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Field School Specialists Newsletter -March 2017
Specialists Newsletter 
March 2017
   Dates to Remember..... 
March 16:      ICE CREAM SOCIAL - Small group band & string students
May 6:            STRUT: GUITAR FESTIVAL (Interm/Adv. only) @ Southwest HS
(all bands orchestras) 
at Washburn High School - 6:30 pm & 7:45 pm.
May 25:          ALL CHOIR CONCERT (all choirs) at Field
May 26-27:    CHOIR TOUR - (Chorale & Concert Choir only)
June 1:           ALL GUITAR CONCERT (all guitars, rock band, & Music X) at Field

   Band & Orchestra     

The 7 & 8 graders had several very successful concerts in the last 2 weeks! Way to go Field Performers!!!

The Chamber Orchestra played fabulously at the String Festival Wednesday, Feb. 22. They scored at the top of 'excellent' category  (one point from 'superior') and learned a many new things from the clinician!

The Winter Concert last Tuesday was FABULOUS!! 

The Jazz Band played very well at the Jazz Festival at the University of MN on Saturday, and also learned so much from 2 clinicians following their performance!! We heard many other performances, and enjoyed dinner in the dorm (their favorite part!).

The Ice Cream Social is coming up next week - Thursday, March 16!!! So far we have about 35 performing groups working on music; and the ice cream has been ordered from Sebastian Joe's!!

Viva City!!
This year it will be held at the Guthrie Theater and the 7/8 grade Wind Ensemble will be performing! Monday, March 27 starting at 6:00 pm. More details to come.

Please continue to remind your 5/6 grader to turn in their practice chart!

Below is the link to the music webpage that will give you up-to-date information on concerts, forms & lists of private lesson teachers. 

It's easiest to contact me via email, but feel free to call when needed.
Kim Hotchkiss
Band & Orchestra Director

 Choir & Guitar 
Greetings Field Families! 

SO many thanks are in order.   The PANCAKE BREAKFAST was an astounding success!   Together, we raised $3,600 for the Field Choir/Guitar scholarship program.   Thanks to all of the families who donated your time and talents, not to mention the many donors who contributed to our cause.   Special thanks to Karen Linner and Lisa McCulloch for organizing and managing the volunteers/pancakes side of this event.    So many students stepped up to the plate and pulled their own weight at this event, both musically and as volunteers.   I am so grateful to be part of this community; we truly have something special here!

Moving forward, brace yourself for the following updates!

VIVA CITY PERFORMANCE NIGHT 2017  ( Monday, March 27th @ Guthrie Theater, 6-9pm) 

Students in 7/8 GUITAR ORCHESTRA have been invited to perform at Viva City Performance Night 2017, an Arts Festival sponsored by the district.   In promotion for the upcoming STRUT: Guitar Festival, guitar students from Southwest HS will be joining us in performance. MPS will provide bus transportation from Field to the Guthrie.  Permission slips will be sent out this week, please return them signed by Friday, March 17th.


Students in 7/8 CHORALE have the opportunity to perform the National Anthem at a MN UNITED soccer game.   Game starts at 7pm, but students will likely need to arrive earlier for a sound check.  Ticket prices have gone up to at least $20 this year due to the change of venue. Parents:   Please check your availability and let me know ASAP if your family is able to participate and approximately how many total tickets you will need. 

STRUT: GUITAR FESTIVAL ( Saturday, May 6th @ Southwest HS, ALL DAY EVENT )

Only Students in 5/6 INTERM. GUITAR , 7/8 GUITAR ORCHESTRA , and 6-8 ROCK BANDS are eligible for this event.    Starting at 9am, a Battle of the Bands competition rages on the main stage open to all solo/small group student performers.    When students are not competing, they get to choose from a variety of available classes to attend taught by local music industry professionals.  Food truck parks in the lot for lunch, we order pizza for supper, then the evening concludes with a formal concert performance featuring all participating students in a massive guitar orchestra, plus the top battle of the bands contenders.  There will be an activity fee which includes a STRUT t-shirt.   More information in regards to signing up your child and volunteering will be emailed out soon.

NORTH DAKOTA CHOIR TOUR ( Friday, May 26th - Saturday May 27th )

ALL 7/8 grade choir members (CHORALE + CONCERT CHOIR) are eligible to participate. Buses will depart at 6:00am that Friday morning, returning no later than 9pm Saturday night.   Our first stop is Schroeder Middle School in Grand Forks, ND, where we will be participating in a sharing concert event with our hosts 7/8 grade choirs.   The hotel we are staying at is called the Canad Inn (just off I-29) and has a big water park, arcade, a multiple on-site restaraunts.  We will be spending most of Saturday in Fargo, ND enjoying the Fargo Air Museum and also Thunder Road, a complex that houses Go Karts, Mini-Golf, Laser-Tag, and an arcade.  There are also 2 separate community concert performances in the works for that Saturday, 1 morning concert in Grand Forks and then 1 afternoon performance in Fargo.   Those precise details will be confirmed in the next 2 weeks.

A packet will be sent home this week that contains the necessary Permission slip plus both a separate Student and Parent behavior contract.  Students have been informed that any serious behavior infractions between now and the trip will jeopardize their eligibility.  

Also included in the packet will be a VOLUNTEER PARENT CHAPERONE form.    We need a minimum of 6 parent chaperones confirmed BEFORE spring break for this trip to happen.   All interested parents should contact me ASAP... Did I mention that Chaperones do NOT pay for their rooms, transportation fees, and major meals !?!?!       

The total cost of this trip is $150 per student.  There is scholarship money available for any families who need financial assistance, simply send me a private message.  No student will be forced to stay home due to lack of funds.   Students who sold butter braids will be given a slip of paper detailing how much they have left to pay based on the profits they fundraised.  

QUESTIONS/CONCERNS?   Please email me directly. 


Chase D. Burkhart
Director of Choral and Guitar Education
Field Community School - Mpls, MN
    Physical Education   
PE: Fitness for Life 
Outstanding Students at Field School!
Conclude Fitness Assessment Test
    * Endurance, strength, flexibility
    * HW:  run stairs & hills, jog, etc.
Kickball (kicking, base running)
Rugby (shovel pass, tactics)
Tennis (serve, spin, groundstrokes)

               MARCH MADNESS
Grades:  7/8 
Location:  Field Gym
Time:  During Recess/Lunch
           12:05-12:45 pm
Draws:  Eight top NCAA Teams
              One team of Teachers
              Semi's & Finals
Championship Game:  
             Thursday, March 30th
             12:00-12:45 pm
Parents: Welcome to watch games!
Contact:  Marni Heck

Spring Break:  April 3-7
             Students are expected to 
             stay ACTIVE!

Thank you ~Mrs. Marni Heck

I'm here to help you.
Please call me between 
11:30 am-12:30 pm for questions or concerns.

Kind Regards
Marni Heck
Physical Education
Field School         7:30 am - 2:00 pm
Anthony School    2:30 - 4:00 pm

    Health News     

Tiimothy Forward



5th and 6th grade  students will create a "Family album" to demonstrate their understanding of past learning Targets (physical and moral description, likes and dislikes), and to also learn new concepts related to "family,relationships, age, birthday and origin." There will be a Speaking test (summative assessment) based on the materials included in the family project shortly before the 3rd quarter ends.

7th and 8th graders will learn to "conjugate" verbs in the Present tense. They will practice the different forms of verbs through listening, speaking , reading and writing activities. 
Students who are more advanced will have a chance to further their learning through mini novels in Spanish.

Char Swanson


Kim Hotchkiss
Band & Orchestra
Chase D. Burkhart
Choir & Guitar 

Marni Heck
Physical Education
Timothy Forward

Char Swanson

Field School Student Resources:
Mariam Graff 
(Social Work) 
(612) 668-3640


Field Community School
 4645 Fourth Ave.South Minneapolis, MN 55419
Telephone: 612-668-3640 | Fax: 612-668-3661

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