“The purpose of man’s life is to gain a
state of unlimited energy, intelligence, power, creativity, and bliss.”—Maharishi
During last Friday’s Lower School Assembly, we had the Bike Fest Awards
Celebration. It was a time to honor all the success Lower School students
had in riding miles and raising funds for the School. A lot of enthusiasm
was generated, as students received their awards. Thank you, parents, for
your great support of this most important School fundraiser.
The Friday Assembly began, as always, with selected students being given
Special Recognition Awards, which had been nominated by their teachers.
Award recipients on February 15th were: fourth graders Gabrielle Lamoureux,
Phoebe Jones and Raina Dollive; fifth grader Angela Jones; and sixth
grader Michael Dearborn. Fifth grade teacher, Ms. Zmachinsky, was given an
award by her class for being a wonderful, fun teacher.
Congratulations to everyone!
Please be reminded that per our school calendar, there will be no
school on Friday, March 1st, due to Faculty Development. You may
always check here on the school’s website to view the newsletters or the
DEVELOPMENT OFFICE NEWS
We are finalizing plans for our big Spring fundraiser—a very exciting
evening of fun and prizes. Please see the attached flyer for all the
This week our students read 46,500 minutes. Ms. Vetter’s fourth grade
girls are leading our School with 26,721 minutes read since February 1st.
We congratulate every student for doing a great job reading and
remembering to turn in your minutes to your teacher. This is the final
week of reading for Read-A-Million-Minutes, so read as much as possible!
We can count all minutes read and turned in until the last day of
February, which is next Thursday.
The total minutes read by all grades in our School for the first three
weeks of February is 118,407. During the
first two weeks of
February, students all over Iowa have read 20 million minutes!
Check the newsletter next week for new reading minute totals.
MAHARISHI SCHOOL SPEECH AND DRAMA PROGRAM WINS AT ALL-STATE
The Maharishi School Speech and Drama Program will present “A Theatre
Cavalcade,” a performance of the entries in the Iowa High School Speech
Association Large Group Competition. All nine pieces received the highest
rating possible from the judges at the State level competition in Pella.
At the All-State Festival in Ames on February 16th, our School received
two Critic’s Choice Awards, for our Reader’s Theatre, “A Shakespearean
Tapestry,” and for the hilarious Group Mime “Wallflower Row.” This is a
very special achievement, and we invite you to come and enjoy seeing all
the wonderful performances.
The evening’s award-winning performances will include “Mary Stewart,” a
one act play; “Visions of Light” and “Harlequinade,” Upper and Middle
School choral readings; “A Shakespearean Tapestry,” three mimes, and two
delightful performances of Musical Theatre, renditions of “The Boy
Friend” and “Ain’t Misbehavin’.” Come and experience a fun and inspiring
The performances will be held this weekend, February 22 and 23, and March
1 and 2 in Spayde Theatre on the MUM campus, beginning promptly at 7:30pm.
Late corners will be seated after the One Act Play, approximately at 8:10
pm. Tickets are available at the MUM Bookstore, Somebody Cares and at the
DI STUDENTS GO TO REGIONAL FINALS
Destination ImagiNation is a non-profit corporation offering a global,
youth-centered, creative problem-solving program. The Destination
ImagiNation program has two components:
1) "Instant Challenges"— Instant Challenges require students to solve a
challenge on the spot. With this component, students learn creativity
skills, divergent and convergent thinking, risk taking, time awareness,
and cooperation, besides having just plain fun.
2) "Team Challenges" —Teams use art, technology, performance, and real-
world relevance, as they work on one of the Team Challenges. The teams
work on their solutions for several months, but their solution is not
complete until they receive the final improv prop from the judges just
before the presentation.
This week, all Lower School students had an opportunity to see this
year’s teams perform their wonderful, creative programs, before they go to
the Regional Finals this Saturday in Cedar Rapids. The different groups
are as follows:
Fourth Grade, "Art of Improv": Eric Caplan, Theo Shier, Michael Magee,
and Alden Rowe.
Fifth Grade Girls, "On Holiday": Nathalie Ferre, Nofiya Denbaum, Katie
Dinkle, and Christy Thomas.
Fifth Grade Boys, "StranDId": Yale Shaw, Tye Huggins, Mihir Palakurthi,
Keenan Black, Jordan Stakland, Josh Posner, and John DeAngelis.
Fifth/Sixth Grade Boys, "Art of Improv": Simon Brooks, David Boyle, Sam
Johnson, David Fulcher, and Juergen Schooner.
Fifth/Sixth Grade Girls, "On Holiday": Amy Christensen, Jessica
Pollack, Yelana Loiselle, Ellora Hans-Price, Lanie Goldstein, Emily
Wofford, and Talia Winningham.
Sixth Grade, "StranDId": Michael Dearborn, Nathaniel Alexander, Luke
Hillis, Dominc Rabalais, Dassan Verstrepen, and Benji Jones.
There are also eight Middle and Upper School teams. Good luck to
ALL THAT IS GOOD: PIZZA!
By Tracy Liptak
Pizza pleases like almost nothing else. It would be so wonderful if
there were a great pizza parlor in town that made fabulous, fresh, hot
organic pizza for us all to enjoy; but alas, it hasn’t happened yet.
Fortunately, the best pizza comes from home, made with high quality
ingredients and served right out of the oven. The cook gets a lot of
credit, too. So if you need a boost with your children, be the one who
makes it! Pizza is simple to make. allows for infinite variations, and
makes everybody happy).
BASIC PIZZA DOUGH
1 TB Red Star yeast (the company has stated that their yeast is not GE)
1/2 cup warm water
2 cups organic white flour
1 cup organic whole wheat flour (or any combination of flour totaling 3
3/4 cup warm water
11/2 t. salt
1 TB organic olive oil
Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water. Combine everything and knead
(this can be done by hand or in a food processor). Put in a bowl and
cover. Let rise until doubled, approximately 1 hour. Roll out on a baking
sheet which has been lightly oiled with additional olive oil, and
sprinkled with organic semolina. Brush lightly with olive oil and top as
BASIC TOMATO SAUCE
Tomatoes aggravate all the doshas, so as your pizza eaters’ palates
grow more sophisticated, consider reducing the amount of tomato sauce and
trying other toppings for your pizzas.
Cucumbers are said to help balance out the effects of tomatoes, so
include them in the salad accompanying the pizza.
2 TB organic olive oil
pinch of hing
1 3/4 lb. diced organic tomatoes
1 t. dried basil
1/2 t. dried oregano
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper
pinch of cayenne (opt.)
1/2 t. fennel seeds
1/4 t. thyme
Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add hing and stir briefly. Add the tomatoes
and all other ingredients. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat and
simmer until thick, about 30 minutes. Cool.
Cover pizza dough with tomato sauce. Put on any desired toppings (i.e.,
grilled vegetables, pineapple, etc.). Sprinkle 8 oz. grated organic
mozzarella on top.
Bake at 450 for about 15 minutes. Enjoy!
1. Add quartered artichoke hearts.
2. Pesto Pizza: Puree 1 cup fresh basil; a pinch of hing; 2 TB pinenuts,
almonds or pecans; 1/2 cup organic ricotta or homemade panir; and salt and
pepper to taste. Prick the crust with a fork and bake for about 8 minutes.
Then spread the pesto over the crust and bake a few more minutes until it
is heated through.
3. Fresh ‘Tomato Pizza: Core two large ripe organic tomatoes and slice
them thinly. Lay them on paper towels to absorb excess moisture. Line the
dough with concentric circles of slightly overlapping tomato slices.
Sprinkle with 1 t. fresh oregano leaves, salt and pepper. Mix 1 TB
organic olive oil with a pinch of hing and drizzle over the tomatoes. Bake
for about 12 minutes.
4. Pizza Margherita: Core and dice two large organic tomatoes and
distribute them evenly over the dough. Sprinkle with 1/2 t. salt
and 1/2 cup fresh chopped basil leaves. Sprinkle with 5 oz. organic
mozzarella. Bake for about 15 minute.
5. Mexican Pizza 1: Use organic salsa, roasted chilies (if desired),
and organic Monterey Jack. Bake for about 15 minutes.
6. Mexican Pizza 2: Top with organic plum tomatoes, organic green
pepper, oregano, cilantro and organic Monterey Jack. Bake for 15 minutes.
7. Ratatouille: Top pizza with ratatouille and organic mozzarella. Bake
for 15 minutes.
8. Grate zucchini and add to tomato sauce.
9. Grill or broil vegetable slices and put on top of tomato sauce.
Cover with organic mozzarella.
10. Replace some or all of the mozzarella with homemade panir.
11. Use your imagination!
PICK-UP AND DROP-OFF
Please remember that the turn-around in front of the school is for
dropping off and picking up passengers only. Please do not park
along the curb at any time. If you need to come into the school
building for a short time (15 minutes), you may park in the visitor spaces
on the south side of the turn-around. If you need to park for a longer
time, please park at the Field House. The staff and faculty at the school
have been asked to keep the spaces in the turn-around open for visitors,
and for pick-up and drop-off. We also need the cooperation of parents in
keeping this area clear for these purposes, and for the safety of our
children. Thank you very much.
In the next few weeks, all of the students will be learning rope
skipping in PE class. Those who were introduced to it this week did very
well! For those of you interested in purchasing a jump rope locally, you
can buy rope by the foot from TSC on Burlington. To measure for the
correct length, put one end of the rope even with the shoulder, have your
child stand with both feet on the rope, and bring the other end even with
the other shoulder. This is a good length for a beginning jumper. The
children will gain a great deal of skill and confidence if they can
practice jumping rope at home. The rope that we use in PE is a gold nylon
rope for $69 a foot. If you have any questions, please call Susie Hathaway
ANNOUNCEMENTSPE 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, please call Mark Soth at 469-5811, ext. 105, or the PE
Department at 472-9400, ext. #5535. ,The Lower School office
usually does not have the information.
•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, ext.#l 174 if you would like to sign up for a certain day.
• If the Weather is Looking Bad: Please tune your radio to KMCD
1570 AM, KICK 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 at www. maharishischooliowa.org/ on the main
announcements page or at the website www.RadioVillage.com. Please do not
call the radio station or the School.
• Name/Address/Phone Changes: If you have recently made a
change, please inform the Lower School office at 472—9400, ext #1174, so
that we have the most up-to-date information.
•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!