Friends School of Minnesota Blog

A Quaker school blog about progressive education.

Thoughts About Community

Friends School of Minnesota head of school Lili Herbert shares some thoughts about community in her weekly newsletter message to FSM parents. She reminds us that community at its best is inclusive and supportive of every member. However, she also notes that community can be very challenging. Community sometimes requires us to be more tolerant, forgiving, and open to change in ourselves and others. Dear Friends School of Minnesota Parents, I think some of you may have seen.. Read More

Thoughts About Integrity

Friends School of Minnesota alumnus Riley Wheaton (FSM Class of 2012) shared this essay he wrote for his writing seminar class at St. Paul Academy and Summit School. “My teacher suggested starting with one word and trying to define it using connotations and denotations. The first one that I thought of was integrity since we spent time grappling with it at FSM. Integrity always felt like one of the toughest.. 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

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

Understanding Tuition Assistance

Friends School of Minnesota is committed to an economically diverse student body. We provide financial support to families who need it to help send their children to the school. As a Quaker school, we will always be an independent, tuition-based institution, but we work hard to ensure that tuition is not a barrier to attending FSM.

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:

Teaching Integrity, Studying the Holocaust

In Friends School of Minnesota’s 7th and 8th grade humanities classes this year, we are focussing on the Quaker value of integrity. Our guiding questions for the year are: How have societies changed by interaction with other societies? How do I keep my values when confronted by counter values? How do people decide when and how to take a stand? The 7th and 8th humanities students have been studying the.. Read More