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Parents' Memo

A Weekly Report
on News & Events
of Maharishi
Lower School

May 17, 2002

"A mother's life is the expression of the creative power of nature."

I would like to remind you that on Monday, May 27th there is no school due to the Memorial Day Holiday.

As we mentioned last week, we are pleased to inform you that all uniforms for Maharishi School will now be provided by one uniform company. Dennis Uniform is the largest uniform company in the country, and they are going to great lengths to accommodate our unique need for all natural fibers.

As a reminder, on Friday, May 31st, Cathy Robinson, the Regional Director of Dennis Uniform, will visit our school with sample sizes of all uniform items, We will host a reception for Cathy in the Lower School Parlor, and invite all parents to meet Cathy and view the slight uniform modifications we have made. The parlor will be open all day, and you may stop by at your leisure. Again, the Lower School uniform is basically the same, but on May 31st you will be able to see the minor improvements that have been made. Towards the last week of school, you will receive ordering information.

Within the coming weeks each family will also receive an end-of-the-year mailing including the 2002-2003 school calendar, school supply lists, etc.

Last Friday's Assembly was hosted by Mrs. Balf's 1st and 2nd grade boys, They performed two delightful plays entitled, "The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig," and "Little Beaver and the Echo." A lot of fun was had by all, as the audience guessed which SCI Principle applied to each play.

The Friday Assembly began, as always, with selected students being given Special Recognition Awards, which had been nominated by their teachers. Award recipients on May 10th included third graders Derek Thatcher and Tahra Wilkins; fourth graders Shana Silverman and Rachele Petit; fifth graders Peter Arnold and Tye Huggins; and sixth graders Yelana Loiselle and Emily Wofford. The entire sixth grade boys class received an award for outstanding behavior on their recent field trip.

Congratulations to everyone!

Fantastic Weekend

The next opportunity to support Maharishi School will be the weekend of May 31st. We are planning three wonderful events that should be a lot of fun for everyone.

Maharishi School Alumni Basketball Game
Mark your calendars! On Friday evening, May 3 1 at at 7:45 pm in the Field House, Maharishi School will host an Alumni Basketball Game. Maharishi School seniors will square off against our amazing alumni, Tickets are $4 for adults, $3 for students.

For the Fifth Annual Pioneer Golf Tournament, golfers will convene on Saturday, June 1st at 9:30 am at Schaeffer Memorial Golf Club in Fort Madison. $100 covers green fees, lunch and cart.

Saturday night in the Maharishi School Assembly Hall, "The Suits" Rock and Roll Band will entertain us with live music from the 60's, 70's, 80's, and 90's. Results from the Golf Tournament will be announced. Join us for the fun and excitement. Tickets are $10 at the door.

For more information, please call the Development Office at 472-0094.

This summer, Maharishi School will offer a fun-filled and exciting camp for children ages 2-10. There will be three groups to provide age-appropriate activities for preschool, kindergarten through second grade, and third and fourth grade students. Activities will include pottery, music, gardening, arts and crafts, and swimming.

Pioneer Day Camp will be available in the mornings in one week blocks for 5 weeks, from June 17th - July 12th, and also August 5th - 9th. The Camp brochure will be sent out with next week's newsletter.

This week, all regular music classes, Kindergarten through 6th grade, will be finishing their five weeks of keyboard instruction. The AEA keyboard lab travels around this area, giving all students a few lessons in playing the piano. This is our fifth year of utilizing this service. I hope your children have enjoyed the lab.

The last few weeks of school are upon us, and all classes will be participating in these events:
        •May 20-24 "Share Your Musical Talent Week"
        •May 27-31 "CD Party Week"

Your child may share his/her musical talent in music class. If he or she has instruments to bring in, please remind them to do so on their music day. They may also bring in a family member who has a musical talent to share with us.

The CD Party is held during the regular music class. The students know the requirements for bringing in music to play during our party. Please make sure you know the music your child buys and brings in.

Music Appreciation Concert
This Sunday, May 19th will be our sixth Music Appreciation Concert for parents. It will be full of song and merriment The concert begins at 1:30 pm, but the students need to be in the Assembly Hall to warm up at 1:00 pm, There will be songs sung by the Festival Singers, Concert Choir and beautiful music played by the Orchestra. By the end of the program, the 4th grade singers will graduate to Concert Choir, and the 6th grade singers will graduate to Middle School Concert Choir! The Beginning Orchestra will graduate to Intermediate Orchestra, and we will end the whole event with a reception. The public is invited to attend. Please bring family and friends on Sunday to complete our musical year with a showcase of the students' talent.

Reception Information for Music Students:

•3rd grade brings any food item they want to share

•4th grade brings non-sweet snacks (veggies and dip, chips, crackers)

•5th grade brings drinks (tea, water, juice, no soda - thanks)

•6th grade brings sweet treats non-choir orchestra members bring cups, napkins All food items should be non-GMO and preferably organic. Gardeners, please bring flowers in vases.

Gandharya Veda Recital
You are invited to come and enjoy a Gandharva Veda Recital on Sunday, June 2nd, at 1:30 pm in the Assembly Hall. Students from Maharishi School, MUM, and private students will be performing, as well as our dear Gandharva Veda teachers, Mr. and Mrs. Ghosh. Ms. Nelson's first and second grade girls will also be performing at this event. Mr. and Mrs. Ghosh will be leaving us at the end of this school year, and this will be their last Gandharva Veda concert. The students have enjoyed so much leaming to play on tabla and sing the "music of nature," and everyone at the School would like to express their deep appreciation for all that Mr. and Mrs, Ghosh have given us during the 2 years that they were with us. The whole community has enjoyed their divine and blissful Gandharva Veda concerts, and we wish them both all the best, and that they may return to Fairfield very soon.

Please remember that only two weeks are left to donate children's books to the Friends of the Library Children's Book Drive. Our dear Maharishi School parents and children were major contributors to last year's book drive, and we hope to continue this tradition of giving. So please look through your bookshelves and bring in children's books you would like to donate to low-income children in the community. The Lower School Library will be collecting books through May 30th.


As the end of the year approaches, we want to remind everyone to be vigilant when it comes to traffic safety and driving manners. Several parents have voiced concerns over this. - Always maintain a safe driving speed on campus. The speed limit is 15 mph.

• Be especially careful when driving down the road by the frats and driving near the Student Union and construction zone. There are many small children walking and biking here. Be sure to be on the alert for children darting out from between parked cars.

• Drive carefully in the parking lots by the Field House, The pedestrian traffic there can be heavy and erratic.

• Remember to observe the 3-way stop at the entrance to the turnaround in front of the School.

• When dropping off children, pull all the way up to the first available space along the sidewalk, so that others may pull in behind you. Always wait to discharge passengers until you have pulled up to the sidewalk.

Thank you for your cooperation and consideration.

A few teachers have mentioned to me that their students seem to have a little less energy these days. Being a parent, I know how easy it is to allow our children to stay up later as the sun is setting later, but I also know the consequences. Even though only a few weeks of school remain, I wanted to give a reminder to encourage you to get your children to bed on time, so they can be fresh and rested at School the following day, The general recommendation from Maharishi Ayur-Veda is:
        •Kindergarten by 8: 00 pm
        •Grades 1, 2, 3 between 8 and 8:15 pm
        •Grades 4, 5, 6 between 8:15 and 8:30 pm

by Tracy Liptak
Sweets are especially welcome during hot weather, cooling and soothing treats which pacify Pitta. When it feels like an oven outside, however, the last thing we want to do is heat up the kitchen, too. The amazing sweets of India provide the answer with rich nourishing delights which are made fairly quickly on the stovetop. Remember to use organic ingredients and enjoy the contentment you bring to your family,

1 Tb. organic ghee or butter
1 cup organic sugar
3 cups grated fresh coconut
1/4 t. freshly ground cardamom
1 t. rose water

Heat the ghee or butter in a heavy bottomed frying pan over low heat. Combine the sugar and coconut and cook slowly, stirring frequently, for about 30 minutes until the mixture forms a soft sticky paste.

Remove from the heat and add the cardamom and rose water. Pour the candy onto a buttered marble slab or a flat dish. When it is cool enough to handle, roll the mixture into balls.

LADDU (from Miriam Hospodar's wonderful book, Heaven's Banquet)
3/4 cup + 2 TB melted organic ghee or butter
2 cups besan (chickpea) flour
1/2 cup ground almonds
2 cups organic confectioner's sugar
1/2 t. cardamom

Melt the ghee in a saucepan. Add the besan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, for 20-40 minutes, until slightly darkened.

Remove from heat. Stir in the other ingredients and when just cool enough, form into balls.

2 cups unsalted raw pistachios
2 cups organic milk
3/4 cup organic sugar
1 Tb. organic ghee or butter
3 drops organic almond extract

Powder the pistachios in a food processor by pulsing the machine on and off.

Combine the milk and sugar in a heavy bottomed pan and bring to a boil. Stirring constantly, reduce to 1/2 cup. Lower the heat to moderate, add the nuts and ghee and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture forms a soft ball. Remove from heat and add the almond extract.

Pat the mixture into a 7" square and cut into 1 1/4" squares.


We would like to thank Tracy Liptak very much for so generously sharing her wonderful, delicious recipes with us. We also appreciate her educating and inspiring us in our continued efforts to give our families pure, genetically unaltered food. Her column has been such an inspiration, and many parents have enjoyed making these delicious treats for their families, Thank you again very much!

Please read the 2002 Summer Camp Sports Schedule attached to this newsletter, Summer sport camps are great ways to build skills and have fun with your friends, Sign up forms are available on the bulletin board outside the Lower School office, and in the PE Department office, As we did last year, our soccer program will be integrated with the Fairfield Park and Rec League. Also, our volleyball regular season practices will start right after camp finishes. So if you are interested in being part of the Maharishi School Enrichment soccer or volleyball program, the best way to start is by coming out for the camp at the end of the summer!

The Fairfield Park and Rec is sponsoring the Hershey Track Meet at 5:00 pm an Tuesday, May 21st at Fairfield High School. This track meet is open to all 3rd through 6th grade elementary age children in the area. Mark Soth (469-591 1) and Susie Hathaway (472-9548) will be attending with the Lower School Enrichment track team. Any other students not in our program are welcome to come to the meet. Please call Mark or Susie for more information,

No School: There will be no school on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27th.

•D.I Global Finals Fundraising Event: 5/18 - DI Showcase / Bake Sale and Silent Auction in the Assembly Hall. Please come to the Silent Auction from 7:00-7:45 pm, then stay and enjoy the DI Showcase at 7:45 pm.

"Rites of Passage' Two short plays about the blossoming of youth, opens in Spayde Theater on Friday, May 17th. Both adults and children will love these uplifting, delightful pieces: a one-act play directed by MUM theater graduate Celeste Riegel Siemsen, and a reader's theater directed by the head of the MUM theater department, Kent Sugg. Performances will be Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm from May 17th through June 2nd. Tickets are available at the University Bookstore, Somebody Cares and at the door. For group rates or more information, please call 469-5861.

                                          Have a fun weekend!




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