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FSM Students Participate in Musicalympiad

Last week, Friends School of Minnesota students participated in the 2015 Minnesota State Musicalympiad™ competition. Students from schools across the Twin Cities gathered on Friday, November 13th at the St. Paul City School gym for two hours of fun, competitive music theory games. Three of our 5th graders participated in individual and group music theory listening/knowledge events and they all received multiple medals for coming in 1st, 2nd or 3rd in many of.. Read More

Sharing Our Differences

I had the joy of introducing my extraordinary friend Tiffany Busone to the Bayou third and fourth grade class last week following their reading of Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper. The book chronicles the unique childhood of Melody. “Born with cerebral palsy, Melody, 10, has never spoken a word. She is a brilliant fifth grader trapped in an uncontrollable body. Her world is enhanced by insight and intellect, but.. Read More

Everyone Needs Food…Not All Have It!

Brad’s middle school advisory’s service project is collecting food for the Francis Basket Food Shelf, a program operated by Neighborhood House. Francis Basket Food Shelf is the only food shelf in Highland Park area and addresses a critical need in the community. It helps over 1,000 individuals each year. Together, the Neighborhood House food shelves distributed 860,311 pounds of food in 2013. Neighborhood House reports that one in five families with children are food insecure, meaning.. Read More

Thoughts About Integrity

Friends School of Minnesota alumnus Riley Wheaton (FSM Class of 2012) shared this essay he wrote for his writing seminar class at St. Paul Academy and Summit School. “My teacher suggested starting with one word and trying to define it using connotations and denotations. The first one that I thought of was integrity since we spent time grappling with it at FSM. Integrity always felt like one of the toughest.. Read More

Thank You from the Community Care Committee

Friends School of Minnesota’s Community Care Committee would like to thank the entire FSM community for your generosity in supporting numerous families during the 2013-14 school year who experienced medical crises, financial crises and difficult loss. Your gifts of money, food, time and caring thoughts were greatly appreciated by all recipients.  Each difficult request from a family became a beautiful reminder of the loving spirit of so many. Thank you.. Read More

Challenge Gift!

A Friends School of Minnesota family has generously offered a $5,000 challenge gift to help us reach our Friends School Fund goal of $150,000. Now through June 30, your contribution will be matched dollar-for-dollar and will help us reach our goal. If you haven’t yet given or you are able to give an additional gift, please do! Gifts of all sizes welcome. Thank you so much for helping us take advantage of this generous.. Read More

8th Grade Capstone Project 2014 – Conflict Resolution

For the 2014 8th Grade Capstone Project, we chose to focus on Friends School’s Conflict Resolution (CR) Program. For the past year, we have immersed ourselves in understanding and evaluating the Conflict Resolution Program, going over the CR manual, watching the CR training video, and assessing what is working and what’s not working with conferences in lower and middle school. To begin with, we looked at the different aspects of.. Read More