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Parents’ Memo 2007-2008

May 9, 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

“A mother’s life is the expression of the creative power of nature.”—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.

Intermediate Girls’ SCI for the Week

After looking up the definition of the SCI Fundamental “Insight,” the Intermediate Girls had a discussion of examples of insight in their own lives and the world around them.

The girls went outside with their jewelers’ loupes to examine things in nature more closely. The girls picked something from nature to bring inside and draw in detail using the loupes. They brought in leaves, dandelions, rocks, etc., and got more insight into the natural world using the loupes.


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. In the spirit of this celebration, children will be allowed to wear a costume that reflects his or her ancestral background. The costume can be as simple as wearing the colors (shirts, scarves or hats, etc.) of the nation or ethnic group, but traditional costumes are also welcome.  Please no jeans, t-shirts, or sneakers.

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.


A couple weeks ago, a mailing was sent to all families containing uniform ordering information. Please note that the uniform package indicated that orders needed to be in the Lower School office by May 20. After that, orders will need to be placed directly with Dennis Uniform.

For your convenience, sample sizes of Dennis Uniform items are available for try-on in the School offices. Please call your child’s office to make an appointment for try-on.


We are having a Scholastic Book Fair in the Lower School Library beginning on Thursday, May 8, and ending on Tuesday, May 13. The Book Fair will be open each weekday at 9:20 am and will close at 4:00 pm. The Library will also be open during the lunch hour for the convenience of parents and students. Books and other educational materials will be available for purchase, just in time for summer reading!

Profits from the Book Fair have greatly helped us improve our library collection over the years. We appreciate the generosity of our parents in helping to support the library.

Hershey Track Meet FOR  3-6 GRADE

This year's Hershey track meet will be held on Tuesday, May 13 at Fairfield High Stadium for 3-6 grades starting at 5:30 pm. Your child has already been provided a form for this event and there are extras in the boxes outside the Lower School office. Please hand in your completed form to the Athletics Department or to Kerry Mallon or Brendan Higgins. The form must be signed by a parent before your child can compete! If you cannot be at the event, call Kerry to arrange a ride for your child. For further information call 641 209-1723. We hope to see a good turnout at the event!


A few teachers have mentioned to me that their students seem to have a little less energy these days. Being a parent, I know how easy it is to allow our children to stay up later as the sun is setting later, but I also know the consequences. Even though only a few weeks of school remain, I wanted to give a reminder to encourage you to get your children to bed on time, so they can be fresh and rested at school the following day. The general recommendation from Maharishi Vedic Approach to HealthSM is:
  • Kindergarten by 8:00 pm
  • Grades 1, 2, 3 between 8:00 and 8:15 pm
  • Grades 4, 5, 6 between 8:15 and 8:30 pm


As the end of the year approaches, we want to remind everyone to be vigilant when it comes to traffic safety and driving manners. Several parents have voiced concerns over this.
• Always maintain a safe driving speed on campus. The speed limit is 15 mph.
• Be especially careful when driving down the road by the frats and driving near the Student Union. There are many small children walking and biking here. Be sure to be on the alert for children darting out from between parked cars.
• Drive carefully in the parking lots by the Fieldhouse. The pedestrian traffic there can be heavy and erratic.
• Remember to observe the 3-way stop at the entrance to the turnaround in front of the School.
• When dropping off children, pull all the way up to the first available space along the sidewalk, so that others may pull in behind you. Always wait to discharge passengers until you have pulled up to the sidewalk. Please don’t park along the curb during drop-off and pick-up times, but use the visitor parking on the far side of the turnaround!
Thank you for your cooperation and consideration.

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.


Outdoor Learning

Student gardens are growing and we have been enjoying a nice array of salads made with a variety of lettuces, edible flowers and herbs. We would love to cook our spring vegetables. If you have a propane grill (that we will lock when not in use) that we could use until the summer, our students would greatly appreciate it. This would allow them to make treats of chard patties, pesto pizza or anything the students and teachers desire.

Is anyone intersted in selling our vegetables for an hour/week in exchange for fresh food from the gardens? Please contact Diana Krystofiak at 919-3645 if you are interested either in helping in the gardens, have plants to donate or would like to work in exchange for vegetables.


•No School Monday, May 26 - Memorial Day.
•Registration is due Thursday, May 22.
•Uniform orders are due in the Lower School office May 20!
•If You Are Going Out of Town please notify the
  Lower School office by sending in a note prior to your trip.
•Wanted:Propane Grill : Please call Diana Krystofiak at 919-3645.

Thank you. Have a nice weekend!


Laura Bordow

Lower School Principal


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