Saint Mary Gate of Heaven Catholic Academy Weekly Bulletin


Mr. Heide Principal

Welcome to the start of 2016-2017 school year! We hope this bulletin finds you well rested and ready to begin our work together. Our weekly bulletin is designed to keep you in the loop and up to date on all that is going on at Saint Mary Gate of Heaven Catholic Academy. This will not only allow you to examine all that is occurring in your child’s classroom, but to get excited about future grades and activities at Saint Mary Gate of Heaven. If you ever misplace your copy, the weekly bulletin will also be posted on our school website,


Mrs. Farrell Director of Religious Education

Welcome back to a new and exciting school year. Religious Education will begin on September 20th and September 21st. If you know anyone who attends public school and needs to register for Religious Education, please ask them to do so as soon as possible. The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated on November 11th at 7PM for our 8th Grade Catholic students. Everyone is invited to attend. A calendar for our upcoming Communion and Confirmation meetings and events will be sent home within the next few weeks.


Mrs. Miller UPK Administrator

Throughout each day, children are actively engaged in "purposeful play" activities that reflect the NYS Early Childhood Guidelines. Our UPK program focuses on each child's development in: language and literacy, early math, science, nutrition, self awareness and self confidence. We believe in an active hands on involvement approach to learning. We encourage and provide opportunities for each UPK family to be involved in their child's education. We make learning fun!


Mrs. Martino UPK

This September, we w­elcome our UPK studen­ts to explore the wor­ld through play. We ­will develop our fine­ and gross motor skil­ls.  We will make dis­coveries through topi­cs such as Our Five S­enses, Where We Live,­ Transportation and L­ight, marrying them w­ith the New York Stat­e Prekindergarten Fou­ndation for the Commo­n Core. We will use ­center based play and­ an immersive environ­ment to reveal and ce­lebrate our children's strengths.


Ms. Crane UPK

During this upcoming school year, pre-k students will discover the world around them with lots of hands-on experience and play. Through whole group, small group, and individual encounters with their teachers and peers, students will learn different basic math, science, literacy, social studies, and art skills. Students will also enhance their social skills, fine and gross motor abilities, and begin to be more independent with basic self-care tasks.


Ms. Narain UPK

This upcoming school year, our students will examine the world through play centered activities. We will do large group, small group and individual activities that promote social skills, fine and gross motor abilities. We look forward to having a fun year together.


Mrs. Saviano Kindergarten

In Kindergarten the children will learn how to be a part of a community and how to work together as a team. They will practice how to be kind to one another and be little followers of Jesus. They will also learn how to identify all of the letters in the alphabet as well as their sounds. They will be blending the sounds together to read words and recognize sight words. They will also learn to add and subtract using manipulatives.


Ms. Regina First Grade

First grade is a year to explore and introduce a number of different concrete building blocks that will help the students throughout all of their subjects. This first grade year continues to build on math concepts, using hands-on manipulatives like snap cubes, to more concretely visualize the numbers as the students begin basic addition and subtraction. This year students will continue to build phonemic awareness with more complicated sounds like blends and digraphs. Students will be taught a number of strategies for decoding words they do not yet know, or are unable to sound out, and start to answer questions about the meaning of what they read. Expect your child to begin formal work on handwriting skills this year in addition to creative writing tasks. Your 1st grader will learn how to use punctuation and capitals, but, more importantly, will start to use writing as a tool for communication.


Ms. Ferraro Second Grade

The following objectives are important components of the second grade curriculum. In the area of Religion, the focus is on participation at Mass, the 10 commandments and the reception of the sacraments of Penance and Eucharist.  ELA encompasses many different skills, such as:  comprehension, decoding, creating short stories, organizing and revising writing, spelling, vocabulary, use of nouns, verbs, adjectives, pronouns, suffixes, prefixes, and contractions. Important concepts in the subject of Math are addition and subtraction facts to 18, regrouping in addition and subtraction with tens and hundreds, word problems, measurement, time, and money. Science will include experiments, group work, and projects and Social Studies will include projects and group work.


Ms. Rodgers Third Grade

Our 3rd graders will spend time in ELA on several topics including reading with fluency and expression, writing, and editing; we will also work on our speaking and listening skills.  Math will focus, not only on fluency of basic math facts of multiplication and division, but also geometry and problem solving.  We will be learning about communities and our environment in Science and Social Studies. The study of the Catholic Faith is an important aspect of our mission at SMGHCA and is a key element of our 3rd grade schedule, which will include tours of the church, learning to pray the Rosary, studying the life of St. Louis de Montfort, and learning more about the Mass and the sacraments of Holy Communion and Confession. We have much to look forward to for the 2016-2017 school year.


Mrs. Fulgieri Fourth and Fifth Grade Math and Social Studies

The 4th and 5th grade are going to have a great year. They will be learning how to use a Frayer model and other organizational formats in Social Studies to help them improve writing content.  Math will see the 4th grade perfect computations skills using expanded form and number lines. The 5th grade will be guided into the world of fractions and decimal equivalents. Both grades will focus on the analysis of word problems which will lead them to improved problem solving. We will also focus on the importance of the seven sacraments and using Jesus as a role model in our daily lives.


Mrs. Sorriero Fourth and Fifth Grade ELA and Science

Grades 4 and 5 curriculum follow and adhere to Common Core State Standards.  English Language Arts includes a one hour daily reading and writing block.  The primary focus for all unit modules is building students’ literacy skills as they develop knowledge about the world. This September the fourth grade will begin Unit 1 with oral tradition, symbolism,and building traditions. They will use the guided readings to produce a community classroom quilt. This September the fifth grade will begin Unit 1 with stories of human rights and the first novel of the year, Esperanza Rising.  Students will perform scenes from the novel using theatre script. The four units of science outlined by New York State for the fourth grade include Animals and Plants in their Environment, Electricity and Magnetism, Properties of Water, and Interactions of Air, Water, and Land. This September the fourth grade will begin by constructing an ecosystem within their teams that will support live organisms. The four units of science outlined by New York State got the fifth grade include The Nature of Science, Changes in the Surface of the Planet, Food and Nutrition, and Exploring Ecosystems. This September the fifth grade will begin their scientific inquiry with a controlled experiment. The grade 4 scope and sequence includes two main units this year, Jesus Christ and The Ten Commandments.  This September students will begin with understanding the Blessed Trinity and their roles as disciples of Jesus.


Ms. Pellegrino Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade ELA

This upcoming school year will be filled with many exciting adventures. Sixth, seventh, and eighth grade will continue to unlock the meaning of new words and apply them to their writing. They will learn how to to articulate their sentences better and develop their thoughts into paragraphs and eventually essays. They will learn to decode tasks and apply the correct criteria to the assignment. It will be a productive year!


Ms. Winwood Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade Science

The sixth grade will be learning three units. Unit 1 - Simple and complex machines and have an understanding of how energy plays a role and impact our lives. Unit 2 - Diversity of Life - How does the transfer of matter and energy through biological communities support the diversity of living things. Unit 4- How is interdependence essential in maintaining life on Earth. The seventh grade will concentrate on life science specifically - the human body and its system as well as other animals and their structures and systems. The eighth grade is strictly Earth Science - specifically, Geology, Oceanography, Meteorology and Astronomy.  As with all classes, the goal is to obtain a basic understanding of ourselves and our world and how it relates to our lives on a daily basis.


Mr. DeMarinis Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade Social Studies

Dennis DeMarinis teaches 8th grade religion and social studies to the 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. In religion class the first two to three months, we prepare for the sacrament of Confirmation. After Confirmation, we study Church history and take part in the Sacramental life of the Church. The 6th graders will learn about  world history, from prehistory to as close as possible to present day.The 7th graders will learn the story of the United States from the time when the first Americans came to the Americas to about 1850. The 8th graders will continue the story of America from 1850 to the present times.The different themes we examine along the way are democratic ideals, diversity and unity, citizenship, impact of individuals, immigration and migration, expansion, and economics, science, and technology. Understanding these themes will help make better sense of American history and the world around us.


Mrs. Corrado Sixth, Seventh, Eighth Grade Math, and Math 9

The Middle School Math curriculum focuses on laying the foundation for high order Mathematics like Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Statistics.  Grade six will focus primarily on basic operations with fractions, decimals, percents, etc. as well as displaying data through graphs, and measures of central tendency.  Grade seven has a heavy emphasis on writing and solving algebraic equations.  A good portion of the year will be spent focusing on algebra and number operations.  Grade eight is primarily focused on graphing functions and equations. The majority of the year will be spent graphing different types of equations and analyzing the meaning of each part of the graph in the context of real world problems.  Those eighth grade students who are selected to take Math 9 (Common Core Algebra) will be working within both the eighth grade and ninth grade math curriculum.  Math9 is a course that results in a Regents Exam in June and those who qualify will receive high school credit for ninth grade math.


Ms. Catalano Reading Specialist

My Reading classes will address the individual needs of each child, no matter if they are readers who are struggling or readers who are advanced. In a relaxed, small group setting, we will work on various skills such as phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, writing, test-taking, etc. I also hope to motivate my students so they will develop a lifelong love of Reading.


Ms. Fitzgerald Physical Education

In our physical education class, our students will focus on gaining new knowledge in a safe, fun, and enjoyable manner. This year's classes will learn a variety of skills and activities which will focus on exercise and fitness with a strong concentration on grasping the basics of different sports.These activities will center on strengthening motor, cognitive, and perceptual skills. The goal is to have every student experience success, and by doing their best, everyone will come out a winner!


Ms. Mena Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade Spanish

¡Bienvenidos! My name is Oladis Mena and I'll be your child's Spanish Teacher this school year. I hope they have their passports ready because they will be learning all the amazing things the Spanish language has to offer. They will be given an opportunity to open their minds to different cultures and learn the differences from country to country. Learning a second language is very beneficial for a child, not only will they be able to communicate with others, but they will be acquiring skills that will help them in High School, College, and in their Careers. With my help they will learn about Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. I look forward to a wonderful school year and hope your child is ready to travel. ¡Gracias!