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Another Blooming Saint Paul Awards Nomination!

Friends School of Minnesota’s grounds have been nominated again for a Blooming St. Paul Award! Last year, we won a bronze Blooming Saint Paul Award for our rain gardens and “exemplary landscaping project or practice that demonstrates storm water runoff reduction, pollution prevention or water reuse.” We look forward to hearing the results of this year’s awards! “The Blooming Saint Paul Awards is a collaborative initiative of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation,.. Read More

Farewell to Head of School Lili Herbert

Today, we say goodbye to head of school Lili Herbert after more than 20 years. She came as a parent and has served as teacher, middle school director, and interim head, as well as head of school since 2006. We cannot begin to express how much she will be missed. Thank you, Lili, for everything you have given the Friends School of Minnesota community! Lili’s parting words: I want to thank you all for the.. Read More

FSMN Wins Blooming Saint Paul Award

Friends School of Minnesota is pleased to win a Blooming Saint Paul Award for an outstanding Clean Water garden – sponsored by the Capital Region Watershed District (CRWD). FSMN is pleased to be recognized for our “exemplary landscaping project or practice that demonstrates storm water runoff reduction, pollution prevention or water reuse.” FSMN business manager Garth Morrisette and science teacher Steve Moe attended the Blooming Saint Paul Awards ceremony and accepted the bronze award on.. Read More

Upcoming Performances by FSMN Alumni

Abby Palen (Class of 2013) will play Ann Putnam in St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artist’s J-term production of The Crucible. Saturday, January 24, 2015 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, January 25, 2015 @ 5:00 PM The LAB Theater 700 N 1st Street Minneapolis, MN  55401 Estimated run time: 90 minutes, no intermission. Most appropriate for audiences 13+ for mature themes. Tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets online. *****  Zach Sain and Paige.. Read More

Talia is Reno Sweeney in SPCPA’s Anything Goes!

Friends School of Minnesota alumna Talia Fossum-Wernick (Class of 2011) is playing nightclub singer Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes for St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists‘s January performance term (or J-Term).  Anything Goes is a musical with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. Talia is a senior at SPCPA and would love seeing of her FSMN friends and teachers at the performance! Tickets for Anything Goes can be purchased online from Brown.. Read More

Music Teacher Brad Sings and Conducts – Two Holiday Programs

Friends School of Minnesota music teacher Brad Bradshaw will be singing and conducting in two programs this month.  They are free and open to the public. Brad says: I hope that if you have some spare time, and want to just sit back and listen to some gorgeous music, you might come to hear me sing or conduct.  I would love to share these two profound and beautiful performances with.. Read More

Friends School of Minnesota Names New Head of School

Friends School of Minnesota (FSMN) is extremely pleased to announce that Dr. Latrisha Chattin will become the school’s fourth Head of School, effective July 1, 2015. Her appointment results from an intensive process to identify a successor to Lili Herbert, who announced in December 2013 that she would be retiring at the end of the 2014-15 school year. Latrisha Chattin resonates strongly with the school’s mission. Her philosophy of education.. Read More

Drawing in the New Art Room

Friends School of Minnesota students are loving our new art room! This past month, 5th and 6th graders worked on their drawing, painting and observational skills while creating a series of drawings of an object of their choice. Middle school students have art two times a week for 45 minutes.               If you would like to come see the new art room and the.. Read More