Field Trips – 2018-2019

Go To Descriptions and Registration Forms

Field trips and Friday Workshops for families are an important part of the enrichment program at DCS. We try to plan trips and workshops on different days of the week 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 DCS 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 non-DCS 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.

DCS students will automatically have $10 taken out of their $300 Field Trips and Classes Allotment Fund for each field trip they attend. Families who cancel with less than one week’s notice or who don’t show up for a field trip will also be charged the difference between the $10 and the actual cost of the tickets and bus transportation.

Confirmed Field Trips and Workshops for the 2018-19 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 not receive a confirmation email after registering, will receive a confirmation / reminder email with all details several days 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.

Full descriptions and online registration forms below.

  • Thursday, Oct. 11 – 11:45 -2:00 – Oregon Ballet Theater – performance of Act III of Napoli – Keller Auditorium – Portland, OR (K-8)
  • Friday, Oct. 12 – 2:00 – Music presentation / Q&A – Western Oregon University – Monmouth, OR (K-8)
  • Monday, Oct. 15 – 11:15-1:00 – Antique Powerland – Brooks, OR (K-8)
  • Monday, Oct. 22 – 12:45-2:45 – Beal’s Farm & Pumpkin Patch – Dallas, OR (K-8)
  • Monday, October 29 – 10:00-11:00 – Rosie Revere, Engineer (Musical Play) – Elsinore Theater, Salem, OR (K-4)
  • Wednesday, Nov. 7 – 9:30 to 1:00 – Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum visit, movie & hands-on workshops – McMinnville, OR (K-8)
  • Friday, Nov. 16 – 9:00 to 2:00 – Homeschooling Workshop – War & the Environment – Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum – McMinnville, OR (grades 3-8)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 5 – 10:45-2:00 – Chemeketa Planetarium & Firefighter Training Program visit – Salem, OR (K-8)
  • Friday, Dec. 14 – 9:00 to 2:00 – Homeschooling Workshop – Mission to Mars- Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum – McMinnville, OR (grades 2-8)
  • Thursday, Jan. 10 – 10:30 to 3:00 – OMSI – King Tut Exhibit, Labs and Planetarium – Portland, OR (K-8)
  • Friday, Jan. 11 – 1:00 pm – Rainbow Dance Company performance – Western Oregon University – Monmouth, OR (K-8)

Field Trip Descriptions and Registration

Thursday, Oct. 11 – 11:45 -2:00 – Oregon Ballet Theater – performance of Act III of Napoli – Keller Auditorium – Portland, OR (K-8)

Sign up for the DCS Field Trip to the Oregon Ballet Theater performance of Act III of Napoli (Ballet) at the Keller Auditorium – 222 SW Clay Street, Portland

Deadline to sign-up is Wednesday, October 4, 2018 – Limited to the first 50 people who sign up (K-8)

This field trip is to see a one-hour performance by the Oregon Ballet Theater (Act III of the ballet “Napoli”)at the Keller Auditorium in Portland, Oregon from 12:00 to 1:00 pm.  (DCS instructors understand that students going on the field trip will miss the other classes they are enrolled in that day). Check out this GREAT study guide for the ballet before (and after) the trip! 

Drive or Take the School Bus: We will be leaving DCS by bus at 8:30 am and returning by bus at about 2:30 or 3:00 pm. If families choose not to ride the bus, they can meet us in Portland outside the Keller Auditorium at 11:40. Children younger than 5 years old may not ride the bus (bus company policy). Families should plan on having a “finger food” (clean & easy to eat on the go) snack and lunch packed to eat on the bus – snack at about 9:30 or 11:00 on the bus and lunch at about 1:30 on the bus.

For those riding the bus, we should have just enough time to stop at the OHSU Aerial Tram and ride it up to OHSU and back down again (from about 10:30 to 11:15) before we get back on the bus to go to the Keller Auditorium. If you have not had a chance to ride the aerial tramway yet, it’s quite an interesting experience and sparks a lot of curiosity, inspiring lots of home learning! Start by learning a bit more about the tram before the trip on their website.

According to DCS policy, a parent or other adult chaperone must accompany their children on field trips. However, since we are riding the bus, if you are unable to attend and wish to sign a permission slip for your child to be supervised by DCS staff during the field trip, please let us know (below) and we will send you a permission slip to sign. Hopefully most families will have a parent or guardian attending with their child(ren), as we have limited staff attending.

Day: Thursday, October 11, 2018
Time: If you are riding the bus, please be at DCS no later than 8:30 to board the bus. If you are driving your child(ren), please meet us outside the main doors of the Keller Auditorium at about 11:40.
Location: Keller Auditorium – 222 SW Clay St, Portland, OR

Siblings Allowed? Younger siblings may come with families in the car, but families will need to prepay $4 per sibling for the performance. Children under age five may not ride the bus (bus company rules).

Each DCS student who signs up will automatically have $10 withdrawn from their $300 Classes and Field Trips Allotment Fund.

Sign up for the DCS Field Trip to the Oregon Ballet Theater performance of Act III of Napoli (Ballet) by Wednesday, October 4.

Friday, Oct. 12 – 2:00 – Music presentation / Q&A – Western Oregon University – Monmouth, OR (K-8)

Sign up on this form for the Jacob Joliff Band Music presentation / Q&A session at Western Oregon University – Friday, Oct. 12 at 2:00 pm

Deadline to sign up: Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The Jacob Joliff Band, who will be performing at WOU the evening of October 12, will be giving a music workshop / presentation for all ages (open to the public) at 2:00 on Friday, October 12. We will be bringing a group from DCS.

The band performs a mix of traditional bluegrass and jazz and play a variety of string instruments including guitars, fiddles, mandolins, bass and others. A great opportunity for students of all ages to see, hear and learn from an amazing, professional music group and hopefully be motivated to play more music themselves!

  • Day: Friday, Oct. 12
  • Time: 2:00-3:00 pm – meet outside at 1:45
  • Location: Western Oregon University – The Cottage- 345 Monmouth Ave N, Monmouth, Oregon
  • Ages: K-8
  • A parent / guardian must accompany each DCS student who attends.
  • Siblings Allowed? This workshop is open to the public – older siblings may participate in the workshop, younger siblings may come to observe (supervised by a parent / guardian, of course)
  • Families must drive their own students or request a permission slip to allow students to carpool with another family.

For more information: Joliff Band Music Video

Smith Fine Arts Music Series at WOU – Facebook Page

 

Antique Powerland Museums – Brooks, OR (K-8) – Monday, Oct. 15 – 11:15 to 1:45

Sign Up on the online registration form – Deadline to register is Wednesday, October 10

In order to supplement some of our classes about community, technology, and machines, and to complement (or inspire) home learning about community, transportation, machines, motors, community helpers (careers / workers), tools, simple machines, we have booked a visit to the Antique Powerland Museums in Brooks (just north of Salem / Keizer). During the tour, we will see historic machines, motors, tools, and vehicles and ride on the model trains. Kids should plan to have a big snack (or early lunch) before the visit, and parents can bring finger foods (granola bars, fruit, etc.) to snack on in between museum visits, but we will not be having a “lunch time” during the visit.

The K-3 group will focus on community / community helpers  and the role of transportation and tools in building and changing communities. Museums for the tour for the younger group will be:

1. Start at APMA’s Dezotell Museum *This one is especially good since it focus’s on the community and the people who helped make APMA what it is today*
2. Trolley Museum
3. Fire Truck outdoor display
4. OVMM Featuring John Deere Tractors
5. End at Branch 15 – antique agricultural and industrial engines, tractors, drag saws, and related items

The 4-8th Grade Group will focus on the progress of technology & basic machines. Museums for the older group tour will be:

1. Start at APMA’s Dezotell Museum
2. Antique Implement Society – vintage engines and machinery
3. Truck Museum
4. Fire Truck outdoor display
5. End at Branch 15 – antique agricultural and industrial engines, tractors, drag saws, and related items

We will also be able to ride the miniature trains at the end of the tour!

Day: Monday, Oct. 15
Time: 11:15 to 1:45 (bring snacks or a packed lunch)
Location: Antique Powerland  – 3995 Brooklake Rd NE in Brooks, Oregon (drive in through the gate, past the farmhouse and meet at the Dezotell Museum)
Ages: K-8 (we will divide into a K-3 group and a 4-8th grade group for the tours)
A parent / guardian must accompany their children (or sign a permission slip to allow another parent or guardian to accompany their children)
Siblings Allowed? Yes, younger siblings are welcome (supervised by a parent / guardian, of course)

Sign up on the online registration form

Families must drive their own students or request a permission slip to allow students to carpool with another family. Each DCS student who signs up will automatically have $10 withdrawn from their $300 Classes and Field Trips Allotment Fund.

Beal’s Farm & Pumpkin Patch – Dallas, OR (K-8) – Monday, Oct. 22 – 12:45-2:45

Register on this Form – Deadline to sign up: Wednesday, October 17, 2018

  • Location: Beal Tree Farm – 700 Oak Villa Road, Dallas, Or. 97338
  • Time: Meet outside the gate at 12:45. Families can stay as late as 3:00 pm.
  • Siblings Allowed? Yes, siblings (and a second chaperone) may come but will have to pay to buy a pumpkin if they want one.

Families must drive their own students or request a permission slip to allow students to carpool with another family.  $10 per student will automatically be withdrawn from your $300 DCS Classes and Field Trips Allotment Fund.

A fun opportunity for DCS families to pick out pumpkins at the Beal Farm Pumpkin Patch – Includes one pumpkin per student (excludes Giant pumpkins), full use of the pumpkin patch, yard games, hay bale pyramid, the I-Spy Nature Trail with list of items to find on the trail, a picnic area to sit and enjoy your own lunch or snack in the Patch, and the FFA animals are back again this year!

Open to all families, this is a great opportunity to extend learning about agriculture, farms, systems, growth, how plants grow, food webs, farm animals, design, festivals, traditions, and hay, hay hay! Mr. Beal will also be offering some short educational talks on farming, agriculture, and farm economics if there is enough interest.

Those families whose students have classes at DCS at 2:30 can leave at 2:00 and get back for their 2:30 class – other families are welcome to stay until 3:00.

Every DCS student gets to pick out a pumpkin to take home.  Younger siblings and adult chaperones will have to pay for their pumpkins (only DCS students will receive a free pumpkin because we are paying for their admission fee).

Register on this FormDeadline to sign up: Wednesday, October 17, 2018

For more information: https://www.facebook.com/BealPumpkinPatch/

 

Monday, October 29 – 10:00-11:00 – Rosie Revere, Engineer (Musical Play) – Elsinore Theater, Salem, OR (K-4)

Register to attend the play on this online registration form by Oct. 22

About the Play (More information on their website):
Ms. Greer’s classroom includes three inquisitive out-of-the-box thinkers. Rosie Revere has big dreams.  Iggy Peck has a relentless passion for architecture. And Ada Twist’s curiosity can drive her teacher crazy.

A fun new musical based on the books Rosie Revere, Engineer, Iggy Peck, Architect and Ada twist Scientist by Andrea Beaty which spotlights the STEM curriculum (focusing on science, technology, engineering and math).

Approximate Running Time: 60 Minutes
Recommended Ages: Grades K through 4

DEADLINE TO SIGN UP – Oct. 22, 2018 – Limited to first 32 people to sign up

Day: Monday, Oct. 29, 2018
Time: 10:00 to 11:00 am – meet in front of the theater at 9:40 am
Location: Elsinore Theater – 170 High St SE, Salem, OR
Siblings Allowed? No, due to the limited number of tickets, only DCS students and chaperones will be able to attend.

Register to attend the play on this online registration form by Oct. 22

Families must drive their own students or request a permission slip to allow students to carpool with another family. $10 per student will be taken out of your student’s $300 Class and Field Trip Allotment fund for this trip.

Wednesday, Nov. 7 – 9:30 to 1:00 – Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum visit, movie & hands-on workshops – McMinnville, OR (K-8)

Sign up for the field trip to the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum on November 7 from 9:30 to 1:30 pm

Ride the bus from DCS at 8:30 am (returning at 2:30 pm) or drive and meet us there at 9:30 am.

This field trip complements the classes we are offering this term at DCS about space exploration, the solar system, inventions, community, and engineering, and it is open to all enrolled DCS students. We especially encourage all students attending classes on Wednesday mornings to sign up to attend the field trip (DCS instructors understand that students will miss the other Wednesday classes they are enrolled in but students will return in order to be able to attend classes that start at or after 2:30 PM).

According to DCS policy, a parent or other adult chaperone must accompany their children. However, since we are riding the bus, if you are unable to attend and wish to sign a permission slip for your child to be supervised by DCS staff during the field trip, please let us know (below) and we will send you a permission slip to sign. We do encourage parents to attend, both to be able to continue the learning at home and because we have a limited number of staff chaperones.

$10 per student will be taken out of your student’s $300 Class and Field Trip Allotment fund for this trip. This fee is nonrefundable, and any cancellations after the registration deadline will also be charged the extra $5 difference (based on the $15 entry fee).

Sign up for the DCS Field Trip to the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville, OR
DEADLINE TO SIGN UP – Oct. 31, 2018

Day: Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Time: 9:30 am to 1:00 pm
Location: Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
500 NE Capt. Michael King Smith Way, McMinnville OR
Siblings Allowed? Yes, siblings may come but will not be able to participate in the hands-on lab / activity, and may need to be taken out or walked around during the guided tour and / or movie.
One parent chaperone is free, any additional adult chaperones will pay $15 per person.

Parents can drive there and meet there at 9:30 OR sign up to ride the school bus, loading at 8:30 am and departing DCS at 8:40 am. The bus will load again at Evergreen at 1:30 PM and return to DCS by 2:30 pm. Children under age five may not ride the bus.

Wednesday, November 07, 2018
8:30 Loading bus at DCS for 8:40 departure (optional – parents can also drive to Evergreen and meet us there at 9:30)
9:30 AM – 9:45 AM Arrival/Check-in/Wristbands at Evergreen Museum
10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Movie
10:45 AM – 11:30 AM Tours – K-3rd: Aviation Museum Tour – 4th-8th: Space Museum Tour
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Lunch – Bring a packed lunch
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM Activities – K-3rd: Jr. Navigators – 4th-8th:Living & Working in Space/ Habitat build
1:30 PM Departure – load bus – parents who have driven can stay and continue to visit the museum, etc. as late as 5:00 pm.
2:30 PM – return to DCS

Friday, Nov. 16 – 9:00 to 2:00 – Homeschooling Workshop – War & the Environment – Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum – McMinnville, OR (grades 3-8)

Sign up for the Evergreen Homeschooling Workshop – War & the Environment (gr. 4-8) – only 15 spots available.
Deadline to sign up is Thursday, November 8 (or when we get 15 students signed up).

How has warfare affected the environment? How has the environment affected warfare? Experience the hardships of war through the lens of these two very important questions. Enlist in World War II and discover how the decisions you and your squad mates make were affected by the environment and how your decisions impact the environment.

Location: Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
500 Northeast Captain Michael King Smith Way, McMinnville, OR
Date: Friday, Friday, November 16
Time: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm (check in at 8:45 in the Movie Theater building)
Run by Evergreen Aviation staff (no DCS staff on site).

Parents can register to stay and participate in the workshop, stay to observe only, or drop students off at 8:45, check in, then leave and come back at 2:00 pm to pick them up.

Families must drive their own students or request a permission slip to allow students to carpool with another family. Each DCS student will automatically be charged $10 from their $300 Classes and Field Trips Allotment Fund.

https://www.evergreenmuseum.org/educational-programs

 

Wednesday, Dec. 5 – 10:45 to 1:45 – Planetarium Show and Fire Protection Training Center visit – Chemeketa Community College – Salem, OR (K-8)

This field trip is to see a planetarium show / presentation starting at 11 am and ending at noon, followed by a lunch in the cafeteria and visit to the Fire Protection Training Center on campus (either or both). Sign up on the online registration form. 

Parents can drive there and meet there at 10:45 (for the Planetarium show) or at 12:45 (for the Fire Protection Training Center visit) OR sign up to ride the school bus, loading at 9:45 am and departing DCS at 10:00 am. The bus will load again at Chemeketa at 1:45 PM and return to DCS by 2:30 pm, in time for students to attend 2:30 onsite classes or classes in downtown Dallas. (DCS instructors understand that students will miss the other classes they are enrolled in that day, but we will return in time for 2:30 classes).

Parents driving could choose to leave the Chemeketa campus after the planetarium visit around 11:45 or 12:00 and could be back at DCS in time for classes starting at 12:30.
Families planning to stay for both the planetarium visit and the Fire Protection Training Center visit should plan on bringing packed lunches to eat between 12:00-12:45.

According to DCS policy, a parent or other adult chaperone must accompany their children. However, since we are riding the bus, if you are unable to attend and wish to sign a permission slip for your child to be supervised by DCS staff during the field trip, please let us know (below) and we will send you a permission slip to sign.

Sign up here. Deadline to sign-up is Tuesday, November 27.

60 seat limit for the Planetarium visit.

Day: Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018
Time: Planetarium – 11:00 to 12:00 then Fire Protection Training Center from 12:45 to 1:30
Location: 4000 Lancaster Drive NE Salem, Oregon 97305, Building 2 (enter “Chemeketa Planetarium into Google Maps for exact directions to the building)
Siblings Allowed? Yes, siblings may come but due to the 60 seat limit in the planetarium, registered DCS students will have priority, so if we are short on space, younger siblings may need to wait outside the planetarium with a parent or guardian (it is in a nice building with waiting areas and vending machines).
One parent chaperone per family.

Each DCS student who signs up will automatically have $10 withdrawn from their $300 Classes and Field Trips Allotment Fund.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
9:45 – Start loading into the school bus at DCS for a 10:00 am departure
10:45 – meet just inside the Chemeketa building where the planetarium is located
11:00 – 12:00 – Planetarium show and presentation
12:00-12:45 – eat packed lunches and self-guided tours of the Chemeketa campus
12:45-1:45 – Tour of the Fire Protection Training Center at Chemeketa (meet
1:45 – Bus departs from Chemeketa
2:30 – Bus arrives at DCS in time for 2:30 onsite classes or 2:45 Kicks 4 Kids Martial Arts class & 3:00 swim lessons

See you then!

Friday, Dec. 14 – 9:00 to 2:00 – Homeschooling Workshop – Mission to Mars- Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum – McMinnville, OR (grades 2-8)

Sign up for the Evergreen Homeschooling Workshop – Mission to Mars: Dec. 14 (10 available spots) Grades 2-8 – Deadline to sign up is Thursday, Dec. 6 (or when we get 10 students signed up).

The future is here, and NASA has called upon you to plan a mission to the Red Planet! Make decisions that will affect the rest of your mission as you and your team change the course of humanity on this mission to Mars.

Location: Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
500 Northeast Captain Michael King Smith Way, McMinnville, OR 97128
Date: Friday, Friday, December 14
Time: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm (check in at 8:45 in the Movie Theater building)
Run by Evergreen Aviation staff (no DCS staff on site).

Parents can register to stay and participate in the workshop, stay to observe only, or drop students off at 8:45, check in, then leave and come back at 2:00 pm to pick them up.

Each DCS student will automatically be charged $10 from their $300 Classes and Field Trips Allotment Fund.

https://www.evergreenmuseum.org/educational-programs