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                  MAHARISHI SCHOOL OF THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT                
  
 

Parents' Memo

A Weekly Report
on News & Events
of Maharishi
Lower School

DECEMBER 21, 2001

DEAR PARENTS,  
  "Creative intelligence is integrative. It integrates. It is integrative to such an extent that it can bring together opposite values. Unmanifest and manifest, silence and activity, are opposite to each other-the non-moving field of pure creative intelligence, still and stable, and the moving relative. It is the dignity of creative intelligence that is able to put them together and produce one life out of the two."-Maharishi

     As the year 2001, the Year of Maharishi's Global Country of World Peace, draws to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very heavenly holiday season. As parents of these beautiful children who attend Maharishi School, you have my deepest respect and appreciation. As all of us join together to create enlightened education for these precious souls, we can feel very proud and deeply blessed. I wish for each one of you lots of happiness and laughter, great success and prosperity and total support of natural law in the coming year.

HOLIDAY CONCERT
    
The "Holiday Show 2001" was a tremendous success, and it was wonderful to see so many moms and dads joined together, enjoying the children singing songs of the holiday season. A huge thanks to Phyllis Khare, our musical director, for creating such a meaningful concert that was so beautifully organized. The Festival Singers, the Concert Choir, the 6th Grade Solo Choir, and Maharishi School Beginning Orchestra were simply wonderful. As Miss Phyllis mentioned, there is still room in these groups for more students, creating another avenue for our children's talents to shine. Thank you, Miss Phyllis-you gave everyone a special gift at this time of year!

HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS IN THE CLASSROOM
    
As the holiday season draws near, there has been a lot of activity and celebration in the classrooms. I would like to share with you a few highlights of what different classes have been doing this week.

     Mrs. Gritz's kindergarteners have been busy making and wrapping special holiday gifts for their families. They learned about the celebrations of Chanukah, Christmas and Kwanzaa, and the wonderful traditions of these winter holidays. Ms. Nelson's first and second grade girls made gifts and had a party on Friday. Mrs. Balf's first and second grade boys will have a holiday party Friday afternoon, which is also a going-away party for their dear student teacher Miss Erin Smith. The children did a gift exchange and holiday crafts. Ms. Siemsen's third grade boys and girls had Secret Santas all week long, culminating in a holiday party on Friday afternoon. They also created 3-D cards, gingerbread houses, and some surprises for their families. Ms. Vetter's fourth grade girls made their Secret Santa gifts and ended the week with a party. Mrs. Lynch's fourth grade boys were busy producing multicultural puppet shows for the Kindergarteners and 1st and 2nd graders. They also made holiday ornaments from different countries around the world. Ms. Zmachinsky's fifth grade girls exchanged Secret Santa gifts and celebrated with a class party. Mr. Fishback's fifth grade boys class read stories from several religious traditions. They also had a party and exchanged Secret Santas. Ms. Boone's sixth grade girls had Secret Santa all week, made gingerbread houses, and had a holiday party on Friday. Mr. Headlee's and Ms. James' sixth grade boys had a great field trip to the premiere of the "Lord of the Rings," a class party on Thursday, and Secret Santa pals all week.

DEVELOPMENT OFFICE NEWS
Last-Minute Holiday Shopping
    
As you do your last-minute holiday shopping, please remember all the possibilities for benefiting Maharishi School. Our Holiday Store on the square will be open Saturday and Sunday this week-end, with prices reduced drastically for the final few days before Christmas.

     We always want to support all the generous merchants in Fairfield who support Maharishi School through the Ideal Shopping Program, and if you shop on the internet, remember to do it through http://www.schoolpop.com/ or http://www.schoolcash.com/ so that Maharishi School can receive a percentage of your purchase amount.

BIKE FEST MONEY
    
Please don't forget to bring in your Bike Fest money. We have received $64,000 of the $100,000 promised. Please do all you can to help us make this fundraiser a success.

TOYS FOR TOTS
    
The annual toy drive was extremely successful. We collected over 1600 toys! The class in the K-3 category that collected the most toys and won a prize was Ms. Nelson's 1st and 2nd grade girls class. Ms. Vetter's 4th grade girls class won the prize for the older grades. Congratulations, and thank you to everyone who brought in toys! They will make many less fortunate children very happy! And thank you very much to Keelan and Michael Dimick who organized this event!

POETRY CORNER
    
Please enjoy some quotes from Ms. Siemsen's third grade boys and girls about why they love winter:

     "I enjoy winter because we get to give and receive presents. I also like a lot of sports in winter. I like skating and sledding. It is also fun to decorate the Christmas tree."
                                                                   Colette Clark

     "I like winter because you can go sledding and suck on icicles. I also like the holidays in winter, especially Christmas."
                                                                   Dodie Paige Thiel

     "I enjoy winter because Santa Claus comes and gives us presents. When the snow falls on the ground and the sun shines on the snow, the snow will shine."
                                                                   Atreya Dey

CONGRATULATIONS
    
Congratulations to Theo Shier on winning the Hot Wheels "Design Challenge" Contest. Walmart promoted the Hot Wheels contest, and Mrs. Lynch's 4th grade boys participated in designing Hot Wheels cars. Theo has won the 2001 Edition of Hot Wheels 96 Car Collection. Well done!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Winter Break: The last day of School before vacation is today, Friday, December 21st. Students return to School on Monday, January 7th.

Tuition for Second Semester: Tuition statements were mailed out. Tuition for second semester is due Wednesday, January 9th. If you have any questions or did not receive your invoice, please call the Student Accounts Office at 472-9400, ext. 5076.

PE Requirement: Please make sure that your child has a pair of clean PE shoes, to be kept at school. Also, it is recommended that girls wear shorts underneath their jumpers for PE, which need to be beige or white colored, as stated in the uniform guidelines.

Enrichment Programs: If you have questions regarding the Enrichment Program, the Lower School office usually does not have the information. Please call Mark Soth at 469-5811, ext. 105, or the PE Department at 472-9400, ext. 5535.

Email Alert: The Lower School office is almost ready to connect with you via email. Soon we will be able to send announcements, phone tree messages and hopefully this newsletter to you through the internet. We are currently updating our email lists. Please call the Lower School office if your email has changed recently or you have not previously provided us with your email address. You may also email it to our Lower School email address: lowoff@msae.edu.

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 2002 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 here on the school's website on the announcements page or at the website www.RadioVillage.com. Please do not call the radio station or the School.

Hawaii International School: The new Maharishi School in Hawaii has students from grades 1-8. Classes started on October 31,2001. The school is in need of many items, especially books and science equipment. Please call the Lower School office if you could donate any of the following: globes, encyclopedias, art supplies, a photocopier, a fax machine, computers, testing materials, a volleyball net, cooking equipment, chairs, and large and small tables. Any assistance will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

 Happy Holidays!



Laura

 

                     

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