Friends School of Minnesota Blog

A Quaker school blog about progressive education.

5th and 6th Grade Students Write to the President About Immigration

As a teacher, one of my goals is to get students to connect with content in a way that drives them to take action. I continuously feel lucky to be a part of a school community where my goals align with the school’s vision and mission as a progressive, Quaker school. As a progressive school, we believe real-world application of content is important to learning. Being led to service and.. 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

Friends School of Minnesota Community Event: “Exploring Identities”

The Friends School of Minnesota Parent Involvement Committee and the Equity and Justice Committee invite you to explore and discuss the concept of identity in our personal and professional lives and learn about identity threat as explained in Claude M. Steele’s book, Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do. FSM’s Diversity Coordinator, Rebecca Slaby, will introduce the concept of identity threat through video and readings, and facilitate.. 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.

Fostering a Caring Community: The Annual MLK Day Celebration

Last Friday evening, I stood in the soaring lobby of the O’Shaughnessy auditorium greeting families, friends, and community members to the Friends School of Minnesota’s annual, all-school Martin Luther King Celebration. The excitement and pride amidst the families was clear; one parent told me it was her favorite day of the year, “even better than Christmas!” she declared.

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:

Teaching Integrity, Studying the Holocaust

In Friends School of Minnesota’s 7th and 8th grade humanities classes this year, we are focussing on the Quaker value of integrity. Our guiding questions for the year are: How have societies changed by interaction with other societies? How do I keep my values when confronted by counter values? How do people decide when and how to take a stand? The 7th and 8th humanities students have been studying the.. Read More