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  

Update Week of 10/19
Upcoming Tests:
Reading: Wednesday, 10/28 (No study guide for this)
Math: Friday, 10/31 (Study Guide in Canvas Math Grid and was emailed as                            attachment to parents and students.)
End of Marking Period 1 is Friday, Oct. 30.
Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences Nov. 2- Please keep an eye out for parent                  conference sign up link coming soon.
NO LIVE ZOOM Sessions this FRIDAY. (Mrs. Garay will be out, HOWEVER there will be lessons and activities and even a quiz waiting for them in our Canvas pages.

Update Week of 10/5
Quizzes this week: 
           Reading- Context Clues, Point of View, Ch. 1-3 of Lemonade War
           Social Studies: Maps and Map Skills
           Science: Vertebrates, Invertebrates, Vascular, Non Vascular plants
           Math: Prime and Composite Numbers

Upcoming Tests: Study Guides sent in early Parent Update Email
           Science: Unit 1 Living Systems- Oct. 22 (Tentative)
           Social Studies Map Skills - Oct. 16 (Tentative)
           Math Unit 2 - Oct. 30-(Solid)

The PTO is sponsoring a pumpkin carving and costume contest! Submit your photo here: https://pollunit.com/en/polls/ujdgduo7kbqnab2r7ne5kg
The PTO is also holding a PTO meeting tomorrow evening, encourage your parents to attend!

Update 9?28/20

Weekly Assignments Button Added to my Canvas Homepage
I have added a button to my Canvas Homepage that will allow both STUDENTS and PARENTS to access a grid of assignments with a WEEKLY and DAILY view.  Use this as a checklist to keep track of assignments and completion. 

MATH TEST- Unit 1 -
Study Guides are found in last week's math grid.  You will need to download it.  (Most have done this already.)
This test WILL NOT be given during our MATH LIVE time!  We have been asked to have students complete quizzes and tests during their independent times. 

BAND/ORCHESTRA/STRINGS Sessions begin this week.  Please see Band Button on Canvas Homepage for schedule and daily rotation.  

Update 9/22/20

Virtual Back to School Night ZOOM @7:00 pm. Click Here

Pre-Recorded Message From Mrs. Garay -Click Here
Pre-Recorded BTSN Presentation in case you can't make it.
Click Here

Tutorial Video by Mrs. G- How to Submit and Assignment in CANVAS-Click Here

Wednesday, Sept. 23- Identify and Label Parts of Plant and Animal cells.
Thursday, Sept. 24- Locate and Label 7 Continents and 5 Oceans
Friday, Sept. 25- Math Unit 1 - Quick Check Quiz.
Coming Up: Math Unit 1 Test -FRIDAY, OCT. 2- Study guide was posted in Canvas last week.

Update 9/15/20

CURBSIDE Library Pick Up & Drop OFF Begins THIS WEEK!
Thursdays 3:30pm -5pm
Fridays 7:30am -9:00am

Students go onlne to the library page and request up to 3 books to pick uo.  It is that easy!  Students had a presentation on how to do this today!  A GREAT WAY to GET BOOKS!!!!

Patience and Grace- thank you for your continued patience.  You have been wonderful and understanding and I appreciate it. This week we have begun CORE EXTENSION with students going in various directions with specialists or into ENRICHMENT ROOM.  Students have been given directions and can look at the list of names under each teacher to see where they go.  If they do not have  an assigned place, they go to ENRICHMENT. Thank you will we work out the kinks with this.

I have created a color coded schedule and have emailed it to both parents and students. PLEASE PRINT out so students can reference it. I hope this helps.  Time and practice will help too!

Tues, Sept. 22 @ 7:00- 8:00 pm
Link to be attached here soon.

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

****Parent VUE Access, Student Password Resets, Canvas Access

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

Watch this on September 6 or 7th:
Video Link (coming soon)

Student Canvas: Link
Parent Canvas: Link
  ParentVue: Link

Contact Info and Office Hours:
 Email: Garaykl@pwcs.edu
Thank you so much for your patience as we find out more information on how this will work.
Office Hours: Monday 2:30-3:45 pm via ZOOM Calendar Sign Up

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

                      2020-21 School Year 


We know that there are a lot of questions about the upcoming school year and what it will look like. Please refer to the following county resources and check this page throughout the summer for updates concerning your child's education. We look forward to working with you in whatever capacity possible as we stay safe this school year.

The main way that we will be communicating instruction will be through the use of Zoom and Canvas. Canvas is a Learning Management System that allows teachers to virtually deliver content to students. Please explore the resources below to help you better understand Canvas.

County Return to Learn Plan



Our Classroom Schedule: 

9:00 -9:30    Office Hours

9:30- 9:45   Class Meeting Zoom

9:45-10:30   CORE EXTENSION

10:30-11:10   ENCORE

11:15-12:00   Language Arts/Social Studies LIVE ZOOM


12:20-1:20    LUNCH


2:00-2:45   Math/Science LIVE ZOOM


Our Encore Schedule
A little different this year.  You will have each
encore two times in a row.

Days 1 & 2  we have Music 
Days 3 & 4  we have P.E. 
Day 5 & 6 we have Art