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Parents' Memo

A Weekly Report
on News & Events
of Maharishi
Lower School

March 22, 2002


"Inner is the basis of outer. It is the state of consciousness of the artist or viewer which will determine the level of appreciation of the art work. If the mind is stressed, then the full meaning of the art work will not be appreciated. When the artist or viewer is established in unboundedness, Transcendental Consciousness, which is beyond space and time, then all shape and forms are seen for their true perspective as expressions of the Infinite."- Maharishi

Happy Spring! It is hard to believe that March is almost over and that next Friday will mark the end of our 3rd quarter of School. Please remember that Spring Break is the week of April 1st, during which time there will be no school. During the next few weeks, teachers will be preparing report cards and are looking forward to visiting with you at Parent/Teacher Conferences, scheduled for Thursday afternoon, April 18th and all day Friday, April l9th*. I encourage all of you to attend these conferences, as it is an excellent opportunity to review your child's progress and development over the past several months. You may call the Lower School office beginning Wednesday, April 10th to schedule your appointments.

      * Please note: Kindergarten will be in session Thursday morning, April 18th, but not Thursday afternoon or on Friday, April 19th. Sixth grade boys will not have school Thursday afternoon, April 18th and will be in session on Friday, April 19th all day. They will hold Parent Teacher Conferences on Thursday, April 25th. Details to follow.

It was wonderful having so many of you attend our Spring Open House last Thursday and Friday mornings. I know the children were very busy preparing for these visits, and I'm sure you enjoyed all they had to share. Special classroom celebrations included traditional candle lighting and cake cutting ceremonies, refreshments, awards, and student performances. Following is a sample of activities Mrs. Lynch's 4th grade boys did for their Spring Open House, to welcome the coming of Spring:

We had our candle lighting and cake cutting ceremony, celebrating the children of the world and giving spring awards to our parents. The poetry contained ideas learned from the Young Writer's Conference. We had a short talent show, where Manas played the tabla, Eric and Alden did a trumpet duet, Nevin and Nathan did a comedy routine and Theo performed magic. To conclude the celebration, parents and students played a game, similar to "What's my Line", pretending to be inventors- it was loads of fun! Happy Spring from Mrs. Lynch's class.

April 27th is our annual Maharishi School Spring Fundraiser, this year entitled "A Dream Come True Quiz Show". You will have an opportunity to test your skill in a quiz show format. Great prizes and entertainment are assured!

Look for more details in the information packet that was recently mailed. Call your friends and let's get ready to meet our annual goal and have a wonderfully entertaining event! Following is a sample of questions for your enjoyment:

1. Complete the title of William Golding's novel "Lord of the
     a. Rings                    b. Flies
     c.Pies                       d.Skies

2. Which of these is a sport?
     a. Melon                   b. Squash
     c. Gourd                   d. Pumpernickel

3. Which of these is a famous pop star from the 50's?
a. Halle Berry                 b. Buddy Holly
c. Bud Hollow                c. Halston Balford

Check next week's newsletter for the answers and for more questions!!

by Ellora Hans Price

Ms. Boone's 6th grade girls class had a Colonial Tea Party on Wednesday, March 13th in the School's parlor. We dressed up as colonial girls. Our ages varied between 10 to 16 years old.

We chose our names and heritage by writing an autobiography of a character that we made up. Our autobiography had to be 2-3 pages long. We also had to include 3 historical events in it.

Everyone brought a treat that they made and Ms. Boone brought tea. First grade teacher Ms. Jennifer Nelson came in as a surprise guest, and told us what the latest fashions were in 1774. Then we all went into the Lobby, and Ms. Nelson taught us how to dance the Virginia Reel and the Well Hall Dance.

"It was a fun experience," says Ali Swigart.

"I had fun dancing and making my costume," says Minca Borg.

"I enjoyed the Colonial Tea Party because my dress always bounced up and down, and when I sat down, it poofed up!" says Tati Ticciati.

I think everyone had fun, and I would love to do it again.

We have been showing classes in grades 3-6 how to use the EBSCO magazine database this week. In last week's newsletter the instructions for finding and logging on to this database were given, but we want to repeat the information.

We have provided a link to EBSCO through the Maharishi School web site. This database is provided to all Iowa schools by the Area Education Agency, and a user name and password are required to log on. The database can be used at school or at home, and provides the full text of magazine articles for more than 50 good magazine; for example, National Geographic World, Ranger Rick, Cricket, Ladybug, American Girl, and Highlights. Our school web site is: Click on Libraries, then Lower School Media Center, then Magazine Articles Online. The user name and password is given in this week's hard copy of the newsletter.  You may also contact the media center personnel to get this information.

Please call 472-9400, ext. 5072 if you have any questions about using the EBSCO database.


With the change of season, 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. When a child has a fever, 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 help prevent the spread of illness is through regular hand washing.

In addition, we ask that if a child is going to be late to school due to illness, either at the beginning of the day or after lunch, you please send a note of explanation. If children arrive after 9:30 am or 1:05 pm, they are marked tardy. If they aren't feeling well, and need a little extra rest, a note from a parent will give them an excused tardy. However, it is strongly encouraged that children be kept home all day if they aren't feeling well.

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

2002-2003 Registration Packets: Were mailed out Thursday, March 21st. As indicated in the packet, all financial aid applications are due at FAIR no later than April 15th. If you do not receive your packet by Wednesday, March 28th, please call the Administrative Office at 472-9400, ext. 1.

The Destination ImagiNation Teams are going to the State Competition in Grinnell on Monday. We wish them the best of luck! We will update you in next week's newsletter about their success.

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. The shorts 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 PB 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. Special thanks to Cathy DuBois for her delicious spring cookies.

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.

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 good weekend!




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