Friends School of Minnesota Blog

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6th Graders Taste Test Water and Guess Who Wins??!!

6th graders have been busy following up their tour of St Paul Regional Water Services with a water unit comparing St Paul tap water to commonly purchased bottled waters. Students started with a blind taste test of 10 waters, 8 of which were bottled water, and 2 of which were either St Paul tap water or Minneapolis tap water. They ranked their preferences then tallied the results. Amazingly, St Paul.. Read More

Alissa and Sara Present Conflict Resolution Program at NAIS Conference in Baltimore

Friends School of Minnesota’s Conflict Resolution Program embodies many qualities that reflect our mission, our values and our progressive educational practice. On March 1-2, Alissa Abelson (Jungle Teacher and Conflict Resolution Coordinator) and Sara Wayne (K-8 Spanish teacher and middle school advisor) presented our conflict resolution program at the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) in Baltimore, Maryland at their annual convention. The NAIS theme this year was “From Vision.. Read More

6th Grade Studies Earthquakes

In November, Friends School of Minnesota 6th graders were studying earthquakes. We finished our earthquake resistant buildings (engineering). We practiced earthquake events (by modeling). The students made layers of the earth’s crust out of different colors of modeling clay. They sliced a “fault” through the earth and practiced strike-slip movement, reverse faults, and hanging faults. The next day they modeled different earthquake waves using Slinky springs. They pushed for P waves, shook side-to-side for.. Read More

Interim Head of School Announcement

Dear Friends School of Minnesota Community, The school committee has completed its search for an interim head of school and has hired Joe McHugh to serve as interim head beginning January 3, 2017. We are looking forward to welcoming Joe to Friends School of Minnesota. We believe he will provide the thoughtful and engaged leadership we need through this transition, and help us prepare for a long-term head of school… Read More

Halloween Monster Mash!

Halloween tradition at Friends School means a monster mash dance party with buddies in the gym. There was a costume fashion parade, Russian circle dances, and a 7/8 Thriller flash mob at the very end.  We were wowed by our special guest DJ’s Karen to Dream and Club Shazz (aka music teacher Karen and teaching assistant Shahzore). It was an all school monster mash and a very fun day!  Happy Halloween!

Helping Middle Schoolers Manage Stress and Develop Personal Resilience

Friends School of Minnesota’s fabulous St. Paul Public Schools school counselor, Chi Fomafung, gave a presentation to our middle school students about Managing Stress and Developing Your Personal Resilience. His presentation covered: what is stress +/- the nature of stress-in and outside of ourselves personal choices resiliency what is personal resiliency how to develop personal resiliency mental toughness attributes Contact Jeannette at the school for a link to his slide PowerPoint presentation or download.. Read More

Homegrown French Fries!

Friends School of Minnesota kindergarteners enjoyed organic french fries last week. By organic, we mean grown right here in raised beds at Friends School of Minnesota with our school-created compost and no pesticides! Last May, the Environmental Action Club planted some potatoes in the garden beds by the playground. We went out and harvested the potatoes a couple of weeks ago and then weighed them. We ended up with 15.. Read More

High School Information Night 2016

We had a great turn out for our annual High School Information Night. Over 60 parents and students gathered to learn about high school options. A panel of FSM alumni shared their experiences of selecting a high school and how they managed the transition from 8th grade to high school. Our alumni also gave some sage advice to our 8th graders… get involved, be yourself, don’t procrastinate!