"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
SUMMER FACULTY DEVELOPMENT
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.
MEET OUR NEW PARENT'S
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.
IT'S BIKE FEST TIME
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)
SCHOOL UNIFORM NEWS
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
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.
MAHARISHI SCHOOL STORE
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!
PARENTAL SUPERVISION AT LUNCH
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
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.
UPDATED EMERGENCY INFORMATION
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:
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
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
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!