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Parents’ Memo
April 28, 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.

“Functioning from the unbounded awareness, comprehension is so great that every thought contains within its fold all the elements that are necessary for its fruition. A desire begun from that level materializes immediately.”—Maharishi

Dear Parents,


From Sunday afternoon through Wednesday morning, our School hosted the 12-member team from the Independent School Associaton of the Central States (ISACS) for our seven year accreditation visit.

Beginning with a welcome reception on Sunday at the School, our visitors were treated to delicious hors d’oeuvres, songs sung by our Lower School Choir, and a tour of the School, followed by dinner at  Board member Shelley Gratzon’s house. It was a great beginning for our guests as they began to assess all areas of the School.

We soon began to realize what a great team had been chosen for our School. They were completely open and respectful of our Mission and sincerely wanted to share their expertise in strengthening our School.

In the Exit Report given to School Council, Matt Gossage team leader commented, “I am asking that the Steering Committee (School Council) communicate to the entire Maharishi School community how much the Visiting Team enjoyed being with this school community and learning from you. The hospitality the School extended to us was go genuine. The courtesies you showed us throughout our visit made the work we did so much easier and we believe more meaningful. We were the recipients of the School mission in action.”

Matt then went on to share the five major Commendations and Recommendations from their visit. Within four weeks, the School will receive a copy of the final report.

We will be sharing with the parent community these major Recommendations and Commendations at an All-School meeting on Wednesday, May 17th at 7:30 pm in Clark Auditorium.

Also at this time, a new and exciting Marketing Plan for the School will be presented by Molly Cutter, our Director of Expansion along with our newly formed Marketing Advisory Board, consisting of several local businessmen who are marketing experts.


Friday, May 5, our Spring Fundraiser, “Celebrating Maharishi Yagya Performances,” will be held in the Henry Ogden Clark Auditorium.

Tomorrow, April 29 the Maharishi Yagya performances officially begin. A Maharishi Yagya performance works on the most powerful levels of consciousness to remove obstacles and enliven those laws of nature that support us. The Yagyas requested include ones for wealth, perfect health, enlightenment, and to increase the numbers in our community. There will be five Yagyas recommended.

One hundred dollars includes you in the Yagyas that will take place from April 29th to May 5th. His Excellency Dr. Bevan Morris was the first to donate! You will have the opportunity to write a note to Maharishi and attach a photo of yourself. These will be put in a book and sent at the conclusion of the Yagyas.

This rare opportunity will bring a powerful wave of coherence to you and the entire community, and will also be a great time to be in the Golden Domes to maximize the benefits from this historic week.

On Friday, May 5, we will celebrate with an evening of  great entertainment. Beginning at 6:00 p.m., the Lower School students will host a fun-filled Carnival, with games and prizes for everyone.  At 6:30 p.m.,Destination ImagiNation families will host a delicious, for-purchase, gourmet dinner.  Promptly at 7:40 p.m.,  everyone will be invited into Clark Auditorium for a night of cake tasting and wonderful entertainment hosted by the delightful Dick DeAngelis.

Please remember, 100% of your donation is tax deductible and helps to cover your fundraising requirement.

It is still not too late to purchase tickets to participate in the Yagyas. If you wish to see the brochure online, go to “Spring Fundraiser”.

You may also pay online at “donations on line”.

Please remember, 100% of your donation is tax deductible and helps to cover your fundraising requirement.


As you know, 6th grade graduation is not that far off—Friday, June 9th at 10:30 am. In past years, there has always been a parents’ committee which helps to organize the event, especially planning the luncheon/party immediately following the ceremony.

This is an important occasion in your child’s life, as they leave the Lower School and prepare for Middle School, so we want the ceremony and celebration to be as special as possible.

To begin planning the details, we have organized a meeting to be held on Thursday, May 4th, at 11:00 a.m. in the School Parlor. We hope to have a lot of parental involvement, so if you are a sixth grade parent, please consider joining us.

If you are unable to attend this meeting, but would still like to help, please contact Laura Bordow at 472–9400, ext. 5070.


A Kindergarten Open House hosted by Kindergarten teacher, Marcy Gritz will be held on Wednesday, May 3rd from 10:15 to 11:50 a.m.

All families who have a child who will be five years old by September 15th are cordially invited to join the current Kindergarten class and to enjoy a typical morning.

Please let any families who might be interested know about this special event.


Out of a total of sixteen teams that will represent Iowa at the Destination Imagination (DI) Global Finals to be held at the University of Tennessee in May, five are from Maharishi School.

Even after the departure of Mark Headlee, who was for over a decade renowned as the “winningest” coach in DI history, Maharishi School continues as a powerhouse in this competition.  The teams are now under the guidance of Mark Wilkins.

The State competition was held at Grinnell College. Five of Maharishi School’s nine teams placed first in the State, which qualified those teams for the Global Finals.

In addition to the first-place wins, two Maharishi School teams earned second place trophies, one team placed third, and one team placed fourth at the State finals.The first place Upper School girls acting team also won a special Renaissance award for outstanding creativity.

More than 8,000 students, from all over the United States and many foreign countries, compete at Global Finals.

DI is an international problem-solving program that focuses on the development of teamwork, independent creativity (adults are not allowed to help), critical thinking, technical skills, and performance. The teams are challenged to invent ingenious and entertaining solutions to complex challenges.

In addition to "Team Challenges," which are significant problems on which the teams work together for months, the competitions also involve "Instant Challenges", in which the teams must use their unbridled imaginations to create a novel response, within minutes, to a challenge they have never seen before. 

For their long-term Team Challenges, the teams use art, technology, performance, and real world relevance, often devising elaborate presentations of striking originality.  For the Instant Challenges, students learn to have fun taking risks as they channel their group creativity into pure improvisation.

More information on DI can be found at


An extra challenge faced by the winning DI teams is fundraising, to send all 32 team members plus their coaches and chaperones to Global Finals for a week.

Fund raising begins with a Mother’s Day rose sale.  A dozen roses, purchased for $20, will be delivered to any Fairfield address the day before Mother’s Day.  Roses must be ordered in advance, by April 30. Call 469-3069.

The traditional huge DI multi-family Yard Sale will be held Saturday, May 13, at 1600 S. Main.  Donations are invited, excluding clothing and paperback books. Pickup is available; call 472-7196 or 469-3223.

A DI Showcase, where each team gives a taste of its winning performance, will take place at 7:45pm, Saturday May 20, at the Maharishi School auditorium. Admission is free. A silent auction of special donated items will be held during the showcase.

Fairfield businesses and individuals are invited to continue the tradition of their generous sponsorship of these teams and their trip to Global Finals. Please contact June Schindler at 472-9126, or Mark Wilkins at 472-6064.

The Winning Teams:
Senior Division Girls:
Acting:  "How’d that Happen" (first place and Renaissance award for creativity) Tegan Perry, Molly Brooks, Angela Folz, Suzannah Schindler, Serena Stakland, Minca Borg, Ella Hall.

Team manager: Ron Perry.
Improvisation:  "On Safari" (first place)
Mira Moore, Talia Winningham, Nofia Denbaum, Emily Wofford, Anjali Krystofiak, Julia Ross.

Team manager: Mara Winningham.
Senior Division Boys 
Half and Half (half acting and half technical):  "Kidz Rulz" (first place) Donnie Chell, Owen Stowe, Ace Boothby, Nathaniel Alexander, Mike Dearborn, Benji Jones, Tye Huggins.

Team manager: Sue Huggins.
Balsa Wood:  "Inside Dimension" (second place) 
Jake Gratzon, Noah Caplan, Nathanial Alexander, Mike Dearborn, Benji Jones, Jordan Stakland, Yale Shaw.

Team manager: Mark Wilkins assisted by Aaron Hirshberg.
Technical:  "Back at You"  (third place)
Josh Adams, Ace Boothby, Jake Gratzon, Newlin Wilkins, Simon Brooks, Hagen Rainbow, Tim Shaw.

Team manager: Mark Wilkins assisted by Aaron Hirshberg.
Middle Level
Balsa Wood:  "Inside Dimension" (first place)
BG  Court, Eric Caplan, Dominic Borg, Holden Ketterhagen, Ryan Stakland, Toby James, Paul DeAngelis.

Team manager: Maricela Stakland.
Acting:  "How’d That Happen" (first place)
Coco Clark, Tamasina Eagleson, Pandy Wadsworth, Danielle Briggs, Penelope Makeig.

Team manager: Sue Briggs.
Improvisation:  "On Safari" (fourth place)

Tahra Wilkins, Paavani Kar, Emily Pfoutz, Lila Cutter.

Team manager: JoAnne Wilkins.
Elementary Level
Improvisation:  "On Safari" (second place)
Mickey DeAngelis, Nathan Haerr, Merrick Winter, Avery Mullenneaux.

Team manager: Karen DeAngelis


A few weeks ago in the newsletter, we reminded students of the resources provided at the web site www.iowaaeaonline.com. There are seven different information sources available there.

We now have a user name and password that will work for United Streaming, a service that provides high-quality images and educational videos for students to see. The user name for United Streaming is:  15msae3 and the password is: aea15.

All the other services from the Iowa AEA website use different log in information. For all other resources, the user name is: msae3 and the password is: aea15.

United Streaming has many videos about nature, science and history. If you have a quick internet connection, they can easily be streamed or downloaded. Download instructions are given once you do a search for a subject.

Many of the videos are 15-30 minutes long, so you may want to keep your children from downloading too many videos if computer memory is a problem. They can watch them by clicking on S (for streaming) instead of D (for downloading). They can be viewed with Windows Media Player or Real Player.

By clicking on the link "Learning Tools", you can also access an image library with high quality pictures for student projects.


With the approach of spring weather, I thought it would be advisable to review some bicycle safety tips as more of our students are riding their bikes back and forth to School.

Most important of all is the fact that every child should be wearing an approved (ANSI, ASTM, or SNELL) helmet. Many states continue to implement legislation requiring bicycle helmets for children. As adults, we can teach our children safe riding habits, protect them from injury by purchasing bicycle helmets, and set a good example when we are riding our own bicycles, by wearing a helmet ourselves.
Other tips:

1. Many bikes need to have the seat raised; this is usually the case since the children are all growing. The knee should be only slightly bent when the pedal is down.

2. Oil the chain. If the chain sounds like a herd of mice, it drags, and the bike is much harder to pedal.

3. Inflate the tires. Properly inflated tires are much less tiring to pedal for long distances.


Maharishi School Store: The School Store is located in the Henry Ogden Clark Auditorium, and hours are

8:30-9:45 a.m., daily.  

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 469-8095 or

919-1751, or Susie Hathaway at 472-9548 or 919-9548.

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!

Best wishes,

Laura Bordow


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