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Parents’ Memo 2006-2007

November 17, 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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““First you see what is near you. What is near you? Thought. What is nearer than this? Finer states of thought. What is nearer than that? Your own Self, the field of pure Creative Intelligence, which is within you.”­—Maharishi


Dear Parents,

With this being the last Parent’s Memo before our Thanksgiving vacation, I thought you might enjoy knowing about a few of the activities in our Lower School classes.

Mrs. Gritz’s Kindergarten class will participate in a Thanksgiving Day party on Friday morning and entertain their parents with poems and songs. They will present their guests with hand-crafted turkeys.

Ms. Balf’s Primary boysare having a Thanksgiving read-a-thon next Tuesday afternoon.

Ms. Boone’sPrimary girls are having a Thanksgiving luncheon with their parents next Tuesday at lunch and will entertain them.

As the culmination of their unit on Great People, Ms. Siemsen’s and Ms. Vigmostad’s Intermediate students will present their projects to their parents on Friday morning. They also will enjoy a potluck luncheon.

Ms. Zmachinsky’s Upper Elementary girls will be preparing a formal banquet to be shared in their classroom on Tuesday afternoon. They will be practicing their manners and enjoying each other’s company.

The Upper Elementary Boys and Mrs. Denbaum will host the annual go-kart/hovercraft rally on Friday afternoon. They will also celebrate their good behavior with a class party next Tuesday afternoon.


Last Friday, at an all-school assembly, Lower School students were delightedby the musical inspiration of Donald Sosin. Donald is best known for writing and performing music for silent movies all over the United States and Europe.

He is a Citizen Sidha and has been writing songs about the TM
program for over 30 years. His collection of songs, “Vata Tea Party,” is a favorite among Meditators, and the children just loved the lyrics. At the assembly, he performed many songs and also shared a Buster Keaton movie where he accompanied the silent film on piano.


This holiday season, Lower School students will participate in a Trade Fair. This is a family-oriented event, where children will sit together with their parents at home and create something special that can be shared with others.

Students will create six hand-made crafts each to exchange with other students at a special assembly, Friday, December 15.

If you have not yet done so, please carefully review the attached flyer and complete the fill-in section of the form and return it before Thanksgiving break.


During the winter holiday season, Maharishi School will be offering wintercamp activities to allow parents to participate in the historic Invincible America Course. With a trained staff of counselors, age-appropriate activities will provide fun and creative winter enrichment.

By utilizing classroom space in our beautiful Maharishi School and recreational space on the M.U.M. campus, activities will include indoor games, creative crafts, music, movement and outdoor fun.

Children who practice their Word of Wisdom or Maharishi Transcendental Meditation program will do their practice with other students from around the country.
Camp Dates: Friday, December 22 – Sunday, January 7
(No camp Christmas Day or New Years Day)
Ages Accepted: 5–12 years old (grades K-6)
Daily Hours: 7:10 am–12:10 pm; 4:40 pm–6:40 pm
Location: Henry Ogden Clark Auditorium
Cost: Morning Session--$27/session; $324/full 15 days; staff/faculty rate $20/session; $243/full 15 days
Afternoon Session-$10.00/session; $135/full 15 days
staff/faculty rate $7.50/session; $100/full 15 days
*Parents with more than one child, subtract 10% from total cost.

To Register: For more information and to register, please contact our Preschool Director, Nancy Schill, at 641-472-9400, ext. 5100, or you may email Nancy at nschill@msae.edu. By registering as soon as possible, we will be prepared for all the children.


Be sure to visit our Holiday Store in the Media Center at Maharishi School!

A wonderful assortment of high quality, inexpensive gifts are available, including children’s books, beautiful all natural candles, photo albums, holiday dishes, purses, toys and much, much, more.

Open December 1 to December 20

Monday through Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Saturday, December 2 and 9, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm


Thank You For Your Bike Fest Pledge Money
We would like to thank everyone who has turned in their Bike Fest pledge money. If your child still has any outstanding pledges, please help him/her to collect them as soon as possible.

Many classes are very close to earning their parties! Please send in any Bike Fest money you may have at home and help your child to remind their sponsers to send in donations.

A nice gesture would be to have your child write a thank you note to those who sponsored him/her. Many parents have done this in the past and have used the Bike Fest as an occasion to teach their children proper etiquette.


The holiday season will be here soon, and this often raises the question of what gift to give to family and friends. A few years ago, some parents suggested that they would like to make a donation to Maharishi School in their friends’ names. We loved the idea and printed a beautiful, inspiring donation card to make this a very special gift.

We are continuing the tradition this holiday season. The card can be inserted into your own holiday card and informs the recipient that a donation was made to Maharishi School on their behalf.

Please consider this as a gift-giving option. Please call the Development Office at 472-0094 to order cards.


As you are doing your holiday shopping locally in Fairfield, don’t forget to make your check payable to Maharishi School at any of the many merchants who participate in the program.


As you all know, winter is just around the corner. If you wake up one cold, snowy morning and find either a lot of snow, ice (or even severe fog), here is what to do to find out if school is in session: Tune your radio to KMCD 1570 AM or KIIK<95.5 FM on your dial. All Maharishi School closures will be announced as early as possible.

Please do not call the radio station or the School Office. You can also logon to www.radiovillage.com. It mightbe helpful to post this information in a convenient location in your home to
be referred to at a later date.

Depending on the weather, School may start late, end early, or be cancelled completely. Please note that at times, in the middle of a school day, it might be necessary to dismiss school early.

If the weather is severe in the morning, we will not have students return after lunch. When you notice worsening weather conditions, it is very important to stay tuned to the
above mentioned radio stations.

This information will be broadcast as soon as we have reached a decision. Again, please do not call the radio station. If there is time, we will activate all Lower School phone trees.


Parents, please be sure to mark your calendars for the annual Winter Holiday Show!

The Lower School Choirs and our Maharishi School Instrumentalists will perform on Sunday, December 10 at 2:00 pm in Clark Auditorium. Come enjoy an afternoon of magical, musical merriment!


All students should now have a pair of indoor athletic shoes, which will be kept at the Field House for the school year.


  • Enjoy your Thanksgiving Vacation: no School from Wednesday, November 22, through Friday, November 24.
  • Senior Trip Fundraiser: The Senior Class is raising money for their senior trip by selling the traditional Maharishi School
    calendar, as well as fresh holiday wreaths and garlands. Depending on size and type of greenery, prices range from $10-$40. Contact any senior or call Nancy Bellmer at 472-1956.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

Laura Bordow

Lower School Principal


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