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If you stopped by the grandstand Monday morning, it was clear the party was over. Bleary-eyed volunteers were disassembling and packing up the thousands of bits and pieces that make the Friends School Plant Sale run smoothly each year.
It was great meeting new families and connecting with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community last Saturday at the Midwest Family Equity Conference.
Friends School of Minnesota will have an admissions information table at the 2012 Midwest Family Equality Conference. Stop on by and say hi!
Friends schools share a commitment to the Quaker values such as community. Friends School Lisburn in Ireland shot this video to highlight the sense of community found at the over 100 Friends schools worldwide. Their exuberance will make you smile!
Parents looking at schools often ask why Friends School of Minnesota has mixed-age classrooms. In short, we believe that mixed-age classrooms room build community – which is a core Quaker value and a foundation of progressive education. Learning to work with people of different ages and abilities is what life is all about. Classrooms are great places to start.
One of the best parts of my job is finally meeting all the prospective kindergartners each February. Over the year, I get to know them through the eyes of their parents and teachers but I love meeting them face to face as they come for their school visit.
A common question for prospective parents to ask me is, “How much homework is there?” It’s a great question because it gets right to the heart of a school’s educational philosophy. The amount of homework, the types of assignments and the reasons homework is assigned tells you a lot about what a school believes is important.
Robert Frost’s poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening is so well known that we might not even give it much thought. But this poem comes to mind as I sit here in Minnesota on an oddly brown December day yearning for snow, considering the passing of the longest night of the year, and anticipating festive gatherings of family and friends. Frost’s quiet pause on a snowy night reminds me.. Read More