The Greatest Gift / Adventure Trip to the Great Wolf Lodge

It is always a wondrous discovery to find that what is truly significant in our lives, the greatest gift we give, is not always apparent. It is not recognized.

ben franklin : Stock macro photo of a United States one hundred dollar bill, featuring Benjamin Franklin and Independence Hall.Benjamin Franklin invented the lightning rod – iron furnace stove – bifocal glasses, medical catheter, electrostatic generator,  library chair, swim fins, Daylight Savings Time and odometer. Franklin was among the most talented inventors in this world – past and present. He contributed to the world by giving to it his many inventions at no cost, refusing to own patents on any invention. Ben earned a lot of money, but he could have earned much more if he had patented his inventions. But he never once patented any of his inventions. He truly possessed a love for the people of this Nation. And his willingness to share his ideas for the benefit of all, and without personal gain, was proof of his tremendous compassion.

Franklin also thought about government and was one of the seven “Founding Fathers of the United States of America.”. And his greatest invention is not really given recognition. As a key founding Father of this Nation, he should be recognized for inventing something called, “The United States of America”. Thank you Mr. Franklin.

Thomas Alva EdisonLike Ben Franklin, Thomas Alva Edison was a scientist and an inventor. The most famous of his inventions was an incandescent light bulb. Besides the light bulb, Edison developed the phonograph and the “kinetoscope,” a small box for viewing moving films. In fact, over one thousand one hundred inventions are credited to Edison. But his greatest invention is never mentioned. It is the research laboratory, which actually led to all of his other inventions. Can you imagine where science and engineering would be without this concept today? Thank you Mr. Edison.

General George CusterI am also reminded of George Armstrong Custer. Flamboyant in life, Custer has remained one of the best-known figures in American history and popular mythology. He is well known for leading the 7th Cavalry battling the Indian Braves in  “Custer’s Last Stand” at the Battle of LIttle Bighorn. He was nicknamed “Boy General” for being the youngest General to fight in the American Civil War at age 23.

But little known, almost unknown today, is the pivotal role he played at the Battle of Gettysburg. If fact, what he did personally, turned the tide of this battle and of the entire Civil War. General Custer is the unsung hero of the Battle of Gettysburg. His cavalry unit played the critical role in forcing the retreat of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s forces.

Custer, himself, led a valiant charge with approximately 400 union men, his 7th Michigan regiment, against approximately 7,000 Confederate cavalry. Custer personally lead this Union cavalry charge that forced General Jeb Stuart and his cavalry to abandon the fight. It was in leading this charge were Custer prevented these Confederate forces from joining others and, thus, foiling General Lee’s plans to cut the Union forces in two.

Custer played such a huge role in making Robert E. Lee retreat that General Philip Sheridan bought and gave the Appomattox surrender table to Custer and his family. Mr. Custer was thanked.

My friends, much like the notable people mentioned above, the greatest contribution that you shall ever make, is a story that will never be told. It will not be recognized. Yes, I can hear it now, as I have so many times over the years. You are recognized for being a good provider, or for countless hours of dedicated service, or for being a great parent or an outstanding educator.

But in my mind, the greatest gift that you give a child is never considered, never thought of, never mentioned. After all the years and all the tears, after all the dedication and suffering and toil, the fullness of your gift, the stunning beauty of it, the alarming reality and fascinating transcendence of being, results in giving those you most love in this world, your treasured children, the gift of tomorrow.

Thank you.

great wolf 202 - signOur Adventure Trip

Photos from our adventure trip last week to the Great Wolf Lodge will soon be included in our Trips Portfolio. at andersonschool.net.

We truly enjoyed our visit and could not believe the number and variety of activities. Please have a safe and happy summer. I look forward to seeing you as you unwrap the precious gift of tomorrow.

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Kylee found the son of Great Wolf.

Kylee fell in love with the son of Great Wolf.

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Your Heart Is Always In The Moment

In our search for beauty we will always find truth. And in the remembrance of such beauty, as the love we give to each other, we discover the beautiful truth of our eternal being.

My friends, you are not alone. And lonely you should never be. The essence of everyone you ever loved is in and all around you. You cannot escape what is and what is meant to be.

Please know that you are deeply loved. You are love. And love walks hand in hand with you, in this moment, which is tomorrow and yesterday.

Open up your heart and see. What lights your path, transcends the dark and gives the heart to see. It is the blossoming of what is beautiful, of what is life, now, then, and eternally.

The seed of life implanted by the love you seek to share, lives on. It grows there still. And if life has left you feeling forsaken, forgiveness will breathe life back into your being. And such love, as you have never known, will be yours this day and it will always be. Always.

Love will abide. Love never dies. In those times when you think you are most alone, close your eyes so that you may see, and Love will bring you home. Your Love is the only pathway home. And on this path you are never alone.

Research is pointing the way to there being only one dimension and only one moment in time. Everything else is an illusion we create, an extension of what we project ourselves to be, our beliefs and desires and yes, our Love.

Our minds create what lies beyond, the reason which gives order to the chaos of creation. Within the narrow lens of our awareness, we form, out of the fabric of thought, the images that ultimately permit us to survive long enough to bring our hearts together.

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On this path you are never alone.

From coming to know the illusions of our lives, we discover that all the moments we remember, are in this moment. Your heart cannot tell you it is remembering, because it is not. Your heart is always in the moment. It is in the moment when we took our first breath. It is in the moment when breath of life disclosed your love for another, the love you felt for your child. It is there now and it is in every moment to be.

“As You Like It” beautifully done / Main Event

Ian, Rylee, Alden, Mason and Townes are players, one and all!

“As You Like It” by William Shakespeare was performed at Stage West Theater.

Natalie, Jake & Mary Alice

Natalie, Jake & Mary Alice

Anderson School scholars successfully and dramatically created a beautiful rendition of Shakespeare’s comedic masterpiece, “As You Like IT”. Under the patient guidance of Actor and Director, George Rodriguez, the production displayed the unique talents and abilities of each individual.

Characters in our play were:

Mary Alice and Cole

      Mary Alice and Cole

Duke Senior: Trevor North
Rosalind, His Daughter: Natalie Raulerson
Duke Frederick, An Usurper: Bryson North
Celia, His Daughter: Mary Alice Oliver
Oliver, Son to Sir Rowland: Cole Fisher
Orlando, Son to Sir Rowland: Derek Cook

Director George X Rodriguez confers with Ian

Director, George X Rodriguez, confers with Ian on the finer points of playing Dennis in the play.

Dennis, A Servant: Ian Quattlebaum
Le Beau, A Courtier: Caty Kline
Charles, A Wrestler: Mason Martin
Touchstone, A Clown or Fool: Jacob Kline
Amiens, A Poet: Rylee Bolin
Jaques, A Malcontent Satirist: Michael Savage
Corin, A Shepherd: Mason Martin
Silvius, A Shepherd in Love: Alden Collins

Derek

Derek prepares diligently.

Phebe, A Shepherdess: Caty Kline
Sir Oliver Martext, A Vicar: Townes Raulerson

Lords and Followers:
Alden Collins
Rylee Bolin
Mason Martin
Caty Kline
Kylee Stone
Ian Quattlebaum

PRODUCTION STAFF:
Assistant Director – Sam Brown
Assistants to the Director – Jacob Kline & Natalie Raulerson

Our very SPECIAL GRATITUDE goes to
Dana Schultes, actress, Director and Producer of Stage West Theater

Kylee is congratulated by Shelby Garrison, tutor in Mathematics

Kylee is congratulated by Shelby Garrison, tutor in Mathematics

Alexander Anderson
Sam Brown
Rylee Bolin
Jacob Kline
Natalie Raulerson
Kayla Stone
and The Wonderful Staff of Stage West

And our very special gratitude and congratulations to Director, George X Rodriguez, Instructor in the Performing Arts for another magnificent production and to Alexander Anderson, Director of Technology and Instructor in Autodidactism (self-directed learning). Alex will have the final production video available, later, on our website, andersonschool.net, for your enjoyment.

Mary Alice

Mary Alice

My congratulations to everyone for presenting another beautiful work of Shakespeare. And congratulations to Our First Place Winners In The Scarborough Renaissance Festival Poetry and Prose Competition:

Natalie Raulerson – High School Division and Mary Alice Oliver – Middle School Division.

Included are a few photos of the presentation of this outstanding play.

Noah Thompson, who was "Othello" in times gone by shows Michael a finer gesture of leadership.

Noah Thompson, who was “Othello” in times gone by shows Michael (left) a finer gesture of leadership.

We will have more photos available through our Flickr page shortly. And again, congratulations to everyone, including our students, parents, teachers and our gifted and inspiring Director, George Rodriguez.

We were pleased to visit with several former students who came to enjoy the play. They included Noah Thompson, Carter Gansky and Lucas Short.

Natalie Raulerson

Natalie in the Forest of Arden

ON FRIDAY – We will visit Main Event, 4801 City Lake Blvd. East (817-292-5555) at 10:45 a.m. on May. 16, 2014. Pick-up will be at 2:30 p.m. At 10:45 a.m. we will spend a few minutes getting our bowling shoes and socks on and getting ready for one hour of bowling (starting at 11:00 a.m.) Our youth group special also includes lunch (2 slices of pizza and a medium soft drink), 1 hour of bowling, one game of Laser Tag & $10.00 video game card. Please pay $16.00 to Dr. A.

Uniform pants with a belt & red monogrammed school shirts and polished shoes are required. PARENTS/GUARDIANS are always invited to participate on our study/fun trips. Students without shirts
tucked in, polished shoes, and belts on will not be allowed to participate.

Alden and Caty

        Alden and Caty

Students are NOT to leave the MAIN EVENT at any time for any reason, including the need to secure a ride, without the knowledge and approval of Dr. or Mrs. Anderson. Students are required to let Dr. Anderson know when your ride has arrived and with whom you are leaving. Please ask your child if this has been done.

Rylee, Michael & Jake

  Rylee, Michael & Jake

ALL STUDENTS & PARENTS/GUARDIANS/FRIENDS/GUESTS are invited to participate on our fun trips.

Pick-up will be at the Main Event at 2:30 p.m. If you arrive late, we will have departed with your child(ren) and will return to school. Please Do NOT

Yes, little Miss America was there with Mom.

Yes, little Miss America was there with Mom.

drop your child(ren) off early or without Dr. and Mrs. Anderson present. If you have questions, call 817-448-8484.

Shakespeare & Great Wolf Lodge

Student behavior? NO PROBLEM!

Student behavior?       NO PROBLEM!

Mahatma Gandhi

“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

Our plan for FRIDAY, is to rehearse for our play.

All students will meet at the school for rehearsal on FRIDAY morning at 8:30 a.m. We will spend the entire day in preparation for our upcoming production of “As You Like It”. PICKUP Friday will be at 3:15 p.m.

Theatrical performances will be this Monday, May 12 & Tuesday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m.

Our sincere gratitude goes to Dana Schultes, Actress, Director and Producer at Stage West Theater, for her kind and compassionate assistance. Without Dana, our performance of Shakespeare’s, “As You Like It” would not be possible. Thank you Dana and Stage West Theater! Be sure to visit stagewest.org to view their outstanding lineup of live theater coming to the stage, which includes: Thursday, May 15, 2014 to Sunday, June 15, 2014 / The UnmentionablesBruce Norris

Thursday, July 10, 2014 to Sunday, August 10, 2014 / HeroesGerald Sibleyras translated by Tom Stoppard
Thursday, August 21, 2014 to Sunday, September 28, 2014 / Beyond TherapyChristopher Durang

TICKETS for our play, Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” on Tuesday night are $20.00 each and may be purchased at the door. Tickets are $10.00, at the door, for the Preview Performance on Monday night. Food will be provided for the audience of our Tuesday night production. Additional contributions made to help fund our production are needed and sincerely appreciated.

“We think by feeling. What is there to know?
I hear my being dance from ear to ear.”
– Theodore Roethke, The Collected Poems

Thank you for loving me!

Thank you for loving me!

MONDAY and TUESDAY:

On MONDAY we will meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Swiss Pastry Shop located at 3936 West Vickery Blvd. in Fort Worth (817.732.5661) for early lunch. Following lunch, we will caravan to the Stage West Theater located at 821/823 West Vickery Blvd, Fort Worth, for rehearsal (Monday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

Thank you for loving all of us.

Thank you for loving                all of us.

On TUESDAY we will meet at the theater at 9:00 a.m. and remain until 5:00 p.m. We will break for dinner at 5:00 p.m. each day and then meet again at 6:30 p.m. at the Theater for evening performances which begin at 7:30 p.m.

Thank you Philippe for all the LOVE!

Thank you Philippe for all the LOVE! We love you too.

Please provide funds for LUNCH and DINNER ($5.00 – $10,00 each). Students may not leave the theater without the permission of Dr. or Mrs. Anderson. Do not just disappear as Dr. A’s heart is weak from lack of exercise and over exposure to children over many eons (yes, many!)

Uniform pants with a belt & red monogrammed school shirts are required. PARENTS / GUARDIANS / IN-LAWS / OUTLAWS / FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS are invited to be with us and observe, but PLEASE do NOT interfere with rehearsals.

Thank you Prof Lacey for telling us the Story of our Life. We love you!

Thank you Prof. Lacey for telling us the Story of our Life. We love you!

Dr. Anderson may be reached at 682-777-1908 (EMERGENCY, RUMORS, ALIEN ABDUCTION STORIES, EXAGGERATIONS, ETC. – a fine art learned from his west Texas childhood.)

“Live simply.
Deepest joy is like a flower….beautiful in essence.”
― Tony Samara

IMPORTANT DATES:
May 1 Tuition Due for 2014-15
May 12 & 13 (Monday & Tues.)
Rehearsal & Performances at Stage West Theater (All day)
May 19 & 20 No School (Preparation days for our trip as Dr. A looks for the courage to, once again, survive the ordeal of having way too much fun.)
May 21-23 (Wed.-Friday.) Adventure Trip to Great Wolf Lodge.

“You are an explorer, and you represent our species, and the greatest good you can do is to bring back a new idea, because our world is endangered by the absence of good ideas. Our world is in crisis because of the absence of consciousness.”
― Terence McKenna

For our Spring Adventure Trip we are headed to GRAPEVINE, TEXAS and will stay at the GREAT WOLF LODGE. Great Wolf is located in the heart of Grapevine, Texas. This hotel / entertainment complex holds 605 guest rooms. There are 5 restaurants, an 80,000 square foot waterpark, and a full service spa on the property. The Lodge is about 25 minutes from Fort Worth. Address: 100 Great Wolf Drive (very original name), Grapevine, TX 76051, Telephone: 817-448-6510

Great Wolf is a year-round family resort, Great Wolf Lodge Grapevine defies the weather outside with an indoor water park experience that has young and old soaking in the fun. It is always a balmy 84 degrees (cooler than the hot water Dr. A gets into, rather constantly!) inside Great Wolf Lodge Grapevine’s mammoth 80,000-square-foot indoor waterpark. The state-of-the-art facility features nine waterslides, six pools and a four-story tree house water fort. Great Wolf Lodge Grapevine offers rustic charm with kid-friendly amenities like cave-themed suites with Nintendo. Great Wolf has 80,000-square-foot waterpark.

I don't know. I'm suspicious. Just look at that eyebrow!

I don’t know. I’m suspicious. Just look at that eyebrow!

Kids will have a great time staying in one of Great Wolf Lodge Grapevine’s spacious family-style suites, which fit groups from four to eight. Cave and log cabin-themed decor makes each room uniquely fun. Grownups will appreciate the king- and queen-sized beds, separate sleeping quarters for kids, wet bar, refrigerator, microwave and more.
The Great Wolf Lodge Garpevine’s water park has proven to be an ideal escape for many of our parents and kids, offering kid-friendly fun that gives parents time to relax with children in sight. The 80,000 indoor park includes nine water slides, a four-story water fort and much more. In the huge eight-story lobby, the Great Clock Tower comes to life three times daily, entertaining guests with animation and song.

Don't mess with Texas or ME!

Don’t mess with Texas or ME!

Great Wolf Lodge also features a large video arcade and fitness center and: Indoor pool, Fitness center or spa, Jacuzzi & Children’s activities, Game room, Maid service, Guest laundromat & Express checkout, ATM/Cash machine, Security Wake-up service, Barber shop, Gift shop, Copy service & Audio visual equipment.

Parking: Free parking

Rooms: Television with cable & Radio & Safe & Telephone & AM/FM alarm clock & Free newspaper, Hairdryer in room, In room movies, Electronic door locks, Iron & Ironing board
Sprinklers in rooms, Bath tub, door knobs on doors (OK. I made that up.)

The key? Uh, I don't know!

The key? Uh, I don’t know!

We plan to let our students relax and have fun and let the worries of the world pass them by and in comfort. They have worked hard all year, and it is now time to celebrate.

FINANCIAL: The total amount due for this trip is $250.00 for each student and parent guest or other guest. If you require a separate room for your family, the cost will, necessarily, be greatly increased. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are not included. Please provide funds for meals, shopping and other special activities not on our itinerary. Please pay the trip fee by this Friday, May 9.

We will gather at the school on TUESDAY, May 20, between 5:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m., to load suitcases, backpacks, etc. into the vehicles making this trip (and confabulate, sign forms, reminisce about past adventures, tell jokes (please bring some really good ones) etc. Please come on Tuesday (unless you are driving directly to Great Wolf & have submitted all paperwork).

Natalie & Townes greet a new visitor.

Natalie & Townes greet a new visitor.

We will meet at the McDonald’s on Clifford Street at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21 to caravan to Great Wolf. PLEASE BE ON TIME! We plan to depart and return home at 12:00 p.m. following lunch on FRIDAY. * Please check with Dr. Anderson to be sure he has ALL current telephone numbers to reach you. It is CRITICAL that we be able to contact you in case of an emergency.

Ian's buddy is a beauty!

Ian’s buddy is a beauty!

Adventure trips are an integral part of the curriculum, and
ALL students are expected to participate and join in the fun.

 “While analytical intellect may well be called the most precious fruit of the Modern Age, it must not be allowed to rule supreme in matters of cognition. If science is to bring happiness and real progress to the world, it needs the warmth of man’s heart just as much as the cold inquisitiveness of his brain.”
― Franz Winkler

It is imperative that we have the following no later than Tuesday, May 20 at 6:00 p.m.

1) A signed & witnessed Release from Claims and Liabilities.

2) A signed Authorization for Emergency Medical Attention.Around School 5-5-14 002

3) A signed Medication Authorization Form. We recommend you give written approval, under special instructions, for us to provide medication, with your authorization over the telephone. Otherwise, we will not be able to help your child. Please call Dr. A if you need help with this.

PLEASE NOTE: The Anderson Private School, its staff, administration or chaperones do not assume responsibility and are NOT responsible for the administration of medication to any student. Also, students are responsible for their own hygiene (taking showers, etc.) and their behavior.

4) A verification (copy) of Health Insurance for your child(ren), if available. This will assist in getting medical/emergency care for your child if needed.

Participants/parents/guardians/ and other guests are responsible for any & all damages to property owned by Great Wolf, the Anderson School, other establishments, or other persons.

* NO PARENT MAY DISCIPLINE ANY CHILD OTHER THAN THEIR OWN. Parents may report disciplinary concerns to Dr. or Mrs. Anderson.

NO ONE may enter a swimming area without ADULT supervision and the knowledge and approval of Dr. or Mrs. Anderson. NO exceptions!

Forms MUST be signed and witnessed no later than TUESDAY, May 20. Do not ask us to take care of this on Wednesday morning – our minds will be on departing, consuming gallons of coffee, etc.

NOTE: There will be opportunities for shopping and other entertainment Please bring additional funds with you, if you wish to participate in other additional events that are not on the itinerary. Additional activities require the permission of Mrs. Anderson. (Dr. A is probably napping! Do not disturb him as he is dreaming of not being disturbed.)

Reminder: TUITION for 2014-2015 was DUE on May 1.

Thank You !
Bill & LeVonna

“One does not become enlightened
by imagining figures of light,
but by making the darkness conscious.”
― C.G. Jung