“The artist’s awareness comprehends the whole range of existence from
the unmanifest to the manifest, from boundless to boundaries. He
expresses this awareness of the wholeness of life in his work; even in
dealing with one idea, one object, one aspect of life, the artist
breathes life into it, infusing it with a message of fullness, of
infinity. The artist’s presence is thus lively in his
All parents are invited to attend their child’s class during our
Spring Open House:
Grades K-2 will
hold their Spring Open House on Thursday, March 14th from 10:45-11:45.
Grades 4-6 will
hold their Spring Open House on Friday, March 15th from 10:45-11:45.
Ms. Siemsen’s 3rd
grade will hold their Spring Open House when the class is ready to
present their Animal Fair, Thursday, March 28th.
Please meet in your
All 14 D.I. teams from Maharishi School who attended the Regional
Competition on Saturday, February 23rd will advance to the State
Competition on March 25th at Grinnell College. The Regional Competition
was held on the campus of Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids,
and 90 teams from around central and eastern Iowa competed. Those teams
who earn first place ribbons at the State Competition will then go to
World Competition held in Knoxville, Tennessee. Congratulations to our
D.I. is a worldwide
creative problem solving organization. It promotes creativity by
challenging teams to solve problems with more than one solution. By
working in teams, participants learn teamwork, the appreciation and
understanding of others, and that a group is a very powerful thinking
force. It develops a sense of self-respect and respect for others
through preparatory activities such as brainstorming, research, and role
ATTEND YOUNG WRITERS’ CONFERENCE
Mrs. Lynch, Ms. Vetter and Mrs. Stewart are accompanying students
from grades 3−6 to the Young Writer’s Conference at William Penn College
in Oskaloosa today, Friday, March 8th. This is a project Mrs. Lynch has
helped to organize for the past 10 years, and she really deserves a very
special “thank you.” It will be an exciting day for all−filled with
sharing and discussing writing with students from other schools,
listening to successful authors inspiring everyone to write, and
attending small group workshops. Keynote speaker will be author Alden
Carter. Mr. Carter has written many novels and nonfiction books for
young adults. His book, Up Country was selected for the list “The
Best of the Best: The 100 Best Young Adult Books of the Last 25 Years”
by the Young Adult Library Services Division. Some of the workshops will
include: “Writing for Radio,” by Mike Buchanan—KBIZ Radio, Ottumwa; “How
Books are Made,” by Ottumwa Artist Shannon LeCrory; and “Adventures in
Creative Writing,” by Joy Lyle and Roger Scott, instructors at Indian
There are many
students who love to write, but only two or three students could be
selected to represent each class. This year’s attendees include: Atreya
Dey and Joella Travis from Ms. Siemsen’s third grade; Phoebe Jones and
Kenzie Wacknov from Ms. Vetter’s fourth grade girls; Matt Fleshman,
Alden Rowe, Manas Kshirsagar, and Michael Dugan from Mrs. Lynch’s fourth
grade boys; Mira Moore from Ms. Zmachinsky’s fifth grade girls; Peter
Arnold from Mr. Fishback’s fifth grade boys; Sothea Shreck, Camille
Morehead, and Emily Wofford from Ms. Boone’s sixth grade girls; and
David Fulcher and Davy Huebner from Mr. Headlee’s sixth grade boys.
We know everyone
will have a fulfilling day!
As you know, our Spring Fundraiser will be a Quiz Show Competition,
where you can win fantastic prizes, including a new Toyota Echo and a
year’s tuition to Maharishi School. Many people have asked if it will be
possible for contributors from out of town to participate in the show,
and the answer is definitely yes! Those from out of town will be able to
phone in to participate, if they are unable to be in Fairfield. All
details will be in the brochure which is being printed as you read this.
Congratulations to all who participated in this year’s
Read-A-Million-Minutes. Maharishi Lower School students read 184,497
minutes during the month of February. The total for all students in Iowa
was almost fifty million minutes. Remember that the more you read, the
better you read!
WEBELOS TROOP 108
by Keenan Black and Jordan Stakland
On Friday, March 1st
of this year, the Webelos Troop 108 of Maharishi School visited KHOE Radio
Station. The purpose of the visit was to work on the Communications Badge.
Fifth grade boys Peter Arnold, Keenan Black, Yale Shaw, and Jordan
Stakland met with Stan Stansberry of KHOE studio on the MUM Campus. They
recorded a five minute radio show, which aired this week on Tuesday, March
•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.
Our PE teacher, Diane James, would like to use old beanie babies as bean
bags in PE. If you have any that you can part with, please drop them of in
the Lower School office.
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.
We are now offering an optional light yellow (maize) sweater vest for boys
in grades K-6. You can purchase this vest directly from the Lands’ End
School Uniform catalog by calling 800-469-2222. When you place your order,
please remember to use our school code, which is #9000-29-74-5.
for Sale: Each Stepping Stone is made and uniquely decorated by
students in the Lower School. Stepping Stones are a nice addition to
gardens and walkways. They make great gifts for everyone, for any
occasion. They will be on sale during Spring Open House on Thursday and
Friday, March 14th and 15th in the Lower School Lobby. Proceeds benefit
the Gardening Program. Priced at $7.00 each. Direct questions and
inquiries to Susan Mclaskey or
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 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.
• If the Weather
is Looking Bad: Please tune your radio to KMCD 1570 AM or KICK 95.9 FM
to listen for school closings. Also, announcements for weather
cancellations will be available here on the school’s website on the
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.2, so that we have the most
•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!