Saint Mary Gate of Heaven Catholic Academy Weekly Bulletin


Mr. Heide Principal

Welcome back! I’m so happy to see that everyone was well rested and excited to get back into the swing of things. This past Wednesday, the school went to Mass in celebration of Ash Wednesday. This is the official start of the Lenten season and reminds us of the importance of our faith, fasting, personal sacrifice, and doing good deeds for others. Your children have probably been talking about “Paying It Forward”. Please make time to talk with them about the importance of paying good deeds forward and helping others. During Mass, Father Fitzsimmons spoke to them about the importance of mite boxes. This is a long tradition that even he participated in when he was a student in Catholic School. All the money that is donated in the mite boxes goes directly to help the less fortunate throughout the world. This is a wonderful way to “Pay It Forward” and make a difference.


Mrs. Farrell Director of Religious Education

We have entered the Liturgical Season of Lent.  The children received ashes on Wednesday. Along with their teachers, they will all be working on Lenten activities to bring us closer to Jesus.  The teachers will be having prayer services with the children in the Prayer Room and they will also be doing the Stations of the Cross.  Each class is also going to be aware of kind gestures from one another and participate in “Pay it Forward”. Please ask your children about that.  Perhaps each family can do a special activity at home that would be meaningful to you. It is a good way for the children to look beyond themselves and to be aware of others.


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

This week our children will move from thinking critically about light, darkness and shadows to an exploration of the properties and uses of water.  This unit, like all Pre K units provides opportunities for children to observe objects and phenomena in their environment with increasing complexity.  The children will begin their exploration by considering where we can find water.  The children will observe, discuss and explore water in their classrooms and throughout their environment, such as bodies of water and weather.


Mrs. Saviano Kindergarten

Kindergarten is currently discovering the letter Pp. We are learning to recognize its initial sound as well as write the capital and lower case letter. They are also working on sorting picture names with  the initial p sound. We are working on measuring objects by weight, length, and height as well as reviewing our addition and subtraction skills. We are working on doing good deeds and treating each other with kindness especially during Lent. We are also celebrating special March events including Dr. Seuss' Birthday.


Mrs. Luciano (Ms. Regina) First Grade

March is here! This made for a very busy week in first grade. We began the season of Lent on Wednesday by going to get ashes on our foreheads at Church.  We wrote in our journals this week the things we could do during Lent to grow closer to Jesus and to show love for others.  We celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday on Thursday by reading some of his books and discussing rhymes. We are getting ready for a math test next week on counting change and learning money amounts. We have been practicing by using play money in our classroom. It's fun to see the difference between a quarter, dime, nickel, and penny. The students also learned that when "ed" is put at the end of words, it shows something that happened in the past.   March also begins Women's History Month. The students each worked on a report telling about a great women. Let March continue on.


Ms. Ferraro Second Grade

Welcome back. The children came back to school, well rested and eager to get back to work. The season of Lent began with the observance of Ash Wednesday.  The entire school attended mass and ashes were distributed.  Lent is a time of prayer and sacrifice as Fr. Fitz explained to the children during the homily.  They must make an effort to make a sacrifice each day during the Lenten Season.  Each child received a mite box, which should be handed in at the end of Lent.  The mite box is used to save some money for the poor children of the world. On Friday, the second graders attended mass with the fourth graders. Since First Penance will take place on March 21st, we have begun getting ready for this sacrament.  The children are still working on subtraction with regrouping. So far, they are working very hard and doing well with this concept. They have learned eight script letters and several new words. Your children are hard workers and always very respectful and cooperative. You should be very proud of them.  Have a wonderful weekend!


Ms. Rodgers Third Grade

The third graders were very excited to see each other after our week off from school. We had a great time sharing stories with each other about how we all spent our mid-Winter recess.  In ELA, we are finishing up our work with proper use of pronouns and also spent some time on the short realistic fiction story, The Talent Show... We will be having a test next week.  In Math, we continued working on factions - our main focus this week was creating equivalent fractions. I'm happy to say the kids have done a great job with this topic. We began the Lenten season on Ash Wednesday with a school Mass. We also spent a great deal of time discussing the sacrifices we will make during Lent.  The kids each chose what they will sacrifice during Lent and we will do our best to support each other in keeping our Lenten promises. They are also excited about the Pay it Forward cards that Mrs. Farrell handed out to all the teachers and are enjoying keeping track of the good deeds their classmates are doing every day.  Luckily, third grade is full of good deed doers so I'm sure everyone will get a chance to receive a Pay it Forward card from a classmate.


Mrs. Sorriero Fourth and Fifth Grade ELA and Science

The liturgical season of Lent is here, and we have been quite busy coming back from vacation.  From receiving ashes to paying it forward with our good deeds, the fourth grade is focused on their role in our Catholic community.  We look forward to the upcoming weeks where we fulfill our Lenten sacrifices.  With March's arrival, we anticipate our ELA exam and continue to practice a wide range of skills in preparation.  We are consistently practicing our writing responses based on the novel we are reading as a class.  Fifth grade students have reached the point in Bud, Not Buddy where plots thicken, and we could read all afternoon.  It is a pleasure to read to them as a class, but this week they had the opportunity to read aloud to their classmates.  This week's target was fluency which is a nice switch from the weeks filled with writing responses.  Great job reading aloud class, and several students read with great emotion and narrative style.  This was the perfect week to dive into the atmosphere.  What is the current weather forecast?  Ask our science students what is going outside because they have been working hard on their meteorology skills.


Mrs. Fulgieri Fourth and Fifth Grade Math and Social Studies

Welcome back!  I hope everyone is well rested and ready for the long stretch of school days that lie ahead before the next break.  Grade 4 started the week off with module 5, fractions.  They are using number bonds and tape diagrams to represent fractions and mixed numbers.  They will be using the white boards so please make sure your student has ultra fine point erasable markers.  Grade 4 will have a summative assessment on division  this Tuesday, March 7th.  Grade 5 is finishing up division with 2 and 3 digit divisors and will complete the division unit with decimal division.  Then they will begin their unit on fractions.  Both grades are also working on other math topics simultaneously such as metric conversions and geometry.  With the beginning of Lent, the students will focus on performing good deeds for their families and each other.  Let's make this Lenten season  a time of reflection, prayer, and service. 


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

The sixth grade received ashes at mass on Wednesday, March 1. They are excited about doing their “Pay It Forward” good deeds for lent. They also began working on their personal daily sacrifices or good deeds. In Social Studies, the sixth grade is still learning about Ancient China. They found out the Shi Huangdi began the Great Wall during the Qin dynasty. In Science, they are learning how heat affects matter. They know that matter expands when it is heated and contracts when it cools. Language Arts finds the sixth grade taking their Capitalization and Noun tests on Thursday, March 2, and preparing for their Unit 6 Vocabulary test on March 6. The sixth grade is continuing to practice for the NYS-ELA test. They are progressing nicely.


Ms. Pellegrino Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade ELA

This week, students have been preparing the ELA State exams. We’re buckling down and getting focused for the weeks ahead. The students have been working very hard and doing a great job!


Ms. Winwood Seventh, and Eighth Grade Science

In eighth grade science we are currently learning about earthquakes and volcanoes and how they originate on plate boundaries and subduction zones.  Seventh grade is studying plants, their structure and how they are classified.  Eighth grade religion will be having a test on chapter 12 and begin chapter 13 which focuses on the early church and evangelization throughout the world.  Sixth grade religion is still studying the Old Testament learning about Samson and Delilah, Ruth, Naomi and other biblical figures.


Mr. DeMarinis Seventh and Eighth Grade Social Studies

Welcome back to school. I hope everybody had a restful week off. This week in Religion, we learned about the season of Lent and completed our Child Lures. The 7th graders continue to learn about the United states Constitution and the 8th graders completed their study of the United States becoming a world power and will have a test early next week. We will then turn our attention to World war I. Sometime in March the 8th graders will receive their notices from the public schools.


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

This week grade 6 is continuing their work on equivalent expressions. They are using the different properties of operations to generate algebraic expressions. There will be a test on Wednesday. Grade 7 is also working with equivalent expressions by factoring and expanding. There will also be a test on Wednesday. Grade 8 is solving systems of equations by using substitution, elimination, and graphing. There will be a systems of equations test on Wednesday. Math 9 is starting polynomial operations and will being applying that to quadratic equations. There will be a test on Friday March 9.


Ms. Fitzgerald Physical Education

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a great break. This week students in the upper grades started playing volleyball games, everyone seems to be getter familiar with the game. We will continue playing full volleyball games as we finish off the unit. The younger grade students got to enjoy a fun time doing obstacle courses. This allowed them to show their sportsmanship and teamwork, which everyone showed greatly towards each other.


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

¡Hola! This week has been full of excitement. For the 5th grade class, we began our introduction to Latin American countries we began with Dominican Republic. We celebrated their Independence by listening to music studying some instruments. The 6 graders also learned about the Dominican Republic, taking a closer look at the Flag and it's meaning. The 7th grade class had a similar approach, we learned more about the historical background. The 8th graders have been learning about the conquest of Mexico lead by Hernán Cortés. Not only did students have such a great interest, we also had a mock trial. Even though the class couldn't present all cases it was still successful. Great job done by the 8th grade class. ¡Gracias!