I can't wait for school to start!!!  I am SO very excited to be teaching 5th Grade at Porter.  I have enjoyed the past 8 years teaching  here and am thrilled that I get to teach my young friends.  I can't believe I am typing this, but I have been TEACHING for 35 years and still am passionate about working with students each day.  Before coming to Porter, I taught 4th grade for 6 years and 5th grade for 6 years at a private school, along with teaching and admin positions around the country and in Japan. My goal is to partner with parents to help challenge, enrich and motivate each student to success and confidence.  Here is to a GREAT YEAR AHEAD.  

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”- Dr. Seuss  

September 20-

Band and Orchestra Sessions start this week.  Please check your emails for attachment from me or Mrs. Verakone.

        Math SGA/PreSOL test Monday, Sept. 20

        Science Test this Friday. Study Guides sent home last week. 

        Please use SOL PASS to help review.

September 13-

  NO SCHOOL THURSDAY, September 16,

  Fall SOL/SGA - Reading, Monday, Sept. 13

  Fall SOL/SGA- Math- Later this month. TBD

   A  reminder that our homework for the week is :

  20  minutes Lexia Online Reaing

  Math Worksheet

  Upcoming graded assessments/tests:

  Science Unit 1 Geological Process- Study Guide sent home Monday, Sept. 13

  Use SOLPASS to practice and review.

  Reading Unit 1- Setting, Plot, Character Development

  Math  Unit 2 Test- October 5



September 6th-

Math Resources for Review and Practice:

patterns, functions, and algebra

mean/fair share, median, mode, range/variation, measures of center, stem-and-leaf plots, graphs, line plots

compare, order, round, add, subtract, multiply, divide decimals
add,subtract fractions with like/unlike denominators with and without mixed numbers, reduce/simplify, find equivalents, change improper fractions into mixed numbers and mixed numbers into improper fractions, change fractions into decimals, and decimals into fractions
Adding & Subtracting Mixed Numbers w/Like Denominators
Adding and Subtracting Fractions Game
Adding & Subtracting Fractions quiz game


measuring angles, types of angles and triangles, properties of shapes, circumference
Measuring Angles
Rocket Angles game
Alien Angles game
Age of the Angles game
Find the Missing angle
Number Rocks Types of Angles song
Number Rocks Types of Triangles Song
Number Rocks Quadrilaterals song

perimeter, area (including area of a triangle), and volume, metric measurement conversions, elapsed time
what is the likelihood/chance that something will happen, tree diagrams, organized lists

ABC Ya Math 5th grade games-practice your math skills with these games!

Origo at Home
Mr. Nussbaum
Math Games
Mr. Wolfe's 5th grade Math Games
Helping with Math
HelpingWithMath.com helps parents who want to help their children with math. There are a large number of printable math resources that help students to practicewhat they are learning at home and at school, like worksheets,flashcards, etc.
IXL 5th grade Math Practice- online lessons and practice
Kids Numbers- Free math games for kids!
Manga High- Assigned math games that help students practice skills/concepts.
Math Nook- a great website with lots of fun math review games
5thgrade math games that focus on: adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals and fractions, investigating algebraic expressions, computing area and volume of simple geometric figures, understanding the meaning of congruent geometric shapes and the relationship of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, and using percentages and circle graphs to interpret statistical data.
Math Playground
Maths Zone- Online Math Games (Division, Multiplication, etc.)
Multiplication.com- Free math games
Prime and Composite Games- games to help practice prime/composite concepts on mathnook.com
Softschools- Math games as well as create your own worksheets/online practice.
Splash Math- practice for 5th grade skills/concepts

Games, tests, and quizzes to help students review for the SOLs.
I.Q. Poquoson-Interactive Quizzes for SOLs-Practice and review for all SOL curriculum areas & grades
JLab-Math and Science Review Questions
SOL pass-Great website to practice/review throughout the year for the 5th grade science and social studies curriculums.

BrainPOP-You can watch short movie clips and take quizzes about the curriculum.
Prezi- Prezi is a presentation tool that helps you organize and share your ideas.


August 30th 

Please check your emails, parents and students, each Sunday evening or Monday morning for a weekly update.

Math Test this Thursday, Unit 1. (Study Guides were sent home in hard copy form and electronically via a previous email.)

No School this Friday.


August 19th

What to do to prepare for the 1st Day of School.

1. Wear Porter Uniform and Appropriate Shoes

2. Know your login Username and Password.  It will be the same as last year ,  I will not have access.  If you need help resetting please see Mr. Fahy's webpage or contact him.

3. Bring ONLY the following supplies: (We have limited storage, so PLEASE do not bring ALL supplies at once, as we will have to send them home.

- 2 Composition Books

- Pencil pouch with 5 sharpened pencils, 1 highlighter, 1 glue stick, scissors

       - 1 pack of loose leaf paper

August 16th

2021-2022 School Year!!!   Back to Basics!!
I am SO EXCITED to be partnering with you this year in the education of your wonderful children.  Words cannot express how grateful I am to be teaching in person.  Working with students is something I absolutely love to do.

I will update this page every Monday morning with reminders for the week and will try to keep it streamlined for easy reading.   The format will be as follows:
Upcoming Tests:

Click for 
Mrs. Garay's Welcome Letter

Welcome to Mrs. Garay's Super Stars!!
Click link above to watch a welcome VIDEO  from Mrs. Garay

VIRTUAL Meet & Greet
f you missed our VIRTUAL Meet and Greet
please check out our slides here.

On the 1st Day of VIRTUAL School CLICK on ZOOM icon below


Instructional Technology Coach's PAGE

Mr. Fahey is our new ITC and an amazing resource.  Please check out his page for tutorials and guidance in the days leading up to our first day of school.


PWCS Tech Help Desk
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Technical support is just an email or phone call away this school year. The Help Desk is staffed Monday–Friday, 7 a.m.–4:30 p.m. when schools are in session and
8 a.m.–4 p.m. when schools are not in session. Parents, students, and staff can request help with everything from password resets, device log in and assistance with Canvas and the Hub.

Phone Number: 703-791-8826

Email: pwcshelpdesk@pwcs.edu

Student Canvas: Link
Parent Canvas: Link
  ParentVue: Link

Contact Info 
 Email: Garaykl@pwcs.edu

PLEASE NOTE that I check emails 3 times a day. 
Mornings at 8:45-9:00,
Lunch Time at Noon,
End of Day between 3:30 -3:45 pm.
Communication IS VERY IMPORTANT TO ME and I make every effort to respond.

Curriculum Documents:

Year At A Glance 

Canvas Resources:

 What is Canvas and Zoom?
Parent Canvas Orientation

Canvas Student Guide
Student Video Guides



2021 - 2022  Classroom Schedule: 

8:45- 9:00  Student Arrival

9:00-9:10 Morning Meeting
9:10 -10:15  MATH

10:15-10:25 Milers

10:30-11:15   Encore(MPA)

11:15- 11:45  CORE Ext

11:55- 12:25  Lunch

12:30- 1:45  Language Arts

1:45 -2:05   Recess

2:10 - 2:40  Science

2:40 - 3:10  Social Studies

3:10 - 3:40  Writing/Class Mtg

Our Encore Schedule
Day 1 -  we have Music 
Day 2 -  we have P.E. 
Day 3-  we have Art  

Upcoming Events