7th Grade Newsletter - November 17, 2014

Field School
7th Grade Newsletter  


Sorry that this week's newsletter is delayed. The website that administers the newsletter was down yesterday during much of the school day, and we couldn't access it to send it out.

November 17, 2014 
What happened to fall??
Field School (April 11, 2013)
I guess winter is here!

Many students are still not coming to school with warm enough clothing:
As the weather begins to get much colder, remember that students go outside for recess each day. Make sure students come to school each day with warm clothes, including jackets, gloves, hats, and boots.

This next full week of school is an important time. As we get closer to holidays (such as next week's short 2-day week) students get less focused, but these full weeks are usually our student's most productive! In addition, now that 2nd quarter is fully underway, make sure your child realizes the importance of staying current and up-to-date in all classes (especially if they struggled with that during 1st quarter). Let's keep those positive vibes rolling!

- The 7 th Grade Team 


Language Arts:
Happy Tuesday!

This week the students and I are working on compare and contrast paragraphs and eventually those will be expanded into a full length paper. 

We finished Harrison Bergeron and will start our second story 2BRO2B by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.  We continue to look at the idea of dystopia and dystopian societies. 

Have a great week.

- Ms. Halasz



This week in science we will:
1) Correct the Test Review Packet
2) Compete at 1-2-3-4-5 (you are all winners!)
3) Begin our new unit: Physical Properties of Matter

TEST on 11/20

HOMEWORK this week:
Prepare for Population Diversity test by studying:
1) the Review Packet
2) your notes
3) RA's 1 - 4
4) science web page
5) Quiz 1
6) all worksheets

- Mr. Boler

To review science content, make-up notebook entries, watch a video clip about any science topic of interest, - go to the 7th grade science web page at: www.bolerscience.net
Social Studies

Social Studies
This week students will be learning about U.S. diplomacy efforts in Iran and Syria.  We will read story #1 here in class.  Story #2 will be homework and will have a graphic organizer to go with it.  Homework is due this Friday.


- Mrs. Odermatt





Last week we took our first Learning Target Quiz of this unit. (Learning Targets 2.1 and 2.2) They will be returned this week, as soon as I finish grading them.


Last Friday I gave one of the A.C.E. "Extension" questions as a homework assignment. Extension questions require somewhat more thought and extrapolation of the concepts we're covering in class. I think they are a bit more interesting, even if they are also a bit more challenging for students. I am hoping to be able to assign more of these types of questions this quarter, in order to further stretch our the students, but I was disappointed in the number of students that actually attempted and/or completed this assignment. Please encourage your child to always do his/her best when working on these particular problems, and make sure that they at least "try" to complete each part (even if they are not sure if their answer is right, or not sure even if they're "doing it right".)


This week we'll begin exploring ratios as "rates", and scaling them both up and down. We'll also explore the idea of "unit rates". 


  - Mr Usem 


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Click HERE for Mr. Usem's Webpage

  The webpage lists what classwork we've done in class each day, references students' homework assignments, lists an availability schedule for students who need extra help, and has resources for parents & students. 


Reader's Workshop

This week in Reader's Workshop students will finish a unit on how to make inferences while reading or how to "read between the lines." They will take a test on a Words Their Way spelling unit on Greek and Latin number prefixes. In addition, students will read independently for 20 minutes during each class period and write in a Reader's Response Journal. Our exciting new books for independent reading have arrived from Scholastic!


Bev Halvorson

Reading Specialist






Monday, November 17 is here. 


Students will not be allowed to return to school after today, Monday, November 17 without the necessary documentation of immunizations 


If you received a letter indicating that your child was not up to date with his/her immunizations please call your clinic ASAP! You will need to either make an appointment for your child to get the missing shots OR, if your child has already had the shots, ask the clinic to fax Field School a copy at 612-668-3661. Do not assume that your child has already had the shots. Call your clinic for verification.   

Remember, students will not be allowed to return to school after Monday, November 17 without the necessary documentation.


*Note: If you did not received a letter, you do not need to do anything.


Call your clinic TODAY!


Karen Ward, R.N.

Field Community School



Dates to Remember

Dates to 




  • Nov 17: Tonight!   Barnes & Noble Book Fair
    (Galleria 6-8pm)
  • Nov 20: Native American Family Involvement Day
  • Nov 26-28: NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Holiday
  • Dec 5: Grades 6-8 Dance
  • Dec 8-12: Spirit Week
  • Dec 9: Fall / Holiday Concert
  • Dec 22- Jan 2: NO SCHOOL - Winter recess 
Contact Us
Leon Boler
Nicole Odermatt 
(Social Studies)

Mary Catherine Halasz
(Language Arts)

Mark Usem 
voicemail  612-668-7729
Heather Walker  
Other 7th Grade 

Char Swanson

Seth Leavitt


Other 7th Grade 
B.E.S.T. teachers: 

Seth Leavitt 
(Math BEST)



Bev Halvorson

(Reading BEST)






Field School 

Student Resources




Chris Yohe

(612) 668-3640




Field School Site Council

7th Grade Parent Reps


Korey Stoelzing


(612) 281-6409


Jeanne Mettner


(612) 889-8047


** Site Council meetings are held the 1st Wednesday of the month from 4:00 - 5:30 and are open to anyone wishing to attend.  If you have a topic to discuss you must be on the agenda prior to the meeting.  Please contact your grade rep. to be added to the agenda.



Field Community School
4645 Fourth Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55419


Click HERE for the 




Click HERE for Mr. Usem's Webpage


from the Field School Counselor..



Chris Yohe

Field School Counselor

Scholastic Bookfair Image
Barnes and Noble Book Fair!  
LAST NIGHT  (Due to late newsletter) !!!!!      Nov. 17





Bring your family and Friends to hear your kids perform and start your early Holiday Shopping.  Remember all items purchase at Barnes and Noble, including the food purchased at the coffee shop downstairs, can go to our fundraising.  
  • Just remember that you need to tell the cashier your with Field School.
  • Note: *Nook purchases and other digital devices are Not included in our funding 

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Once again Field has partnered with Barnes and Noble at Galleria 
for a school book fair to raise funds for books and media needs for the school.
Monday, November 17 from 6 - 8 pm.  

All books and other items  purchased that day with a Field Voucher, or by telling the cashier you're there for the Field School Bookfair, will go towards raising monies.  
- In addition, every book you purchase at the Barnes and Noble Book fair a percentage goes to bring new and teacher chosen books into our school.  We all understand that schools need our support. 

You can come and shop November 17...
...or go ONLINE THIS WEEK! - 

...If you can't make the event you can still support the school and do some holiday shopping. All week November 17-23 you can go to www.bn.com/bookfair  and put in our number of 11455029 and we will receive credit for your purchases!


Last year we raised over $4500.00 from the book fair!
Field Music


We will also be featuring music 

from our wonderful music program 

at Field School... 

...so be sure to be there!

 With November comes... 

Field students are invited to support the Movember campaign that will be raising funding for the Movember Foundation's Men's Health Programs.   Teachers at Field Community volunteered to support this campaign by sporting a new beard/mustache style for the month of November. During the lunch periods on November 10, 11, 14, 17, 19, 21, students can vote for a teacher of choice and a beard/mustache style for that particular teacher to grow and  wear. Each vote will be $.25. Students can vote for multiple teachers or even a single teacher multiple times. At the end of the month each teacher will shave and groom as determined by the collection of student votes.


If you want to learn more about the Movember foundation, go to  us.movember.com 


Thank you for your support and let's have some fun with this!


Volunteers Needed For 

Field Holiday Helpers

Field School is trying to establish the Field Holiday Helpers program, modeled on the Hale Holiday Helpers program. This is a new program at Field and we need a lot of help to get it going.

We need many volunteers to help get this program up and going and we need them ASAP!

Positions needed are:

-someone to co chair

-someone to help maintain a database to match families requesting gifts and those willing to purchase gifts

-help getting the gifts ready and delivering them on Saturday Dec 13 (multiple volunteers needed)

-someone to check in gifts at the school

-someone to get financial support from local businesses


Also...   Sponsors are needed to help families in need


If you are interested in helping, or hearing more about the program please contact Shelley Adams-Jones at 612.751.0888 or email her at


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