Michael J. Allen

Class of 2017 - 2018

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The year we're having...

This will be a list of all the things we will do during our time together....


Fifth Grade Kimball Farm Field Trip


All fifth grade classes will visit the Park on

Friday, June 8th.

Come and celebrate our fantastic year.

Bus leaves at 9:00am. Return to school at 2:30pm

All students should bring lunch and snack.

Confirmed Chaperones (the more the merrier!):



Royall House trip

Thursday, June 7th

11:00 - 12:30pm

This short trip is an annual event mandated and organized by the administration.

It's free and every fifth grade in Medford visits. We travel by big yellow bus, so a permission slip will be sent home.

Awesome history in our own back yard...



Fifth-Grade Junior Olympics

Monday, June 4th (rain date June 6th)

9:00 - 12:30pm

Hormel Stadium

Parents are welcome at this wonderful annual event designed for prospective Middle School students to meet other students while engaging in good-spirited physical endeavor.

The aim is not so much to encourage competitive behavior as to support and promote collegiality and the expansion of social horizons for all students as the Middle School future approaches.

This is always a great and exciting event.

Come along and support our cherubs!



End-of-year Open Mic Night - Cancelled

Friday, June 1st

Brooks Cafetorium.

6:00 - 7:30pm

Come and play...or just watch.

Keep the new tradition going strong...




Memorial Day Event

Friday, May 25th - Memorial Day Ceremony

Brooks School Gym

9:00 - 10:00am

All parents and family welcome to this Patriotic event!



The Eggdrop Challenge

See if your egg  perishes when cruel Mr. Allen chucks it off the roof of the school!

Friday, May 25th

1:45pm - 2:15pm

Lower playground at the Brooks!

Parents welcome.

Follow the link to see the Eggdrop challenge from a few years ago!


MCAS dates

ELA tests

Tuesday, April 10th, Thursday, April 12th

MATH tests

Thursday, May 17th, Friday, May 18th


Monday, May 21st, Tuesday, May 22nd



'May the fourth be with you' Open Mic Night

Friday, May 4th

Brooks Cafetorium.

6:00 - 7:30pm

Come and play and dress in your Star Wars gear...or just watch.

Keep the new tradition going strong...



Fifth Grade Carwash

Wednesday, April 25th


for the annual spectacular Fifth grade fund-raiser event.



Zoo Field Trip

We're going to The Franklin Park zoo!

Monday, April 23rd - 9:00am - 2:30pm

Bring a packed lunch.

Confirmed chaperones:

Maria, Tapani



April Vacation

Saturday, April 14th - Sunday, April 22nd

Have fun everyone!


Viva Variety Show goes thru the looking glass!

Friday, April 6th - SHOW NIGHT 1: 5:30 - 8:00pm

Saturday, April 7th - SHOW NIGHT 2: 5:30 - 8:00pm

Performers and ushers should arrive at school 30 minutes before showtime. We will be meeting up in room 110!

We look forward to two extraordinary evenings filled with fun, flair, and fulfilling entertainment!



Fifth Grade Students vs Teachers Basketball Game

Thursday, April 5th.

Medford High School gym


Prepare to be crushed, children!!!

Ha, ha, ha (cough).

The teachers have been practicing our moves, and they're sure to leave you dazzled and destroyed!



Story pirates presentation

Wednesday, March 28th

Time: 9:00am - 10:00am

Fantastic improv drama presentation.

Brooks Cafetorium or Gym




Wednesday, March 21st

Brooks Cafetorium

6:30 - 8:00pm



Middle School Open House 2

Andrews School Open House

Tuesday, March 20th

6:00 - 8:30pm

Take a look at both of the main choices and then make up your mind, dear families!


Middle School Open House

McGlynn Middle School Open House 

Thursday, March 15th

6:00 - 7:45pm

McGlynn School


Andrews School Open House

Tuesday, March 20th

6:00 - 8:30pm

Take a look at both of the main choices and then make up your mind, dear families!



DARE Graduation Ceremony

Thursday, March 15th

9:00 - 10:00am

Cafetorium, Brooks School

Selected students will read their essays, DARE officers, the Chief of Police and other dignataries make speeches, then all the students receive their graduation certificates and merchandise. Many parents usually attend this event so get there early to get a good seat!

Students should dress in their finery!



Coding Workshop

Each Friday afternoon for the next two months or so the students will be working with Tufts Computer educator, the splendidly named, Dr. Strange and her Tufts graduate student Anna to learn about computer programming.

At first, the students will learn about a coding platform called, 'Scratch'. After that, the students will be designing computer games using another coding tool called, 'Python'.





PTO Meeting

Wednesday, January 17th

Brooks Library

6:30 - 8:00pm





Friday, January 12th

6:00pm - 7:30pm


Brooks Cafetorium

Get your Winter clobber out, people.

The Open Mic night theme is... 'Winter'!

If you can sing, play an instrument, dance, juggle or tell a tale why not jump up on the stage and share your passion?

All ages welcome to perform.

Sign up at the door!




Electromagnetism in-house 'field trip'

Thursday, January 11th

Brooks School, Room 110

The PTO Enrichment committee have brought us this special workshop for all Fifth grade students. It's a forty-five minute long workshop.

Our class will be taking the workshop at 11:00am.


Opposite Universe

'Fabulous entertainment' – The Goston Blobe

'A first rate thriller' – The Goston Heonix

'Oscar-rated performances from a stupendous cast' – The YT Times

'The music was staggering. I cried like a baby' – The Graunead


Here are the confirmed reservations for our Show,

on Wednesday, December 20th

Room 411 at the Brooks

6:00pm and 7:30pm


Project Period

In many ways the show is the culmination of much of the work we've done all year in Language, in Math, Art, in Music, in Dance and Drama.

It's a summary and celebration of our journey together academically, socially and creatively.

Here are some notes about the process and the journey.



Report Cards and Conferences

The season for report cards and conferences is approaching.

This page will tell you everything you need to know about this period including:

  • When reports cards are due.

  • How to book a teacher conference

  • What to expect at the conference

You can contact me about scheduling a conference by email. Slots will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. This page will be updated frequently so you can see the available slots!



Thanksgiving Open Mic

On Friday, November 17th  take part in the next Open Mic event.

When: 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Where: Cafetorium at the Brooks.

If you can sing, play an instrument, dance, juggle, do gymnastics, or tell a tale why not jump up on the stage and share your passion?

All ages welcome to perform.

Sign up at the door!




PTO Meeting

Wednesday, November 15th

Brooks Library

6:30 - 8:00pm



DARE Class

The DARE class begins with the excellent Officer Pat O'Keefe on

Tuesday, November 14th.

The class is a once a week class that takes about seven weeks to complete.

Permission slips have come home already: the class is optional and requires parent's permission to proceed.

The 'textbooks' for the class will be coming home for your perusal soon



Professional Development day

Tuesday, November 7th


No school for students on this day.



Brooks School Math Night

Thursday, November 2nd

Brooks Library



T Shirt making

Tuesday, October 31st

1:30 - 2:30pm

To celebrate the Autumn, the Fifth grade will spend this Monday afternoon decorating T-shirts with the flavor of the day. Students need to bring a (disposable) white T-Shirt and fabric markers for this event.

A great way for the whole grade to prepare for the rigors of the evening!



Fall Festival


As part of the amazing Fall Festival event at the Brooks on Sunday, October 22nd take part in this year's first Open Mic event.

When: 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Where: Cafetorium at the Brooks.

If you can sing, play an instrument, dance, juggle or tell a tale why not jump up on the stage and share your passion?

All ages welcome to perform.

Sign up at the door!



Photo Day

Wednesday, October 4th

Dress in your finery!!




Meet the Teacher - Curriculum Night

Thursday, September 28th

Room 411

5:30pm - 7:30pm

Hopefully, I get to see and meet you soon for Meet the Teacher!

We will get the date finalized this week.

Whatever the date, I'll be doing a 'question and answer' session from 5:30 - 6:30pm.

The main presentation will be from 6:30pm onwards.

I'll keep it as brief as possible - but I also aim to be detailed and thorough.

Hopefully, I'll be entertaining and amusing too! 

See you there.



Ice Cream Night

Friday, September 22nd

Brooks School

It's going to be delicious!!!



PTO first meeting

Wednesday September 13th

6:30 - 8:00pm

Cafetorium at the Brooks

I'll be there! I hope you can make it too.