Specialist Newsletter - November 2017



Specialists Newsletter 
November 2017
   Dates to Remember.....  

Thursday Nov. 9th, 2017: 6:00pm ........... Hale/Field Paring Anniversary Event
(a Jazz Combo, Treble + Concert Choirs)
Monday, Nov. 13th, 2017: 5:30-7pm ...... BARNES & NOBLE Book Fair
(small band/string groups-5:30-6:30,  Madrigals + Chorale-7:00)
Friday, Nov. 17th, 2017: 6:30pm ............ FALL CHOIR CONCERT 
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)
Monday, Feb. 26, daytime..........................STRING FESTIVAL IN STILLWATER 
                                                                                                   (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     

The October (orange) practice chart is due this week! 
-- Several small groups will be playing at the
   Barnes & Noble fundraiser between 5:30 & 6:30 pm at the Galleria. 
    There is no special order; students will perform as they or their group
       arrives. They do not have to wear the concert shirts unless they are in Madrigals.

7/8 GRADERS - Performances coming up!
-- A small Jazz Combo is playing at the Hale/Field Desegregation Party on  
   November 9 at 6:30. Performers should wear their concert polos.
-- Several small groups will be playing at the Barnes & Noble fundraiser Monday, Nov. 13  
          between 5:30 & 6:30 pm at the Galleria.  
                Students will perform as they or their group arrives. 
---- Winter/Holiday Concert is December 4 - Jazz Band, Chamber Orchestra, Concert      
         Band & Wind Ensemble. In the Field Commons at 6:30.
-- 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).

The concert shirts have arrived and are coming home if you ordered one. We did order extras if your child needs one but didn't order it yet.
*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 
The Field Music shirts wil be delivered and distributed in class on Monday and Tuesday to students who turned in the order forms/money.  ALL STUDENTS WEAR THEIR FIELD MUSIC SHIRT + KHAKIS PANTS FOR EVERY PERFORMANCE EVENT ( Choir / Guitar / Music X )
Please monitor your child's practice routine. I recommend a minimum of 15 minutes working on our ensemble music and scales/chords every day that we don't meet for class, including weekends.  I am noticing quite a few students falling behind...
"MUSIC X ENSEMBLE" (aka Music Explorations Class)
Students have finally chosen their primary and secondary instruments.  Those students who chose to focus on GUITAR need to fill out a RENTAL/BOOK FORM before they will be allowed to take the guitar assigned to them home to practice (see above).
****** CHOIR CLASSES ******
There are THREE Choir Performances in the next TWO WEEKS!!  Please read ALL of the following important updates to make sure you are fully informed.   
*Only TREBLE CHOIR and CONCERT CHOIR perform on 11/9.
*Only MADRIGALS and  CHORALE perform on 11/13.  
*ALL CHOIRS perform on 11/17.   
EMAIL ME asap If your child is NOT going to be able to attend these performances:
This event commemorates the pairing of Hale and Field Community Schools (1971) and begins officially begins at 6pm in the commons at Field School.  Field Jazz band will be performing along with a special guest and former Field student!  There will be a panel discussion and displays about the Hale/Field community history.  All able-bodied individuals are asked to sit towards the back so that any elderly attendees do not have to climb up the stairs.  TREBLE CHOIR and  CONCERT CHOIR report to the CHOIR ROOM @ 6:15pm to warm up and run through music together.  Students should NOT cut through the commons, but instead go down the gym hallway to get to the choir room where they will stay with me until performance time.  Choirs will perform @ 7pm.  Immediately following their performance, I will briefly unlock my room for anyone who needs to grab coats and take off early. 
*BARNES & NOBLE BOOK FAIR ( Monday, Nov. 13th @ Galleria B&N )
This event begins at 5:30pm @ the Barnes & Noble in the Galleria Shopping Center of Edina. Small instrumental ensembles will perform first @ 6pm, followed by MADRIGALS and CHORALE @ 7pm. CHOIR students should arrive by 6:30pm

*FALL CHOIR CONCERT ( Friday, Nov. 17th, 6:30pm @ Field School )
This concert event begins promptly at 6:30pm in the commons of Field School.  
ALL CHOIR STUDENTS are required to attend in order to earn points for their grade.  
All Students will meet in the choir room for attendance/warm ups at 6:10pm.     
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!

Good health takes daily effort.
Please remind your child to wash hands, eat candy/sweets in moderation  and play safe.

We concluded volleyball. 
Our goal was utilizing combination skills of forearm and set pass.

Upcoming Unit:  Ultimate Disc.

Fitness Tests:  December 1-12

Participation in individual and group activities increases your child's resilience.  All students have improved their fitness level through various 
exercises and sports.
In addition, students worked in pairs quizzing each other and learned to work as a team.

Please communicate any absences or injuries.  I am available if you need any assistance or have any questions in regards to your child.

Marni Heck
Field:  7:30 am-1:45 pm
Keewaydin:  2:00-3:30 pm
    Health News/PE       

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

We have just finished our football unit and let me tell you that our students are awesome athletes. 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 going to be working on an assemblage sculpture starting on November 10. This requires found objects that are smallish, but strange-ish that would look cool in a sculpture. 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 November 17 and December 8, from 8:35-10:20 am.
Field School Artwork on display at the John B. Davis Center Gallery. This is our district's Educational Service Center at 1250 W. Broadway Ave. We have the month of November reserved so I will have 5-8th grade work on display. Students will be notified if their work is chosen, and will bring a note home to parents to share more information. 
5th and 6th grade: We just got done with a very cool pattern project. You can see those up on the walls of the school. This week we are  continuing to talk color theory and are completing some complementary color paintings that have some extreme optical effects!
The second and third weeks of November will bring a fun clay project and then we will head back to the world of drawing with a focus on perspective. 

7th and 8th grade: These amazing artists just started to create a series of landscapes. We worked with paper collage and now are doing a watercolor study. We have time for a pastel study prior to taking a break for our assemblage sculpture unit. Please consider volunteering! Or donating some junk! We will work on sculpture all the way up to winter break. 

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 continue learning about the verbs quiere ser (he/she wants to be), habla (he/she talks or speaks) and toma (he/she takes). I am also introducing students to the different conjugations of verbs. For example, all verbs ending in ar follow a specific pattern in conjugation; tomar (to take), yo tomo (I take), tú tomas (you take), él/ella/usted toma (he/she takes and you formal take), ellos/ellas/ustedes toman (male/female/they take and you all take), nosotros tomamos (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
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