Parents' Memo: June 4, 2004

"A strong individual, a strong mind, will be promoting only solutions; he will radiate that quality of life in his environment which will not give rise to problems. Strength creates a fertile field for progress."-Maharishi

It is hard to believe that this is the last Friday Parents' memo you will be receiving for the 2003-2004 School year. Next week will be very full with 6th grade graduation, Junior Olympics, field trips, end-of-the-year parties and desk and room cleaning; therefore, I will say my good-byes now and express to you my deep appreciation. I feel great love for all our Lower School families, and each week as I write this letter, I feel I am talking to my friends. You have given me continual support and encouragement throughout the year, and I thank you so much for all your kindness.
On behalf of all the teachers and staff at Maharishi Lower School, I also thank you for sharing your beautiful children with us. Every day their happy faces and open hearts have blessed our lives with great joy and fulfillment. I wish you all a summer filled with fun and enjoyment, and look forward to your return in August.
In the coming days, you will be receiving a mailing containing next year's calendar, supply lists and last quarter's report card.

MUSIC FOR PEACE

A new musical tradition will start today, June 4th. The annual end-of-the-year concert, previously known as "The Parents Appreciation Concert", will become "Music for Peace" -a gift from the choir and instrument students to Maharishi School.Starting with this concert, the music department will ask for a suggested $2 donation at the door. This concert will support Maharishi School's music programs and its mission to help maintain peace-creating groups in India. Please remember these rehearsal dates for Friday, June 4th:
ALL CHOIR MEMBERS meet in the Music Room with Miss Phyllis at 7:00 p.m.
ALL INSTRUMENT MEMBERS meet in the Assembly Hall with Mrs. Rowe at 7:00 p.m.
Come and enjoy this concert, which promises to be very wonderful. It will be Miss Phyllis' last concert, as she is retiring from her position as musical director at Maharishi School. We offer Miss Phyllis our very deep appreciation for all that she has done for the Maharishi School music program, and we warmly wish her great success in her new endeavors in Florida!

Practicing for the big Concert


IMPORTANT NOTICE- PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

Please be informed that on the last 3 days of school, there will be no lunch served in Maharishi School Assembly Hall. We do not want to inconvenience you in any way, but end-of-the-year events create a conflict with use of the Assembly Hall. On Wednesday, June 9th, there will be a farewell luncheon for several retiring teachers/staff. On Thursday, June 10th, there is a Senior Farewell Assembly, and on Friday, June 11th, there is Lower and Middle School Graduation.
On these 3 days, we encourage you either to eat at home, or in town. If the weather is nice, feel free to bring a picnic lunch and eat on the grounds of the School. We strongly advise against eating at the Student Union, as it is usually filled to capacity; but if there is no other choice, then this can be an option.
Please note that there will not be a supervised lunch program on these days for Lower School students who bring bag lunches.
We hope this early notice will allow you to plan for lunch alternatives for the last 3 days of School, and as always, we appreciate your cooperation.

SCHEDULE FOR GRADUATION DAY

Sixth grade Graduation is on June 11th at 10:30 am. As was noted in the 2003-2004 school calendar, the following schedule will be observed in order for Lower School teachers to attend the

graduation of those students they have had in previous years:
oThere will be no Kindergarten class, and Grades 5 and 6 will attend only in the morning of June 11th (students should arrive at 9:30 a.m. as usual)
oGrades 1-4 will attend in the afternoon only.

JUNIOR OLYMPICS

On Tuesday, June 8th, all Lower School students will participate in an outdoor field day. Junior Olympics, an annual Lower School end-of-the-year tradition, will group teams of 10-12 children, mixed in age from K-6, under different countries. The 10 teams include England, New Zealand, Japan, Norway, Mexico, Zambia, Bahamas, Chile, Thailand, and France. There is a teacher assigned to each country, and 6th grade students have been placed in a leadership role as team captains.
This afternoon, teams met to develop a cheer or song representing their country, as well as to create a way to identify themselves-with a headband, armband or t-shirt.
Junior Olympics will be an opportunity for all ages to have fun together. There will be 5 events in which 2 countries compete. Events will include water games, relay races, Capture the Flag and Kickball.
There will not be a strong emphasis on competition, but rather on cooperation and teamwork. The schedule on Tuesday, June 8th will be as follows:
10:00 Parade of Countries
10:30 Event 1
11:00 Event 2
11:30-12:15 Picnic lunch at School
12:30 Event 3
1:00 Event 4
1:30 Event 5
2:00 Closing Ceremony in Assembly Hall

Important points (further details will be sent home with your child the day before Junior Olympics)
1) All students must wear their PE uniform and athletic
shoes (no sandals/flip flops).
2) Bring a sack lunch
3) Optional: change of clothes

We are looking forward to a great day to celebrate the end of this successful school year.


DEVELOPMENT OFFICE

Golf Tournament
The next fundraising opportunity to support Maharishi School will be this Sunday, June 6th, at the Seventh Annual Pioneer Golf Tournament. Golfers will convene at 9:30 a.m. at Schaeffer Memorial Golf Club in Fort Madison. Tee times are available from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 noon, and $100 donation or sponsorship covers green fees, lunch and cart.You have the great opportunity to win $10,000 for a hole in one!

To sign up and for more information, please call the Development Office at 472-0094, or Dell Hipp at 472-7404.



DESTINATION IMAGINATION

Congratulations to the Maharishi School D.I. teams for excellent performances at the Global Finals in Tennessee. The Upper School boys' "Hip Hop Opera" took 3rd place; the 5th grade "Fluffy Coconuts" earned 4th; and the 8th grade "Sea Monkeys' Ocean Adventure" took 5th place in keen competition with up to 70 teams in each division. The 7th grade "Dust Bunnies" came in 11th, with the 5th grade boys finishing at 20th.
A prized honor, the Renaissance Award, was presented to the Upper School boys for exceptional engineering, performance, and "awesome teamwork and cooperation."
Thanks to everyone who supported this amazing adventure, where the students were told "never cease for a second to think that you cannot make a difference in this world." And thank you, Mr. Headlee, for always treating our children like the winners they are.


PIONEER DAY CAMP

This summer, Maharishi School will again offer a fun-filled and exciting camp for children ages 2-9. There will be two groups to provide age-appropriate activities; one group for Preschool, and one for children entering Kindergarten through fourth grade. Activities will include pottery, movement, arts and crafts, and swimming.
Pioneer Day Camp will be available in the mornings in one week blocks for 4 weeks, from June 21st - July 16th. Please see the attached brochure.


SCHOOL BUS FUNDRAISER

We have received $3,500 of our $5,000 goal to match the donation by the Dr. Scholl Foundation for a new school bus. We all know how important reliable transportation is for our students, as they travel to and from school events. Ask your friends, relatives and other community members please to help contribute to our bus fundraising project.
Please send your donation to:
Grants Office Maharishi School
804 North Third Street
Fairfield, Iowa 52556
A big thank you to all the parents who have donated so generously!


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. Whatever produce is left will be sold in front of the Ladies' Dome from 4:30-5:15 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Some of the greens available right now are lettuce mix, spinach, kale and chard for $3.50 a bag, and different fresh herbs. Kettle corn is also available for purchase.
If you would like to help with picking on Tuesday mornings from 10:30 a.m.-12:00, you could earn 2 bags of greens. Please contact Diana Fleischman at 472-7743.

ENLIGHTENED CHILDREN'S LITERATURE WEBSITE

Our Enlightened Children's Literature website is online and available for summer reading suggestion! Visit this website at www.mumstudents.org/~childrens_literature. There are links to sites of interest to parents, teachers and students, and most importantly, lists of recommended children's books. Students will also be able to post reviews of books they have read and would like to recommend to others. Visit the website and send us your feedback!


SUMMER READING PROGRAM AT THE FAIRFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY

This Wednesday, Judy Bar-Shimon, Youth Services Librarian at the Fairfield Public Library, visited Lower School classes to explain the Summer Reading Program. The theme this year for children entering grades K-5 is "Discover New Trails At Your Library". The program will begin on Saturday, June 5th with a roundup from 2:00-3:00 p.m. at the public library. There will be square dancing, music by Fiddling Granny, and wagon rides! The reading program continues until July 30th.
Students were given fliers on Wednesday that explain all the special activities planned, including special story times, crafts and other fun events. There will also be a summer program for students entering grade 6 and up.
REQUIRED HEALTH PHYSICALS
FOR SIXTH GRADERS

If your child will be in 7th through 12th grade next year, and plans on playing sports at any time during the 2004-2005 school year, this information is for you. Iowa High School Athletic Association requires a current physical for all students in 7th through 12th grade before they can practice or play in a sport. Required physicals for next school year will be given in the Athletic Department (across from the Lower School Office) on the following dates: Saturday, August 21st from 9:00a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, August 28th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The discounted price for this physical is $15.00. Payment is required at time of exam. If you have any questions, please call the Athletic Department at 472-9400, ext. #5535

 

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