804 Dr. Robert Keith Wallace Drive • Fairfield, IA 52556 • Toll free: 866 472 MSAE (6723)

Parents’ Memo
May 26, 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.

“When the conscious mind reaches the field of pure Creative Intelligence, it becomes saturated with all qualities of Creative Intelligence, and then, in whatever area of living these qualities are needed, they express themselves more. That is why when a man meditates, he becomes more efficient in every field of thinking and decision-making, more capable in any undertaking he may choose. Wherever he puts his attention, he begins to display more expressed values of Creative Intelligence...We  simply meditate and allow all the qualities of Creative Intelligence to be displayed spontaneously in our thinking and action.”—Maharishi

Dear Parents,

Next week’s will be the last newsletter you will receive this school year, as the last week of school is very busy with parties and celebrations. As always, I enjoy communicating with you weekly through-out the year through this Parents’ Memo, and hope you have found the information valuable.

REMINDER:  SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY MAY 29 FOR MEMORIAL DAY

DEVELOPMENT OFFICE GOLF TOURNAMENT

The next fundraising opportunity to support Maharishi School will be on Sunday, June 4th, at the Ninth Annual Pioneer Golf Tournament.

Golfers will convene at 9:00 am at Spirit Hollow Golf Course in Burlington. Tee times are available from 9:00 am-11:30 am, and your $100 donation or sponsorship covers green fees, lunch and cart.

You have the amazing opportunity to win $10,000 for a hole-in-one on Hole #3!

To sign up and for more information, please call the Development Office at 472-0094.

IMPORTANT NOTICE- PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

Please be informed that on the last two days of school, there will be no lunch served in Clark Auditorium. We do not want to inconvenience anyone, but end-of-the-year events create a conflict with use of the Auditorium.

On Thursday, June 8, there is a Senior Farewell Assembly, and on Friday, June 9, there are Lower and Middle School Graduation ceremonies.
     On these two days, we encourage you either to eat at home, or in town. If the weather is nice, feel free to bring a picnic lunch and eat on the grounds of the School with your children.

We strongly advise against eating at the Student Union, as it is usually filled to capacity; but if there is no other choice, then this can be an option.

Please note that there will not be a supervised lunch program on these days for Lower School students who normally bring bag lunches.

We hope this early notice will allow you to plan for lunch alternatives for the last two days of School, and as always, we appreciate your cooperation.

SCHEDULE FOR GRADUATION DAY

Sixth grade Graduation is on June 9 at 10:30 am. As was noted in the 2005-2006 school calendar, the following schedule will be observed in order for Lower School teachers to attend the graduation of those students they have had in previous years:
• There will be no Kindergarten class, and grades 5 and 6 will attend only in the morning on June 9.
• Grades 1–4 will attend in the afternoon only.

JUNIOR OLYMPICS

On Tuesday, June 6, all Lower School students will participate in an outdoor field day. Junior Olympics, an annual Lower School end-of-the-year tradition, will group teams of 7-8 children, separated by gender, but mixed in age from K-6, into different “countries”.

The 8 teams will include Canada, New Zealand, Mexico, Iceland, Italy, Fiji, Japan, Madagascar.  There will be a teacher assigned to each country, and 6th grade students will be placed in a leadership role as team captains.

Two days prior to the event, teams will meet together to   develop a cheer or song representing their country, as well as to create a way to identify themselves—with a headband, armband or t-shirt.

Junior Olympics will be an opportunity for all ages to have fun together. There will be four events in which two countries compete. Events will include water games, relay races, Capture the Flag and  kickball.

There will not be a strong emphasis on competition, but rather on cooperation and teamwork.

Important points (further details will be sent home with
your child the day before Junior Olympics):
1)  All students must wear their PE uniform and athletic             
     shoes (no sandals/flip flops).
2)  Bring a sack lunch.
3)  Optional: change of clothes.
We are looking forward to a great day to celebrate the end of this successful school year.

MAHARISHI SCHOOL GREENHOUSE

An abundance of greens is 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 pm -4:00 pm and at the Golden Dome Market.  Seedlings are also available for purchase.

SUMMER PROGRAMS

Due to the fact that Maharishi Preschool will be moving to the Lower School building this summer, there will be no Pioneer Day Camp. Because of this, we are listing summer programs for children in which we felt you might be interested. (These programs are not sponsored by Maharishi School.)

Miss Toni’s Day Camp, Ages 5-10
Dates: June 12-16            Times: 10:00 am-12:00 noon
Creative Arts: sewing, beading, painting, cooking
Movement & Music: making music, making instruments,
sing-a-longs, dance
Cooperative Games: ball, frisbee, badminton
Nature Studies: observing, collecting and creating from nature
Fee is $90/week or $20/day. Price includes materials and
snacks. To reserve a place, call Toni LaBagh at 472-9209.        

Summer Arts and Crafts Camp, Ages 8-14
Dates: June 30-July 3   Times: 9:30-11:30 am
Children will learn to embroider, make star books, dip
candles, create beads and jewelry, and more!
Taught by Kate Vigmostad and Genevra Daley
Course Fee: $80 (including all craft materials)
Location: Upstairs of Revelations
All students must be registered by June 23
For more information and registration, please contact Genevra
at: 641-455-9595 or email: genevradaley@gmail.com.

ENLIGHTENED CHILDREN’S LITERATURE WEBSITE

Summer is a great time for students to read. Besides keeping their reading skills fresh, it provides information, inspiration and entertainment and is a very beneficial "something to do" during summer hours.

We recommend the website developed by Paula Armstrong from the Education Department at Maharishi University of Management with help from our school librarian, Kathy Shaw. It covers many aspects of children’s literature, including reading lists, author addresses, and links to other recommended websites.

We recommend that parents be aware of what their children are reading. Standards for what is acceptable in children’s books have changed drastically from a generation ago.

It is wise to read book reviews (for example, at Amazon.com) and talk with your children about what they are reading. It becomes even more important as they move into more advanced reading, so that we can provide guidance.

As Maharishi has said, "It is the responsibility of the older generation to guide the young."

SUMMER READING PROGRAM AT THE FAIRFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY

Today, Jenny Davy, Youth Services Librarian at the Fairfield Public Library, visited Lower School classes to explain the Summer Reading Program.The theme this year for children entering grades K-5 will be "Paws, Claws, Scales and Tales".

Sign-up for the program will begin at the library on Saturday, June 3. From noon to 3:30 pm there will be a petting zoo, bicycle safety instruction by the Fairfield Police Department (bring your bike, and you must have a helmet to participate), and fire safety training.

There will also be a reading marathon, and tickets to the zoo will be awarded as prizes! Many activities will be offered throughout the summer for students of all ages, including crafts, storytime, movies and special guests.

The reading program will continue until July 28. There will also be a summer reading program for students entering grades 6 and up. See the attached flyer for more information.

REQUIRED HEALTH PHYSICALS FOR SIXTH GRADERS

If your child will be in 7th through 12th grade next year, and plans on playing sports at any time during the 2006-2007 school year, this information is for you.

Iowa High School Athletic Association requires a current physical for all students in 7th through 12th grade before they can practice or play in a sport.

Required physicals for next school year will be given in the Athletic Department (across from the Lower School Office) on the following dates:
Saturday, June 3 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday, August 26 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

The discounted price for this physical is $15.00. Payment is required at time of exam. If you have any questions, please call the Athletic Department at 472-9400, ext. #5535.

 ANNOUNCEMENTS

Special thank you to Leslie Marks for the beautiful, delicious cake she provided for our Lower School Faculty meeting.
All library books are due now in the Lower School Media Center!
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 wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

Best wishes,

Laura Bordow

 

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