands-on activities and see the King Tut exhibit in its last week! Arrive at OMSI at 10:15 and depart at about 2:45 - ride the bus (departing DCS by 8:30) or drive and meet us there at 10:15.
  • Family last name (or last name of parent chaperone attending)
  • Total number of family members attending, including DCS students, adult chaperones, and younger siblings
  • Total number of family members riding the bus, if any (leaving DCS at 8:30 am and returning around 4:30 pm - children under 5 years old may not ride the bus)

From the Inside Out – A View through the Lens of a Educational Guide

From the Inside Out – A View through the Lens of a Educational Guide

By Cheri Reinke
DCS Educational Guide/Licensed Teacher

Our new learning space at the DCS site.
Our new learning space at the DCS site.

This past April I was scanning through the classifieds ads on Craigslist, in an effort to help my oldest son find employment. I stumbled upon an ad looking for “Educational Guides” at a new charter school in Dallas, Oregon. I was intrigued, especially when I saw one phrase that caught my eye, “out of the box teacher.”   I kept reading.

When I finished reading the job description, I was in tears.  This was the job that I have envisioned in my mind.  It encompassed all that I was in a teacher and it took away the limitations of a traditional classroom and allowed me the freedom to work with kids in such a unique and truly individualistic way.  I couldn’t stop thinking about it and I knew that I had to apply.

I was so content at my current position and I wasn’t looking for a change in schools.  When I told my principal at my school about the position and I knew she wouldn’t be happy.  After reading the job description, she told me I had to go for it.  That position was written for me.

What does a twenty year teacher from a private school background do going into a brand new public charter school?  Learn! Explore!  Investigate!  Study! Ask Questions!  Isn’t that the very same model that I am striving to model for my learners?  How am I going to do that?  What model am I going to use?  How do I teach multiple ages at one time and make it fun and hands on?  How do I work with my families off site?

The past month we have been working very long days.  I know I say this from all of us working side by side, and we don’t have all the answers but we are tirelessly working to figure it out. We are learners. We will make mistakes. One thing I share with my students is that  there is nothing wrong with making mistakes.  It is what you do with what you have that matters.  It the first path doesn’t work, take another.  Don’t quit.  Think positive.

At Dallas Community School we are a team of learners that want the very best of our students.  We want kids that are allowed to think and do and be.  We want to give them the opportunities to be kids and to wonder and grow.  As one of four educational guides, I look forward to working with you side by side and working to make this school outstanding.

Find ways to be involved.  We need you.

Cheri Reinke

Educational Guide