Every morning I am able, I greet students and their families at the front door of the school. As they enter, I shake hands and welcome them to the start of new school day.
One of the best parts of my job is finally meeting all the prospective kindergartners each February. Over the year, I get to know them through the eyes of their parents and teachers but I love meeting them face to face as they come for their school visit.
FSM alumnus Alex Christensen’s commentary for the Star Tribune “Questioning the ‘greening’ of America“ challenges us to ask “What is green?” Alex is currently a student at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, studying Environmental Studies and Spanish.
Every year, Friends School of Minnesota third and fourth graders host an evening Poetry Café for friends and family. Students present the Writers Workshop poems they spent the fall writing and serve treats to raise money for charity. This year’s Bayou classroom Poetry Café was a big hit!
A common question for prospective parents to ask me is, “How much homework is there?” It’s a great question because it gets right to the heart of a school’s educational philosophy. The amount of homework, the types of assignments and the reasons homework is assigned tells you a lot about what a school believes is important.
In art class, seventh and eighth graders got their eyes and observation skills in gear by making “cut-away drawings.”
Robert Frost’s poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening is so well known that we might not even give it much thought. But this poem comes to mind as I sit here in Minnesota on an oddly brown December day yearning for snow, considering the passing of the longest night of the year, and anticipating festive gatherings of family and friends. Frost’s quiet pause on a snowy night reminds me.. Read More
Simplicity is a core Quaker value. A query printed in the Cannon Valley Friends Meeting newsletter asks: “Do I recognize when I have enough?” It’s hard not to think about this in December when consumerism slaps us in the face: newspapers print photos of shoppers who line up for hours to be among the first to get in to the store, magazines help us figure out appropriate gifts for everyone on.. Read More