St. Mary Gate of Heaven Catholic Academy Weekly Bulletin


Mr. Heide Principal

I know you all will join me in congratulating our Confirmandi. Last Friday night’s Confirmation Mass was a beautiful event. Hopefully you have read the letter with regard to the St. Mary Gate of Heaven Students’ Bill of Rights. This initiative is intended to make our students more aware of their actions and behavior. Parents, please talk with your children about this and revisit the issue often. Tuesday night is the student/faculty basketball game. Please join us in this epic showdown. We promise it will be a memorable event. We all would like to congratulate Ms. Regina on her marriage over the weekend! May the lord bless Ms. Regina and her soon to be husband. Lastly, next Thursday we celebrate Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a time for us to reflect on all the good fortune the Lord has blessed us. On behalf of the entire faculty, we wish you and your family a lovely Thanksgiving.


Mrs. Farrell Director of Religious Education

Congratulations to our Confirmandi. The Confirmation Mass was very nice. You all did a great job. May the Holy Spirit be with you always. As we approach Thanksgiving, let us all be grateful for all the gifts God has given us, especially our families and friends.


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

This week we will be closing up our "All About Me" Unit. We will talk about our families and what makes our family so special and unique and so important to us. We will talk about family meals which is where we will talk about Thanksgiving and what makes this day so special to each of us. We will also discuss our homes and rooms and what makes them special, which will be our transition to our next unit "Where We Live." We hope everyone has an enjoyable and Happy Thanksgiving!


Mrs. Saviano Kindergarten

Kindergarten is currently reviewing all of the consonants they already learned as well as their initial sound. They are working on sorting picture names according to their initial sound. They are also engaging in smart board activities as well as games that help them to recall these letters and sounds. They are also being introduced to their first set of high- frequency words. They are working on adding two group of objects to tell how many there are in all. They are learning to use words such as add, plus, and sum. They are also preparing for Thanksgiving as they recognize what they are thankful for. We are working on making good decisions and treating others with kindness. We are also working on following instructions.


Ms. Regina First Grade

Smile! This was our first grade buzzword for the week as we explored long "i" words. First grade had much to smile about this week. Two of our students, Kareena and Isabella, have celebrated their birthdays this week, and Ms. Regina is getting married at the end of this week! In social studies, we read stories about the lives of the Native Americans and learned how they used the land many years ago for survival. They were thankful for nature and everything nature provided to them. We connect this with God’s creation and how thankful we are for the things God has given to us. We will continue to smile as we look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving next week.


Ms. Ferraro Second Grade

The second graders have been discussing Thanksgiving and how important it is to be thankful for the blessings they have received. They enjoyed making a beautiful colorful fall wreath. Next Tuesday, we will have a Thanksgiving celebration. The children will make butter as the Pilgrims did hundreds of years ago. They are learning about the sacrament of Baptism this week. The children who received Baptism when they were older were able to tell the class about their own Baptism. Since most of the children received the sacrament as infants, they had no recollection of their own Baptism. Today we attended mass with the fourth graders. We began a new chapter in Math and Phonics on Thursday. The Reading story this week taught the children about supply and demand. We certainly had a busy week. Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the lovely weather!


Ms. Rodgers Third Grade

The 3rd graders were feeling pretty proud of themselves when Fr. Fitz stopped by last week to tell them that they have been doing a great job at Mass reciting the responses. I'm glad their hard work and practice has been paying off. We've been learning about the early Church this week and have been discussing how the Apostles took on the mission that Jesus gave them to help the Church to grow. In Math, we got another Math test out of the way and the kids have been amazing at catching on to new ways to help themselves practice their division skills. I am very proud of all of them! In ELA, we have been learning about using the proper tenses in our sentence writing. We are using these rules to work on a draft of our story that we began last week. I can't wait to see where their imagination takes us. In Science we are learning about different types of animals - this week our focus has been on amphibians, fish, and reptiles. The kids have enjoyed learning about what traits make each of these types of creatures unique. We have begun to learn about another artist - Vincent Van Gogh. We began by looking at some of his landscape and still life works. We will continue to learn about the life of this post-impressionalist next week as well.


Mrs. Sorriero Fourth and Fifth Grade ELA and Science

Students began a new unit this week in ELA. We were very sad to leave the Haudenosaunee tribes behind, but we look forward to a new theme, Difficult Journeys. We found ourselves expanding our classroom groups this week to prepare for our magnetism lab in science. We are focused on our team building skills to not only benefit ourselves in science but also our school community. The fourth grade is actively thinking of ways to grow stronger together. Maybe we didn't leave the Haudenosaunee behind! It was a pleasure to end our week with the second grade in Mass today. Thank you to Sahara and Jahleal for their participation! Students did a great job on the Esperanza Rising assessment. The assessment illustrated the students' reading comprehension skills as well as their writing skills. We will continue with shorter texts and look forward to our next novel after the holidays. "Rocking" our Plate Tectonics lab, students predicted with accuracy the location of the earth's next quake. Amy and Kristine came within mere degrees along the correct fault line. Enjoy those well deserved bonus points!


Mrs. Fulgieri Fourth and Fifth Grade Math and Social Studies

National Park travel brochures were due today and the fifth grade students did a terrific job! They are so proud of their research and are anxious to share their knowledge. Presentations will begin tomorrow. Our 4th grade environmentalists are in the process of designing posters about ways to preserve New York's natural wonders and resources. Look for their messages in our hallways. They are our future leaders, and extremely proud to call themselves New Yorkers! Grade 5 has been reading about Jesus' compassion for the sick and those suffering with disabilities. They have been deeply touched by these New Testament accounts and are looking forward to reading more stories from the four gospel writers. This is a good way for them to prepare themselves for the upcoming Advent season. Next week will be week of joyful anticipation. We look forward to seeing you at the annual student-teacher basketball game. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.


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

In Social Studies, the sixth grade is reading about the Hebrews and how Abraham, Moses, King David, and King Solomon were involved in the start of Judaism and in the establishment of ancient Israel. They are learning how Judaism was one of the first religions in the world to worship only one God. The sixth grade is also learning how the Phoenicians linked the world through trade and developed an alphabet with 22 characters. In Science, they are learning how environmental changes, competition among organism, and how people can affect ecosystems. This is helping them realize why conservation and recycling is very important.


Ms. Pellegrino Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade ELA

This week in Eighth grade ELA the class is reading the novel" Specials" and making many inferences. Seventh grade ELA is reviewing different types of sentences such as simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex. This will help them vary their sentences when writing their essays. Both grades will write Christmas poems- acrostic poems and Poems with specific rhyming patterns. They are looking forward to displaying them for report card night. In Religion the students are presenting their illustrations of the Blessed Trinity and discussing why they choose the image. It is a fun filled week!


Ms. Winwood Seventh, and Eighth Grade Science

The eighth grade is working on Breakfast with Santa as well as preparing for the Student - Teacher basketball game. Please continue to work on their Public High School applications! We are still studying erosion and deposition, including water, glacial, wave and wind. The Seventh grade is studying Mitosis. We just finished the chapter and will have a test next Tuesday. We are finally finished with cells! Sixth grade religion is learning about the Book of Genesis, specifically, the story of Adam and Eve, Noah and the Tower of Babel. The Eighth grade religion class just started their new textbooks. We just finished chapter 7 and we will be having a test on Friday. We will be studying church history for the rest of the year. My sixth grade reading class is reading the book "Tuck Everlasting". They absolutely love it! We will be watching the movie when we finish then off to another novel.


Mr. DeMarinis Seventh, and Eighth Grade Social Studies

Wishing everybody a wonderful Thanksgiving. Remember to buy tickets for Tuesday's Annual Basketball game between the 8th graders and the staff. Come and see who will be victorious. In Social Studies, the 7th graders have completed their chapter on the formation of the 13 colonies and had a test on Thursday. The 8th graders are learning about the last two years of the Civil War and how and why the North defeated the South. They will have a test on Tuesday the 22nd. Class 8-1 has begun to study about the history of the early Church community.


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

Grade 6 is plotting points on a coordinate plane and learning the importance of the order in a set of given coordinates. We will be plotting points to show relationships between two things. There will be a coordinate plane quiz on Monday. We will also continue to have our multiplication and division frenzies three times per week. Grade 7 is working on finding unit rates. We will use unit rates to compare things like unit price to determine which is a better buy. There will be a unit rate quiz on Monday. Grade 8 has been discussing what it means to be proportional and how proportionality is important in real world situations. There will be a proportionality quiz on Monday. Math 9 students are working on solving multi step inequalities and graphing solutions on a number line. There will be a quiz on Monday. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Ms. Fitzgerald Physical Education

Students continued working on basketball passes this week. They worked in pairs first reviewing the bounce pass and then practicing the chest pass. While these skills were improving we began to work on one partner doing the bounce pass while the other does the chest pass, after several minutes they would switch roles. This allowed the students to practice the passes while working on their reaction time as the other ball was coming for them to catch. Once we complete passing we will move on to shooting.


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

¡Hola! We're still working and reviewing on "AR" "ER" and "IR" ending verbs in Spanish. Making sure we have these down packed is very important to move onto the next level. Our two 6 grade classes are working on adding their final touches on their Bilingual Comic Books. So many great stories and illustrations were made and are very creative! The 5th grade class have been adding more Spanish vocabulary words, starting with common clothing ideas and things we see around the house! God willing they will all continue to work hard and progress. ¡Gracias!