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Parents’ Memo 2007-2008

March 21, 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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“In the vicinity of Yogic influence— unifying influence, integrating influence, coherent and harmonious influence—conflicting tendencies do not arise.”
—Yog-Sutra, 2.35.

Dear Parents,


Happy Spring! March is almost over and next Friday, March 28, marks the end of our 3rd quarter of school.

Please remember that Spring Break is the week of March 31-April 4, during which time there will be no school.

During the next few weeks, teachers will be preparing report cards and are looking forward to visiting with you at Parent/Teacher Conferences, Friday, April 18. Preschool and the Lower School grades PreK/K through 6 will be closed all day Friday, April 18,  so that parents may meet with teachers. I encourage all of you to attend these conferences, as it is an excellent opportunity to review your child’s progress and development over the past several months. You may call the Lower School office beginning Wednesday, April 9 to schedule your appointments.


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 Exploration

This week, the preschoolers are working on the SCI principle “Knowledge is Gained from Inside and Outside”. They are exploring the differences between outside and inside by nutcracking, fruit and flower making.

They made Easter bunnies with foot-long ears and had an Easter egg hunt in the playground.


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.

Pinocchio’s Mission

On Friday, March 28, The Elsenpeter Marionettes will present the play of Pinocchio. This will be an original adaptation of the classic story with selected music. Written especially for the Marionette Theater, this production will charm children of all ages, including adults. See attached note for details.

Pinocchio has always dreamed of becoming a real boy, but he doesn’t have a clue as to how to accomplish this. So one night as the kindly toymaker Geppetto sleeps, a Blue Fairy brings this beloved marionette to life, beginning a fantastic odyssey that will test the wooden puppet’s bravery, loyalty, and honesty. Virtues he must learn in order to become a real boy. So come along with us as we follow Pinocchio through his misadventures to complete his mission to become the real-life son of Geppetto.

Originated in Italy by Carlo Lorenzini, the charming tale of the mischievous marionette has fascinated children since 1882. Walt Disney updated the fantasy in 1940, and the Elsenpeter Marionettes now bring you their version of this universal favorite!


The Primary Girls had a cake party on March 20 to mark the first day of spring. Next week on March 28, the Primary Boys are having a fraction party. The boys will bring treats for spring and cut it into equal parts to learn about fractions.

Next week on March 28, the Intermediate Girls and Boys are celebrating their annual Spring Celebration with their parents in the classroom. The event will include presentations of their animal research projects.

The 6th grade boys celebrated the first day of spring by doing bird watching in the wetland area off Cedar View trail. They did bird studies, classification, the raptor center and bird reports.

United Streaming Video and Other Databases Available Free for Students

If your child has a research project to do, please consider trying database services provided by the State of Iowa for students in Iowa schools. All databases require a user name and password. They can all be found at one website: www.iowaaeaonline.org

They include sources for magazine articles and photographs, and tutorials on the use of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and many other popular software programs. One resource that students at all grade levels should try is DE Streaming. There are videos just for fun, as well as informational videos for grades K-12 on topics ranging from beginning reading to quantum physics. There are more than 200 short films based on children’s books. (Try doing a search for Weston Woods, a major producer of children’s videos.) Does your child need extra practice with phonics or math, or information on an explorer, animal, or state? Videos are available at DE Streaming. Each video can be played as a streaming video using Windows Media Player or Quick Time. They can also be downloaded and saved on your computer. It is possible to sort the videos by age level on the lower left of the page. Videos range in length from 10 minutes to an hour.
The login information for all databases are:
User name:  msae3
Password:    gpaea


We have just received a new shipment of Lower School boys’ uniform ties. We have 11" and 13" clip-on ties, as well as 52" regular ties.

If your son is without a tie, or you need a new one, they are for sale in the Lower School office and sell for $10.00 each. You may stop by the office yourself during regular school hours, or send you son with either cash or a check made out to Maharishi School.


Leap into to the exquisite Land of Narnia! Lower School children in grades 1-6 will be taking a field trip on Wednesday, March 26 to the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center to see the production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Each class will be receiving their own field trip permission form, with more detailed information. Many thanks to Everybody’s Whole Foods for their generous donation in funding this event for our students.

This children’s play from the Chronicles of Narnia was written by C.S. Lewis and has become a favorite children’s classic. In a mysterious old house children find a musty, magical wardrobe containing a secret entrance that leads them into a fantastic world. More than just a wonderful story of make-believe, Narnia is a land where a mean Witch, and a beautiful and dear Lion touch the hearts and influence the choices of all who enter.

Girls and Boys Tennis/Track - Spring 2008

March 17 -June 6

The girls from grades 3-6 will have warm-up and running activities and tennis Monday and Wednesday mornings at 8:20 at the Rec Center. Friday mornings at 8:20 they will meet at the trailhead at B Street and Zimmerman.

The boys from grades 3-6 will have warm-up and running activities and tennis Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 8:20 at the Rec Center. Friday mornings at 8:20 they will meet at the trailhead at B Street and Zimmerman.For more information, please call Kerry at 641-209-1723 or 515-770-6095 (cell).


• Spring Break Dates: Monday, March 31 through Friday,

April 4.

          Have a great weekend!

Laura Bordow

Lower School Principal


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