Saint Mary Gate of Heaven Catholic Academy Weekly Bulletin


Mr. Heide Principal

I’d like to start off by saying thank you to those who attended our Back to School Kickoff celebration. I can’t thank you all enough for attending and all your kind words. I’d also like to thank our faculty for their hard work in preparing, cooking, and serving dinner and dessert. It was a wonderful night! I hope that everyone enjoyed their first full week of school. It’s great to see everyone smiling and cheerful in their uniform. We’ve made some changes to our website. All school bulletins will now be posted under the Parent/Student Resources tab. Simply scroll down and you’ll see the section labeled Weekly Bulletins I’d like to take a minute to remind you that on Tuesday, September 20 at 7 P.M. will be our Back to School Night. We’re looking forward to seeing you there.


Mrs. Farrell Director of Religious Education

We will begin Religious Education classes next week. If you know anyone who needs to register a child, please remind them when classes start. Sunday, September 18th is Catechetical Sunday. We would like the students to come to 9:30 Mass as we recognize and bless all the teachers who share our faith with the children.  As we prepare the students who will be receiving Confirmation in November, a calendar of important dates will be sent home next week. Please ask your child for it and mark these dates on your calendar. A Confirmation meeting for parents is scheduled for October 13th, at 7PM.


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

After an exciting and successful first full week, the Pre-K classes will continue to practice gathering for large group activities. They will practice this through short and active songs, name games, etc. They will develop a basic awareness of themselves as individuals and within the context of community.


Mrs. Saviano Kindergarten

This week kindergarten is learning how to be ready for school. We are talking about how we travel to school and we are graphing the results. We are learning how to follow rules and be a part of the school community. We are learning our prayers and practicing acts of kindness in our classroom.


Ms. Regina First Grade

This week first grade has learned short /a/ words. We had a great deal of fun realizing how many short /a/ words are found in the stories that we read. Every time we heard a short /a/ word this week in a story, we clapped! In math, we worked in groups with our classmates to work on number sentences that add up to 6, 7, 8, and 9.  We are helping each other to learn different addition strategies.  We took time this week to practice a fire drill.  All of the first graders realized the importance of forming a quiet line as we lined up for a fire drill.  They have shown a great deal of responsibility as we practiced.  First grade was excited to get together with their 7th grade buddies this week as we went to Mass for the first time this school year.  We have been discussing the importance of Mass this week.  We even sang a song in religion to thank God for the many blessings he has given us as we start our school year!


Ms. Ferraro Second Grade

The second grade was very excited about beginning their first full week of school. Needless to say, they were exhausted and ready for a nap at 3:00! Reviewing some of the skills was a major part of the curriculum this week.  As one of the children said, "We have to tune up our brains" – a wise comment for a seven year old. Much time was dedicated to reviewing addition and subtraction up to 20.  Working on short vowel sounds proved to be a great success as they were very proficient in this skill.  Some of the children will be receiving First Penance in the spring, therefore, they began learning The Act of Contrition (prayer of sorrow). This is the first step in the preparation process for First Penance.  Lots of partying as we celebrated three birthdays in one week! We had a successful and exciting week of school and we're looking ahead to a wonderful and profitable year.


Ms. Rodgers Third Grade

The third graders have been having a great time getting to know one another better and hearing about each other's summer adventures.  We are happy to welcome two third grade students to the SMGHCA community! This week we spent some time working together to create a set of classroom rules. We began working on sentence structure in ELA and are diving in to Math lessons in multiplication.  We were also very excited to have a visit from Fr. Hugh Gillespie, SMM who stopped by to talk to us as we began our unit on the early life of Jesus.


Mrs. Fulgieri Fourth and Fifth Grade Math and Social Studies

The beginning of the school year is always very busy. The students are transitioning into the world of changing classes. They are adjusting slowly into this new situation and I’m sure by next week they will start feeling more at ease. The 5th grade is learning about Jesus’ ministry and his use of parables to explain the Kingdom of God. We read about the Parable of the Mustard Seed and how the seed and its plant can be compared to God’s Kingdom. Place value is the topic for both the 4th and 5th grade. Grade 5 is learning to recognize that in a multi-digit number,  a digit in one place represents 10 times as much as it represents in the place to its right and 1/10 of what it represents in the place to its left. They working into the hundredths decimal place and are using manipulatives that represent 1, 1/10, and 1/100 for clarity.   The fourth grade is also learning the same however only with whole numbers.  In social studies, grade 4 is going to begin work on their landform books.  They are studying 5 landforms that are found in New York State: mountains, hills, valleys, plateaus, and plains.  Grade 5 has been learning about diversity in the U.S. population and the reasons people choose to emigrate here. The motto found on the seal of the US, E  Pluribus Unum, represents this diversity.  They also are learning the meaning of the symbols on the motto. 


Mrs. Sorriero Fourth and Fifth Grade ELA and Science

As the first full week of classes comes to an end, the fourth grade has already proven they are ready to work! Our students recalled all three steps of close reading from third grade and took on their first challenging text this year. If you would like to see their impressive animal cell diagrams, take a look at our interactive classroom on This week as students learned the importance of daily prayer, it was especially nice for us to keep Sahara Apollonio in our prayers. Sahara interviewed via Skype with producers in California for a very competitive spot on the Food Network's Chopped Kids Edition. 


Fifth graders engaged in great team building activities this week. Students took off in science with "Saving Sammy," our scientific method simulation. Team 7, Brandon, Irving, Aidan, and Daniel, were the first to rescue our gummy worm with a gummy life jacket.  Check out our attempts on Edmodo! Learning to work with our peers is also a goal in our English Language Arts class. Reading a declaration from the United Nations proved challenging for our teams, but with a close look at vocabulary and graphic organizing we did it!


Ms. Pellegrino Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade ELA

In ELA Sixth and Seventh grades are busy learning how to infer details and main ideas from their passages...Eighth grade is writing their first essay on their summer novel "Pretties". In seventh grade Religion, the class is discovering "How God is present in their life". All classes are off to a great start!


Ms. Winwood Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade Science

In eighth grade Religion class, we are continuing our studies for Confirmation. We are concentrating on the Beatitudes, studying their impact on our daily lives. Sixth and Seventh grade science are learning the discovery of cell, the microscope and the cell theory. Eighth grade science is learning about landforms and topography. They are currently working on a landform region map of the United States. We have a daily review of the Catholic High School application process as well as the Public High School and Specialized H.S. process.


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

This week in class 8-1 we began to prepare for Confirmation. In addition, we reviewed the mass and prepared the readers for the school mass on Friday. All the 8th graders received and reviewed 4 books concerning Catholic and public high schools. They should be taken home for parents to review. As a reminder, there is a high school meeting for ALL 8th grade parents on Tuesday, September 27. The 8th grade parents will learn about how to apply to these schools. The 6th and 7th graders in social studies reviewed geography this week and will begin to learn about the story of America and the world beginning with prehistory. The 8th graders began with a 90 question review sheet of thing that we learned last year and have begun the topic of Manifest Destiny. Thank you and have a great weekend.


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

This week the Middle School students are setting goals for themselves. We will be continuing to review the previous years' Common Core standards and set goals based on those standards.  In addition to choosing two goals that the children will work toward for the next four weeks, they will also develop an action plan to help achieve these goals.  These goals are a baseline for excelling in the new material.


Ms. Catalano Reading Specialist

It was a great first full week of school. It was so nice seeing the returning students and meeting some new students. I think this will be an enjoyable and productive school year. I was busy making my Remedial Reading and SETTS class lists. I am also beginning to sort through the Terra Nova testing materials for our third-eight grade exams in October.



Ms. Fitzgerald Physical Education

This week students worked on building teamwork and communication skills. They performed a number of activities that prepared them for game like situations involving these skills. The lower grades worked on practicing basic gross motor skills. They also did activities involving hand eye coordination


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

¡Hola! So far it's been an amazing week in Spanish class. The 5th graders learned how to say and ask for someone's name in Spanish by using paper tacos! 6-8 grades know how to count from one to a hundred in Spanish! As well as the months in Spanish. All grades know the whole Spanish alphabet! Being that Spanish Heritage Month has officially started, for next week we will be learning about different Spanish speaking countries. Feel free to stop by our classroom, I'm sure you will enjoy the display of flags! ¡Gracias!