Specialist Newsletter - September, 2016

Field School- Specialists, September 2016
Specialists Newsletter 
September 2016


November 28: Barnes & Noble Bookfair - small instrumental groups & choirs

December 1: Fall/Holiday Concert - Chorale, Madrigals, Jazz Band, 

Chamber Orchestra & Wind Ensemble

January 19: Winter Band/Strings Concert - 5 & 6 grade Bands & Orchestras

January 26: WINTER CONCERT - Treble & Concert Choir, Music X Ensemble, 

                                                Beginning Guitar, Interm. Guitar, & Rock Bands

February ?? : Strings Festival - Chamber Orchestra

February ?? : Jazz Festival - Jazz Band

February 25: PANCAKE BREAKFAST - All Choir & Guitar groups perform

February 28: Winter Band/Strings Concert - 7/8 grade groups

March 16: Ice Cream Social - Small group band & string students

May 2: STRUT: GUITAR FESTIVAL (Interm/Adv. only) @ Southwest HS

May 18: Spring Concert (all bands & orchestras) at Washburn High School

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     
A New Season of Rehearsals & Performances!!

I am excited to see the returning band & strings students! They already have a new song to work on and a playing test happening with the 7/8 graders this week. They must be able to memorize and play the chromatic scale.

It takes some time to get to know the 5th graders and hear them play, but I'm anxious to get them going with some new music!

The beginners have spent the last two weeks trying different instruments and choosing what they want to play. They will get their instruments this week!!!

5/6 graders also have practice charts to fill out each month. Hopefully you have seen the first one come home - the month of September on blue colored paper.

All students need to turn in the 'Band and Orchestra' registration form.

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

Music Webpage
 Choir & Guitar 
Hello Field Families!

It has been a great start to a new year!   We have already jumped into repertoire in all choirs and the upper guitar classes.   The beginning guitar students are learning their first chords and melodies using the open strings.  Music X students are finishing up their fundamental music skills review and will be "exploring" the world of GUITAR starting this week!    

If you have not done so already, please check out my new teacher website:    http://fieldchoirguitar.weebly.com/

Here I will post all important information, dates, assignments, forms, images, audio, etc.  All students and parents should check out this site for updates in between monthly newsletters.   If you haven't done so already, make sure to make the upcoming performance dates (posted above) in your calendar now!! 


Be advised, the date for the B&N BOOK FAIR has been moved 2 weeks later to Monday, November 28th.     This is the first day back from Thanksgiving break, and it's also NOT a choir (black) day... so it's important we don't have anyone forget!!


I finally made it through all the forms I have received for choir and guitar at this point, and currently MADRIGALS is in the lead!   FYI:  I pledged to buy treats for the first class who turns in all their forms.   If you have forms to turn in still, please do so as soon as possible.


Our annual fall fundraiser will begin on Monday, October 10th.  This fundraiser is open to all 7/8 grade choir and guitar students. Participating students will need to have their forms and all money turned in to me by Friday, October 28th.   The yummy frozen pastry products must be picked up after school on Friday, November 18th, so please mark that date in your calendar now if you know your child will be participating.


On Friday, May 26th 2017, members of CHORALE and CONCERT CHOIR will be departing from Field School at 6am... towards NORTH DAKOTA!   I am working on finalizing every detail of the schedule, but for now I can tell you this:  We will be participating in a mini-choral festival with other 7/8 grade students, hosted by a colleague of mine Allyse Dunnigan who teaches in Grand Forks.   We will sing for each other and altogether, and possibly bring in choir directors from both UND and NDSU to work with us and our students.    We are staying at a fancy hotel complete with a water park and arcade.    Plans are in the works for 2 public community performances, 1 of which may occur in Fargo on our way back home.     Students will be arriving back to Field School late Saturday night (May 27th) between 8-9pm.  

Questions / Concerns?   Don't hesitate to email me directly.


Chase D. Burkhart
Choir/Guitar Instruction, Field School
    Physical Education   
PE: Fitness for Life 
Outstanding Students at Field School!
Welcome Back to Fitness!

As you are aware, the world came together and celebrated the Summer Olympics in Rio. I witnessed players and teams competing to the best of their abilities. 
The athletes supported one another through challenging moments.  Regardless of wins and losses, these dedicated athletes came together for the respect of their country and families. They proved their training and hard work was not in vain. 

At Field School, again we reunite for the purpose of our children.  I look forward to meeting many of you during conferences and phone conversations.
Let us make it a fantastic year!

The Expectations in Physical Education;

   Students need to be comfortable and feel successful.
   Please wear tennis shoes each day to school so kids do not forget 
   black or teal gym days!
   Mobility is enhanced with proper shirt (high tops) and 
   shorts (middle of thighs)?
   In order for less interruptions, teacher
   will have large t-shirts, used tennis shoes, etc for student
   who may not dress to code.  Following the dress code will affect grade.    
   All skirts need shorts.

    Please leave cell phones in lockers or leave it at home!  
    They are a distraction to learning.

  It is amazing how much information students miss 
  at the beginning of class.  They enter feeling lost and start the hour
  unprepared.  Please talk to your kids in regards to walking directly to 
  class.  Chatting, stalling, unnecessary bathroom detours cause tardiness. 
  If late, student must request a pass from teacher to next hour.
  It is Life Skill, promptness will be exercised in class and will
  affect grade!

  Please write a note for the reason your child missed class.  
  Plus, it is very important that I know the nature of the injury and exercises 
  kids can/cannot perform.  
  Reporting injuries:  Please indicate name of injury, date of full recovery
  and note from Doctor.  Hand in to Mrs. Heck and Health Office.

  Teacher modifies exercises for students.  
  They are expected to participate in full during class. 
   Attempting to stall or quitting will affect grade.  
   Skill level is essential but will not be a huge factor in
   the final evaluation.  Quiz will be given.

   Contact the Main Office, Traci # 668-3640.  
   She will send a message to me.  My hours are;
        7:30 am - 2:00 pm  Field School
        2:30 pm - 4:00 pm  Anthony School
       School Email:   Marni.Heck@mpls.k12.mn.us
       Main Office:      (612) 668-3640 

Please read the monthly newsletter for upcoming curriculum and events.  Again, contact me for any questions.

"If you act negative, you can't expect positive results"

Thank you!

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

    Media Center News      
Field Media Center

Media Center News
Things have been hopping in the Media Center this year. We have been busy setting up schedules for Language Arts teachers to check out books on a regular basis. So if your student is a Fifth Grader they will be checking out books on 
Wednesdays. Sixth graders are also checking out books on Wednesday. Seventh Graders are checking out on Fridays.
  Eighth Graders are checking out on Tuesdays. 

We are finally wrapping up unboxing new books and curriculum that have been waiting for us all summer.

It is a pleasure to be back here with all our wonderful students again.

Ms. Sher Swanby
Media Specialist 
Field Community School
Top 10 Books Checked out 

1.  Diary of a Wimpy Kid: old school

 2. Divergent 

3. Indigo 

4. Bone Book 1: Out from Boneville

 5. Cry of the Cat 

6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: the ugly truth

 7. Dork Diaries: Tales from a not-s0-talented Rock Star 

8. Drama

 9. The Extra Yard 

10. Hit & Miss



All Spanish students will review the main concepts and structures learned during the previous year, through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities.
They will also start celebrating the national Hispanic Heritage Month that will last until mid October.
Please review the class syllabus and the Portal system at the end of every week to keep updated with your child's school work.

Char Swanson


Kim Hotchkiss
Band & Orchestra
Chase Burkhart
Choir, Guitar & Rock Band

Del Bey

Marni Heck
Physical Education
Sher  Swanby
Media Technology

Char Swanson
Spanish & French
Field School Student Resources:
Mariam Graff 
(Social Work) 
Days at school: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu
(612) 668-3640

Kelly Burnett
Days at school: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri
(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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