Families

Front Office: 8am – 4pm. Office (651-917-0636)

School Hours During the School Year:

  • 8:15am – Arrival
  • 8:30am – Classes begin
  • 3:00pm – Dismissal

Extended Day Hours of Operation during the School Year

  • 7:30am to 8:15am – Morning hours
  • 3pm to 6:00pm – Afternoon hours

Key Resources

2023-2024 Calendar updated on 8.2.23. Note: the only change made on 8.2.23 were the dates for Menogyn in May ’24.

IMPORTANT Notes:
– The most accurate version of this calendar was updated on 8.2.23. If dates change on the calendar, we will post an updated calendar with a note that it was updated.
-The calendar weeks start with MONDAY

2024-2025 Calendar updated on 12.14.23. Some minor changes may need to be made in the 2024-2025 Calendar before the 24-25 school year, but the major dates (first day, fall/winter/spring breaks, last day, etc.) won’t change. 

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Process Reminders

Sick Student Policy and What to Do if Your Student is Sick

If your student is staying home sick, you must notify the front office by 8:30am for attendance purposes and to ensure that your student is accounted for. Please call (651-917-0636) or email (frontoffice@fsmn.org) the school and provide the reason for the absence.

If your student is experiencing a communicable disease such as Influenza A or B, COVID-19, or strep, the school may choose to notify other families via email, without sharing the identity of the sick student.

Arrival, Changes to Dismissal Plans and How to Pick Up Your Student Early
Here are a few procedural details that will help arrival and dismissal run smoothly. 

School Hours
– Arrival is at 8:15am.
– Classes begin at 8:30am.
– Dismissal is at 3:00pm. 

Morning Arrival
We ask everyone to use the front door only for morning arrival. The back door will be locked and used only for extended day. 

Morning drop-off time is 8:15am. If you arrive before 8:15, we ask you to wait outside.

An administrator will greet you at 8:15 each school day. Students who arrive after 8:30am must come to the front office for an attendance slip to give to their teachers. 

Afternoon Dismissal
We track your student’s dismissal plans based on the information you provided us on the dismissal form (bus, A-line, extended day, clubs, etc.).

Final attendance is distributed throughout the building at 2:30pm. Staff then coordinates to ensure your student is safe and accounted for at the end of the day. 

Important – If You Have Changes to Your Regular Dismissal Plan If your regular dismissal plan changes in any way on any day (e.g., method of transportation or person transporting, child being picked up instead of going to extended day, etc.), you must contact the school office by 2:30pm either by phone (651.917.0636) or email (frontoffice@fsmn.org).

If a student is leaving with another student, we must have confirmation from both parents. 

Early Dismissal
If your student is leaving early for any reason (doctor’s appointment, outside class, etc.), you must:
– email your child’s teacher by 8:15am to let them know you are picking up your child early on that day.
– go to the front office when you arrive to pick them up. 
– sign them out in the front office. 
– sign them back in at the front office if your child returns to school during the school day. 

Faculty and staff check attendance periodically throughout the day to ensure that all students are accounted for. 
DismissalStudents Who Walk or Bike Home

Students who have permission to walk or bike home alone may leave the school at the end of the school day. FSMN does not provide crossing guards nor other support for students walking or biking. 

Students who walk or bike home are to observe the following guidelines:

  • They may not stay on school grounds unless they are participating in extended day or a planned activity.
  • They may not return to the school or school grounds by themselves, including the playground, after they have left for the day.

Dismissal Picking Up Your Student By Car

If you are picking up your student by car, you have two options

Option 1- Carpool Line:

Line up along the east side of Albert Street and go north toward the school parking lot.

Do not block the intersection at Englewood Ave.

A staff person with a walkie-talkie will meet your car before you reach the parking lot entrance. Tell the staff person who you are picking up. 

Option 2 – Meet your student in the lobby:

Park on Englewood or Albert.

Don’t park in the bus zone in front of the school on Englewood Avenue or the carpool line on Albert Street.

Students in grades K-2 can be picked up at their classrooms. Students in grades 3-8 meet their families in the front lobby. 

School Closing for Winter Weather

We follow the SPPS winter weather cancellation policy. If SPPS closes schools because of severe winter weather, we will close FSMN as well. 

Important Notes

  • When SPPS schools close for severe winter weather, they are currently moving to an e-learning day. For initial school closures, FSMN will NOT be moving to e-learning. If there are several school closures due to severe winter weather, we may move to e-learning for subsequent days. 
  • If you see on the news that SPPS schools are closed, FSMN is closed as well. We will also follow up with a text and email. 
  • There may be instances where decisions about our before and after school care and programs differs from SPPS. 

SPPS Winter Weather Plan

How You Can Help

If you are interested in getting involved at the school, please visit our Plant Sale Volunteer page and the Join A Committee page.

Additional Resources

Community Cares

Family Portal (was previously referred to as ParentsWeb)*
This link is password protected. In the Family Portal you can:

  • find payment information.
    • For directions on how to access payment summaries for taxes, click here.
  • order lunch.
  • have access to the family directory.
  • review family information.

*Note: If you are a new family and you don’t have a Family Portal account, click on the Family Portal link above and click on create new family portal account, next to the log-in button. Our district code is FS-MN.

2023-2024 Family Handbook

Guide to Quaker Practice

FSMN Statement of Philosophy and Practice

Essential Tenets of Friends School of Minnesota’s Quaker/Progressive Approach (this is also included in the above FSMN Statement of Philosophy and Practice)


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Dismissal Form (can be used for changes to your dismissal plan as well)
Emergency Contact Form
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