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My wife taught in a private school that started in 4th grade and you are correct you will cover only about half of what you will in a 5th grade year. The nice thing about it can be that you have them for a longer time before the normal Middle School transition which even in 1 building districts seems to be a quitting point. If I remember correctly she saw them twice a week for 20 minutes in like instrument lessons and than started Group Band rehearsals after Christmas.
I would suggest that you get some curved headjoints for the flutes to make the stretch easier, although not totally necessary. She started Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Trumpet, Trombone/Baritone and Percussion (Bells).
I can talk to her about it to get you more specific information if you would like. Just let me know.