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Parents' Memo

A Weekly Report
on News & Events
of Maharishi
Lower School

January 25, 2002

DEAR PARENTS,  


"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

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 Sothea Shreck back with us, joining the 6th grade girls class.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

DEVELOPMENT OFFICE NEWS
The Bike Fest Award Ceremony is Friday, February 15th. It would be wonderful to have all the Bike Fest money collected by that time. Many of the classes are very close to having enough money for their big field trip reward. Please help them reach their goals.

Ideal Shopping Program Alert! Ideal Shopping is an effortless way to raise money for the School. We depend heavily on this revenue, so please remember to write out your checks to Maharishi School-thank you!

ATTENTION: SPECIAL MEETING FOR 5TH AND 6TH GRADE PARENTS
We are pleased to announce that Alan Colby, Upper School Principal, in conjunction with Laura Bordow, and Wendie Nelson will be presenting a series of two meetings for parents of 5th and 6th grade students. The purpose of this series is to present the full range of Maharishi's programs to protect, support, and enlighten our children. The format for this series was inspired by the practical results achieved in past years with meetings of families with children in the Middle and Upper School.

Part 1: Maharishi Vedic Science Programs to Protect, Nourish and Enlighten Our Children, Monday, February 11th at 7:45 pm in the Lower School Library.

In this meeting there will be a presentation of all of Maharishi's programs for children with an emphasis on the guidelines which he has brought out for the supervision, and nurturance of children. This knowledge will provide an understanding and vocabulary for practical progress which will be solidified in part 2 of the series.

Part 2: Toward Creating a Consensus in Our Community for the Supervision and Nurturance of Our Children, Tuesday, February 19th at 7:45 pm in the L.S. Library.

This meeting will focus on developing mutual support between parents and building a consensus on issues such as supervision, curfews, and organizing healthy activities. After a short introduction, parents will divide into groups by grade (and possibly by gender) to establish:      1) What issues are most important for parents, and 2) How we can work together to achieve greater success with these parenting issues. Parents enjoy the support of other families, and children enjoy the comfort of increased consistency in the community. Raising children is always ajoy, but there are challenges. We look forward to an open, frank, and creative discussion, resulting in even greater achievements and fulfillment for our children.

ALL THAT IS GOOD: MORE BREAD
By Tracy Liptak

Remember to use Red Star Yeast, unenriched organic flour, organic dairy products, organic sweeteners, and organic oils in the breads you make.

Focaccia
Focaccia is an ancient flatbread which is similar to pizza but thicker, rectangular in shape, and topped simply. It makes a popular snack or addition to an Italian-style lunch.

Dough:
1 1/2 cups warm water
2 t. active dry yeast (Red Star)
3 TB organic olive oil (plus more for oiling the bowl and the pan)
3 1/2 cups organic flour (you can use all white flour or a blend of whole wheat and white)
2 t. salt
By hand: Combine the water, yeast and oil in a large bowl. Add the flour and salt and stir. Knead until the dough is smooth and elastic (about 6 minutes)

Using a food processor: Combine the water, yeast, and oil in the bowl of the processor fitted with the metal blade. Add the flour and salt and process for about 30 seconds.

Turn the dough into a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a damp cloth. Let it rise until it has doubled in bulk, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Oil a 15 1/2 by 10 1/2 by 1 inch pan. Flatten the dough and press it into the pan. Cover it and let it rise again until it is puffy and almost doubled, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 425. Just before baking, use your fingers to dimple the dough at 2 inch intervals. Drizzle with 2 TB oil over the dough. Put on desired topping. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Serve warm or slide onto a wire rack to cool.

Toppings:
1. Sprinkle on 1/2 - it. coarse sea salt.
2. Add 1 TB chopped fresh sage to the dough and put a whole sage leaf into each "dimple". Drizzle the 2 TB olive oil over the sage leaves.
3. Press a small piece of fresh rosemary into each "dimple" and then drizzle with the 2 TB olive oil.
4. Dice two large, ripe tomatoes and put them in a strainer to drain for 15 minutes. After dimpling the dough, cover with the tomatoes, drizzle with the 2 TB olive oil and sprinkle with 1/2 to IT. coarse sea salt. As soon as the focaccia comes out of the oven, sprinkle it with 1/4 cup minced fresh basil.

Pita Bread
This Arabic pocket bread is great for childrens' sandwiches, not only because it is delicious, but also because it reduces the "spill-factor." Little kids find the puffing magical (and so do I).

1 1/2 t. active dry yeast (Red Star)
1 cup warm water
1 TB organic sugar
1 1/2 t. salt
3 cups flour (you can use up to half whole wheat)

Dissolve the yeast in the water with a little of the sugar. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl or in a food processor. Knead by hand for 10 minutes or process for about 30 seconds. Lightly oil the dough, put it in a bowl and cover it. Let it rise for about 1 1/2 hours. Punch it down and knead briefly. Divide it into 6 equal parts and form each part into a round smooth ball. Cover the balls and let them rest for 15 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 475 and be sure that it has reached that temperature before baking, as the high temperature makes the bread puff, forming the "pockets."

Roll each ball to 1/2 inch thickness. Place on an ungreased baking tray and bake on the lowest oven rack for about 10 minutes, until they are puffed and turning brown.

Wrap the breads in a towel and place them in brown paper bag for 15 minutes.

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.

•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.

•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!

•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!

•Stepping Stones for Sale - see flyer that follows newletter.

•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.

•Grown-up Lost and Found Items: We have quite a few keys, car keys, sunglasses, and other small items in our lost-and-found drawer. If you are missing something, please come and check!

Have a great weekend!

 
 
Laura  

 


MAHARISHI SCHOOL GARDENING PROGRAM
FUND RAISER

STEPPING STONES

FOR GARDENS & WALKWAYS


EACH STONE IS MADE BY & UNIQUELY DECORATED BY THE STUDENTS
IN THE LOWER SCHOOL

STEPPING STONES MAKE
GREAT GIFTS
FOR ALL OCCASIONS
FOR EVERYONE

GET YOURS
WHILE SUPPLY LASTS

$7 each

STEPPING STONES WILL BE ON SALE
AT THE LOWER SCHOOL
DURING THE LUNCH HOUR
THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, JAN. 31-FEB. 1 &
MONDAY AND TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4-5

and

AT THE PRE-SCHOOL OUTSIDE MISS NANCY'S
OFFICE DURING PRE-SCHOOL HOURS
THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, JAN. 31-FEB 1 &
MONDAY AND TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4-5
 

 

                     

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