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Parents’ Memo 2007-2008

March 14, 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,


Please remember that Spring Break is Monday, March 31, through Friday, April 4, during which time there will be no school.


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.

6th Grade Boys put Newton’s Law to the test

The 6th grade boys were given a challenge to put Newton’s third law of motion into practice. They made balloon cars. Newton’s law of motion states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The elasticity of the balloon held the air forced in by our lungs. The boys came up with some very clever ways to harness this force onto cardboard chassis and thread spool wheels. One cart went 6.65 meters.

Does Newton’s law sound familiar? One of Maharishi’s SCI principles is that "Every Action Has a Reaction." The children could see this principle in action: every balloon will move depending on the bottled up potential of the force held in the balloon. What we tried to do was work with this bottled up potential as we tweaked our carts for the best ride possible.


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.


On Friday, March 21, at 11:00 am, Laura Bordow and Wendie Nelson will be meeting with all parents of children in Ms. Long’s PreKindergarten/Kindergarten class. This meeting will focus on plans for next year for the incoming kindergarten and 1st grade students. This will include discussion on the consideration of a longer-day kindergarten schedule, discussion of teachers being considered for next year and Maharishi School’s philosophy for educating kindergarten and grade one children.

There will also be time for parents to share input they have regarding this year’s class, as well as what is planned for the remainder of the school year. We strongly encourage your participation in this meeting, so that all viewpoints are represented.


During the past few weeks, there has been serious abuse of the Internet by some of our students. In last week’s newsletter, we posted an article on Internet safety. If you have not received this newsletter, please call the Lower School office and we will make sure you receive a copy.

Following are a few additional suggestions that you might find helpful in monitoring your child’s computer use at home.

• Have your child’s computer in a location other than the bedroom, where you can easily monitor the activity.

• Make sure that your child does not have a "private" email (including a gmail account) that you do not have access to. It is important that you know their username and password.

• Check your child’s email account on a regular basis, including the chat room.

In other words, be aware of what sites your child is viewing on the computer and to whom he/she is sending and receiving emails. There is a lot of inappropriate use of computers and parents need to be informed. You might do your own research to understand the potential dangers of unsupervised computer time.

Please feel free to contact either Laura Bordow or Wendie Nelson for more information.


With the change of season, the following message seems timely. If a child has a fever, it is best to keep him/her home until he/she is free of a temperature for 24 hours. When a child has a fever, it is important to rest! A child who is sneezing and/or coughing frequently is highly contagious and should stay home. Another important point is hand washing. One of the best and easiest ways to help prevent the spread of illness is through regular hand washing.

In addition, we ask that if a child is going to be late to school due to illness, either at the beginning of the day or after lunch, you please send a note of explanation. If children arrive after 9:30 a.m. or 1:05 p.m., they are marked tardy. If they aren't feeling well, and need a little extra rest, a note from a parent will give them an excused tardy. However, it is strongly encouraged that children be kept home all day if they aren't feeling well.

PE News

Over the past year, Maharishi School, along with other area schools, has been a part of the Carol M. White federally funded Physical Education "Pep Grant", called Jeffco Future Fitness. The purpose of the grant is to increase the students' physical fitness. We have received new equipment such as floor mats for gymnastics, 2.2# to 6.6# medicine balls that bounce, weighted wands, dumbbells, resistance bands, Indian Clubs, and floor agility "ladders". The Lower School students received a large adjustable chin-up bar suitable for several students at a time. They are very enthusiastic about this bar and are making excellent progress in the routine that they perform in PE. Intermediate and Upper Elementary Lower school students also work with the bouncing medicine balls, Indian Clubs, agility ladders, "jump bands", and light dumbbells, all under close supervision. Students sometimes ask where they can purchase equipment that we use in PE. Everything is available online and in sporting goods stores. For example, Walmart.com has a chin-up bar for $14.95 that will fit in any doorway and can be shipped directly to the store without incurring shipping charges. (These bars should just be used for arm exercises, not for upside-down gymnastic-type activities.)  Having one of these bars at home would greatly enhance your child's upper-body strength. Believe us, it's hard to keep the students off of these bars! If you would like to see any of the new equipment during your child's PE class, please call the Lower School office to arrange a visit.


Thank you for making sure that your child is in full PE uniform. On the days that your child has PE, please make sure she or he wears sturdy outdoor or athletic shoes. Classes often jog to the Field House or Rec Center, and on nice days PE will be outside. Indoor PE shoes will continue to stay in the athletic facility.


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 outstanding individuals who have contributed to the community in their areas. There will be celebration cake and entertainment for all.


The Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce conducted a Children’s Create-A-Story art contest for children K-5. Sophie Elliot from Ms.Vetter’s class won first place in the kindergarten- first grade category. She received a DVD of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and a ticket to "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" show at the Stephen Sondheim Center. Chandre Morales won second place in the 3-4th grade category and received a book, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, and a ticket to the show.


Please remember to organize lunchtime and play dates for your child before school. It is best if we don’t interrupt the teaching activities in the classroom, and it is more settling for your child if she or he knows the plans for the day ahead of time. Thank you very much.


As you have been informed in previous parents memos, Lower School students need to make up one more snow day. This make up day will be on Monday, June 9 which is the Monday following the last day of school, June 6.


On Friday, March 28 (the day before Spring Break), the Elsenpeter Marionettes will be performing the beloved children’s story of Pinocchio, which was especially written for the Marionettes theater. The Elsenpeter Marionettes tradition of puppetry started in Elen, Germany approximately 138 years ago, by Richard Elsenpeter’s great grandfather. Their traditional form of puppetry has been handed down through four generations. Mr. Elsenpeter describes his form of puppetry as the “old world style of puppetry.” It’s very nostalgic and is rarely seen any more in America because of its technical difficulties.

In the presentation of Pinocchio, every detail has been carefully designed to achieve a perfect dramatic production in miniature. Mr. Elsenpeter’s skillful manipulation of the Marionettes transforms the 2-foot tall, hard-carved, wooden dolls into living characters with definite personalities. This will be a wonderful opportunity for our students to see this legendary fantasy that has touched the hearts of millions of people throughout the world.

To help support the cost of the performance, we ask that every child bring $3.00 to school. This can be given to your child’s teacher no later than Monday, March 24. Preschool and kindergarten children are welcome to come with their parent.


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

• Lunchtime policy: According to the Student and Parent Handbook, all students who are not part of our supervised lunch program may return to school no earlier than 12:50 pm. They should proceed directly to their classrooms and begin their silent reading program. Lower School students may not go to the M.U.M. Bookstore unless they are accompanied by an adult. Parents, your cooperation is really needed in this area, as too many students are returning too early from lunch and are unsupervised. Thank you.

Have a great weekend!

Laura Bordow

Lower School Principal


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