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Parents’ Memo 2006-2007

December 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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“The prime feature of perfect government is to quietly nourish all life and spontaneously set and maintain all life in the evolutionary direction of
Natural Law.”—Maharishi


Dear Parents

I hope you all enjoyed Thanksgiving break! It is always a joy to be able to spend time with family and friends.


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.

Ms. Balf’s Primary Boys
Ms. Balf’s Primary Boys are studying the SCI Principle “Water the Root to Enjoy the Fruit.” They are working in their beautiful, full-color SCI notebooks, designed especially for Maharishi School by M.U.M. Ph.D. student Dale Stephens.

On the introductory page, it reads: “A plant draws its nourishment through its roots. If we want to make all the parts of a plant stronger a healthier, we only need to put some water at the root of the plant. Just like this, if we want to be stronger, healthier, and happier, we have to be sure to nourish our minds and bodies. To do this we need to eat healthy foods, get enough rest, exercise every day, go to school, and do our Word of
Wisdom technique regularly each day.”


’Tis the season for great savings! Quality books and great gift items will be offered at the Books are Fun book fair to be held Monday, December 18 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in Clark Auditorium at Maharishi School. All proceeds from this fundraiser will help support students who are ready to learn their Word of Wisdom technique.


Be sure to visit our Holiday Store on the first floor of the Media Center atMaharishi School! A wonderful assortment of high quality, inexpensive gifts, including children's books, beautiful all natural candles, photo albums, holiday dishes, purses, toys, and much, much, more.
Open December 1-20, Monday-Friday, 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Also open on these Saturdays:
December 2 and 9, 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Here’s another way to help raise funds for Maharishi School: Shop on-line at hundreds of stores, including Lands' End, Nike, North Face, JC Penney, and many more. Simply log on to www.schoolpop.com, or www.iGive.com, enter Maharishi School, and start shopping!! Maharishi School will receive a generous percentage, up to 15% depending on the store.


During the winter holiday season, Maharishi School will be offering winter camp 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 Year’s 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.


On Monday of this week, all 5th and 6th grade students participated in the Lower School’s annual Spelling Bee. The words given increased in difficulty as the rounds progressed. Congratulations to 6th grader, Grace Fernyhough, for winning first place. Second place runner-up, Nathan Haerr, also did
exceptionally well. All students gave their best effort. Grace will now participate in the Area Education Agency’s (AEA’s) regional spelling bee on Monday afternoon. Good Luck, Grace!


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 handmade crafts each to exchange with other students at a special assembly, Friday, December 15.

Festival of Trees

This Sunday, December 3, the combined choirs and various orchestra members from Maharishi School will perform in Keosauqua at the annual “Festival of the Trees.” This Lions Club sponsored event goes to benefit needy families in Southeast Iowa, helping to make the holiday season a much brighter time.

The festival features many fully decorated, full-size trees, wreaths, and small tabletop trees. A silent auction is held to sell the trees and wreaths. Refreshments are available and there is a Kids Corner for children’s activities.

We will perform around 2:00 p.m. Email messages have been sent with all the details.


Maharishi School invites you to come and enjoy this year’s Holiday Show “Celebrate the Season”, on Sunday, December 10, at 2:00 p.m. in Clark Auditorium. It features the voices of the Festival Singers, Concert Choir and Pioneer Boys Choir singing a variety of songs from the major religious and cultural holidays in December.

The concert also features all of our Maharishi School Instrumentalists. Please come and enjoy singing, dancing, and the playing of drums and trumpets (and bells and trombones and clarinets and flutes and more!!). A preview of the show will be held during the regular Friday Assembly at 1:15 p.m. on Friday, December 8, in the Clark Auditorium.


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—95.9 FM, on your dial.

Also, announcements for weather cancellations will be placed on the website www.RadioVillage.com. All Maharishi School closures will be announced as early as possible. Please do not call the radio station or the School Office. Depending on the weather, School may start late, end early, or be canceled completely. It might be helpful to post this information in a
convenient location in your home to be referred to at a later date.

Please note that at times, in the middle of a school day, it might benecessary to dismiss school early. If the weather becomes 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.


According to Maharishi School Student and Parent Handbook, the followingpolicy applies if you have to take your child out of school before vacation begins:

Requests for Special Family Absences: Families may deem it necessary to request absences for special family purposes. We ask please that these requests be submitted in writing to the Division Director two weeks prior to the absence and that they include the dates of and reasons for the request.

• Winter Break: The last day of School before vacation is Thursday, December 21. It is a full day of School. Students return to school on Monday, January 8.
• Tuition for Second Semester: Tuition statements will be mailed out shortly. Tuition for second semester is due Wednesday, January 10. If you have any questions or do not receive your invoice, please call the Student Accounts
Office at 472–9400, ext. 5076.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Laura Bordow

Lower School Principal


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