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Specialists Newsletter 
December 2017
   Dates to Remember.....  
Monday, Dec. 4 - 6:30 pm.................... ...FALL BAND/ ORCH. CONCERT                                                            (7/8 Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, Concert Band & Chamber Orchestra)
Friday, Dec. 8 - 12:00 to 1:00.....................HOLIDAY UNDER GLASS at IDS Center
                      (Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Band)
Cancelled this year (construction).............No GALLERIA

Thursday, Jan. 18- 6:30 pm......................WINTER BAND/STRINGS CONCERT
         (5/6 grade beginners, varsity band & strings)
Saturday, Jan. 20th, 2018 - 7pm............ ANTHEM: WASHBURN HS Basketball Game
(7/8 grade CHORALE only)
Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018: 6:30pm .............. WINTER GUITAR CONCERT
(All Guitar Classes + Music X)
Tuesday, Feb. 13th, 2018: 7pm ............. WASHBURN "Classic Choir Concert"
Tuesday, Feb. 20th, 2018 (Field Trip) ......VOCALESSENCE WITNESS CONCERT
(Daytime Field Trip: ALL CHOIRS)
Thursday, Feb. 22 6:30 pm........................WINTER BAND/ORCHESTRA CONCERT                                       (7/8 Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, Concert Band & Chamber Orchestra)
Saturday, Feb. 24th, 2018: 7am-12pm ..... PANCAKE BREAKFAST
(ALL CHOIRS, Guitar Small Group)
Wednesday, Feb. 28, daytime..........................STRING FESTIVAL IN FARIBAULT
                                                                                                   (7/8 grade Chamber Orchestra)
Thursday, March 15, 6:30 pm....................ICE CREAM SOCIAL
                                                                                    (small group band & orchestra students)
Friday + Saturday, May 18-19th, 2018 ..... STRUT: GUITAR FESTIVAL
(More info Coming Soon)
Thursday, May 17, 6:30 pm & 7:45 pm.....SPRING BAND/ORCHESTRA CONCERT
                (ALL BANDS & STRINGS at Washburn Auditorium)
Thursday, May 24th, 2018:  6:30pm  ........ SPRING CHOIR CONCERT
Friday, May 25th, 2018 (Field Trip) ..........NEW ANNUAL 7/8 CHOIR TOUR!
(Daytime Field trip: CONCERT CHOIR + CHORALE) 
Friday, June 1st, 2018:  6:30pm ...............  SPRING GUITAR CONCERT
(All Guitar Classes + Music X)
   Band & Orchestra     

Their concert is right after winter break - Thursday, Jan. 18 - 6:30 pm
(Beginners, Varsity Bands & Strings.)

7/8 GRADERS - Performances next week!
---- Winter/Holiday Concert is December 4 -  Concert Band, Jazz Band, 
        Chamber Orchestra, & Wind Ensemble. In the Field Commons at 6:30. Students         
            should arrive at 6:15 in concert dress (black polos & khakis)
-- Holiday Under Glass at the IDS center on December 8, 12:00-1:00 pm. Chamber  
        Orchestra & Jazz Band.  Concert dress is required (black polos & khaki pants).
            We load the bus at 10:30 and return back to Field by 2:15.
*I am easiest to reach by email, but feel free to leave a voice mail if that works for you.

Kim Hotchkiss
Band & Orchestra Director
 Choir & Guitar 
Hello Field Families!     
Please read the following updates that pertain to your child (guitar/mus x only scroll down).
*Students interested in performing solo or with a small group should be thinking about what song they want to perform.  Sign up will be posted in my classroom next week. 
This annual fundraiser event is crucial for maintaining the Field scholarship program which ensures that all students are able to fully participate in the exciting opportunites the Field choir and guitar program has to offer regardless of their families financial situation.  Choir dues and Guitar rental fees help cover the necessary expenses involved with running a dynamic music program:  Music shirts/polos, sheet music, choir folders, guitar and audio equipment maintenance/replacement, Field trip transportation,  activity/event fees, etc. 
The fall choir performances were a great success!  Thanks for raising such great kids!  
Unfortunately, December is going to be a pretty quiet month since the Galleria cancelled the annual performance in the atrium outside Big Bowl due to construction.  Don't worry, we'll be back next year!  *Any students who were unable to attend the Fall Choir Concert 2 weeks ago need to complete a "Concert Report" assignment to make up those lost points before the quarter/semester ends on Wednesday, Jan. 24th.  

CHORALE is singing the National Anthem for WASHBURNS home basketball game against EDINA starting at 7pm on Jan. 20th. We will need to arrive earlier to warm up and run the song through a couple times.  Parents are responsible for tranport, so please contact me ASAP if you are willing or need to car pool, OR if your child is NOT able to participate.  
WASHBURN "Classic Choir Concert" - TUESDAY, FEB. 13, 7pm @ WASHBURN (7/8 grade)
CHORALE and CONCERT CHOIR have been invited to perform with the WASHBURN CHOIRS on Tuesday, Feb 13th!!  This exciting opportunity will require a half day field trip to Washburn to introduce Field students to their wonderful choir program and rehearse for the concert.  I am currently working out logistics for the half day field trip, which is likely going to require a couple parent chaperones.   More info coming soon!
VocalEssence is a world renown choral music organization based in Minneapolis that produces an exciting annual schedule of choral music performances and events throughout the Twin Cities.   "WITNESS" is one of their educational programs that celebrates the contributions of African Americans to overall American Culture and Music. 

Teaching artist Timothy Berry will come into ALL of our CHOIR classrooms to work directly with students, learning about the HARLEM RENAISSANCE and LANGSTON HUGHES.   
The culminating event is a daytime field trip on TUESDAY, FEB. 20th, 2018 to ORCHESTRA HALL to enjoy an exciting musical performance lead by the VocalEssence Chorus, High school singers, and guest performers.   For more info, visit the official website below.

**I NEED 10+ parent chaperones to accompany me & 150 students on this Field trip
Please send me an email asap if you can join us!  The performance at Orchestra Hall begins at 12:15pm, Buses will leave by 11:45pm.   Chaperones will need to meet in my room at 11:30pm to review the itinerary/expectations.  All students/chaperones will return to Field before 2:35pm.  Student Permission slips will be sent home by next week.
*MUSIC SHIRTS/POLOS will be passed out this week to those who turned in the form.  My apologies for the delay. 
This required performance begins at 6:30pm and will feature ALL Beginning and Intermediate Guitar Students, 7/8 grade Rock Bands, and the "Music X Ensemble" (Music Explorations class).   Students will need to show up by 6:10pm to tune their guitars and get setup for the concert. This event is worth a considerable amount of points.   Any student who is unable to attend will need to complete a "Concert Report" to make up those points, but please note that the end of the semester is the very next day.   It may be smart to complete the "Concert Report" assignment NOW if there is any uncertainty about your students ability to participate.  
STRUT: GUITAR FESTIVAL - MAY 18 & 19, 2018 ( Beg./Interm/Rock Bands )
This is an exciting opportunity for Beginning/Intermediate Guitar students and Rock Bands!! This event is an amazing privilege for Field Guitar students that involves students from the guitar programs at Washburn, Southwest, and Lake Harriet among others.  There will be an activity fee and a permission slip that will need to be signed. This year we have expanded into 2 separate days, among other improvements:  
On Friday, May 18, ALL participating students will load buses around 8am and head to IPR EDINA (Institute for Production and Recording) for a full day of workshops and ensemble rehearsals.  Students will need to bring money for lunch at the student union, pizza will be provided for supper.  Students will be grouped into 3 separate ensembles based on skill level: Beg, Interm, Advanced.  Each ensemble will perform their own music at the Friday evening concert.  Workshops/Rehearsals will end at 4pm, then parents will need to transport students to SOUTHWEST HS for pizza and to prepare for the 7pm evening concert.
On Saturday, May 19, the "Battle of the Bands" competition takes place from 12 noon to 4pm @ SOUTHWEST HS.  Parents will be responsible for transportation.  This year the BOTB will be split into two separate competitions:  One for students who are reading actual music during their live performance (classical music focus), and another for students who are not using written music in performance (modern/pop music focus). 
If you have any further questions/concerns, please email me directly.   If your inquiry is time-sensitive, please send a reminder email if you have not heard back from me in less than 48 hours. 
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!
Namaste (Greetings) Parents!

Students had a brief lesson in yoga.
All kids willingly participated in
poses, balance and breathing.
Please ask your child to demonstrate.

Smooth gliding.
Graceful catches.
It was amazing to see students
learn to play Ultimate Frisbee so well. "C" catch and backhand throws were well executed.
Team play, communication and strategies were displayed throughout the unit.

Primary focus for month of December will the Physical Fitness Tests. How will your child perform? Students are aware of gaining higher scores than their previous score in September.
Best to all the hard working students!

Parents, please help your child be active during winter months. Activities outside and doing chores around the house is preferred over spending hours on
TVs, computers, phones, and other electronic devices for entertainment? 

Physical Education class has introduce students many activities including indoor soccer, ultimate frisbee, table tennis and badminton. They are encouraged to follow their new found interest outside of school.  Stay tuned for upcoming flyers and information given to students.

Please let me know if I can assist in helping your child.

Mrs. Marni Heck
Physical Education 
    Health News/PE       

As we start on another exciting month we are moving on to more fun topics.
Your students have just covered communicable diseases with some more amazing projects, we are currently working on Sexual Harassment. These will be completed at the end of next week.

We have just finished our four square unit and are on Capture the flag. Students are being very supportive and helpful to each other. The are having a lot of fun. As a reminder we are going outside everyday so make sure your children have their hats, gloves, and coats to stay warm.


Visual Art 
Volunteers and Donations needed!
Grades 7 and 8 are well on their way to build their assemblage sculptures. This requires found objects that are smallish, but strange-ish that would look cool in a sculpture. Students are learning to saw, hammer, use a drill press, drill with electric and manual drills, cut and attach metals and woods. The sculptures are small in scale, but not miniature. Students might ask you for materials from home that could be integrated into their projects. 
Cans of nails, screws, and miscellaneous hardware are very welcome, beads, buttons, junk jewelry, old CDs, corks, bottle caps, PVC, scrap wood and more are needed in the art room. 
I would love it if there are parents that would like to volunteer for this project to help us with tools and help solve construction problems. You can come for one or two hours, several days or one day..... email me to sign up for a time. 
Need daily volunteers between December 4-December 8, from 8:35-10:20 am.
See below for an example of a student wire sculpture--made a couple weeks ago in class.
5th and 6th grade:
The clay fish are in the kiln. We will be firing these in the next week or so and then take a couple more days to add glaze color. Students worked really hard on details, attaching very interesting fins and other fish parts and making these look very fun and sometimes realistic! Fantasy fish were part of the design option.  
Students will head back to the world of drawing with a focus on point of view and perspective.  We will practice drawing from different angles and study how point of view matters. Bird's Eye looks different from worm's eye. Close-up has a purpose that is different from far away. One of these drawings will be transformed into a larger scale full color image based in fantasy or science fiction. 
I use MyMPS for student resources. Your student can access their blended art room on mps.itslearning.com (link below) and find information about assignments, occasional homework, deadlines and links to cool art resources. If they have missing work or you have a question about what we are working on in class, please have your student log in to that site and check the planner.
Additionally, I've created a website that is serving as an art gallery for our classes. This is a great way for you to check to see what we've been making. My  goal is to keep uploading work and create new blog posts when we begin new assignments. Click below to see student artwork.
Brenda Butler   brenda.butler@mpls.k12.mn.us
señor belden
Christian Belden
This month we will be learning about the verbs cierra (she/he closes), abre (she/he closes) and son (they are). I am also continuing to introduce students to the different conjugations of verbs. For example, all verbs ending in ar follow a specific pattern in conjugation; cerrar (to close), yo cierro (I take), tú sierras (you take), él/ella/usted cierra (he/she takes and you formal take), ellos/ellas/ustedes cierran (male/female/they take and you all take), nosotros cerramos (we take). If you have any questions please don't hesitate to email or call. 


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

Marni Heck
Physical Education
Timothy Forward
Christian Belden
Brenda Butler
Visual Art 

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
Field School & Hale/Field PTAs, 4645 Fourth Avenue South, Field PTA, Minneapolis, MN 55419
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