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Parents’ Memo 2006-2007

December 8, 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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“Every individual has an infinite potential of creativity. The genius of manis hidden in the silence of his awareness—in that settled state of mind from where every thought emerges.”—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.

Mrs. Gritz’s Kindergarten Class
Mrs. Gritz’s kindergartners are studying the SCI Principle, “Rest and Activity Are the Steps of Progress.” They learned sign language for the principle and have been discussing activities they enjoy during the holiday season.

In the Jyotish curriculum, the kindergartners are learning about the Graha, Budh. They are singing the Graha Song and have learned the Sanskrit song for the days of the week. The kindergartners are doing a great job reciting the Sanskrit alphabet. They are beginning to learn the internal vowels and have fun playing games to identify the consonants.

The kindergartners truly enjoy learning SCI, Jyotish and Sanskrit in a fun and effortless way!


Be sure to visit our Holiday Store on the first floor of the Media Center at Maharishi 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

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.


This holiday season, Lower School students in grades 1-6 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. If your child has not started their special project yet, this weekend would be a good time to begin. Also, all students should bring their projects to school on Thursday, December 14.


’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.


Lunch will not be served, and there will be no supervised lunch program on Thursday, December 14, due to the Faculty/Staff Holiday Luncheon that is scheduled for that day. Please make plans to have lunch with your children elsewhere on that day. Thank you.


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 Tuesday of this week, 6th grade student Grace Fernyhough took 3rd place in the Southern Prairie Area Education Agency Spelling Bee. Grace was competing against 34 regional 5th/6th grade students and the words given increased in difficulty as the rounds progressed. Congratulations, 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 1.


Heelys are a very popular type of shoe that have “removable” wheels in the heels, turning children’s sneakers into a type of in-line skate.

To ensure the safety of our students on School property, students are now required to leave heelys at home. The use of heelys is not allowed on the Maharishi School campus—including roads, sidewalks, or in buildings.

This is consistent with our policy regarding skateboards, roller blades, scooters, and skates. According to a non-profit national organization called W.A.T.C.H. (World Against Toys Causing Harm), heelys is number one on their list of “10 worst toys,” due to the potential for childhood injury. To learn more about the
potential risks of heelys, visit the website: www.toysafety.org.


Between the Lions is set in a magical library where characters and words take on a life of their own. The TV series’ goal is to help young children to read by integrating solid reading strategies into a fun and engaging format.

The National Education Association (NEA) recently endorsed Between the Lions. NEA President Bob Chase said, “It’s rare that the NEA recommends TV, and even rarer for us to whole-heartedly promote a program. But Between the Lions breaks the mold. It’s quality television that supports quality teaching.”

Between the Lions can be viewed on Iowa Public Television and a schedule can be found at the website: www.iptv.org

• 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.
• If the Weather Is Looking Bad: Please tune your radio to KMCD 1570 AM or KIIK 95.9 FM to listen for school closings. Also, announcements for weather cancellations will be available at the website www.RadioVillage.com. Please do not call the radio station or the School.
• 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 weekend!

Laura Bordow

Lower School Principal


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