Specialists' Newsletter -February, 2013

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February 2013
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Kim Hotchkiss
(612) 668-3640

Del Bey
(612) 668-3640

Marni Heck
(Physical Education)
(612) 668-3640

Ruth LeMay
(Vocal Music & Guitar)
(612) 668-3640

Sean Casey
(612) 668-3640

Char Swanson
(612) 668-3640

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Important Dates:

  • Tuesday, February 19 - Chamber Orchestra (7/8) to festival at Hopkins Performing Arts Center - noon-5:00
  • Thursday, February 21 - 7/8 Winter Concert - 6:30 Field commons: Wind Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra & Jazz Band
  • Saturday, February 23 - Pancake Breakfast - 8 am - 12:00 Field commons: all LeMay's classes perform
  • Saturday, February 23 - Jazz Band Festival at U of MN, noon to 9:00 pm
  • March 5th -Viva City Fringe Festival Field Guitar Ensembles - 7:00 - Cedar Cultural Center
  • Tuesday, March 19 - Ice Cream Social - 6:30 Field commons: Bands & Orchestras solos & ensembles
  • Thursday, May 2 - Spring Concert - 6:30 Field commons, All Choirs
  • Thursday, May 23 - 6:30 South HIgh auditorium: All Bands & Strings 5-8
  • Friday, May 24 - Monday, May 27 -- Black Hills Choir Tour: Chorale & 7/8 Concert Choir
  • Thursday, May 30 - 6:30 Field Commons: Guitars & Rock Band

  • Band/Orchestra - Kim Hotchkiss
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    There are several performances coming up for our 7 & 8 grade groups!!
    The Chamber Orchestra is performing at a String Festival on Tuesday, February 19; Jazz Band is performing at a Jazz Festival at the University of MN on Saturday, Feb. 23; and our Winter Concert is Thursday, Feb. 21 at Field School.

    Performers are to wear their black polo shirts and khaki pants for all performances.<br> The Winter Concert on Feb. 21, the string players are to arrive at 6:10 for tuning in the media center and band students at 6:15 in the gym.

    I am looking for someone who will take over next year for Fran Bartley who assists me with concerts and Ice Cream Social. It is not a big time commitment and is only a few times a year. Please give Fran a call or email and find out the details of the job. fbartley@earthlink.net or 612-822-3354. Thank you.

    Hello! My name is Mishayla Schreifels and I will be student teaching at Field through March 22nd.
    I have gained a lot of experience in teaching during my time as a student at Minnesota State University Moorhead while earning my degree in instrumental music education. I have observed and taught in a variety of music classrooms, and have also given private instrumental lessons.
    If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me using the contact information below. I want to thank you for the opportunity to work with your students. It has been very enjoyable and rewarding, and I look forward to continuing to get to know everyone better!
    Mishayla Schreifels (320) 287-2466 schreifmis@mnstate.edu

    Research has shown that children need a daily reminder to practice their instrument until the age of 16. It is important for the success of your child and each ensemble they participate in. Thank You for supporting your students in their practice!!

    Vocal/Rock Band/Guitar - Ruth LeMay

    PANCAKE BREAKFAST Performance Times - Concert Dress Required (Jazz Band Students have time to perform BEFORE they leave)
    8:00 Madrigals (7:45 Call Time)
    9:00 5/6 Concert Choir (8:45 Call Time)
    10:00 7/8 Concert Choir (9:45 Call Time)
    11:00 Chorale (10:45 Call Time)
    *Individual student acts happen throughout the morning. Performers should arrive at least 15 minutes before they performance
    TICKETS: $6.00 13yrs. and up
    $4.00 5yrs-12 yrs. & Seniors
    FREE 4 years and under
    Proceeds benefit the Choir Tour Scholarship Fund
    REQUESTED DONATIONS - If you are able and willing please considering donating the following items to help off-set the overhead costs
    Chorale -Blueberry Syrup
    Concert Choir Men - Butter (1 pound each)
    Concert Choir Sopranos - Paper Plates
    Concert Choir Altos - Syrup (regular - not blueberry)
    It would be great to have adults "oversee" students working at the pancake breakfast. I need 2 -3 adults for each 2 hour slot - 6:30-8:30, 8:30-10:30, 10:30-12:30
    Please let me know if you are able to help out. Thanks so much.

    Feb 23rd Pancake Breakfast 7 AM - 12 Noon
    March 5th -Viva City Fringe Festival Field Guitar
    Ensembles Concert Time: 7:00 Location: Cedar Cultural Center
    May 2nd Spring Concert Choir 6:30 - ALL CHOIRS - 5/6 Concert Choir, 7/8 Concert Choir, Madrigals and Chorale
    May 24th - 7/8 Choirs - Concert at Crazy Horse Nat'l Monument
    May 25th - 7/8 Choirs - Concert at Mt. Rushmore
    May 30th ALL GUITARS Concert and Dance 5/6 Beginning, 5/6 Intermediate, 5/6 Rock Band, 7/8 Beginning, 7/8 Intermediate, 7/8 Rock Band

    BLACK HILLS CHOIR TOUR INFO Payment Schedule: Dec. 20th, Jan. 31st, Feb. 28th, Mar. 28th
    $400 due by March 28th or BEFORE Spring Break *Please ask your student to see an updated itinerary Tour Dates - May 24th-27th Parent Info. Night: March 18th in Field Commons - Q & A, paperwork, go through itinerary, meet Ms. LeMay and other chaperones May 13th - Chaperone Meeting (Chaperones Only) 6:30 in Choir Room-required; job assignments, guidelines, bus sign-up and room sign up. Chaperones requesting a private room have an extra payment of $127. Please let me know if this is a need so I have enough rooms reserved.

    WELCOME VISITORS Washburn High School will be visiting to present excerpts from Urinetown during the month of February. Winnipeg, Manitoba will be Guest Performers with their High School Guitar Ensemble on May 9th

    As always, 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

    5/6 grade students are learning about Kente cloth and Adinkra Symbols from West Africa.
    Students will also create their own weaving using construction paper and select symbols add to their weaving.

    7/8 grade students are working on 2point perspective. Students will then create their own city blocks based on a theme of their choice.

    Students will also learn about architect Paul Williams. He was the first African-American architect allowed membership to the American Institute of Architects in 1957.

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

    Art Heals!
    Del Bey

    Media/Technology - Sean Casey


    For students (and parents of students) that are new to Media/Technology this semester, the overall aim of this class is to teach students to be "media literate" (aware and informed about the role that media and technology play in their lives) and to transition them from being consumers of media/technology content to creators.

    More information about media literacy can be found on the Field Community School website at Media/Technology 2012-2013 for Grades 7 and 8, and more information about teens as both consumers and creators of media/technology content can be found at Unit 1: Media/Technology.


    The first unit of Semester 2 for all sections of Media/Technology (students in Grades 5 and 6 as well as Grades 7 and 8) focuses on digital safety, in which students will learn that they can take steps to monitor their online privacy, protect their physical and emotional well-being, and think critically about the information they share online.

    More information about digital safety can be found on the Field Community school website at Unit 2: Digital Safety.


    Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, comments, or concerns about the Media Center or the Media/Technology classes and curriculum here at Field Community School by emailing me at sean.casey@mpls.k12.mn.us.

    Thank you very much!

    Sean Casey

    Physical Education - Marni Heck

    February is FITNESS MONTH. You may be hearing your child talk about Nutrition and Exercise more frequently at home. Students were introduced to Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA). The completion of this assignment is required to receive an A grade. Students are required to exercise (and set weekly nutritional goal) for one hour a day, five days a week for four weeks. It may be a great time for kids to shovel the driveway and help carry grocery bags! Parent signature is required for this exercise assignment. The PALA is due the week of March 10th. We continue to assess students fitness level. Please ask your child how he/she performed on the test. Posture ranks high on the list for students at Field. I am seeing too many kids slouching. It can simply mean to sit up tall and execute exercises with good body alignment. I would greatly appreciate it if parents can support posture at home.

    Field Rugby league has started and takes place on Saturdays. Kids comment that it is fun, hard work and strengthens the lower body. Upcoming units are; Badminton, Baseball, Ping Pong, Bowling and Basketball. Lastly, please label lunch boxes, notebooks, etc. I can returns these lost items to students if they are labeled.

    Some recommendations for Fitness Month; 1. Drink milk or water with meals ( not Gatorade or high content sugared beverages) 2. Skim milk rather than whole. 3. Whole Wheat preferred over white bread. 4. Stretch while watching TV. 5. Push-ups, planks or curl-ups during commercials. 6. Eat something healthy before grabbing junk food. 7. Leave healthy snacks on countertop. 8. Participate in an organized sport.

    Most importantly, please email before 7:30 am if you need to report any absences, injuries, concerns or questions; marni.heck@mpls.k12.mn.us Thank you! I look forward to working with your child

    Spanish/French - Char Swanson

    French and Spanish students will be learning to express their ages and birthdays in the target language, count to one thousand, and identify the days and months of the year. French students are enjoying their second French "petit dejeuner"(9breakfast) to celebrate the end of the second quarter. Croissants and colourful pastries from Patrick's bakery...Miam miam!! Spanish students will be able to enjoy their own "fiesta" in the near future. 7th grade Advisory class, you "rock"....another celebration well earned (330 green tickets!!!!).


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