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Parents’ Memo 2007-2008

February 15, 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 parents

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2007-2008 Parents' Memo Archive

“The purpose of man’s life is to gain a state of unlimited energy, intelligence, power, creativity, and bliss.” —Maharishi

Dear Parents,


There will be no school next Thursday and Friday, February 21 and 22. There is a Faculty Development on these days.


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 Intermediate Girls, for their SCI fundamental of stability, asked their parents what their ideas of stability were. They had a lively discussion of stability, and that included the notion that having a regular routine added stability to our lives.

They also read a wonderful Dr. Seuss book that they borrowed from Ms. Kathy Siemsn called Hooray For Diffendoofer Day. That was a story about a most unusual school. The girls listened for SCI fundamentals they found in the story. They noticed a lot of creativity and energy displayed as well as cycles of rest and activity. That was a delightful story, which Ms. Siemsen and Ms.Vigmostad wholeheartedly recommend.


Last Friday we hosted a Girls School assembly and a Boys School assembly for students in grades 3-12. We began by performing the ceremony of gratitude to His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and his teacher Guru Dev. Each girl or boy was given a flower. There was such a sweet feeling of silence and respect among the students. Then we showed a short clip from the Global Memorial in which Dr. Benny Feldman expressed his sentiments. We ended our assembly with a tape made in 1991 in Maastricht, Holland, where Maharishi School students of all ages  sung the Veda Lila to Maharishi. It was very sweet for the students to see Maharishi interacting with children in such a lively and playful way.


This week the children enjoyed many opportunities to share their appreciation and love with others. Our girls classes had a valentine exchange that was a lot of fun, with no one really knowing who their secret valentine was until Thursday, Valentine’s Day. Younger and older students picked names out of a hat and for three days traded valentines with each other. Each boys class was assigned several names of school personnel who are not classroom teachers. These names included specialists, administrators, and staff employees. Students created beautiful valentines out of lace, ribbon, doilies, stickers, contruction paper, colored markers and glue. Their valentines were creative and original. On Valentine’s Day, they delivered these valentines throughout the school and put a smile on everyone’s face.


Title: "Applying Maharishi’s Principles of Teaching to the Art of Parenting: Avoiding the Battles and Working Together with Your Child for a Better World."

M.U.M. Education Professor Dr. Chris Jones and Lower School Director Laura Bordow will lead the meetings. They will offer an interactive format in which parents will be able to learn about principles of teaching that Maharishi has given to the classroom teacher. Through discussion on best parenting practices, we will see how these principles can apply in the home. Meetings will include a video/audio tape of Maharishi, questions/discussion and refreshments.
Dates: Wednesdays at 7:30 pm
               February 20, 27
               March 5, 12, 19
Location: Lower School Library
To register: Please call the Lower School Office at 641-472-9400, ext. 2 or email: lbordow@msae.edu.


We are pleased to announce the premier exhibition of 122 winning images that will be in the 2007 PIEA (Photo Imaging Educational Association) International Traveling Student Photo Exhibition shown at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center February 29–March 13, 2008. The exhibit will be the first photography show in the new convention center and will be part of the March ArtWalk. The show has been touring in two venues for one year—Australia, the United Kingdom and the U.S. The exhibit will continue to tour after the Fairfield venue to Canada and South Africa before returning to the U.S.

We are proud to announce also that Maharishi School has six international student winners in the show.

Maharishi School has sponsored the event and The Fairfield Art Association is showing the exhibit. The Fairfield Arts and Convention Center will be open 9–5 Monday through Friday and during the March ArtWalk.


If you wake up one cold, snowy morning and find either a lot of snow, ice or even severe fog, here is what to do to find out if school is in session:

°Tune your radio to KMCD 1570 AM  or KIIK—95.9 FM on your dial.

°Announcements for weather cancellations will also be placed on the website www.fairfieldiowaradio.com. All Maharishi School closures will be announced as early as possible (usually by 7:00 a.m.).

° Decisions regarding cancellations are not made based on those of the Fairfield Public Schools.

° Please do not call the radio station or the School Office.

For Middle/Upper School students only: If your child attends group program in the Dome, whenever Fairfield Public Schools have a delay, there is an option for students to meditate at home. With respect to Middle and Upper School students who participate in group program in the Hall of Bliss, they should follow instructions broadcast on the radio or web for Maharishi School students.

Please note that at times, in the middle of a school day, it might be necessary to dismiss school early. If the weather becomes severe in the morning, we will not have students return after lunch. When you notice worsening weather conditions, it is very important to stay tuned to the above-mentioned radio stations.

This information will be broadcast as soon as we have reached a decision. Again, please do not call the radio station. If there is time, we will activate all Lower School phone trees.


• No School Thursday and Friday, February 21 and 22.

• 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.

• Calendars for Sale: Maharishi School senior class has produced a beautiful and elegant 2008 calendar, featuring photography and art work by members of that class. Calendars are available for $10. All proceeds go toward funding the senior trip. Calendars are available through the Upper School office. People find that these items make wonderful gifts.

• Maharishi School Website: Please visit our Maharishi School Website at www.maharishischooliowa.org. Check out the Parents’ Memo online; click on the “News” bar at the top of the page, then find “Parent Memo.”

Enjoy your weekend and stay warm!


Laura Bordow

Lower School Principal


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