Parents' Memo: January 9, 2004

From our experience of meditation we know that pure Creative Intelligence is unmanifest in its nature: when all mental activity comes to a stop, pure intelligence is experienced. What results from this experience is that in our awareness and in our nature, qualities of creative intelligence grow. These various characteristics are the manifest value of creative intelligence, which we experience in meditation as unmanifest."-Maharishi

Dear Parents,

Hello again and Happy New Year! I hope you all had a memorable holiday season filled with rest and enjoyment. The holidays allow us the opportunity to spend more time with family and friends, and seem to have a very nourishing and rejuvenating effect for all.
During the week, our students and teachers prepared for the January 12th celebration. In honor of the New Year, a beautiful book of wishes, containing quotes and drawings done on gold paper, was made to be sent to Holland. Here are some of the wishes for you to enjoy:

"Thank you for Word of Wisdom and for the School."
-Anna-Theresa Unger, Kindergarten

"I hope that everyone on earth will meditate, and also no one is sick, and all the water is clean."
-Avery Travis, Primary girls

"I wish for bliss to the world."
-Michael Corazza, Primary boys

" I wish for homes for the homeless, for world hunger to end, but most of all, for world peace."
-Minna Mohammadi, Intermediate girls

"My wish is that enough money is raised to support Pundits in all parts of the world, helping create Heaven on Earth."-Ms. Kathy Siemsen, Teacher, Intermediate boys

"I hope that scientists use their knowledge in good ways."
-Toby James, Intermediate boys

"Many people wish for peace, but we need everyone to. With everyone's help we can create peace. So I wish for the highest world peace."
-Lila Cutter, Grade 5 girls

"I wish for the expansion of Consciousness-based schools all over the world, so that children can grow up in an enlightened world."
-Ms. Rena Boone, Teacher, Grade 6 girls teacher

"I wish for no more poverty, pollution, or over populating, no diseases to spread, more jobs to be offered, and for people's living conditions to improve."
-Angela Sickler, Grade 6 girls

As per the School calendar, there will be No School on
Monday, January 19th. This day is a national holiday celebrating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr..


Holiday Store Report
A heartfelt thanks to all of you who helped run the Holiday Store. It was a huge success! We deeply appreciate everyone's support and patronage. What a great community!


On the last day of school before winter break, our Friday Assembly featured "Food Wars", performed by Mrs. Lynch's 5th/6th grade boys, under the direction of Mr. Headlee. The play educated the Lower School audience in a very entertaining way about which foods are nutritious and good for you. Everyone enjoyed the performance.
The Friday Assembly began, as always, with selected students being given Special Recognition Awards, which had been nominated by the teachers. Award recipients on December 19th were: Julia Larson and Marina McKay from the Intermediate girls; sixth graders Gabrielle Lamoureux and Aimee Jones; and Mr. Headlee for being a great D.I. coach and sixth grade math teacher.
Congratulations to everyone!

Dear Lower School Administration,
I dropped three boys off at 9:25 this morning, and there were two spaces to drive into in front of the school. Four cars were parked and empty, an additional van was empty with the woman outside it chatting with a friend.
It was a disheartening experience for me and for another mother, who was behind me. We couldn't get out until she backed up to let me out first. Cars kept coming by, so the other mother couldn't back up. Then, once past us, the cars had nowhere to go to let their children out safely.
What can we do? Can Laura write it in the newsletter for the millionth time? Also, what about someone giving out warning tickets for awhile, and then periodically once a month? Can the teachers remind parents in their periodic newsletters and at parent teacher conferences about thoughtfulness at drop-off and pick-up times?
I have to admit that I park at the visitor's parking lot on occasion. I promise not to do it again. Today was a wake up call. I think we all get lax and need constant reminders to consider other people. Sometimes at 3:30 I'm in my car chatting, when I should be moving on to free up spaces. It's sad but true that we all need reminders.

You, as a parent, can help our school to purchase computers. When you make a purchase at a Best Buy store in Iowa City or Cedar Rapids, ask the General Manager or Operations Manager for an application form. This form is short and simple. Fill it out, make a copy, and give it back to the manager. Request funds for computers or a donation for other fund raising efforts at the School. Send a copy of the donation form to the Grants Office at Maharishi School, so that we are aware of your request. This could bring us extra funds for our school needs. Thank you from Grants Director, Eileen Elsinger.


  • Maharishi School Store: The School Store is located in the Assembly Hall, and hours are 9:00-9:45 am daily, and 12:30-1:00 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursday only.
  • Basketball Punch Passes for ten games are available for purchase in the Athletic Department or at the door at a cost of $25 per pass. This price applies to all faculty, staff and students.
  • Basketball Games: Please remember that Lower School
    students attending basketball games at the Field House need
    to be supervised by an adult at all times!
  • Calendars for Sale: Maharishi School senior class has produced a beautiful and elegant 2004 calendar featuring photography and artwork 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 website Please do not call the radio station
    or the School.
    A great picture of the Field House.

    Have a nice weekend!

    Parents' Memo 12/19/03

    Parents' Memo 12/12/03


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