Alex's Orchestra Concert

Jessica isn’t the only one who’s been busy. Alex has been studying Cello all year as part of the 5th grade music program. In May they did their annual concert and Alex played in the orchestra. We have posted a video of the concert on the Movies page so you can see how much he learned on the cello this year.

After playing cello for his first year, Alex has decided he would like to try viola instead. He will be taking viola lessons this summer and may be playing ir next year in the orchestra instead of cello if he continues to like it.

Alex's Class Play

Last week Alex’s 1/2 grade class performed a play for the school. It is a retelling of a book they read as a class, but the interpretation as a play is all their own. A movie of the performance is available on the Movies page. Sorry that the audio is kind of hard to make out -- that’s the best a handheld camera could do in that large auditorium.

Alex's First Karate Tournament

Last weekend, Alex participated in his very first karate tournament. He has been doing karate for a little over a year now (since January, 2010) so this was a big deal to him.

The tournament was organized by his karate teacher, but included a number of other schools from the area so the turnout was pretty good. Alex participated in two competitions: a forms competition, where he had to demonstrate the green belt form (a set series of moves); and second a sparring competition, where he sparred against two other kids at his age and belt level. Because this was a mixed youth and adult tournament, he ended up competing against 2 other kids in each event, since it was restricted by age and belt level.

Alex did great in both competitions. He did very well with his form, coming in second of the three contestants. He did even better in sparring, winning both of his matches and really sticking in there all the way to the end both times.

You can see a video of each of his competitions (forms and 2 sparring matches) on the movies page. We’re very proud of him!