Parents' Memo: September 5, 2004

"Since knowledge is structured in consciousness, every man has within him the home of all knowledge. A man established in the home of all knowledge begins to live the life of a knowledgeable, truly educated man; he lives the benefit of all knowledge: a life in fulfillment." -Maharishi


Please remember that there will be no school next Monday, September 6th, due to Labor Day


Every year at Lower School Parents' Night, parents have the
opportunity to meet their child's teacher, see their classroom and be informed of what the teacher has planned for the children for the school year. The meeting will be held Wednesday, September 14th, and will begin promptly at 7:45 pm in the Assembly Hall.


This afternoon, we had our Lower School Assembly inaugurating the 2004 Fairfield Bike Fest. This will be the 12th year that we have had this wonderful fun event, which has proven to be one of our most enjoyable and successful fundraisers. It is only about five weeks until the Bike Fest, and the children are already quite excited. Please begin today to find sponsors for this important event. The Bike Fest will be Saturday, October 9th, with a rain date of Sunday October 10th.
As you know, the School Board has asked families to reach a fund-raising goal of $500 per student per year. The beauty of Bike Fest sponsorship is that the full amount you raise goes towards your goal; so, you can really raise a considerable portion of your goal through this event. The children will be writing letters in school, asking friends and family to sponsor them. You simply help them with addresses and mailing.
All children received an application and a pledge form. Please fill out the application for your child; it needs to be signed by a parent and returned to the office by next Friday, September 10th, together with a $12 registration fee. This fee covers the cost of T-shirts, printing of forms and maps, etc. Every rider needs to complete an application, so if you need more, please call the Development Office at 472-9400.
Keep the pledge form, and during the coming weeks ask as many people as possible to sponsor your family's rides. You'd be surprised how all the pledges add up. There are many children who raise well over $300 in sponsorship each year, often in $10 and $20 pledges.
In the upcoming newsletters we will be giving you more details about the Bike Fest. Please plan to join us on this special day.


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 3:20-4:15 p.m., and every Wednesday morning from 8:20-9:40 a.m. Some of the produce available right now is eggplants, tomatoes, cucumbers, chard, lettuce, spinach, green beans, basil, parsley, cilantro, and flowers. 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.


One of the goals of Maharishi School is to nourish the full potential, or creative intelligence, of every student. To address this goal, I would like to describe the special services offered through the Resource Program of the Lower School, which support the role of the classroom teacher. The Nourishing Creative Intelligence (NCI) Committee offers a holistic approach to addressing any lack of happiness or success which may arise in the student's life at school. We know our students have the potential for greatness, but at times there may be a block in a certain area of learning or some imbalance in the physiology. Through our team of specialists, working directly with our Maharishi Ayur-Ved doctors, it is our hope to improve learning potential and create greater balance. We want every student to meet with success on a daily basis.
The purpose of the NCI Committee is to recognize, assess, and address the needs of individual students who may require additional support. The committee consists of myself; Meg Vigmostad, our resource specialist; Wendie Nelson, our guidance counselor; consulting Maharishi Ayur-Ved physicians; the child's classroom teacher; and the child's parents.
A teacher may refer students to the services of the committee whenever some imbalance in learning or behavior is noticed. Parents may also request an NCI meeting and may contact their child's teacher or Wendie to make arrangements. Difficulties may include focusing in class, habitual absence/tardiness, poor grades, inappropriate behavior, or any social or emotional difficulty affecting the student's happiness and success at school. Prior to the NCI meeting, parents are asked to complete a questionnaire and the child is observed in the classroom by committee members. This gives all involved a broad understanding of the situation.
Upon meeting, the committee discusses all aspects of the child's development and structures a prescribed program to help restore balance. The committee may refer the student to a Maharishi Ayur-Veda physician, may recommend specialized testing, or may suggest the support of our resource specialist or guidance counselor (described below). When the parents and school work together, support for the child is maximum.
Meg Vigmostad has been our Resource Specialist at the Lower School for the past 8 years. Meg works with small groups of children needing remedial support in the area of reading and math. Meg works in the Resource room in which she has a wide range of learning materials available, including audio-visual aides, hands-on materialsmanipulatives and computers. When a child is having difficulty in learning, a more individualized approach using a variety of learning materials can really help. Meg will also work with teachers by suggesting in-class modifications for students with different learning styles. This year Meg will also continue to offer teachers supplementary classroom materials for any student who needs more of a challenge, for enrichment. Wendie Nelson continues in her ninth year as the Lower School's Guidance Counselor. Wendie has had great success in working with students, as well as parents, if there are behavioral, social or emotional issues that need support. Wendie also works with teachers to provide in-class support activities.


Please remember to send your child's indoor athletic shoes with them on their next PE day. These will be kept in the Field House for the school year. Students should wear a different pair of athletic shoes for outside PE and for their walk to the facilities.
For safety, sandals of any kind, backless shoes, or high heels are not allowed. Thank you so much for your attention to these details!
Please make sure your child has a complete PE uniform for PE days.
The PE schedule is as follows:
K: Monday
Primary Girls: Tuesday, Thursday
Primary Boys: Monday, Wednesday
Intermediate Girls: Tuesday, Thursday
Intermediate Boys: Monday, Wednesday
Fifth Grade Girls: Tuesday, Thursday
Fifth/Sixth Grade Boys: Monday, Wednesday
Sixth Grade Girls: Tuesday, Thursday


Enrichment Sports Volleyball for 3rd through 6th grade girls began on August 30th and will go through October 22nd. Any girls who still wish to join may do so at any time during the season. Practices are at 8:20 a.m. in the Field House, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for the 5th and 6th grade girls, and Tuesdays and Thursdays for the Intermediate girls. No experience is necessary, so come and join the fun! Extra registration forms are by the bulletin board outside the Lower School office door, and inside the office on the Enrichment Box. For further information, please call Susie Hathaway at 472-9548.


  • Emergency Cards: If you have been called by the Lower School office to complete your child's emergency card, please stop by to do this. Children will not be allowed in School after Monday, September 13th if their card is incomplete
  • Maharishi School Website: Please visit our Maharishi School Website at Check out the Parent Memo online with many fun photographs of students' activities; click on the "News" bar at the top of the page, then find "Parent Memo".

  • Maharishi Gandharva Veda Concert: This Saturday, September 4th, at 8:00 p.m. in the Dome, we invite you to enjoy a beautiful Maharishi Gandharva Veda Concert with renowned flutist, Mr. Binay. The concert will also feature three student musicians from Maharishi School, Michael Cook, Soren Pearson, and Jake Gratzon. Admission for Maharishi School students is free, $15 for the general public, $10 for people with a valid Dome badge, and $5 for MUM and MSAE faculty and staff.
  • Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show: Saturday, September 11th, from 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., and Sunday, September 12th, from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

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