Friends School of Minnesota Blog

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Seed Bombs! Math and Science with the National Parks

Friends School of Minnesota 5th and 6th graders worked with National Park rangers, volunteers, and members of the Mississippi Park Connection to make seed bombs for prairie restoration work within the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (MNRRA). This hands-on seed ball activity is a great way to bring service work into schools and connect students to a unique natural area in their community. Students rolled compost, soil, sand, and 3 types of seeds.. Read More

Environmental Education at FSM: Walking in our Purpose

Environmental education at Friends School of Minnesota seeks to prepare students to become citizens and stewards of the earth. Whether on a week-long trip to Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, a nature walk in the park, or collecting the school compost, environmental education is woven throughout FSM’s K-8 experience. Here is some great news that demonstrates our community’s commitment to environmental education. Presenting FSM Environmental Education Work Last month, members of.. Read More

Middle School’s New Environmental Service Club

After a recent discussion at FSM’s Environmental Education Committee meeting, science teacher, Steve Moe, and I decided to offer a new club to middle school students at FSM. Our goal is simple – to provide a time and place for kids that are interested in helping the environment to mobilize and take action by working together on several projects throughout the school year. We will meet monthly, and there is.. Read More

Leaf Raking for Elders Service Project 2015

Last Saturday morning, Friends School community members gathered for a community day of service.  About 40 students, staff, parents, and alumni helped seniors living in the Hamline-Midway neighborhood by raking leaves.  We were able to take care of five different lawns and plan to take care of several more this week as classroom groups go out again. This annual service work is a great way to connect with our neighborhood!

River Field Trip #2: Climate Change

It was a busy week as Friends School of Minnesota 5th and 6th graders headed out on their second River Trip. We returned to Fort Snelling State Park on Friday, October 30 for a special event organized by the National Park Service, Minnesota State Parks, and Will Steger Foundation (now called the Climate Generation). The topic was climate change and the students participated in the following activities: Introduction to park.. 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

River Trips with 5th and 6th Grades

In December, Friends School of Minnesota 5th and 6th grade students visited St. Paul’s Water Treatment Facility.  Students learned all about where St. Paul’s drinking water comes from and how it is treated for safety before reaching our taps.  Every time I take this tour I have the same impression – this is so impressive, interesting, and important that every person in St. Paul should take the tour. As always,.. Read More