Future Fifth Graders – Got Questions?


Posted by MrLynch | Posted in Featured | Posted on July 31, 2013


Ok there future fifth graders – so you got questions. While I am definitely going to make you wait until the school year starts to find out most of the stuff your brain wants, here are a few tidbits:


It’s important to start off by discussing food because food is delicious. We have a noon-ish lunch so we will have snack time each morning. You can bring in a healthy snack and eat it during the morning or during the afternoon. There is no official snack time in the afternoon, but if you’re hungry then snack away. I really don’t care when you eat as long as it’s not a distraction. If we’re in the middle of a discussion about the American Revolution at 2 PM and you pull out a taco, good for you. Tacos are yummy. However, if you start crunching loudly and fifth graders in India and Australia become distracted by your eating habits, then your taco is going ba-bye. I might even eat it. Feel free to bring a snack on the first day of school.


You will have recess outdoors everyday (25 minutes) unless it is raining. Unfortunately, fifth graders are notorious for melting in the rain so we don’t let you get wet. Last year I think I lost three or four students who melted. I miss them. On rainy days, recess will be in the classroom. The recess area at Thompson Brook is really cool and very large so there’s plenty to do.


Mmmmm….food. If you haven’t heard from older friends, the lunch at TBS has a very good reputation. Every year I hear many comments from students about how good the lunch is here.

Bring it.

Buy it.

That’s your choice.


You will be assigned a locker where you will store the dozens of sweatshirts and jackets you will keep forgetting to bring home. The lockers aren’t small, but if you buy a huge backpack meant to go on an excursion up Mt. Everest then it ain’t fitting. There’s no room in the class to store backpacks (except for the first day) so it needs to fit. Every once in a while I will remind you that your locker is ridiculously dirty and make you have a tag sale or just bring everything home.


Like your locker, your desk isn’t small, but you can’t fit all your worldly possessions inside.

Your quad. Not fitting.

Your field hockey gear. Nope.

Your favorite beach ball. Big no.

I will help you choose the right items to store in your desk and give you time each week to do some cleaning maintenance. Those of you who wouldn’t exactly call yourself “neat” or “organized” can take advantage of these times to keep yourself organized this year.


At Thompson Brook the specials are Music, PE, Art, Library/Health (one for each half the year), and a new one this year – Spanish. I took four years of Spanish in high school and I remember how to ask a stranger where the bathroom is. Ummmm…that’s about all I remember so after a day or two of class you’ll be ahead of me.



You gonna get it. You gonna get it good.

Monday – Thursday you’ll have homework and as a general rule, your weekends are homework free. The only time you might choose to do homework on a weekend is if you have a long-term project, but that would be your call. You might also decide to do homework you made up on sleepovers with your friends, but then I would just think you’re kind of weird.


Ok, so during the course of the day we gotta do a bunch of that learning thing. Edumacation and such. Below is how your day might look. This schedule could certainly change by the time the year starts (it usually does), but this should give you a general idea of what you do all day.

8:20 – 8:40          Homeroom / Morning Meeting
8:41 – 9:30           Specials
9:35 – 10:35         Math
10:35 – 12:05       Language Arts (Reading/Writing Workshop)
12:09 – 12:30       Lunch
12:34 – 1:00         Recess 
1:05 – 1:35            Targeted Instruction
1:40 – 2:40           Social Studies / Science
2:45 – 2:55           Homeroom / Dismissal


So, you’re probably wondering who is in our class this year. Humans? Aliens? A combination of the two? I’m not sure yet either (I conduct alien screenings during the first week of school), but this will get you thinking.

  • Haley B.
  • Hannah C.
  • Brooke D.
  • Julia. N.
  • Sarah O.
  • Haylie T.
  • Jessica T.
  • Olivia Y.
  • Tucker B.
  • John C.
  • Gabriel F.
  • Luke F.
  • Zachary H.
  • Thejas N.
  • David P.
  • Christian R.
  • Gregory R.
  • Jack S.
  • Mitchell S.
  • Leighton W.


No. You can’t keep a pet cat in your desk or locker. No one has ever asked me this before, but you never know so I just want to make it clear. No cats.

Skip to toolbar