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Parents’ Memo
May 5, 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.

“All these areas of life are integrated and perfectly coherent when the inner depth of consciousness, which is pure consciousness, shakes hands with the outer dynamism of great activity. This is brought about by Transcendental Meditation.”—Maharishi”

Dear Parents,


Today, Friday, May 5th, is the big day! Our Spring Fundraiser, “Celebrating the Maharishi Yagya Performances,” will begin at 6:00 pm in the Lower School building.

Parents will want to bring their children to participate in the many different Carnival Booths listed below, which have been set up by the Lower School students.

Kindergarten Bean Bag Toss Games, Grade 1/2 Boys

“Hole-in-One” Putting Green ,Grade 3/4 Girls

Ring Toss and Football Throw, Grade 3/4 Boys

Fishing Pond, Grade 5/6 Girls

Bowling, Grade 5/6 Boys

The AyurVed(a) Arcade--A delicious dinner for purchase will be offered to benefit our Destination ImagiNation teams going to the Global Finals in May.

Dinner will be served beginning at 6:15 pm in the Lower School Lobby. Many a la carte dishes and desserts will also be available.

Everyone may bring their food into the Henry Ogden Clark Auditorium, and enjoy the show. At 7:10pm, in the Henry Ogden Clark Auditorium, the main event will begin.

Dick DeAngelis will host surprise entertainment and a unique cake and pie baking contest. We will try to end the evening between 8:15 pm and 8:30 pm so people have enough time to enjoy the Art Walk.

Please come and celebrate the great success of these Yagyas with our entire community. If you have any questions, call us at 472-0094 or email devt@msae.edu.


On Wednesday, May 17th at 7:30 pm in the Henry Ogden Clark Auditorium, we will be sharing with the parent community the major Commendations and Recommendations from the ISACS Visiting Team.

Also included in the evening’s agenda will be presentations on how the School plans to implement many innovative and creative solutions to secure its future success:

A Proposal for Planning a Sound and Stable Financial Future for Maharishi School—Richard Hobbs, School Board Member.

Marketing Advisory Board—Molly Cutter, Director of Expansion, and Dick DeAngelis, marketing expert, will present concrete action steps being taken by our newly formed Marketing Advisory Board, composed of several local businessmen who are marketing experts.

Teaching Excellence Committee—Chris Jones, School Board member and Director of M.U.M. Department of Education.


On Wednesday, May 10th at 7:45 pm in the Clark Auditorium there will be a meeting to discuss the new challenges and joys of being a Middle School student.

The meeting will be with the Boys and Girls School principals and the seventh grade teachers. They will inform the parents about the seventh grade curriculum, and offer suggestions to help the students adjust to Middle School.

In addition, grouping possibilities will be discussed. The options for next year include separate 7th and 8th grade classes, as well as combined 7th/8th grade classes. No decision will be made until registration is complete at the end of May, but we will discuss options and hear your input.

This is a big step of growth for your children, and the School hosts this meeting every year with incoming seventh grade parents to make this step as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

The principals look forward to meeting with you and answering all your questions.


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.


An article in last week’s newsletter, as well as The Ledger included the erroneous statement that the DI Showcase on May 20 will be a free event.

In fact, this is an important fundraising event for the DI teams going to Global Finals, and admission is as follows: $5.00/students, $7.00/adults, $20.00 for an entire family.

Come see what all the buzz is about, and enjoy highlights from the winning presentations by our fabulously creative team.

There will be delicious treats, and a special Silent Auction. The Silent Auction preview starts at 7:00 pm and the main event begins at 7:45 pm in the Clark Auditorium.


This week, a mailing was sent to all families containing uniform ordering information. Please note that uniform orders need to be in the Lower School office by May 26th.

For your convenience, sample sizes of all Dennis Uniform items are available for try-on in the School offices. Please call your child’s office to make an appointment for try-on.

The Lower School office phone number is 472-9400, ext. 1174; the Girls School is ext. 1114; the Boys School is ext. 1172.

For families who have a 6th grade girl entering Middle School next Fall: Once we receive sample sizes, we will have the girls try on the uniform items, and we will send home the recommended blouse and skirt size.


Parents and children are invited to come to the Lower School Library’s Scholastic Book Fair to be held beginning next Thursday, May 11th. The Book Fair will continue until Tuesday, May 16th.

This will be a wonderful opportunity to see and purchase good quality books, posters, and other items for children of all ages just in time for summer.

The Book Fair helps the Media Center by generating income to purchase new materials.

We encourage you to visit during regular school hours. We will also remain open until 4 pm each day. Thank you for your generous support!


The Lower School Spring Choir and Orchestra Show will take place next Friday, May 12th, at 7:15 pm in the Henry Ogden Clark Auditorium.

We will have our preview concert that afternoon at 1:15 pm at our Friday Assembly.

We hope that many families will be able to come and enjoy this annual event.

Choir and Orchestra members, if you have any further questions, please call Mrs. Dollive at 472-4427, or Mrs. Rowe at 469-5234.


On Monday, May 15th, the Fairfield Park and Rec. Dept. will be hosting the 2006 Hershey Youth Track & Field Meet, starting at 5:30 pm at Fairfield High School.

This is a wonderful opportunity for our students, ages 9-14, to participate in a real track meet with other area schools.

The Hershey Track & Field Meet is more than just a competitive track meet. It emphasizes the Friendship, Sportsmanship, and Physical Exercise of Track & Field.

Any students wishing to attend must complete the attached entry form and return it to the Lower School office on Monday, May 8th.

Mrs. Hathaway will meet any students with their parents at the Fairfield High School Track & Stadium at 4:45 pm on May 15th.

Students should have something to eat before arriving, but not a big meal! Bring water, juicy snacks, warm-up clothes (it can be cool in the stadium), and running shoes. Wear your Pioneer shirt and shorts. Parents, bring your cameras!

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


An abundance of greens are available for purchase from the Maharishi School Greenhouse. 

Look for these bags of produce at the bus stop, in front of the school, on Tuesday afternoons from 3:00-4:00 pm and at the Golden Dome Market. 

Seedlings are also available for purchase. They will be available at the bus stop on Tuesday afternoons and this Saturday morning at the Farmer's Market in Howard Park.


We would like to remind you of the School rules regarding skateboards, roller blades, roller skates and scooters per the Student and Parent Handbook, page 28.

As heelys (sneaker skates) are a new “fad,” they too will be included upon revision of our Student and Parent Handbook.

“To ensure the safety of students on School property, students are required to leave skateboards, roller blades, skates, or scooters (and heelys) at home. The use of skateboards, roller blades, scooters and skates (and heelys) is not allowed on the Maharishi University of Management campus—including roads, sidewalks, or in buildings.

"Anyone violating this policy may have their skateboard, roller blades, skates, or scooters (and heelys) impounded by the Maharishi University of Management Campus Safety Department. Maharishi University of Management reserves the right to pursue any legal options necessary regarding repeat offenders of these regulations.”


Registration is due Tuesday, May 30th!          

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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