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Parents’ Memo 2006-2007

October 13, 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.

View Schedule for Fall 2006 Children’s Health and Education Conferences – North America


2006 September 5, Special Memo re child care for Invincible America Course

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“Perfection, that is now our present level, is an eternal phenomenon. Perfection of life is an eternal phenomenon because the enlightenment is not alone now. There was a time in the past when some people were enlightened, some were enlightened, some were enlightened. Now, enlightenment is a common property, common property. Enlightenment is a common property. It is a common natural birthright of everyone now when all these different cultural grounds on earth will have full blossom of Natural Law in their small units of total Natural Law. Totality will be available in every point of creation as it is always available as a guiding light of administration as the existence. A common level of existence of every point in creation in our galactic universe.” —Maharishi, Victory Day, 2005


Dear Parents


Last Friday our Friday Assembly was a huge success. Mr. Robin Stevens gave an hour presentation on “Science: Fun & Fact.” He began by filling the children with a sense of wonder by demonstrating several optical illusions.

He then delighted everyone with chemical magic, including showing how to dry your laundry with a match. Mr. Stevens showed a flying saucer that rides on a beam of light and concluded with a dazzling demonstration showing how high
frequency electricity flows over a human chain!

For more information on Mr. Stevens you may visit his website at: www.geocities.com/stevens_studio.


Wear your full uniform!!!
If you have not already done so, please remember to fill out the order form that the children received, and to include your payment to Lifetouch. Children need to hand these completed envelopes in to their teachers by Monday, October 16th! Please turn in a separate envelope with separate payment for each child.

Please note that the memory book (yearbook) is available by itself for $5.00. It is very popular with the children, even if you don’t care to purchase a picture package.


Registration: 9:00 a.m., Howard Park (north of Jefferson County Courthouse, south of the railroad tracks, bordered by Main Street on the west and North Court on the east).

If it rains, the Bike Fest will move to the Rec Center for indoor sports activities.

Tomorrow, Saturday, is the big day—the fourteenth year Maharishi School has participated in the annual Bike Fest. It’s a great event to enjoy with your immediate family and our expanded community family.

According to the latest weather reports,we can expect a partly to mostly sunny day with brisk temperatures in the 50’s. For this reason, be sure to dress your children in layers and to have them wear thin gloves to protect their hands from the morning chill.

In order to ensure the maximum success of the day, I’d like to again remind all parents of the following points:
• All riders are required to wear a proper bicycle helmet. Model
bike safety for your children by wearing a helmet yourself.
• Lower School riders must be accompanied by a rider over the age of 21.
• One adult may safely supervise up to three children maximum.
• Cyclists should ride no more than two abreast on roads open to other traffic.
• For our youngest riders, the bike route will be closed to
automobile traffic.
• Riders are strongly encouraged to carry their own water bottles.
• Food and drinks will be on sale at Howard Park, but we strongly encourage riders to carry snacks with them.
• Students should not bring their pledge forms to the Bike Fest.
• As soon as the Bike Fest is over, please help your children call all their sponsors to tell them how far they rode, and ask them to honor their pledges. Checks should be made out to Maharishi School.

The Development Office has requested that as you receive sponsorship money, you turn it into the office. Don’t feel you need to wait until all your child’s pledges have been collected. This will enable the Development Office to process money as it comes in and to avoid a processing overload.


We would like to highlight classroom lessons and activities that incorporate the SCI Principles/Fundamentals or some other aspect of Maharishi Vedic Science for the parents.

As you know, our students learn about SCI, Maharishi Vedic Approach to Health, Sanskrit, Vedic Math and Maharishi Gandharva Veda music as they experience the value of Consciousness-Based education each day. These highlights will provide you with a glimpse into your child’s education.


The SCI Fundamentals of Growth are basic underlying principles of creation. In the fifth- and sixth-grade girls’ class they are used each day as the girls point out fundamentals they notice in a particular lesson. In this way, their attention is continuously brought to the deeper values of Nature’s intelligence.

The girls will soon begin a large paper SCI quilt on which all of the SCI fundamentals will be represented.


The following information relating to bedtime routine and diet comes from our physicians trained in Maharishi Vedic Approach to Health, and you might find some of this practical advice useful with your children.

In reference to diet, there is an emphasis on how important milk is to our children’s daily diet. Milk is one of the foods that goes to all seven dhatus (tissues) within 24 hours and nourishes them. The milk needs to be given to our children warm, after we have brought it to a boil at least two times. We can add a pinch of ginger or turmeric with some ghee and sugar to sweeten it a

A warm cup of milk as an afternoon snack or before bed helps to foster sweet emotions and a good sleep. Growing children need two full meals a day, at lunch and at dinner (ideally around 6:00 p.m.).

Another important point is that daily routine balances Vata dosha, and we as parents need to supervise our children’s routine so it has a balance of rest and activity throughout the day.

Regarding bedtime, children should feel tired at the end of a day and want to go to bed. Proper rest is very important, and it is the key to good health.

Children in grades K-3 should have lights out by 8:00 p.m., and children in grades 4-6 should have lights out by 8:30 p.m.


The School policy regarding use of cell phones is as follows: Cell phones are not permitted in the classroom or hallways. If students need to use their cell phone, they may do so in their School office or during recess on the School grounds. During classtime, cell phones are to be kept in students’ lockers. This is a school-wide policy (K-12).


At our Lower School Faculty meeting last week, the subject of children being picked up on time after school was the main topic of discussion.

As you may have noticed, pick-up time can be a very busy and sometimes dangerous time. Please be reminded that all children are to go home promptly at 3:30 p.m. There is a teacher on duty at the pick-up area for the purpose of supervising children's safety in getting to their cars, as well as helping in an emergency if a parent is late.

This is not an extended recess time after school, and the teacher on duty is not there to supervise play.  When the weather is nice and your child wants to play longer, you are welcome to supervise play yourself across the street on the playground or
hill. This is also a perfect spot for parents to talk and socialize as they are supervising their children. It is unsafe for play and socializing on the bus-stop side of the street.

Children waiting for parents who work on campus or at the School are to be with their parents after school, not play unsupervised on the school ground until 4:00 p.m. or beyond.


• No School: Please remember that per our School calendar, there will be no School on Friday, October 27th. This is an end-of-the-quarter grading day for the teachers.
• Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Friday, November 3rd. The Lower School office will begin taking appointments for Parent/Teacher Conferences starting Monday, October 23rd.
• Invincible America website: If any of your friends with children will be visiting for the Invincible America Course, please remind them that their child can attend Maharishi School for free for the first two weeks they are here.

The next two weeks are at a rate of $50.00 per week and after that a prorated tuition will be charged. This is a perfect way for families to be on the Course, and have their children experience Consciousness-Based education at the same time. For more information, have them visit the Invincible America website and click on Maharishi School.

Have a great weekend!

Laura Bordow

Lower School Principal


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