Parents' Memo: January 16, 2004

"In this (the TM-Sidhi) program, human awareness identifies itself with that most wide and most powerful level of nature's functioning and starts to function from there. The purpose of the TM-Sidhi program is to consciously create activity from that level from where nature performs. Nature's performance handles the infinite variety in creation with infinite speed. Everything in nature-planets, solar systems, galaxies-goes on with perfect orderliness. When this fundamental level of the functioning of nature is imbibed by individuals, they begin to be more and more the embodiments of Natural Law."-Maharishi

Dear Parents,

This Monday at the January 12th celebration, Maharishi inaugurated the Year of Peace Palaces of the Global Country of World Peace.
On Monday morning, our students participated in a school-wide celebration of January 12th. Middle and Upper School students paired together with Lower School students and escorted them to the celebration in the Assembly Hall. Older classes of girls were grouped with younger classes of girls, and older boys were paired with younger boys. There was also a very sweet exchange of gifts, knowledge, and entertainment between the younger and older students in the Lower School classrooms. Over the past several years, this special School tradition with the older students has become a real favorite!
The separate boys' and girls' celebration in the Assembly Hall each began with a welcome by Dr. Ashley Deans. The assembly watched a tape of Maharishi's January 12th address, and then children from each grade came up to the stage to make a wish and light a candle: Phoebe Haerr from the Kindergarten class, Huma Devi Liptak from the Primary girls class, Chosie Titus and Marina McKay from the Intermediate girls, fifth graders Jhana Valentine and Tamasina Eagleson, and Raina Dollive and Julee Greenwald from the sixth grade girls class, Girindra Selleck from the Primary boys, Jaren Fleischman and Thomas Weiss from the Intermediate boys, and Atreya Dey and Holden Ketterhagen from the fifth/sixth grade boys class.
To cut the cake, all the full Sidhas in the Upper School were invited on stage. We ended the celebration with all the children singing Maharishi's Veda Lila. Our children are so blessed to participate in these traditional celebrations, which establish in them a sense of unity, and remind them of our great mission at Maharishi School-to produce enlightened students who are helping to create Heaven on Earth.

NO SCHOOL/BEGINNING OF SECOND SEMESTER.
This coming Monday, January 19th, officially marks the beginning of our second semester of School. On Monday, we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. It is also a grading day, and there will be No School. It's amazing how quickly the first semester went by! The children progress so quickly-even in a few months' time, they develop and mature at such a rapid rate.
Within the next two weeks, you will be mailed your child's report card for the second quarter, as there are no parent/teacher conferences scheduled for this quarter. If you have any questions regarding your child's progress, please don't hesitate to contact your child's teacher. You may leave a message with the Lower School office (472-9400, ext. 2) and we will have the teacher return your call.

PARENT KNOWLEDGE MEETING

Brain Research and Drug Abuse
By Dr. Alaric Arenander
Thursday, January 29th
Lower School Library, 7:30 p.m.
This Power Point Presentation by Dr. Arenander will help inform parents of the growing danger to the youth of our State and community due to drugs. There is now a Methamphetamine epidemic in Iowa and Jefferson County, that is riding the wave of substance abuse in general. Learn the basics of drug addiction. Understand how drugs 'hijack' the brain. The family is the first line of defense in this war. Every parent should be knowledgeable about the problem and the solution so you can intelligently discuss the issues with your children.


HONORING DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR

This Monday marks the 75th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the civil rights leader.
Dr. King worked hard to gain equal rights for African-Americans. Through his strong leadership, he helped change racist laws that had led to the mistreatment of African-Americans. Children around the United States will honor Dr. King's message this year by spending this Martin Luther King Jr. Day helping others.
Dr. King's daughter, Yolanda King, believes her father would have wanted the holiday in his honor to be about helping others.
"Martin Luther King, Jr. would be disturbed if people were simply taking the holiday off for rest and relaxation. He would want the day to be a day of action," she said in a speech.
It might be a nice idea to talk to your children about the significance of this day. In honor of this great man, you and your child can do something to help others, such as picking up litter in the park, bringing canned food to Lord's Cupboard, or visiting someone ill or elderly.
This past week, Mrs. Lynch's 5/6th grade boys helped Mr. Thatcher prepare the greenhouse. This act of community service helps the boys to learn the importance of giving.
As Dr. King said, "Everybody can be great because everybody can serve." What ways can you think of to keep his dream alive?

CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to Angela Sickler in Ms. Boone's sixth grade class. Her story, "The Shattered Glass", was chosen in the sixth grade category to go on to the State competition in the Iowa Reading Association Creative Writing Contest!

ITBS SCORES
The ITBS scores from fall testing are available. If parents would like to see the results for their child, please contact Wendie Nelson at 472-9400, ext. 5077.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Lunchtime policy: According to the Student and Parent Handbook, all students who are not part of our supervised lunch program may return to School no earlier than 12:55 pm. They should proceed directly to their classrooms and begin their silent reading program. Lower School students may not go to the
    M.U.M. Bookstore unless they are accompanied by an adult. Parents, your cooperation is really needed in this area, as too many students are returning too early from lunch and are unsupervised. Thank you.
  • Maharishi School Website: Please visit our new and improved Maharishi School Website at www.maharishischooliowa.org.
  • 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!
  • 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 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 www.RadioVillage.com. Please do not call the radio station
    or the School.
  • Maharishi School Store: The School Store is located in the Assembly Hall, and hours are 9:00-9:45 a.m. 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.
  • 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.
    Maharishi Lower School choir getting ready to sing the National Anthem at the basketball game last Tuesday.


    Have a nice weekend!

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