Friends Circle Newsletter


Friends School publishes the Friends Circle newsletter, which is mailed to families, alumni families, members of the Quaker community and donors:

Summer 2018 Contents: Kindergartener's Write a Poem * Windows and Mirrors and Perspective * Sara Wayne Announced as Assistant Head of School * School Committee Update * Saying Goodbye to Staff That Made a Huge Difference * The Hope in Our Community - An Alumna Reflection * FSMN Recognized as Model School * Expressing Identity in Different Ways * Poems from 3/4 * Another Successful Plant Sale * Collins Fieldseth Award for Exceptional Volunteerism * What's Next for the Class of 2018? * Music in the Park: A Middle School Vision Realized * Save the Date--We're Going to Party Like It's 1988

Summer 2017 Contents: Standing Up for What We "Bee"lieve In * Letter for the Interim Head of School * Head of School Search Committee Update * School Committee: Work and Progress * Collins Fieldseth Award for Exceptional Volunteerism * I Am Five Years Old, Not One * Plant Sale Results * FSMNs Greatest Gathering and Auction * A Place of Belonging - An Alumna Reflection * What's Next for the Class of 2017? * Annual Fund Update * Honoring Don Irish

Summer 2016 Contents: Environmental Education at Friends School of Minnesota * Letter from the Head of School * Meet the School Committee * Volunteerism Awards, 2015-16 * Plant Sale Results 2016 * Annual Fund Update * Alumni Updates * 2016 Graduates * Engineering Club * Gala and Live Auction * Honoring Emil Slowinski * ISACS Accreditation * History Day 2015-16 * Ways to Connect to Friends School of Minnesota

Spring 2015 Contents: Meet the New Head of School, Latrisha Chattin * From Pennsylvania to Minnesota Via Iowa * Some Final Thoughts from Lili Herbert * Meet the School Committee *From Vandalism to Public Art  * Building Expansion Done on Time and on Budget * Alumni Updates * Engineering Club * Gala and Live Auction Success

Winter 2013 Contents: Diversity Statement at FSMN * Honoring Friends School Through Service * A Hive of Learning * Kitty Kuluvar, 25 Years Volunteering with FSMN * Extracurriculars at Friends School * Lucky FSMN, Thanks to Al Malmon * Residencies Bring Depth to Art Department * Teaching About Sexuality, Gender, and Family in Lower School * Environmental Education: Fall 2012

Summer 2012 Contents: Let Your Life Speak * School Committee Minute Opposing the Marriage Amendment * Words from 2012 Graduates * Quaker Parent Spotlight: Kimberly de Long Hersh * Volunteer Spotlight: Pat Thompson, Plant Sale Fanatic * A Day in the Life of the FSMN Blog * FSMN Inspires Graduates for 25 Years * Friends School Fund Results

Fall 2011-Winter 2012 Contents: Environmental Education at FSMN * Live Auction and Gala Full of Jazz * Summer at FSMN * Anne Lippin, Multi-Talented Volunteer * Interdisciplinary Education Shines at FSMN * Dancing, Grooving, and Moving * Friends School of Minnesota Is Blogging! * Veronica Guevara Explores Modern Cuba

Summer 2011 Contents: New Strategic Plan Aims High * Who Are We and Where Are We Going? * Class of 2011 * Don and Kathy Holmes: Foundational Friends, so fully in the Quaker spirit * Faculty Spotlight: Marshall Anderson * Understanding Tuition Assistance * Friends School Fund a Huge Success * Alumni Spotlight

Fall 2010 Contents: Arts Education at Friends School * Many Ways to Volunteer at Friends School * Middle School Science Exemplifies Values * Student Council: Middle School Roots and Shoots, Lower School Planning Is Fun * Alumni Feedback to Improve Programs * Student Gala and Auction a Huge Success *

Summer 2010 Contents: Service Learning--Water from the Well * Words from Our Graduates * Letter from the Head of School * Spotlight on a Quaker Friend: Connie Archbald * Classroom Spotlight: Art Program and Teacher Laura Pereira * Staff Spotlight: Persida Cifuentes * Planned Giving Spotlight: Sandy Olson * Alumni Spotlight

Fall 2009 Contents: Letter from the Head of School * An Evening in Paris Gala a Success * Volunteer Spotlight: Henry Fieldseth * Curriculum Spotlight: Literacy * Classroom Spotlight * Alumni Spotlight * A Profound Friends School Experience * Library Program * ISACS Accreditation Update

Summer 2009 Contents: Boundary Waters: A Capstone Journey * Letter from the Head of School * Graduate Speeches, 2009 * Annual Fund Exceeds Goals * Quaker Friend Spotlight: Don Irish * Capital Campaign Kickoff * Alumni News * Third and Fourth Graders Create Drama * Plant Sale Report * Curriculum Spotlight * Paint the Pavement

Fall 2008 Contents: Letter from the Head of School * Twentieth Anniversary Celebration * Lucky Thirteen: A Service Trip to Peru * Simplicity and Peace in Middle School Humanities * Curriculum Spotlight: Puppets, Painting the Street, Lunch and the Day of the Dead * Alumni Spotlight: Alums Meet the Real World, Do More than Cope * Volunteer Spotlight: Kathie Simon Frank — Weaving the Fabric of FSMN

Spring 2008, 20th Anniversary Issue Contents: Letter from the Head of School * FSMN Humanities: Putting the Mission into Action * Third and Fourth Graders Learn about Quaker Sudies and the SPICE Values * Martin Luther King Celebration * The Founding of Friends School of Minnesota * 20 Years of Conflict Resolution * From the Archives * Reflections from Parents of Alums * Mixed media animals by 3rd and 4th Graders

Fall 2007 Contents: Letter from the Head of School * Alumni News * Letters for Peace * Another Fabulous Summer of Arts ETC! * Meet Our New Middle School Teachers * Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Friends School Enrollment But Were Afraid to Ask * The Green Guardian Project: Recycling and Composting at FSMN * Impressions of the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden * Record Turnout at 2007 Plant Sale * Jane Yolen Shares Her Wisdom about Children’s Literature

Spring 2007 Contents: Letter from the Head of School * Friends School of Minnesota Welcomes New Head of School * Martin Luther King Celebration * What Does Peace Look Like? * Alumni News * Power Spots at Fort Snelling State Park * Hands-on Study of the Reggio Approach to Education * Animal Art Around the School * Staff Spotlight: Meet Some of Our Fantastic Staff! * Remembering Pam Barshack

Summer 2006 Contents: Letter from the Head of School * Alumni News * Changes at Friends School of Minnesota * Pillars of Friends School Honored at Concert * Quaker Values Visualized in Portable Murals: Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality * Service Learning Project: FSMN middle schoolers’ visit to CENTRO, through their Spanish teacher’s eye * Prints from the 5th–6th Grade Trip to Itasca State Park * Multicultural Festival Celebrates the Many * What do Friends School students have to say about conflict resolution and conferences?

Summer 2005 Contents: Letter from the Head of School * Alumni News * Buildings and Grounds Committee Develops Vision Statement * Earth Art at Crosby Farm * Middle School Students Compose Original Music * Committed Volunteers Turn Friends School into Blooming Success * Poems for Mother’s Day * Understanding Constructivist Education * The Reignited Multicultural Committee Places Emphasis on Community

Fall 2004 Contents: Letter from the Head of School * Graduate Speeches, 2004 * Families Reflect on the FSMN Experience * A Friends School Teacher Studies in Italy * FSMN Staff, 2003-04 * FSMN Classrooms, 2003-04 * FSMN Strategic Plan* Plant Sale Report

Fall 2003 Contents: Letter from the Head of School * Alumni News * Arts Etc.! and Bulb Sale * Outdoor Club * Challenge Update * Financial Contributors * Financial Statement * Silent Auction

Winter 2003 Contents: Letter from the Head of School * Alumni News * Faculty Complete Self-Study for Accreditation * Middle School Writing * Financial Contributors * Challenge Update * Financial Statement

Spring 2002 Contents: Letter from the Head of School * Alumni News * From Administrator to Teacher * Japanese Studies in the Jungle Classroom * Endowment Growth a Priority * Charitable Gift Annuity Now Available * FSMN Students’ Essays Appear in Minnesota Women’s Press * New Summer Art Program

Fall 2001 Contents: Letter from the Head of School * Alumni News * James Young Remembered * Conflict Resolution Summer Institute * Conflict Resolution Milestones * Middle School Service Learning * Annual Appeal Contributors

Summer 2001 Contents: Letter from the Head of School * Alumni News * Judy Siegle Featured at Forum * Named Rooms Dedicated * Quaker Education through the Eyes of FSMN Students * Margaret and Clarence Perisho * Leaving a Legacy

Fall 2000 Contents: Letter from the Head of School * Library Renovation * Music Program Expands * Profile of an FSMN Family: the Holmvig-Johnsons * Silent Auction 2001 * Annual Appeal Contributors * Financial Statements, 1999-2000

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