Saint Mary Gate of Heaven Catholic Academy Weekly Bulletin


Mr. Heide Principal

Congratulations to our fourth, sixth, and eighth graders on the completion of the NYS-ELA test. I know you all have worked very hard this year and it will pay off! We hope to see you this Saturday, April 1 for Brunch with the Bunny. It will be from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM in the auditorium. Be sure to check the April calendar. We have a lot going on over the next couple of weeks. Our seventh graders will be doing a shadow performance of the Stations of the Cross on April 5 at 7:30 PM. Please come support them and see this amazing show.


Mrs. Farrell Director of Religious Education

Lent is halfway over. We are encouraging the children to reflect on what they have done this Lent and seeing if they could continue their good works and even do better.  With March coming to an end, we will be starting April with many great things.  Next week is full of activities for our school and parish.  April 5th at 7:30 PM some of our 7th grade students will be doing a Stations of the Cross shadow play for the parish and the Religious Education classes.  The academy students will see it during the day.  On Friday, April 7th the First Communion parents will have the final meeting about the Eucharist and on Saturday, April 8th the Communion children will have a day of retreat.  This is a mandatory day and it will go from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M..


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

In the final week of our water unit the children will have learning experiences and do activities that encourage them to think about how water helps living things.  The children will also continue to enjoy unit related literature and engage in discussions around the stories which will help to develop the children’s literacy and language skills.


Mrs. Saviano Kindergarten

This week the Kindergartners are discovering the letter Qq and identifying the initial /kw/ sound. They are also sorting pictures by sounds as well as writing the capital Q and lowercase q. We are also discovering solid shapes and learning to use words such as corners, sides, and surface. We are also working on doing good deeds during Lent and working on being kind to each other. They are also working on Easter and Spring art projects.


Mrs. Luciano (Ms. Regina) First Grade

This week has been all about adjectives in first grade! We learned all about how adjectives describe nouns. These describing words can be colors, shapes, sizes, and even numbers! Our word work this week had the adjective "yellow" in it, as we concentrated on words with "oa" and "ow" in them. In math, we used many numbers to tell time on our clocks as we are preparing for our test next week. In science, we talked about the webbed feet of some frogs compared to the sticky feet of other frogs. In social studies, we described different kinds of landforms. In religion we used many colors to create beautiful cards to send to those in our lives who we felt needed some cheering up this Lent. Adjectives have been all around us! I'm sure we may think about some more adjectives this weekend, especially since we may be having brunch with the Easter Bunny tomorrow!


Ms. Ferraro Second Grade

Last Friday, Mr. Anthony from the Nature Company gave a wonderful presentation.  He told the children about many different types of animals. Then he showed them the animals and allowed the children to pet them.  We visited the prayer room on Wednesday and looked at the beautiful Stations of the Cross posters.  The children were very interested in learning about the journey of Jesus to Calvary on Good Friday.  They wrote special intentions on a cross and we displayed these prayers in the prayer room, so that everyone can pray for these intentions. In Math the children are still working on equations and different types of word problems.  They have learned twenty-one lower-case letters in cursive writing, along with many words.  There are only five more letters to learn and then they will begin the upper-case letters.  This is a wonderful accomplishment!!  So far their handwriting is beautiful, which makes me very proud.  In Social Studies they are learning about natural  resources and conservation.  Brunch with the Easter Bunny will take place on Saturday, April 1st. from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM. We hope to see you there.  Have a wonderful weekend!


Ms. Rodgers Third Grade

This week, we continued to discuss the sacrifices we are making during Lent.  We have also been talking about the sacraments, particularly the Sacraments of Christian Initiation – we will talk about Sacraments of Healing and Sacraments of Service next week as we prepare to go to Confession again.  In ELA, we are still working on using adjectives and commas to improve our writing and reading skills.  The kids are doing a great job with this topic.  In Math, we have begun talking about Area and its relationship to multiplication.  The students have proven to be very responsible with their use of manipulative. They take great care of our fraction magnets and polygons when they bring them home to use. Also at home, our little inventors are working on their automobile inventions that are due next week.  I’m really looking forward to seeing their creative designs.


Mrs. Sorriero Fourth and Fifth Grade ELA and Science

Our fourth graders have finished their first week of testing this spring.  We are very glad to say goodbye to the long and rigorous ELA exam.  We can now use this experience to prepare for math and science testing to come. We had a great challenge last week building our homes to withstand severe weather.  It looks like we may have some engineers and architects in group 5.  We finished our weather unit today with the cumulative assessment.  Next week we will begin our new unit, Food and Nutrition.


Mrs. Fulgieri Fourth and Fifth Grade Math and Social Studies

Grade 4 has been having a fun week learning about angles.  They reviewed the 4 types of angles and are now learning to read a protractor and measure them.  They will also be learning to construct angles given the degrees.  Grade 5 is in the fraction mode learning how to make equivalent fractions using multiplication and division.  Next we will be using those skills to change fractions with unlike denominators into fractions with like denominators. We have completed our unit on the metric system, and there will be a test on metric measurement on Thursday, April 6th.  Grade 4 will have a short test on Tuesday.  It will cover the basics of geometry - points, segments, lines, angles, adding and subtracting fractions with like denominators, and converting improper fractions into mixed numbers and vice versa .  The students have been assigned either a Gift or Fruit of the Holy Spirit and will be designing a small poster about their gift.  We are getting ready for Earth Day and our theme, The Iroquois, Stewards of Creation.  We will be using 2 liter soda bottles for part of our presentation, and we are in need of capped and cleanly rinsed bottles.  Thank you in advance for your bottles.


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

The sixth graders worked very hard for three days taking their NYS-ELA test. Hopefully, all of our practicing has paid off. Since this was an untimed test, we didn’t have much time to do our regular class work. We are still working on conduction, convection, and radiation in Science. The sixth grade is having a science test on Unit B-Chapter 1, Lesson 3 on Tuesday, Dapril 4. In Social Studies, they are having a test on the Geography of South Asia (Chapter 5, Lesson 1) on Thursday, April 6.


Ms. Pellegrino Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade ELA

This week in ELA Eighth grade is state testing. The students worked hard, so hopefully they will do well. In Seventh grade ELA the class is working on different types of poetry-specifically Edgar Allen Poe-and trying to decipher the hidden meanings. In Religion the Seventh grade is practicing their shadow puppet play that they will present to the school and parents on Wednesday, April 5. They have been working hard on that project.


Ms. Winwood Seventh, and Eighth Grade Science

The eighth grade is taking their ELA State Test this week - not all classes will be seen.  As far as science is concerned, they are studying about air pressure, the atmosphere and how it is a system that is interrelated.  Seventh grade science is studying vertebrates, invertebrates and their diversity.   Sixth grade religion is learning about the reign of Solomon and the Temple built in Jerusalem.   Eighth grade religion is concentrating on the French  Revolution and how it brought division within the Church in France - also known as the Reign of Terror.


Mr. DeMarinis Seventh and Eighth Grade Social Studies

This week the 4th, 6th and 8th graders took the State ELA  and I am sure they will do a good job. The 7th graders have completed their study of the Constitution and the 8th graders completed their study of the "Roaring 20." In religion, we have started to learn about the Church evangelizing the New World. PLEASE REMEMBER TO RETURN MITE BOXES ASAP.


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

Grades 6 and 8 have been working hard on their ELA State Tests this week. Best of luck to them. No new Math assignments in grade 6 and 8 this week due to testing. Grade 7 should be finishing up Part I of the Dream House Project. Part I is due Monday. 


Ms. Fitzgerald Physical Education

This week students began their soccer unit. Students started practicing how to dribble with one foot at a time and they also practiced toe taps. These drills will help the students improve their footwork, working on making quicker smaller movements. Throughout the unit we will work on dribbling, kicking, and defending. After all these are worked on we will move into full soccer games. The lower grades continued to work on locomotor movements through different games while also working on teamwork and communication.


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

¡Hola! This week has been a short one. The 5th graders wrapped up their introduction to the Caribbean. They are now entering to basic Spanish conversation, starting with greetings. They've been doing great. We are still practicing on our pronunciation. For the 7th grade class, we are creating accounts on Remind and BrainPop. Students will be needing these accounts to do assignments. ¡Gracias!