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Stefan Frazier’s Venue Vanity at The Beat Coffeehouse

Friends School of Minnesota alumnus Stefan Frazier (Class of 2009) and Jared Blessner’s band Venue Vanity is playing this Friday, January 10 at The Beat Coffeehouse in Minneapolis. You can also check out Venue Vanity’s music blog on Tumblr, view videos on YouTube, or listen to them on Soundcloud. Venue Vanity will be releasing their first full length LP this upcoming August.

Alumnus Henry Hitchler in “Little Shop of Horrors”

Friends School of Minnesota alumnus Henry Hitchler (FSMN Class of 2013) will be in Central High School Drama Board’s production of Little Shop of Horrors.  Central High Senior High School presents Little Shop of Horrors: “Seymour Krelborn is an unlucky orphan working at an unsuccessful flower shop on Skid Row, when a solar eclipse reveals a mysterious plant that turns his whole life around–especially when he realizes that it eats people. You’ll laugh,.. Read More

Spotlight on Alumni: Matt Chrastek

Since 2000, Friends School of Minnesota has graduated nearly 200 alumni who are out in the world carrying out the mission of the school. We caught up with Matt Chrastek (FSMN Class of 2004) as he heard that he will receive a Peace Corps Master’s International assignment next summer.

Friends School of Minnesota Alumni Take the Stage

Three Friends School of Minnesota alumni took to the stage on November 22 and 23, 2013, as part of St. Paul Academy‘s production of Bertolt Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle. Written in 1944 and first performed at Carleton College, this dark and complex play is ultimately a fable about land ownership told through a dispute over parentage of a child. In the play, set to original music, Evan Leduc (FSMN Class.. Read More

Fencer Emma Deschamps Qualifies for the Junior Olympics

Congratulations to Friends School of Minnesota alumna Emma Deschamps (Class of 2012)!  Emma competed in the cadet (under 17) qualifiers for the Junior Olympics for the State of Virginia. She took first place with a very strong showing. The Junior Olympics are in Portland, Oregon in February. She is excited to compete for her new club, The DC Fencers Club (DCFC) in Washington, D.C.   We love to hear from.. Read More

Raking Leaves for Elders Service Project

Last Saturday, 30 Friends School of Minnesota students, teachers, alumni, and parents spent the morning raking leaves to help senior citizens in our community. The Hamline-Midway Elders organization identified neighborhood folks who needed a hand with their fall yard work. FSMN volunteers gathered at the school, rakes in hand, and got to work. Two crews spent four hours tidying five yards and hauling mountains of leaves to the compost.    .. Read More