Friends School of Minnesota Blog

A Quaker school blog about progressive education.

FSM’s Good Morning Handshake Tradition

Another school year is beginning and students will soon return! It is Friends School of Minnesota’s tradition is to greet students with a handshake as they arrive at the front door for a new school day. We believe the morning greeting makes students feel known, sets a positive tone for the day, and builds community. One of the wonderful things about a small, intentional community like FSM is that every student,.. Read More

South America Comes to Friends School of Minnesota

A giant map of South America filled half of the gym last week! Each year, National Geographic Giant Traveling Maps rents out a floor map of a continent to schools across the nation.  The Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education (MAGE) brings the traveling map to Minnesota schools.  We had such great success with the map of Asia last year that our humanities teacher Melissa Andersen applied for a visit from the map of.. Read More

2015 Wolf Ridge Calendar Fundraiser

Friends School of Minnesota middle school is selling fantastic Wolf Ridge calendars as a fundraiser. Sales will help pay for the environmental education field trips we make every year to Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center and other great places.

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

Elective Classes for 5th and 6th Graders

For two weeks this spring, all Friends School of Minnesota fifth and sixth grade students took “elective” classes. These fun classes allow students to explore a topic/activity without grades, homework, or stress! The first week’s electives included drama games with Rebecca, cooking with Lili, Scrabble tournament with Anna, and sock animals with Melissa. The next week, students made smoothies with Anna, played chess with Steve, did art projects with Kris, or worked on.. Read More

Marching to Commemorate Selma

Last Friday, March 20, Friends School of Minnesota marched through the neighborhood to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches. FSM first and second graders have been learning about the Civil Rights movement and leaders of the movement through dramatic play, reading, singing, and meeting Hollis Watkins, an early member of SNCC and activist in the civil rights movement. Marching in the manner of the Civil Rights.. Read More

Buddies: Kindergarten and 3rd/4th Grade

We believe children learn best in community and our buddies program is one way we build and strengthen our school community. Buddies is a time for older and younger children to play together and learn from each other. It also provides an opportunity for friendships to form that can last from kindergarten through eighth grade. This year, the Bayou class 3rd and 4th graders are buddies with our kindergarten. (Next year, Bayou students will have.. Read More