Friends School of Minnesota Blog

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Nature, Art and the City

Parents interested in summer arts programming for their children sometimes wonder if spending time indoors during our short summer season is a reasonable tradeoff for the skills their children gain. Friends School of Minnesota science teacher Steve Moe, and kindergarten teacher Marshall Anderson have found a way to ease that concern through their summer class for lower school children—Nature, Art, and the City! Students joining this camp spend their days at.. Read More

Another Blooming Saint Paul Awards Nomination!

Friends School of Minnesota’s grounds have been nominated again for a Blooming St. Paul Award! Last year, we won a bronze Blooming Saint Paul Award for our rain gardens and “exemplary landscaping project or practice that demonstrates storm water runoff reduction, pollution prevention or water reuse.” We look forward to hearing the results of this year’s awards! “The Blooming Saint Paul Awards is a collaborative initiative of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation,.. Read More

Winter RAVE at Coldwater Spring: Prairie Restoration

Friends School of Minnesota 5th and 6th graders made seed bombs for the National Park Service as a service project. These were prairie seeds rolled in compost, sand, and soil, and left to dry until spring. Everyone is invited to participate in throwing the seeds at Coldwater Spring as part of the parks prairie restoration project. Winter RAVE at Coldwater Spring Saturday, March 14, 1-3pm Coldwater Spring 5601 Minnehaha Park Drive South.. Read More

FSM Wins Blooming Saint Paul Award

Friends School of Minnesota is pleased to win a Blooming Saint Paul Award for an outstanding Clean Water garden – sponsored by the Capital Region Watershed District (CRWD). FSM is pleased to be recognized for our “exemplary landscaping project or practice that demonstrates storm water runoff reduction, pollution prevention or water reuse.” FSM business manager Garth Morrisette and science teacher Steve Moe attended the Blooming Saint Paul Awards ceremony and accepted the bronze award on.. Read More

River Trips with 5th and 6th Grades

In December, Friends School of Minnesota 5th and 6th grade students visited St. Paul’s Water Treatment Facility.  Students learned all about where St. Paul’s drinking water comes from and how it is treated for safety before reaching our taps.  Every time I take this tour I have the same impression – this is so impressive, interesting, and important that every person in St. Paul should take the tour. As always,.. Read More

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

Sixth Graders Prepare School Compost for Winter

Last Friday, sixth grade students learned about and worked the school’s compost.  As they have been for the last seven years, the sixth grade class is responsible for running Friends School of Minnesota’s school-wide composting program. Every classroom and our lunch room collects compostable items separately from recycling and landfill waste. Sixth graders collect compost each day from around the school and bring it out back to one of the school’s.. Read More