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Parents' Memo

A Weekly Report
on News & Events
of Maharishi
Lower School

April 12, 2002


"The self-referral state of consciousness is that one element in nature on the ground of which the infinite variety of creation is continuously emerging, growing, and dissolving."

I hope you all enjoyed Spring vacation as much as I did! It's always refreshing to have a break to travel, to visit with family and friends, or just to take it easy.

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 Parent/Teacher Conferences on Thursday, April 25th, and will not have school that day.

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 greatness!

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! Call your friends and let's get ready to meet our annual goal and have a wonderfully entertaining event!

The answers to last week's quiz questions are: 1) C, 2) C, 3) C.

Following is another sample of questions for you to enjoy:
1) Which of the following is a James Bond film?
    a .Goldmaster                           b. You only Live Twice
    c. Thunderbolt                          d. From Moscow with Love

2) What event brought on the "Great Depression?"
    a. A shortage of Psychiatrists     b.Too many Psychiatrists
    c. Mets won World Series        d. Stock Market Crash

3) What is the relationship of the ghost to Hamlet in the play of the same name?
    a. Father                                   b. Brother
    c. Servant                                 d. Palm Reader

Iowa State Bank is hosting a senior tour of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes. The Hawkeye seniors will play against Fairfield High School and Maharishi School seniors on April 14th at 4:00 pm in the FHS Gym. Don't miss this opportunity to come watch them play, and get autographs and pictures taken with the Hawkeye players. Admission will be $3.00.


Cakes are always celebratory, and with organic, GE-free ingredients, you can provide a real treat to your loved ones. At a birthday party, Martha Stewart, 4th grade parent and Media Specialist presented a beautiful and delicious apple cake, frosted with pink (beet juice-tinted) buttercream, and topped with marzipan roses. She made a fabulous contribution to a special day. Martha generously shared the recipes so that we can make it, too.

When baking, remember that there are a number of common ingredients which are genetically engineered and therefore must be organic to be safe. For example, sugar is processed with genetically engineered agents; dairy products are GE (BGH-free is not enough, since "You are what you eat," and cows fed GE grain make GE milk); baking powder contains GE cornstarch; and vanilla has GE alcohol and processing agents. Organic ingredients are the best solution. Enjoy this lovely treat!

Preheat oven to 350. Prepare three 8 inch round baking pans or or one 9 by 13 inch baking pan.

Stir together:
3 cups flour (part whole wheat is fine)
2 tsp, baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp, ground ginger
2 heaping TB organic soy flour


1/2 cup organic butter in medium sized pan

Stir in:
3/4 cup organic oil
2 tsp. organic vanilla
1 1/4 cups organic sugar

Mix in:
3 1/2 cups coarsely grated tart organic apples
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Add flour mixture and stir until combined. Pour into pan(s) and bake for 30-50 minutes (depending on pan size).

We usually eat this cake plain, but it can also be frosted. I often reduce the oil and sugar and add extra apples, up to 4 1/2 cups, and it still comes out great.

For the center of each rose, take a small amount of organic marzipan (which is available at Everybody's) and roll out a cone shape about 3/4 inch long, 3/8 inch in diameter at the bottom and pointed at the top.

Make petals by taking a marble sized piece of marzipan and flattening it, making sure the edges are very thin. (The balls of your hands work best for this). As you flatten it, shape it into a round-edged triangular shape that looks like a rose petal.

The first petal for each rose should be wrapped completely around the cone shape (pointed end up) to cover it.

The rest of the petals should be attached one at a time as they are made (they start to dry out and stiffen) by pressing the bottom of the petal to the bottom of the cone and curling back the petal slightly.

Continue adding petals and curling them around the cone and then tuning back the tops until it looks done. I find it helpful to look at a real rose or rose picture to get it right. Rosebuds, using only a few petals, are also pretty.

 Children May Still Join Track/Cross Training!

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 the MUM Rec Center from 8: 10-9:15 a.m., M, W, F mornings. Occasionally, weather permitting, we will meet at the trail at North B and Zimmerman at 8:10 am on Fridays. You will be notified on Wednesday when the Friday session will be outside. If it ends up raining on Friday morning, come to the Rec Center.  Registration forms are outside the Lower School Office by the bulletin board or in the office.

Coaches: Mark Soth, 472-8095 (H), 469-5911 (W) and Susie Hathaway, 472-9548.

Parent Volunteers are needed and welcome! For more. information, please call Mark or Susie. Thanks!

Jump Rope Orders
Due to popular demand, we will be placing a second speed jump rope order in a week. Please see attached order form, and return this form with payment to the Enrichment Box in the Lower School office by Monday, April 22nd.

2002-2003 Registration Packets: Were mailed out Thursday, March 21st. As indicated in the packet, all financial aid applications for families with Preschool through 11th grade students 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.

Parent/Teacher Conferences: Please call for appointments for the Parent/Teacher Conferences on April 18th and 19th. 'Magazine Database Reminder: To log in to the EBSCO database, user name is: msae, password is aeal5.

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 PE Department at 472-9400, ext. 5535.

Photos for Miss Phyllis: Miss Phyllis would love to have pictures from the Holiday Show. If you have copies of photos you would like to share, please bring them to the Lower School office. Thank you!

                                                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 PE classes.
Questions? Please call Mrs. Hathaway at 472-9548.



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