Parents' Memo: April 23, 2004

"Ved is the reality of the Unified Field, where consciousness is in its self-referral state. In that self-referral state of consciousness, different activities come out as a result of the self-interaction of pure consciousness."-Maharishi

It was wonderful to see so many of you at our Parent/Teacher Conferences last Thursday and Friday. It's amazing to watch our children develop, as they progress from one stage to the next so quickly. Conferences offer the opportunity to assess the student's growth, and to predict further growth over the next semester. As always, teachers are available for further discussion, if necessary. Just leave your name with the office.

TRAFFIC SAFETY

Please remember not to park along the curb in front of the school during drop-off and pick-up times! Parents need to be able to drop their children off at school safely. This is not possible, if there is no space to pull the car into. It is not safe to drop children off in the middle of the road. Please be very considerate of other parents who need to pull their cars up to the curb as soon as possible after you-thank you!



SPRING FUNDRAISER

TThe Friday Assembly before Spring Break featured the 6th grade girls' jump rope performance. The girls performed a variety of jump rope activities: individual trick jumping routines, trick routines in pairs, group long rope and individual rope routines, a "kangaroo chase" with a 40' rope, and double dutch routines. These girls have practiced jumping rope for four years now, and
their skill and fitness level is amazing. It was a great delight to watch this jumping rope assembly!
As always, the Assembly began with selected students being given Special Recognition Awards, which had been nominated by their teachers. Award recipients on March 26th were: Ryan Smelcer and Avi Marks from the Intermediate boys class; and Vegard Ketterhagen, Dominic Borg, Toby Walker, Eric Caplan, Mike Magee, Jay Stewart, Matt Fleshman, Alden Rowe and Nevin Fernyhough from the 5th/6th grade boys class. Congratulations to everyone

*Sixth Grade Girls Collecting Old Cell Phones
One of the carnival booths will be run by Ms. Boone's sixth grade girls. It will feature a "Bean Bag Toss" game, where everyone will win a prize. If you bring in an inactive cell phone, you will receive a free ticket for the game. The highest score of the evening will win a cake.
Through PaceButler Corporation, we have the opportunity to raise money for the School by sending them old, inactive cell phones that may be sitting around your home or office. All wireless brands will be accepted. Through this effortless fundraiser, the School, being a non-profit organization, will receive cash within a few days.

PARENT KNOWLEDGE MEETINGS


"Applying Maharishi's Principles of Ideal Teaching to Parenting"
Presented by Dr. Chris Jones and Laura Bordow, these meetings will continue Thursday, April 29th, Wednesday, May 5th, and Thursday, May 13th at 7:30 p.m. in the Lower School Library.
This is an interactive 4-part series, in which parents will be able to learn about Principles of Teaching, which Maharishi has given to the classroom teachers. Through discussion, we will see how these principles could be applied in the home. Each meeting will include a video/audio tape of Maharishi, questions/discussion and refreshments.

SIXTH GRADE PARENT MEETING

As you know, 6th grade graduation is not that far off-Friday, June 11th at 10:30 am. In past years, there has always been a parents' committee that helps to organize the event, especially planning the luncheon/party immediately following the ceremony. This is an important occasion in your child's life, as they leave the Lower School and prepare for Middle School, so we want the ceremony and celebration to be as special as possible. To begin planning the details, we have organized a meeting to be held on Thursday, April 29 at 11:00 a.m. in the School Parlor. We hope to have a lot of parental involvement, so if you are a sixth grade parent, please consider joining us. If you are unable to attend this meeting, but would still like to help, please contact Laura Bordow at 472-9400, ext. 5070.

 


MAHARISHI SCHOOL GREENHOUSE PRODUCE AVAILABLE TO PARENTS

The wonderful produce grown in our Maharishi School Greenhouse, enlivened by the sounds of nature, freshly picked and pesticide free, is sold every Tuesday afternoon from 3:20 p.m. on, at the bus stop in front of Maharishi School.
Some of the greens available right now are lettuce mix, spinach, kale and chard for $3.50 a bag, different fresh herbs, and seedlings for planting. Kettle corn is also available for purchase.
If you would like to help with picking Tuesday mornings from 9:30-11:00 a.m., you could earn 2 bags of greens. Please contact Diana Fleischman at 472-7743.


THIRD GRADER WINS SECOND PLACE IN KIDS PHILOSOPHY SLAM

Mirabai Britton in Ms. Vetter's Intermediate class received 2nd place in the Kids Philosophy Slam. The Kids Philosophy Slam is a nationally organized philosophy contest designed to make philosophy fun and accessible for students of all ages and abilities. Each year a philosophical topic is chosen, and students from 1st grade through 12th grade express their views on the philosophical topic posed.
The Kids Philosophy Slam has been featured on: The NBC Today Show, The New York Times, National Public Radio, Christian Science Monitor and TIME Magazine for Kids.
Students in grades 3-5 were asked to create art work, paint or draw a picture to express their feelings or ideas about the topic "War or Peace? Is world peace possible or does human nature make war inevitable?" Students were able to use any creative combination of words and artwork, or to write an essay, short story or poetry about the topic. Entries were judged on creativity, originality and overall strength of the message the student was conveying. A national winner was chosen, along with 2nd through 5th place winners.
When asked to describe her entry, Mirabai commented, "I drew a world with people putting light and energy and peace into it. I drew it because the people were working together to keep the world alive, peaceful and glowing! The people were happy with what each other was doing. They were working in peace." The illustration Mirabai drew is complemented by the words, "If there is peace on earth, hopefully there is peace on other planets too. I think that if everyone could stop arguing, war will come to an end."
To view Mirabai's entry into the Kids Philosophy Slam, along with other winners, go to www.philosophyslam.org. The mission of Kids Philosophy Slam is to inspire students to think by unlocking their intellectual and creative potential through a unique and powerful philosophical forum.




STUDENTS CELEBRATE EARTH MONTH

In recognition of April being Earth Month, some classes have been participating in special Earth Month activities. Here are a few ideas you might want to share with your children:

10 Ways to Care For The Earth
1. Sort cans, glass, paper and plastic for the Recycling Center.
2. Look for the recycling sign on products you or your family buy.
3. Plant a tree! Trees help clean the air. They also provide shadeand homes for all kinds of animals.
4. Don't litter.
5. Don't throw away old toys. Give them away or trade them
instead.
6. Save paper! Use a lunch box or reusable sack, not a paper bag.
7. Save water! Take short showers instead of baths.
8. Save energy! Turn off lights when you aren't using them.
9. Save the animals! Pick up plastic at the beach and throw it
away so animals don't eat it and get sick.
10.Be a friend to the Earth. Care for our planet every day of the
year.

ARBOR DAY

Yesterday, the children also celebrated Arbor Day. Arbor Day started 132 years ago. In 1854, J. Sterling Morton moved to the Nebraska Territory from Detroit, Michigan. On January 4th , 1872, Morton first proposed a tree-planting holiday to be called "Arbor Day." Prizes were offered to counties and individuals for planting properly the largest number of trees on that day. It was estimated that more than one million trees were planted in Nebraska on the first Arbor Day. Fairfield has been recognized as a Tree City USA for the last ten years.
In honor of this day, our students planted 10 apple and pear trees, funded by a donation for"Trees for Kids" by the Department of Natural Resources. Community representative David Neff of Iowa State Bank spoke at this event.
This wonderful project will yield hundreds of pieces of fruit for our community. The students will be involved in caring for the trees, as they are involved in the Maharishi School Greenhouse.


ALL THAT IS GOOD

Tracy Liptak, who shares with us her wonderful organic recipes, would like everyone to know, that Rumfords Baking Powder is now labled GE-free!

ANNOUNCEMENTS
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  • 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.
  • Destination ImagiNation/OM Annual Fundraisers: This year's landmark benefit yard sale scheduled for May 8th needs
    donations of furniture, appliances, equipment and good, complete items in working condition. The new site will be the Bellilove's lovely plantation grounds at 1600 South Main. Please contact Betsy Dearborn at 472-8058, to arrange pick up of large items, or Ginger Bellilove at 472-7386, to drop off things for donation.
    The D.I. teams are also selling roses for Mother's Day to help cover the teams' expenses. For $20, you get one dozen beautifully presented, very fresh, long-stemmed roses delivered to the door of your mother, step-mother, mother-in-law,or grandmother - on Mother's Day, May 9th.
    We can extend this opportunity, which includes delivery, only to families living in the Fairfield area. However, families celebrating Mother's Day outside of Fairfield can arrange to pick up their roses on May 8th. Reserve yours by May 1st by calling 472-4378 or emailing to paulrab@kdsi.net. Please pay in advance, thank you.
    Thank you for giving our seven Maharishi School State champion teams a great send-off to World Finals!

    Have a great weekend!

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