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Parents’ Memo 2007-2008

February 29, 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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“The artist’s awareness comprehends the whole range of existence from the unmanifest to the manifest, from boundless to boundaries. He expresses this awareness of the wholeness of life in his work; even in dealing with one idea, one object, one aspect of life, the artist breathes life into it, infusing it with a message of fullness, of infinity. The artist’s presence is thus lively in his creation.”—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.

5th Grade Boys

For SCI and Science, the 5th grade Boys are discovering latitude and longitude. This week they started constructing the planet Earth from paper mache and balloons. Their goal is to place every content in the correct location only by using latitude and longitude. Order Is Present Everywhere!


Next Thursday, March 6 all students in grades 3-8 will attend a Hancher Auditorium Education Program. Through the support of the Iowa Arts Council, students will experience the sounds of multicultural instruments performed by Angelique Kidjo. “I’m proud to be an African artist because I come from Africa and African music has been the biggest influence on me. But I’m also a world musician in the true sense of the term.” Born in western Africa, Kidjo’s musical influences span the globe. By incorporating a range of instrumentation including a collection of African percussion instruments, she and her band fuse Afro-funk, salsa, reggae, gospel and jazz with shades of classic American rock, pop and soul—a true geography lesson in music. Kidjo’s lyrics reveal the power of the human spirit and reflect her conviction that the world’s music connects us all. This concert will be a wonderful opportunity for our students to understand music in relation to history and culture.


Next Friday, March 7 ten students from grades 3-6 will attend the Young Writers’ Conference at William Penn College in Oskaloosa. The keynote speaker will be Laurence Pringle. His highly praised titles, now totaling 105, include Penguins! Strange and Wonderful, Sharks! Strange and Wonderful! One Room School, Naming the Cat, An Extraordinary Life: The Story of the Monarch Butterfly and many other well-known books. He has won many awards, and more than 70 of his titles have been selected as outstanding Science Trade Books for Children by the National Science Teachers Association.
There are many students who love to write, but each year only two students from each class can be chosen to represent their class at the conference. This year’s attendees will be: Giovanni Cingere, Jordan Town, Jivani Rodriguez, Dayna Mae Price, Jaya Muehlman, Dia Huggins, Sebastian Lacasse, Mickey DeAngelis, Nathaniel Zhu and Jaydon Zimmerman.


You may have noticed that we have had a lot of snow days this year—to be exact 5, plus 2 half days! The Iowa Department of Education requires that we have 180 days of school in the calendar year. We had built into the calendar three snow days and have already made up one of the snow days on Thursday, February 21. If we have no more snow days, we still will have one day to make up. We are not required to make up the half days.

I will let you know as soon as possible when this extra day will be. We are considering three possibilities: either a Saturday in May, Memorial Day or the Monday after the last day of school, which is Friday, June 6. Thank you for your understanding when this is announced.



The new Argiro Student Center is coming on line as a full-service building. Only finishing touches in the building and the grounds work remain to be completed. One of the changes that was designed for the building and the grounds around it was the closing of Doctor Robert Keith Wallace Drive to traffic from Highway 1 and turning it into a pedestrian mall. At the moment, the area between Maharishi Veda Bhavan and the Argiro Center is quite congested. In the near future, this area will also be co-opted for occasional bus tours and visitors functions. This will increase the congestion.We would like to advise all persons who drive to Maharishi School to begin using Badgett Drive off B Street to access Maharishi School. The congestion on Doctor Robert Keith Wallace is going to get worse, and by the time it gets better, Doctor Robert Keith Wallace Drive will be closed at Highway 1. We encourage everyone to use the alternate route to save a good deal of inconvenience and to create greater safety for everyone on campus.


It is the school policy that electronic devices; including cell phones, iPods, walkie-talkies, hand-held computers like Gameboy, etc. are not allowed in the classroom, hallways or during lunch between the hours of 9:30 am and 3:30 pm. The exception will be that electronic devices brought to school for use after school must remain in the student’s locker. Your cooperation in helping to enforce this policy is greatly appreciated.


It is the school policy that students are not allowed to sell any items during school. The only items that are allowed to be sold by students at school are those items that are approved by the school (i.e. bake sale items, popcorn, Holiday grams, etc.). Students are not allowed to sell candy, gum, sports drinks, etc. to other students.


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.

Enjoy your weekend and stay warm!


Laura Bordow

Lower School Principal


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