Specialists' Newsletter -May, 2013

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May 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:

  • 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
  • Wednesday, May 29 - Jazz Band & Chamber Orchestra to play at Hale and Bancroft Schools, 10:00-2:30
  • Thursday, May 30 - 6:30 Field Commons: Guitars & Rock Band

  • Band/Orchestra - Kim Hotchkiss
    music notes

    Our final concert of the year is almost here. Thursday, May 23 at South High auditorium for all bands and strings grades 5-8. We will be honoring our 8th graders at this concert. The 5/6 grade portion of the concert begins at 6:30 pm. The 7/8 grade portion begins at 7:45 pm. I have invited the Hale 4th grade beginners to play with our Field beginners.

    Students are to wear their concert black shirts and khaki pants. Strings meet in the orchestra room at 6:00 and bands to the band room at 6:15.

    Concerts are very important and we spend many months working on the music! Often times, there is only 1 or 2 students playing on a part. Please make sure you child can be a part of the concerts! I really need an email or a note telling me if your child cannot be there and why. Thank you!

    As mid quarter grades come out, some 5/6 grade students have low grades because they have not turned in their practice charts for March. They can still turn them in. This week the April chart is due. There is a practice chart form on the web page if needed.

    It has been another awesome year with your children! Thanks for all your support!!

    Vocal/Rock Band/Guitar - Ruth LeMay

    2nd SEMESTER PERFORMANCE/TOUR INFO May 9th Visiting Guitar Ensemble from Winnipeg, Manitoba May 13th Chaperone ONLY Meeting 6:30 in Choir Room TOUR May 24-27th May 24th - 7/8 Choirs - Concert at Crazy Horse Nat'l Monument May 25th - 7/8 Choirs - Concert at Mt. Rushmore May 27th Choir Tour Arrives Home May 30th ALL GUITARS Concert, 5/6 Beginning, 5/6 Intermediate, 5/6 Rock Band, 7/8 Beginning, 7/8 Intermediate, 7/8 Rock Band

    CHAPERONE MEETING! May 13th - Chaperone Meeting (Chaperones Only) 6:30 in Choir Room-required; job assignments, guidelines, bus sign-up and room sign up.

    Thank you a bit early to all of you that have made another wonderful year at Field Middle School so memorable. It has been a very terrific year and I am looking forward to the adventures we have left. I have already started the planning for next year as well!

    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

    Happy Spring!!? Students are nearing the end of a creative year. Our spotlight lessons are plaster art, 3D landscapes, and metal tooling.

    Students are choosing to create a plaster cast of their arm or a mask that reflects an alter ego and personal side. 3D landscapes and metal tooling are popular lesson choices. Students are using a variety of materials to translate the landscape around us or using tools to draw family crest or animal designs on metal.

    We will begin our wearable art unit in May. Students will explore different types of fabric and different techniques for applying designs. Students have the option to bring a blank t-shirt to design. The t-shirt should be 100% cotton and light colored, donations are welcome.

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

    Art Heals!
    Del Bey

    Media/Technology - Sean Casey

    GRADES 5 AND 6

    You will be receiving a phone call from Field Community School this week informing you that mid-quarter progress grades have been posted for all of your student's classes, including Media/Technology. Please visit the Parent Portal to see your student's grade as of the first half of the 4th Quarter.

    In the second half of the 4th Quarter, students in Grades 5 and 6 will once again be putting their 21st century skills into practice by continuing to search for, select, and read award-winning children's and young adult books, and by continuing to touch type using the Typing Web Typing Tutor.

    The specific children's and young adult book awards that students will be learning about in the month of May are the Michael L. Printz Award, the Schneider Family Book Award, and the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal.

    GRADES 7 AND 8

    You will also be receiving a phone call from Field Community School this week informing you that mid-quarter progress grades have been posted for all of your student's classes, including Media/Technology. Please visit the Parent Portal to see your student's grade as of the first of of the 4th Quarter.

    In the second half of the 4th Quarter, students in Grades 7 and 8 will continue our final unit of the year, focusing on the media and technology of Music and Radio. The final project for this unit will involve creating an audio file (either an original music track or spoken podcast) using the program GarageBand.

    More information about music, radio, and the impact of audio media on the lives of teens can be found on our Field Community School website at Unit 4: Radio and Music.


    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. Thank you very much!

    Sean Casey | sean.casey@mpls.k12.mn.us
    Media Specialist/Technology Integration Specialist
    Field Community School | Minneapolis Public Schools
    p: 612.668.3646

    Physical Education - Marni Heck

    * Parents, have you noticed your child's improved posture? They are making efforts in sitting up straight. Research indicate upright posture contributes to once happiness and overall health.
    * Table Tennis was exciting. I saw huge improvements with serves, topspin and underpin shots.
    * The final Physical Fitness Tests will begin May 7th. The kids received their scores in January. I look forward to seeing their progress.
    * This newsletter will be the last for this school year. Thank you for your support in your child's education
    . * In the summer, I encourage kids to participate in running events, bike, swim and much more. Please remind them to perform basic exercises such as curlups, planks, spiders, pushups and lunge jumps. Stretching should be a priority each day.
    * Be safe!

    For those students interested in registering for Rugby and Lacrosse;

    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

    Bonjour! Hola!
    Spring is finally here...(let's hope!), and summer is patiently waiting....
    French students are saying goodbye to "School life/Materials/Colors," and getting ready to embark on a new learning experience: "How to describe people and things." They will apply all past knowledge of vocabulary and structural concepts to this new learning target (colors, agreement of nouns and adjectives). They will engage in various activities in which they will enjoy describing themselves and their peers, favorite celebrities or family members, etc...

    Spanish students will finalize their "main project" of this quarter: "Mi Familia" This project will reflect the last 5 learning targets that were recently presented (numbers, dates, family members, descriptive adjectives and likes). Students will demonstrate their written and oral proficiency by completing the written part of this project, and being able to "deliver" the content of their project in the target language.


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