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Our GSA at Work–We Don’t Teach Peace. We Live It by Making a Difference.

People often wonder how we teach peace. The short answer, we don’t. We live it. We actively live it. Our children live it. If we don’t teach peace, what do we teach? It is our job to educate our children about as many varied perspectives as we can, to speak about injustice and discrimination and the systems that help them thrive. When we teach, we hold our children at the.. Read More

Spotlight on an Alumna–You Take FSMN’s Core Values With You Through Life

One of the signs our little school is growing up is we now have alumni who have come back as parents. In celebration of our 30th anniversary, we met with Monica Bicking to hear how the school felt as a student and now as a parent of two lower school students. Few people are more grounded in the Friends School of Minnesota than Monica Bicking. Monica’s mother Gaylyn was the.. 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

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

Our Students Speak Out About Gun Violence

Student activism is important at Friends School of Minnesota. Our students know their voice is important and they are powerful citizens in our democracy. They know they must speak up and use their voices when issues arise that challenge their values and dreams for our future. Gun violence is one of those issues. The actions of the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida have inspired our.. Read More

History Day Is Here!

Our FSMN History Day Showcase will take place tonight, Thursday, March 8 from 6-8:30pm. The event is open to anyone, and we are excited for our 7/8 students to show off their hard work. The 7/8 students started the projects in December by choosing a topic and connecting it to the year’s theme, Conflict and Compromise in History. Choosing a Category and Conducting Research During the months of January and.. Read More

West African Dance–3 Students Teach Dance To 7th and 8th Graders

In October, we taught 7th and 8th graders West African dance moves, to go along with the West African drumming unit. We taught our classmates Kassa, a harvest dance from West Africa. We taught the students about the West African break. A West African break is a signal from the drummers to switch dance moves. In the sequence that we taught them, there were five moves. Students had to keep.. Read More