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
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
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
A Friends School of Minnesota family has generously offered a $5,000 challenge gift to help us reach our Friends School Fund goal of $150,000. Now through June 30, your contribution will be matched dollar-for-dollar and will help us reach our goal. If you haven’t yet given or you are able to give an additional gift, please do! Gifts of all sizes welcome. Thank you so much for helping us take advantage of this generous.. Read More
What a joy it was to spend a week chaperoning Friends School of Minnesota 7th and 8th graders at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center! Getting to know each other so well provides us a solid foundation for the whole school year.
Each year, Friends School of Minnesota seventh and eighth graders spend a week at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Finland, Minnesota. We do this trip to learn about the natural environment of the area and to build community among ourselves. This year, I got to accompany students along with three staff and four parent chaperones.
Friends School of Minnesota 7th and 8th graders made their first of many trips to Crosby Farm Regional Park today! This year-long series of field trips is part of an integrated unit of study coordinated with the middle school science, math, humanities teachers and specialists. We gathered by the river to take river notes, measure the air and water temperature, current rate, wind speed, and river height. We then discussed phenology and.. Read More
“Do you think gardens are an important part of community? Why or why not?” This was a question posed to Friends School of Minnesota kindergarten students before a neighborhood hike to the community garden. I asked them to hold that question while we walked and sketched. We would discuss their ideas after their experience.