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
This year’s Minnesota Library Association annual conference, which took place mid-October, had some fantastic sessions for librarians serving children and young adults. Here’s a re-cap:
When Shane Zack is not busy teaching science, wrangling FSM students or telling hilarious stories, he picks up his mandolin. We asked Shane how he got interested in bluegrass music and where one might hear his two bands play around town.
Many schools feel pressure to use every minute of the school day to teach “academic” subjects, and so recess hits the chopping block, along with arts and other essentials. At FSM, we have recess for every student, every day. Why?
Every Wednesday morning, everyone at Friends School of Minnesota gathers for Meeting for Worship. Sometimes our Meeting is “unprogrammed” and we sit quietly in community, perhaps feeling moved to speak from the silence. More often, we provide a query to help focus this time of reflection.
Fall is always a busy time in the library! Here’s what we’ve been up to.
Each time my kindergarten class and I are outdoors together there is value and great learning going on. I take my kindergartners outside often, to the park, side of the schoolyard, and hiking to the community garden.