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                  MAHARISHI SCHOOL OF THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT                

Parents' Memo

A Weekly Report
on News & Events
of Maharishi
Lower School

January 11, 2002


     "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

     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, and 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. The following are a few of the wishes students made to usher in the New Year:

     "I wish every parent goes to the Dome. Thank you for making the Dome.”
Mickey DeAngelis, K

     "I wish Maharishi's happiness will spread all over the world.”
Thomas Weiss, Grade 1/2 B

     "I wish bliss and happiness.”
Denai Churchill, Grade 1/2 G

     "I wish for nobody to be homeless, that they all have a nice house with air conditioning and clean water to drink,   and food to eat. I would like everybody to be able to go to a nice school like this one. And that bad weather would stop killing people. That there are no drugs, and everybody gets to live to at least 90 years.”
Nathan Evertsen, Grade 4 B

     "I wish that the success of the Global Country of World Peace will be just how everyone imagines it would be: enlightenment, no terrorism, and everyone would practice Transcendental Meditation.”
Nofiya Denbaum, Grade 5 G

     "I wish there would be world peace, no war~ and everybody would be enlightened. There would be no pollution. There would be a lot of new pandits. All over the world would be meditators and so it would be a better world.”
Jurgen Schooner, Grade 5 B

     "I wish for love to overflow upon the earth and open minds and strong hearts for the people!”
Emily Wofford, Grade 6 G

     "1 wish everyone was healthy and happy, and always did the right thing, and helped each other-thinking about not only themselves, but about other people. it doesn't matter what culture one is from, or their skin color. I wish for people to stick to their routine and not be all disorganized. I wish for people to care about everything and not just themselves-- about the animals and all their environment.”
Benji Jones, Grade 6 B

     "I wish that every person could learn TM. And have food, water and shelter.”
Elysia Belilove, Grade 3 G/B

     "I wish for peace on earth and enlightenment for all. I wish for violence to stop. 1 wish for happiness for all. Thank you for teaching us to meditate. I enjoy it a lot.”
Sophia Blitz, Grade 4 G

     "May beauty and love, caring and compassion, joy and fulfillment, understanding and kindness, forgiveness and acceptance blossom in us all.”
                                                            Ms. Kathy Siemsen, Teacher

As per the School calendar, there will be No School on Monday, January, 21st. This day is a national holiday celebrating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr..

The January 12th Celebration in the Patanjali Golden Dome will most likely take place on Saturday. Please check the Golden Domes for an announcement with details. Please be reminded that if children attend the celebration in the Dome, they must be closely supervised by an adult at all times. Campus safety rules and regulations do not permit running, playing, or jumping in the lobby area. A valid dome badge is necessary to attend the celebration. This is always a very special occasion for all of us as we begin the New Year.

     At School, the students had a special opportunity for their own celebration this afternoon. There was a separate celebration for the boys in Kindergarten-Grade 12, and for the girls in Kindergarten-Grade 12. As we have done for the past few years now, the 12th grade boys grouped together with the 6th grade boys, 11th Grade with 5th Grade, and so on. The students prepared small gifts, cards or poems to exchange with each other. The celebration included the traditional candle lighting and cake cutting ceremony, as well as wishes for the New Year from several students.

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!

Our first Lower School email message was sent to all parents on Tuesday, January 8th. We were thrilled by the immediate response from approximately half of the Lower school families. We still need to have correct email information from many families, regarding the best email address for us to use, which you check on a daily basis. If you have not already responded to our January 8th email, please do so right away by phoning us at 472-9400, ext. 2, or emailing us at

The deadline for joining Maharishi School for second semester is fast approaching for 38 Maharishi School students. That is the number who will not be allowed to attend School for second semester, unless Dharma Foundation can raise an additional

     $57,000, or an average of $1,508 for each of these worthy students. Second semester classes begin on Tuesday, January 22nd.

     Please be as generous as your financial situation allows.

     Contributions can be made by check, payable to "Dharma", and mailed to Dharma Foundation at 2280 West Tyler, Fairfield, IA 52556. Credit card contributions can be made by calling Sheila Perry at 472-6892, ext. 249, or online at

     As always, all donations are 100% tax-deductible. These wonderful children represent our future.

     Please help them today!


     According to Miss Phyllis, there are still a few openings for any child in grades 3-6 desiring to sing with the Festival Singers and Concert Choir. This is a dedicated group of singers who enjoy public performance, group singing and challenging musical pieces. To participate, these students should have mastered basic singing skills, such as singing on pitch. Signed permission slips need to be brought in. You can pick these up from Ms. Phyllis or in the Lower School office. Attendance is taken and several performances are planned for the second half of the year. The schedule for Festival Singers and Concert Choir is as follows:

     Tuesday: Festival Singers, 12:20 pm in the Music Room
     Thursday: Concert Choir, 5th and 6th grade boys and girls, 12:20 pm in the Music Room.

     The singers may stay for lunch with the School lunch program in the Assembly Hall on their practice day and then go directly to the Music Room when they finish eating.

The Maharishi Preschool will be hosting an Open House Wednesday, January 16th from 9:30 - 11:30 am. Parents and children ages 2-5 are warmly invited to experience a typical Maharishi Preschool day. With an SCI based curriculum, the beautiful and evolutionary qualities of Creative Intelligence become enhanced through activities which enliven the five senses.

     For questions you may call Nancy Schill, our Preschool Director, at 472-9400, ext. 5100. We look forward to sharing our Preschool with you.

By Tracy Liptak
(We are repeating these columns from last year)

     When people start trying to buy genetically natural food, it can be very challenging. Over 60% of the foods on U.S. grocery shelves contain genetic ingredients, and it takes careful label reading to know what is good. The following GE products are in foods, supplements, and household and personal care items: soybeans, corn, rBGH, canola, enzymes and other processing aids, sugar beets, potatoes, tomatoes, flax, yellow squash, and cotton. Most processed foods contain one or more of these ingredients in some form. For example, corn syrup and sugar are common sweeteners, lecithin is a frequent additive, canola, soy, and corn oil are used regularly, and any non-organic dairy product may contain rBGH. Watch out for any derivatives of the GE crops, including sugar-like ingredients, citric acid, vitamins, "enriched" flours, "natural flavors," and vanilla. Any animal products which are not organic are suspect, even if they are rBGH-free, because the animals are probably eating GE feed.

     At this point, certified organic foods must be genetically natural, though there is pressure to weaken these standards. For now, the simplest way to avoid GE is to buy organic, but even then it is necessary to use care. A package may have a big label proclaiming, "Organic," but close reading of the package may reveal that while one or more ingredients are organic, the product contains GE ingredients as well. Mothers for Natural Law has issued a flyer called, "How to Shop Non-GE," which helps clarify which foods are GE-free. For more information, visit

     When it comes to buying snacks for our children, it may be helpful to develop your own "approved foods" list so that in those moments when everybody is tired and rushed, you will still make good choices. Some popular items include:

Newman's Organics pretzels and corn chips
Bearitos Corn Products with the non-GE "Pure Food" label
Stretch Island organic fruit leather
St. Claire Organic candy
organic nuts and dried fruit
Kettle lightly salted potato chips
Reed's crystallized ginger
organic popcorn with organic butter or ghee
organic fresh fruit
Howler ice cream
organic juice without added vitamins (which can be GE)
Santa Cruz or Blue Sky soda
Pavich orange juice
Duchy Originals cookies
Courtney's organic water crackers
Lundberg organic rice cakes
Organic Valley or Horizon cream cheese
Eastwind nut butter
Rapunzel chocolate
Organic Valley string cheese (& other cheeses)
Nature's Path cereal (a few do contain honey)
French Meadow Bakery breads, some of which are also yeast-free
Crofter's fruit spreads

A few quick and easy snack recipes:
Nut Butter Candy
1 1/2 cup Eastwind almond or cashew butter (1 lb. jar)
1/3 cup honey or organic maple syrup
3/4 organic dry milk (or as needed to make the mixture fairly firm)
1 cup organic raisins (opt.)
shredded organic coconut (opt.)

Blend all ingredients except coconut. Roll into three 1 x 10 inch logs and roll in coconut if desired. Chill and slice.

Mango Mousse
2 mangoes
juice of 1 lime or 1/2 orange
1 t. grated fresh ginger
2 Th. organic maple syrup
1 cup organic cream

Peel and seed mangoes. Combine everything except cream in a food processor and process until smooth. Just before serving, whip the cream and fold it gently into the mango mixture.

Serves 4-6. This also makes an awesome cake filling!

•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 toVlodrop. 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 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.

•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:

•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.

 Have a nice weekend!




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Maharishi University Tennis Club

Junior Development Lesson Program and Junior Tennis League

Instructors: Lawrence Eyre, USPTA and DeArmond Briggs, USPTA

The last eight-week session of the junior tennis program will be January 15-March 9, 2002.

Registration & Payment Procedures

• To register for the session complete the form below and return it with payment to the desk at the Maharishi University Recreation Center by January 15.
• Late registration for group lessons will be accepted only until the second lesson of the
session (provided space is available).
• All checks for group lessons should be made payable to Fairfield Professional Tennis Association (FPTA). Please do not write checks to Maharishi University of Management.



Grade  Level   Time   Days TSR/Fac Choice
K-2 boys & girls Begin/Adv Begin 3:45 - 4:40 pm  Tu & Thur $70/50  
K-2 boys & girls Begin/Adv Begin 3:45 - 4:40 pm Tu or Thur $40/30  
3-4 boys & girls Adv Beg/Intermed 5:00 - 6:30 pm Wednesday $60/45  
3-4 boys & girls Adv Intermediate 5:00 - 6:30 pm Thursday $60/45  
5-6 boys & girls Intermediate 5:00 - 6:30 pm Friday $60/45  
7-8 boys & girls Adv Intermediate 5:00 - 6:30 pm Tuesday $60/45  

Name _________________________ Phone __________________ Grade ____

Address___________________________ Age____     Payment Enclosed: $_______

In addition to our group lessons, this year we will offer supervised match play and instruction in tennis strategy through participation in the National Junior Tennis League (NJTL), founded by Arthur Ashe in 1969. Our new NJTL chapter is open to qualified Fairfield area junior players in grades 4-10. We will conduct NJTL sessions 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday afternoons from January 19-March 9.

Cost for the 16-hour program will be $40 ($30 for staff/faculty).

QUESTIONS? Call Lawrence Eyre at 472-0726



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