Specialists' Newsletter -October, 2012

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October 2012
Specialists News *****Field School


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, December 4 - Fall/Holiday Concert - 6:30 Field Commons: Jazz Band, Chamber Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Chorale & Madrigals
  • December ? TBA - Galleria Holiday performance: Jazz Band, Chamber Orchestra, Chorale & Madrigals
  • Thursday, January 24 - 5/6 grade Bands & Orchestra - 6:30 Washburn auditorium: beginners, varsity groups
  • Thursday, February 7 - Winter Concert - 6:30 Field commons: guitar groups & rock bands
  • Tuesday, February 19 - Chamber Orchestra (7/8) to festival - day event
  • Thursday, February 21 - Winter Concert - 6:30 Field commons: 7/8 Wind Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra & Jazz Band
  • Saturday, February 23 - Pancake Breakfast - 8 am - 12:00 Field commons: all LeMay's classes perform
  • 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
  • Thursday, 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
music notes

All the band/orchestra groups are settling in nicely. The 5th graders are starting to understand this next level of playing and practicing. Each group has 2 songs to work on right now and will be receiving another soon. The beginners have a good start on their instruments and are learning their first notes.

All students should be keeping track of their practice at home. The beginners should be writing in their books and parents sign it each week. The varsity bands & strings had the highest rate of practice charts turned in for Sept. than I have seen in a couple of years. Way to go! They should have a yellow Oct. chart now.
The 7/8 graders will be ranking themselves on their practice time each quarter as they fill out their self-evaluations.

Thanks to a parent, Bridget Prew, we have a new music website. I will update the concert dates, times, dress and arrival times as needed. The web page also provides the names and contacts of lesson teachers and a blank practice chart to print if your child does not bring one home.

There has been a good response to SmartMusic and I hope many of you have been successful downloading it and getting your child started on it.
I will be here during conference time if you want to come check out SmartMusic or check in about your child. Stop by room 137.

Please help remind your child to practice on a regular basis. Research has shown that children need that constant reminder until the age of 16. It is important for the success of your child and each ensemble they participate in.
I look forward to a great year of performances!

Ms. Hotchkiss web page

Vocal/Rock Band/Guitar - Ruth LeMay

Advanced Guitar/Rock Band and Intermediate Guitar students are highly encouraged to practice for their "show what you know" time, where students play individually for the class.

Beginning Guitar players are encouraged to take their guitars home and practice. Students are working on learning note names, C chord, G chord, D chord and will soon begin the A chord. Ask your student to play for you if s/he hasn't yet.

5/6 Concert Choir and Madrigals are focusing their attention on learning how to read choral music in parts as well as beginning solfege hand signs.

7/8 Concert Choir is AMAZINGLY strong! The first ever Field Men's Choir is working on their first song and their voices are STRONG! The women's choir is equally strong and their harmonies are just splendid! I am excited for you all to hear them.

Chorale is busy working on music for the holidays as well as delving into the depth and meaning behind some of the poetry in our music.

A big shout out of thanks to Bridgette Prew and Dawn Nelson for their work on the music website! Please make sure you get your media release forms turned in so if your child has the opportunity to appear on the website we can post it.

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


Students are using shading and contour lines to create still life drawings from observation of staged settings in the classroom. The realist still life drawings are being transformed into abstract drawings influenced by cubism and Picasso.

5/6 graders are moving on to contour animals on a textured background.
7/8 graders will be creating 2D and 3D textured landscapes.

My conference hours are:
10/11 2:30-5pm
10/16 2:30-5pm
10/17 8:00-1pm
Please contact me if you would like to meet at a different time.

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


Mid-quarter grades for all students in all sections of Media/Technology classes will be posted this weekend.

Please check your student's grades starting on Monday, October 8 by signing in to the Minneapolis Public Schools Student/Parent Portal.


Parent/teacher conferences will be held starting next week.
I will be available to meet with you in the Media Center at all three sessions on the following days and at the following times:

Thursday, October 11 from 3:30pm-7:30pm
Tuesday, October 16 from 3:30pm-7:30pm
Wednesday, October 17 from 7:30am-3:00pm

GRADES 5, 6, 7, AND 8

All students in all sections of Media/Technology classes have completed two units so far this school year.

The goal of the first unit, titled (appropriately enough) "Media/Technology," was to educate students about the role that media and technology play in their lives, and to empower them to be not only consumers of media, but also creators.

For more information about media, technology, and what you can do to help your student become more media literate at home, please visit the Unit 1: Media/Technology page on the Field Community School website.

The goal of the second unit, titled "Digital Citizenship," was to educate students to harness the power of the Internet and digital technology for learning, and for them to become safe, responsible, and respectful digital citizens.

For more information about digital citizenship and about what you can do to help your student be a good digital citizen at home, please visit the Unit 2: Digital Citizenship page on the Field Community School website.


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

It is a joy teaching your child in Physical Education class. You may have heard kids talking about the FitnessGram Physical Fitness test. If you need more information in utilizing the tests such as push-ups, curlu-ups, etc., the website is Fitnessgram.net It is essential that kids plan an exercise routine at home. Our efforts at Field school is to increase Aerobic Capacity and Flexibility.

We are maximizing endurance activities to increase Heart Rate. As most of you are aware, endurance and stretching increase performance, release stress and prevent Injuries.

CONFERENCE: I am available for conference the week of October 15. I will gladly discuss your child's performance and grade with you! I will be out of the office the evening of October 11th.

UPCOMING UNITS: FitnessGram, flag football, tennis and volleyball. FITNESSGRAM: Assessment test beginning of October. Final test end of November (progress). HOMEWORK: Run 2+ times around the block, take heart rate and stretch. Run stairs, paced push-ups and curl-ups.

Good Luck to all the students participating in the marathon!!!!

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


World language students have been learning the French/Spanish alphabet and are acquianted with a portfolio of "Cognates" which can define words that partially or fully resemble their English counterparts. They have also been able to surf the Net and research diverse facets of the French/Spanish culture (landmarks, American cities that are French/Spanish originated, famous people etc...).

Recently they have been practicing words/expressions that are used daily in the classroom. During the month of October, they will learn to introduce themselves, greet and say goodbye, and say how they are doing.

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