Specialist Newsletter - December, 2013

Specialists Newsletter
December 2013

Concert Thursday at 6:30!

Jazz Band, Madrigals, Chamber Orchestra, 

Chorale & Wind Ensemble.

*performers arrive at 6:15 in concert dress (black polo/khaki pants) and optional holiday bling. 




Chorale, Madrigals, Chamber Orchestra & Jazz Band

Galleria - Tuesday, December 10 at 5:30 pm

.We will play near the Pottery Barn & Big Bowl.


Band & Orchestra meet at 5:00 pm for set up and tuning.

Choirs arrive at 5:30-5:45

Orchestra & Jazz Band bring folding stands!!!!!!


Jazz Band, Madrigals & Chorale

Mall of America

 - Tuesday, December 12 at 6:00 pm.Best Buy Rotunda at the East entrance.


Set up on the stage at 5:30 pm

Choirs arrive at 6:00 pm

Musicians are to wear their black polos & khaki pants.

Jazz Band bring Folding Music Stands!!!!!!!!


Students are responsible for getting their own rides to both locations.




Band/Orchestra - 
Kim Hotchkiss 




Chamber Orchestra received many compliments from the audience as they played for the Middle School Conference at the Convention Center. I was very proud of them!

There were some awesome small groups and solos that played at Barnes & Noble for the fundraiser. Way to go musicians!!


Several concerts in these next 2 weeks for the 7/8 grade groups! The information is printed above.


5/6 Graders - The yellow practice chart for the end of Oct. and most of Nov. was due last week. They have a new one that goes through the winter break.

Their first concert is January. 


7/8 Graders - We are almost ready for our performances this week. 

*I also want to invite parents and alumni to play along with us on our holiday music. Let me know if you need music sent home.


Private lessons are highly recommended and a great help to your child. If you and your child are interested in studying with a private music teacher, those names are posted on my webpage. 




Vocal/Rock Band/Guitar - Ruth LeMaynull
We are in full swing as we prepare for many upcoming performances!  Please check out all the info. below!
The orders are in and the delivery date is set for Dec. 12th.  Yes, that is a conflict with the MOA performance for some groups.  I desperately need a volunteer that can be at school from 1:00-5:30.  I will be in and out teaching and will need to leave to perform.  Concert Choir parents this is a great opportunity for you.  I cannot overstate enough how important these few hours are for us.  All students that sold butter braids need to pick up and deliver their orders that night, or put them in the freezer.  We earned a NEW SET OF RISERS FOR OUR CHOIRS!
Khaki Pants and Field Music Shirt. ALL 5/6 music students -bands, choirs, guitars, and orchestra all wear the same t-shirt.  ALL 7/8 music students bands, choirs, guitars, and orchestra all wear the same polo shirt. 
All the dates below include the ensembles performing.  Please ask your child what ensemble (s)he sings/plays in.  
5th Holiday Concert - Madrigals and Chorale (date    change.
10th Galleria -Madrigals and Chorale
12th Mall of America - Madrigals and Chorale; Butter Braid Pick-Up
17th Afternoon Performance for Minneapolis Retired Teachers Luncheon Field Trip

14th ALL Guitar Ensembles and Concert Choirs (NOT Madrigals or Chorale) Concert

13th 7/8 Advanced Guitar/Rock Band  performs for MMEA - Minnesota Music Education Association Convention
22nd Pancake Breakfast 

FUN NIGHT PRACTICE this Friday, Dec. 6th from 3:30-7:00.  Please notice the end time change.  We need a parent to help out.  Please let me know.  Thanks.

Please know that I can be contacted via email at rlemay@mpls.k12.mn.us and my cell phone at 612-819-9144. Just for your information, my school voice mail is not the best method for a prompt reply. 
Art - Del Bey & Robin Jacobs  art-show.jpg



Art classes with Ms. Del are exploring color theory and clay for the 2nd quarter.

7/8 Grade students are beginning clay projects. Students will choose between Judy Chicago 'The Dinner Party' or Ken Price abstract sculptures for inspiration. 

5/6 Grade students continued to study color with monochromatic landscapes. Working with tints and shades of one color students created dramatic scenes.




Please visit our online art gallery at www.artsonia.com. 20% of purchases are returned to the art room for supplies.  


Art Heals!


Media/Technology - Sean Casey


During the month of November, students in 5th and 6th Grade completed their Scratch animations about the topic of bullying, shared them with the other students in their class, and then had the opportunity to think critically (as well as to practice their typing and writing skills) by "reviewing" one another's animations in order to provide their fellow students with feedback.


Students in 7th and 8th Grade completed their Weebly websites (also about the topic of bullying), and then similarly shared them with the other students in their class, had the opportunity to think critically (as well as to practice their typing and writing skills) by "reviewing" one another's websites, and provided their fellow students with feedback.


In the month of December, students in all grades will continue to have opportunities to think critically as we read and review books found in our school library media center, and when we return in January, students will have an even greater opportunity to practice their typing, writing, reading, and reviewing skills as we create and share our own stories!


If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about any of the information shared in this month's newsletter, please feel free to contact me at the email address provided below.

Sean Casey |

sean.casey@mpls.k12.mn.usMedia Specialist, Teacher of Media/Technology classes


Field Community School | Minneapolis Public Schools

p: 612.668.3646



"The only thing that you absolutely have to know is the location of the library." - Albert Einstein

Marni Heck - Physical Education    cartoon-sneakers.jpg


Fitness & Nutrition Log
Two weeks
November 25th thru December 13th
Due December 16-20
Parent Signature required.
Physical Fitness Test (Finals)
Hale/Field Flag Rugby League
No experience required.
Boys and girls 
Grades K-8
Saturdays, January 18th thru February 15th
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hale School Gymnasium
Questions:  Libby at Libby@minnesotayouthrugby.com
Please email if you have any questions.  

I would love to hear from you. Please email at marni.heck@mpls.k12.mn.us

Mrs. Heck Physical Education



Spanish/French - Char Swanson

French students will learn to describe their school schedule and supplies they need for their classes. They will also learn to express their opinions about their classes. At mid quarter, they will be introduced to "what a typical french breakfast" looks like, and how to order food in the target language (croissants, French bread, eclairs and to other pastries). Our November French movie is "Une vie de chat" (A cat in Paris).

Spanish students (7th and 8th grades) will learn about activities related to hobbies and what they like to do after school. They will continue to learn about all the different pronouns that they have not seen yet (you, he/she, and they), and master the Present tense of all 3 types of verbs in Spanish. They will be reading the first of 3 mini novels that they are supposed to have read before graduating to Spanish 2. (Las Aventuras de Isabella). 

Spanish students (5th and 6th grades) will learn to describe their schedule, classes and school supplies in Spanish.
They will also learn to express their opinions about their classes. They will be introduced to the music of "Selena" and how she impacted the culture of Latino and Tejano music in the USA.  

Dates to Remember:
  • Dec. 5: Fall/Holiday Concert 6:30 - Chorale, Madrigals, Jazz Band, Chamber Orchestra & Wind Ensemble. Field
  • Dec 10: Galleria 5:30 - Jazz Band, Chamber Orch, Madrigals & Chorale
  • Dec. 12: Mall of America - 6:00 Jazz Band, Chorale & Madrigals
  • Butter Braid Pick-Up 1:00-5:30 outside Door 11
  • Jan 14: 
    Winter Concert 6:30
    Ms. LeMay's Concert Choirs (NOT Chorale or Madrigals) ALL Guitar groups.             Field Commons at 6:30
  • Jan 23: Winter Concert - 6:30 at Field -- Ms. Hotchkiss' Beginner & Varsity Bands & Strings
  • Feb 13: Advanced Guitar group to play at MMEA Convention
  • Feb 18: String Festival - Chamber Orchestra at
    Hopkins Fine Arts Center
  • Feb 22:Pancake Breakfast - Ms. LeMay's groups. Field School
  • Feb 25:Winter Concert - Ms. Hotchkiss' 7/8 grade groups. Field
  • **Mar 1: Jazz Band
    at Jazz Festival - Univeristy of MN (day & evening)
  • Mar 18: Ice Cream Social 6:30 - Solos/Small Groups Band & Orchestra  Field
  • May 15: Spring Choir Concert - All Ms LeMay's choirs 6:30 Field
  • May 22:  Spring Band & Orchestra Concertat South HIgh School 6:30 & 7:45.
  • May 29: Guitars & Rock Band Concert - Ms. LeMay's guitar groups 6:30 Field
** Additions or changes after school calendar came out.
Contact Us
Kim Hotchkiss
Ruth LeMay
(Choir, Guitar, Rock Band)

Marni Heck
(Physical Education)

Sean Casey 
(Media Tech)
Del Bey  
(Art- M,W,Th - per. 1,2,3)) 

Char Swanson

Robin Jacobs

(Art - M,W,Th - per. 6)





Field Community School
4645 Fourth Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55419

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