Parents' Memo: March 19, 2004

"Inner is the basis of outer. It is the state of consciousness of the artist or viewer which will determine the level of appreciation of the art work. If the mind is stressed, then the full meaning of the art work will not be appreciated. When the artist or viewer is established in unboundedness, Transcendental Consciousness, which is beyond space and time, then all shape and forms are seen for their true perspective as expressions of the Infinite."-Maharishi

Happy Spring! It is hard to believe that March is almost over and that next Friday will mark the end of our 3rd quarter of School. Please remember that Spring Break is the week of March 29th to April 2nd, during which time there will be no school. During the next few weeks, teachers will be preparing report cards and are looking forward to visiting with you at Parent/Teacher Conferences, scheduled for Thursday afternoon, April 15th and all day Friday, April 16th. Please note that Kindergarten will be in session Thursday morning, April 15th, but not on Friday, April 16th. I encourage all of you to attend these conferences, as it is an excellent opportunity to review your child's progress and development over the past several months. You may call the Lower School office beginning Wednesday, April 7th to schedule your appointments.

Monday !


Only 6 weeks left!
Now is the time for everyone to help to sell tickets to our Spring Fundraiser, Night of 1000 Prizes. Every day more prizes are being donated for this great event, which will allow everybody to win something. If you need brochures and tickets, they are available at the Domes and at School. Please call us at 472-0094 if you have any questions. And please remember, that 100% of your ticket purchase goes toward your fundraising requirement.


The Friday Assembly last week featured an awards ceremony for students who participated in the Bike Fest earlier this year. We appreciate everyone's contributions to the Bike Fest and look forward to next year's event!
As always, the Assembly began with selected students being given Special Recognition Awards, which had been nominated by their teachers. Award recipients on March 12th were: Gita Sugg, Paris Lamoureux, Essa Johnson, Thomas Weiss and Bryan Prather-Huff from the Intermediate classes; 6th grader Shana Silverman; and Alden Rowe, Nathan Evertsen and Ryan Stakland from the 5th/6th boys' class. Ms. Nelson was given an award by her Primary girls class for being a fun and loving teacher.
Congratulations to everyone!


Mrs. Lynch and Ms. Boone, along with parent volunteers Mrs. Shreck, Mrs. Weiss and Mrs. Faith, accompanied students from grades 3-6 to the Young Writers Conference at William Penn College in Oskaloosa.
It was an exciting day for all, filled with sharing and discussing writing with students from other schools. Each student went to a sharing session to read and listen to original stories and poetry. They also attended two workshops of their choice in topics ranging from telling scary stories, to poetry writing and making Laura Ingalls Wilder come to life.
There are many students who love to write, but each year only two or three students from each class are selected to represent their class at the conference. This year's attendees included: 3rd graders Nani Shreck, Avi Marks and Jaren Fleischman; 4th graders Minna Mohammadi, Serena Ward, Paul DeAngelis and Thomas Weiss; 5th graders Tahra Wilkins, Emily Pfoutz, Wesley Folz, Derek Thatcher and Vegard Joergensen; and 6th graders Satya Griggs, Rachele Petit, Angela Sickler, Joseph Gelfand, and Mike Magee.


Applying Maharishi's Principles of Ideal Teaching to Parenting"
These interactive meetings will be presented by Dr. Chris Jones and Laura Bordow at 7:30 p.m. in the Lower School

Library on Wednesday, April 7th, Thursday, April 15th, Wednesday, April 21st, and Thursday, April 29th.


This week, Ms. Vetter's and Ms. Siemsen's fourth grade girls and boys had an exciting day. Their Math class was visited by the 12th grade girls, accompanied by Mrs. Eyre and Education students from M.U.M. The 4th graders had just completed construction of mobiles featuring 3-dimensional geometric shapes. They taught their guests about polyhedrons and their angles, vertices, sides and faces, and then they made some figures together. The girls and boys were "all smiles," and their teachers had just as great a time.


As we are teaching our sixth grade students to be leaders of the Lower School by excellent example, we would like to share with you some reminders of how to strengthen good manners at home:
The National Association of Elementary School Principals offers parents these tips to help raise children with good manners:

  • The golden rule: Don't simply have children memorize the familiar "do unto others..." Stress, instead, the importance of treating others in the same way they would like to be treated.
  • Empathy: Help your children understand the harm they can cause by doing or saying thoughtless and unkind things. Ask questions like, "How would you feel if someone pointed at you and started to laugh?"
  • Using words, not actions: Many times, young children behave badly because they don't know how else to express themselves. Play out some of the situations that your children are having trouble with, and show them how to respond calmly and firmly with words instead of actions.
  • Taking turns: Children must understand that they have to wait for their turns, just like everyone else. Establish "zero tolerance" for playground behavior, such as pushing, "crashing" a line or bullying. The same goes for interrupting.
  • Sharing: Help your children understand the importance of sharing with others, in school and in life. Compliment them when you see them sharing with others. But also let them know that it's the kind of behavior you expect.
  • Good health: Children tend to behave badly when they are tired or hungry. Make sure they get enough sleep and nutritious food.
  • Honesty: While "fessing up" to misbehavior is sometimes difficult and painful for children, they must understand that honesty is always the best policy. When they admit doing something wrong, tell them that you would have been more angry or disappointed if they hadn't admitted their mistake.
  • Politeness: Establish a family policy in which, for example, no request is considered unless the person says "please." If one of your children forgets, just give him or her a look that says, "I'm waiting." They'll soon catch on. Use the same approach for saying "thank you."
  • Thank-you notes: Teach your children the importance of thanking people for gifts and other kindnesses. Show them how to write a personal and prompt note on special stationery or note cards.
  • Modeling: "Do as I say, but not as I do" never works. If you want your child to show good manners and respect, you have to exhibit appropriate behavior: saying "please" and "thank you," admitting your mistakes, apologizing, and treating friends and strangers with kindess and respect.
  • Praise good behavior: Let your children know how proud you are when you "catch" them being polite. Before long, good manners will be second nature to them.


    In honor of St. Patrick's Day, Ms. Zmachinsky's 5th grade girls wrote Limericks, some of which we would like to share with you:

    There once was a cherry so red,
    That one day fell plop on his head,
    And he stayed there quite long
    'Till a bird came along,
    And that bird ate that cherry so red.
    by Jhana Valentine

    The cat wanted milk in his dish,
    So he asked for one single wish,
    The fairy considered
    Then away she flittered,
    And the cat got not milk but a fish.
    by Elysia Belilove

    There once was a yard with a toad,
    The toad one day was mowed,
    He escaped through his hatch,
    Had hardly a scratch,
    and lived to be quite old.
    by Tina Nedbalek

    There once was a lady named Sue,
    who had a wonderful, wonderful do.
    But she said to the waiter
    Please come back later,
    For she had to wait for you.
    by Pandy Wadsworth

    There once was a rose from the lake,
    Whose perfume smelled upsettingly fake.
    She tried to wash it off
    But the lake made her cough,
    So instead she just baked a white cake.
    by Emily Pfoutz


    The students and faculty who recently returned from the Rotating University trip to India will give a colorful presentation of their wonderful tour tonight, Friday, March 19th at 8:00 p.m. in Maharishi Patanjali Golden Dome.


    With the change of season, the following message seems timely. If a child has a fever, it is best to keep him/her home until he/she is free of a temperature for 24 hours. When a child has a fever, it is important to rest! A child who is sneezing and/or coughing frequently is highly contagious and should stay home. Another important point is hand washing. One of the best and easiest ways to help prevent the spread of illness is through regular hand washing.
    In addition, we ask that if a child is going to be late to school due to illness, either at the beginning of the day or after lunch, you please send a note of explanation. If children arrive after 9:30 am or 1:05 pm, they are marked tardy. If they aren't feeling well, and need a little extra rest, a note from a parent will give them an excused tardy. However, it is strongly encouraged that children be kept home all day if they aren't feeling well.


    Thank you for making sure that your child is in full PE uniform. On the days that your child has PE, please make sure she or he wears sturdy outdoor or athletic shoes. Classes often jog to the Field House or Rec Center, and on nice days PE will be outside. Indoor shoes will continue to stay in the athletic facility.


    • 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.
    • 2004-2005 Registration Packets: Were mailed out this week. As indicated in the packet, all financial aid applications are due at FAIR no later than April 15th. If you do not receive your packet by Wednesday, March 27th, please call the Administrative Office at 472-9400, ext.1.
    • School Bus Effort: The School received a donation toward the purchase of a school bus from the Dr. Scholl Foundation of Northbrook, Illinois. We are required to match the donation dollar for dollar. The Middle and Upper School parents have been sending in the requested $25/child donations.
      We would also like to ask the Lower School parents to please donate for this effort as well. Although younger children do not use the school bus very often, as they grow and enter Middle and Upper School, the children will benefit from a safe and reliable bus for transporting them to academic and sporting events. Please send your $25 donation to:
      Grants Office
      Maharishi School
      804 North Third StreetFairfield, Iowa 52556
      Thank you for your generosity and consideration of our fund- raising efforts
    • The Destination ImagiNation Teams are going to the State Competition in Grinnell on Monday. We wish them all the best of luck! We will update you in next week's newsletter about their success.
    • "Seuss-Fest" at Fairfield Public Library: In honor of Dr. Seuss' 100th birthday, the Fairfield Public Library is inviting all children in grades K-5 to a "Seuss-Fest" on Thursday, March 25th from 3:45-5:00. There will be special guest readers and fun activities and games. Registration is required; please sign up at the front desk of the Library.
      Also, please remember that the Library is a great place to spend time during Spring Break!

      Have a great weekend!

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