Upper Elementary - February 5, 2016

Dear Families,

We were definitely challenged in math this week! On Tuesday, Nadia’s grandfather Paul Axel-Lute, showed us a puzzle where we had to use the digit 4 four times in combined operations (+,-, x, and division) to make the numbers 1-25. We also used square roots, exponents and factorials to make the numbers. Making the puzzle together was lots of fun. On Friday, Michael’s dad, Alex Tchernev, returned to teach us how to plot points so that we could look for a pattern from an input/output sequence. We are enjoying having guest mathematicians visit our classroom! Who will be our next guest?

To tie in with Black History Month, the composer of the month is William Grant Still. His Symphony No. 1 in A-flat "Afro-American", composed in 1930, was the first symphony written by an African American and performed for a United States audience by a leading orchestra.

We began rehearsals for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. We have five weeks before we entertain our family and friends with one of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies. Details for our costumes will go home next week. We are all encouraged to know our lines by the end of February. We can bring our scripts home to practice each night and over the February break. Our performance in scheduled for March 17 at 3:30p.m.

Have a great weekend,
Debbie and Architects