Friends School of Minnesota Blog

A Quaker school blog about progressive education.

Sharing Cranes. Sharing Peace.

The Bayou is Inspired Have you found an origami crane around school, in your house, or in the refrigerator section of your grocery store? Did the crane bring a message of peace? Maybe a message that said, “have fun, have confidence,” or “you are awesome.” Last week, the third and fourth grade students read the book Sadako and The Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr, a fictional retelling of the.. Read More

Will My Child Be Ready?

By Rick Juliusson As parents we wonder if our children will be ready for their “next steps.” Will they be able to handle the first day of school, graduation from Marshall’s cozy cocoon, the shift to middle school, and (gulp!) the big move to high school? Even more than ready, we hope they will thrive. It is a big question for parents, including my wife and me. Our two boys.. Read More

In Times Like These, We Hold You In The Light

On my first visit back to the US after moving to Costa Rica, the bus to the San Juan airport had a sign with three security rules: “No littering”, “No loud music”, and “Please do not wipe your hands on the curtains.” In Baltimore the signs warned about unattended bags being destroyed, while an ominous loudspeaker voice reminded us each minute that we should report any suspicious behavior “in times.. Read More

The Peace in Discomfort–Our Alumni Remember Meeting for Worship

Every week, during our Meeting for Worship, our students sit in silent reflection. This time is spent focusing our thoughts inward and listening deeply for shared truths and meaning. This practice is one of the ways we live peace. At our Gala, a panel of alumni spoke about their lives at FSMN and how their experiences in our community shaped their experiences in their lives after FSMN, how their experiences.. Read More

Our Middle School Students Become Music Teachers

By Karen Salter, FSMN Music Teacher The Mississippi (Kindergarten) students have been very curious about all of the wonderful instruments in the music classroom. They just couldn’t wait to get their hands on the drum set, Orff instruments, and all of the fun and quirky rhythm instruments. I wanted to give them an opportunity to explore, but I knew I couldn’t do it alone. I asked my 7th and 8th-grade.. Read More

Place-Based Education – Working with the NPS and STEAM Day

By Kris Bennett, FSMN Middle School Science Teacher Friends School of Minnesota is committed to developing scientifically literate students. Our program is designed to nurture curiosity about the natural world, develop students skilled in scientific inquiry, and promote critical thinking in all areas of life. The key to this approach is ensuring that children are at the center of their learning. Students must have experience constructing their own understanding through.. Read More

The Hope in Our Community

By Meara Cline I graduated from Friends School of Minnesota in 2012 and went onto DeLaSalle High School. I am now a sophomore at the University of Minnesota. I jumped from a school of 160 students, to one with 800 students and now I’m at one with 40,000. These were all very different spaces with diverse missions and unique students. I am convinced that my ability to navigate these unique.. Read More

What Welcome Looks Like at FSMN

Here at Friends Quaker school We follow values more than rules Every teacher, parent, child Can be a friend, share a smile I can tell that we are going to be friends When I re-wrote the White Stripes song to open our first Meeting for Worship, those words flowed out effortlessly. My first months here have been full of new friendships and open hearts. What has welcome looked like? It looked.. Read More