“First we build the tools, then they build us.” – Marshall McLulhan

is this SATURDAY

“MAGIC The Gathering”

 FROM 5:00 P.M. TO 8:00 P.M.

Join Us!

For our trip this week:
On Friday, September 27, 2013, we will meet at 10:00 a.m at the EAST entrance of the ZOO, 1989 COLONIAL PARKWAY (817-759-7500).

Pick up will be at the EAST Entrance at 2:30 p.m.

Please Note: Uniform pants with a belt, & RED monogrammed school shirts are required. PARENTS / GUARDIANS / FRIENDS are always invited to participate on our trips.

Comfortable shoes are highly recommended.
Please dress for the weather.

Admission & Parking:
Adults (13+) $12
Children (3-12) $9
Toddlers (2 & under) Free
Seniors (65+) $9
Please pay at the ZOO.
(Dr. A may have discount Cupons – ask him!)
Parking $ 5.00 per vehicle, cash only.

Please be on time or the Baby Elephants will burp and Dr. A will pass completely out (which is a another good reason to bring your camera).

Gift Shops: Yes.
Lunch: Yes (please provide funds)

Oct. 14 Columbus Day Holiday
Oct. 18 Ripley’s Believe It or Not and Wax Museum
Oct. 25 Fossilmania in Glenrose
Nov.25-29 Thanksgiving / Fall Break
Dec.5-6 Texas Assn. for the Gifted & Talented Conference (No school)
Dec.20 Last Day of Fall Semester
Dec. 23 – Jan.7 Winter Break Holidays

A . n . d . e . r . s . o . n
Where precocious children are nurtured & appreciated

Don’t forget your camera

Latin, Shakespeare and Modern Art by Townes

“The gifts that one receives for giving
are so immeasurable that it is almost
an injustice to accept them.”
– Rod McKuen

We are off and running and have experienced our best beginning of a school year ever.

Latin classes begin at age 3

Latin classes begin at age 3 for Farah & Kylee as Professor Lacey delights in teaching them. Also pictured are Kylie and her brother Bailey.


Kylie helps to feed our wild feathered types, but it’s a stretch!


Townes recruits almost ever pencil in school, as he constructs what I call the tower of babbling (he never stopped talking about it).

Our youngest scholars, Farah and Kylee, age 3, begin their second week of instruction in Latin with a favorite teacher, Mr. Lacey, who is a Princeton University graduate and Fellow in Literature at The Walsingham Society of Christian Culture and Western Civilization.

Our plan for FRIDAY, September 20, 2013, is to REVIEW 5 SHAKESPEARE PLAYS and prepare our students to vote and select one for performance in the Spring.

This process allows for a truly wonderful learning experience in the in-depth study of five Shakespeare plays. And it empowers our students, as they assist with feasibility assessments with regard to casting a particular play, costuming needs, set requirements, etc. There are many considerations to be made when selecting a work to perform live on stage. And we want our children involved in all aspects of planning and execution of the production. And, by the way, many of our parents enjoy making period costumes for the play.

All students will meet at the school for the presentation of the nominated plays on FRIDAY morning at 9:00 a.m. We will spend the entire day, together with several more days to come, getting introduced to William Shakespeare and five of his plays that we have not previously performed on stage.

In the Spring of 2013, our school produced, under the direction of George X Rodriguez, Shakespeare’s, “The Tempest.” This followed wonderful reviews of his direction of Othello and Henry V.  Other past Anderson School community theater productions have included: Hamlet, Macbeth, Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Richard III.

Several of our Shakespeare performances may be viewed on our website and you can also see interviews from parents and the cast. Click here to view our past performances.

William Shakespeare (26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called the “Bard of Avon”.

His works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and other verses. His plays have been translated into every major language and are performed more often than any other.”
William Shakespeare In Wikipedia, from http://en.wikipedia.org

PICKUP on Friday will be at the school at 3:00 p.m.

Oct. 14       Columbus Day Holiday
Oct. 25       Fossilmania in Glenrose
Nov. 25-29 Thanksgiving/Fall Break
Dec. 5-6     Texas Assn. for the Gifted & Talented Conference (No school)
Dec. 20       Last Day of Fall Semester
Dec. 23 – Jan. 7 Winter Break Holidays

The Epitome of Perfection and Precision

Dreams are real while they last; can we say more of life? – Havelock Ellis

We have this adorable, what I call, black & white job. With surprisingly short legs and a shortness of breath when it comes to obedience. In fact, she’s never done anything I have asked that I can recall.

But she is adorable. And she is gifted. Everyone has at least one gift, even if it comes from Santa or a reasonable facsimile thereof. And this dog’s gift lands her in a place of our amazement and, not surprisingly, on our faculty.

Other than serving as a great counselor, able to listen to any student with any problem, she can teach one, and only one, geometry lesson, and with perfection. In fact, Natalie is the epitome of perfection and precision.

 Our Sweet dog Natalie is the Epitome of Perfection and Precision

This door misses me by a nose!

This door misses me by a nose!

You see, Natalie has this peculiar habit of sleeping on the cool marble floor of our bathroom at night. This is OK, but she is rather large and someone we all know has been known to trip over her and fall flat on his face in the middle of night. We won’t mention who that is.

But what I have noticed is the peculiar habit of our beloved dog placing her body in such a precise position, and I do mean precise, that when the door is closed or opened, it misses her by a nose. This may not be recognized as a gift, but it is.

And each night, for years, this adorable and rotund specimen of canine craftiness has managed to position herself so exactingly that the bathroom door misses her nose by, well, a nose. I would say about 1/4 of an inch.

I have noticed this, and now documented photographically, this unique behavioral phenomenon. And here is the empirical evidence.

Now you many not think this is difficult. But go ahead, position yourself on your bathroom floor without use of the door to measure the distance and see if you would risk an injury to nose or beyond.

I can only recall one incident when her precise positioning failed. I did hit her cute nose with the door. And what did I do?  — run! She is larger and stronger than I am and made such a noise as to create anxiety, panic and down right fear in my heart.

Natalie now teaches measurement within the context of our mathematics curriculum. It’s an instinctive portion of the program which, when you think about it, doesn’t permit you to think about it.

Now where else can you find this offering. A Geometry lesson taught by a totally disobedient mutt, who counsels kids on the side, and mooches mucho with smooches for pooches as a reward.

(Proofread by Natalie the personage)

TRIP NOTICE – For Friday Sept. 13, 2013

We will meet at 10:00 a.m. at ROLLERLAND WEST, located at 7325 Calmont Avenue – Telephone: 817-244-8290.

At approximately 11:30 a.m. will we will travel to McKinley’s Fine Bakery & Café, 1616 South University Drive, (817) 332-3242 to enjoy lunch.

Following lunch we will walk to Barnes & Noble Bookstore in University Village at 1612 S. University Drive #402 (telephone: 817-335-2791).

Pickup will be at 2:30 p.m. at the bookstore. Emergency Telephone 682-777-1908

If you arrive late, we shall have departed with your child(ren) and will return to school. Please call and let us know if you will be late. Keep ringing, Dr. A is snoozing – dreaming of times gone by when he could rollerskate, speak coherently, add, subtract, etc.!

Students are NOT to leave Rollerland, the restaurant or bookstore without the approval of Dr. or Mrs. Anderson.

FINANCIAL: Rollerskating $10.00 (Please pay Dr. A.) and lunch. Refreshments available: Yes! You may wish to purchase a book.

Uniform pants with a belt & red monogrammed school shirts are required.

PARENTS / FRIENDS / NEIGHBORS, are invited to participate on our trips.


Oct.14 Columbus Day Holiday
Nov.25-29 Thanksgiving / Fall Break
Dec.5-6 Texas Assn. for the Gifted & Talented Conference (No school)
Dec.20 Last Day of Fall Semester
Dec. 23 – Jan.7 Winter Break Holiday

It Will Always Be

– As we pray for and remember the children of Syria. –

From the worn-torn travesties of tyranny
As the mind of mankind imagines
And turns upon itself,
The scars of war appear like braille,
Battered into walls of our wisdom.

We read by the blind of this light –
The history of our race,
Human and less.

And we wonder
How it was conceived
That such horror to honor
Could come to be.

That one Nation in an illusion,
Could cross a trace in space,
A line, logic we see,
And war upon itself,
To find its own soul
Made not now to be free.

That there then departed
Were the yet young children,
Children of so many dreams,
By soldiers set to march upon others
With one mind, not of their own making,
And not lovingly.

But they were once yours to be,
The children, your dream’s destiny,
Now destined to be destroyed,
They and all they could ever be.

Yes, they were in your arms one day.
They were there to love you
And cherish and need.

By what questions do we maintain
Who we are, what will be?
The questions unknown,
But the answer I see.

Love is the answer.
It is the only answer.
And it will always be.