Saint Mary Gate of Heaven Catholic Academy Weekly Bulletin


Mr. Heide Principal

On November 11 we celebrate Veteran’s Day. This national holiday dates back to 1918, when the armistice between the Allied countries and Germany on the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” brought an end to World War I. President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11 would be observed as “Armistice Day.” Congress officially changed the name to “Veterans Day” in 1954 to recognize all men and women who had served within the military during times of war. We continue to remember all those who have served, and also those who currently serve in conflicts in the name of peace around the world. Congratulations to our eighth graders who will be making Confirmation this Friday. We’re very proud! Lastly, I’d like to give everyone a reminder on our uniform policy. Please be sure to check the handbook to make sure your child is in the appropriate attire. Shirts should be tucked in. Boys are required to wear the school tie when wearing the button down shirt. Please be diligent in dressing your child accordingly.


Mrs. Farrell Director of Religious Education

Congratulations to our Confirmandi who will receive Confirmation on Friday, Nov. 11th.  Thank you to all who have prepared these young people.  Friday Mass responses are improving.  Good job, grade 6, for bringing Mass response sheets to church and using them.  Great job, Grade 3, for memorizing all of the responses and speaking loudly and clearly.  Parents, please continue to encourage the children to respond at Sunday masses. "We do not come to church to attend the service as a spectator, but in order, along with the priest, to serve God. Everything we do—our entering, being present, our kneeling and sitting and standing, our reception of the sacred nourishment—should be divine service. This is so only when all we do overflows from the awareness of a collected heart and the mind’s attentiveness."— Fr. Romano Guardini,


Mrs. Miller UPK Administrator, Ms. Martino UPK, Ms. Crane UPK, Ms. Narain UPK

This week as we continue the All About Me Unit, we will continue to discuss what makes us special and unique. We will also discuss what makes our classroom special & what it means to be kind and a good friend to those around us. We will also talk about the special jobs in our classroom and what it means to work together.


Mrs. Saviano Kindergarten

Kindergarten is working  on various Religion projects this week that tell the story of God's creation. They are discovering the letter Bb and its initial sound. We are working on identifying and isolating initial sounds. We are preparing for Thanksgiving as we learn to be thankful for all we have and we think about making good choices. We are also working on adding 2 groups of objects to find the total number in all. We are learning to use vocabulary words such as plus, minus, and equal.


Ms. Regina First Grade

This week we spent a great deal of time talking about what it means to be the President of the United States!  The president has many important jobs.  First grade also imagined what life would be like if they were to become a president one day.  I think we have many great candidates for president in this class! We had fun using ballots and making a vote on our favorite snack food.  This helped us understand the voting process.  We continued to work with long a words this week in phonics. We also are getting ourselves ready for a fact family test in math next week.  We wish all the students preparing for Confirmation this Friday the best.  We made a card for them to congratulate them on this very important sacrament. 


Ms. Ferraro Second Grade

This week provided the 2nd grade with many opportunities to learn about the history of our country.  On Tuesday the children made hats for Election Day, which they enjoyed wearing.  The class held their own election.  The results of the 2nd grade election was:  Hillary Clinton - 15 and Donald Trump - 7.  Since Friday is Veterans Day, the children did some activities to help them understand the purpose of this special day.  They watched a video, colored a picture, completed a worksheet, and read a story.  These activities helped them learn the significance of Veterans Day.


The story in their reader for this week was about Abraham Lincoln, which we were able to tie into Election Day and Veterans Day.  They are still working on the Mass responses.  We have been discussing the 7 sacraments, focusing on Baptism.  In Math this week, the concepts were odd and even numbers and skip counting.  They learned a song about odd and even numbers in order to help them distinguish the difference. School will be closed on Friday in honor of Veterans Day.  The 8th graders will be receiving Confirmation on Friday evening. We congratulate them on this very special event.  The school will be closed on Friday in honor of Veterans Day.  Enjoy the 3 day weekend!


Ms. Rodgers Third Grade

Early in the week, we discussed the Presidential Election.  We talked about how important it is to vote in order to make our voices heard.  We had a mock vote in our classroom and also learned that it is our right to keep our own votes private. We were excited to find out that we won the Box Tops contest this month, and that we get to keep the BoxTops Mascot in our classroom for a while.  Just in time for Veterans' Day, we were excited to participate in a special NFL Dress Down Day this week to help support our country's veterans.  In ELA, we learned about letter writing and used some time to write letters to military veterans to thank them for serving our country.  The letters will be sent to Operation Gratitude, an organization that sends 200,000+ Care Packages each year to our Troops, Veterans, New Recruits, First Responders and Wounded Warriors.  (Our letters will be sent specifically to Veterans).  As the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy is coming to an end, we spent some time this week talking about the Holy Door. We watched a video from last December of Pope Francis opening Rome's Holy Door. We took a mini-pilgrimage ("a journey made in faith") to the Prayer Room where we walked prayerfully through the door and prayed the Jubilee Prayers so the children could experience what it is like to pass through the Holy Door.  Upon returning to our classroom, each child was given a Pilgrim Medal.


Mrs. Sorriero Fourth and Fifth Grade ELA and Science

This week our class finished our first multiple paragraph essay. Practicing planning with our popular four square graphic organizer, students drafted an essay on symbolism focusing on their own wampum creations.  Students then completed their first benchmark test of the year practicing their writing skills without their group's assistance.  Check out Edmodo this week to see our growing wall of 100s. Students did great on their first science unit test.  Keep up the good work!  A special congratulations goes out this week to Sahara for being accepted this summer to compete on the Food Network kid's challenge.  We will all be watching for you! Fourth and fifth graders have been seen working together this past week.  You can find our students proofreading each other's essays and offering time order words to enhance their friend's work.  We have even combined our classes on Edmodo this week to take part in Election Day.  Students entered their private polling booth to cast their vote.  Log in to see the candidate of choice!  In science students began the Plate Tectonics lab.  Everyone is interested to hear the earthquake predictions the group's will be making. 


Mrs. Fulgieri Fourth and Fifth Grade Math and Social Studies

The Math Department is very excited about the new technology grant that SMGH received.  We attended a workshop on Monday to learn about the Mathletics programs that will be available to us.  We can't wait to start using it.  The 4th grade has been using area models to help them understand the multiplication process.  They are progressing nicely and are grasping the concepts.  Great job grade 4!   Keep reviewing those number facts.  Grade 5 is expanding their decimal skills.  They are aligning mixed decimals using equivalent decimal places.  The next step will be rounding decimals to the tenth, hundredth, and so on.   We will be using gasoline pricing to round to the nearest penny or hundredth.  On your next stop at filling up the car gas tank, point out the price of gasoline to your child.  Show them that it is calculated to the thousandth.  Enjoy the long weekend.


Ms. Catalano Sixth Grade Science, Social Studies, and ELA

This week the sixth grade did a great job on their Social Studies test. We are going to discuss Election Day by watching some videos on the election process. The sixth grade hopes we all remember to thank and honor our veterans on Veteran’s Day. Congratulations to the eighth graders who will be receiving the Holy Spirit at Confirmation on Friday. We are all very proud of them. What a busy week!


Ms. Pellegrino Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade ELA

In Eighth grade ELA, the class is reading the novel "Specials". The students will delve into the novel and discuss the messages that this novel presents. In Seventh grade ELA, the class is working on their first document based essay.  They are learning how to not only answer the task but how to present the material in the best possible format. In Religion the students are presenting their illustrations of the Blessed Trinity orally. The students are discussing why their representations are indicative of their image of God. A very productive week!


Ms. Winwood Seventh, and Eighth Grade Science

The Tachs test is over and now the students are concentrating on Confirmation this Friday night.  Let's keep our candidates in our prayers.  Thursday night is Confirmation practice at 7:00 with sponsors.  Eighth grade is studying the effects of water erosion and deposition.  Seventh grade has finished their presentations on the 3D cell projects.  They did an amazing job and I am very proud of them.  We are now studying cellular respiration and fermentation in cells.  Sixth grade religion is studying how God promised and sent a savior to his people after original sin. Let us remember our veterans and keep them in our prayers.


Mr. DeMarinis Seventh, and Eighth Grade Social Studies

Best of luck to our 8th graders who will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation this Friday evening. In religion, we are finishing last minute details for Confirmation. The 7th graders are learning about the formation of the 13 English colonies and the 8th graders about some of the early battles of the Civil War. In addition, the students learned how the President of the United States is elected. Thursday, we learned about Veteran's Day and why it was first known as Armistice Day. Remember on Veteran's Day to thank a veteran or to pray for all veterans who have given of themselves to serve and protect our country.


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

This week 6th grade began learning how to use positive and negative numbers. We described situations that use each and drew pictures showing numbers and their opposites. Grade 7 is using what we know about rational numbers and applying it to real world situations. We are creating a checkbook ledger to show how to balance a checkbook and practice our operations with negative and positive numbers. In Grade 8, we are reviewing operating in Scientific Notation. There will be a test on Monday. Math 9 is finishing up chapter 2 (rearranging and manipulating equations written in two variables) and after our test we will begin inequalities. Sixth grade also learned how we elect a president; including learning about campaigns, caucus, electoral college, etc. We watched videos and had our own election with George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln. "Honest Abe" was the winner!


Ms. Fitzgerald Physical Education

This week students finalized practicing with dribbling while moving. We then began learning the different types of passes in basketball. We discussed the differences between a bounce pass and a chest pass. Working in pairs students began practicing bounce pass. Next we will work on chest pass.


Señorita Mena Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade Spanish

¡Hola! Spanish class is going wonderfully great! We are working on "Conjugación" learning the proper "AR" "ER" & "IR" ending in the present tense. The 7th and 8th graders are doing a phenomenal job. Our two 6 grade classes are working on their Spanish comic books! I can't wait to read all those creative stories. Saving the best for last, the 5th graders learned and translated "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" and are working on their Spanish accents with this song. ¡Gracias!