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Parents’ Memo 2007-2008

April 25, 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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2007-2008 Parents' Memo Archive

“Functioning from the unbounded awareness, comprehension is so great that every thought contains within its fold all the elements that are necessary for its fruition. A desire begun from that level materializes immediately.” — Maharishi

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.

The Primary Girls are just finishing a unit on Maharishi Ayur-Veda. They made a large golden ocean of consciousness filled with bubbles of bliss and emerging trios representing Rishi, Devata and Chhandas.

They are making booklets showing things from the natural world — their bodies, seasons, animals, etc. — that show the qualities of Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

They also did “All Possibilities” poems and made collages from all sorts of items to illustrate them.


Cotton, by Emma Hauptman
Cotton is a fluffy shirt.
Cotton is a puffy skirt.
Cotton is a sparkly dress.
Cotton is a ripped up mess.
Cotton is a blue sweater.
Cotton can be on Ms.Vetter.
Cotton can be everything.


The Waterfall in My Wall, by Suzannah Kingsbury
There’s a waterfall in my wall.
There’s a teddy bear in my hair.
There’s a moose kissing my goose.
There’s a feather on my sweater.
There’s a fox in my socks.
There’s a ball in my hall.
All these things have to go.
That’s all.


Animals, by Amanda
Dogs like fog.
But rabbits like their habits.
Even though bees are sweet they still sting my feet.
Elephants like wings but I think they prefer Spring.
Spiders like building a web so they can juggle by a hedge.

SUMMER INVINCIBILITY CAMP FOR CHILDREN AGES 4–14 Monday, June 16 — Saturday, August 16

During the 2008 summer season, Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment in Fairfield, Iowa will be offering camp activities to allow parents to participate in the historic Invincible America Assembly. With a well-trained staff of counselors, age-appropriate activities will provide fun and creative summer enrichment.

By utilizing classroom space in our beautiful Maharishi School and recreational space on the M.U.M. campus, activities will include outdoor sports, swimming, creative crafts, music, movement, and much more. Children who practice their Word of Wisdom technique or Maharishi Transcendental Meditation program will do their practice with other students from around the country.
Parents will not want to miss the opportunity to experience extended program for themselves, while at the same time offer a taste of Consciousness-Based education to their children.


Children ages 4–11 (through the completion of 5th grade)

Daily Hours: Morning session—7:10 am–12:10 pm
                       Afternoon session—4:30 pm–7:00 pm

Cost*: Morning Session—$24/session, $135.00/week
             Afternoon Session—$12/session, $65.00/week


Children ages 12–14 (6th through 8th grade) Upon approval, these children may serve as Junior Counselors for the camp at no charge.
*Based on a 6-day week (sessions open Monday–Saturday, closed Sunday)
Parents with more than one child, subtract 10% from total cost.
Faculty and Staff, subtract 25% from total cost.
To Register: Please email the following information to summercamp@msae.edu.
Child’s name, age and grade completed
Dates attending camp
Parent’s name, address and phone number

By registering as soon as possible, we will be able to plan properly. If you have questions, you may contact Kate Thornton at the above email, or phone 641-472-9400, ext. #5535.

You may register your child per session or per week, but as space may be limited, preference will be given to those who register for a week at a time. We do want to accommodate anyone who wishes to come.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: No registration deposit is required to secure a spot for your child, but once registered, please notify us as soon as possible if you need to cancel or change any dates of attendance.



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.


Tony Perri is the founder of Boulder-based Boulder Production Company (BPC) and an adjunct professor at Colorado University School of Journalism. He is in town this week working on a full length documentary entitled,”School of Thought,” which is about Maharishi School. This professional video is a beautiful reflection of our School and our precious children. A preview of this documentary can be found on You Tube at: www.youtube.com/perripictures
On the site, it reads:

Can an Academy Award-winning film director and a small Iowa school bring peace and harmony to students around the world?
Does Transcendental Meditation (TM) help stressed-out teens dissolve violence and drug use?

Watch the magic happen when students at the Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment in Fairfield, Iowa welcome filmmaker David Lynch, and musicians Donovan and Moby to their campus for the annual DAVID LYNCH WEEKEND.

Hear all about David Lynch's passionate quest to bring TM into school programs everywhere, and his deep desire to show the planet how meditation can bring pure happiness and bliss into the heart and soul.

Join Dr. Fred Travis and see what happens to your brain during the Transcendental Meditation technique, and the many health benefits one gains from going deep within.

School of Thought • A documentary film by Tony Perri SUMMER 2008 release.


Tuesday, April 22, students celebrated Earth Day by planting a wide variety of plants in our expanding edible landscape. We are only planting varieties that will fruit while the children are in class. Our Primary Girls class planted edible flowers in a garden carved out of a tree stump, while our Primary Boys planted sunflowers and transplanted peas that they had planted the week before. Both Intermediate Girls and Boys classes planted two large strawberry patches and pear trees. Our 5th grade boys class learned how to plant asparagus, and our 6th grade boys class helped to build a compost heap using lunchroom food scraps.

The 5/6 Girls class heard a very informative talk from Dr. Chris Wege. Dr. Wege is President of Citizens for the Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Engineered Goods and discussed with the students his efforts to obtain a federal law requiring mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods. On Monday of next week, Dr. Wege will return and give his presentation to our 5th and 6th grade boys class.


As you know, 6th grade graduation is not that far off— Friday, June 6 at 10:30 am. In past years, there has always been a parents’ committee that helps to organize the event, especially planning the luncheon/party immediately following the ceremony.

This is an important occasion in your child’s life, as they leave the Lower School and prepare for Middle School, so we want the ceremony and celebration to be as special as possible. To begin planning the details, we have organized a meeting to be held on Thursday, May 8 at 11:00 am in the School Parlor. We hope to have a lot of parental involvement, so if you are a sixth grade parent, please consider joining us. If you are unable to attend this meeting, but would still like to help, please contact Laura Bordowat 472–9400, ext. 5070.


Our long-anticipated Spring Choral and Orchestral concert will take place on Friday, May 16 at 1.15 pm in the Henry Ogden Clark Auditorium. The theme will be harmony in diversity. The Festival Singers as well as each Lower School class will be performing. The Advanced and Intermediate Orchestra will perform featuring a piano sonota by Owen Blake. Family and friends are welcome for the performance. We look forward to entertaining you!

If you have any questions, please call Kaeli Ferguson at 472-9400, ext. 1174 or at home at 233-5048 for Choral.

Please call Mrs. Rowe at 469-5234 for more information for Orchestra and watch for future notices in our Parents’ Memo.


With the approach of spring weather, I thought it would be advisable to review some bicycle safety tips as more of our students are riding their bikes back and forth to school. Most important of all is the fact that every child should be wearing an approved (ANSI, ASTM, or SNELL) helmet. Many states continue to implement legislation requiring bicycle helmets for children. As adults, we can teach our children safe riding habits, protect them from injury by purchasing bicycle helmets, and set a good example when we are riding our own bicycles by wearing a helmet ourselves.
Other tips:
1. Many bikes need to have the seat raised; this is usually the
case since the children are all growing. The knee should be only slightly bent when the pedal is down.
2. Oil the chain. If the chain sounds like a herd of mice, it drags, and the bike is much harder to pedal.
3. Inflate the tires. Properly inflated tires are much less tiring to pedal for long distances.


•Enrichment Programs: If you have questions regarding the Enrichment Program, the Lower School office usually does not have the information. Please call Susie Hathaway at 472-9548 or 919-9548.

• If You Are Going Out of Town please notify the Lower School office by sending in a note prior to your trip. Thank you.

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


Thank you. Have a nice weekend!


Laura Bordow

Lower School Principal


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