Junior Reporter Vanessa “Vany” Masterson answers her latest set of questions from Palisadian-Post readers. If you have a question you would like to send to Vany, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m starting fifth grade this year and I’m SO nervous! Since it’s the last grade before I go to middle school, I’m worried it’s going to be extra hard. What is fifth grade like?
—A former 4th grader
Dear Former 4th Grader,
You’re in luck because last year I was in fifth grade, so I would know how it goes. I got a teacher who was supposedly “hard” according to the people at my school, but I was honestly fine.
Going into fifth, you may think that work will be super different from the work you did in fourth grade, but that really didn’t happen. Something that does happen though is that your teacher will prepare you for middle school (depending on which one you have).
I’m not going to lie, you may have to do a lot of things on your own. But go into it knowing you will get used to it after a week, and that there are lots of upsides to fifth grade. Like projects. If you go to Pali Elementary, the school I went to in fifth grade, you will do SO many cool projects. Fifth grade isn’t that bad!
My friends are getting together a lot and going on vacations out of town. My mom and dad want us to stay home because of the virus. I’m really upset about this, it doesn’t seem fair. What should I do?
I get where you’re coming from! I have my grandmother living with us right now, so I have to be extra careful and a lot of my friends are going out of town too.
Just know that by staying inside you are doing yourself and the people around you a favor. But I understand that can still not be fun.
If you still want to hang out with your friends you can do it over FaceTime or Zoom. One option that my mom and dad have thought is ok is going to the beach and wearing a mask, except when you’re in the water.
There are plenty of indoor activities you can do at home too. Like making cookies or setting up a trampoline fort! I know that seeing other people hanging out makes things seem unfair and the coronavirus pandemic is awful, but just remember there is always next summer!
I hope you have a great summer!
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