Parents' Memo: January 23, 2004

"The full potential of creativity blossoms within the individual through the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi program when he functions from the unbounded awareness within himself. This area of unbounded awareness, which is achieved when the mind reaches its state of least excitation, is a perfectly orderly domain. It is a field of infinite correlation and the home of all the laws of nature. It is the field of all possibilities and the source of all thought and activity."-Maharishi

Dear Parents,

The second semester of school officially began on Tuesday of this week. The first semester brought great success to our Lower School students. It is just a delight to witness the growth and progressive development of our children that occurs in such a short period of time.
We are very happy to have three new students in Maharishi School: Merrick Allen-Winter in Ms. Siemsen's Intermediate boys class, and Alex Hoffmann and Gabe Sperry in Kindergarten. Welcome!
The Lower School teachers were very appreciative to have had Monday as a grading day, and you will be receiving your child's report card in the coming weeks. Providing proper assessment is an important aspect of your child's education at Maharishi School, and one that requires careful thought and attention. If you need additional information after receiving your child's report card, please don't hesitate to contact your child's teacher.


NEW INSTRUCTION FOR MEDITATION IN SCHOOL.
During the past few days, students have received a new instruction regarding meditation, which we are very excited to share with you. As you have probably heard from Maharishi's Global Press Conferences, information-based education, which focuses on teaching one subject at a time, grooves the brain into narrow channels. It is necessary to alternate this narrow focus with the practice of Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation, which develops total brain functioning.
All students in grades 5 and 6 will now be doing a short group meditation at the end of each lesson, so that they have an opportunity to integrate more deeply what they have been learning. I have spent time in each class discussing the details of this change with the students. The response was very enthusiastic.
This new direction for the School was put into effect Tuesday, the first day of the new semester. Students in grades 7-12 will also be doing short group meditations after each class period, so the influence will be school-wide. As we implement this new instruction, we can look forward to greater growth and coherence in the School.
If you have any questions, as always, please feel free to call. If you would like to hear a brief videotaped excerpt of Maharishi's January 14th Press Conference, where he spoke about the importance of meditation after each lesson, please come to the knowledge meeting with Dr. Arenander on Thursday, January 29th at 7:30 p.m. in the Lower School Library. The meeting will begin with playing this video tape. (Please see paragraph below).

NEW LUNCH PICK-UP TIME

To allow the daily schedule in the Lower School to be more in line with the Middle and Upper school schedule, Lower School students will now be dismissed for lunch at 11:55 a.m., rather than at 11:50 a.m. Middle and Upper School students are now dismissed at 12:00 noon. This minor change was necessary to adjust their morning periods to include the new meditation times.


PARENT KNOWLEDGE MEETINGS

Second Semester, 2003-04
We are happy to continue offering knowledge meetings that give parents the opportunity to discuss parenting issues in the light of Maharishi's knowledge. Because we learn so much from each other, we encourage parents to share what works with their children. By sharing knowledge and keeping it lively, we hope to provide a means for greater communication and coherence between home and school. All meetings are for parents of children in grades K-12.
All Meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in the Lower School Library.
The first meeting in the series is:

"BRAIN RESEARCH AND DRUG ABUSE" Presented by Dr. Alaric Arenander
Thursday, January 29th
This PowerPoint Presentation by Dr. Arenander will help to 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, including Jefferson County, that is riding the wave of substance abuse in general. Learn the basics of drug addiction. Understand how drugs 'hijack' the brain. Educate yourself. The family is the first line of defense in this war. Every parent should be knowledgeable about the problem and the solution so that you can intelligently discuss the issues with your children. Special Note: This meeting will begin with a brief videotaped excerpt of Maharishi's January 14th Press Conference, where he spoke about the importance of meditation after each lesson.

ILLNESS AND COLD WEATHER HINTS
During this time of year, the following message seems timely. If a child has a fever, it is best to keep him/her home until he/she is free of a temperature for 24 hours. Often when a child has a fever during the night, he/she will feel fine in the morning but will quickly lose energy as the day progresses. When there is illness, it is important to REST! A child who is sneezing and/or coughing frequently, is highly contagious and should stay home. Another important point is hand washing. One of the best and easiest ways to prevent the spread of illness is through regular hand washing.
It is especially important during these winter months to make sure that your child gets proper rest and nourishment. A healthy diet and balanced routine can help to strengthen one's immune system.
In addition, please send the children to School dressed appropriately for the colder weather-hats, gloves, a warm jacket or coat, and boots when necessary.


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.
  • 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.
  • Maharishi School Website: Please visit our new and improved Maharishi School Website at www.maharishischooliowa.org.
  • 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.
  • 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 www.RadioVillage.com. Please do not call the radio station
    or the School.


    Have a nice weekend!

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