Parents' Memo: December 5, 2003

Parents' Memo 11/21/03

Dear Parents.
I hope you all enjoyed the long Thanksgiving break-I sure did! It is always a joy to be able to spend time with family and friends.

"The prime feature of perfect government is to quietly nourish all life and spontaneously set and maintain all life in the evolutionary direction of Natural Law."-Maharishi

NOTE CARDS WITH STUDENT ARTWORK
Twelve pieces of charming and colorful student artwork have been selected to be included in a series of assorted note cards, to be sold as a fundraiser for Maharishi School. The artists range in age from Kindergarten through 12th grade. The pieces selected express the radiance and creativity of our children and can be used for many different occasions. These note cards are grouped in packs of 12 on glossy cardstock, including 12 envelopes, and sell for $12.00 a pack.
Purchases can be made at our School Store, at the Holiday Store on the corner of Main and Burlington, or at any School office. On Friday, December 5th during the Artwalk, artists will showcase their original pieces at the Holiday Store on the Square. Come and meet the artists, warm up with a cup of hot chai, and purchase a few packs of note cards! They make excellent gifts for the holidays.
The Maharishi School Intermediate Brass Ensemble will be performing a selection of Christmas Carols at the Art Walk in front of "Democratic Designs" at 7:45 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

TWO MUSICAL NOTES FROM MISS PHYLLIS
Festival of Trees
This Sunday, December 7, the combined choirs of Maharishi School will perform in Keosauqua at the annual "Festival of the Trees". The Lions Clubs from Birmingham, Cantril, Milton, Stockport and Keosauqua will sponsor this year's "Festival of the Trees" at the Roberts Memorial Center, Keosauqua. Proceeds from the event (silent auction of the trees) will go to benefit the county-wide "Christmas for Kids" program. This program makes Christmas a much brighter time for many children in Van Buren County. The festival will feature more than 40 fully decorated, full size trees, wreaths, and small tabletop trees. A silent auction will be held to sell the trees and wreaths. Refreshments will be available and there is a Kids Corner for children's activities.
Our choir members need to arrive by 1:00 p.m. to warm up and we will sing from 1:30-2:10 p.m. Email messages have been sent with all the details.

Holiday Show
Maharishi School is inviting the entire Fairfield community to come and enjoy this year's Holiday Show "Discovery", on Friday, December 12, at 7:30 pm. It features the voices of the Festival Singers, Concert Choir and Pioneer Boys Choir singing a variety of songs from the major religious and cultural holidays in December. It also features the instrument playing of the Beginning and Intermediate Orchestra students. Please come and enjoy singing, dancing, and the playing of drums and trumpets (and bells and and trombones and clarinets and flutes and guitars and baritone and French horns!!). A preview of the show will be held during the regular Friday Assembly at 1:15 p.m. in the Maharishi School Assembly Hall.

ANNUAL TOY DRIVE
Please remember that we are now collecting toys for pick-up and distribution to needy children throughout Iowa in time for the holidays. This is a wonderful way of allowing our children to experience the joy of giving. This year the Salvation Army will send a truck to our School on Wednesday, December 17th to pick up all the toys we have collected. Therefore, from now until December 15th, you may send new or used toys in good working condition to school with your child. The toys will then be collected in the individual classrooms. Two cash awards (to be used at the classes' discretion) will be given before the Winter Break to those classes with the most toys collected-one for grades K-4, and one for grades 5-6. Our School continues to be one of the biggest supporters of the toy drive in the State. A big thank you to Michael Dimick and his daughter Katie, who are organizing this event!

DEVELOPMENT OFFICE NEWS
Holiday Shopping to Benefit Maharishi School
When you do your holiday shopping in Fairfield, remember that there are many merchants in town who support Maharishi School through the Ideal Shopping program. Please make your check out to Maharishi School whenever you shop, so that the School can receive a percentage of your purchase amount-it all really adds up!
Winter Moon Pottery has joined the Ideal Shopping Program, and now your purchase of the beautiful pottery made by Mark Wilkins will benefit the school with a 5% donation. Winter Moon Pottery is located in the alley on the north side of the Square.
If you are doing your holiday shopping on the internet, be sure to log on to schoolpop.com or schoolcash.com, both of which have large shopping malls, and give a significant percentage to Maharishi School.
Stop by our Holiday Store on the Square next to Hallmark. There are wonderful gifts to choose from, and whatever you spend goes toward your fundraising goals.
Please be sure to help your children bring in their Bike Fest money.

GARDENING CORNER
Adopt a Fruit Tree at Maharishi School
For Only $20.
A few weeks ago, the Middle School girls and boys planted 5 fruit trees and some raspberry and blueberry bushes to begin our "Food Forest Project". The trees were donated by Oakwood Nursery and The Landscaper. We have recently received donations for 8 more trees. The children were ecstatic to participate in this project. They are learning about establishing a permaculture style fruit garden. This project is especially rewarding as it helps to create self-sufficiency for the students and for the School. Lower School students will also be involved in various aspects of this project.
The goal is to plant as many fruit trees and bushes as possible, and for this we need your help. Anyone can donate a tree in the name of their class or family. A tax deductible $20 donation buys one tree, and each tree will produce hundreds of pounds of fruit within a few years. Donations can be sent to Maharishi School, Lower School Office, Attention: Gardening Project, 804 N. 3rd, Fairfield, IA. You may also drop off your donation at the Lower School Office. Please make checks payable to Maharishi School.

MAHARISHI VEDIC CITY NOMINATED FOR AMERICAN DREAM TOWN AWARD
The following is a letter recently received by Maharishi Vedic City from Ingrid Lemme, President of American Dream Town USA, and American Dream Advisory Board. We thought you might find it interesting:

Your TOWN is nominated for the American Dream Town USA 2004 Award! It's true! Only three towns in each state have been nominated for this prestigious honor, and everyone can vote for their hometown and any other town in any state they like at http://www.americandreamtown.com.
The winner in each state will be published in the tabletop book, American Dream Towns 2004, along with the original artwork by this year's artist, Thitz. The American Dream Town 2004 that has the most overall votes will receive the artwork for their public buildings, museum, or schools, and will be featured on the website at http://www.americandreamtown.com until the tally for American Dream Town 2005 is completed.
The American Dream ® Show crew will visit the #1 American Dream Town for a onhour TV special, highlighting prominently historic places, location and important people and things in the town; it will be aired on WVVH. The famous Hamptons TV station serves 600 000 potential households, and their viewers are affluent travelers.
Promote by getting the word to your citizenry to vote at http://www.americandreamtown.com today. The election is over at midnight, December 31, 2003, so spread the word, and good luck to each one of the 150 towns on the list.

ALL THAT IS GOOD
We would like to repeat some of the wonderful information and recipes that Tracy Liptak shared with us last year:

by Tracy Liptak
Celebrating all that is good with sweet delicious treats is one of the joys of life. We all want "goodies" and want our children to share in the fun of parties and special snack times. The goal is to make these treats really good for us at every level of our being.
Maharishi's Vedic Approach to Health lets us know what foods really create bliss. Shifting to this ideal diet is well worth the effort, but can seem challenging at first. Genetic engineering has complicated matters tremendously. As a result, many parents have asked for practical information about making treats for our children, which are egg-less, sattvic, and genetically natural. In this article, you will find information about Ayurvedic, genetically natural foods, so that we can give our children wonderful treats which are truly a celebration of life.
Some Basics of Baking Delicious Genetically Natural Treats According to Maharishi Vedic Approach to Health
1. Use organic ingredients, including milk, butter, flour, sugar, cornstarch, and vanilla (all of which can contain GE ingredients, if not organic). You can save by buying in bulk from Everybody's or a local co-op.
2. Since commercially produced baking powder contains cornstarch (which is genetically engineered), make your own. For each teaspoon of baking powder called for, substitute 1/2 t. cream of tartar and 1/3 t. baking soda. Mix it each time you need it, since it doesn't keep well.
3. Eliminate eggs from recipes. Recipes with many eggs need to be tossed out, but one or two eggs can usually be left out of a recipe without much effect. To replace moisture and increase the rising power of egg-less baked goods, substitute 1 TB of yogurt or sour cream for each egg eliminated.
4. Confectioner's sugar contains cornstarch, alas. In many recipes, it can be replaced with organic sugar which has been powdered in a food processor.

Two Basic Recipes
Classic Cake
2/3 cup unsalted organic butter
2 cups organic sugar
3 1/2 cups organic unbleached white flour
2 TB arrowroot or organic cornstarch
1 1/4 t. baking soda
1 t. cream of tartar
1 cup organic yogurt
1 cup water
2 t. vanilla

Cream butter and sugar. Sift dry ingredients into butter-sugar mixture. Blend yogurt, water and vanilla and pour over dry ingredients. Blend briefly. Spoon into a bundt pan, a 9x13 pan, or 2 round cake pans. Bake at 350 until a fork pressed into the cake comes out clean.
This basic recipe can be varied by adding spices, poppy seeds, ground nuts, citrus zest, etc., in order to make many different delicious cakes.

Frostings
1. Whip organic cream, add sugar to taste and vanilla if desired.
2. Blend 1 pound of organic cream cheese, 1/4 - 1/2 cup honey and 2 TB orange or lemon zest.

Classic Shortbread Cookie
1 lb. softened organic unsalted butter
1 1/3 cups organic sugar (you can use light or dark sugars for different effects)
3/4 t. organic vanilla
4 cups sifted organic flour
1/2 t. salt
1/4 cup sugar
Cream butter and sugar. Add vanilla. Sift flour and salt into mixture and blend briefly. Wrap in plastic, either in a flat disk or in logs. Chill 4-6 hours. Roll out and cut into desired shapes or slice logs. Sprinkle with additional sugar or cinnamon sugar if desired. Bake at 325 for about 25 minutes. Cool on racks.

The variations on this cookie are infinite. For example,
-add 2 TB grated lemon peel
- add ground nuts, reducing the flour proportionately
-add coconut
-frost the cookies
-make cookie sandwiches by making thin cookies, filling them with organic jam or cream cheese frosting.
Enjoy!

WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF WEATHER RELATED SCHOOL CLOSINGS
As you all know, winter is just around the corner. If you wake up one cold, snowy morning and find either a lot of snow, ice or even severe fog, here is what to do to find out if school is in session: Tune your radio to KMCD 1570 AM or KIIK-96 FM, on your dial. Also, announcements for weather cancellations will be placed on the website www.RadioVillage.com. All Maharishi School closures will be announced as early as possible. Please do not call the radio station or the School Office. Depending on the weather, School may start late, end early, or be canceled completely. It might be helpful to post this information in a convenient location in your home to be referred to at a later date.
Please note that at times, in the middle of a school day, it might be necessary to dismiss school early. If the weather is severe in the morning, we will not have students return after lunch. When you notice worsening weather conditions, it is very important to stay tuned to the above-mentioned radio stations.
This information will be broadcast as soon as we have reached a decision. Again, please do not call the radio station or the School Office. If there is time, we will activate all Lower School phone trees.

IF YOU LEAVE ON VACATION EARLY
According to Maharishi School Student and Parent Handbook, the following policy applies if you have to take your child out of school before vacation begins:
"Requests for Special Family Absences: Families may deem it necessary to request absences for special family purposes. We ask please that these requests be submitted in writing to the Division Director two weeks prior to the absence and that they include the dates of and reasons for the request. The School administration will determine whether the request is to be:
a) granted, and the absence will be considered excused. The student will be required to collect all assignments prior to leaving and must complete and submit them upon returning to school.
b) denied, and an absence will be considered unexcused. The student will be subject to loss of some or all academic credit for class work scheduled during this time." (This is generally not the case for Lower School students.)

ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT
It's basketball season, and Basketball Punch Passes for ten games are available to purchase for all faculty, staff, students and senior citizens in the Athletic Department or at the door. The cost per pass is $25. Come and support our Pioneers!
Please remember that Lower School students attending basketball games at the Field House need to be supervised by an adult at all times!

The Opening Tip-Off for the 2003-2004 Season!

 


ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • The Parents' Memo is now posted on the Maharishi School Website. Please go to www.maharishischooliowa.org, click on "site map", then scroll down to "links" and click on "Parents' Memo". On the website you will also be able to enjoy photos of our students.

  • PE Reminder: All students should now have their indoor PE shoes at school! Please put the child's name in the shoes.

  • Maharishi School Store: The hours for the School Store, which is located in the southwest corner of the Assembly Hall, are: 9:00-9:45 a.m. every morning, and 12:30-1:00 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays.
    A new order of PE uniform t-shirts, shorts, sweatshirts and sweatpants has arrived. From previous years' stock, school uniform vests are available for $8-$10, and a few sweaters are available for $15 each. Also, look for many fun school logo items being sold at our Basketball games!
    The beautiful note cards with our students' art work can now be purchased at the School Store, as well as at all School offices.

  • Very Early Afternoon Program: Moms may attend a ladies' group program at 2 p.m. every school day in building 110 (central upstairs lobby). It is highly recommended to do
    program with the larger group in the Dome, but if that is not possible, this is another option for group program. Doors are open from 1:55-2:03 p.m., and you can finish in time to pick your children up after school.

  • Winter Break: The last day of School before vacation is Friday, December 19th. It is a full day of School. Students return to School on Monday, January 5th.

  • Tuition for Second Semester: Tuition statements were mailed yesterday. Tuition for second semester is due Wednesday, January 7th. If you have any questions or do not receive your invoice, please call the Student Accounts Office at 472-9400, ext. 5076.

  • Calendars for Sale: Maharishi School senior class has produced a beautiful and elegant 2004 calendar, featuring photography and art work 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 school's website at www.
    maharishischooliowa.org/ or at the website www.RadioVillage.com. Please do not call the radio station
    or the School.

  • Name/Address/Phone Changes: If you have recently made a change, please inform the Lower School office at 472-9400 so
    we have the most up-to-date information.

  • If You Are Going Out Of Town please notify the Lower
    School office by sending in a note prior to your trip. Thank you.

    Have a nice weekend!

    Parents Memo 11/21/03

     

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