"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
VALENTINE'S DAY FOR THE CHILDREN
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
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
A MUST-READ FOR ALL MOTHERS
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!
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: MEETING FOR ALL 5TH AND 6TH GRADE PARENTS
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
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.
STUDENTS WIN PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD
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
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
•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
•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. maharishischooliowa.org/ or at the website www.RadioVillage.com.
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!