Saint Mary Gate of Heaven Catholic Academy Weekly Bulletin


Mr. Heide Principal

What a week! I’d like to start off by thanking the entire school for their participation in Tuesday’s 100 Days of School Ceremony. Kindergarten, First, Second, and Third Grade did an amazing job on their posters. They were  very colorful and creative. Grades Four, Five, Six, Seven, and Eighth were so enthusiastic and did a great job of cheering their friends on. I’d like to give a special thanks to the fourth graders for taking the initiative of starting the wave that went from one side of the bleachers to the other. It was a great ceremony and a momentous occasion for our school. I hope you all have an enjoyable Mid-Winter Recess. Use this time to rejuvenate and rest up. We all know that state exams are right around the corner. Take the opportunity to get yourself into the right frame of mind. Have a lovely vacation.


Mrs. Farrell Director of Religious Education

The First Communion Mass was well attended on Sunday.  Thank you to all of the parents who braved the weather to attend Mass.  We are preparing for Lent so when we are back from Winter Break we will hit the ground running.  Ash Wednesday is March 1st. Please join us at our school Mass and receive ashes. Receiving ashes is a tradition that finds its roots in the Old Testament. “I turned to the Lord God, to seek help, in prayer and petition, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes” (Daniel 9:3). When the ashes are placed on our foreheads in the sign of the Cross, it is a reminder of several things. First, it is a call to repentance: a physical sign that we are sinners in need of forgiveness, which is how the prophets used it in the Old Testament. Second, it is to remind us that God created us from the earth and when we die, we will return to it.  As Pope Benedict XVI has said, “Man is dust and to dust he shall return, but dust is precious in God's eyes because God created man, destining him to immortality.” God so loves us that, even when our bodies return to the dust, our souls are meant to live forever with him. The ashes symbolize all of this.


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

In our third week investigating light, we focused on how light helps us.  We came to realize that light helps us to see and to stay warm.  Light also helps plants grow. The children explored shadows by using flashlights and other light sources.  We discovered that a shadow appears when an object or a person blocks light, and that all objects make different shadows.  These explorations made science more meaningful to the children and built upon their natural curiosity.


Mrs. Saviano Kindergarten

Kindergarten is currently reviewing all of the letters that were taught through out the year. They are recognizing the initial sound of each letter and sorting picture names by their initial sound. They are working on reading and writing sight words. They are reviewing all of the numbers from 1-20. They are also engaging in 100 day activities. We are also working on how we can share God's love and grow as disciples of Jesus Christ.


Mrs. Luciano (Ms. Regina) First Grade

Tuesday was for sure the highlight of our week this week. Not only was it St. Valentine's Day, but it marked the 100th Day of School! The first grade did a lot of fun activities that had to do with the number 100, but the most special thing we did was parade our 100th Day poster projects to the whole school! The students were so thrilled to show their hard work to the school, and we want to thank grades 4-8 for cheering on grades K-3 during the parade. It was really fun! In math we started our unit on money, and for phonics we focused on words that end with es. We also spent time this week discussing "Stranger Danger" and an overall safety talk. I hope everyone has a fun and safe week off next week.


Ms. Ferraro Second Grade

The second graders were very excited this week to begin learning cursive writing. They just couldn't wait!  They learned a new letter each day, along with several words.  I was amazed at how well they did with such beautiful and neat handwriting. They were so excited that they wanted to do handwriting all day long! On Thursday we began the concept of regrouping with subtraction in Math.  This is usually a difficult concept, but they did relatively well. With a lot of practice, they will be able to master this skill.  In preparation for the Sacrament of Penance, the children recited the Act of Contrition individually.  Most of them were able to recite it perfectly. We celebrated Valentine's Day and the 100th. day of school on Tuesday.  To celebrate Valentine's Day, we had a class party at snack time.  Then in the afternoon, it was off to the gym for the 100th. day celebration.  The children in grades K-3 made beautiful posters with 100 items. Each poster proved to be unique and very creative.  The children marched around the gym showing their lovely posters to the children in grades 4-8.  The parade was very enjoyable and definitely promoted school spirit among all the grades.  As we end the week, everyone is looking forward to their vacation next week. Enjoy your week off, get a good rest, and be safe!  We'll see you on Monday, February 27th. Lent will begin on Wednesday, March 1st. with the observance of Ash Wednesday.


Ms. Rodgers Third Grade

This week the 3rd grade celebrated Valentine's Day and the 100th Day of School on the same day!  We had a great time parading around the gym to show off our 100th Day projects to the upper grades!  In class, not only did we have a party but we had fun trying to see how many activities we could do 100 times.  We also made a list of 100 reasons we love St. Mary Gate of Heaven Catholic Academy!  In Math, we are continuing to work on fractions and are really progressing well with this concept. In ELA this week we began to learn about pronouns. This was a little tricky at first but everyone seems to be getting the hang of it. In Religion, we are breaking down the Apostles' Creed to get a better understanding of it as we practice memorizing it. We will definitely need to spend some time reciting it during our week off from school. I hope everyone has a great mid-winter break!!


Mrs. Sorriero Fourth and Fifth Grade ELA and Science

As a class the fourth grade have taken on one of our hardest targets this year, figurative language.  We are excelling in identifying what type of expression is used.  Our challenge is in understanding what the author is really trying to say.  Over vacation, we are practicing our expressions along with reading and writing responses.  A little bit each day will go a long way in preparation for our exam! Fifth grade has a confidence I can even see in their "gait".  Responses are becoming more and more polished each day.  Their is enthusiasm in reading, and students are even seeking out supplemental information sources.   Over vacation we are going to work on our personal writing goals and read about Bud's next adventure on the lam.


Mrs. Fulgieri Fourth and Fifth Grade Math and Social Studies

We have passed the 100 day mark of the school year, and the milestone was celebrated and enjoyed by all.  The K, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders created great posters and the remainder of the grades cheered them on as they paraded in the gym. With the Winter recess break approaching, the 4th grade is completing their unit on division.  They were taught an alternative method of division using compatible numbers and are excelling using this new strategy.  The fifth grade is on to dividing with 2 digit divisors and making measurement books about the metric system and converting units.  They will also be illustrating their books with pictures of items that will help them to use the metric system with better understanding.  Both classes will have some math practice to complete over the winter break.  The 4th grade state test will be the first week of May.  Rest up and enjoy the week.  There won't be any days off until the Easter recess.


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

In Science, the sixth grade is continuing to learn about Temperature, Thermal Energy, and Heat. We’ve been learning how to use Fahrenheit and Celsius thermometers. They’ve also learned how to use the correct formulas to convert Celsius to Fahrenheit and Fahrenheit to Celsius. In Social Studies, the sixth grade is learning about China’s Guangzi Zhungzu region, the Tibetan Plateau called the Roof og the World, and the Himalayas. Language Arts finds us carefully practicing for the sixth grade NYS-ELA Test. Finally, the sixth grade wants to congratulate the students in grades K to 3 for a wonderful 100 Day Celebration Parade. You did a great job! We hope everyone has a fantastic Mid-Winter Recess. Enjoy!


Ms. Pellegrino Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade ELA

This week in ELA seventh and eighth grade are busy writing document based essays that involve comparing and contrasting stories. They learned how to use different graphic organizers to help them organize information better before creating their four square outline. They are meeting the challenges well. In Religion we are discussing Child Lures. We are all looking forward to a restful week off!


Ms. Winwood Seventh, and Eighth Grade Science

The eighth grade had a test and started studying Plate Tectonics.  Seventh grade science is still studying protists and determining whether they are animal, plant or fungus like.  Eighth grade religion is concentrating on the Great Schism of the West during the 1300's and the reign of Pope Clement VII - the antipope.  Sixth grade religion is still on the book of Exodus.  We are studying how God gave Moses the Ten Commandments and their travels to the promised land. Enjoy the vacation!


Mr. DeMarinis Seventh and Eighth Grade Social Studies

This week the 7th graders had a test on the American Revolution and have begun to learn about  our first government known as the Articles of Confederation. The 8th graders had a test on the Progressive Era and began learning about  the United States entering into the 20th Century why and how they became a world power. In Religion, class 8-1 is learning about Child Lures. Wishing everyone a restful week off.


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

This week the sixth grade started Algebra! We will continue to learn how to evaluate expressions. Seventh grade is also working on Algebra- they are building up their fluency on Solving Algebraic Expressions. Grade 8 will be applying the Algebra skills they have to solving systems of equations using substitution and elimination. Math 9 is also working on systems, but they are solving systems of inequalities and graphing those systems.


Ms. Fitzgerald Physical Education

This week the upper grades continued to work on serving in volleyball. Students got the opportunity to practice serving with a net. This will allow them to get a feel for the distance and power they would need to get it successfully over the net. We then turned it into a game to see which group can get everyone to complete a successful serve and get their line completed first. This allowed them to see how serving under pressure would feel and get ready for that in an actual game. Everyone is doing very well in serving. The younger grades did this fun activity called “Hula Hoop Car Road Trip” where they used hula hoops as cars. They had to listen for different “road terms” that would let them know different locomotor movements they had toper form. For example, when they heard bumpy road they had to skip or when they heard flat tire they had to hop. They really seemed to enjoy this.


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

¡Hola! It was an exciting week for the 5th grade class. The class learned a Spanish nursery rhyme. Once we had learned the song correctly, the class began to work together and added extra set of words yo the song. The 6th grade class has learned two Spanish nursery rhymes a long with dance steps. Hopefully we'll get to finish them. For the 7th grade class, we went through the Latin American map and learned all the Spanish speaking countries. For the 8th graders, we went over the geographic regions in Latin America. We'll be discussing the importance of Hernán Cortés and his role in the Aztec Empire in Mexico. ¡Gracias!