Friends School of Minnesota Blog

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Help Collect Boxes for the Friends School Plant Sale

Shoppers entering the Friends School Plant Sale at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand are offered cardboard strawberry flats to help carry their pots of plants. These strawberry boxes are available to our customers because a group of hard-working volunteers collect and store over 10,000 boxes every year!  Can you help?

Fostering a Caring Community: The Annual MLK Day Celebration

Last Friday evening, I stood in the soaring lobby of the O’Shaughnessy auditorium greeting families, friends, and community members to the Friends School of Minnesota’s annual, all-school Martin Luther King Celebration. The excitement and pride amidst the families was clear; one parent told me it was her favorite day of the year, “even better than Christmas!” she declared.

Actively and Explicitly Teaching Community

Friends School of Minnesota’s 2014 Martin Luther King Celebration took place last January 17, 2014. This year students explored the Quaker value of community through a variety of songs, dances, multimedia, and spoken word performances. Thank you to everyone who joined us! In case you missed it, here are Head of School Lili Herbert’s opening remarks:

Upcoming Alumni Performances – SPCPA

Friends School of Minnesota alumni at Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists have upcoming performances. They’d love to see Friends School of Minnesota community members in the audiences! Here’s what we’ve heard about: Elena Guevara-Carlson (FSMN Class of 2013) will be performing in Dance 1- on Tues., Jan. 21, at O’Shaughnessy at 8pm.  details and tickets Abby Palen (FSMN Class of 2013) and Talia Fossum-Wernick (FSMN Class of 2011) are in the J-term.. Read More

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

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