Saint Mary Gate of Heaven Catholic Academy Weekly Bulletin


Mr. Heide Principal

I’d like to start off by praising our first graders on the amazing job they did on their dioramas! I was so surprised when I stopped by to see them and must say that they look  wonderful! This Sunday we kick off Catholic School’s Week. We have our open house on Sunday from 10:30 A.M. – 2:30 P.M. The students and faculty have been working extremely hard on decorating our school. The hallways have been transformed into different parts of the United States. It’s a beautiful celebration of our nation. I guarantee you’ll be impressed when you stop by on Sunday. The rest of the week is filled with festivities that your children will be excited to participate in. Everyone is very excited for this upcoming week. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!


Mrs. Farrell Director of Religious Education

The Mass for our children who are preparing for First Communion was well attended.  Let’s continue to show the children how important it is to attend Mass each Sunday.  Remember our actions speak louder than words.  9 of our parish children will be baptized on Saturday at 11 AM.  Many of our students and teachers know these children.  It would be nice to have them come and support their friends as they are baptized.  Enjoy Catholic Schools Week.  There are many fun and educational activities planned for the week.


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

During the final week of transportation children explore the question, "How do we stay safe when using transportation?"  Abstract ideas such as safety, traffic, and rules become more concrete when explored through games such as Red light, Green light.  Throughout the unit, we highlighted various ways public transportation can be accessible to people with disabilities, for example wheel chair ramps on buses and elevators in subway stations.  We invited the school crossing guard to speak with the children about crossing the street safely, and how to use the stop lights to be safe.  Our next unit we will be discussing is Lights.


Mrs. Saviano Kindergarten

This week we are discovering the letter Gg and its initial sound. We are modeling and counting up to 16 and 17 using counters and ten frames. We are learning about how friends can work together to learn about God. We are also preparing for Catholic's Schools Week and engaging in activities to go along with the themes.


Mrs. Luciano (Ms. Regina) First Grade

First grade started the week discussing how LUCKY we are for the things we have, the world we live in, and the people in our lives. LUCKY is a word that ends with Y, which was the focus of all of our word work this week. We thought about the people we should PRAY for in religion, and discussed the STORY of Jesus calming the STORMY sea. We made sure to STUDY the KEY phrases in math word problems as we added and subtracted. We used our CREATIVITY in social studies as we presented our dioramas to the class. Our CURIOSITY is alive as we await the upcoming week of Catholic Schools Week. I hope to see you at the Open House this SUNDAY!


Ms. Ferraro Second Grade

The class has been very busy this week preparing for the celebration of Catholic Schools Week.  This year's theme is communities of faith, knowledge, and service. The children are working on projects which depict this theme.  In conjunction with this, the school will be celebrating the USA by learning about the different regions of our country.  The second grade is working on the Midwest Region, which includes 12 states. I'm proud to say that they are doing an amazing job!  We will kick off Catholic Schools Week with an Open House on Sunday from 10:30-2:30.  The Scholastic Book Fair will begin on that day.  There are several "fun" activities planned for next week that the children will participate in. The Catholic Schools Week Mass will take place On Wednesday at 8:45.  We hope that you will be able to attend.  On Saturday, January 28th. Nicholas Rampersaud, one of our Second graders,  will be baptized. Please keep Nicholas and his family in your prayers as he receives this sacrament.  The children are learning to add 3 numbers in Math.  I'm very pleased with their understanding of this skill.  We are working on folktales in Reading, which they are really enjoying.  Today the class attended mass with the 6th. graders.  Please come and visit on Sunday to see all the beautiful displays throughout the school.  The children have worked very hard and are proud of their wonderful creations.  Have a great weekend!


Ms. Rodgers Third Grade

The third grade has been very busy this week working on projects for Catholic Schools Week.  Our hallway was assigned the Mid-West states so we have been reviewing the Oregon Trail and Route 66, which both begin in the Mid-West.  We also began learning about South Dakota's Mount Rushmore.  The kids have really enjoyed all the activities we have been doing and are looking forward to traveling through the school next week during Catholic Schools Week to see what other hallways have done to celebrate the rest of our country.  Even though we've been busy getting our hallway displays ready, we still managed to get plenty of other important work done as well.  in Math, we finished a review of rounding numbers to the nearest ten and nearest hundred.  Then we moved on to using place value to fluently add and subtract numbers up to 1,000.  We're still working on this but the kids have been doing a great job with their mental math.  IN ELA, we revisited the story of King Tutankhamen when we read a student-written report, The Mystery of King Tut.  We were able to use this as a guide in writing topic sentences and supporting details for our own "mystery" story.  This week in religion we began learning about the four marks of the Church and what it means for the Church to be one, holy, catholic, and apostolic.  We are looking forward to attending Mass next week with the rest of the school to celebrate Catholic Schools Week.


Mrs. Sorriero Fourth and Fifth Grade ELA and Science

A lot of time and effort has gone into preparation for next week's celebration, Catholic Schools Week.  Not only have we been working on transforming our hallway to celebrate the nation, we have been working hard on our activities to celebrate our Catholic education.  This week was a great for our class to see how curriculum is applied.  Focusing on the Midwest, the fifth grade learned how this region has atmospheric conditions unlike our own.  The fifth grade is not only asking what the difference is, but why there is a difference.  Many of our classmates were able to make those inferences given the description of air masses and their direction. Our novel this term is set in the Midwest and offers us a look at our nation during the Great Depression.  As a class, we will look at these areas like Michigan and compare to present day.  We are looking forward to seeing new faces on Sunday for open house, and we are looking forward to seeing our familiar faces too!  After mass stop by the Midwest to see our work inside and outside the classroom!


Mrs. Fulgieri Fourth and Fifth Grade Math and Social Studies

What a busy week!  Grade 4 is showing improvement with their division skills and has started solving problems using the Guess and Check strategy.  I had to chase them out of the room today!   They didn't want to leave because they were  having so much fun.  Please continue to review multiplication and division facts with all grade 4 and grade 5 students.   Grade 5 is having their unit test on decimal multiplication tomorrow  and are ready to begin the challenges of division.  We have been using our social studies periods to complete our Catholic Schools Week projects on the Midwest States and Native Americans of the area.  Next week grade 5 will be reading 8 documents about the Iroquois and using the information to write an essay.  Today we started making our dream catchers.  The classes are showing their artistic talents and this Native American craft will be on display in our hallway.  Please come and visit.  Last Friday the 3rd and 5th grades attended the weekly 8:45 Mass with our parishioners.  The students did a fine job with all the responses and stated how much they enjoyed the celebration.  This Saturday some of our students will be receiving the sacrament of Baptism.  Congratulations to all of them.


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

This week the 6th grade is very busy getting ready for Catholic Schools Week. We are preparing our halls with symbols that represent the Southwest. We can't wait for everyone to come and see our work.  We hope you come and visit us  at the Open House on Sunday. Next week, we have a number of exciting events planned. It should be a fun and informative week.


Ms. Pellegrino Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade ELA

This week the whole junior high is decorating and gearing up for Catholic School's week. The students have done a fabulous job making decorations for our part of the U.S. In ELA both Seventh and Eighth grade are practicing their comprehension skills and applying them to multiple choice questions, as well as, reading response questions. In Religion the students are studying and analyzing the gospels.


Ms. Winwood Seventh, and Eighth Grade Science

Eighth grade science is now studying rocks and the rock cycle. Seventh grade science is beginning the chapter on protists.  Eighth grade religion just started chapter 11 which concentrates on the high middle ages, the Black Death and the great Schism of the West.   Sixth grade religion is about to start chapter 9 which tells of Moses leading his people through the wilderness and the ten commandments.  We are all very busy getting ready for Catholic Schools Week.  The children are doing a wonderful job in decorating the hallway.


Mr. DeMarinis Seventh and Eighth Grade Social Studies

The 7th and 8th graders are busy preparing for Catholic Schools Week. We are working on the southeastern region of the United States. There are many activities planned next week and in addition on Wednesday 2/1/2017 at the end of mass the 8th graders will have their rings blessed and all 8th grade parents are invited for some light refreshments in the auditorium after mass. We continue to study the history of the Church during the Middle Ages. The 7th graders had a test this week and began to learn about the American Revolution. The 8th graders continue to study the growth of cities and immigration to America during the late 1800's and early  1900's. Hope to see many of you during Catholic School Week.


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

Grade 6 is starting a new topic; exponents and expressions. Grade 7 is also working on evaluating expressions. Grade 8 is reviewing solving multi step equations and will apply that to solving systems of linear equations, which they will start next week. The entire middle school is working hard on their hallway to Celebrate our Nation for Catholic Schools Week.  We hope to see you on Sunday!


Ms. Fitzgerald Physical Education

Our volleyball unit is moving along pretty well. Students are moving into practicing how to set a volleyball. Once these skills have been reviewed and learned, students have been getting into a volley, working on keeping the ball in the air. The younger grades worked on their locomotor movements. These movements included walking, running, skipping, galloping, tip-toeing, hopping and skating. We went over each of these movements and then used a song to practice them in a circle. They then played a fun tag game called “Magician Tag” using the locomotor movements. There are four magicians or taggers that have a magic wand that represents a different locomotor movement, when another student get staged by one of the magicians they have to then move around with that particular locomotor movement. They all seemed to enjoy these activities, I am seeing great improvement from everyone.


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

¡Hola! The 5th graders are learning basic food items this week. Listening activities have been increased during our lessons, that way, students can hear what the other is saying and receive help when it comes to pronunciations. The 6th graders are being introduced to present tense verbs in Spanish, and a couple of irregular verbs in Spanish. 7th and 8th graders are learning the past tense in Spanish. Once we have these tenses down packed, speaking Spanish in class will be increased! Especially if the students want to go to the bathroom. It'll be an interesting way of having the students practice. ¡Gracias!