Friends School of Minnesota Blog

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River Field Trip #2: Climate Change

It was a busy week as Friends School of Minnesota 5th and 6th graders headed out on their second River Trip. We returned to Fort Snelling State Park on Friday, October 30 for a special event organized by the National Park Service, Minnesota State Parks, and Will Steger Foundation (now called the Climate Generation). The topic was climate change and the students participated in the following activities: Introduction to park.. Read More

Feeling Inspired: Reflections From the Progressive Education Network’s National Conference

Middle school humanities teacher, Melissa Andersen, reflects: One of the things I greatly appreciate about teaching at Friends School of Minnesota is the amount of freedom and encouragement I am given to continue my growth professionally and personally. This last week, I was lucky enough to attend the Progressive Education Network’s (PEN) national conference, Access, Equity, and Activism: Teaching the Possible, with fellow FSM teachers, Laura Pereira (art), Andrew Rutledge.. Read More

Big River Journey 2015 – 5th and 6th Grade

Last Friday, Friends School of Minnesota 5th and 6th graders took a trip called “Big River Journey”. This was an extension of the field trips that 6th graders took last year as part of our “River Year.”  We started the day at Fort Snelling State Park doing land-based activities before boarding a riverboat for a science-based afternoon onboard the boat. We ended the day at Harriet Island in downtown St Paul. Activities included: Artifacts Soldier Hike Cultural.. Read More

Wolf Ridge Trip 2015

Each autumn, Friends School of Minnesota 7th and 8th graders head north to spend a week at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Finland, Minnesota. We do this trip to learn about the natural environment of the area and to build community. Students challenge themselves on the rock wall and outdoor ropes course. They take classes and study streams, wetlands, and geology. At night, they do astronomy and a night hike, led by science.. Read More

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

Sharing Our Differences

I had the joy of introducing my extraordinary friend Tiffany Busone to the Bayou third and fourth grade class last week following their reading of Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper. The book chronicles the unique childhood of Melody. “Born with cerebral palsy, Melody, 10, has never spoken a word. She is a brilliant fifth grader trapped in an uncontrollable body. Her world is enhanced by insight and intellect, but.. Read More

Everyone Needs Food…Not All Have It!

Brad’s middle school advisory’s service project is collecting food for the Francis Basket Food Shelf, a program operated by Neighborhood House. Francis Basket Food Shelf is the only food shelf in Highland Park area and addresses a critical need in the community. It helps over 1,000 individuals each year. Together, the Neighborhood House food shelves distributed 860,311 pounds of food in 2013. Neighborhood House reports that one in five families with children are food insecure, meaning.. Read More