This page will have:
– resources–including FSMN PIC support for families.
– the most recent information sent to FSMN families.
– past communication.
Note: this is not an exhaustive list of resources. We tried to gather a few key resources that may help.
There are resources listed below for:
- A FSMN Community Resource
- Health and Wellness
- Food and Finance
- Free Access to WiFi
A FSMN Community Resource – The Parent Involvement Committee (PIC)
COVID-19, both the virus itself and the measures taken to prevent its spread, are affecting many members of our community, and they are in need of some extra resources and support. PIC has devised some ways that we can communicate our needs and offer support to one other.
If you have a need
- If you are comfortable naming yourself, you can ask for what you need directly by adding your information to this FSMN Community Care – Action sheet.
- If you would rather make a request anonymously, you can either complete this form or you can email Cari Gillen-O’Neel at [email protected]
If you are in a position to provide support
- Please check the FSMN Community Care – Action sheet and identify what specific need(s) you can help with. Enter your information (or anonymously indicate that someone is taking care of it) so we know which needs have been addressed and which are still open. The spreadsheet will be updated as new needs arise, so please check back often.
- If you would like to donate cash to a general FSMN Community Care pool, you can do so by accessing this PayPal link. PIC will distribute funds collected this way as needs arise.
Here is list of activities families can do at home (see the tab labeled play and activity resources). It has suggestions for establishing routines, exercises, cooking, podcasts, parenting tips, etc.
Health and Wellness
Health Insurance – Don’t have health insurance? MNsure has opened a special enrollment period 3/23/2020 to 4/21/2020
MDH – Need the most updated information about COVID-19 from the Minnesota Department of Health? Check here.
CDC – Need the most updated information about COVID-19 from the Center for Disease Control (CDC)? Check here
Hennepin County Mental Health Support – If someone in your family is experiencing a mental health crisis, please call the Hennepin County Crisis teams:
- COPE Team works with ages 18+: 612-596-1223
- Child Crisis Team works with ages 17 and under: 612-348-2233
Hennepin County services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for anyone in crisis in Hennepin County.
Ramsey County Mental Health Support – If someone in your family is experiencing a mental health crisis, please call the Ramsey County crisis teams:
Crisis line: 651-266-7878
Crisis line: 651-266-7900
Food and Finance
Food – If you live in St. Paul, here is information about St. Paul’s meal program.
Food – If you live in or near Minneapolis, here is information about Minneapolis’ meal program.
Finance – Ramsey County Financial Assistance
Finance – Hennepin County Financial Assistance
Access to WiFi
Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone – Xfinity WiFi hotspots located in businesses and outdoor locations across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers.
For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.
YMCA childcare – for children of essential employees and critical workers.
Childcare COVID-19 Resources
SPPS Essential Kids Care is free childcare provided by Saint Paul Community Education for children ages 5-12 of essential workers who live within Saint Paul School District.
The Most Recent Information Sent to FSMN Families
Following Governor Walz’s announcement this afternoon, I am very sad to announce that the Friends School will be continuing with distance learning for the remainder of this school year. We don’t at this time know whether summer camp will be possible – we will let you know as soon as possible, and will fully refund any payments should it be cancelled.
From day one of this pandemic, we have been designing our program delivery to be sustainable for a long time, so we are in a relatively good position to continue to use and improve our Distance Learning program. We recognize how difficult this is for families, students and teachers, and appreciate all your constructive suggestions we continue to receive to make this work for everyone.
Among many sad ramifications is the loss of remaining activities and overnight trips. For our graduating 8th graders in particular, that means missing the cherished rites of passage: Menogyn week-long canoe trip, and the in-person graduation ceremony. We welcome all interested 8th grade families to join us next Thursday, April 30 at 8pm (use this Zoom link) to put our heads together about alternate ways to honor these students.
We also welcome all who wish to come together in community to a Meeting for Worship on Monday, April 27 at 8pm. (Use this Zoom link). This will be a space for reflection and sharing as we support each other through these difficult times.
If there is anything more we can do to support you and your children, please let us know. Here is a link to various resources we have compiled that can also be of help, and we encourage you to continue reaching out to each other for support. Our community is strong, and united in our commitment to the children and each other.
Head of School
“We are isolated, but we are not alone.”Friends School Parent
Note: We have also sent out leadership messages via video.
Friday, 4/3 to Families – Preparing for Distance Learning and a Zoom Gathering
Friday, 3/27 to Families – An Overview of How Distance Learning Will Work (with link to the Distance Learning Handbook)
Wednesday, 3/25 to Families – Distance Learning Will Start Tuesday, April 7
Thursday, 3/19 to Families – Fill Out Survey to Help Us Support You
Sunday, 3/15 to Families – COVID 19 Update – Practice Social Distancing, Stay Home
Thursday, 3/12 to Families – COVID-19 Update – Monitoring Situation