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Parents' Memo

A Weekly Report
on News & Events
of Maharishi
Lower School

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"The teacher speaks in a way to maintain the fine bond of love between himself and the student. This is skill in teaching. The student should see the teacher as close to himself and not far off as a high ideal beyond his reach," -Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on the Bhagavad-Gita: A new Translation and Commentary, 3:22

It is with great joy that I welcome you and your children back to Maharishi School. It was wonderful to see so many of you at the Parent Orientation last night. This first week of School has been very blissful. On Thursday, August 22nd at 11:10 am, we began the school year with an inspiring opening address by Dr. Ashley Deans. The convocation included a candle lighting and cake cutting ceremony during which time sixth graders Kristy Thomas, Sudevi Mosse, Keelan Dimick, and Shaan Oberdieck made beautiful wishes for the coming year on behalf of the Lower School. A number of students in our primary grade presented flowers to the School Board and School Council members. Those students included: Huma Devi Liptak, Nani Shreck, Jaren Fleischman, and Mickey DeAngelis. The celebration ended with the singing of Veda Lila and the traditional march by all students into the School, Many parents joined us for this joyous occasion as we once again inaugurated a new year and filled the school with waves of sweetness and bliss. In the past few days, as I have walked up and down the hallways, it is quite touching to see such bright, cheerful faces on the children. Happiness permeates the building-you might just take a moment to walk up and down the halls and experience this for yourselves!

I feel that communication between the School and home is essential to your child's education, therefore I urge you to take the time to carefully read each Friday memo you receive. I also would like to strongly encourage you to take the time to read the Student and Parent Handbook which was made available at the Lower School Parent Orientation meeting. If you do not have a copy and would like one, please contact the Lower School office.

For the third year in a row, the theme of our Faculty Development this summer was "How to Increase Student and Teacher Enjoyment and Achievement through the Practical Application of Maharishi's Principles of Ideal Teaching." I wanted to give you a glimpse of what teachers did during Faculty Development, prior to your child's arrival last Thursday, because as we know, "Well begun is half done." If teachers are prepared, then the students will be receptive to learning.

Maharishi has given us more knowledge in the area of education than in any other area of life. The body of knowledge we have been given for the School is called Maharishi @ Principles of Ideal Teaching. The Lower School faculty is a very, very experienced group of teachers and have been using these principles for many years; therefore the content of our Faculty Development had to be profound and advanced in its application. One direct way to increase teacher enjoyment is to provide pure knowledge. Highlights of the week were Dr. Alarik Arenander's 5 sessions entitled: Nyaya Sutras and Human Brain Physiology.- The Value of Consciousness-based Education, and spending a day with Dr. Chris Jones, Head of the Education Department at MUM on the topic entitled: Developing Reading Assessment Aligned with School Benchmarks.

Dr. Deans spent 3 afternoon sessions working with our 5th and 6th grade teachers helping them to develop a more thorough understanding of the teaching of Vedic Mathematics at their grade level. And finally, our 4 primary and intermediate teachers, along with the support of our resource teachers, Meg Vigmostad and Wendie Nelson, spent several afternoons focusing on multi-aged classrooms. As you know, our 1/2 grade classes (primary) are now combined, as are our 3/4grades (intermediate). Earlier in the summer, teachers Jennifer Nelson and Kathy Siemsen attended a 4 day workshop on multi-aged teaching in Indianapolis, and they brought back great information to share with the other teachers during Faculty Development. In the coming weeks, we will have another parent meeting specifically devoted to discussing how a multi-aged curriculum is different from a self-contained classroom.

It is through letting our students experience, in all of their daily lessons, the knowledge of consciousness, the knowledge of how nature functions, the underlying reality of life, that they will evolve toward higher states of consciousness and enjoy the leaming process. We feel we accomplished a lot in this week of Faculty Development, and came that much closer to fulfilling our goal of helping to create blissful learning.

Following is a list of 20 students new to the Lower School this year or students that have returned after an absence.

Kindergarten: Ross Brennan, Lydia Huggins, Keefe Lashway, Jackie Leete, Demitri Makeig, Jonah Marks, Jaya Muehlman, Brandon Prather-Huff, Alexis Ring, Kadie Roberts, Nicolas Thiel, Davin Titus, David Wadsworth, Nathaniel Zhu; 2nd Grade: Nani Shreck; 3rd Grade: Megan Comey; 4th Grade: Vegard Jorgensen; 5th Grade: Rose Hoffman; 6th Grade: Leya Alderfer and Parsha Hobbs. I would like to take this opportunity to once again warmly welcome each one of them. I know that each class has welcomed these children and it is very sweet to see how easily they have integrated with all our continuing students.

This afternoon we had our first Lower School Assembly inaugurating the 2002 Fairfield Bike Fest. This will be the 10th year that we have had this wonderful fun event, which has proven to be one of our most enjoyable and successful ftmdraisers. It's just seven weeks to the Bike Fest and the children are already quite excited, so please begin today by raising sponsorship for this important event on Saturday, October 12th. This year our rain date will be the next day, Sunday, October 13th.

As you know, the School Board has asked families to reach a fund-raising goal of $500 per student per year. The beauty of Bike Fest sponsorship is that the full amount that you raise goes towards your goal, so you can really raise a considerable portion of your goal through this event. The children will be writing letters in school, asking friends and family to sponsor them. You simply help them with addresses and mailing.

All children received an application and a pledge form, Please fill out the application for your child (it needs to be signed by a parent) and return to the office by next Friday, September 7th, together with a $12 registration fee. This fee covers the cost of T-shirts, printing of forms and maps, etc. Every rider needs to complete an application, so if you need more, please call the Development Office at 472-9400.

Keep the pledge form, and during the coming weeks ask as many people as possible to sponsor your family's rides. You'd be surprised how all the pledges add up. There are many children who raise well over $300 in sponsorship each year, often in $10 and $20 pledges.

In the upcoming newsletters we will be giving you more details about the Bike Fest. Meanwhile, mark your calendar now and plan to join us on this special day.

Date: Saturday, October 12th
Time: 9.00 a.m
Place: Howard Park (2 blocks north of the square)

We hope that all the children are enjoying their beautiful new school uniforms! If you need to purchase any other uniform items or need to make exchanges, you may pick up a form for Dennis Uniform from the Lower School office. You can fax or mail the order to the uniform company or order by phone.

Boys' Uniform: Pants, socks and belts are currently available through Dennis Uniform. Suggested sources for white cotton dress shirts are J. C. Penney's catalog, Brooks Brothers Outlet store in Williamsburg, and Talbots catalog. Ties are always available for purchase at the new Maharishi School Store, located off of the Assembly Hall.

Girls' Uniform: At present, the new plaid jumper and the white school blouse are back-ordered until the end of September. Currently available at Dermis Uniform are socks, knee-highs, tights, leggings, and hair accessories. A limited supply of last year's jumpers is available for purchase at half price through the Lower School office. Please keep in mind that these old uniform items may only be wom for one more year.

Sweaters: At the moment, Dennis Uniform does not have a source for our youth size cotton sweaters, but they are working on finding one as a top priority, and the sweaters should be available soon.

PE Uniform: All students will be required to wear a PE uniform once they arrive. The t-shirt will be white with a green and gold logo, saying "Pioneer Athletics." The shorts will be green with a gold logo.

We warmly invite you to come and see our wonderful new Maharishi School Store, located in the southwest comer of the Assembly Hall-look for the sign! People have been raving about our new store and commenting on how fantastic the items and the prices are.

The store carries all school supplies, with prices comparable to Walmart's. A large selection of School logo items is available, such as t-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, program backrests, sport water bottles, lanyards, cups, key rings, etc. The School Store also carries many delicious snacks and drinks, which are all non-GMO and/or organic.

Store hours are 9:00-9:45, 12:30-1:00, or by appointment, You may call our store manager Julie Blum at 472-9400, Administrative Office, or at 472-3757. We hope to see you soon!


It is School policy that Lower School students are supervised at all times during the lunch hour. The School has an extended lunch hour, which was designed to encourage students to have lunch at home with their parents. In the case of students of faculty and staff, lunches are provided at the "Grove". All parents are encouraged to take full advantage of this valuable time to be with their children. Lower School students are not allowed to eat at the 'Grove" without a parent or other adult supervisor. If you are not a faculty/staff parent but would like to eat with your child on campus, you may purchase a meal pass at the Administrative Office in the Lower School, or pay at the "Grove" on a per occasion visit.

If children attend the "Grove" unsupervised, the door checker will write their name down and give to the appropriate school administrator. You will be contacted by phone and asked to please help us by cooperating with this important safety role.

If eating lunch at home or in the "Grove" is not possible, a supervised school lunch program is provided for Lower School students in the Assembly Hall. Students are required to bring their own sack lunch. A supervised recess period until the start of the afternoon session follows the lunch period. Students participating in the Lower School's lunch program must remain with the lunch supervisors at all times, and are not allowed anywhere else on or off campus. When students stay for lunch, their teacher will add their name to a lunch time roster, when morning attendance is taken,

As a reminder, the School lunch hour is from 11:50-12:50 PM, with children being able to return no later than 1:05 pm after lunch, Unless children are part of the supervised school lunch program, they are not allowed to be at School earlier than 12:20 pm. If children eat lunch with you at the "Grove", they may join the supervised school lunch program no earlier than 12:20 pm, on the playground or in the Assembly Hall. Please make sure your child informs the lunch time supervisors of his/her arrival.

We ask for everyone's cooperation in upholding School policy. Your support in making lunch hour a safe and productive time for all of our children is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

It is a school policy that we have an updated Emergency Card on file for every student. If you have not filled out an Emergency Card for the 2002-03 School year, please stop in the Lower School office as soon as possible to complete one. After September 13th, we will not be able to allow students in class without this very necessary information. Also, if the information on your card changes-change in phone number, address, etc.- please call the Office (472-9400) so the necessary corrections can be made. Please remember to fill out both sides!

Attention all 3rd to 6th Grade Girls!

Fifth and sixth Grade Girls' Volleyball starts Wednesday, September 4th. It will be from 8:10 - 9: 1 0 am in the Field House.

Third and fourth Grade Girls' Volleyball begins on Tuesday, October 1st. It will be from 8:10 - 9: 1 0 am in the Field House.

Please see attached registration form for more information.

Come and join the fun! No experience necessary! If you miss the first few sessions, you may still join at any time.

For more information, please call Susie Hathaway at 472-9548.

Please remember to send your child's indoor athletic shoes with them on their next PE day. Students should wear another pair of athletic shoes for outside PE and for their walk to the facilities. Thank you so much for your attention to this detail!

Until the PE uniforms arrive, please make sure that your daughters are wearing shorts to school with their uniforms on their PE day. The PE schedule is as follows:

K:  Monday

Primary Girls: Tuesday, Thursday

Primary Boys: Tuesday, Thursday

Intermediate Girls: Wednesday, Friday

Intermediate Boys: Monday, Wednesday

Fifth Grade Girls: Monday, Wednesday

Fifth Grade Boys: Monday, Wednesday

Sixth Grade Girls: Tuesday, Thursday

Sixth Grade Boys: Tuesday, Thursday


•No School Monday, September 2nd - Labor Day

•Request from the Grants Office: In pursuit of fund-raising for the School, we are asking that parents of our students find relatives, business associates, and friends that sit on the board of a charitable foundation. If you know of someone, please contact the Grant's Director, Eileen Elsinger at 472-9400, ext. 5057, and she will discuss with you how to approach this person. If you think that you know someone but are not sure, please call and we will follow up confirmation on the foundation connection. This could be a significant source of funding for Maharishi School. Charitable foundations give large amounts of money to their chosen recipients.

•Gem & Mineral Show: Saturday, September 7th, 9:00 am - 6:00 PM, and Sunday, September 8th,10:00 am - 5:00 pm at Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

Cost: $1 for adults and $.25 for children above 5 years. A great education for all on natural and machine worked rocks and gems. Educational displays with demonstrations, handcrafted jewelry, beads, geodes, fossils and more.

Have a great 3 day weekend!




Maharishi School Enrichment Sports

Girls' Volleyball

5th & 6th Grade Girls: September 4th to October 30th.
Monday, Wednesday, & Friday mornings, from 8:10-9:10.
Where: Field House
Bring: Clean athletic shoes, shorts, water bottle, snack, knee pads if possible.
Cost: TSR: $35.00. Faculty/ Staff: $25.00 Price includes jersey. If you already have a jersey: from last year, your price will be $25 TSR, $15 Faculty /Staff. Please make your check payable to " Maharishi School Enrichment Program."

3rd & 4th Grade Girls: October 1st to October 31st.
Tuesday & Thursday mornings, from 8:10-9:10.
Where: Field House
Bring: Clean athletic shoes, shorts, water bottle, knee pads if possible.
Cost: TSR: $25.00. Faculty/ Staff. $20.00. Price includes jersey. If you already have a jersey from last year, your price will be $15 TSR, $10 Faculty /Staff. Please make your check payable to " Maharishi School Enrichment Program."

Volunteer Assistant Coaches & Parent Helpers Needed!
The success of our Lower School Sports Program is ensured by the help of parent volunteers. Children enjoy having their parent's participation, even if only one day per season. You will easily be able to assist the Head Coach with warm-ups, drills, and games. All volunteers are appreciated and welcome!

For more information, please call Susie Hathaway 472-9548

Enrichment Volleyball Registration Form
Return with payment to Enrichment Box in Lower School Office OR bring to 1st practice.

Student' Name                                                              Grade        

Payment:$                        See above explanation.

Parent's name:                                             Home Phone                       

Work Phone:                                               Cell Phone                       

e-mail address:                                         

Emergency Contact:                                        Phone                      

I hereby give my permission for                                                       to
receive medical treatment in case of emergency.

Parent's Signature                                        Date



Maharishi University Tennis Club

Junior Development Lesson Program

Instructors: Lawrence Eyre, USPTA, and DeArmond Briggs, USPTA
The First eight-week session of the junior tennis program will be
September 3 to October 26.

Registration & Payment Procedures
To register for the session complete the form below and return it with payment to the desk at the Maharishi University Recreation Center by September 3. - •Late registration for group lessons will be accepted only until the second lesson
of the session (provided space is available).

•All checks for group lessons should be made payable to Fairfield Professional Tennis Association (FPTA). Please do not write checks to Maharishi University of Management.



Grade           Level         Time     Days     TSR/Fac         Choice

K-2 boys & girls Begin/Adv Begin 3:45 - 4:40 pm Tu & Thur $70/50

K-2 boys & girls Begin/Adv Begin 3:45 - 4:40 pm Tu or Thur $40/30

3-4 boys & girls Adv Beg/Intermed 5:00 - 6:30 pm Wednesday $60/45

3-4 boys & girls Adv Intennediate 5:00 - 6:30 pm Thursday $60/45

5-6 boys & girls Intermediate 5:00 - 6:30 pm Friday $60/45

7-8 boys & girls Intermediate/Adv 12:00-1:30 pm Saturday $60/45

Name Phone Grade

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Address-- - - - Age- Payment Enclosed: $

QUESTIONS? Call Lawrence Eyre at 472-0726


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