| "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.
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.schoolcash.com/ so that Maharishi School can receive a percentage of your
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!
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."
"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."
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!
•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.
•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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
•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
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.