Friends School of Minnesota Blog

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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!

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

First Day of Kindergarten 2016-17

There is nothing better than the first day of school! Seeing the new kindergarteners digging into their next adventure renews all of us at Friends School of Minnesota. We look forward to another great school year watching all our students grow and learn. \

Summer Curriculum Work

Over the summer, Friends School of Minnesota teachers worked on revising the 3rd and 4th grade social studies curriculum and developing new benchmark assessment for middle school humanities.

All School Crosby Farm Day 2016

It was a glorious day for FSM’s all school Crosby Farm Day! Throughout the year, 7th and 8th grade students traveled monthly to Crosby Farm Regional Park in the Mississippi River Valley. They learned the natural history of the place, measured river height and rates, studied wildlife, and wrote and sketched in a specific habitat. Students went back to the same spot each month of the school year and tracked how the.. Read More

Avid Readers Breakfast

It was lots of fun to celebrate this year’s Minnesota Youth Reading Awards at our  Avid Readers Breakfast in April! Thanks to everyone for encouraging your students to read the nominated titles this year.   Our breakfast participants were the first to hear about this year’s award recipients, announced online earlier in the week. I have posted fliers outside of the library for everyone, but please share this information with.. Read More

What Makes a Community?

First and second graders have been examining what makes a community. Beginning last fall, parents and other community members came and spoke to Friends School of Minnesota’s first and second grade classrooms about their jobs and roles within our communities. After learning and writing about these jobs, students examined the community around FSM through walks focused on transportation, architecture, and green spaces. Through this process, students chose a committee that.. Read More

South America Comes to Friends School of Minnesota

A giant map of South America filled half of the gym last week! Each year, National Geographic Giant Traveling Maps rents out a floor map of a continent to schools across the nation.  The Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education (MAGE) brings the traveling map to Minnesota schools.  We had such great success with the map of Asia last year that our humanities teacher Melissa Andersen applied for a visit from the map of.. Read More