Specialist Newsletter - October, 2013

Specialists Newsletter
October 2013

Conference Hours


Del Bey

Sean Casey
Marnie Heck
Kim Hotchkiss
Char Swanson
Ruth LeMay

Robin Jacobs


On all three days of conferences, well-read, much-loved books that have been withdrawn from our school library can become a part of your home library!

Simply stop by the media center during the hours that Sean Casey will be available, or contact him via email at any time between now and then for more information about this incredible opportunity.

All students paricipating in a music class must register for that class. There is an online form on the Field webpage or click the link below.

We will be ordering the concert shirts next week and need to know if you child needs a shirt and what size. 

There are paper copies you can get from Ms. LeMay or Ms. Hotchkiss.


 CLICK HERE for Music Forms

Band/Orchestra - 
Kim Hotchkiss 


 Thank you to those of you that have registered online. It gives me contact info, rental info and shirt information.


Chamber Orchestra is working hard to prepare for their performance in a few weeks. On Friday, Nov. 8, they will be playing at the Middle School Conference in Minneapolis 11:15-11:45.


There are date changes and additions to the calendar above. They are noted by asterisks - Dec. 10, March 1 & Feb. 25 (not 27).


5/6 Graders - The September practice charts were due last week. Check with your child to see if theirs has been turned in. They are filling in their October chart now.


Many of the groups have had their first playing test. It gives me a chance to hear each child and give suggestions to help them be successful. You can see those grades on the portal.


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
Please register your child for these classes. Especially if your child needs a concert shirt. Registration can be done online through the Field webpage or through the link below.
More news next month.
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 finishing our unit on Basic Drawing Techniques.

Students are doing a great job of drawing details, shading, and textures to create a 3D effect. Some students are struggling with the concepts. I encourage all students to do the best of their ability and understand this is one of the many techniques we will explore in our art classes.

We will begin our Color Unit at the beginning of the 2nd quarter.

7/8 Grade students are working on their interpretations of drawings from nature. Our featured artist is John Audubon. His illustrations for the book Birds of America was the inspiration for the Audubon Society formation to protect wild life in the early 1900's.

5/6 Grade students are working on still life drawings or scientific drawings of plants or animals of their choice. Students are learning how close observation will help with understanding detail and proportions of an object.








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 September, students in Media/Technology classes were temporarily displaced from the computer labs due to MAP testing, but that didn't stop us from starting our first unit of the semester: Coding, Computers, and the Internet!


What does it mean to code? Students learned the answer to that question by watching the short film "Code Stars", and I strongly encourage you to watch it as well, especially if you would like to learn about a new "superpower" that isn't being taught in 90% of US schools!


Students in Grades 5 and 6 have begun learning to code using Scratch, a programming language (featured in "Code Stars") where children can program interactive media such as stories, games, and animation.

For more information about Scratch, please visit Scratch for Parents.


Students in Grades 7 and 8 have begun learning to code using Code Avengers and Codecademy, two websites featuring interactive online courses where students can learn to create websites, fun games, and killers apps.

Eventually, students in Grades 7 and 8 will create their very own website using Weebly, a website editor that enables students to express themselves creatively using a variety of multimedia features.

For more information about Weebly, please visit the Our Features page of Weebly for Education.


In the month of October (which is National Bullying Prevention Month), in addition to continuing to learn about coding, students in all grades will also be learning about digital citizenship, online safety, and cyberbullying, both in Media/Technology classes and in their Advisories. 


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.us

Media 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 - 



Please note the new Elite Junior Soccer Goals in the recess play area, along with tennis and volleyball nets    Rather than ten kids, forty players are kicking the ball, dribbling and attempting to score.  Thank you PTA for funding the soccer goals!   It is a fun and very popular sport.  Kids are encouraged to play safely and not hang on the goal bars and nets


Currently, gridiron is the team activity for month of October.  History, safety, positions, skills and strategies are learned.    




We concluded the Fitness Assessment Tests. The score sheet should be on the frig, mirror or wall. It is a simple reminder to workout at home and attain fitness goals.

Students are expected to make progress to receive full credit.



Students at Field will have another year of opportunity to play Rugby during winter season. Announcements will be made in November.





Please contact the office if your child plans to be absent.  Kids need a note if they are unable to participate in an active setting.  If you need to contact me, I check email before 7:30 am and between 11:15 am - 12:30 pm.



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 (7th & 8th grades) will conclude their review of  key concepts learned last year (greetings, farewells, feelings, courtesy etc...), and of French speaking countries in the world. As we enter a new quarter, we will be re-introduced to vocabulary related to  hobbies and how to express personal likes and dislikes, and to ask/answer questions related to hobbies.  


French students (5th & 6th grades) will continue to practice communicating their "Greeting, farewells and feelings," and be able to differentiate formal from familiar usages of the language (levels of address). As the new quarter starts, we will learn about school responsibilities and personal activities outside the school setting. 


Spanish students (7th & 8th grades) will learn to express their likes and dislikes, using all the different forms of conjugation inherent to the three types of verbs that exist in the Spanish language. We will use that knowledge to communicate our likes/dislikes by making affirmative and negative statements, and asking questions as well. We will also learn about "El Dia de los Muertos," (The Day of the Dead), a day during which Latinos pay tribute to their deceased loved ones, and celebrate that day (it actually goes from 10/31 to 11/2) like we, in the USA, would celebrate Halloween and Memorial Day put together.


Spanish students (5th & 6th grades) will start on a new journey, "the School world," and what it entails. We will learn about "school/classroom responsibilities," and a vast range of vocabulary related to materials and supplies pertaining to the school environment. We will also learn how to make statements and formulate questions related to the classroom activities ("May I go to my locker?, I need a pencil etc...). 



Dates to Remember:

  • Nov. 8: Chamber Orchestra plays at Middle School Conference - 11:15-11:45 at convention center
  • Dec. 3: 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
  • Jan 14: 
    Winter Concert 6:30 -
    Ms. LeMay's groups. Field
  • Jan 23: Winter Concert - Ms. Hotchkiss' 5/6 grade groups - Field
  • 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 Concert -
     at South HIgh School 6:30 & 7:45.
  • May 29:
     Guitars & Rock Band Concert -
    Ms. LeMay's guitar groups 6:30 Field
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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