Weekly Newsletter (Aug. 31-Sept. 3)


Posted by MrLynch | Posted in Weekly Newsletter | Posted on August 29, 2015

Students survived the first three days of school, completing a 60% week. This week we’ll acclimate them a bit more with an 80% week, followed by an 80% week after that, an 80% week after that, an 80% week after that… We’ll get to one of those five day weeks sometime at the end of September. Unless a hurricane hits. Or some crazy fall snowstorm. Then we’ll go with power failures and no full weeks until November. Good times.

The Grade 5 Parent Open House is on Tuesday, September 8 at 7 PM. This is your opportunity to hear about all the ways you could get your child into both Harvard and MIT, where they will attend both schools majoring in seven advanced degrees all at the same time. If you miss the Open House you’re out of luck. Be there. All the cool parents are coming.

We spent the first three days doing all the preparation activities, getting kids ready to be successful once the real academics start on Monday. Well, I snuck in a lot of academics last week, too, but shhhhhh…. don’t tell them that.

Below is the students’ schedule for the year. Targeted Instruction time will start this week, meaning that students will begin leaving for Orchestra, Band, and Chorus (and a variety of different activities) on these days. Basically, Targeted Instruction is like a train station – students in and out of the classroom in droves depending on their particular schedule for the day.

7:55-8:20          Homeroom

8:20-8:40          Morning Meeting

8:41-9:31           Specials

9:33-10:25         Math

10:25-10:50      BRUNCH

10:51-11:15        RECESS

11:17-12:07        Science (w/Mrs. Spencer)

12:09-12:59       Targeted Instruction

1:01-1:51            Language Arts

1:53-2:43           Language Arts

Mondays–Music; Tuesdays–PE/Spanish; Wednesdays–Library; Thursdays–Art; Fridays–Spanish/PE


Upcoming Events

Grade 5 Parent Open House – Tuesday, September 8 @ 7:00 PM

School Picture Day – Wednesday, September 9

Winding Trails – Thursday, September 17

Bike Ride to School (optional) – Thursday, September 24 at 7 AM

Hello, Stalkers.


Posted by MrLynch | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on August 21, 2015

 Play me with sound

Welcome, Future Fifth Graders!


Posted by MrLynch | Posted in Weekly Newsletter | Posted on August 2, 2015


Well…well…well… looky what we have here. We got some future fifth grade stalkers trying to find out more information about the fifth grade world. Hmmmm… 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. Lunch is at 10:25 AM. It’s not really a lunch – it’s more of a brunch. Yes, that’s what I will call it. Brunch. You can bring in a healthy snack and eat it during the morning or during the afternoon, although the afternoon makes more sense since there’s a span of 14 hours (or something like that) between brunch and the end of the day. 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 your favorite color crayon at 1:30 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.



Ok, so during the course of the day we gotta do a bunch of that learning thing. Edumacation and such. You’re on the Red Team (Team 5-2) so you’ll have me most of your day and go to Mrs. Spencer for science. At this point, here’s how your day might look:

7:55-8:20          Homeroom

8:20-8:40         Morning Meeting

8:41-9:31           Specials

9:33-10:25        Math

10:25-10:50      BRUNCH

10:51-11:15        RECESS

11:17-12:07        Science (w/Mrs. Spencer)

12:09-12:59      Targeted Instruction

1:01-1:51             Language Arts

1:53-2:43           Language Arts

Mondays – Music

Tuesdays – PE/Spanish

Wednesdays – Library

Thursdays – Art

Fridays – Spanish/PE


You will have recess outdoors everyday (25 minutes) at 10:51 AM 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. Unfortunately, our team doesn’t eat lunch, which means that you don’t eat lunch. We don’t believe in lunch – just brunch. Remember, brunch is at 10:25 AM. Anyway, every year I hear many comments from students about how good the food is here.

Bring it.

Buy it.

That’s your choice.


You have been 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 (Mondays), PE (Tuesdays w/Spanish), Library (Wednesdays), Art (Thursdays) and Spanish (Fridays w/PE). You’ll have Health the second half the year instead of Library. 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.


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 at least you had the chance to see them on Step-Up Day in Room 111. That’s our room – 111. It should be easy to remember. If not, you probably hate the number one. I hope that you someday get over your hatred.


What supplies should I bring on the first day of school? You could never go wrong by bringing your teacher (that Mr. Lynch guy) an oak-grilled filet mignon steak (cooked medium rare, please) and served over a bed of macaroni and cheese with a red mornay sauce. Tiramisu for dessert.


But… if that’s not possible, here’s the Step Up Day Letter:Supply List you received on Step-Up Day in June. If you still have the letter, good for you. If not, perhaps the backpack monster ate it. He does that sometimes. He’s mean like that.


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.

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