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Parents' Memo

A Weekly Report
on News & Events
of Maharishi
Lower School

February 15, 2002


"Knowledge always has a purpose. The purpose of knowledge is effective action. The purpose of effective action is achievement; the goal of achievement is fulfillment. So the purpose of knowledge is ultimately the fulfillment of the knower."- Maharishi

We have had another week of fun and academics. With Thursday having been Valentine's Day, the School was filled with creative classroom activities in preparation for this day. It's always joyful to celebrate the holiday of love and share our appreciation with those for whom we care.

All the children crafted little gifts, Valentine cards or mailboxes for their friends. Some classes had parties or other festive activities.

Everyone enjoyed the day, exchanging Valentines, treats and good wishes.

Please enjoy these heart-warming Valentine poems by some of Mrs. Balf's lst/2nd grade boys. Happy Valentine's Day!

"I like my mom. She takes me places. She brought me into this world. Happy Valentine's Day!!! You're always in my heart!! !"
                                      by Forrest St. Martin Riley

"Where does my mother get her happiness?
She gets it from her smile."
                                      by Avi Marks

"My Mom told my Dad to bring me to Maharishi School. My Mom helps me load the computer. My Mom makes popcorn for me. I love my Mom!"
                                      by Bryan Prather-Huff

This week our students read 54,262 minutes! We will be collecting minutes again next Tuesday, February 19th. Check the newsletter each week for new reading minute totals, and keep up the reading!

The parent meeting, "Programs to Protect, Nourish and Enlighten our Children," led by Upper School Principal Alan Colby, held this past Monday evening, was a great success.

This first meeting was 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 provided 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 Lower School Library.
This meeting will focus on developing mutual support between parents, and building a consensus on issues such as supervision, curfews, and organization of 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 a joy, but there are challenges. We look forward to an open, frank, and creative discussion, resulting in even greater achievements and fulfillment for our children.

Please enjoy this informative report by 5th grader Sudevi Mosse, which she wrote for a publishing assignment:

Vedic City and New Plans
There's a brand new city in Iowa named Maharishi Vedic City. What makes this city different from other cities is the houses that are built according to Sthapatya Veda. Some of the features of the house include an east entrance, and a central point called the Brahmastan, which is the silent point of the house. Vedic City is divided into different parts called Mandalas. For instance on Mandala One, the city has an Ayurvedic Clinic, where people get special treatments like Panchakarma. On Mandala Two they have a Vedic Observatory, which has special instruments to observe the planets and stars.

Vedic City wants to expand and has new plans. One of them is to build Veda Land. Veda Land is a theme park with fun rides and high-tech illusions. The city also wants to build a golf course with non-chemical prairie grass, botanical and organic vegetable gardens, and a dairy farm producing organic milk. More lakes, swimming pools with natural water, and more walking trails will be designed. Also big domes and a World Peace Palace will be part of the new development.

Just hope you are more inspired to come and enjoy life in Vedic City.

Two 9th grade students of our Middle School won the Grand Prize at the P.I.E.A. (Photo Imaging Education Association) 2002 International Photography Competition. Tasha Blitz won 1st place with her photograph entitled, "Berries," and Marissa Markowitz won 2nd place for her black and white photograph entitled, "Rope." Both works will be featured in the P.I.E.A. Exhibition in Orlando, Florida during February, and will then travel around the world in exhibitions hosted by schools, universities, art centers and museums for a year and a half.

The competition had over 1000 students entering from over 105 Middle and High Schools, with approximately 46,000 photographs being judged. Tasha's and Marissa's works were two of the 33 photographs submitted by Greg Thatcher for the 8th and 9th grade students. The Middle School photography program has been developed by Carolyn Waksman and Greg Thatcher.

Many congratulations to Tasha and Marissa and to their teachers!


2001 P.I.E.A. International Photo Exhibition in Fairfield: The best student work from seven countries will be exhibited at Gallery 108, located at 108 West Burlington, beginning Saturday, March 2nd through Thursday, March 14th. Organized by the Photo Imaging Education Association, the exhibition presents the top award winners in seven student categories ranging from 9th grade and below, grades 10 through 12, College and University levels, plus two faculty categories. We are fortunate to have this exhibition come to Fairfield, due to former 9th grader Grace Boyle having won 2nd place last year with her photograph, entitled, "Snow." The exhibition will be open from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday through Saturday, and 1:00 - 5:00 pm on Sundays. The grand opening will be on Saturday, March 2nd from 1:00- 4:00 pm. Refreshments will be served. Carolyn Waksman and Greg Thatcher are looking for "Gallery Sitters" for the exhibition Mondays through Fridays from 11:50 am - 1:00 pm. If you are interested, please call Carolyn at 472-8427, or Greg at 472-6966.

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!

Please Bake Cookies: To offer our teachers an extra treat during the day, we would like to ask parents to bake cookies on a regular basis for our new Teacher's Lounge. A batch of fresh, delicious cookies once or twice a week would create a lot of bliss! Please call the office at 472-9400, if you would like to sign up for a certain day.

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 announcements page at
www. or at the website Please do not call the radio station or the School.

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!




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