"The way to uplift a man is first to remind him of the glorious
aspects of his character and so gain a sympathetic response. The second
step is to point out at once some delicate feature in the situation."-Maharishi
Next week is Spring Vacation, which means that there will be no
School from Monday, April 1st through Friday, April 5th. I hope
everyone has a fun and relaxing week, and that the weather is ideal so all
can fully enjoy the spring season. On Friday, during morning
announcements, the children were reminded to be regular in their twice
daily practice of Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation technique or
Maharishi's Children's technique. They were told that maximum bliss and
enjoyment comes from that balance of rest and activity.
PARENT! TEACHER CONFERENCES
This is another reminder that Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled
for Thursday, April 18th in the afternoon and Friday, April 19th all
day.* At these times, there will be no school for grades 1-6.
* 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 ParentlTeacher
Conferences on Thursday, April 25th. Details to follow.
I really encourage all of you to attend the conference with your child's
teacher, as it is an excellent opportunity to review your child's progress
and development over the past several months. You may begin calling the
Lower School office right after Spring Break to schedule an appointment. I
also wanted to remind you to take the time during conferences to view the
Spring Art Show which is on display outside each classroom. The students'
artworks express exceptional creativity and are a delight to see. Thank
you to art teacher Karen Valentine for inspiring our children to achieve
Maharishi School Girl Scout Brownie Troop 155 and Junior Troop 121
performed a flag ceremony for last week's Friday Assembly to celebrate the
90th Anniversary of Girl Scouts in the USA. Also, a bouquet of flowers was
presented to Mrs. Bordow on behalf of all other Maharishi School teachers
who are former Girl Scouts, thanking them for keeping Girl Scouts lively
through the years.
For the major portion of the Assembly, it was the job of the 4th grade
boys to entertain us. To gain our attention, they introduced themselves by
using different voices to express emotion: sad, happy, enthusiastic, and
surprised. Through a delightful play about six blind men and an elephant,
the SCI fundamental of "Knowledge" came to life.
As always, the Friday Assembly began with selected students being given
Special Recognition Awards, which had been nominated by their teachers.
Award recipients on March 22nd were: fourth graders Mia Arndt, Angela
Sickler, Suzanne Seehusen, Sammy Rose, Nathan Evertsen, Mike Magee, Alden
Rowe, Theo Shier and Eric Caplan; fifth grader Josh Posner; and sixth
graders Collin Petit, David Fuicher and David Boyle. Also, receiving
special recognition awards were fourth grade teacher Ms. Vetter, sixth
grade substitute Ms. Dollive, fourth grade student teacher Ms. Patricia
and fourth grade parent Mrs. Dorothy Rowe. Congratulations to everyone!
FULL MOON CELEBRATION
Maharishi School Seniors Speak about their Visit to Holland
Friday, March 29, 8:00 pm-Maharishi School Auditorium
Maharishi School Seniors will speak Friday night to the community about
their glorious Senior Trip this week to the International Capital of the
Global Country of World Peace, Vlodrop, Holland. Please come join the
Seniors for an inspiring and blissful evening!
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
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. Which dessert is named after a Scandinavian country?
a. Norwegian moon cake
b. Finnish upside down cake
c. Danish pastry
d. Swedish deep dish apple pie
2. Which of these marine creatures has eight tentacles?
3. Leo Tolstoy's famous novel is called
a. The Czar and I
b. Crime and More Crime
c. War,What is It Good For? d. War and Peace
Last week's answers are:
1) b. Flies, 2) b. Squash, 3) b. Buddy Holly.
How did you do?
This past Monday, 14 teams competed at the State level in Destination
ImagiNation at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. It was a wonderful
opportunity for so many of our School families to watch the children share
their fulfillment of many months of hard work. Competing with over 158
teams throughout Iowa, our students represented themselves with great
confidence and dignity. They showed appreciation for each other, as well
as for the other schools. Four 1st place winning teams won the right to
advance to global competition at the Final Destination, which this year
will be held Knoxville, Tennessee at the University of Tennessee from May
The four teams that came in first place were: 7th/8th grade team,"It's
Your Move"; 7th grade team, "On Holiday"; 7th/8th grade team, "Art of
Improv" and Upper School team, "Dual Dilemma". The 7th/8th grade "Art of
Improv" team was also awarded the Creativity Award in the Middle School
category. All of the teams were outstanding in their performances and
oftentimes competed with groups that were two grades above them!
At the Final Destination, these teams will be sharing their
presentation with hundreds of teams from all over the world. Coach Mark
Headlee has offered our students the opportunity to achieve excellence!
DEVELOPMENT OFFICE NEWS
One of our parents has generously donated money toward sponsoring
teachers to enter The Dream Come True Quiz Show. She has asked that we
begin a fund to cover all the teachers. We are hoping that more parents
will come forward and sponsor other teachers and coaches. Please call the
Development Office if you can help, 472-0094.
VOTE FOR TEACHER OF THE YEAR
Wal-Mart is now running a Teacher of the Year competition. So many of
our teachers at Maharishi School are ideal candidates for this award, and
it has been suggested that parents or students nominate their favorite
teacher. The local winner receives a grant of $500, payable to the program
of the teacher's choice. The State winner brings home a grant of $5,000.
Ballots are available at Wal-Mart, or in the Lower School office.
MOMS & DADS INTERESTED IN GETTING IN SHAPE!
Come and join your sons and daughters for a race-walk or run on
Monday, Wednesday, and for Friday mornings in our Lower School
Track/Cross-training program in April and May. See details in the
MAHARISHI SCHOOL ENRICHMENT SPORTS
TrackCross Training begins Wednesday morning, April 3rd
All 3rd through 6th grade boys and girls are welcome. Great fun and
conditioning! No experience necessary! Participants may choose events such
as race walking, sprints, or long distance. Cross-training activities will
include basketball, soccer, and jump roping. Meet at Rec Center from
8:10-9:15 a.m., M, W, F mornings. See attached registration forms. Extra
forms are outside the Lower School Office by bulletin board.
Coaches: Mark Soth, 472-8095 (H), 469-5911(W) and Susie
Parent Volunteers are needed and welcome! For more information,
please call Mark or Susie. Thanks!
• 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 have not yet received your
packet, please call the Administrative Office at 472-9400, ext. 1.
•Spring Break dates: Monday, April 1st through Friday, April
•Parent/Teacher Conferences: Right after Spring Break we will
begin taking appointments for the Parent/Teacher Conferences coming up on
April 18th and 19th.
•Magazine Database Reminder: To log in to the EBSCO database,
user name is: msae, password is aeal5.
•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.
Have a great Spring Break!