Saint Mary Gate of Heaven Catholic Academy Weekly Bulletin


Mr. Heide Principal

Congratulations to the entire school on a job well done in the ratification of the St. Mary Gate of Heaven Catholic Academy Bill of Rights! This is a proud day for our school and a step in the right direction of being mindful of our responsibilities towards each other and our school. It was great to have Senator Addabbo join us today as we ratified the Bill of Rights. Our Bill of Rights ties in perfectly with the message of Lent and paying forward good deeds and treating others with respect.


Mrs. Farrell Director of Religious Education

Our children have been taking Lent seriously.  They are reflecting on their Lenten sacrifices and trying to be kinder and more considerate.  I hope it is working at home too.  They are using the Prayer Room to reflect on the Stations of the Cross.  Our First Communion children will be getting ready for their First Penance in 2 weeks. Please keep them in your prayers.


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

During the second week of our water unit, children will focus on changes in water temperature. They will explore and observe ice and water at different temperatures and perform experiments with water and ice.


Mrs. Saviano Kindergarten

During this season of Lent we are currently working on following in Jesus's footsteps. We are working on being kind to one another and loving one another the way Jesus loves us. We are also working on doing good deeds and paying it forward. We are discovering the letter Rr and its initial sound. We are working on sorting the capital and lower case letter as well. We are sorting picture names according to their initial sound. We are learning to read and write sight words as well. We are learning about measurement and working on using words such as length, height, and weight. We are also working on many different Lent projects and well as other projects for the many events in March.


Mrs. Luciano (Ms. Regina) First Grade

We finished up our unit on counting coins in math this week and had our test on money amounts on Thursday. The first graders enjoyed all aspects of their lessons on coins. They know what the coins are made of, the images on them, as well as what they are worth. They have become really great at seeing how many different ways a combination of coins can equal to one dollar. Our Word Work this week focused on words that have the same sound but are spelled with either er, ir, or ur. We made sure to practice the spelling of these words that have the same sound. We are growing closer to Jesus this Lent by doing good deeds for our classmates. We even went to the prayer room twice this week to continue to learn about Jesus during this Lenten season. This week we also used our Social Studies lesson time to discuss our basic rights as people. This got us ready for our SMGH Bill of Rights Ratification that we participated in today. We want to treat ourselves and all members of our SMGH school with love and respect!


Ms. Ferraro Second Grade

The second graders are continuing to prepare for the Sacrament of Penance, which they will receive on March 21 st.  Since we are in the Church Season of Lent, the children will be visiting the prayer room twice each week to work on the Stations of the Cross, along with other Lent related activities.  On Tuesday the class took a Math Test on the concept of regrouping.  They did very well and have mastered this concept.  We will begin working on equations next week. The entire school gathered on Friday to read the Bill of Rights, which is a code of laws that each child has agreed to follow.  They signed their names to document that they promise to follow these rules.  Hopefully, The Bill of Rights will promote cooperation and good behavior from all the students.  Have a wonderful weekend!


Ms. Rodgers Third Grade

The 3rd graders have been doing a great job passing around the “Pay it Forward” cards to point out the good deeds being done by their classmates.  Earlier this week, we went to the Prayer Room for a brief prayer service where we also discussed how easy or difficult it has been for each of us to keep our Lenten Promises.  In ELA, we finished up our section on pronouns with a test on Wednesday.  We have also been reading (and acting out!) a dramatic play, Singing Your Blues Away.  The kids have enjoyed playing different roles and learning the different parts of a screenplay.  In Math, we are continuing our work with fractions.  The kids have all been doing a great job with this and I am very proud of their great work.  In Science, we started talking about fossils, primarily dinosaur fossils.  We even used a computer program to create our own dinosaur…it was a Tricerasaurus – part Prenoceratop, Hypacrosaurus, and Triceratops.  It was so cute, the kids were all wishing they could have one of them as a dinosaur pet!


Mrs. Sorriero Fourth and Fifth Grade ELA and Science

Fourth graders are days away from the NYS ELA Exam.  They have been busy with short reading comprehension assessments to keep them sharp.  For short writing responses, complete paragraphs, we have been practicing in all subjects.  Students are skilled in delivering a topic sentence, detail sentences with evidence from the text, and a conclusion sentence.  The topic can be properties of water in science or Lenten sacrifices in Religion.  This week's full essay explores the character traits of Leigh Botts in Dear Mr. Henshaw. This week fifth grade finished our second novel, Bud, Not Buddy.  Some may say they knew the ending, but it is the task of the class to provide the foreshadowing evidence.  This week's essay examines two events that were alluded to by the author, Christopher Paul Curtis. We continue in the atmosphere exploring weather conditions. Students are making connections between air pressure, temperature, air mass, and fronts.  As a class these connections are helping them make predictions to compare to local forecasts.


Mrs. Fulgieri Fourth and Fifth Grade Math and Social Studies

With Daylight Savings Time coming up this weekend, the second trimester is coming to a close.  Grade 5 is learning about the effects of increased trade in Europe during the mid 1300's and how it triggered the Renaissance.  Interesting conversations erupted and we compared the Maya and European cultures. They concluded that it's amazing what people can accomplish when they have money and free time!  Grade 4 is learning about the flourishing Dutch West India Company and the influence it had on the early settlers of New York.  Their greediness in obtaining animal furs from the Native American almost obliterated the animal population of the area.  The students have a feeling that things are not going to continue to be that rosy for the Dutch West India Company.  They are anxious to continue learning about early New York.  The students are in the Lenten mode and have been continuing their good deeds and sacrifices.  Let's encourage them to continue their good work and make these efforts long term.  Grade 5 will be having a summative assessment on division with 1 and 2 digit divisors and problem solving on Monday. 


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

In Social Studies, the sixth grade is continuing to learn about Ancient China. We are learning about the philosophies of Confucius and Laozi. In Science, we just had a test on Expansion and Contraction. Good job Sixth grade! Next, we will begin the lesson on how matter can become heated. We will start with Conduction, Language Arts finds us still practicing for the NYS-ELA test.


Ms. Pellegrino Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade ELA

This week in Eighth grade ELA, the students are gearing up for the state exam. They are hard at work practicing their skills. In Seventh grade ELA, the students are learning verbals and how to apply them in their writing. Both grades are taking their Unit 8 vocabulary test.  In Religion students are reflecting on Lent and learning the importance of it. Also, the students will visit the prayer room and pray the stations of the cross. A wonderful week!


Ms. Winwood Seventh, and Eighth Grade Science

Eighth grade science just finished their book Earth's Structure and will be having a test on earthquakes and volcanoes this Thursday.  Today they get their new book on Oceanography and the atmosphere.  Seventh grade science is still learning about Plants.  Both religion classes will begin visiting the Prayer Room for Lent.  Eighth grade is beginning Ch 13 - The Church evangelizes the world and Sixth grade is still learning about the Old Testament, namely, the story of Saul and David.


Mr. DeMarinis Seventh and Eighth Grade Social Studies

The 8th graders received their public school matches this week. We hope they are happy with their match. In Religion, class 8-1 spent time in our prayer room praying the Stations of the Cross and they continued to learn about the Church during the late Middle Ages. The 7th graders had a test on Tuesday about the creation of our Constitution and they will now learn about the preamble  and Article I of the Constitution. The 8th graders have started to study about the "Great War" or "The War to End All Wars" and what were its causes.


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

This week grade 6 focused on applying the order of operations while evaluating expressions. Next week we will start writing and solving one-step equations. Grade 7 is learning how to find percent of a number easily in their head by using percent benchmarks. They will apply this strategy to multi step percent problems. Grade 8 learned solving systems of equations by elimination so that they now know three ways to solve a system. Next week they will focus on transformational geometry. Math 9 finished up the section on systems of inequalities and will be doing quadratic functions next week.


Ms. Fitzgerald Physical Education

This week the younger grades learned some new fun games. These games worked on teamwork and communication while incorporating the locomotor movements that we have been working on. Everyone is showing great progress and seems to be having tons of fun. The upper grades are getting into volleyball games. This week we focused on the set up of the court, getting comfortable with rotating and seeing how they would have to react in certain situations that will arise during a game. Everyone seemed to get a better understanding of the game so next week will continue playing games while keeping score.


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

¡Hola! The 5th garde students have done an amazing job researching and learning about the Dominican Republic. The 6th graders have also found employment in the lessons. Both grades really enjoyed the music that the Dominican Republic has to offer. The 7th grade class also enjoyed the music portion of the lesson. We also researched and learned about four people who

are of great influence. The 8th graders were tested on the conquest of Mexico. It's safe to say that the Mock Trials helped with studying. There are a couple cases left, hopefully by next week, we'll be done. ¡Gracias!