Saint Mary Gate of Heaven Catholic Academy Weekly Bulletin


Mr. Heide Principal

I’m glad to see that everyone made it safely to school. Your child’s safety is our number one priority which was why we made the decision early Wednesday afternoon to close on Thursday. If you have not done so already, please make sure you download and install the Remind app. This is the easiest way to stay up to date with all school related announcements including school closings. I must say how proud I am of how hard everyone has been working. Our students and faculty continually work diligently and I just wanted to acknowledge their hard work. Lastly, I’d like to remind you that the week of February 20, we will be closed for mid-winter recess. I’m sure everyone is looking forward to having a week of rest.


Mrs. Farrell Director of Religious Education

We are preparing for the season of Lent.  The children will be talking about it in all their Religion classes.  Ash Wednesday is March 1st.  The classes will be taking part in the Child Lures program from the Diocese.  Every school and Religious Education class takes the month of February to discuss ways the children can be kept safe and aware of their surroundings.  If you do not have a Parent Guide from last year, please feel free to ask your child’s teacher for one and we will provide it again.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.  Kindergarten parents will each get the parent guide. Our next First Communion Special Mass is Sunday, February 12th at 9:30. Please bring the colored penance booklet to Mass.


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

In the Light unit, the children began by considering the first week's question, "What kinds of light are around us?"  By observing and exploring natural and man-made light, they came to understand that there are many types of lights in our homes and in our cities.  During our second week of the Light unit, we engaged in learning experiences and activities that encouraged the children to think about darkness.  We came to know that darkness is when there is little or no light. We compared the daytime sky and the nighttime sky, and the children described the various activities that they engage in during the day and during the night.  The children examined Vincent Van Gogh's painting The Starry Night and used that as an inspiration for creating their own images of the night sky.


Mrs. Saviano Kindergarten

This week Kindergarten is discovering the letter Ww and its initial sound. They are learning how to write the letter and sort picture names that begin with that sound. They are learning how friends work together and pray together. They are working together to share God's love. They are working on adding two groups together to find the sum. They are engaging in some fun Valentine Math activities as well as 100th day activities. They are all working on an in class 100th day gum ball machine project. Each child will be putting their thumbprints on a paper plate in 10 sets of different colors to make 100. We are also learning about winter as we complete winter projects. We are reading many different winter stories as well. They are  also  reading and writing sight words.


Mrs. Luciano (Ms. Regina) First Grade

We are very close to the 100th day of school! It seems like we can't get the number 100 off of our minds. In Math we have been using the hundred chart to find patterns as we skip count 2's, 5's and 10's.  We had our Word Work test today on words that end with "ng" and "nk", and we are hoping to get all of our words spelled 100% correct. We also have been talking a lot about actions in First Grade this week, because we know that actions are verbs! We are sure we do at least 100 actions everyday! We've read about the action of praying in Religion. We are practicing to learn the Our Father in class. We learned this week that the Our Father is also known as The Lord's Prayer. It is the prayer that Jesus taught us, and that's an action we want to continue to do.


Ms. Ferraro Second Grade

Last week was very busy as we celebrated Catholic Schools Week.  On Monday we returned back to our regular routine after a week of doing many fun and exciting activities.  The children finished adding with regrouping on Wednesday and had a test on Friday.  They did a great job with this concept and will begin subtracting with regrouping on Monday.  They read an autobiography about George Washington Carver, which they really enjoyed.  They were impressed with his great accomplishments, after being born into a family of slaves.  Mr. Heide visited us on Wednesday while we were reviewing the vocabulary that was presented in that story. On Monday they will begin learning cursive writing. The children got an exciting surprise on Wednesday - no school on Thursday due to a snowstorm.  They were happy to hear the news and enjoyed their unexpected day off!! There is a mass at 9:30 on Sunday for the children who will be receiving First Communion, which they must attend. Have a wonderful weekend - keep warm and stay safe!!


Ms. Rodgers Third Grade

After our busy week last week, third grade was quick to get back to work this week. In Math we started a new unit on fractions.  This was an entirely new concept for the kids but they picked up on the idea of unit fractions pretty quickly.  This is a topic we will be covering for a while but I was glad to see them excited about a new topic - they are having a lot of fun pointing out fractions throughout our classroom.  In ELA, we have been reading a journal article about the Terracotta Army and learning our new vocabulary words for unit 7.  We also began learning about our planet Earth, primarily focusing on the layers of the earth and the rock cycle.  Inn Religion, we are focusing on understanding the Church as being the Body of Christ.  We will also be learning a new prayer, The Apostles' Creed.  It's a long prayer, so we are going to be practicing it a little at a time, but I know the kids will have no problem adding one more prayer to their repertoire.


Mrs. Sorriero Fourth and Fifth Grade ELA and Science

Progress reports are less than a week away and our religion Unit Assessments are in. Now it's time to begin our Ten Commandments Project!  With vacation just ahead, we begin our first novel to keep us focused for our State Exams just a month away.  Dear Mr. Henshaw has already caught the attention of our fourth graders and will really strengthen our reading and writing skills.  Students have even practiced writing with evidence in science.  All groups are graphically organizing the three states of matter.  This reinforces the importance of gathering your information before writing.   Busy bees! Fifth grade may have had a day off of school, but In Science we call that hands on learning. What better way to study weather than go play in the snow!  Students did a great job pairing the weather instruments to their functions.  Visual material proves to be a favorite for our 5th graders so tune into Edmodo for some extra videos.  "Bugs" has us squirming in our seats while Bud has our full attention.  We read on eagerly to see if our predictions are correct in Bud, Not Buddy.  Our groups have delivered very detailed responses.  Keep it up class!


Mrs. Fulgieri Fourth and Fifth Grade Math and Social Studies

The week got off to a good start and was interrupted by Thursday's snow.  Grade 4 is preparing for a Chapter 3 SS test which will be on Tuesday.  Grade 5 just completed reading 7 documents about Native Americans.  They are now working on their four square outlines which will be followed by a detailed essay about the Native American's use of their natural resources.  Both grades are completing their units on single digit divisors and problem solving.  Grade 5 is using the Order of Operations to evaluate math expressions.  The events of Pentecost have been identified in our religion lessons of the week as the students pondered the role of the Holy Spirit in their lives.


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

After a fabulous Catholic Schools Week, the 6th grade is eagerly back to work. They had an LA test on nouns on Wednesday. Next Monday, they are having a Vocabulary test on Unit 5. In Social Studies, the 6th grade finished the unit on Ancient Egypt with a test on Nubia and Egypt on Friday. They then began a new unit on Ancient China. The students are finding it very interesting learning about the Huang River and the North China Plain. They are also comparing and contrasting the Nile River and the Huang River. In Science, the 6th grade began a new unit on Physical Science. They are beginning to learn about Thermal Energy, Heat, and Temperature.


Ms. Pellegrino Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade ELA

This week in eighth grade ELA the students are working on state exam prep. In seventh grade ELA the students are working on comparing and contrasting two passages that focus on the same topic but approach it in two different ways. Both grades will be taking their  unit 7 vocabulary tests. In Religion the class is discussing child lures.


Ms. Winwood Seventh, and Eighth Grade Science

The Eighth grade is having a test on Rocks on Wednesday.  We have already started the chapter on Plate Tectonics.  Seventh grade is currently finishing up the lesson on protists and will begin to study Fungi!  Eighth grade religion class will have a test this Thursday on chapter 11 - Chapter 12 still concentrates on Church History and social justice throughout the ages. Sixth grade religion is still on the book of Exodus and Moses' journey leading the Israelites to the promised land.  Don't forget the Valentine's Day dance this Friday!


Mr. DeMarinis Seventh and Eighth Grade Social Studies

The 8th graders in Religion have completed chapter 10 on the Church in the Middle Ages and have begun on Child Lures. In Social Studies, the 8th grade continues to learn about the three U.S. that helped to promote Progressivism during the early 1900's. Meanwhile, the 7th graders completed their lessons on the American Revolution and will have a test early next week.


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

This week grades 6 & 7 continued to work on translating verbal phrases to algebraic expressions. Next week we will apply what we learned to solving equations.  Grade 6 will have a quiz on Monday on Parts of an Expression & Writing Algebraic Expressions. Grade 8 will continue solving systems of equations. We will focus on solving systems algebraically and graphically. Math 9 is starting a new unit on quadratic equations.


Ms. Fitzgerald Physical Education

This week the younger students used their locomotor movements in stations, looking at each station’s sign to see what movement they had to perform and for how long. They worked in partners to track each others progress. The upper grades began serving in volleyball. They practiced both the under hand and over hand serves. They worked in groups and along the wall then moved into the middle of the gym and practiced as if there was a net up, so this way when there is, they are better prepared. Everyone is showing great progress.


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

¡Hola! The lovely 5th graders have been practicing their pronunciation of food items. As well as reviewing the two songs we learned in Spanish which are, "Days of the week" to the beat of the Adam's family theme song and lastly "Itsy bitsy spider" in Spanish. The 6 graders used their Spanish skills in a friendly competition. It had a great turn out. The 7th grade class was able to refresh their memories and study at the same time while doing test correct. With the 8th grade class we began a class discussion on the difference between "Latino/Latina" and "Hispanic". The class seems interested in the topic which is great. We shall be entering new topics next week. ¡Gracias!