Parents' Memo: March 12, 2004

"Every aspect of the Vedic Literature expresses a specific quality of consciousness. Reading every aspect of the Vedic Literature as it flows and progresses in perfect sequential order has the effect of regulating and balancing the functioning of the brain physiology and training consciousness, the mind, always to flow in perfect accordance with the evolutionary direction of Natural Law. This training of the mind fulfills the purpose of education, by fully training the student to think and act spontaneously according to Natural Law."-Maharishi Vedic University Introduction, 1994, Age of Enlightenment Publications, India, p.144


SPRING FUNDRAISER-NIGHT OF A 1000 PRIZES


Only seven weeks to go before our Spring Fundraiser, "Night of 1000 Prizes!" Friday evening, April 30th is the big event. Everyone who buys a $100 ticket will receive a door prize. The biggest prizes are a trip to Paris, a trip to Hawaii, a 52 inch flat screen TV, and a full scholarship to Maharishi School. Any parent who sells 10 tickets will be entered in a balloon popping contest, where they can win either a full scholarship or other smaller scholarships for our school. Any student who sells12 tickets will receive an Apple iPod Mini. We wish you great success!

GARDENING CORNER

The Maharishi School Greenhouse, with its new crystal clear roof, is now growing an abundance of greens and cool weather crops which will be available for purchase in the coming weeks. Look for notice of sale times in the newsletter. We are also starting herb, vegetable, and flower seedlings, which will be available for spring planting. Anyone interested in volunteering to help with transplanting and picking should contact Diana Fleischman at 472-7743 or Lin Mullenneaux at 472-6720.


LESSONS IN MANNERS

What does "good manners" mean? It's more than a list of dos and dont's that you have to learn. Good manners might be defined as a way of living, that is based on the idea of the golden rule-treating others the way you would like to be treated yourself. The behaviors children learn today will determine the actions they will take as adults.
I know as parents, culturing good manners in our child's daily behavior is something we all strive for. Children model the behavior they see, and parents are the primary role models; but as children grow, behavior reinforcement comes from many other sources outside the home. At school, older children (those students one or two years older than your own) can be very influential as to what is acceptable or not acceptable behavior.
Beginning on Monday, the 6th grade girls and 5th/6th grade boys will take a leadership role in the school by teaching mini-lessons on manners to the younger students. From now until the end of May, the 5 areas of manners we will focus on are: "Developing Respect/Words of Kindness," "Introductions," "Table Manners," "Telephone Talk" and "How to Get Along with Others." The older students will be provided with learning activities, games, books and videos to use as teaching tools in the classroom. In next week's newsletter, suggestions will be offered on how to encourage good manners in the home.


ANNAPURNA DINING HALL CLOSING

We are very pleased to announce that the demolition of non-Sthapatya Vedic buildings on the MUM campus is continuing. The next building scheduled for demolition is the Annapurna Dining Hall.
The University will continue meal preparation in Annapurna until alternative kitchen arrangements are completed, but beginning Monday, March 15th, alternative dining arrangements will commence for all those currently dining in Annapurna.
For now, all Maharishi School faculty, Maharishi School students and their parents will be eating in the lower level of the Student Union Building. If you have any questions, please contact the Lower School Office.

ALL THAT IS GOOD: BIRTHDAY CAKES

By Tracy Liptak
Birthday cakes offer a great opportunity to make something really special for those we love. By using fresh, high-quality organic and genetically natural ingredients, we can create a
centerpiece for any party which is truly a celebration of life. Unlike the brightly decorated, GE ingredient-laced concoctions which abound, a delicious homemade cake emanates love. While making the cake look beautiful is a delight for some, the artistically challenged among us can take refuge in simple but pretty solutions. My favorite birthday cake actually avoids the whole issue, as it is robed in the most delicious caramel pecan sauce imaginable. Placed on a cake stand, lined with a gold doily, it is complete in itself and is the cake many of my loved ones request for special occasions.
Other simple solutions for decorating birthday cakes include:
1. Whipped cream or frosting topped with beautiful fruit and/or flowers. The fruit can be glazed with melted preserves, if desired.
2. A "lollipop" cake simply frosted with "leaves" piped on the sides of the cake, if desired, and organic lollipops (imported by Marjan Dejong and available at local stores) stuck in a "bouquet" on the top. Make sure you have extra lollipops so that every child gets one.
3. A "cookie cake" decorated with cookies cut in any desired shape.
4. A cake cut into slices and glazed on the sides as well as on the top, with each piece decorated with a toy, flower, or cookie.5. A tiny amount of food coloring can be used to color coconut. Beet juice and turmeric dissolved in hot water can also be used. The colored coconut can be sprinkled on over frosting or whipped cream to create a colored cake, or to make rainbows, etc. Cookie cutters make good stencils for making colored hearts, stars, etc.
6. Make a glaze with jam thinned with water or juice by heating it on the stove and whisking it. Pour over the top of the cake and then edge with whipped cream. Cover the sides of the cake with more whipped cream.
7. Melt organic sugar in a saucepan. Add a tiny amount of boiling water and pour the sugar into a cold pan. After it cools, break it up and sprinkle it on top of a whipped cream or frosting covered cake.
8. Arrange toys on the cake. For example, a toy train can be put on "track" made from frosting.
9. Bake the cake in a special shape. Even a very simply decorated heart shaped cake is charming.
One piece of very good news for cake makers is that organic powdered sugar is now available. What a relief after years without non-GE powdered sugar, since mainstream brands contain GE cornstarch and may use GE processing agents.

CARROT CAKE (This one's for you, Kevin Swigart!)
1 cup organic unsalted butter
2 cups organic sugar
1 1/2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. allspice
4 cups organic flour
3 cups grated carrots
1 cup chopped nuts (opt.-leave them out if the pecan cream
filling is used)

1/2 cup organic raisins
1 1/2 cups organic milk
1/4 cup organic yogurt
2 t. baking soda
1 t. cream of tartar
Cream butter and sugar. Sift in flour and spices. Add carrots, nuts, raisins, and milk. Combine yogurt and leavening and add to batter. Put into 2 round cake pans which have been lined with paper (or a 9x13 pan) and bake at 350 until a fork comes out clean when pressed into the cake. Cool on rack. Fill and top with pecan cream or frost with cream cheese frosting.

PECAN CREAM
1 1/2 cups organic sugar
1 TB organic flour
1 1/2 cups organic cream
1 1/2 sticks unsalted organic butter
1 1/4 cups pecans
2 t. organic vanilla
Melt butter in the cream over low heat. Add the sugar and flour and simmer until thick and golden (about 30 minutes), stirring frequently. Cool. Add nuts and vanilla.

Variation: substitute almond or a combination of almonds and coconut for the pecans.
Pecan cream is also good on ice cream or with baked pears (or to be frank, all by itself).
Thanks to Nita Travis and Jan Thatcher for the decorating ideas.


LITTLE LEAGUE SIGN UP

There is still a chance to sign up for Baseball and Softball Little League (ages 5-12) this Saturday, March 13th between 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at First National Bank (Downtown) Community Room. Please see attached flyer for more information.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Spring Break Dates: Monday, March 29th through Friday, April 2nd.
  • 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.
  • 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, 12th and 13th in Spayde Theatre at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available at the At Home Store and at the door.
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