Friends School of Minnesota teachers Janet Thometz and Chad Kampe presented at the ISACS Annual Conference in Louisville last week. Their session, “Teaching Sexuality and Gender in Grades K-4” was attended by over 30 teachers and administrators from ISACS school.
Arthur M. Larabee returned to Friends School of Minnesota for an inservice focusing on the process of Friends (Quaker) decision-making. He led two days of workshops for staff as well as an evening session for FSM school committee and standing committee members. Reviewing and learning the basics and nuances of the Friends decision-making process strengthened our understanding of this foundation of Friends School of Minnesota’s community.
Teachers and staff are back at Friends School of Minnesota to kick off a new school year. We’re busy this week preparing classrooms, meeting, getting everything ready for the return of students September 4th. Here’s some of the things going on this week.
Over the weekend, our school committee and staff participated in a retreat to work on diversity and inclusion at Friends School.
Last February, I had the opportunity to participate in the Educators New to Quakerism retreat at Pendle Hill, just outside of Philadelphia. Pendle Hill is a Quaker study center that offers various programs in a community guided by Quaker testimonies.
“Juntos hacemos possible los sueños (Together we make dreams possible)” is the motto on the Centro Memorial Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. brochure, which I picked up during my recent visit to Cuba. The words resonated with me, as I feel this motto is also a part of the Friends School of Minnesota mission.
In November, I traveled to Cuba with a group of 22 people to participate in two separate mission trips connecting the Episcopal church of Minnesota and the Episcopal church in Cuba. It was great to be back in Cuba!
This year’s Minnesota Library Association annual conference, which took place mid-October, had some fantastic sessions for librarians serving children and young adults. Here’s a re-cap: