2017-2018 Field Trips & Family Workshops

Field trips and Friday Workshops for families are an important part of the enrichment program at DCS. We try to plan trips and workshops which will cover many concepts, topics and learning goals in students’ Personal Learning Plans, and which will complement and enhance the learning experiences of the Morning Core and Afternoon Enrichment Classes. We encourage you to add learning goals into your child’s PLP to help them prepare for upcoming field trips, and to use the curiosity sparked by the field trips and workshops, along with the resources we have provided (or which you find online or at your local public library) to extend the learning in the homeschool environment following the event.

Please see our Field Trip policy and guidelines in the DCS Family Handbook. Transportation is not provided unless otherwise noted in the description (but carpooling is encouraged). In our descriptions (below), we will note the maximum number of participants, whether more than one adult chaperone per family will be allowed, and whether siblings will be allowed. Generally, DCS will pay for our students and one adult chaperone per family (sometimes we may charge a fee for adults for more expensive tickets to events). Extra chaperones and siblings will usually pay their own entry fees. For any questions about field trips, please contact us at the school at info@dallascommunityschool.org or 503-420-4360.

Confirmed Field Trips and Friday Workshops for the 2017-2018 School Year

This list is updated continuously – parents will be notified of new field trips and sign-up periods and processes in official parent newsletters & emails and reminders on the DCS Families Facebook page.

You may sign up for all confirmed field trips or Friday Workshops using the online forms below each field trip description. Please note the deadline for registration for each event (usually 1 to 2 weeks before the field trip). Families will receive a reminder email before the field trips. We will also send out reminders of upcoming field trips that may still have spots available in the weeks leading up to the field trips.

Monday, October 9, 2017 – Oregon Garden – Silverton, Oregon (K-8)
Friday, October 13, 2017 – Airlie Hills Pumpkin Patch – Monmouth, Oregon (K-8)
Monday, November 6, 2017 – Rickreall Dairy – Rickreall, Oregon (K-8)
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 – Willamette Heritage Center – Salem, Oregon (K-8)
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 – A Christmas Carol (the play) – Pentacle Theater – Salem, Oregon (gr. 4-8)
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 – Cinderella the Musical / Play – Dallas High School (gr. K-5)
Friday, January 26, 2018 – World Forestry Museum (gr. 5-8) & Portland Children’s Museum (K-4) – Portland, Oregon
Thursday, February  8, 2018 – Oregon Capitol Building & Hallie Ford Art Museum (gr. 4-8) – Salem, Oregon
Thursday, February 15, 2018 – Red Riding Hood, the Play – Linn Benton Community College (gr. K-5)
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 – Family Math Night – 6:30-8:30 pm at the Majestic Theater in downtown Dallas
Friday, February 23, 2018 – FRIDAY WORKSHOP @ DCS- Oregon Geology
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 – Pete the Cat play – Elsinore Theater (gr. K-3) – Salem, Oregon
Friday, March 16, 2018 – FRIDAY FAMILY WORKSHOP @ DCS – Oregon Ag for Home Learning
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 – Parent Workshop on Testing @ Pressed Coffee
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 – Architecture Workshop (gr. 5-8) – at DCS
Thursday, April 12, 2018 – Gravity Cars Workshop (K-2) – Gilbert House – Salem
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 – Junior Master Gardener Workshop – Independence Inspiration Garden
Friday, April 27, 2018 – Two Hour Sail and Sailing Program on a Tall Ship – Newport, OR – FULL
Friday, April 27, 2018 – FRIDAY WORKSHOP Offsite – Engineering Feats of the Ancient World – Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, McMinnville (gr. 3-8)
Monday, April 30, 2018 – Garten Recycling Center, Salem (gr. 1-8)
Thursday, May 10, 2018 – Chemistry Workshop at Western Oregon University (gr. 4-8)
Monday, May 14, 2018 – Willamette Humane Society, Salem (gr. 1-8)
Friday, May 18, 2018 – FRIDAY FAMILY WORKSHOP @ DCS – Genealogy – Researching your Family History
Friday, May 25, 2018 – FRIDAY WORKSHOP Offsite – Science Behind Science Fiction – Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, McMinnville (gr. 4-8)
Friday, May 25, 2018 – Chintimini Wildlife Center (gr. K-8) – Corvallis, OR
Weekend of June 1-3 – Family Camping Trip – Seaquest State Park, WA (near Mt. St. Helens)
June 7 – 8th Grade Moving-up Ceremony and All-School Showcase of Learning – Dallas, OR
June 11 – DCS Student Swim Party (gr. K-8) – Dallas Aquatic Center – Dallas, OR


Upcoming Field Trips & Friday Workshops


by Paul Townsend

FRIDAY WORKSHOP @ DCS – Genealogy – Researching Your Family History

Grades 1-8 with parents
Day: Friday, May 18, 2018
Time: 9 am to 11 am
Location: Dallas Community School

Please register using this Google Form.

Join Expert Genealogist, Liz Tice, of the Willamette Valley Genealogical Society, to learn how to research your own family history. Great for learning about the importance of RELIABLE information and how to research using non-web-based resources! Studying Genealogy helps students learn about history, heredity, culture, geography, reliable information resources, organizing information, and more. Learn about:

Why studying genealogy matters
How to get started
The importance of reliable information
Using the internet for research
Using the library and other non-web-based resources
Places to get help

The Science Behind Science Fiction Workshop

Homeschooling Workshop at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville

Recommended for Grades 3-8 (students in grades 1-2 will need a parent to stay and assist)

Day: Friday, May 25, 2018
Time: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm (check in at 8:45)
Location: Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, 500 Northeast Captain Michael King Smith Way, McMinnville, OR 97128

Sign up on this Google Form

Take part in this Homeschool Workshop organized by the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. On this special Star Wars-inspired day, discover the science behind the science fiction of your favorite movies. Save the galaxy with the knowledge you gain about flying in space, spaceships, aliens, force felds, and much, much more.


Chintimini Wildlife Center – Corvallis, OR

Grades K-8
Day: Friday, May 25, 2018 (Same date as Evergreen Sci Fi Workshop!)
Time: 10 am to Noon
Location: 311 NW Lewisburg Ave, Corvallis, OR 97330
Siblings Allowed? Yes

Sign up on this Google Form

Birds of prey presentation (hawks, owls and other raptors), wetlands tour exploring frogs and tadpoles, and a tour of the wildlife rehabilitation center – something for all ages!


Family Camping Trip – Seaquest State Park, WA – near Mt. St. Helens – Friday, June 1 to Sunday, June 3, 2018

For all DCS families! DCS will pay for the campsites & reservation fees for families. You will be charged a $20 cancellation fee if you reserve a site and then need to cancel your space. Most group activities are free (see below).

Check in starting at 2:30 pm on Friday, June 1. Check out before 1:00 pm on Sunday, June 3. 

Sign up on this Google Form

Let us know if you and your family will be joining us for the DCS Family Camping trip – June 1-3, 2018. We will be reserving sites (campsite / reservation fees are paid by DCS) at the Seaquest State Park in Washington. It is only about two hours from Dallas and Salem, and has a real wilderness feel with lovely, tall evergreen trees, but also great amenities like hiking trails, a playground, and good showers. A lake for fishing and boating is just across the road, as is the Mt. St. Helens Visitor Center. Free group activities will include S’mores, hiking near the volcano, a tour of the Visitor Center, and some activities for kids at the campground during meal prep times. Optional activities (with a fee) include (hopefully) some fishing at Silver Lake across from the campground (about $9 for a child’s fishing license), a visit to the Johnston Ridge Observatory in the Mt. St. Helens Blast Zone (free for children under 16, $8.00 for visitors 16 and up). We also welcome any group activity ideas you would like to coordinate! We can reserve TENT OR RV sites for one night or two. Let us know if you need help finding camping equipment or maybe need to borrow a tent!  http://parks.state.wa.us/581/Seaquest


Oregon Garden – Guided Tours – Silverton, Oregon

Grades K-8 – one chaperone per family paid by DCS – second chaperone may attend but must pay own entry fee of $9. No max. number of attendees.
Day: Monday, October  9, 2017
Time: Depart DCS on the bus at 12:30. Meet at Oregon Garden entry at 1:30. Tours from 2:00 to 3:30. Depart on the bus from the Garden at 3:30. Return to DCS on the bus around 4:30 pm. Parents may ride the bus or meet us at the Garden at 1:30. Children under 5 may not ride the bus.
Location: Oregon Garden, 879 W. Main St., Silverton, OR 97381
Siblings Allowed? Yes, siblings may come and wander the gardens with an adult, but may not attend the guided tours and children under 5 may not ride the bus.

To reserve your spot, fill out this Google Form.  Deadline to sign up is Monday, October 2.

During this field trip to the Oregon Garden, we will have three different groups. K-3 students will be doing a scavenger hunt lead by DCS staff and parents (and possibly some Geocaches), exploring and enjoying the garden,  extending their home learning about agricultural science, nature, plants, animals, insects, food chains, ecosystems, and habitats. Students in grades 4-6 will attend a two hour guided tour / activity about forest ecosystems, food webs, plant and animal adaptation, and wildlife habitats. Students in grades 7 & 8 will have a “Systems and Design” tour in the garden (if we get at least 10 middle school students to attend) – exploring, brainstorming and learning about different types of systems (natural, technological and “human-driven”) in the gardens, discussing garden and structural design, and doing some Geocaching in the gardens.

Airlie Hills Pumpkin Patch & Harvest Festival – Monmouth, OR

Day: Friday, October 13, 2017
Time: 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Location: Airlie Hills Farm & Pumpkin Patch, 10720 Airlie Rd, Monmouth, OR 97361
Siblings Allowed? Yes, siblings (and extra chaperones) may come but will have to pay $6 to get in (which includes a free pumpkin)

Sign up using this online form – Deadline to sign up: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

A fun opportunity for DCS families to pick pumpkins at Airlie Hills Pumpkin Patch and check out the Corn Maze, Hay Maze, Hay Pyramid, Hay Slide, Trike Racing, Hay Fort, Hay Rides, and see some farm animals! Organized as part of the Agricultural Science Enrichment Class but open to all families, this is a great opportunity to extend learning about agriculture, farms, how plants grow, food webs, farm animals, design, festivals, traditions, systems, growth, and hay, hay hay! Every child gets to pick a pumpkin to take home.

Rickreall Dairy – Rickreall, OR
(Grades K-8) No max. number of attendees

Day: Monday, November 6, 2017
Time: 2:00 to 3:00 pm
Location: Rickreall Dairy, 8845 Rickreall Rd., Rickreall, OR
Siblings Allowed? Yes, siblings (and extra chaperones) may come

Sign up through this online form – Registration deadline is October 31, 2017

Organized through Heidi Lathrem’s Agricultural Science Enrichment Classes, Rickreall Dairy offers a guided one-hour tour through a working dairy farm. You and your kids will get to visit the milking parlor, maternity barn, and calf barn. Learn how we get milk from cows, why milk is good for you, and see how we care for our animals.

Be sure to be prepared for rain with rain jackets (no umbrellas, please) and closed toe shoes that could get a little dirty. (But don’t worry- we won’t put you to work!)

See you November 6!


Willamette Heritage Center – Salem, OR (Grades K-8) – Maximum number: 30 K-3 students & 16 grade 4-8 students

Day: Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Time: 2:30 to 4:00 pm
Location: Willamette Heritage Center, Archives & Max Marbles Book Binder

MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 45 total (students, chaperones & younger siblings) for the K-3 tour, + 16 students in grades 4-8 (plus chaperones) – OLDER GROUP (4-8) is FULL but newly registered 4th grade students are welcome to join the K-3 tour

Siblings Allowed? Yes. However, younger siblings will not be able to stay with the older student (4-8 grade) tour.

Please use this form to sign up for this field trip. Registration Deadline, Nov. 7

Transportation: Parents / adult chaperones will need to bring students or arrange carpooling with other parents. We will meet outside the entry gate or inside the ticket office at 2:15.

During this field trip, the students in grades K-4 will go on an active tour of the historic houses at the Willamette Heritage Center with guides – In one home you may find John & Martha Boon (living history re-enactors) waiting to greet you and give you a tour of their home.  In another, an activity from the Methodist Mission days of letter-writing and journal keeping.  And another, an “I Spy” game to find hidden artifacts within the museum space. They’ll finish up with pioneer recess games on the lawn (and in case of inclement weather indoor games in the church).

The students in grades 4-8 will visit the WHC Archives to see some of the historic documents and journals preserved there, and then will do a book-binding workshop with professional book binder, Max Marbles.

Parents (adult chaperones) with a child in each group can go with the younger group and Monica McQueen (Enrichment Coordinator) will supervise the older group.OLDER GROUP (4-8) is FULL but newly registered 4th grade students are welcome to join the K-3 tour


Pentacle Theater – Attend the Play “A Christmas Carol” – Salem (grades 4-8) Max. 40 attendees – FULL

Day: Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017
Time: 7:30-9:30 or 10:00 pm
Location: Pentacle Theater, Salem, OR
Siblings Allowed? Unfortunately, no, unless you are able to buy your own ticket(s) for this show directly through the Pentacle Theater… Parents pay $10 each

Sorry – This Field Trip is FULL. Please send an email to info@dallascommunityschool.org if you would like to be included on a waiting list in case of cancellations.

Though 7:30 pm on a school night is a strange time for a field trip (and there is a good chance that the play will run until after 9:30 pm), this is an amazing opportunity to see “A Christmas Carol” (the play by Charles Dickens) put on by actors and actresses at our own Pentacle Theater. Only 40 spots open (students and chaperones – one chaperone per family, please). Parents pay $10 each. Because of the “spooky” and dramatic nature of this play, we are limiting attendance to students in grades 4-8.

Cinderella the Musical / Play – Dallas High School (K-5) Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 12:40

Cinderella Musical / Play – Dallas High School
Recommended for Grades K-5 (limited to 100 total DCS attendees including chaperones & younger siblings)
Day: Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017
Time: 12:40 – Must be seated by 12:30 – plan to arrive by at least 12:15 to enter the theater. .
Location: Dallas High School – Bollman Auditorium – 1250 SE Holman Ave., Dallas, OR 97338
Siblings Allowed? If you think they will be able to sit through the 50 minute performance, no problem!

Register using this Google Form by Monday, Dec. 11 – thanks!

The much loved Disney classic tale of Cinderella will be on the DHS stage in the month of December. Produced by the Advanced Theatre production class, this tale of love and hope will add fun to the holiday season for all ages. The shorter running time makes this play suitable for even the smallest of theatre goers.


World Forestry Museum (5-8) & Portland Children’s Museum (next door) (K-4) – Portland
Grades K-8

Day: Friday, January 26, 2018
Time: 8:30-3:00 (Bus departing DCS at 8:30 & returning at 3:00 – Children’s Museum activities from 10:30 to 1:00 and Forestry Center activities from 11:00 to 1:00 – bus departing from Children’s Museum at 1:15 pm)
Transportation: Bus departs from DCS at 8:30 (max 60 people) so arrive at DCS no later than 8:15 am. If you drive your own car, please be at Children’s Museum between 10:00-10:15 and meet inside the lobby at 10:20, or inside the World Forestry Center at 11:00
Location: Portland Children’s Museum: 4015 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR

World Forestry Center: 4033 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR

Bus departing from DCS at 8:30 (be at DCS by 8:15 am). Students in K-4 will go to the Portland Children’s Museum from 10:30 to 1:00 and students in 5-8 will go to the World Forestry Museum from 11:00 to 1:00. Both are across from the Portland Zoo. Returning to DCS by about 3:00 pm.
Siblings Allowed? Yes, but siblings and extra chaperones must pay their own entry fees ($3 each) and children under age 5 may not ride the bus. Younger siblings not allowed on guided tours of the Forestry Center.

Students in grades K-4 will have two hours of museum play time at the Portland Children’s Museum, plus time for lunch (which you can either buy or bring with you). Students in grades 5-8 will have a tour of the World Forestry Center (across the parking lot from the Children’s Museum) to learn about forest ecosystems, the importance of forests and trees in our lives, and sustainability. If parents have students in both age groups, they can stay with the younger group at the Children’s Museum and sign a permission slip to allow their older children to go to the Forestry Center tour with Mrs. McQueen.


Oregon Capitol Building – Guided Tour – Salem

Grades 4-8 (limited to 60) – one chaperone per family
Day: Thursday, February  8, 2018 – deadline to register
Time: 10:30-12:00
Location: 900 Court St NE, Salem, OR 97301
Siblings Allowed? Unfortunately, tour participants must be in at least 4th grade to participate. You are welcome to stay with your younger child(ren) somewhere else in the Capitol Building while we are on the tour.

The Legislature is back in session! Knowledgeable guides share information about the history of Oregon, the State Capitol, and the legislative process. Tour the Oregon Capitol rotunda, Governor’s office, House of Representatives and Senate. See our Representatives and Senators in action as they discuss important legislation for our state. Take a lunch break and then, if you wish, you can join us across the street at the Hallie Ford Art Museum at Willamette University at 1:00 pm (see description below).


Hallie Ford Art Museum – Willamette University – Salem

Grades 4-8 (limited to 60 participants) – up to two chaperones per family

Day: Thursday February 8, 2018
Time: – 1:00-2:30 pm
Location: 700 State Street (corner State and Cottage Streets), Salem, Oregon 97301

Following the tour of the Capitol Building just across the street in the morning, take a lunch break and then join us to learn about art and art history during a Self-Guided Tour of the Hallie Ford Museum’s special exhibitions.

Siblings Allowed? The tour is only for students in 4th-8th grade. You are welcome to stay with your younger child(ren) somewhere else in the museum or Capitol Building while we are on the Museum tour.

Red Riding Hood play – Linn Benton Community College Children’s Theater – Albany

Grades K-5 (limited to 50 total) – one chaperone per family
Day: Thursday, February 15
Time: 10:00 am to 11:00 am – Meet outside the theater by 9:45 am.
Location: Linn Benton Community College – 6500 SW Pacific Blvd, Albany, OR 97321
Siblings Allowed? If you think they will be able to sit quietly through the 50 minute performance, parents will pay $3.00 for a non-DCS-Student ticket.

In the play, Bridget and Stephen are sleeping over at their grandmother’s house, but neither of them can sleep. To pass the time, they decide to act out their favorite story with things found in the attic and wardrobe. Soon what’s real and what’s imagined blur, and the children find themselves in the deep dark woods – with a wolf! “Red Riding Hood” is a fun, musical take on the classic tale.

Students in the Tuesday / Thursday morning classes will be receiving a permission slip to allow their child(ren) to attend the field trip with DCS staff and go by bus (unless parents prefer to drive them or not to go). If your child is NOT in the Tuesday / Thursday morning class at DCS, please sign up here.


Grades 1-8 & parents
Day: Friday, February 23, 2018
Times: 1:15-2:15 pm for grades 5-8 & 2:30-3:30 for grades 1-4
Location: Dallas Community School

Limited childcare will be provided in the back room for families needing to attend with younger siblings.

Renowned Oregon Geology specialist, Sheila Alfsen, will be showing some of the interesting rocks and minerals we can find across the state of Oregon. She will also be sharing maps and slides of geological formations you can visit (or see out the window as you’re driving from place to place). Covering the concepts of Geology, Change and Classification. May spark curiosity to inspire a new home learning unit of inquiry or start a new hobby! Sign up on this form by February 21!

Pete the Cat play – Elsinore Theater – Salem

Grades K-3 (limited to 50 total) – one chaperone per family
Day: Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Time: 12:00-1:00 – Meet inside the theater by 11:45 am.
Location: Elsinore Theater – 170 High Street, SE, Salem, Oregon
Siblings Allowed? If you think they will be able to sit quietly through the 50 minute performance, parents will pay $9.50 for a non-DCS-Student ticket.

Use this Form to register for this field trip – we will be allowing registrations until all 50 spots are full!

Theatreworks USA’s production of PETE THE CAT comes to Salem! When Pete the Cat gets caught rocking out after bedtime, the cat-catcher sends him to live with the Biddle family to learn his manners – and boy are they square! But the groovy blue cat gets the whole family rocking. About 50 minutes long – K-3 students only.

 FRIDAY WORKSHOP @ DCS – Oregon Ag in the Classroom

Grades 1-8 with parents
Day: Friday, March 16, 2018
Time: 10:00 am to Noon
Location: Dallas Community School

Agriculture is all around us! It’s the food we eat, clothes we wear, shelter we build our homes from and fuel to get us places. Almost everything begins with agriculture! Come learn about Oregon agriculture and explore how agriculture can bring education to life! We’ll learn about Oregon agriculture and then try out some hands-on lessons potentially including making bioplastic, exploring food science, discovering the properties of soil, creating fiber art, learning about seed germination and so much more! Activities will be age-appropriate, engaging and FUN! Families- you’ll leave with ideas for FREE resources to continue the learning beyond the workshop!

Let us know what you are interested in! Register to attend on this Google Form.

Seed Germination
Plant Parts
Food Science
Renewable and Nonrenewable Resources
Art Activities
Careers in Agriculture
Learn more about Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom by visiting their website: oregonaitc.org.

Focusing on the concepts of Agriculture, Biology, Growth, Change, and Quality.

Architecture Workshop & Build an Olympic Village – DCS

Grades 6-8
Day: Wednesday, April 4
Time: 12:30-4:00 pm
Location: DCS

Peter Strauhal, a very fun, energetic professional architect in Salem who has been running some amazing sessions with our morning core classes on architecture will be able to do one full afternoon workshop for our Middle School Students (and any parents who would like to attend). He will be covering some basics of architecture, the career, building forms, shapes, and engineering, what every building needs and how to design buildings for specific needs. Then they will use some of what they have learned to turn recycled materials into some buildings that might be a part of an Olympic Village. Parents are also welcome to attend to learn more about architecture and how to teach about architecture in home learning or use architecture as a base to explore lots of other directions in home learning.

This workshop is ONLY open to students in grades 6-8 at this time. If we find that we are not able to get enough enrollment for this age group, then we will either postpone the workshop until later in May, or open enrollment to younger grades as well (we will send you a message at the end of the week to let you know if we get enough enrollment or if we will need to make changes so that you can adjust your enrollment accordingly).


Gilbert House – Gravity Cars Workshop (K-2) – Salem, OR

Grades K-2
Day: Thursday, April 12, 2018
Time: 10:30 am-1:30 pm (workshop from 11 to 12)
Location: Gilbert House Children’s Museum, Salem, OR

Younger Siblings Allowed? Yes, for a $5 admission fee (or free if you are a Gilbert House Member or buy a membership that day)

We have State Assessments / Testing scheduled for grades 3-8 at the Salem Public Library from 9 am to 3 pm, April 11-13, so you can drop your older kids off at the library for a couple of hours to do the assessments and bring your younger children to the Gilbert House! Check in at 10:30 and spend some time playing in the museum until the 11:00 Gravity Cars Workshop – Students will build a prototype car and then test how far it will go down a ramp. After the first test, they can make design changes to improve on the distance their car will run. Kids will not want to stop when this workshop time is up!

Parents with younger siblings can bring them along and play with them in the museum during the workshop. If you need to go pick up your older student(s) at the library during the workshop, the DCS Staff and other parent chaperones will stay with the children at the Gilbert House.


Junior Master Gardener Workshop – Independence

Grades 1-8 with parents
Day: Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Time: CHANGED to 1:45 to 3:45 pm
Location: Independence Inspiration Garden, 790 F St in Independence

Siblings allowed? Yes

Meet at the Gardens at 1:40 pm and tour the Master Gardeners’ Inspiration Garden in Independence – see what they’re doing to grow better flowers, herbs, trees, fruits and vegetables with better soil and less water. Then hear from Master Gardener, Lee Schlenker, about how kids can help grow your best vegetable garden ever by choosing veggies that are easy to grow in your own site (even in partial shade). Learn about good composting practices and the chemistry of composting and good soil composition, controlling weeds (and learn about weeds you can eat) and pests. Covers a lot of principles of biology and chemistry and project-based learning (keeping a plant journal, analyzing soil composition, observing and recording data about plants and pests, and more).


Tall Ship Sailing Excursion -Newport, OR (grades 3-8)

For Grades 3-8 – FULL
Day: Friday, April 27, 2018
Time: 12:30-2:30 (Check in at 12:15)
Location: Port of Newport at SE Bay Blvd & SW Hatfield, near the Pacific Shrimp Company and across the street from the Wax Works Museum

This field trip is currently FULL but please email mmcqueen@dallascommunityschool.org if you would like to be put on the waiting list in case any spots open up.

Families who did not get to sign up for the Tall Ship sailing field trip on April 27 can talk to your Guide about using your allotment funds for the sailing trips for the public in April or July (if you purchase tickets before the end of the school year) – check out the schedule on their website.

Field Trip Description:
Sail aboard a tall ship! This two-hour educational field trip is Common Core aligned for Grades 4 – 6 and offers a learning opportunity which would be hard to replicate! Families will board the Hawaiian Chieftain and be guided by the costumed crew during a two-hour sailing trip through three distinct 15 minute learning stations on maritime heritage:

Students discover the history of commerce and exchange between Euro-American, Native American and Chinese communities and learn how language and cultural differences affected these trade relationships.
Students learn how tall ship sailors use specialized instruments and physical labor to complete complex tasks and reach their intended destination.
Students examine how material objects, oral traditions, and historical accounts can tell us about who tall ship sailors were and what their lives were like onboard during a long voyage.

Each Sailing Program also includes opportunities for students to set and douse the sails, haul and coil lines, and sing shanties with the crew! Students will have an experience of a lifetime and catch a glimpse of what it was like to be an 18th century mariner.

Families will need to meet at the Port of Newport at SE Bay Blvd & SW Hatfield, near the Pacific Shrimp Company and across the street from the Wax Works Museum no later than 12:15 pm on the day of the Sail. Families would be able to visit the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport (or any of the other attractions in Newport) before or after the sail, to make a full day’s educational experience out of the trip.


Engineering Feats of the Ancient World – Homeschooling Workshop at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville

Recommended for Grades 3-8 (students in grades 1-2 will need a parent to stay and assist)
Day: Friday, April 27, 2018
Time: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm (check in at 8:45)
Location: Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, 500 Northeast Captain Michael King Smith Way, McMinnville, OR 97128

Take part in this Homeschool Workshop organized by the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. You will work on several engineering challenges, recreating wonders of the ancient world. While you put together these famous marvels, discover more about their fascinating history. Recommended for students in grades 3-8. Parents are welcome to stay for the workshop or leave students for the day. Students in first or second grade may be able to attend if the parents stay to assist their students and if they think that the students will be able to stay engaged for the whole day. You can stay and visit the whole museum after the workshop, too!

Garten Recycling Center – Salem, OR

Grades 1-8
Day: Monday, April 30, 2018
Time: 9:30-11:00 am
Location: 500 Hawthorne Avenue SE, Salem, OR 97309
Younger Siblings Allowed? No

Learn about Salem’s major recycling sorting center, how they provide jobs in the community, why recycling is so incredibly important for our environment, and how to be a better recycler at home and at school. Learn about the concepts of change and transformation, some of the processes behind recycling, and the reasons we should recycle and who uses recycled products after they are transformed. Lots of information and ideas you can use in home learning after the field trip!

Everyone should wear closed toed shoes and warm clothes because the warehouse is unheated. Here is a link to a good video about recycling to show the kids to get them ready for the tour:

Chemistry Workshop at Western Oregon University – Monmouth, OR

Grades 5-8
Day: Thursday, May 10, 2018
Time: 9:30-11:30 am
Location: Western Oregon University Chemistry Department, Monmouth, OR
Younger Siblings Allowed? No

Join WOU Chemistry Professor, Patty Flatt, for a two-hour chemistry workshop. Students will learn about chemical elements, compounds, mixtures, solutions, and reactions through hands-on activities like making glow sticks, elephant toothpaste, and a milk rainbow. Professor Flatt will also be talking about careers involving chemistry, and what kinds of university studies might be involved. Parents are welcome to attend (learn ideas to help do more chemistry projects in home learning) or to drop of students at 9:30 and pick them up at 11:30.

Willamette Humane Society, Salem

Grades 1-8

Day: Monday, May 14, 2018
Times: 9:00-10:00 am – Arrive at 8:50
Location: Willamette Humane Society – 4246 Turner Rd SE, Salem
Younger Siblings Allowed? Possibly, if they are able to be calm and quiet around all the animals and during the tour and presentations. Parents may need to take younger siblings outside during the tour or presentations.

At a school tour of WHS, students will learn about what an animal shelter is, and what they do. They’ll hear about how they adopt out homeless animals, how they spay and neuter, and how they train dogs. Students will put themselves in the animals’ shoes, and think about how they might be feeling when they arrive at a shelter. If the children gather a donation, they will explain to them how it will be used and why it is important. Students will learn how to safely approach an animal, and how to be safe and kind in the kennels. The tour guide leads the group through the dog and cat kennels. There is also sometimes an animal meet-and-greet option, though this depends on the animals they have in their care at the time, and is not always possible. Covers the concepts of Systems, Animal Rights, Change, Training, Volunteering, and Caring.

If you have any questions, please email office@dallascommunityschool.org