Update on FSM’s diversity work by Rebecca Slaby, FSM Diversity Coordinator Now that the school year is in full swing, I would like to explain my work as diversity coordinator and provide some historical perspective on the work that the school has been doing over the years around the issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.
Our 5th grade students run the recycling program at Friends School of Minnesota. Daily recycling collection and management is just one way we integrate service learning into school life.
Another school year is beginning and students will soon return! It is Friends School of Minnesota’s tradition is to greet students with a handshake as they arrive at the front door for a new school day. We believe the morning greeting makes students feel known, sets a positive tone for the day, and builds community. One of the wonderful things about a small, intentional community like FSM is that every student,.. Read More
Friends School of Minnesota 7th and 8th graders wrapped up our Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Media and Pop Culture unit in humanities in May. This unit challenges students to examine the role media plays in their lives, how the media constructs messages about race/ethnicity, gender, and sexuality, and how those messages impact one’s sense of identity. We center the unit around the Center for Media Literacy’s five core concepts.. Read More
Parent Leslie Schiff shares her thoughts as her son nears graduation from Friends School of Minnesota.
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
Over the past month, fellow middle school humanities teacher Melissa Andersen and I have been engaged with the 5th and 6th graders in some challenging, thoughtful work around race and racism in our society. It began with our field trip to the RACE: Are We So Different? exhibit at the Science Museum of Minnesota, something I recommend that everyone go and see. Before the field trip, we did some preview.. Read More
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!