Friends School of Minnesota Blog

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Fifth and Six Grade Trip to Eagle Bluff 2014

Friends School of Minnesota 5th and 6th graders had a great time on their three-day, two-night trip to Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center in Lanesboro, Minnesota! The visit to Eagle Bluff met several objectives for 5/6: Community-Building Building a sense of community at the beginning of middle school is a very important part of what we do at Friends School and who we are as a Quaker, progressive education school. We.. Read More

Fall Harvest Celebration with the Hi-Rise

Middle school students and teachers joined the Hamline Hi-Rise Garden Club and other hi-rise residents for the 2nd annual Fall Harvest Celebration. Our neighbors grew raised bed gardens to promote healthy eating with a Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) grant. Last Monday, everyone gathered on their patio for light refreshments. The garden club assisted other residents harvest the produce and enjoy the fruits of the season. The event coordinator Ann Dwyer Tranvik from.. Read More

The Collins-Fieldseth Award for Exceptional Volunteerism 2013-2014

Friends School of Minnesota volunteers are amazing! They serve on committees, care for our community, run our gala, assist in after school activities, chaperone field trips, run the Friends School Plant Sale, support students’ reading, take photographs, work in the library, and serve in countless other ways to support the school. Since 2002, we have recognized two to four volunteers with our Collins-Fieldseth Award for Exceptional Volunteerism. The 2013-2014 recipients are: Ann.. Read More

Thank You from the Community Care Committee

Friends School of Minnesota’s Community Care Committee would like to thank the entire FSM community for your generosity in supporting numerous families during the 2013-14 school year who experienced medical crises, financial crises and difficult loss. Your gifts of money, food, time and caring thoughts were greatly appreciated by all recipients.  Each difficult request from a family became a beautiful reminder of the loving spirit of so many. Thank you.. Read More

We Recycle Ink Cartridges and Collect Box Tops

Friends School of Minnesota partners with Cartridge World in Maplewood to recycle used printer ink cartridges. We use only recycled ink/toner cartridges in the school and we collect used ones in the front office. Cartridge World pays us for the used cartridges we collect and then uses them again. Good for everyone!  Bring them in. All types. FSM also participates in General Mills’ Boxtops for Education program. Box tops from.. Read More

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:

Where in the World was Annamary?

Some folks might have noticed Friends School of Minnesota’s school secretary Annamary was absent for several weeks. She was communing with kiwis and enjoying New Zealand summer while the rest of us were shivering. Here are some of Annamary’s musings about her trip. At 1pm on the 4th of January, I left the Auckland Friends Centre and crossed Mt. Eden Road to catch the airport bus and return to the.. Read More