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Parents’ Memo 2006-2007
September 1, 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.

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“Since knowledge is structured in consciousness, every man has within him the home of all knowledge. A man established in the home of all knowledge begins to live the life of a knowledgeable, truly educated man; he lives the
benefit of all knowledge: a life in fulfillment.” —Maharishi

Dear Parents,


Please remember that there will be no school next Monday, September 4th, due to Labor Day.


Every year at Lower School Parents’ Night, parents have the
opportunity to meet their child’s teacher, see their classroom and be informed of what the teacher has planned for the children for the school year. The meeting will be held Tuesday, September 12th, and will begin promptly at 7:45 pm in Clark Auditorium.


This afternoon, we had our Lower School Assembly inaugurating the 2006 Fairfield Bike Fest. This will be the 14th year that we have had this wonderful, fun event, which has proven to be one of our most enjoyable and successful fundraisers.

It is six weeks until the Bike Fest, and the children are already quite excited. Please begin today to find sponsors for this important event. The Bike Fest will be Saturday, October 14th. The rain date is Sunday, October 15th (if it rains on Sunday, the Bike Fest will be rescheduled.)

As you know, the School Board has asked families to reach a fundraising goal of $500 per student per year. The beauty of Bike Fest sponsorship is that the full amount 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 may simply help them with addresses and mailing.

Each child received an application and a pledge form. Please fill out the application for your child; it needs to be signed by a parent and returned to the office by next Friday, September 8th, together with a $10 registration fee (reduced from $12 last year).

There is a $30 maximum registration fee per family. 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 additional forms, please call the Development Office at 472-0094.

Keep the pledge form handy, 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 our upcoming newsletters, we will be giving you more details about the Bike Fest. Please plan to join us on this special day.


Cherished local musicians, a visiting bard from Scotland, and a combo of dynamic teenage jazz artists will liven up your Labor Day weekend with a benefit concert for the Dharma Foundation.

Concert guests are invited to sample delicious a la carte dinner and dessert items on Sunday, September 3rd beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Henry Ogden Clark Auditorium. Musical acts, including Celtic, folk, and jazz, will begin at 8:10 p.m.

Emceed by Dennis Raimondi, the concert builds on the recent successful fundraising campaign that enabled all students to start school on the first day. Proceeds will allow even more students to attend Maharishi School.

Over the past two weeks, 16 students have been temporarily enrolled while their parents have been participating in the Invincible America course, and several families are seriously considering a permanent move to Fairfield.

Rick Stanley, singer/songwriter/harper and former Columbia Recording Artist, will demonstrate his innovative rhythmic and complicated picking style on the Irish harp.

The other two members of the Celtic trio Border Lord are
cellist Robin Pfoutz and Claudine Stanley on bodhran (Irish drum). Pfoutz, former member of the acoustic rock band Big Lost Rainbow, is known for cello sounds ranging from deep, rich tones to "prancing pizzicatos."

Maryanne Eagleson, singer/songwriter originally from New York, became known in the Transcendental Meditation program movement as creator of the song "Devoted to You." She has made several albums and is currently working on a
new CD.

The third performer hails from Scotland. Singer/songwriter Iain Petrie, veteran of the Edinburgh Festival, came to Fairfield recently to take part in the Invincible America Course. His son JJ is attending Ms. Balf's 1st/2nd grade class. Petrie will share his "organic Celtic soul" numbers which he's been writing and performing for 15 years. Petrie is soon to release a new
album, “Connect to the Heart.”

The Maharishi School Jazz Combo was formed one year ago and has already established a strong community following. With stellar creativity and buoyant energy, the group has focused primarily on the foundational elements of improvisation, scales, chords and progressions. The four members are Luke
Hillis (saxophone), Owen Stowe (piano), Graham Thatcher (guitar) and Newlin Wilkins (bass). Performing with them will be Ian Fry on drums.

Admission is a suggested $15.00 donation that will go towards Dharma Foundation scholarships for Maharshi School.


The morning preschool class is off to a great start. The children are reuniting with old friends and welcoming new ones.

There are several children visiting from out of town, including Kavi Lane, Soren Teeple and Lucas VanSant. Ms. Nancy Schill and Ms. Jane Fleshman are enjoying teaching preschool in their new classroom, room 215 on the second floor of the Hopson
Building (Lower School).

Every afternoon from 1:00 pm-3:30 pm, childcare is offered in the same room for children 2-6 years old. Ms. Amor Orngard and Ms. Jane Fleshman are very experienced teachers who lead the program. The childcare rate is $3.00/hour on a drop-in basis once your child is registered.

For more information or to register your child, please call Nancy Schill at 472-9400, #5100.


In order to facilitate a safe and orderly experience for everyone who comes to Maharishi School, we have designated areas for parking and a few policies for vehicles.

As it is the beginning of the school year, in order to
facilitate a safe and orderly experience for everyone who comes to Maharishi School, please read and follow the following important guidelines so that coming to and from school can be safe, settled and coherent.

Parents dropping off your children: pull up to the curb by the bus shelter (on the west side of the turnaround).

Parents parking at the School: use the east side of the turnaround. If you are staying for more than 20 minutes, sign in on the clipboard on the Administrative Office door.

Preschool and Kindergarten parents may park on the southern end (the last third) of the curb by the School (west side of the turnaround) while they bring their children up to the classroom or pick them up.

Everyone: MOST IMPORTANT—keep the curb next to the school clear of parked cars so that students can be dropped off safely and efficiently.

Faculty and staff with materials to carry may park on the east side of the turnaround and sign in at the Administrative Office.

Students: park on the south and east side of the Fieldhouse.

Faculty and Staff: park on the west side of the Fieldhouse.
The driveway through the Vastu fence to the north side of Foster Hall is for service vehicles loading and unloading only.

Thank you for following these policies, it will make all of our lives smoother and more invincible.


The starting choir dates as noted in the beginning of school mailing were incorrect. Girls Choir will start on Tuesday, Sept. 5th and Boys Choir on Thursday, Sept. 7th. If your child is in second to sixth grade and enjoys singing, please invite them to join us!

If you have questions, please call Mrs. Dollive at 472- 9400, ext. 1174. Thanks!

Next week, Tuesday and Wednesday, September 5th and 6th, Ms. Dollive will be presenting a unit on the orchestra to her music classes. With the assistance of Ms. Rowe, the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th graders will have the opportunity to see and hear many of the instruments of the orchestra firsthand.

Upper school students who play musical instruments are preparing songs to present to their younger peers. All parents are invited to come to Ms. Dollive's class on these days and to support your child's desire to learn a musical instrument.

Next week, Ms. Dollive's classes will meet at the following

2:00 - 2:30 Tuesday 3rd and 4th grade boys

1:10 - 1:40 Wednesday 5th and 6th grade girls

1:40 - 2:10 Wednesday 3rd and 4th grade girls

2:30 - 3:00 Wednesday 5th and 6th grade boys

If it is not possible for you to attend this presentation, please call Ms. Rowe at 469-5234 to find out more about instrumental music classes for you children.

We want every child who has an interest in learning a musical
instrument to have the opportunity to do so. It's easy and fun!


The wonderful produce grown in our Maharishi School Greenhouse, enlivened by the sounds of nature, freshly picked and pesticide-free, is sold every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. in front of the School by the bus house.

Note: We are no longer offering u-pick hours Thursday evening (so we can be in the Dome).


One of the goals of Maharishi School is to nourish the full potential, or creative intelligence, of every student. To address this goal, I would like to describe the special services offered through the Resource Program of theLower School, which supports the role of the classroom teacher.

The Nourishing Creative Intelligence (NCI) Committee offers a holistic approach to addressing any lack of happiness or success which may arise in the student’s life at school.

We know our students have the potential for greatness, but at times there may be a block in a certain area of learning or some imbalance in the physiology.

Through our team of specialists, working directly with our Maharishi Ayur-Veda professionals, it is our hope to improve learning potential and create greater balance.

We want every student to meet with success on a daily basis.
The purpose of the NCI Committee is to recognize, assess, and address the needs of individual students who may require
additional support.

The committee consists of myself; Wendie Nelson, our
guidance counselor; consulting Maharishi Ayur-Veda professionals; the child’s classroom teacher; and the child’s parents.

A teacher may refer students to the services of the committee whenever some imbalance in learning or behavior is noticed. Parents may also request an NCI meeting and may contact their child’s teacher or Wendie to make arrangements.

Difficulties may include focusing in class, habitual absence/tardiness, poor grades, inappropriate behavior, or any social or emotional difficulty affecting the student’s happiness and success at school.

Prior to the NCI meeting, parents are asked to complete a
questionnaire and the child is observed in the classroom by committee members. This gives all involved a broad understanding of the situation.

Upon meeting, the committee discusses all aspects of the child’s development and structures a prescribed program to help restore balance. The committee may refer the student to a Maharishi Ayur-Veda professional, may recommend specialized testing, or may suggest the support of our guidance counselor
(described below).

When the parents and school work together, support for
the child is maximum.

Wendie Nelson continues in her tenth year as the Lower School’s Guidance Counselor. Wendie has had great success in working with students, as well as parents, if there are behavioral, social or emotional issues that need support.

Wendie also works with teachers to provide in-class support
activities. Please feel free to contact Wendie at 472-9400, ext. 5077, if you need to discuss any issue regarding your child.


In order to keep our Field House floor in beautiful condition, please remember to send your child’s indoor athletic shoes with them on their next PE day. These will be kept in the Field House for the school year.

On PE day, students should wear a different pair of athletic shoes to School, for outside PE and for their walk to the facilities. For safety, only athletic shoes are allowed in PE. Sandals of any kind, open-toed shoes, backless shoes,or high heels are not allowed.

Thank you so much for your attention to these details!

Please make sure your child has a complete PE uniform for PE days. Dennis Uniform (1-888-496-9911) has the full range of sizes available for order.

The PE schedule is as follows:
Kindergarten Monday, 9:30
1st & 2nd Girls & Boys: Tuesday, Thursday, 9:55
3rd & 4th Girls: Tuesday, Thursday, 11:00
3rd & 4th Boys: Wed, 9:55, Friday, 11:00
5th/6th Girls: Tuesday, Thursday, 11:00
5th/6th Boys: Monday, Wednesday, 11:00


Our Lower School Enrichment Sports of Girls’ Volleyball and Boys’
Soccer began this week and will continue through October 20th.

Any 3rd through 6th grade student who still wishes to join may do so at any time during the season.

For further information, please call Susie Hathaway at

Girls’ Volleyball practices:

Mon, Wed, Fri at 8:20 am in the Field House

Boys’ Soccer practices: Tues., Thurs., Fri. at 8:20 am at the
soccer field by the school; Field House on rainy days.

Note: If there is no school for any reason, holidays, parent-teacherconferences, snow days, etc., there will be no Enrichment Sports practice.

New on the class supply list for 3rd-6th grade PE
this year—PEDOMETERS

These small devices are worn on the waistband and count each each step a person takes. We have found that they are wonderful motivators for the students to stay as active as possible to accumulate many steps by the end of PE class. Pedometers are excellent learning tools for encouraging children to have an active lifestyle.

A simple pedometer is just fine for our use since we aren’t programming them, but just counting steps. One of the simplest is the SPORTLINE brand, selling for $3.88 at Wal-Mart.


Emergency Cards: If you have been called by the Lower School office to complete your child’s emergency card, please stop by to do this. Children will not be allowed in School after Monday, September 11th if their card is incomplete.
Maharishi School Website: Please visit our Maharishi School Website at www.maharishischooliowa.org. Check out the Parents' Memo online with many fun photographs of students’ activities; click on the “News” bar at the top of the page, then find “Parent Memo.”
Gem, Mineral Show: Saturday, September 9th,
from 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., and Sunday, September 10th,
from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

Have a wonderful long weekend!


Laura Bordow

Lower School Principal

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