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West African Dance–3 Students Teach Dance To 7th and 8th Graders

In October, we taught 7th and 8th graders West African dance moves, to go along with the West African drumming unit. We taught our classmates Kassa, a harvest dance from West Africa. We taught the students about the West African break. A West African break is a signal from the drummers to switch dance moves. In the sequence that we taught them, there were five moves. Students had to keep.. Read More

A Video–Who We Are and How We Live Our Mission

Students seated in a circle in a gymnasium

It is a time of change in our communities, our country, and our world. Friends School of Minnesota is preparing children to face these changes with hope, skill, understanding and creativity–while incorporating the Quaker values of peace, justice, simplicity and integrity. We like to think of this video as a set of images that celebrate the hope we try to foster here every day. Click here to watch the video. .. Read More

Rick Juliusson Announced As New FSMN Head of School

The School Committee is pleased to announce that Rick Juliusson, Co-Director of Monteverde Friends School in Monteverde, Costa Rica, has accepted the invitation to serve as the Head of School, effective July 9, 2018. The Search Committee and search consultant Marcus Hurlbut from Educators’ Collaborative have been working together since last November to recruit a strong candidate pool. The committee completed several trainings in preparation for this work, including workshops.. Read More

Welcome Back to School!

It is such a pleasure to welcome everyone back to school. It is wonderful to see the hallways full of children and brimming with energy and excitement. We are looking forward to an amazing year. Here are some key dates for the upcoming weeks: First Day of School Welcome and Meeting for Worship Tuesday, September 5, 2017 9:30-10:15am: All School Meeting for Worship in the gym 10:15-11:00am: Coffee for guests in the.. Read More

The Making of a Ciudad

Tundra and Bayou Spanish students have been creating their imaginary “ciudad” (city) using the vocabulary we have learned in this unit. Groups had some basic requirements they needed to include on their maps. They worked in small groups and were challenged to make creative designs. Each city has an imaginary name. You can see these projects in the hallway and stairwell closest to La Mesa classroom. It’s been a fun.. Read More

An 8th Grader Offers Tips for Entering Middle School–It’s Not That Scary

How is middle school at FSMN different than lower school? There’s more homework and you have a different teacher for every class, but you still go to MFW and specialists, and you’re still with people you know. I came to FSMN in fifth grade, which is the start of middle school. That’s two big changes all at once. First of all, it’s more homework, and you have seven or eight.. Read More

Join Us – FSMN’s Summer Program is Open to the Whole Community

Do your children want to make a film just like the professionals do? How about building a rocket and sending it soaring into the sky? Do they have a secret stash of poems they want to share? Feel a need to express themselves through paint and paper-folding? Maybe they’d rather argue for the defense in a real courtroom? Friends School will be the place to do that–and more–from June 19-August.. Read More

7th Grader Pema Writes About Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion are important to the Friends School of Minnesota community as demonstrated in our mission statement, diversity statement and our actions. A part of the diversity statement says, “Our vision is to ensure that all members of the FSMN community feel that they are known and that they belong. Recognizing and appreciating that our differences make our experiences of the world fuller, we seek to build a community.. Read More