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Welcome Back to School!

It is such a pleasure to welcome everyone back to school. It is wonderful to see the hallways full of children and brimming with energy and excitement. We are looking forward to an amazing year. Here are some key dates for the upcoming weeks: First Day of School Welcome and Meeting for Worship Tuesday, September 5, 2017 9:30-10:15am: All School Meeting for Worship in the gym 10:15-11:00am: Coffee for guests in the.. Read More

An 8th Grader Offers Tips for Entering Middle School–It’s Not That Scary

How is middle school at FSM different than lower school? There’s more homework and you have a different teacher for every class, but you still go to MFW and specialists, and you’re still with people you know. I came to FSM in fifth grade, which is the start of middle school. That’s two big changes all at once. First of all, it’s more homework, and you have seven or eight.. Read More

Join Us – FSM’s Summer Program is Open to the Whole Community

Do your children want to make a film just like the professionals do? How about building a rocket and sending it soaring into the sky? Do they have a secret stash of poems they want to share? Feel a need to express themselves through paint and paper-folding? Maybe they’d rather argue for the defense in a real courtroom? Friends School will be the place to do that–and more–from June 19-August.. Read More

7th Grader Pema Writes About Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion are important to the Friends School of Minnesota community as demonstrated in our mission statement, diversity statement and our actions. A part of the diversity statement says, “Our vision is to ensure that all members of the FSM community feel that they are known and that they belong. Recognizing and appreciating that our differences make our experiences of the world fuller, we seek to build a community.. 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

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

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

Participate in the Million Milkweed for Monarchs Challenge

Help FSM’s Environmental Action Club by participating in the Great River Greening’s Million Milkweed Challenge 2016. The monarch population is on the decline, and common milkweed is an important food source for monarch caterpillars. Great River Greening needs volunteers to help collect milkweed seeds to be planted along the Mississippi River to help increase monarch habitat. The organization’s goal is to collect 1,000,000,000 common milkweed seeds to plant.