Saint Mary Gate of Heaven Catholic Academy Weekly Bulletin


Mr. Heide Principal

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had time to rest, relax, and reflect on all the joy this past year brought. I cannot begin to express how excited I was to see everyone this past Tuesday. You were truly missed over vacation. Even though the week was short, a lot has gone on. This past Wednesday, we kicked off our chocolate sale. I want to remind you all that this is a mandatory fundraiser for all students of the academy. If you have not done so, please bring in your $60 contribution to receive your box of chocolate. Once you have paid for chocolate, you reimburse yourself through the selling of the candy bars. This Saturday is our winter carnival! It will be from 11:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. in the auditorium. There will be games, a bounce house, and food. Please note that admission is free, but there is a fee for the games, bounce house, and food. If you’re interested in volunteering to help out, please arrive at 10:00 A.M. We really could use your help. On Sunday at 3:00 P.M. auditions will be held for our Spring Show, Big the Musical. Auditions will be in the auditorium. Once again, Happy New Year and welcome back!


Mrs. Farrell Director of Religious Education

Happy New Year!  As we begin 2017, we are continuing our sacrament preparation programs. Our older children who are requesting to be baptized will be baptized on January 28th at 11 AM. The baptism meeting will be next Wednesday, January 11th at 7:30 PM in the CCD office. Parents who need to be present will receive a letter this week.  Our First Communion meeting will be next Thursday evening at 7 PM in the auditorium.  We are excited to continue our early morning Religion classes with the UPK children who have signed up for it.


Mrs. Miller UPK Administrator, Ms. Martino UPK, Mrs. DeMarinis, Ms. Crane UPK, Mrs. Murray UPK

This week Pre-K began our unit on Transportation. Children began the unit by considering the first week’s focus question, “What kinds of transportation do I use and why?” Children read about and discussed what modes of transportation they use (including motorized vehicles, non-motorized vehicles and other modes like walking) by creating a chart titled, “How did I get to Pre-K today?”


Mrs. Saviano Kindergarten

This week Kindergarten is reviewing the letter Cc. We are learning its initial sound and working on writing both the capital and lowercase letter. We are also learning about families. The children are discovering what makes family so important. Thy are also drawing family portraits. We are also making New Years resolutions and setting up goals that we want to achieve in the new year. We are also discovering different ways that we can be the best kindergartner we can be in the new year.


Mrs. Luciano (Ms. Regina) First Grade

Happy New Year! It's 2017, and first grade is starting this new year by working extra hard on their writing skills.  We have been identifying the beginning, middle, and ends of stories and are using this knowledge to start on writing summaries of what stories are about.  We know we need to always stay focused when we write so that we don't forget to capitalize our sentences, or miss putting an end mark at the end of them.  We have really been enjoying the writing process.  We also have been practicing working together to write adding and subtraction word problems in math.  We are getting really good at identifying key phrases in the math word problems that we read so that we can understand how to solve each problem.  In Religion, we are approaching the end of the Christmas season and have been talking about the Epiphany.  We read and acted out a play in class about the Nativity and have talked about the special role the 3 Wise Men had. We realized that our classmate Benjamin's birthday is on 3 Kings' Day! It has been a very fun first week back to school this year.  I hope you all will enjoy the Winter Carnival tomorrow.


Ms. Ferraro Second Grade

Best wishes for a healthy and Happy New Year! Hopefully you had a wonderful Christmas season and a nice vacation. As the year begins, we're off to a fast and furious start! On Wednesday morning the children attended an assembly, which had a duel purpose.  At first they were informed of the World's Finest Chocolate sale, which began yesterday.  The second part of the assembly was about the School Show, which will take place in May. Our first Winter Carnival is on Saturday and many exciting events are planned for that day. Hope to see you there.  As the Sacrament of Penance approaches, the children are learning the Act of Contrition.  I'm very proud of them as many have already memorized it - great job!  The new Math concept being taught is adding with regrouping, which is new for the second graders.  We will begin learning to write in script next week. The children can't wait!  The next unit in reading features creative ideas and how to formulate. these ideas into story writing. As you can see, there's a lot happening already!


Ms. Rodgers Third Grade

The third graders were very excited to see each other after spending our Christmas vacations away from school.  We spent some time on Tuesday and Wednesday sharing stories about our holidays and catching up with our classmates.  I am always so proud of this class because even though they were very excited to be back together, they also were able to focus and get right back into work-mode flawlessly.  In Math, we are working on mastering our multiplication skills and exploring different strategies of multiplication including Commutative Property, Identity Property and Zero Property.  We also practiced using a multiplication table.  While the class was nervous about having to memorize all the multiplication facts through the tens, they also surprised themselves when they realized how many multiplication facts they already have memorized.  In ELA, we worked on sentence structure and vocabulary.  To practice our new vocabulary, we read about the International Space Station.  This topic greatly interested the class, so we will continue to spend some time learning about the ultimate frontier, space.  This week in Religion we have been focusing on how the Apostles led the early Church and our ancestors in faith who are great examples of holiness.  Some of the Saints we talked about this week included Sts. Perpetua and Felicity, as well as St. Augustine.


Mrs. Sorriero Fourth and Fifth Grade ELA and Science

Welcome back from vacation!  It is always nice to come back and celebrate the Eucharist as a class and with the eighth grade as well.  Next week our school mass will be hosted by the fourth grade, and we would like to welcome our families to celebrate with us.  We are even closer now to our state exams.  The students are actively working on their narrative writing and building circuits to prepare! You would never know the fifth grade was on vacation.  Less than a week back they have completed a four square outline, draft, and published copy of the latest essay, A Tween Life.  Take a look at their photo collages on the third floor to match! Their next science exit is coming next week.  Be sure to review your rock cycle cards!


Mrs. Fulgieri Fourth and Fifth Grade Math and Social Studies

Happy New Year!  We are off to a fast beginning;  the annual World's Finest Chocolate sale has begun,  the Winter Carnival is Saturday, and Spring Show Auditions are Sunday.  Grade 5 has kicked off the New Year learning that a decimal multiplied by another decimal will result in a product that is smaller that either of the two factors.  The class has been using 10 x 10 grids to prove this concept.  Meanwhile perimeter of polygons is on the 4th grade's agenda.  The students have been working well in their groups and thinking of multiple perimeter formulas for other regular polygons.  Great job by both classes.  With Easter a few months away, the class is learning about the RCIA and RCIC programs and the Easter Vigil Mass. Some students are preparing for their Baptism later this month.  Hope to see you Saturday and Sunday at the Winter Carnival and Spring Show Auditions!


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

Happy New Year to all! The 6th grade is back and ready to work hard in 2017. They are having a Social Studies test on ancient Egypt on Thursday, January 5. They enjoy learning about the pharaohs, pyramids, and mummification. In LA, the 6th grade is also having a Vocabulary Workshop Unit 4 test on January 10. In Science, they are working on their land biome dioramas. Be creative. Don't forget the dioramas are due the week of January 17. Some students have brought their projects in early. They did a wonderful job on them. 2017 is off to a great start.


Ms. Pellegrino Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade ELA

Happy New Year!!! A new year and a fresh look at our studies. In Eighth grade ELA, we started our last novel in the series, "Extras". The students are excited to find out how all our characters conclude. In Seventh grade ELA, we are continuing to review and master our skills in summarizing and picking out main ideas from our stories. The students are improving their short answer responses to their passages. In Religion the students are making positive resolutions and exploring how God can help them achieve their goals and grow closer to Him.


Ms. Winwood Seventh, and Eighth Grade Science

The seventh grade is finishing up the last lesson of chapter 1 - Domains and Kingdoms.  The eighth grade is also finishing the chapter with lesson 3 – Heat transfer.  Both grades will be having a test next week.  In Eighth grade Religion class, we are studying the Crusades and the Sixth grade is starting the chapter on how Moses leads his people out of Egypt.   We had chocolate sale kick off today – so let's sell chocolate.  We also had a presentation for the "Spring Show" which is "Big".  We need a lot of children from the upper grades.  Please encourage your eighth graders to try out for the show - either performing or working behind the scenes.  The Eighth grade has Mass on Friday and it is also a Noon dismissal.  Happy New Year to all of you and thank you for your generosity this Christmas season.  It is truly appreciated.


Mr. DeMarinis Seventh and Eighth Grade Social Studies

A happy, blessed, healthy, and peace filled New Year to everyone. This week the 7th graders have begun to study about the causes of the American Revolution and the 8th graders have begun to learn about how and why the United States after the Civil War began to become an industrial giant. 8-1 in Religion had a test on Thursday on chapter 8. I hope to see many of you at our Winter Carnival this Saturday from 11-4. Next week, the 8th graders who took the TACHS  test should receive their notices from the Catholic High Schools. They are to be mailed to your home starting Wednesday 1/11/17. You should receive them by Friday. GOOD LUCK.


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

Happy New Year! We are spending this week reviewing the skills necessary to apply proportional reasoning and ratios to real work problems. Grade 6 will be focusing on unit rate and will have a quiz on Monday. Grade 7 will also be focusing on unit rates (including complex fractions) and will have a quiz on Monday as well as an upcoming project. Grade 8 will extend their proportional reasoning skills to similar triangles and relate them to the slope of a line. Math 9 is finishing up the chapter on Compound Inequalities, which includes solving, graphing, checking, and writing solution sets in set notation.


Ms. Fitzgerald Physical Education

Welcome back everyone! I hope everyone had a great holiday and New Years while relaxing and enjoying the break. This week the lower grades are beginning to work on their ball handling skills. This week they are working on catching. The upper grades are beginning our volleyball unit. This week they are working on passing using the bumping technique.


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

¡Hola y Feliz Año Nuevo! Now that we are back from break all classes this week are and will consist of review. Reviewing should be a perfect time for all students to ask questions on topics they didn't understand. All grades will have the opportunity  to review before the test. Once the all tests are done, we will be able to extend our knowledge in the Spanish language. Speaking in class will be required since it is part of participation. ¡Muchas Gracias!