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Parents’ Memo 2007-2008

April 11, 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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“Veda is the reality of the Unified Field, where consciousness is in its self-referral state. In that self-referral state of consciousness, different activities come out as a result of the self-interaction of pure consciousness.”
— Maharishi

Dear Parents,


This is another reminder that Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Friday, April 18, all day. 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 really encourage all of you to attend the conference with your child’s teacher, 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 to schedule an appointment. I also wanted to remind you to take the time during conferences to view the Spring Art Show which will be on display outside each classroom. The students’ artwork expresses exceptional creativity and is a delight to see. Thank you to art teacher Karen Valentine for inspiring our children to achieve greatness!


We would like to highlight classroom lessons and activities that incorporate the SCI Principles/Fundamentals of some other asspect of Maharishi Vedic Science for the parents.

The Primary Boys are studying the SCI principle “Knowledge is Gained from the Inside and Outside.” They are learning about the five senses and will have a lesson on each sense. Their sense of sight will be tested in a memory game. They will have to identify different sounds. They will sample the seven different tastes described by Ayurveda. They will identify different objects by using only touch. They will have a chance to see if they can identify five mystery smells. They will enjoy and accomplish!

Destination ImagiNation

Congratulations Destination ImagiNation Teams!

Two teams won 1st place at State which took place last Saturday in Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids. In addition, the Lower School team (Chorific) that took 2nd place will be attending the Global Finals, as the winning team has chosen not to participate.

Both Senior level boy’s teams will go on to compete at Global Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee, May 20-25.

The 1st place teams are:

Hit or Myth (1/2 acting, 1⁄2 technical): Tye Huggins, Jordan Stakland, Yale Shaw, Jurgen Schoner, Ryan Stakland. This team also got a special award, “The Spirit of DI Award” for being outstanding role models for the younger children in the Destination ImagiNation program.

Obstacles of Course (technical): Jay Stewart, Phil Carter, Eric Caplan, Dominic Borg, Toby Walker

Three teams came in 2nd place:

DI’ve Got a Secret (acting, senior level): Yelana Loiselle, Ellora Hans-Price, Emily Wofford, Minca Borg, Paavani Kar, Auriel Jones, Joella Travis

Chorific (improv, senior level): Coco Clark, Penelope Makeig, Pandy Wadsworth, Tahra Wilkins, Jhana Valentine

Chorific (improv elementary level): Giovani Cingire, Demitri Makeig, David Wadsworth

Two teams came in 5th place:

Hit or Myth (1⁄2 acting 1⁄2 technical, middle level): Avery Mullenneaux, Nathan Haerr, Alexander Hauptman, Michael Corazza, Matthew Rowe, Surya Sawhney, David Fleshman

Obstacles of Course (technical, elementary level) Dia Huggins, Jacqueline Leete, Kadie Roberts, Jaya Muhelman, Courtney Swanson, Anna Unger. This team also got a special award, “The Spirit of DI Award” for not giving up in the face of adversity.

One team came in 6th place:

DI’ve Got a Secret (acting, middle level)  Phoebe Carter, Minna Mohammadi, Pearl Sawhney, Avery Travis, Leanna Miller

One team came in 7th place

Chorific (improv, middle level) Dillon Evertson, Toby James, James Francis

All the teams did a great job!


Beginning next Monday, April 14 and for the entire week, all students in grades 4-6 will be taking the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS). Students have been preparing for this form of test-taking in their classrooms, but there are a few suggestions for what parents can do at home to help ensure the least amount of strain and greatest success. The most important factor when taking standardized tests is REST. If your child is rested, he/she will feel more relaxed. Also, please send your child with a snack every day and plenty of water. Students who finish early will be reading a book, so make sure your child has a good book to read.

Again, please make sure your child is well rested! Even though this standardized test is one indicator of academic success, when evaluating a child at Maharishi School, we always take a more holistic approach. When the test results are available, we will let you know, and you can make an appointment with Wendie Nelson, our Guidance Counselor.


DATE:   Friday, May 2
TIME:    9:45 am – 11:45 am
PLACE: Maharishi School, Kindergarten and Preschool classrooms

Registration at Maharishi School is now open for the 2008-09 school year and the following programs for children ages 2-5 will be offered:

Kindergarten class – if your child turns 5 years old by September 15, 2008

Pre-Kindergarten class – if your child turns 4 years old by September 15, 2008

Preschool class – if your child turns 2 or 3 years old by September 15, 2008

Whether or not your child is already enrolled in Maharishi School, you and your child are invited to spend the morning in either the preschool or kindergarten classroom on Friday, May 2. The students will participate in a circle time with song and story time, as well as explore the room during "free play" time. Parents will be able to talk with Program Directors, Laura Bordow and Guidance Counselor, Wendie Nelson.

If you have any questions, please contact Laura Bordow at 472-9400, ext. 5070 or email at lbordow@msae.edu.


Friday, April 18, our Spring Fundraiser, "Celebrating Maharishi Yagya Performances," will be held in 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 $8, 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 Wednesday afternoon the whole school was entertained with a thrilling performance by the African Acrobats. Our audience consisted of all grades preschool through 12 and it was fun to see everyone equally enjoying themselves. The performers did acrobatics, human pyramids, juggling and contortions, and even involved many of the student audience in a limbo demonstration. It is our desire to continue to enrich our student’s appreciation of different cultures through direct experience of the arts, music and stories of various countries.

Lunch Room Policy

We really enjoy having the children eating in our auditorium every day. In order for us to keep the auditorium clean and maintain a level of happiness and comfort for all, we need to follow these guidelines.
*  Please wear proper dress, including shoes.
*  Keep a settled atmosphere – walking, indoor voices, etc.
*  Children should play outside in the playground with the supervisor.
*  The stage area is reserved for special occasions only.
*  Children bringing their own food should not take items from the food line.
*  Any spills need to be brought to the attention of the supervisors immediately.
*  Please leave your area clean after your meal. Plates and trays need to be returned to their proper locations.
*  Please supervise your children at all times to keep a settled atmosphere in the dining room.


• 2008-2009 Registration Packets have been mailed out. As indicated in the packet, all financial aid applications are due at FAIR no later than April 16. If you have not received your packet, please call the Administrative Office at 472–9400, ext. 1.

•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 nice weekend!


Laura Bordow

Lower School Principal


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