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Parents’ Memo
March 10, 2006

The Parents’ Memo is our Lower School newsletter for the parents of the students. This Memo comes out each week with the news of the past week as well as future events and items of interest for the parents.

“Every aspect of the Vedic Literature expresses a specific quality of consciousness. Reading every aspect of the Vedic Literature as it flows and progresses in perfect sequential order has the effect of regulating and balancing the functioning of the brain physiology and training consciousness, the mind, always to flow in perfect accordance with the evolutionary direction of Natural Law. This training of the mind fulfills the purpose of education, by fully training the student to think and act  spontaneously according to Natural Law.”—Maharishi Vedic University Introduction, 1994, Age of Enlightenment Publications, India, p.144


Last week’s Friday Assembly was presented by Celeste Siemsen, teacher of our Upper School girls’ speech class. The students performed musical and theatrical excerpts from the musical “Just So”, based upon Rudyard Kipling’s stories by the same name. Thank you Mrs. Siemsen, Ali Swigart, and Jessica Pollack.

The Friday Assembly began, as always, with selected students being given Special Recognition Awards, which had been nominated by their teachers. Award recipients on March 3rd  were: Sophia Goodale and Phoebe Haerr from the Primary class; Courtney Swanson from the Intermediate Girls’ class; Brandon Prather-Huff from the Intermediate Boys’ class; and Jonina Thorsteinsdottir  from the Upper Elementary Girls’ class. A special welcome was given to Sophia, Phoebe and Jonina for joining the Lower School, second semester.


On Saturday, March 4, at Kirkwood Community College, eight Maharishi School teams competed at the Eastern Regional Destination Imagination competition. Of the eight teams, seven were awarded first place and one was awarded second place for their teams’  solutions to the challenges.

One Maharishi School team from the Girls Upper School was awarded the special Da Vinci Award, a highly coveted creativity award.  Our 4th and 5th grade boys’ Improv team, consisting of Merrick Winter, Mickey DeAngelis, Avery Mullenneaux, and Nathan Haerr were competing for the first time and were awarded 1st place for their efforts.

The next stop is the State Competition held on Monday, March 27, at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. The teams that are awarded 1st place at State will go on to Global Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee in May.


Friday, May 5, our Spring Fundraiser, “Celebrating Maharishi Yagya Performances,” will be held in the Henry Ogden Clark Auditorium. This exciting, new fundraising idea provides an opportunity for EVERYONE in our community to benefit, using the most profound technology of Maharishi’s Vedic wisdom.

On the evening of May 5th, we will celebrate the success of the week-long Maharishi Yagya performances with a free community-wide celebration. These Yagyas will be based on the incorporation date of Maharishi University of Management.

 At 6:00 pm, preceding the celebration, children and parents are invited to a Carnival, hosted by the Lower School students. Beginning at 6:30 pm, a buffet dinner will be available for purchase, the proceeds from which will benefit our Destination ImagiNations teams. At 7:45 pm, Dick DeAngelis will kick off the evening’s celebration and entertainment.

If you didn’t receive the beautiful brochure, stop by the Lower School office, or call and we will send you one.


Just a reminder that the Girls’ and Boys’ Choirs continue to meet together regularly Tuesdays at 12:20 pm in the Music Room.

We are already rehearsing for our Spring Show, which is scheduled for Friday, May 12 at 7:15 pm in the Henry Ogden Clark Auditorium. A Lower School assembly will also be held at 1:15 pm on that day. The show will feature our School choirs and orchestras. Please take time now to mark this important date on your calendars. Closer to performance time, we will email you with pertinent details, including additional rehearsal schedules.

Please note, if your child is in grades 2-6 and is interested in joining one of the choirs, please call Patty Dollive at 472-9400, ext. 1174. If your child is in grades

3-6 and is interested in the Instrumental Program, please call Dorothy Rowe at 469-5234.


The Internet is part of daily life for many families. It is a great resource for information and entertainment, but it is very important for parents to understand the possible problems the Internet can create for their children.

Following is an excerpt from a web page recommended by our School Librarian.
"The danger for children on the World Wide Web comes with its openness. The web is completely unregulated. Anyone can post information on the Web and provide links to other pages. The danger for children lies in four areas:
1. Children may link to a page with information, pictures or conversation that the parent deems too sexual, violent, racist, or offensive.
2. In chat rooms the child may become a target of unwanted attention from adults, older teens, or other children.
3. Children have become a target market on the net, with companies offering prizes, games, etc. for family information.
4. Some commercial sites seemingly offering educational information or entertainment are really deceptive advertising, selling products to children.

How can a parent provide some cyber safety?
• By using Internet blocking or filtering software.
•  By providing education, talking to your child about safety on the World Wide Web.
•  Establishing family rules about Internet use.
•  Making it a rule that the child not give out family information without the parent’s consent."

The entire article, with a discussion of filtering software and other helpful information, can be found at: http://www.mediafamily.org/facts/facts_internet.shtml. 

At Maharishi School, we use filtering software provided by our internet provider. It is important for parents to understand that no software is capable of blocking every objectionable site. Supervising your children’s use of the Internet is still the best solution to avoid problems.


Ryan Smelcer, a 6th grade student in Mrs. Lynch’s Upper Elementary Boys’ class is the first student from Maharishi School ever to place in the top 100 state qualifiers. Geography Bees were held in schools with 6th through 8th graders throughout the State to determine each school’s Geographic Bee winner. Ryan qualified to represent Maharishi School, where he won the School Geography Bee.

School-level winners then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. In each of the 50 states and in the territories, the National Geographic Society invited students with the top scores to compete at the state level.

Ryan will compete at the 2006 Iowa Geographic Bee at Drake University on Friday, March 31st. The State winner will then represent Iowa in the national finals at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., May 23-24th. The State winner will receive $100 and the trip to Washington, D.C. The national winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship. Congratulations Ryan and Good Luck at State!


Upper Elementary student, Brandon Prather-Huff, is also going to the State finals. His back stroke qualified for the swimming State finals through the Fairfield Parks and Recreation swim team. Congratulations Brandon, and good luck! (Last week’s newsletter mistakenly named brother Bryan as the winner).


Mark your calendars now! On Monday, March 20th at 8:00 pm, Maharishi School will host the 2006 Spring Celebration, to be held in the Henry Ogden Clark Auditorium. March 20th is the first day of spring, and we will welcome it by reviewing the achievements of Fairfield, Vedic City, M.U.M., and Maharishi School, and by honoring four outstanding individuals who have contributed to the community in their areas. There will be celebration cake and entertainment for all. More details to follow in next week’s newsletter.


• Spring Break Dates: Monday, April 3rd through Friday, April 7th.

• Maharishi School Store: The School Store is located in the Henry Ogden Clark Auditorium, and hours are 8:30-9:45 a.m. daily.             

• Name/Address/Phone Changes: If you have recently made a change, please inform the Lower School office at 472–9400 so we have the most up-to-date information.

• If you are going out of town please notify the Lower School office by sending in a note prior to your trip. Thank you.

Have a great weekend!

Laura Bordow


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