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Parents’ Memo 2007-2008

May 16, 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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2006-2007 Parents' Memo Archive

2007-2008 Parents' Memo Archive

On the value of reading the Vedic Literature in Sanskrit: “Every aspect of the Vedic Literature expresses a specific quality of consciousness. Reading every aspect of the Vedic Literature as it flows and progresses in perfect sequential order has the effect of regulating and balancing the functioning of the brain physiology and training consciousness, the mind, always to flow in perfect accordance with the evolutionary direction of Natural Law. This training of the mind fulfills the purpose of education by fully training the student to think and act spontaneously according to Natural Law.”—Maharishi Vedic University: Introduction, 1994, p. 144.

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 Boys’ SCI for the Week

The boys are studying American History and the settling of our land. For SCI this week the focus was on Maharishi’s Fundamental of Growth, “ Insight”. The boys will be bringing from home something that is one of the oldest items their family owns (passed down from an ancestor). We’ll see if we can gain some insight into the history of our families by viewing these items. For their word of the day they will be learning the word: heirloom.


Sixth grade Graduation is on Friday, June 6, at 10:30 am. Monday, June 9, will be the last day of Lower School.


Months of creative teamwork for Destination ImagiNation®, a worldwide creative problem-solving competition, has brought success to 9 teams of Maharishi School students.

Don't miss their final performances in the Annual Showcase this Saturday evening, May 17 at 7:30 pm in Henry Ogden Clark Auditorium. Come early (6:30 pm) for an organic Italian dinner, delicious savories and sweets, and a Silent Auction to benefit the students going on to the Global Finals.

Three of the Maharishi School teams will join 12 other winning Iowa teams next week at the Global Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee. Destination ImagiNation is a worldwide creative problem-solving competition to help develop divergent thinking in young people and is open to students from kindergarten through college age.

More then 600 students from around the state competed in creative problem-solving challenges at the Iowa Affiliate Tournament for Destination ImagiNation on April 5 in Ames, IA. Elementary, Middle and High School teams previously showcased their outside-the-box solutions to official Team Challenges at the regional competitions around the state in March.

The “best of the best” from more than 10 countries and provinces, including teams from Turkey, Brazil, Poland, China, Mexico and Guatemala, will join with Maharishi School and other teams from across the U.S. to match wits, imagination and personalities to become global champions.

For more information about this enriching program for students, where students showcase their creativity and make friendships that last a lifetime, visit www.cre9iowa.org (Iowa's program) and www.idodi.org (international program).

All proceeds from the night will help fund the students' trip to the Global Finals next week, May 22-24, at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Tickets will be sold at the door. For more information and advanced ticket sales, call Donna 233-7226.

6th Grade Boys at Regional Solar Car Race

This spring our 6th grade boys have been buiding and experimenting with Junior Solar sprint cars. The program was a University of Northern Iowa project in the Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) department.

In the first week of April they started putting together car kits that are powered with solar panels. Through the month they experimented with the various car components — chassis, gears, wheel, axles, and more. On May 2 they had their own races at our School— Nathan Haerr came in first, David Fleshman, second and Avery Mullenneaux, third.

On May 15 they went to Cedar Rapids for the CEEE regional event. David Fleshman came in second and Matthew Rowe came in third in the “stock” competition.

Our boys were treated to a lunch of solar veggie dogs and solar cookies.


During the next two weeks, the 3rd through 6th grade students will be going on a bike ride on one of their PE days. This is a very fun ride, and our thanks to the parents who have volunteered to ride with their child’s class! There is still room for any parents who would like to join the ride. We will ride on the bike trails that surround campus.

Permission slips and an information letter have been sent home. Will you please help your child practice bike riding this weekend and review how to shift gears and how to ride safely? Thank you!

PE Bike Ride Schedule:
Monday, May 19: 3rd/4th grade boys
Tuesday, May 20: 3rd/4th grade girls
Wednesday, May 21: 5th/6th grade boys
Thursday, May 22: 5th/6th grade girls

Students should wear PE uniform, helmet, athletic shoes, and sunscreen. Sunglasses are nice to have.

Please bring to school on your designated morning:
1. Bike: This weekend, please make sure that your bike is road ready! Adjust seat and handlebars to proper height. You should be able to fully extend your leg when pedaling. Check for correct tire pressure.
2. Helmet: Adjust straps so that your helmet fits straight across your head, covering your forehead.
3. Water: It must be in a plastic bottle. Make sure that it fits in your bike water bottle holder OR bring a small backpack.
4. Nutritious snacks: Carry them in a bike bag or in your backpack.

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 [email protected]
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.


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.

Outdoor Learning

Look for vegetable plants that the students have grown at the Farmers Market this week. They will also be selling a few greens from the students’ garden. See you there!
 Wish list: Butterfly garden perennials and a grill.
 Work Trade Opportunity for the Summer:  Do you love to garden and eat fresh vegetables?  We have the job for you.
  Contact Diana Krystofiak at 919-3645.


•Reminder: DI SHOWCASE is Saturday, May 17. The Silent Auction preview starts at 6:30 pm and the main event begins at 7:30 pm in Clark Auditorium.

•No School Monday, May 26—Memorial Day

•Registration is due Thursday, May 22.

•Uniform orders are due in the Lower School office May 20!

•Personal message from Julia Cai (the mother of two of our Lower School students) regarding China's earthquake: I want to ask everyone to help to donate some money for China's earthquake survivors. All your donations are tax deductible. You can donate your money through Doctors Without Borders. This is an independent international medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural or man-made disasters, or exclusion from health care in nearly 60 countries. When you donate, please designate your funds to China's Earthquake in Sichuan Province.
To make a donation call: 1-888-392-0392. or email:
God bless your hearts. On behalf of all of Chinese people, I want to thank you. Please feel free to forward this message to anyone you think will help.

• Name/Address/Phone 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.


Have a nice weekend!


Laura Bordow

Lower School Principal


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