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Lili Herbert - Head of School

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Elective Classes for 5th and 6th Graders

For two weeks this spring, all Friends School of Minnesota fifth and sixth grade students took “elective” classes. These fun classes allow students to explore a topic/activity without grades, homework, or stress! The first week’s electives included drama games with Rebecca, cooking with Lili, Scrabble tournament with Anna, and sock animals with Melissa. The next week, students made smoothies with Anna, played chess with Steve, did art projects with Kris, or worked on.. Read More

Thoughts About Community

Friends School of Minnesota head of school Lili Herbert shares some thoughts about community in her weekly newsletter message to FSM parents. She reminds us that community at its best is inclusive and supportive of every member. However, she also notes that community can be very challenging. Community sometimes requires us to be more tolerant, forgiving, and open to change in ourselves and others. Dear Friends School of Minnesota Parents, I think some of you may have seen.. Read More

Wolf Ridge Trip 2014

Greetings from Wolf Ridge! It is my privilege to be accompanying the seventh and eighth graders on their week-long trip to this excellent environmental learning center. Accompanying the trip is not only fun, I also get to serve as a teacher in some ways, and with the other adults, we help the students be safe, learn, and enjoy themselves. Friends School of Minnesota 7th and 8th Graders spend a week.. Read More

The Collins-Fieldseth Award for Exceptional Volunteerism 2013-2014

Friends School of Minnesota volunteers are amazing! They serve on committees, care for our community, run our gala, assist in after school activities, chaperone field trips, run the Friends School Plant Sale, support students’ reading, take photographs, work in the library, and serve in countless other ways to support the school. Since 2002, we have recognized two to four volunteers with our Collins-Fieldseth Award for Exceptional Volunteerism. The 2013-2014 recipients are: Ann.. Read More

Understanding Tuition Assistance

Friends School of Minnesota is committed to an economically diverse student body. We provide financial support to families who need it to help send their children to the school. As a Quaker school, we will always be an independent, tuition-based institution, but we work hard to ensure that tuition is not a barrier to attending FSM.

Actively and Explicitly Teaching Community

Friends School of Minnesota’s 2014 Martin Luther King Celebration took place last January 17, 2014. This year students explored the Quaker value of community through a variety of songs, dances, multimedia, and spoken word performances. Thank you to everyone who joined us! In case you missed it, here are Head of School Lili Herbert’s opening remarks:

“Exploring Together” Quaker Workshop

Friends School of Minnesota was selected as one of two sites in the country to pilot a program of the Friends General Conference and the Friends Council on Education. The program is called “Exploring Together” and has three goals: For Quaker meetings to strengthen ways of welcoming and bringing newcomers into the life of the meeting For Friends schools to give parents, faculty, and staff a chance to explore Quaker.. Read More