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Middle and Upper School
Weekly Newsletter
August 25, 2006

The Weekly Newsletter is our Middle and Upper School newsletter for parents of the students. This Newsletter 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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“Since knowledge is structured in consciousness, every man has within him the home of all knowledge. A man established in the home of all knowledge begins to live the life of a knowledgeable, truly educated man; he lives the benefit of all knowledge, a life in fulfillment.” —Maharishi


Dear Parents,

Welcome back to Maharishi School!  The year is off to a great start in both the Girls and Boys Schools. Everyone is noticing a smoothness and sweetness in their activity, which we attribute to the large numbers of participants on the Invincible America Course.

We will be sending out a combined newsletter from the Middle and Upper Boys and Girls Schools each week. We feel that communication between the School and home is essential to your child’s education, so please do take the time to read it.

In the newsletter, we will include information pertaining to this level of the School and reminders of upcoming events.


Students who have done the Youth Invincibility Course start their asanas at 8:28 a.m. All other students start asanas at 8:33 a.m. Students should arrive at school at least 5 minutes before program begins, so that they have time to put their things into their lockers and get to the Hall of Bliss on time.


The Recreation Center is being used as a program facility for the Invincible America Course. As a result, we have had to work our PE and Sports schedules around the availability of facilities.

Currently, the schedule is as follows:

Grades 7 & 8 :

Students have PE every day 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Friday is optional for all 7th and 8th graders, including team players. It is important, however, for the School to know who is responsible for each student on Fridays.

For this reason, we ask parents to make a decision for the entire quarter, and then inform the Girls School or Boys School Office whether your child will be attending PE on Fridays or not.

Grades 9 – 12:

Students fall into one of three categories:

  1. Students who are on a sports team practice every day 3:05 – 5:00 p.m. and then go to program after practice. Meditators and Rising Sidhas go to the Hall of Bliss at School. Sidhas have a program room in the School.
  2. Meditators and Rising Sidhas who do PE (i.e. they are not on a sports team):
    Girls have PE Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
    Boys have PE Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
    These students do program in the Hall of Bliss at 3:10 p.m., and have PE from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

3. Sidhas who do PE (i.e. they are not on a sports team):

Girls have PE Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Boys have PE Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday

3:05 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Students currently go to the Dome to join the Invincible America program.


While the weather is hot, please remind your son or daughter to bring a bottle of water to PE class or sports practice. Sunscreen, caps, or visors are also a good idea. 

Please remember that shoes are the most important part of your child’s PE uniform. Make sure that they fit well, offer good support, and are in good condition. Slip-on shoes and sandals will not be permitted in class.


On Wednesday, September 6, we will be having our first Parents’ Night of the year. This provides parents with an opportunity to enjoy a taste of their child’s school day.

The evening begins in the Henry Ogden Clark Auditorium, where we cover some general points that apply to this level of the School.

Parents then go from classroom to classroom, following the students’ schedule. Each teacher will briefly explain the curriculum and his/her expectations for that class. 


Our School provides a driver's education course twice a year. The course typically runs for 11 weeks. Each student is required to complete 6 hours of behind-the-wheel time and 30 hours of classroom time.

The cost of the course is $325 ($300 for faculty/staff).  Students must have a valid driver's permit before the first class. There is a limit of 21 students.

Mr. Robert Kinney will teach the fall class that begins on Sunday, September 10. Classroom hours will be 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Behind-the-wheel hours will be scheduled during the weekend and after school between 4:00-8:00 p.m. The exact schedule for driving will be determined the first day of class.

Please contact Jan Koelblinger in the Administration Office, 472-9400 ext. 1157, to add your child’s name to the list.


In the Girls School, each school year begins with students and faculty enjoying a delightful three days at Camp Hantesa near Boone, Iowa.

Older and younger students join together to enjoy many wonderful activities, creating a real feeling of coherence that sets the tone in the Girls School for the year.

Our 2006-07 trip is scheduled for Thursday–Saturday, September 14–16. Camp Hantesa is a beautiful camp adjacent to Ledges State Park, providing dormitory-type housing and a large, light-filled dining hall where students eat family style.

This year, we will once again have multi-age activity groups and hope to provide additional opportunities for these leadership groups throughout the year.

Details of the trip along with permission slips will be distributed next week. The cost per student will be $115.

We look forward to this opportunity for the students to acquire team-building skills that will serve them throughout the year as well as have fun in an event involving the entire Girls School.


We look forward to spending a wonderful year with your children.


Best Wishes,

Laurie Baumann and Alan Colby
Girls School and Boys School Principals

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