Friends School of Minnesota Blog

A Quaker school blog about progressive education.

Rick Juliusson

Rick Juliusson is head of school at Friends School of Minnesota. You can read more about him here.

Believing in Our Children

I think I arrived in Minnesota close to a year ago. I arrived during an April snowstorm that you all promised was a freak anomaly. As I write this at home in my purple bathrobe during our 6th (or is it 7th? I have lost count) snow day of the year, I’m not so sure what to believe… I can tell you what I know for certain, what I do.. Read More

Ideas, Vision and Trust

My lunch today: First, some 5th grade girls asked if could supervise indoor recess to play volleyball. We ended up with 18 students quickly organizing to set up nets, make teams, and get a wonderfully co-operative game going in which they cheered each other, gave multiple tries for servers, laughed, danced, and insisted that I play too. As they willingly put the equipment away at the end, the grade 7/8.. 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

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