Getting to Know Nuwaira

nuwairaMessage from Nuwaira

I have often asked myself the question- “What is the purpose of education?” Is it to prepare children for jobs and careers which will give them financial security and the ability to procure materialistic comforts or is it about preparing them for ‘life’ which is beyond comforts, materialistic possessions, power, pleasure, contentment and satisfaction?

 I have been an international educator in the UK and India for over two decades. Learning, is not just my passion, but it defines who I am. The vertical and horizontal range of experience in international curricula has helped me in understanding teaching and learning requirements globally, enabling me to strengthen academic rigour with a focus to provide holistic education to students of the 21st century. My experience in the various facets of education has also made me realize the critical role teachers play in shaping young minds and the importance of creating a positive and nurturing environment for learning and unlearning to take place.

2020 has been a defining year for schools all over the world. Every individual, family, state and nation has been through some very gruelling times. However, the blessing in disguise has been that Corona acted as a reminder to each one of us that we need to reset our lives – pause, slow down and re-connect with ourselves. A reminder that there is more to life than money, pleasure and power. A reminder that the greatest gift parents and teachers can give their child, is to help them find a purpose  and give meaning to their life.

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 In a world where change is the new normal, there are three constants in our life: our higher purpose, the vision that flows out of it, and to be future ready. This involves acquiring competencies to re-skill ourselves, competencies to take bold risks, and welcome failures as an unavoidable requirement for success. I believe that in a  post-Corona world, children will need to develop a wide range of life competencies to thrive in a world which is volatile. High performance in academics and standardized tests alone will not suffice for children to be future ready. Education is truly about balancing the education of  the Head, Heart and Mind. There has to be a pronounced shift in education of the heart (emotions and competencies) and mind (spirituality), and not the head alone.  I believe that the purpose of education is to prepare a child for life and we must support our students to develop skills, competencies and techniques to deal with the challenges that life may bring.

 

At Maharishi School, we do exactly this. We prepare our children for life and provide them with a toolkit to enable them to live a more meaningful and purpose driven life. Our children engage in the practice of yoga and meditation twice-daily. They devote time to pause and reset their buttons to experience the quietness within themselves. They learn the mechanics to dissolve stress systematically on a daily basis. In addition to the practice of Transcendental Meditation the children also engage in a Consciousness Based Education system which focuses on teaching children principles of life. This transdisciplinary course teaches students to identify underlying universal principles of how life is structured and functions. It encourages children to think deeply about life concepts and develop an appreciation and reverence for life. This is Maharishi School’s version of holistic education. In addition to the wide range of academic and extracurricular subjects there is a strong emphasis on developing the inner self to unlock a child’s potential and creativity.

 

nuwaira pasha head of schoolWe look forward to having you join us in the journey of unravelling who you are and what your true potential is.

 

Nuwaira Pasha

 

 

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Establishing A Foundation of Connection

Maharishi Lower School is going through a makeover!

With the arrival of our new Interim School Head, Nuiwara Pasha, has come many welcome changes and improvements to our Lower Schoolfirst grade maharishi school curriculum.

Nuwaira plans on strengthening the academic experience by developing systems and processes in the Children’s House and Lower School for better organization and functioning.

One aspect of this is the integration of more Performing Arts into the Lower School. This will include classes in music, dance, drama and theater. The final pieces that the children have worked so hard on will be performed every quarter for our Maharishi Lower School parents and family.

There will also be, for the first time in Maharishi School history, an Elementary Student Council (Grade 5).

Connecting through CBE

As always we will maintain our consciousness-based education by incorporating ayurveda, CCLS (consciousness, connections, and life skills), as well as Positive Discipline.

This is a place where your child is nurtured, and where your child is known and valued as a unique member of our family-like community of learners. Children explore ideas and learn from each other in small, personal classes. Teachers maharishi school dramapartner with parents to support students’ budding independence and help them identify how they learn best.

Small-group instruction in the core content areas of reading and writing, mathematics, science, and social studies allows for the full participation of each child. Woven in and out of all the subject areas is the Consciousness, Connections and Life Skills (CCLS) curriculum. Cooperative groupings emphasize communication and collaboration skills. Classes in artgreenhouse/cooking, music, makerspace, and physical education round out a stimulating and invigorating schedule that encourages ownership of learning, independence, and most of all, fun.

 

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Nuwaira Pasha Addresses Maharishi School Families

Message from the interim Head of School’s Desk

“The nature of life is to grow”
– Maharishi Mahesh Yogi-

 

Dear Parent,
It is indeed my privilege to be a part of this dynamic community of lifelong
learners who believe in the fullness of life and are driven by a very strong purpose.nuwaira pasha head of school
“The nature of life is to grow”, one of the 16 principles of creative intelligence. Observing toddlers
grow and develop into young and responsible human beings, gives me meaning and purpose
in life.
I am a highly energetic and intrinsically motivated individual with a vision to nurture children to
unlock their potential and make a difference in society. I believe that the purpose of education
is to prepare a child for life and not just a career. To this end, I believe schools must work towards
developing life competencies in students to enable them to deal with the challenges of
the 21st century. I am also of the belief that every child is unique and has the potential to be the
best version of themselves if nurtured in the right environment and given opportunities to explore
and experiment.
I have been an international educator in the UK and India for over two decades. Learning, is not
just my passion, but it defines who I am. My most recent experience as an educator, is of a
school principal at Indus International School Hyderabad. The school offered the International
Baccalaureate Primary, Middle and Diploma Programmes. During my tenure at Indus, I also
spearheaded the establishment of 4 Indus’ early learning centres across southern India and
monitored their continuous growth.
The vertical and horizontal range of experience in international curricula has helped me in
understanding teaching and learning requirements globally, enabling me to strengthen
academic rigour with a focus to provide holistic education to students. My experience in the
various facets of education has made me realise the critical role teachers play in shaping young
minds and the importance of creating a positive and nurturing environment for learning and
unlearning to take place.
Our school’s mission is “To create an innovative Consciousness-Based educational environment,
where students think deeply and become creative, compassionate, contributing citizens of the
world”. I look forward to creating such an environment where our children can flourish and
work towards seeking the highest first in all spheres of their life.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi believed that “within everyone is an unlimited reservoir of energy, intelligence,
and happiness”. I couldn’t agree more. I look forward to tapping into my unlimited energy
and intelligence to take this wonderful school to newer and greater heights.
There is a saying in Sanskrit “Aprapyam nama nehasti dhirasya vyava saayinah”. There is nothing
unattainable to the one who works hard and has courage. I will leave no stone un-turned to
achieve our goals, and hope, that every action of mine, has a positive impact on the school this
year.
I look forward to giving my best to Maharishi school.
Regards
Nuwaira Pasha

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New Interim Head of Maharishi School

Interim Head of School Announcement

The Maharishi School Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Ms. Nuwaira Pasha will be joining the school as the Interim Head of School.

She will work with Dr. Richard Beall to transition leadership up to his retirement July 1. Ms. Pasha has extensive background as both a teacher and school principal and is excited to be a part of the Maharishi School community and its Consciousness-Based approach to education. Everyone on the Board, as well as the schoolhead of maharishi school Leadership Team, has enjoyed working with Ms. Pasha in the process of having her join the school. She brings experience, enthusiasm, energy, and great vision to Maharishi School. Ms. Pasha will be an excellent leader moving the school forward.

 

More about Nuwaira

Nuwaira has many accomplishments that have led us to believe she will be the best person for this position. Some of her achievements include; building a team of educators and administrators that helped in improving the reputation and quality of education at Indus International School Hyderabad and establishing a culture of community service and global citizenship by raising $50,000 as a part of the community service goals and set up by students and teachers to feed 200 people per day from Kondakal village.

Professional Qualifications:

• Currently pursuing Masters in Education from Birmingham City University, UK

• Post Graduate Diploma in International Education from Birmingham City University,
UK
• Qualified Teacher Status from the General Teaching Council for England
• Diploma in Early Years and Pre-School Practice, London, England
• Bachelor of Arts: English, Psychology, Sociology, India

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Message from our Incoming Head of School
I strongly believe that the purpose of education is to prepare children for life. We are very grateful to Maharishi School’s global community for the trust shown in us, towards the delivery of a Consciousness-Based curriculum. We look forward to the continuous growth of this unique program and to our partnership towards this end.
Message from our Outgoing Head of SchoolDr Richard Beall head of school
It’s been my privilege to serve Maharishi School these past 14 years as Head of School. I’m every bit as enthusiastic about our future under the guidance of Ms. Nuwaira Pasha. Your continued support will, as always, be deeply appreciated.

We are looking forward to seeing how Nuwaira will bring her expertise to our Maharishi School community.

 

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Message From Co-Head of School

School News from Dr. Richard Beall

news about maharishi school fairfield iowaDear Maharishi School Community,

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

With our hearts full of love for and from our students after this special day, I’m pleased to share some good news about Maharishi

School developments. Henry Ogden Clark Auditorium, our assembly hall, has two new additions to nourish our bodies and souls.

Fairfield resident Charlie Viola donated a beautiful grand piano, recently delivered all the way from Arizona. If ever there was a gift that will keep on giving, it is this asset to our music program. Here’s look at the instrument under the talented hands of music teacher Doug Daller. Just Imagine the possibilities (click to enjoy).

Second, many were excited by the unveiling of a new vending machine in the dining hall, a response long requested by students and staff alike. It’s stocked with healthy snacks and drinks, including some items for those who are not vegetarians. It’s available for middle and upper school students and our staff members. We’ll monitor its use in the next few weeks to ensure that it’s not disruptive to the school environment or to our students’ lunch nutrition, and to see which items are most popular.

Third, our Upper School Choral Reading group earned the honor of performing at this Saturday’s All-State event with the Iowa High School Speech Association. Only 5% of the students who enter the IHSSA’s Large Group competition get to perform at All-State, so we’re thrilled for these first-time participants.

Lastly, within a week, new Promethean boards will be installed in all of our classrooms! These touch-screen projection systems allow teachers and students to create and manipulate images and make learning even more interactive and engaging. We’ll soon share video of our teachers’ use of this new technology. They were obtained from federal Emergency Assistance for Nonpublic Schools (EANS) funds. 

I hope you all enjoy the warming weather and the upcoming Presidents Day three-day weekend. 

Best wishes for your health and happiness, 

Richard

 

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Why Shoes? The Story of Micro-Enterprise

This years Raise Craze is focused around shoe donations and you may be curious as to what that’s all about. shoes raise craze

According to a report from the Environmental Protection Agency, in 2015:
• Textiles, including shoes and clothing, represented 16.03M tons and 65.7% of content in landfills.
• In the U.S., each individual produces 4.48 pounds of daily waste, which includes shoes that are thrown away.
Other realities:
• Most people do not know that shoes and clothing can be repurposed.
• 85% of consumer textiles end up in landfills, which is extremely harmful to the environment.
• Consumers are the primary reason for textiles ending up in landfills.
• Approximately 50 percent of collected shoes and clothing are re-used around the world.
• 70 percent of the global population uses repurposed shoes and clothing.

 

Developing Countries Around the World: Focus on Haiti

shoesThe gently worn, used and new shoes that are collected by the thousands of partners of the Funds2Orgs Group shoe drive fundraising brands are consolidated and shipped to many micro-enterprise partners around the world, where they are sold to small business owners for a low price.

The Funds2Orgs Group seeks to provide an opportunity for people to help themselves out of poverty. We do not just give away the shoes, as this would decimate the local market for shoes and clothing and destroy local jobs. Additionally, some developing countries, particularly in Africa, do not permit apparel to be given away. It is for these reasons that the Funds2Orgs Group promotes commerce and business for small business owners. Shoes are sold by these small business owners in communities in need of proper footwear, at an inexpensive price. Additionally, micro-entrepreneurs create a path out of poverty for themselves in countries where there are limited, if any, job opportunities that pay a living wage.

 

Focus on Haiti

Haiti is one of the countries where the Funds2Orgs Group ships the shoes that are collected in shoe drive fundraisers across Northraise craze shoes America. According to reporting by the World Bank:
• Haiti is the most impoverished country in the Western Hemisphere.
• It is the third largest country in the Caribbean, after the Dominican Republic and Cuba.
• Of the country’s population of 10.4 million people, over 6 million (59 percent) live below the national poverty level of
$2.41 USD per day.
• 24 percent of the population, or 2.5 million people, live below the national extreme poverty line, which is $1.23 USD.
• Inflation is high in Haiti, and the average per capita income is $480 USD annually, compared to $33,550 in the United States.

 

Meet the Micro-Entrepreneurs

Silvia

silvia shoesSilvia is one of the people who were able to move from extreme poverty to becoming a successful entrepreneur hiring her own team
of people to work with her because of the shoes collected in the United States. At the time of the 2010 earthquake, Silvia was living with her young son, David, earning about $2 a day. She was living in great poverty, and once the quake struck, she and David lost every material possession they had at the time. After a couple of weeks, Silvia’s friend asked her to help her sell shoes, which were
essential to prevent disease, especially in the aftermath of the earthquake.

Silvia immediately set to work, seven days a week for 12 hours a day, determined to find a path out of poverty for herself and her son. She also wanted David to get educated, which was a tall order in a country where poverty is systemic. However, it was with a focused determination that she was able to work hard, save and then start her own business.

Today, Silvia sells the footwear that she purchases for pennies on the dollar from the Funds2Orgs Group in her community, for a fraction of the original cost, but still at a profit. She has a few people working for her, and now she earns over $60 a day, in comparison to the $2 a day or less she was making before the 2010 earthquake. David was able to graduate high school, as opposed to going to work, and is now attending college, which is a first in the family.

 

David

If you were to walk through the main market in Port-au-Prince, Marché en Fer, you might meet another micro-entrepreneur
named David. He began selling shoes off of a thin carpet that he laid out on the street. The initial inventory, which was two dozens ofdavid shoes shoes that he received to begin his business was given to him, and once he sold that initial batch of footwear, he started to invest a portion of the profits for new inventory.

In Haiti, one of the few job opportunities people have to make money is to sell merchandise, including shoes. David’s wife supported him in his endeavor to become a micro-entrepreneur so they too could create a path out of poverty. David said of the start of his time as a small business owner, “It was not easy at first, but I was able to sell all my shoes and have enough to help my family and buy more shoes to sell.”

Today, David earns enough money in his business that he was able to get his wife to help him. He purchases and sells hundreds of shoes annually with his wife. Additionally, he has also assisted his friends and family in creating their own businesses selling merchandise in Haiti since he’s become successful. We estimate there are over 4,000 families that market our shoes WORLDWIDE.

What happens to the shoes that are not sold by micro-entrepreneurs?

Most of the gently worn, used and new shoes that are shipped to developing nations from North America are sold in local markets by micro-entrepreneurs. However, the shoes that are not sold are used to make and fix products or create something new. Some of these new products can be items such as insulation for homes, stuffing for car seats or furniture.

 

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Great Places to Eat Outdoors in Fairfield

Want to go out to eat but don’t feel comfortable with enclosed spaces?

With covid precautions loosening in Iowa, it is normal to feel apprehensive about going out again. A great way to get outside while maintaining a safe distance from others is to enjoy your favorite food outdoors! Here are some delicious local restaurants that all feature outdoor seating.

Taco Dreams

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fairfield outdoor seatingAt Taco Dreams they serve artisan street tacos and more for take-out and contactless pickup in Fairfield. Located in the “Old Harper Brush” Building at 400 N 2nd Street.  Have you tried their Lucky Bunny Salad? Pictured here with the Organic Chicken Tinga and Green Goddess Dressing.

Their hours are Monday through Friday, 11:00 am to 2:30 pm.

You can go to www.tacodreams.com to place your order online!

 

Arandas

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Arandas is a restaurant that features delicious Mexican cuisine and a full bar with traditional margaritas. Arandas is within walking distance from the square in Fairfield and has an outdoor seating area with tables that are six feet apart. Located at 203 W Broadway Ave.

Their hours are  Monday through Saturday, 11:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Shokai

shushi outdoorsfairfield foodShokai has a variety of fresh and cooked sushi rolls that are a work of art to look at and enjoy eating. They have a smaller outdoor seating area so if you want to sit outdoors you better grab a chair fast! They are located conveniently right on the square at 101 W Broadway Ave.

Their Summers hours are; Mon-Thur 11am-2pm lunch 5pm-9pm dinner. Friday 11-2p lunch, 5-10pm dinner.

 

Cider House

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Another great option for eating outdoors is the Cider House, where you can try their award-winning burgers made with local beef. The Cider House is also a Taproom and features their locally made Fishback & Stephenson hard cider.  “Our food pairs perfectly with our wide range of hard ciders that are available on tap. Our ciders range in flavor from dry and tart to sweet and fruity, guaranteed to please any pallet.”

Live music performances can also be enjoyed outside at the Cider House, their summer hours are; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 4:00 pm -8:00 pm, Friday & Sat 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm and Sunday 10:00 am -2:00 pm. They are located at 1949 Pleasant Plain Road.

Lunchbox

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Located at 403 N Fourth Street Fairfield, Iowa, the Lunchbox serves New Americanlunchbox fairfield comfort food with innovative twists. They offer sandwiches, burgers, salads, and soups that are expertly crafted. They take traditional comfort food and layer in their experience, talent, and skills to create something familiar but beyond. Their lunch hours are Monday through Friday 11″30 am – 2:30 pm. They are now open for dinner as well on Thursdays and Fridays from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Carryout

fairfield outdoorsYou could also take your favorite food to go and sit at the newly constructed outdoor seating area across the street from the civic center!

 

 

Craving a refreshing juice or smoothie?

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Any’s Juice Joint is a New York-style juice bar, with smoothies, juices, and other natural goodies. Whether you’re ordering a superfood smoothie or a fresh cold-pressed juice, all of the ingredients are certified organic. Everything in this joint is also plant-based and Andy provides a variety of vegan (dairy-free) options. Check him out in the food truck on the backside of the Civic Center, 200 N Main Street. His hours are Monday through Friday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.

 

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Newsletter Team Introductions

Meet the team

While the entire CCLS class contributes to the newsletter there are three main editors who decide the content for the newsletter—for example, the funnies, puzzles, and articles.

Faeven Gebremariam

My name is Faeven Gebremariam, and I am a sixth-grader at Maharishi School. I have been at Maharishi School all my life, and I learned Transcendental Meditation in fifth grade. I love to dance, sing, bake, draw, read, hang out with friends, and play the violin too. We worked hard on this newsletter, so I hope you enjoy reading it!

Antariksha Sharma

My name is Antariksha Sharma, and I’m in 7th grade. I like to read, dance, cook, and have fun. I want to become an Emergency Surgeon and an Oncologist when I grow up. One of my favorite quotes is: “People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.” – Winne the Pooh.

Dharma Sumithran

dharma newsletterMy name is Dharma Sumithran, and my family and I moved to Fairfield a few months ago. I learned Transcendental Meditation and joined

the seventh grade in Maharishi School. I like to dance, bake, read, and play the flute. I have enjoyed making this newsletter, so I hope you like it!

 

 

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Middle School CCLS Newsletter: Quilt Tales; Warming Ourselves with Positives of 2020

By Dharma

dharma newsletterDid we ever think there were many positives in 2020? Probably not. Well, in our classes for CCLS, we realized that there actually were: 2020 was an extraordinary and positive year in many ways for all of us. The 6th, 7th, and 8th graders came together and started to work on a quilt. The purpose of the quilt was to show that even though 2020 was tough, because of Covid 19 and other events such as the wildfires in Australia, the US elections, and the stock market crash, we learned and grew a lot.

The process of making the quilt had many steps. First, everyone was given a square, and we needed to think deeply about what was important and meaningful to us, and what positive experiences we got out of 2020. Then we drew and colored a picture that represented our experiences on the fabric.

Next, an accomplished quilter, Roseline Woods, and a proud parent of a middle school child, Danielle Wallace volunteered to help us quilt the cloth squares. We got to use regular sewing machines and a special sewing machine to write our name, grade, and where we were from, on the cloth. Then Ms. Woods took all the squares and put them together to form one coherent quilt. The quilt now hangs in our school corridor, available for people to see and reflect upon.

Making the quilt helped us understand 2020 more deeply and find joy in it. We learned that everything has a plus side; it just takes a little time, effort, and intention to find it.

Poem inspired by the Quilt by Dharmanewsletter quilt middle school

Twenty-twenty is now long gone,

And in all of us, new qualities were born.

In the pandemic, the new “out was in”,

Giving us time to learn, and be with kin.

At home where we had to be,

Our creativity we could see.

We did and we discovered

Things that had to be uncovered.

We tried and we failed,

But each time, determination prevailed.

In the ups and downs, we were crafting history,

And when this time ends, we can share the victory.

The principle Dharma chose to represent in her quilt piece and poem is

Harmony exists in diversity

 

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Middle School CCLS Newsletter: Better Sleep, Better Life Part 2

By Kate, Kyran, Poojita

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When you don’t sleep it can make your attitude change. For example, you could get frustrated or mad. It doesn’t only affect you, but it affects other people. For instance, if you don’t sleep enough, you can get lazy and get on other people’s nerves. For example, if someone asks you a simple question or is trying to talk to you, you might answer in a rude or unmannerly way.

To read part one of this feature click here.

 

 

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