Friends School of Minnesota Blog

A Quaker school blog about progressive education.

Believing in Our Children

I think I arrived in Minnesota close to a year ago. I arrived during an April snowstorm that you all promised was a freak anomaly. As I write this at home in my purple bathrobe during our 6th (or is it 7th? I have lost count) snow day of the year, I’m not so sure what to believe… I can tell you what I know for certain, what I do.. Read More

Our GSA at Work–We Don’t Teach Peace. We Live It by Making a Difference.

People often wonder how we teach peace. The short answer, we don’t. We live it. We actively live it. Our children live it. If we don’t teach peace, what do we teach? It is our job to educate our children about as many varied perspectives as we can, to speak about injustice and discrimination and the systems that help them thrive. When we teach, we hold our children at the.. Read More

Ideas, Vision and Trust

My lunch today: First, some 5th grade girls asked if could supervise indoor recess to play volleyball. We ended up with 18 students quickly organizing to set up nets, make teams, and get a wonderfully co-operative game going in which they cheered each other, gave multiple tries for servers, laughed, danced, and insisted that I play too. As they willingly put the equipment away at the end, the grade 7/8.. Read More

A Kindergarten Expedition: Science and Stewardship at Minnehaha

In the fall, our Kindergarten class (the Mississippi) went to Minnehaha falls. I learn so much from watching our children explore and wonder. They are scientists and artists and poets at their core and it is my job, my pleasure, to honor what they bring and help them extend that learning and exploration. What does a waterfall feel like? After we saw the magnificent waterfall, students acted out what a.. Read More

Spotlight on an Alumna–You Take FSMN’s Core Values With You Through Life

One of the signs our little school is growing up is we now have alumni who have come back as parents. In celebration of our 30th anniversary, we met with Monica Bicking to hear how the school felt as a student and now as a parent of two lower school students. Few people are more grounded in the Friends School of Minnesota than Monica Bicking. Monica’s mother Gaylyn was the.. Read More

Our Middle Schoolers–FSMN at Our Best

Tonight is our winter open house. While I prepare materials, make sure we have enough snacks and hope the cold doesn’t keep people home, it is easy for me to start feeling anxious. If I am honest, event planning is not my favorite thing and the pressure to show our school in its best light brings out the (unhealthy) perfectionist in me. For all of my fretting, I know I.. Read More

Sharing Cranes. Sharing Peace.

The Bayou is Inspired Have you found an origami crane around school, in your house, or in the refrigerator section of your grocery store? Did the crane bring a message of peace? Maybe a message that said, “have fun, have confidence,” or “you are awesome.” Last week, the third and fourth grade students read the book Sadako and The Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr, a fictional retelling of the.. Read More

Will My Child Be Ready?

By Rick Juliusson As parents we wonder if our children will be ready for their “next steps.” Will they be able to handle the first day of school, graduation from Marshall’s cozy cocoon, the shift to middle school, and (gulp!) the big move to high school? Even more than ready, we hope they will thrive. It is a big question for parents, including my wife and me. Our two boys.. Read More