PTA Newsletter - November 2017




November 2017

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DATES 2017
13: Barnes and Noble Book fair
13: Spirit Wear Sale Ends
16: Give MN Day
18: Rollerskating Night
22-24: No School
4-8: Holiday Helper Collection
9: Holiday Helpers Distribution Day
25: Winter Break Begins
Thank you to...
Jenny Alm for doing Box Tops, Field will get $375 from what was turned in!
Cathe Brandt for organzing the Barnes and Noble Fundraiser
Great Wicker for organizing and  making sure our teachers and staff we fed well on conference nights. Here is a thank you from the staff
Field PTA Board 
I'm going to give it to you straight, parents.
Minneapolis Public Schools is facing a 33 MILLION dollar budget deficit for next year. Right now conversations that will have a profound impact on your children's education are happening on what to do about this problem.
You should be part of those conversations.
How? Well, start by filling out the district's budget survey before November 17.
Yes, this likely sounds like a drag. Consider doing it anyway. The survey is actually less about dollars than it is values. In an effort to find out what's most important to you and your family, you'll be asked to choose preferences from a random collection of either/or questions like: Which is more important to you...
...additional support for kids with special needs or yearly salary increases for teachers?
...staff to support student behavior and mental health or more frequently cleaned schools?
...transportation, facilities and equipment for after school athletics or hiring more teachers of color?
There are no right or wrong answers to these questions. It's simply a way for the district to get a sense of the community's priorities before they dive into deeper discussions.
And since we're talking about belt-tightening, now is a good time to also mention the Hale and Field PTA's No-Sale Fundraiser this November. Because the PTA provides financial support for things schools cannot afford (like teacher supplies, technology licenses, and field trips) your financial support is more important now than ever before. See below for more information on how to help make this fundraiser a success. Thank you for your support!
Jennifer Kane
Field PTA Co Chair
Barnes and Noble Book fair Fundraiser- Tomorrow November 13
Field's annual book fair fundraiser at Barnes and Noble 3225 W 69th St, Edina is Monday, November 13 from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm 
You are invited to come listen to Field student band and choir performances from 5:30 - 7 pm at the newly remodeled Barnes and Noble store and restaurant.
For Field to get credit for your purchases, please notify the cashier that you are supporting Field Community School and give them our Bookfair ID#12213039.
Can't make it to the store? 
Shop the Field School Book fair online from Monday, November 13th to Saturday, November 18th.
Make sure to add our book fair ID# 12213039 at checkout.
Thank you for helping to support our school!
Last Day for Spirit Wear Orders Tomorrow Nov. 13
Today is the last day to order your Field Spirit Wear. Delivery of Spirit Wear will be mid December. 
We have sew designs and styles of shirts, hats and sweatshirts that are ready to order. 
Stock up for yourself, or consider them as a great gift idea.  Please call or text Lynn at 612-418-7362 with questions  Merchandise options and ordering instructions are available here.
Calling all Field Mice! Join your friends for a fun Rollerskating Night
What: Field School Rollerskating Night at Roller Garden
Where: Roll On Over To 5622 W Lake Street, St. Louis Park
When: 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm on Saturday, November 18,
Cost: $6 per person for admission plus $3 to rent a pair of roller skates or inline skates/blades (payable at the door) 
Who: Field School students and their friends
Food, drinks and treats are also be available for purchase
No adults allowed at the event ...other than the event's adult chaperones. 
Instead,  you can enjoy two unscheduled hours in St. Louis Park! 
Craving a specialty coffee and an Internet hotspot? Check out Caribou Coffee at 5551 W Lake St.  (less than a mile away)
Hungry for dinner? Try Vitali's Bistro at 5101 Minnetonka Blvd or Parkway Pizza at 6325 Minnetonka Blvd. (both within a mile of Roller Garden)
Field Holiday Helpers: URGENT NEED!  
We are in desperate need of donor families for this years Holiday Helpers. If you have not signed up to donate, and you would like to help Field families this holiday season, please let us know if you interest as soon as possible. 
 We have less than half the amount of donors needed to serve the number of families in need. If we don't get more donor families, the program will not be able to run this year. 
Financial donations are also welcomed, in lieu of buying gifts.
To be a Field Holiday Helper fill out this form and return it by emailing it ASAP to You will receive information regarding your holiday recipient in mid-November.  Wrapped gifts will be collected at Field from December 4-8.

We also need volunteers to assist with gift drop-offs before and after school on December 4-8 and with Distribution Day on December 9th.  Please volunteer for shifts via SignUp Genius.
No Sale Fundraiser and Give MN Day November 16
We are coming close to Give MN Day. Last year we took first place and won additional prize money for Hale and Field. Look for information about how your donations are used at Hale and Field. Don't forget to donate and share the link with family and friends.

Safety Patrol Advisor Volunteer Needed
We want our students to get to school safely and want to start having school patrols to safely cross students. We need a volunteer who would be interested in being the Safety Patrol Advisor. Ideally this would be a parent or community member who is already at or near the school building in the mornings and afternoons to help oversee the patrols. Typically students are arriving from 7:45- 8:00 and leave the campus from 2:40- 3:00. This person would also coordinate the initial training (provided by officer Berryman) and be the point person for students who are enrolled. If you are interested contact our Assistant Principal Sonrisa Shaw at

Walker Library
Saturday, November 18 from 3-4:30 pm. Free event for kids ages 11-18. No experience necessary. Register online to reserve your spot and remember to bring your laptop. Event sponsored by Southwest Decoder Dojo

Washburn 8th Grade Open House and Tours  
Please join us at Washburn on November 30 from 6:00 - 8:00 to learn about our school. Please plan to stay the whole two hours for this event, which follows a bell schedule.
Tour Dates:
December Tours:
Dec. 8 and Dec. 12 from 9:15-10:45am you can reserve your tour spot here
Add Field School to Your Amazon Account
Like to shop on Amazon? 
You can now donate to the Field PTA simply by shopping. 
Go to this link and choose Eugene Field PTA.  Amazon will donate 0.5% of every purchase made to the Field PTA.  
No other effort is necessary, shop for the things you normally shop for and support our school. 


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