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Parents' Memo

A Weekly Report
on News & Events
of Maharishi
Lower School

March 15, 2002


"Every aspect of the Vedic Literature expresses a specific quality of consciousness. Reading every aspect of the Vedic Literature as it flows and progresses in perfect sequential order has the effect of regulating and balancing the functioning of the brain physiology and training consciousness, the mind, always to flow in perfect accordance with the evolutionary direction of Natural Law. This training of the mind fulfills the purpose of education, by fully training the student to think and act spontaneously according to Natural Law."-Maharishi Vedic University Introduction, 1994, Age of Enlightenment Publications, India, p.144

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

This is the time of year when we can look forward to the onset of Spring and to celebrating our students' achievements. In addition to the great success Destination ImagiNation has accomplished, our Middle and Upper School students continue their tradition of taking home many awards in local, regional and national competitions. These include awards in science, history, art, photography, speech, sports and academics. We know that winning is only the by-product of a fulfilling education. Our students are very fortunate to participate daily in Maharishi Consciousness-Based education. We would like to congratulate everyone on their own personal achievements.

by Kathy Shaw and Martha Stewart

We are happy to announce that a Library page on the Maharishi School website ( will be available beginning sometime next week. We have been working with the school webmaster, Ms. Perry, to provide good resources for our students, their parents and teachers. Clicking on the link to "Libraries" will take you to Lower School Media Center. We have information available about our hours and policies, how to contact us if you have questions, a list of some new books we have in the library, and several sections about using the Internet for research. "Internet Research" provides some general information about Internet searches, and provides links to a good Internet directory, a good search engine, and a good metasearch engine. "Magazine Articles Online" provides access to two databases, that students can use to find the full text of magazine articles from hundreds of children's magazines. These can be used by students at home, but there is a user name and password that must be entered. We can't give these on the website, but will publish them regularly in the newsletter. We also will be teaching the students how to use these databases.

"Research links for students" will take students to databases as well as a number of other good homework help sites. "Resources for teachers/parents" provides teachers with access to curriculum websites, and direct access to Web/Max for ordering materials from AEA. A number of these sites may be interesting to parents as well. In future newsletters we will provide more specific information about resources available.

Many of the children have been asking about where to purchase the speed jump ropes that we have been using in PE class. We will be making a group order on Thursday, March 21st. The cost will be $3.00 each, which includes shipping. Please see the attached order form. Jump roping is a terrific year-round activity that the kids love. Having their own rope at home will give them hours of fun! Parents, think about getting one for yourself-the children love it when you jump with them.

by Tracy Liptak

Birthday cakes offer a great opportunity to make something really special for those we love. By using fresh, high-quality organic and genetically natural ingredients, we can create a centerpiece for any party which is truly a celebration of life. Unlike the brightly decorated, GE ingredient-laced concoctions which abound, a delicious homemade cake emanates love. While making the cake look beautiful is a delight for some, the artistically challenged among us can take refuge in simple but pretty solutions. My favorite birthday cake actually avoids the whole issue, as it is robed in the most delicious caramel pecan sauce imaginable. Placed on a cake stand lined with a gold doily, it is complete in itself and is the cake many of my loved ones request for special occasions.

Other simple solutions for decorating birthday cakes include:

1. Whipped cream or frosting topped with beautiful fruit and/or flowers. The fruit can be glazed with melted preserves, if desired.

2. A "lollipop" cake simply frosted with "leaves" piped on the sides of the cake, if desired, and organic lollipops (imported by Marjan Dejong and available at local stores) stuck in a "bouquet" on the top. Make sure you have extra lollipops so that every child gets one.

3. A "cookie cake" decorated with cookies cut in any desired shape.

4. A cake cut into slices and glazed on the sides as well as on the top, with each piece decorated with a toy, flower, or cookie.

5. A tiny amount of food coloring can be used to color coconut. Beet juice and turmeric dissolved in hot water can also be used. The colored coconut can be sprinkled on over frosting or whipped cream to create a colored cake, or to make rainbows, etc. Cookie cutters make good stencils for making colored hearts, stars, etc.

6. Make a glaze with jam thinned with water or juice by heating it on the stove and whisking it. Pour over the top of the cake and then edge with whipped cream. Cover the sides of the cake with more whipped cream.

7. Melt organic sugar in a saucepan. Add a tiny amount of boiling water and pour the sugar into a cold pan. After it cools, break it up and sprinkle it on top of a whipped cream or frosting covered cake.

8. Arrange toys on the cake. For example, a toy train can be put on "track" made from frosting.

9. Bake the cake in a special shape. Even a very simply decorated heart shaped cake is charming.

One piece of very good news for cake makers is that organic powdered sugar is now available at University Co-op. What a relief after years without non-GE powdered sugar, since mainstream brands contain GE cornstarch and may use GE processing agents.

CARROT CAKE (This one's for you, Kevin Swigart!)
1 cup organic unsalted butter
2 cups organic sugar
1 1/2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. allspice
4 cups organic flour
3 cups grated carrots
1 cup chopped nuts (opt.-leave them out if the pecan cream filling is used)
1/2 cup organic raisins
1 1/2 cups organic milk
1/4 cup organic yogurt
2 t. baking soda
1 t. cream of tartar

Cream butter and sugar. Sift in flour and spices. Add carrots, nuts, raisins, and milk. Combine yogurt and leavening and add to batter. Put into 2 round cake pans which have been lined with paper (or a 9x13 pan) and bake at 350 until a fork comes out clean when pressed into the cake. Cool on rack. Fill and top with pecan cream or frost with cream cheese frosting.

1 1/2 cups organic sugar
1 TB organic flour
1 1/2 cups organic cream
1 1/2 sticks unsalted organic butter
1 1/4 cups pecans
2 t. organic vanilla

Melt butter in the cream over low heat. Add the sugar and flour and simmer until thick and golden (about 30 minutes), stirring frequently. Cool. Add nuts and vanilla.

Variation: substitute almond or a combination of almonds and coconut for the pecans.

Pecan cream is also good on ice cream or with baked pears (or to be frank, all by itself).

Thanks to Nita Travis and Jan Thatcher for the decorating ideas!


Spring Break Dates: Monday, April 1st through Friday, April 5th.

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.

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. Thank you very much to Dominic Borg, who baked cupcakes for the teachers on the occasion of his birthday!

Name/AddresslPbone Changes or email change: 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.

Have a great weekend!



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Speed Jump Rope Order Form

Many students have inquired about where they can purchase the speed ropes that we have been using in PE class. Mrs. Hathaway is putting together a group order. If you would like to order a rope, please return this order form to PE class by Thursday, March 21 St

To Measure: Hold tape measure at the top of the shoulder, bring it under both feet, and up to the top of the other shoulder. If the measurement is more than a couple of inches over the foot mark, go up a rope size.

Name: ____________________________________ Class ______________

Short Ropes:
Price: $3.00 each.

          How many?                                        Price

      7' ________                                       ________

      8' ________                                       ________

      9' ________                                       ________

     10' ________                                      ________


Long Ropes:
These come 2 to a set only.
Price: $8.00 per set.

       How many sets?                                    Price

     16' ________                                      ________



Prices include shipping.
Students should bring their order form and checks in an envelope to PE class.
Make checks payable to Susan Hathaway.
Ropes will be delivered to students in their FE classes.
Questions? Please call Mrs. Hathaway at 472-9548.


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