Saint Mary Gate of Heaven Catholic Academy Weekly Bulletin


Mr. Heide Principal

It was wonderful to see you on Catechetical Sunday and Back to School Night. As I said earlier, these are the first of many events we will be hosting throughout the year. Your participation in these events is greatly appreciated. If you have any ideas, suggestions, or want to help, please feel free to contact me. Just a reminder that there is one week left for our Yankee Candle fundraiser. Much like our other fundraisers, each and every dollar helps. Thank you for a great week!


Mrs. Farrell Director of Religious Education

Religious Education classes began this week and everything went smoothly. On Friday, September 23rd the students who are receiving Confirmation will be bringing home a calendar of events for Confirmation. Please note, the change of Bishop.  Bishop Cisneros took ill at World Youth Day in Poland and is now recuperating. Therefore we have a replacement Bishop.  He is one of our new bishops and we are excited to welcome him -- Bishop Neil Tiedemann, C.P. Our parent Confirmation meeting will be on October 13th at 7PM in the auditorium. Our First Communion parent meeting will be on October 6th at 7PM in the auditorium


Mrs. Miller UPK Administrator, Ms. Martino UPK, Ms. Crane UPK, Ms. Narain UPK

This week the Pre-K classes will continue to practice their daily schedule and routines. They will discuss what they bring to the classroom community and begin to recognize themselves as unique individuals having their own abilities, characteristics, feelings and interests. They will have an opportunity to recognize one another's personal strengths and gifts and celebrate their new friendships.


Mrs. Saviano Kindergarten

This week the children will be participating in many activities where they will be learning about each other. They will be graphing the letters in their names as we discover who has the shortest name in the class and whose is the longest. We will be talking about hair color and eye colors and graphing them  as well. We will be learning about the fall season, singing Fall songs, and learning Fall words. They will also be learning about God's creation and everything he made.


Ms. Regina First Grade

This week first grade has been learning short i words. We discovered many words that have short i in them. We even discovered in our social studies lesson that the countries of Israel, India, and Mexico have short i in them! We enjoyed studying the colors of the flags of these short i mentioned countries. We read a funny story this week called “Pig in a Wig” and discussed the genre of animal fantasy. The first graders danced a jig after reading the story, just like the Pig in a Wig did! In math, we are continuing to learn different addition strategies. We realized that when we “join” objects together we are adding. In religion, we are working hard to correctly make the sign of the cross with our hands. The class discussed the fact that God gave us many special gifts for us to share with the world. We will share our gifts, and recognize the special gifts others share with us.


Ms. Ferraro Second Grade

Many thanks to all the parents who attended Back to School Night. It was wonderful to meet all of you. The children are getting into the routine of second grade and are beginning to work with their classmates in groups on different learning activities. In Religion, this week, the topics are "Jesus the Son of God" and "The Holy Family". The children read the first story in their reader and learned new several new vocabulary words. They are having great success with addition and subtraction. A new prayer called "The Morning Prayer" was introduced this week. On Friday, the entire school attended the opening Mass. I'm pleased to report that the second grade behaved perfectly during the Mass - great cooperation, great participation! Have a wonderful weekend.


Ms. Rodgers Third Grade

The 3rd graders were excited to have their parents come up to school on Back to School Night to see our classroom and hear about what they will be learning this year. They attended a Band Assembly earlier in the week and some of them are looking forward to joining the band and getting their first instruments. The children had their first tests of the school year in ELA and Religion this week and are preparing for their first Math test next Tuesday! We began to learn about The Alamo in Texas. They showed great interest in hearing stories about The Alamo, so we will talk some more about it, and other parts of San Antonio, next week. We spent time this week practicing Mass Responses and are working on booklets that we will be able to take home to practice with our family members, too!


Mrs. Fulgieri Fourth and Fifth Grade Math and Social Studies

The students are anxiously awaiting the beginning of fall this week. They have reported that they are tired of the summer heat The 5th grade created acronyms using the first letters of their names to describe things they can do to help the Kingdom of God grow. They will write the acronyms on a scroll. They also learned that the Hebrews wrote on scrolls in vertical columns.  Both 4th and 5th grade math classes are continuing place value work. After completing  land form booklets, each 4th grade student was given a short reading about a specific land form in NY State. They will use their reading to write a short paragraph about their findings and draw a picture postcard of the site. Some of the places are Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Niagara Falls, the plains of Rome, and the Thousand Islands. They will share their writing with their classmates. The 5th grade perused the Constitution and were quite surprised about some of the Constitution's amendments. They also learned that the first ten amendments are called the Bill of Rights and the difference between a direct democracy and a republic.


Mrs. Sorriero Fourth and Fifth Grade ELA and Science

It was great to see old faces and meet new ones at Back to School Night! Don't forget to also look at the curriculum breakdown in your child's folder this week. Fifth graders are revisiting Sammy this week to see what happened for those groups who were unable to rescue him. This lab activity is reinforcing the scientific method. In ELA students concluding their first reading assignment with an outline and first writing draft. Fourth graders are hard at work on their Jesus Symbols Mobile.  From fish to sacred hearts, students are illustrating the symbols they recognize that represent our Savior. This has helped them with the challenging symbolism in their reading text in ELA this week, The Keeping Quilt.


Ms. Pellegrino Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade ELA

In ELA Sixth grade is starting some grammar review to polish their skills. They will apply rules to their writing and do some editing. Seventh grade is learning how to write objective summaries of stories. They are reading historical fiction. Eighth grade is building their skills of inferring from key details and characters in a story. They are looking at different genres; presently, the class is reading a Greek myth. In Religion seventh grade is learning how God gives us signs of his presence every our thoughts, in nature, and in other people. They are learning different ways to pray by having a conversation with God and developing a relationship with him.


Ms. Winwood Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade Science

As the Eighth Grade continues their studies for confirmation, we are reading about and watching videos of the saints. They are really enjoying Father James Martin videos on the lives of the saints. Eighth grade science is working on map skills and the 6th and 7th grade are concentrating on the animal and plant cell. We are still "hacking" away at the Catholic and Public High School Books. Mary Louis H.S. and Cathedral Prep will be visiting us on Friday to pitch their schools.


Mr. DeMarinis Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade Social Studies

This week in Social Studies the 8th grade is learning about Texas Independence and the Mexican War. There is a test on Friday based on the 94 review questions we just completed. The 7th grade is learning about Native American living in America around the time the Europeans come to America. They will also study in depth the Iroquois nation because they lived in New York State. We have begun reading the Iroquois Creation Myth. The 6th grade has a test on Friday covering Chapter 1. We have begun learning why the  early people settled in the Middle East. During our religion classes we continue to study about the sacrament of Confirmation. We have discussed the phrase "actions speak louder than words" and what that means in our own daily life. Reminder to the 8th grade parents there is a metting for ALL 8th grade  parents Tuesday (9/27/16). It concerns making good high school decisions.


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

After some time reviewing core skills for each grade, we are delving into new curriculum. The sixth grade is learning various methods to divide multi digit numbers and will soon apply those skills to dividing decimals. Seventh grade has been working on integer operations and will be applying that to real world scenarios. In grade eight, we have been discussing rational and irrational numbers. The students have been enthusiastic about discovering not only how to convert repeating decimals to fractions, but WHY. Math 9 is gearing up for its first class next week.


Ms. Catalano Reading Specialist

This week I am still preparing the Terra Nova testing materials. It was wonderful seeing and talking to many new and returning parents at the Back to School night. It is so nice to know that so many parents are concerned about their children's education. I know this is going to be a great year.


Ms. Fitzgerald Physical Education

It has been a pleasure getting to know everyone over the past couple of weeks. This week students continued to work on teamwork and communication skills and began working on different types of throwing. We went over the proper techniques for underhand and overhand throwing. These skills were practiced through different partner and group activities. We will continue to work on strengthening these skills in preparation for future sports and game like situations.


Ms. Mena Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade Spanish

¡Hola! All grades are doing really well with writing days of week, months, and numbers. Some have gone up to a hundred. We will being to transition in to the vocabulary. All words will vary by grade. We'll start with the things we see daily! And then move on to areas of our home, class, and eventually neighborhood! ¡Gracias!