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Franklin Borough School
Grade 5


Teachers can be contacted by calling (973)-827-9775 and entering the extension next to their names.


Teaching Staff

 Ms. Jessica Garris - ext. 403

Ms. Mary Hocking - ext. 471

Mrs. Mary Jordan - ext. 432

Ms. Andrea Kovalsky - ext. 435

Mrs. Diane Menzel - ext. 433

Mrs. Kim Panaite - ext. 423

Mr. Jason Samiljan - ext. 456

Ms. Stephanie Sapio - ext. 406


Ms. Garris


Ms. Garris's Class News

In 6th grade science, we continue our third unit on atoms and the periodic table of elements. We have moved toward analyzing the elements and their uses. Presently, we are completing a project where each student researched an element and is writing a creative story from the perspective of the element. Going forward, we will continue to explore the periodic table of eElements and investigate the Law of Conservation of Matter. We record important notes Monday and Tuesday while utilizing our science stations Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. It has been exciting!

In 5th grade math, we have just finished exploring different strategies for multiplication by two-digit numbers. Going forward, we will build on this knowledge as we explore various strategies for dividing one-digit numbers. We spend Monday and Tuesday recording important notes and lessons and switch to project-based learning Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, incorporating mini-lessons into each day. As we continue through the year, we will work toward automaticity with multiplication facts as it is essential for future math units.

Ms. Hocking

February 2017

3rd & 4th Basic Skills Language Arts:
We have recently made changes to our focus skills. Below is our focus goals for February:

Reading/Fluency Goals: Your child will continue to listen to fluent reading as well as practice skills to become a fluent reader. You can help at home with improving your child’s fluency by having your child read a little bit every day.

Phonics Goals: Your child will finish long-vowel sounds and then move onto complex vowel sounds and their spelling sequences.

Comprehension Goals: Your child is working on understanding what was read.  In class, we do this through asking and answering questions about the text, determining the text’s purpose, and from  writing responses about what we read using events that happened in the story.

Writing Goal: Your child’s writing goal is to answer a short-response question about what he/she is reading in class using evidence from the text. By doing this, your child will be able to prove the answer is correct.

5th Grade Language Arts with Mrs. Panaite:
This month, your child is writing a research report on a Historic Hero. Please have your child complete all homework assignments on time.

- Spelling, spelling packet, and vocabulary words or article of the week (AOW) is given in class.
Tuesday- Vocabulary sentences due.
Thursday- Vocabulary test is given in class or Article of the week packet is due.
Friday- Spelling packet due and spelling test is given in class.  

3rd Grade Math:
Your child is learning about division facts and strategies. Please continue to practice multiplication facts with your child at home.

4th Grade Math:
Your child will finish Chapter 4- Divide by 1-Digit Numbers. The following chapter targets fraction equivalence and comparison. Please continue to practice multiplication facts with your child at home.

Please visit my website for additional language arts or math resource and contact me if you have any concerns about your child.



Mrs. Jordan



With the beginning of February, the third marking period has begun. There is still a lot to accomplish this year. There is still a lot of time to have a terrific school year. In CAM class each student continues to work on his/ her own level and is very successful meeting his/ her objectives.

The eighth graders are starting the novel, Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James Swanson.   It includes many artifacts and eyewitness accounts of what happened the day President Lincoln was shot.  With its fast pace, it grabs the attention of the reader and sparks interest in this great historical event. Students will also develop a scrapbook depicting important events during that historical era.

In sixth grade the students are reading Number the Stars by Lois Lowery.  It is a historical fiction novel that takes place during World War II.  Two young girls, one Danish and one Jewish, are faced with many trials during Denmark’s invasion from the Nazis. It shows how a friendship endures during this time.  The students will also read some nonfiction excerpts on the background of the Holocaust.

All students are encouraged to use smiley-face tricks and their vocabulary words to enhance their writing.  They continue to develop their vocabulary and writing skills using prompts from the novels. Remember every Tuesday vocabulary definitions are due, and every Friday paragraphs using these vocabulary words are due. Completing these assignments helps the students to perform well in their quizzes and writing assignments.

In addition to language art classes, I assist in Mr. Samiljan’s sixth grade math classes.  Here the students are working on all operations of fractions.

As Elizabeth Hardwick once said, “The greatest gift is a passion for reading.” Keep reading!

Ms. Kovalsky

Mrs. Menzel

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Dear Parents-

          Love and learning are in the air as we welcome February! Fifth grade science students are warming up to atmospheric heating and can describe what happens to solar energy that reaches Earth. Students will explain the relationship between the greenhouse effect and global warming.

          Our fifth grade Egyptologists will play a variety of games to test their knowledge of Ancient Egypt. Students will challenge their memories by matching cards with pictures of  Egyptian Gods and Goddesses to the matching description card in a classic game of Concentration. Students will put their origami skills to the test when they create "cootie catchers" to quiz one another. Finally, students will explore a webquest to present a description of their favorite Egyptian god or goddess to the class.

          Six graders will discover how Rome grew from a republic to an empire and developed an empire that influenced later civilizations. We'll recite a comic version of Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar.

          Seventh graders will continue their wilderness survival guide while reading Hatchet. Students are becoming well equipped to handle the wilderness. They know how to build a simple shelter called a "debris hut," understand the methodology of fire building, how to purify water, and can even signal for help!

          Take a few moments to give your child your complete and undivided attention! He/she is guaranteed to amaze and delight you!


Warm regards,

Mrs. Kovalsky

Ms. Menzel


Mrs. Panaite


Mr. Samiljan


Feb Web update:

GO MATH! In this new program for 5th grade, there are hands-on activities and real-world problems to solve.  In February, students in GO MATH will be able to add, subtract, multiply and divide with decimals as well as estimating decimal products. Students will also practice their multiplication facts with mad-minutes throughout the month.

Throughout the next few weeks, you can expect to see homework that involves addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of decimals.


Ms. Sapio






Last update February 10, 2017