Friends School of Minnesota Blog

A Quaker school blog about progressive education.

From Vandalism to Public Art: A Middle School Mural Project

One spring day, a year and a half ago, I was across the street from Friends School of Minnesota in Horton Park on recess duty with our 5th and 6th graders. Horton Park is a square-block city park in the Midway neighborhood of St. Paul. It is a mini-arboretum with an open field, native gardens, and some cement picnic tables that are bordered by a cement wall that ranges from.. Read More

November Visitor Coffee

On November 26, twenty five family members and friends attended the second of four 2013-14 Visitor Coffees at Friends School of Minnesota. The visit started with coffee and a chat with Head of School Lili Herbert. Then our guests visited classrooms to see FSMN in action. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend this event!                     Upcoming Visitor Coffees: Wednesday, February.. Read More

Winter Clothing Drive

Please donate gently-used winter clothing for residents of the Pine Ridge Reservation who are experiencing a harsh and early winter. Drop box is in Friends School of Minnesota’s front entry at 1365 Englewood Avenue in Saint Paul. Call the front office for school hours 651-917-0636. Especially needed: coats boots mittens & gloves hats & scarves The Pine Ridge Reservation is home to the Oglala Lakota Nation and is located in.. 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

Little Free Library at Friends School of Minnesota

If you’ve been by Friends School of Minnesota lately, you may have noticed something new as you walk the path up to the entryway of our school. A Little Free Library has sprouted up on the west side of our walkway.   Little Free Library is an organization that promotes reading for children, literacy for adults and libraries around the world. People or institutions can install a small “house” where books are.. Read More

October Visitor Coffee

On October 25, over 40 family members and friends attended the first of four 2013-14 Visitor Coffees at Friends School of Minnesota. The visit started with coffee and a chat with Head of School Lili Herbert. Then our guests met with with students in their classrooms to see FSMN in action. Some people stayed for a tour of the school with Lili, hearing more about progressive education and what makes FSMN a.. Read More

“Exploring Together” Quaker Workshop

Friends School of Minnesota was selected as one of two sites in the country to pilot a program of the Friends General Conference and the Friends Council on Education. The program is called “Exploring Together” and has three goals: For Quaker meetings to strengthen ways of welcoming and bringing newcomers into the life of the meeting For Friends schools to give parents, faculty, and staff a chance to explore Quaker.. Read More