Friends School of Minnesota Blog

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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!

2016 Wolf Ridge Calendar Fundraiser

Friends School of Minnesota middle school is selling fantastic Wolf Ridge calendars as a fundraiser. Sales will help pay for the environmental education field trips we make every year to Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center and other great places. Calendars are sold for $15 each – 10 or more are $10 each. To order, call or come in to the front office and make a payment to Friends School of.. Read More

El Día de los Muertos at FSM

¡Vamos a celebrar el Día de los Muertos! We are going to celebrate The Day of the Dead at Friends School of Minnesota! El Día de los Muertos is celebrated in Mexico and many other parts of Central America (including here in the U.S.) on November 1 and 2. It is a day to remember loved ones who have passed and invite their spirits back for a day. People who celebrate.. Read More