Parents' Memo: September 24, 2004

"The real basis of defense is invincibility. This element of invincibility is available now for the defense department of every nation with the discovery of the Veda and Vedic Literature in the human physiology, which is the discovery of the total creative potential of Natural Law, the infinite organizing power of Natural Law, the invincible, evolutionary power of Natural Law available in the process of evolution within everyone, where everything is constantly progressing from the field of pure Creative Intelligence to the material structure of the physiology.
It is now possible for every individual to enliven this evolutionary power of Natural Law in his awareness and live invincibility in daily life, radiate invincibility in his environment, and spontaneously provide an invincible armor for the nation.
When individuals radiate invincibility, the whole national consciousness becomes so strongly integrated that it is invincible. On this ground of invincibility the defense department of any country will have the natural, spontaneous ability to disallow the birth of an enemy, the final target of prevention-the absolute state of freedom."-Maharishi, "Maharishi's Absolute Theory of Defense", pages 7&8.

DEVELOPMENT OFFICE

Bike Fest Update
The Bike Fest is only one week away, and the children are all anticipating this great day. Remember that this is a wonderful opportunity to get a good portion of your fundraising requirements out of the way. The children all want to reach their field trip goals, so please help them with ideas, phone numbers, and addresses.

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

3:00-4:30 p.m., and every Wednesday morning from 8:25-9:40 a.m. in front of the school by the bus house. If we have an abundance of produce in any given week, we will also sell on Thursday afternoons. Watch for an email.
Some of the produce available right now includes 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 9:30 a.m.-11:30, you could earn 2 bags of greens. Please contact Diana Fleischman at 472-7743.
Maharishi School parents can count 10% of any Greenhouse purchase over $15.00 towards their fundraising goal. Also, Maharishi School Faculty and Staff receive a 30% discount.
To pre-order veggies for pick-up during school hours, contact Diana at 472-7743.
Special request: If you have plastic containers, like the ones that strawberries are offered in, and/or a digital kitchen or mail scale, that you are able to donate, these would be very much appreciated.



SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR IN THE
LOWER SCHOOL MEDIA CENTER

The Scholastic Book Fair will continue in the Lower School Library next Monday and Tuesday, September 27th and 28th. We will also keep the Book Fair open through the lunch hour on those days, so that parents and children who eat at school can come in and browse. We thank you for helping to support the School library with your purchases. We look forward to seeing you!

 

WHAT'S NEW IN THE LOWER SCHOOL
COMPUTER LAB



The Lower School Computer Lab has been updated and is now on the school PC network. "Kidspiration" and "Inspiration" software are organizational tools, which are being integrated into the curriculum to build strong thinking skills and aid in concept mapping and project development. Internet research skills, key boarding, powerpoint and other curricular topics will be other areas of focus in the lab.
Carol Jarvis is the computer specialist with a degree in computer science, and years of work experience. She has a son, Devon, in 10th grade, and two older children in college. Carol and Kathy Shaw, our librarian, continue to develop the School's Information Literacy Pragram.


SCHOOL LUNCHTIME PROGRAM

It has been brought to our attention that more students than ever before are participating in the School's supervised Lunch Program. This program was created as a convenience for parents who either are working, or are not able to prepare lunch at home on a particular day. Children are not encouraged to eat at School on a regular daily basis. The following excerpt from the Student and Parent Handbook may serve as a reminder of the School's lunch policy:
Home is the basis of children's education at Maharishi School. Children should be devoted to home, to mother and father, and to their teachers. With love, reverence, and respect the child grows in energy, intelligence, and devotion which provide great security in life and are necessary for the growth of enlightenment. The parent's attention is most important for the child's growth and evolution. For this reason the School has adopted an extended lunch hour to allow time for students to go home and have lunch with their parents. All parents are encouraged to take full advantage of this valuable time to be with their children.
It is understood that many children enjoy being with their friends over the lunch hour, and an occasional lunch at School can be fun. Because we only have proper supervision to cover a certain number of children during the lunch hour, when an entire class decides to stay as a group for lunch, supervision may be inadequate. If parents know ahead of time that most of the class wants to stay for lunch (on field trip days or for a fun treat), please arrange for one or two parents to help supervise lunch with the children on that day.
Currently our lunchtime supervisors are Jane and David Fleshman. The Fleshmans are parents of David, who is in Ms. Balf's class, and Matt, who is in Mrs. Lynch's class. Jane and David are joined at 12:25 pm by Lower School Principal, Tony Hallen. Together Jane, David and Tony provide a well-structured and well-supervised lunch program, but when the numbers get too high, it can be a challenge. We want to continue providing the Lunch Program as a service to parents; therefore your cooperation in limiting your child's attendance and/or in helping to supervise large groups is greatly appreciated.



PE NEWS

Occasionally our PE classes engage in the popular game of kickball. Mrs. Lynch found an inspiring and confirming article entitled, The Redemptive Power of Kickball, by Matt Holland, a lifeskills teacher in Nebraska. His main point was that in addition to the physical exercise, students have various opportunities for "social exercise" during the course of the game. Kickball allows students to take on the "real world" in a way that fosters tolerance,
repsect and compassison. Students learn about the power of a team, and cooperation. Cooperation and good sportsmanship are the required elements of competition and recreation at our School.


 

Announcements

  • Scholastic Book Fair: This week and next week Monday and
    Tuesday (September 27 and 28) in the Media
    Center (Lower School Library). Hundreds of
    good books will be available for sale for children of all ages.
    Come to the Book Fair and start the school year with a good
    book to read!
  • Maharishi School Website: Please visit our Maharishi School Website at www.maharishischooliowa.org. 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".
  • Do you have Language Games and Wooden Puzzles to give away? The Kindergarten and Primary Grade teachers ask that parents think of the younger grades in our School before taking toys to the resale shops. As your children outgrow their puzzles and learning games (especially in the areas of math and language arts), please consider donating these items to the Lower School. Thank you for thinking of us!
  • Lost and Found: Dear parents, please come into the Lower School office and look through the lost-and-found. We have many items that need to be claimed!



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