Friends School of Minnesota Blog

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Skipping Stones Summer Program Turns 10!

Skipping Stones, FSM’s summer camping trips for our middle schoolers, turns ten years old this year! Each summer since 2006, groups of FSM students have gone camping in one of Minnesota’s state parks for five days and four nights. Trips include outdoor adventures such as inner-tubing down the Root River through Lanesboro, exploring caves in southeastern Minnesota, hiking to the top of Barn Bluff in Red Wing, cycling through the pine forests surrounding.. Read More

Nature, Art and the City

Parents interested in summer arts programming for their children sometimes wonder if spending time indoors during our short summer season is a reasonable tradeoff for the skills their children gain. Friends School of Minnesota science teacher Steve Moe, and kindergarten teacher Marshall Anderson have found a way to ease that concern through their summer class for lower school children—Nature, Art, and the City! Students joining this camp spend their days at.. Read More

State Funding Available for FSM Summer Program

Qualifying students attending Friends School of Minnesota’s summer program are eligible for up to $1,000 of state funding. The State of Minnesota has half a million dollars available for low income children to participate in summer activities, and Friends School’s Create Something Great program qualifies for this support. See the terrific summer classes in art, recreation, and just plain fun that we’re offering this year! Brochure online Any child currently in third through.. Read More

Summer Camp 2014

Construction isn’t slowing down the summer program at Friends Schoolof Minnesota! While we are running fewer weeks (five instead of seven), we’re making the most of the weeks we’re here. A total of 176 students are with us for our day program, including one from Columbia and two from Mexico, and fourteen FSM alumni are camping at Tettegouche State Park with teachers Steve Moe and Marshall Anderson.  From painting to.. Read More

Young Writers Welcome this Summer!

Friends School of Minnesota’s summer program Create Something Great! is delighted to welcome back writer Susan Marie Swanson. Susan will be teaching two creative writing classes for students ages 7-11 (entering 2nd-entering 6th grades), Hooray for Pippi and Charlotte’s Web. Susan Marie Swanson is a St. Paul writer and poet whose children’s books include (among others), Letter to the Lake, To Be Like the Sun, and 2009’s Caldecott award-winning The House in.. Read More