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Parents’ Memo 2007-2008

March 7, 2008

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 parent

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“Every aspect of the Vedic Literature expresses a specific quality of consciousness. Reading every aspect of the Vedic Literature as it flows and progresses in perfect sequential order has the effect of regulating and balancing the functioning of the brain physiology and training consciousness, the mind, always to flow in perfect accordance with the evolutionary direction of Natural Law. This training of the mind fulfills the purpose of education, by fully training the student to think and act spontaneously according to Natural Law.”
—Maharishi Vedic University Introduction, 1994, p. 144

Dear Parents,


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.

Preschoolers at Work

In Ms. Gallagher’s class, the preschoolers are working on the SCI principle “Thought Leads to Action, Action to Achievement, Achievement to Fulfillment.” On Wednesday, March 5, the children made pizza by putting sauce and cheese on their own muffin bread. They all enjoyed eating them.

5/6th Grade Girls

March is Maharishi Ayur-Veda month. The students always begin their study of Maharishi Ayur-Veda by reviewing the story, “The Ocean of Consciousness Makes Some Friends.” Samhita (“wholeness”) wants to know itself, so it curves back on itself and “makes friends” with itself. To illustrate that, 5/6 girls made beautiful whirlpools in buckets of water and then they added colored glitter and sequins to their swirling “Riks.”
The following are two of the poems that were written about their experience.

Swirling, twirling bubbles of bliss
Golden sunlight, red kiss.
Flowers, leaves, colorful things
Whirlpool mixing up a pair of golden rings.
Shimmering fairies red gold and green
Pink, ornage, yellow... all the feelings of a dream.
Swirling, twirling bubbles of bliss
Golden sunlight, red kiss.       -   Courtney Swanson


The bubbling gold circling around and around
Making a golden sun.
Spirals of shimmering light.
See the silence in the movement.
Feeling the bubbling bliss rise up from the jar.
Stillness into a raging whirlpool.
Glowing in movement of flowing satisfaction.
The feelings rise up from and into the water.
At the bottom when still
To the top when shaken
All is still and all is moving.        -   Kadie Roberts


On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, we were honored to host Dr. George Rutherford and three teachers from the Ideal Academy Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. Dr. Rutherford has been working tirelessly for many years to bring the Transcendental Meditation technique to school children in the D.C. area. The Ideal Academy has over 300 children. Those who are old enough, practice the TM technique. Many of the teachers have also learned, including the three who visited our School.

Dr. Rutherford is a great leader in the field of Consciousness-Based education and is an inspiration to those who have the opportunity to work with him. He has spent time in Vlodrop visiting with Maharishi, who was delighted with his efforts.

Dr. Rutherford’s teachers visited our 3rd–6th grade classrooms and were amazed by our students’ abilities and brightness. The students taught them Vedic computation and shared lessons on Maharishi AyurVeda and SCI. They also visited the Girls and Boys schools and spent time with the older students in the Hall of Bliss. We look forward to a continued relationship with the Ideal Academy and wish Dr. Rutherford great success.


Mrs. Vigmostad and Ms. Siemsen’s Intermediate students celebrated “Read Across America Day” on Monday, March 3. This event is organized nationwide in honor of Dr. Seuss, whose birthday was March 2.

In the Intermediate classes the students enjoyed bringing a favorite book from home and presenting to the class, as well as reading a selection from the book aloud. Students were invited to wear any hat of their choice and the classes read for 3,600 seconds!! Here are some reflections by the students:

“The books were awesome and I liked everyone’s hats. Reading for 3,600 seconds was fun!”           — Philip Winer


“I had fun. I especially liked reading and listening to other people tell about their books.”                — Caleb Mullenneaux


“Today was a fun day! I liked the cookies, hats, and entertaining books.”                                — Chandre Morales


Friday, April 18, our Spring Fundraiser, “Celebrating Maharishi Yagya Performances,” will be held in the Henry Ogden Clark Auditorium. This exciting fundraising idea provides an opportunity for everyone in our community to support Maharishi School through the very profound technology of Maharishi's Vedic wisdom. 

On the evening of April 18 our celebration will begin at 6:00 pm, when children and parents are invited to a Carnival, spread throughout the School. Beginning at 6:30 pm, a buffet dinner will be available for purchase, the proceeds from which will benefit our Destination ImagiNation teams. At 7:45 pm, our celebration and entertainment will begin, hosted by Jeffrey Hedquist and our own Elaine Speer. The evening will include performances by our award-winning Speech Competition and Destination ImagiNation teams. Also, we will have a cake/pie-baking contest with prizes for taste and creativity; prizes will be tuition waivers to Maharishi School.

This much-anticipated event is a highlight of the spring fundraiser and we look forward to seeing you there! Please call the Development Office at 472-0094 with any questions.


Last Saturday, Maharishi School sixth grade boy Sebastian Lacasse took his invention to the Invent Iowa Regional competition in Oskaloosa. Sebastian met with two judges to explain his idea for a new twist in computer technology. His invention, the I-Vision, has the capability to engage a computer with voice recognition embedded in a pair of sunglasses. What a convenience! The judges thought so as well, because Sebastian is going to the state level competition. Congratulations, Sebastian!


Please join us in the Maharishi Concert Hall, Bldg. 151 for a special evening of Maharishi Gandharva Veda music, the melodies of Nature.
Date: Sunday, March 9
Time: 8:05 p.m.
Location: Bldg. 151
Quality of the Raga: Integration
Principal:    Binay Krishna Baral, Bamboo flute
Accompaniment:    Werner Elmker, Swara mandala
Student flute recital:   Josh Adams

$15 - general
$10 - valid Dome badge
$5 - Maharishi Univ. of Management. and Maharishi School
$1 for Maharishi Univ. of Management. Students


The Internet is part of daily life for many families. It is a great resource for information and entertainment, but it is very important for parents to understand the possible problems the Internet can create for their children. Following is an excerpt from a web page recommended by our School Librarian.

"The danger for children on the World Wide Web comes with its openness. The Web is completely unregulated. Anyone can post information on the Web and provide links to other pages. The danger for children lies in four areas:
1. Children may link to a page with information, pictures or conversation that the parent deems too sexual, violent, racist, or offensive.
2. In chat rooms the child may become a target of unwanted attention from adults, older teens, or other children.
3. Children have become a target market on the Web, with companies offering prizes, games, etc., for family information.
4. Some commercial sites seemingly offering educational information or entertainment are really deceptive advertising, selling products to children.

How can a parent provide some cyber safety?
• By using Internet blocking or filtering software.
• By providing education, talking to your child about safety          on the World Wide Web.
• Establishing family rules about Internet use.
• Making it a rule that the child not give out family information without the parent’s consent."

The entire article, with a discussion of filtering software and other helpful information, can be found at: http://www.mediafamily.org/facts/facts_internet.shtml. 

At Maharishi School, we use filtering software provided by our internet provider, LISCO. It is important for parents to understand that no software is capable of blocking every objectionable site. Supervising your children’s use of the Internet is still the best solution to avoid problems.


Mark your calendars now! On Thursday, March 20, at 8:00 pm, Maharishi School will host the 2008 Spring Celebration in the Henry Ogden Clark Auditorium. March 20 is the first day of spring, and we will welcome it by reviewing the achievements of Fairfield, Vedic City, Maharishi University of Management., and Maharishi School, and by honoring four outstanding individuals who have contributed to the community in their areas. There will be celebration cake and entertainment for all.


It is school policy that electronic devices, including cell phones, iPods, walkie-talkies, hand-held computers such as Gameboy, etc., are not allowed in the classroom, hallways or during lunch between the hours of 9:30 am and 3:30 pm. The exception will be that electronic devices brought to school for use after school must remain in the student’s locker. Your cooperation in helping to enforce this policy is greatly appreciated.


It is school policy that students are not allowed to sell any items during school. The only items that are allowed to be sold by students at school are those items that are approved by the School (i.e., bake sale items, popcorn, Holiday grams, etc.). Students are not allowed to sell candy, gum,  sports drinks, etc. to other students.


Don’t forget to “Spring Ahead.” Please set your clocks ahead one hour this Sunday, March 9.


Auditions for the play Annie are open to boys and girls who are currently in kindergarten to 5th grade on Sunday, March 9, from 1–3 am and Monday, March 10 from 7–9 pm at the Fairfield High School Auditorium.


• Spring Break Dates: Monday, March 31, through Friday, April 4.           

• Name/Address/Phone Changes: If you have recently made a change, please inform the Lower School office at 472-9400 so
  we have the most up-to-date information.

• 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 great weekend!

Laura Bordow

Lower School Principal


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