FAQ's

CURRICULUM & TEAMS:

What Is A Typical Day?  Advisory class starts promptly at 8:05 a.m.  Students should be in class ready to learn by that time.  There are 7 periods during the day, which include 4 core classes (math, science, language arts and social studies), Explore, specialists,  plus lunch and recess. 

Are There Teacher Teams?  Each grade is a team with four core teachers (math, language arts, social studies and science).   The specialists (band, , phy-ed, music, and world language also comprise a team.) 

Elective Classes -

Specialist  classes are offered to all students.  AVID (not offered to 5th grade students), World Language, Band, Orchestra, Choir and Guitar  are yearlong course offerings.  Students alternate days for these classes.  Some of the music classes are audition only.  We include upcoming 5th graders in auditions while they are at Hale School.  For brand new students, we will make arrangements for auditons.

Semester classes include Phy Ed and Explore Classes.  Explore classes are a variety of classes that are offered to students.  All of them have themes that revolve around math, science, language arts and social studies.

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is offered to students in grades 6-8 and is a year long course by application only.

Advisory (Homeroom)- Advisory is a 25 minute period that meets daily before lunch aimed at building meaningful connections within a smaller class.  Goal setting, assignment monitoring, relationship building and character education are all part of a typical week in Advisory.

Locks/Lockers - Most students share a locker with a locker buddy. Locks and lockers are assigned by Advisory classes. To maintain our lock supply, we ask for $3.00 donation per student to help replace, lost or damaged locks. Please contact your child's Advisory teacher if you have questions about locks and lockers.

Student Planners - All students use student planners. We ask for a $5.00 donation to help off-set the cost. Forms are provided in the back to school folders at the beginning of the year and to all new students who are registered during the school year. Should a student lose his/her planner, a $5.00 replacement fee will be requested. Planners will be passed out in Advisory classes during the first week of school.

Supply Lists - Supply lists are posted on our website.

After School Classes - A variety of after school classes may be offered to students. Academic enrichment classes (ALC) typically have buses, GEMS/GISE and Minneapolis Community Education classes do not have buses. Minneapolis Kids, after school child care is offered to students in grades 5 & 6. Call 612-668-3890 for more information. Students who do not take school buses and are not enrolled in classes must leave promptly at the end of the school day.

COMMUNICATIONS:

How Do I Contact My Child's Teacher? All teachers are assigned voice mail and e-mail. A staff directory is found elsewhere on our website.

  1. Grade level teams write weekly newsletters.  They are usually sent out on Mondays via email.
  2. Principal Miller will write a monthly newsletter titled: Miller Mice Moments.  It will be on the Field web-site along with being emailed to all families.
  3. Emails will be answered within 24 hours by all staff members.  I am encouraging staff to communicate using phones so that there is greater understanding of the topics.  Please email me, Principal Miller, if you have not received a response to your email within 24 hours. 
  4. In between monthly Miller Mice Moments, we will use the school messenger service or send out quick emails as necessary with pertinent information. We do not want to inundate your voice-mails or your in-boxes unnecessarily.
  5. Miller and Martin will hold informal monthly meetings (Muffins with Miller and Martin) on every third Monday of the month at 7:30am.  These meetings are an opportunity for conversations about the positives and the concerns of Field.
  6. The PTA sends out weekly notes and a monthly newsletter.
  7. Site-Council minutes will be on the Field web-site and posted within a week of the monthly meeting.

Parent Portal - Parents/guardians can monitor grades and student progress the parent portal.  Quarter grades are mailed home.  After submitting a security access form, parents need to register for the parent portal.

Robo Calls - Occasionally we make phone calls to families.  Be sure we have the latest updates of your phone number.  We will only send messages out to the primary number listed.

Two Household Families - Be sure to update us with any other addresses your child may live at.  We will make sure report cards and robo-calls are sent to both homes.

New (2017-18)  Cell Phone and Electronic Expectations:

While cell phones and other electronics seem to be an extension of our bodies, we are not allowing them to be used in school between the hours of 8:05-2:35pm.  Here are our expectations:

  1. All phones and electronics are not allowed to be used at Field.
  2. They are to remain either at home, locked in lockers or on their person, but not on, not even vibrate, or used.
  3. Phones and electronics will be confiscated for the day if being used and parents will be contacted and have to come to school to pick them up if this occurs more than once.

BREAKFAST/LUNCH/RECESS:

Breakfast & Lunch - Breakfast is free to all students and served in the Commons beginning at 7:50.  Lunch can be pre-paid via PAMS (see our website for further information).  Checks and cash may also be given to the Food Services Coordinator. 

Lunch/Recess - Students go to lunch and recess by grade level

Policies - All of the district policies, including attendance, and tardy procedures, dress codes, medications in school, as well as policies enforced at Field are published in the Hale/Field calendar handbook on our website.  Students and one parent/guardian are required to sign off on the policies at the beginning of the school year.

ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL:

Parent Drop-Off - Students must be dropped off on the school side of 4th Avenue.  Students should not cross the street to get to the building.  Buses drop off and pick up on 5th avenue and 47th street.  Students may enter the building at 7:35 a.m. and should report directly to the Commons where there is supervision.  After 7:50 a.m., students may go anwhere in the building.  There is no supervision for students before 7:35 a.m. 

Dismissal - Students are dismissed at 2:35 p.m. Students who are not enrolled in Minneapolis Kids, an after school class, or have permission from a teacher must leave the building.

Bus Passes -  A bus pass will be generated to allow the student to go home with a friend.  Students should bring a note to the office upon arrival to school. Bus passes can be picked up after lunch, or after school.

ARRIVING LATE/LEAVING EARLY:

Late to School/Tardies - Advisory starts promptly at 8:05.  Late students must come to the office to sign in and receive a tardy pass.  Tardies are only excused if we have proper documentation.  See the full attendance policy on our website.

Before a student leaves the school building, his/her parent/guardian must report to the school office to the sign the student out.  Office staff will call your child(ren) to the office.  Students are not to be picked up in the classroom.  Students may be released to names listed on emergency cards only.  If a person is not listed, we must have a note in writing authorizing us to release the child.

SPORTS:

Students in grades 7 & 8 participate in sports through high school based on their home address.  Field may offer 6th grade sports depending on availability of staff.

MISCELLANEOUS:

Volunteer Opportunities! - There is always room for volunteers!  Please contact  Heidi Dahlin, Heidi.Dahlin@mpls.k12.mn.us or 612-668-3646, our volunteer coordinator, who will be happy to help you out.

Student Registration - Students who are transferring to 5th grade from Hale do not need to register.  Students who are assigned to Field by Student Placement Services must register.  If your child was previously enrolled in another Minneapolis Public School, and left the district for any amount of time, a copy of his/her birth certificate and a copy of most recent immunizations must be provided.  All students new to the MPS district must provide the same.

Medications at School - District policy for over the counter and prescribed medication must be adhered to. School personnel can only give medication with the written order of a health care provider that is licensed to prescribe and the written consent of a parent/guardian.  Forms are on our website and available in the office.

Did your child forget something at home? Students are encouraged to be responsible in arriving to school on time with all supplies/equipment necessary for the school day. On occasion, students forget items. Let your child know that once he/she realizes something was forgotten, they may call you to confirm that it will be delivered to the Field office.

Classes will not be interrupted by calling for a student to come to the office to retrieve a forgotten item.  The student should check the office during passing times.

 Please try to refrain from calling school with last minute messages for your child(ren).   Afterschool arrangements should be made before your child comes to school in the morning.  

 All of our policies can be found on the website  in the Hale/Field School Calendar/Handbook.