Parents' Memo: February 20, 2004

"The purpose of man's life is to gain a state of unlimited energy, intelligence, power, creativity, and bliss."-Maharishi

Important Notice: If during bad weather the radio or the website announces a one hour delay for Maharishi School, this refers to the Middle and Upper School only. Lower School begins as usual at 9:30 a.m. The students in Middle and Upper School normally arrive at school at 8:20 a.m. for morning program.


Please be reminded that per our school calendar, there will be no school on Thursday and Friday, February 26th and 27th, due to Faculty Development and teacher WPA. The school calendar can be seen in the Links section of our school website,


We are finalizing plans for our big Spring fundraiser-a very exciting evening of fun and prizes. Please see the attached flyer for all the details.


Floating & Flying Through History
Twelve beautiful watercolor illustrations by artist Lynne Marshall, depicting saints and sages in their experience of flying or floating in the air, are currently on display at Maharishi School, in the art case across from the Assembly Hall. These illustrations are from the forthcoming book: The Complete Book of Yogic Flying by Craig Pearson, PhD, Executive Vice President of Maharishi University of Management. The book provides intellectual understanding of the experience of flying, scientific research into its mechanics, and profound benefits that result from the practice - particularly the possibility for creating world peace - and stories of some of the many people throughout history who have had the ability to float or fly through the air.
According to Marshall, "My task was to demonstrate in the paintings that which is common to all these historic experiences." Maharishi, the foremost proponent of yogic flying for world peace, identifies that commonality as "effortlessness, lightness of body and unbounded awareness, irrespective of the era or culture in which it occurred."
"Individuals reputed to have been able to float and fly are, in almost every case, regarded as the most highly developed in their culture-the saints of Europe, the yogis of India, the arahants of east Asia, the clever men of Australia. Floating and flying are invariably associated with advanced human development."-Quote from the book.
The Complete Book of Yogic Flying is due to be released soon.
This enlightened exhibit is kindly on loan to our school until February 23rd. Please be sure to come by and view it before then!
The school is interested in pursuing the possibility of obtaining this complete set as a permanent exhibit for our students to enjoy daily. Please talk with Mrs. Bordow if you would like to help make that desire a reality. Individual prints are also available for purchase.


From James Bedinger, MUM Facilities Management
On Friday the 20th of February, a day of Shiva, "Somavati Amavasya," demolition will begin on the Learning Center building located at the entrance to campus on Dr. Robert Keith Wallace Drive, just off Hwy. 1. The Learning Center is considered to have an especially bad Vastu because of its general shape. It also presents some safety issues because of its proximity to the main entrance to campus, the clinics, and the Learning Center parking lot.
The very large equipment used for the demolition of this building requires considerable space to operate effectively. At various stages of the demolition project, portions of roads, pathways, parking lots, etc., will not be accessible to vehicular or pedestrian traffic. Throughout the demolition process it is very important to avoid the area by taking alternate routes to your destination. The demolition of this building will proceed as fast as possible to limit the inconvenience. But this fast pace will mean that access in and around the building may change significantlyday to day, and further safety notices may not be possible.
This large building of 25,500 square feet of reinforced concrete and brick facing may produce considerable dust. It is strongly suggested that observation positions should be South of Dr. Robert Keith Wallace Drive.
Even though the building will be fenced most of the time, at no time of the day or night should the site be approached for any reason. Because the building was designed with columns, porches and suspended walkways, as the building goes through the demolition process there is increased possibility for portions of the building to collapse unexpectedly.
Questions regarding all aspects of the demolition and the site should be directed to James Bedinger at 472-1143. Thank you for your cooperation.

This week our students read 20,070 minutes. We congratulate every student for doing a great job reading and turning in your minutes to your teacher. Next week is the final week of reading for Read-A-Million-Minutes, so read as much as possible!
We can count all minutes read through the last day of February, which is a week from Sunday. All minutes have to be turned in by Wednesday, March 3rd.


By Tracy Liptak
Pizza pleases like almost nothing else. Fortunately, the best pizza comes from home, made with high quality ingredients and served right out of the oven. Pizza is simple to make, allows for infinite variations, and pizza makes
1 TB Red Star yeast (the company has stated that their yeast is
not GE)
1/2 cup warm water
2 cups organic white flour
1 cup organic whole wheat flour (or any combination of flour
totalling 3 cups)
3/4 cup warm water
1 1/2 t. salt
1 TB organic olive oil

Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water. Combine everything and knead (this can be done by hand or in a food processor). Put in a bowl and cover. Let rise until doubled, approximately 1 hour. Roll out on a baking sheet which has been lightly oiled with additional olive oil, and sprinkled with organic semolina. Brush lightly with olive oil and top as desired.

Tomatoes aggravate all the doshas, so as your pizza eaters' palates grow more sophisticated, consider reducing the amount of tomato sauce and trying other toppings for your pizzas.

Cucumbers are said to help balance out the effects of tomatoes, so include them in the salad accompanying the pizza.

2 TB organic olive oil
pinch of hing
1 3/4 lb. diced organic tomatoes
1 t. dried basil
1/2 t. dried oregano
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper
pinch of cayenne (opt.)
1/2 t. fennel seeds1/4 t. thyme
Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add hing and stir briefly. Add the tomatoes and all other ingredients. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat and simmer until thick, about 30 minutes. Cool.

Cover pizza dough with tomato sauce. Put on any desired toppings (i.e., grilled vegetables, pineapple, etc.). Sprinkle 8 oz. grated organic mozzarella on top.
Bake at 450 for about 15 minutes. Enjoy!

1. Add quartered artichoke hearts.
2. Pesto Pizza: Puree 1 cup fresh basil; a pinch of hing; 2 TB pinenuts, almonds or pecans; 1/2 cup organic ricotta or homemade panir; and salt and pepper to taste. Prick the crust with a fork and bake for about 8 minutes. Then spread the pesto over the crust and bake a few more minutes until it is heated through. 3. Fresh Tomato Pizza: Core two large ripe organic tomatoes and slice them thinly. Lay them on paper towels to absorb excess moisture. Line the dough with concentric circles of slightly overlapping tomato slices. Sprinkle with 1 t. fresh oregano leaves, salt and pepper. Mix 1 TB organic olive oil with a pinch of hing and drizzle over the tomatoes. Bake for about 12 minutes.
4. Pizza Margherita: Core and dice two large organic tomatoes and distribute them evenly over the dough. Sprinkle with 1/2 t. salt and 1/2 cup fresh chopped basil leaves. Sprinkle with 5 oz. organic mozzarella. Bake for about 15 minute.
5. Mexican Pizza 1: Use organic salsa, roasted chilies (if desired), and organic Monterey Jack. Bake for about 15 minutes.
6. Mexican Pizza 2: Top with organic plum tomatoes, organic green pepper, oregano, cilantro and organic Monterey Jack. Bake for 15 minutes.
7. Ratatouille: Top pizza with ratatouille and organic mozzarella. Bake for 15 minutes.
8. Grate zucchini and add to tomato sauce.
9. Grill or broil vegetable slices and put on top of tomato sauce. Cover with organic mozzarella.
10. Replace some or all of the mozzarella with homemade panir.


  • As we have now come to the end of the sledding season, please
    be sure to pick up your family's sled as soon as
    possible, if it is still here at school.
  • Maharishi School Store: The School Store is located in the Assembly Hall, and hours are 8:30-9:40 a.m. daily..
  • Name/Address/Phone Changes: If you have recently made a change, please inform the Lower School office at 472-9400, x1174 so we have the most up-to-date information.
  • Garage Sale for Senior Trip Fundraiser: The senior girls are holding an indoor garage sale on Saturday, February 28th from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds to raise money for their trip to Vlodrop. The girls are asking for donations of items in good condition. The items can be brought to the garages of Betty Bargerstock at 2011 North B Street (472-7545) or Wendy Bruen at 412 West Carpenter (469-3365). Or, you can have your items picked up on Friday, February 27th; please call Diane James to arrange a pick-up. Thank you, and happy Spring cleaning!
  • A Theatre Cavalcade: Twenty-eight Middle and Upper School students of Maharishi School are participating in the Iowa High School State Speech Association Large Group Competition under the direction of Rodney Franz. The entries this year are very entertaining, fun and ambitious. You are heartily invited to a very full evening of entertainment by talented students in our Theatre Cavalcade, February 27th and 28th, and March 6th, 12th and 13th in Spayde Theatre at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available at the At Home Store and at the door.
  • Calendars for Sale: Maharishi School senior class has produced a beautiful and elegant 2004 calendar featuring photography and artwork by members of that class. Calendars are available for $10. All proceeds go toward funding the proposed senior trip to Vlodrop. Calendars are available through the Upper School office. People find that these items make wonderful gifts.
  • If the Weather is Looking Bad: Please tune your radio to KMCD 1570 AM, KIIK 95.9 FM, or KHOE 90.5 FM to listen for school closings. Also, announcements for weather cancellations will be available on the website Please do not call the radio station
    or the School.

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