Saint Mary Gate of Heaven Catholic Academy Weekly Bulletin


Mr. Heide Principal

I want to start off by congratulating our seventh graders on a fantastic performance of the Stations of the Cross. The entire school was in awe throughout the performance. It was beautiful! I’d like to thank Ms. Pellegrino and Mr. Fernandez for their hard work in making the production possible. It will be something talked about for quite some time. Thank you for all who attended Brunch with the Bunny. We hope you had fun! I’d like to thank all the faculty who helped out and made the event a success. Just a reminder that next week is a short week. Wednesday will be a noon dismissal as we celebrate Easter. Classes will resume on Monday, April 24. On behalf of the faculty, I wish you a very Happy Easter.


Mrs. Farrell Director of Religious Education

Congratulations to Ms. Pellegrino and the 7th grade for a wonderful performance of the Stations of the Cross.  It gave us much to reflect on this season of Lent. A special thanks to Mr. Fernandez, a parishioner, who worked long and hard with the students.  Next week is Holy Week.  Please try to attend the Holy Week services.  Holy Thursday, 7:30 PM Mass, Good Friday procession at noon and prayer services at 3 and 7:30 PM.  Easter Vigil Mass is at 8:00 PM and Easter Sunday Mass is same as a regular Sunday.  Have a Blessed Easter.


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

This week the UPK children began studying plants.  This unit allows the children to engage in hands-on explorations and provides opportunities to observe  plants in our immediate environment.  This week we focused on answering the question, "What are plants?"  We observed and identified different parts of plants and learned the job each part has.  We also learned that we could eat roots such as carrots, stems such as celery, and leaves such as lettuce.  The children germinated seeds to observe the roots, stem, and leaves emerge from the seed.


Mrs. Saviano Kindergarten

This week Kindergarten is discovering the letter Vv and its initial sound. They are also working on writing both the capital and lowercase letter. They are also learning to identify solid shapes. They are using words such as cubes, cones, cylinders, and spheres. They are also learning to count the sides and corners of each solid shape as well as their flat parts. They are learning to compare two and three dimensional shapes in different sizes and orientations. They are also working on doing good deeds during Lent. They are learning that Jesus is always with us and he is always there to teach us and help us. They are also completing many different Easter Art projects as well as spring projects.


Mrs. Luciano (Ms. Regina) First Grade

April is poetry month. First graders have been learning all about the many different kinds of poem styles that there are. We especially like acrostic poems. We are each working on our own acrostic poem in class. It has been a lot of fun. We took our unit test on telling time this week in math. We really enjoyed seeing our 7th grade buddies in the Stations of the Cross dramatization that they put on for the school this past Wednesday. They did a beautiful job. We can't believe that Lent is almost over, and it is almost Easter.  We worked on an Easter basket craft at school this week to prepare for Easter. Have a great weekend.


Ms. Ferraro Second Grade

Many families enjoyed Brunch with the Easter Bunny on Saturday morning.  There were many activities that the children participated in and lots of delicious food to enjoy. Everyone had a great time!  The class has been working on The Stations of the Cross and they are really beginning to understand the meaning of Jesus' death and resurrection. During Lent they have been reading, coloring pictures, and watching videos. The class attended a beautiful shadow performance of The Stations of the Cross on Wednesday, which was performed by the 7th. graders, who did a wonderful job.  The theme of the reading story this week was writing petitions.  They had a lot of fun making up different types of petitions, but knew that some of them would never be instituted in school. Some of their ideas were:  school for 1 hour each day, no school in January and February, and no homework!  Needless to say, these petitions would never pass.  On Thursday, they took a Math Test on material that is a simple form of Algebra, which they understood very well after much practice. They attended mass today with the 7th graders. There is a Communion Meeting tonight at 7:00.  Tomorrow, the children who are receiving First Holy Communion will participate in a Retreat Day in the auditorium from 10:00 until 1:00.  This Sunday we will celebrate Palm Sunday.  The class will have an Easter Party and color Easter eggs on Tuesday.  Wednesday is the last day of school before Easter vacation.  I wish you and your family a blessed and very Happy Easter.  May you have a wonderful vacation!


Ms. Rodgers Third Grade

This week the third grade was very excited to watch the 7th graders on Wednesday perform a shadow play of the Stations of the Cross.  They also participated in the sacrament of Reconciliation on Wednesday.  We shared our automobile inventions with each other and I am very impressed with the creativity they displayed.  In Math we have been working on finding the area of plane figures.  The kids have done a great job with this, but occasionally need to be reminded to include square units in all their answers.  In ELA, we have moved on from adjectives to adverbs and I am noticing an improvement in their writing skills already.  We are still working on learning about the solar system in Science.  Our Social Studies lessons on how inventions shaped our communities continue - the kids did well on their inventor projects.  We are looking forward to the short week ahead and learning more about the final days of Jesus' life on Earth and his Resurrection.


Mrs. Sorriero Fourth and Fifth Grade ELA and Science

This week the fourth grade received penance together as a class.  We have reflected a lot during this season of Lent in class and in the prayer room.  We look forward to carrying on our Lenten practices in the upcoming liturgical seasons as well.  Fourth graders have started a new unit this week, Simple Machines.  With our first two semesters of ELA concentrating on social studies, students welcomed the scientific text.  This will make test preparation more focused for our students in the upcoming state exam. Fifth graders are focused on their well being.  This week in science we began our unit on health.  We have updated out nutrition and exercise log daily and are very excited for the food truck challenge.  Our groups are reinventing cuisine classics to be healthy and appealing.  Examining American Culture has been a hot topic with the students.  The fifth grade is currently discussing sports and athletes' influence on our country.


Mrs. Fulgieri Fourth and Fifth Grade Math and Social Studies

Congratulations to our Grade 7 students on their amazing shadow production on the Stations of the Cross.  It was an emotional experience for all the students and a reflection of the true meaning of Lent and Easter. With the Easter break approaching quickly, grade 4 is preparing for the State Math Test which is scheduled for the first week of May.  Grade 5 is using their knowledge of division and equivalent fractions as two methods that can be used to convert fractions into decimals.  They are also reading about the colonization of the West Indies and Mexico by the Spanish.  With this in mind, the class is comparing the events of Cortes and Pizarro's conquests to current events.  The phrase "history repeats itself"  is no lie!


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

This week finds the sixth grade taking tests in Science and Social Studies. Nice job students! We want to congratulate the 7th grade for their wonderful performance of the Stations of the Cross. It was beautiful! Everyone involved worked very hard and it showed. Next Tuesday, we are having a test in language Arts on possessive nouns, appositives, and combining sentences.


Ms. Pellegrino Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade ELA

This week in Seventh grade ELA the students started the first book of our series-"Uglies" by Scott Westerfeld. They are enthralled already! In Eighth grade ELA the students were given their exit projects an put into groups. They will be writing children's books and performing a newscast/debate. They are excited. In Religion the Seventh grade has been practicing and finally performed their  shadow play of the Stations of the Cross. It was moving and beautiful! We were all honored and humbled to be a part of it. I am so proud of my Seventh grade! Happy Easter!


Ms. Winwood Seventh, and Eighth Grade Science

Eighth grade science has just finished the chapter on the atmosphere and is beginning the chapter on weather, air masses, fronts how to read a weather map and climate zones.  Seventh grade science is still studying animals, namely, vertebrates and invertebrates.  Eighth grade religion is studying turmoil in the French Church and the reign of terror.  They just finished a video on the French Revolution and it's impact on the Church at that time. Sixth grade religion is on the chapter about King Solomon, the temple of Jerusalem and how the psalms teach us to pray.


Mr. DeMarinis Seventh and Eighth Grade Social Studies

This week the 7th graders completed their study of the  Constitution and now are learning about George Washington's 8 years as President. The 8th graders are learning about the causes of the Great Depression and FDR's program called the "New Deal." In religion, we learned about the difficult changes that the Church faced in evangelization, politics, and scientific thought in America and Europe. PLEASE REMEMBER TO RETURN CHANCE BOOKS AND MITE BOXES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.


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

This week grade 6 solved inequalities, using the same method used for solving equations. We also reviewed converting between fractions and decimals. To review, we found area and perimeter of irregular figures and have applied that knowledge to volume and surface area. Grade 7 is working on area and perimeter of various shapes, including circles, in order to help with Part II of the Dream House Project. Grade 8 finished the unit on transformations and is able to describe rigid motions and identify similar and congruent figures associated with each transformation.  We also discovered special angle relationships that exist in two parallel lines cut by a transversal. They used this and prior knowledge to discover special angel relationships within triangles and the exterior angles of a triangle. Math 9 has found various ways to factor polynomials; special cases, leading coefficients other than one, factoring the product of a binomial and a trinomial. We will apply this to the quadratic formula in the coming days.


Ms. Fitzgerald Physical Education

This week students in the upper grades continued to work on their dribbling in soccer, everyone is showing great progress. We will continue to work on control and focus while introducing kicking. Students are going to begin to work on kicking the soccer ball with the inside of their foot and continuing to practice stopping the ball with the bottom of their foot. Students in the lower grades are also working on dribbling with the feet. They are working on keeping the ball close to their feet while walking, moving around a series of cones, also practicing stopping the ball with their foot. We also began to work on kicking and will continue to practice this.


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

¡Hola! This week has a been a week of catching up. The 6th grade was given a packet which is used in class and for homework. Helps them with greetings and basic Spanish conversation skills. The 8th graders are on "La Familia". Creating and rewriting family members in Spanish, as well as a family tree project that's due Tuesday by 8-2. The 7th graders are on irregular verbs (Ser & Estar). Next week these two verbs will be explain and studied closely. The 5th graders are practicing their pronunciations in Spanish. Everyone is working hard and participating in class. ¡Gracias!