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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

Friends of Horton Park – Spring Cleanup, May 3rd

The Friends of Horton Park will be cleaning up the native wildflower gardens at Horton Park on Saturday May 3rd, from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm. They welcome teachers, staff, families, and students from the Friends School of Minnesota to help out! Horton Park is located in St. Paul at the corner of Hamline and Englewood Avenues. Tasks will include raking leaves, clipping plants from last year, some light weeding, and possibly the installation.. Read More

Thinking About the Box

Pat Thompson, parent of a Friends School of Minnesota 2008 graduate, was a guest in the 1st and 2nd grade Prairie classroom this week. She reflects on her visit: When I donated a box of costume jewelry to Friends School of Minnesota, I didn’t expect to end up meeting with five 6-year-olds to discuss cameos and class rings. It started out pretty simple. My daughter Ruby and I cleaned out.. Read More

Winter Poems by the Jungle Class

by Brenna Winkelman In a recent poetry unit, 1st and 2nd grade Jungle class student’s discovered how to see the world through poet’s eyes.  Students accomplished this in their poem about an object by turning their factual observations into original, fresh, new, and unique ways.  Within these poems students realized how their own personal views of an object engage their peers, because they had never seen the object in the.. Read More

Project Home: Volunteer Sign-up and Product Drive

We are the Middle School Student Council, and we are doing a product drive and looking to recruit volunteers for Project Home during the entire month of March. Project Home is an organization made up of volunteers that houses homeless families for 30 days per site in local churches. They support the overflow from Homeless Shelters. People of all ages stay there. Personal Products Needed Homeless people do not always.. Read More