Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Year's Eve

We spent New Year's Eve with our friends.We ate Italian food and watched the ball drop. I had a great time. We stayed there until almost 2 in the morning.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Ballroom Dance Show

We put on our 5th grade ballroom dance show. Our class performed the rumba.

After the show we had a party and I danced with my mom.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

School Holiday Concert

I played bass in the orchestra for our holiday concert at school. We preformed 3 songs: Dreidel, Ukrainian Bell Carol, and Salamander Samba.

I am a little upset that I got an easy part even though I was a fifth grader.

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

The Black Count

My dad and I read The Black Count by Tom Reiss. It’s a book about Alexandre Dumas, a black soldier in the French Revolution and the basis for the book The Count of Monte Cristo, a novel written by Alex Dumas Jr., the writer of The Three Musketeers.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Current Events: Rye 2013 Mayoral Race

I put together my second current events report for 5th grade. It's about Rye's 2013 mayoral race.

Check out the full report and video below:

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Boom, Bang, Tick, Stomp!

This weekend my family and I went to see the show Stomp! There where ten fabulous performers. They all did many different individual scenes. The scenes all involved some sort of irregular instrument, such as a garbage can, a basketball, or a matchbox. Stomp is a very inspiring play that demonstrates one thing in this world that you don’t have to pay for, music.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Judo With Isa

We took a Judo class with Isa at Sarah Lawrence. We worked on a few  warmup exercises like shrimping and did push-ups and rolls before working on throws. There were hip throws and shoulder throws that were pretty similar to the throws we do at my dojo. They were very easy and probably better then the one's at my dojo. I really enjoyed it.

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Mobile Races

The annual cub scout -mobile races took place today. Basically, each den builds or inherits a cub-mobile and two scouts race them down a hill. There are "catchers" at the bottom who stop the cars when they cross the finish line. My dad has always been the main catcher.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween

For Halloween I dressed as a druid, but no one knew what I was. They kept asking if I was Gandalf, Merlin, Moses or even Rip Van Winkle. At school we had a parade and a party in our class. After school we went trick or treating.

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Boo At The Zoo

We went to the Bronx Zoo for their traditional Boo at the Zoo celebration. It was a fun day. We were only there for a few hours, but we managed watched the Boo at the Zoo story telling, listened to the band, watched the magic show, and walk around in costume.

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Inheritance

I read Inheritance by Christopher Paolini. This book was the fourth and final book in the Inheritance cycle. It’s about a sixteen year old farmer’s son named Eragon. Eragon finds a dragon in the forest and names her Saphira. They become the legendary “dragon and rider”, in-fact the only ones left to overthrow evil “king” Galbitorax.

This text made me wonder why dragons are still so popular. I noticed that in some chapters Paolini wrote from Eragon’s point of view and others he was an observer. I give this book five stars because it managed to capture my attention and I remember it as up their with Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Thunderbird Games

I went to the Thunderbird Games at Croton Point Park with the scouts. They had a lot of fun activities.

Andi came with us also and she had lots of fun too.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Current Events: Global Warming

I put together my first current events report for 5th grade. It's about the recent reports on global warming.

Check out the full report below and video below:

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Giants

My friend took my dad and me to see the Giants play the Eagles at Giants Stadium. It was a lot of fun.

My friends couldn't stay for the whole game, but it was probably just as well. As soon as they left the game went downhill and every play prompted a mass exodus from Giants' fans.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Picture Day

We had picture day at school.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

The Child Law of Liberty

As the children of America we labor in the school system and we are entitled to the basic rights that follow. These demands are not wishes presented out of want but the building blocks of decency.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Birthday At The Bungalow

Even though we celebrated my birthday in Orlando we had another party at the bungalow with my family. My mom made me a really cool cake.

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Wakizashi

Our cousin Jerry knows we like sword fighting so he let Andi and me use his wakizashi, but only to chop wood.

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Soccer Trainer

My dad gave me this Solo Soccer Trainer for his birthday so I can practice playing soccer on my own.

I really like to use it like a kicking speed bag.

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

The Lake Monster

Since I was three my dad has been rowing me across the lake at our bungalow in the Catskills. He tells me stories about the Mohican Lake Monster we actually see, which crawls around at night and is never in the same spot in the morning. I used to think this was concrete evidence of magic. His stories made me feel magical. A year ago dad started telling Andi these stories. She enjoys them too, and this is how she was introduced to the idea that the greed of dragons and dwarves cause them to fight over gold.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

My Side of the Mountain

My Side of the Mountain is a fiction story by Jean Craighead George in which a city boy named Sam is humiliated by his family, runs away to the Catskills and becomes a Native American-like wild boy.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Bow and Arrow

I always liked Archery so I was so happy when my mom and dad gave me a bow and arrow as a surprise present for working so hard this past school year.

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Presidential Physical Fitness Award

I earned the Presidential Physical Fitness Award. It was no big deal.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Summer Swim Class

Swim classes with Illeana really paid off.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

I Want My Teacher Back

After our teacher was reassigned one of my classmates made this "We Want our Teachers Back Now" badge for a Board of Education meeting. I wore one to school.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Building Bridges

From left to right: Nicholas, Jack, Nick, Eason,
Luke, Austin, Alexandra, Imogen, Logan.
On June 6 our district Youth Advocate, Mrs. Low, came to our class for the last time and we did our only outdoor activity. We had a task of getting from one side of the ocean filled with sharks to the pure gold island, and all we had was 3 long boards (like the one we're holding in the picture) and 9 milk crates. We couldn't stand in the ocean or allow the boards to touch the water.

Right away I had an idea.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

4th Grade Field Day

We had our 4th grade field day. It's a lot like color war and the teams are colors. First we did a very loud cheering contest. Then we had a person to person hockey shooting tournament. Next we did a football throwing contest and a bowling game. We left the gym after a game of Hula-Hut Take Down. Then we had an even louder cheering contest, which became just one huge scream. Then we ran, jumped, and threw ten relays. We finished off with a tug-a-war tournament. The loudest screaming of the day and popsicles.

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Spring Campout

Even though it rained, I still had a pretty good time with all the activities at Alpine Scout Camp. This was my last campout there. I was glad that Andi came with us. She got to participate in all the activities. At the end we got sad that this was our last time and took a bunch of pictures of our favorite places.

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

School Science Fair

We had our School Science Fair. We did experiments with levers using Legos and quarters. My dad helped me make charts on our observations. All the students who participated presented our projects at the fair to parents, teachers and other students. When people came to our station we explained our problem and experiments.

See the project poster board below with all our experiments and observations:

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

School Concert

I played Bass at our school concert. We played Simple Square Dance, Sakura, Wexford Circle, and Peanuts. Peanuts is my favorite.

There's a better picture of my friend Austin below:

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Inner Harbor

While we were in Baltimore for Ezra's bar mitzvah we went walking around the Inner Harbor. Then we went for lunch at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Spring Derby 5K

I ran my 3rd 5k at the Spring Derby. I did a lot better than I did last year. This time we accomplished three goals:
1) no stopping
2) no injuries
3) no tears
And I finished in 30:30 and beat my dad!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Baseball Picture Day

It was Baseball Picture Day. It was boring and I didn't really like it.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Current Events: Why Fewer Women Pursue Math Jobs

This was my fifth current events report. I was not happy about having to do it over spring break. I was able to present it in front of our district's Youth Advocate. My friends really liked it.

Check out the full report and video of me practicing below:

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Spring Swim Class

We love swim class with Illeana.
                                                                 
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Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Silmarillion

We finished reading The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. Now we're going to go back and read the appendices from The Return of The King.

While we were looking for trailers for the movie we found these videos:

Saturday, March 16, 2013

USS Massachusetts Battleship Sleepover

Me and my dad went to a sleepover on the USS Massachusetts Battleship.

We did a lot of things together. We explored three battleships and a submarine. Then we had a fire drill. Then we finished exploring the main battleship and the museum. Then we had dinner. Then we went to this gun ship where you could turn the wagon, but it was really hard to turn. He told me he'd pay for my dog tags if I could turn it 360 degrees and I did. I really like my dog tags.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Hockey Game

My dad I went to a hockey match. The Bridgeport Sound Tigers (home team ) faced the Connecticut Whales. In the first and second periods the whales scored once each. In the last period the Sound Tigers pulled themselves together and scored twice, going into sudden death. It took the Whales about 4 minutes to score the game winning goal.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Current Events: DA14

This was my fourth current events report. I enjoyed doing this over the winter break.

Check out the full report and video of me practicing below:

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sledding

We went sledding at Maple Moor Golf Course with a bunch of friends.

It was fun. I went down the hills a bunch of times. One of the hills had a sand pit and we went air-born a few times. On the other hill we got very close to sledding into the Hutchinson River.

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Circus Arts

We had Circus Arts in the 4th grade. I performed with the Devil Sticks. I can do lots of tricks. I wish I could perform again in the 5th grade.

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Lord Of The Rings: The Return of the King

Dad and I finished reading The Return of the King and The Lord of the Rings. We'll probably read the Appendices and The Silmarillion.                                     

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Taking Out The Trash

Fulfilling some cub scout requirements isn't as easy when the garbage is all the way behind the parking lot. Now this is a routine chore.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Winter Campout

We went camping at Durland Scout Reservation for our Winter Cabin Campout. We went on a great hike to the top of the spine and around both lakes and climbed down the side of a snowy hillside.

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