Saint Mary Gate of Heaven Catholic Academy Weekly Bulletin


Mr. Heide Principal

I hope everyone had a wonderful vacation and is well rested. It’s great to see you all back in action! We’re down to the final two months of the academic year. However, there’s still plenty to do. Our second graders are getting ready to receive their First Holy Communion. Next week, fourth, sixth, and eighth graders will be taking state exams in math. We know they’re going to do well! Make sure you get your rest each night. Today we celebrated the Feast Day of St. Louis de Montfort, our patron saint. A beautiful mass was held and the students did a wonderful job with the readings. I’m very proud of everyone!


Mrs. Farrell Director of Religious Education

The children are preparing to receive First Communion on Saturday, May 6th.  They are very excited to be able to receive Jesus.  Let’s welcome them to the Lord’s table and encourage them to attend Mass every Sunday after Communion so they may share in the Lord’s greatest gift to us.  Thank you to the many people who have helped prepare the children for this great day.


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

The children have returned after the spring break energized and eager to work and play.  We are continuing to explore unit 8, Plants.  During this week, we have had several opportunities to observe plants in our environment and learn about different kinds of plants.  We have looked at the plants and trees growing near the school and observed their buds.  We also germinated and planted seeds to observe how plants grow.  This helped to develop the children's thinking skills by asking them to observe, make predictions, and draw conclusions about what would happen to the seeds.  Please help your child locate the various plants growing near your home and observe their growth. 


Mrs. Saviano Kindergarten

This week the Kindergartners are currently working on identifying letters Xx, Yy, and Zz and their initial sound. They are working on identifying solid and flat shapes and reviewing adding and subtraction. They are learning how to recognize sight words and use them in oral sentences. They are also recognizing that we are all members of the church and of God's family. We are working on following instructions and choosing to do what's best for us. This week we also started learning the songs that we will be singing at Kindergarten Graduation.  We are also completing many different Spring art projects.


Mrs. Luciano (Ms. Regina) First Grade

Alleluia! Happy Easter! Welcome back everyone. The first graders came back with such great energy to learn this week. We spent much of this week talking about Earth and how important it is to keep our planet clean. God created such a beautiful planet for us to live on, and it's our responsibility to take care of it.  We are continuing to work on poems this week, and we made sure to include an Earth Day poem in our poetry readings. In Math we learned about tally marks and the different ways to gather data. Tallies have become a new way for us to put our skip counting by 5's practice into good use.  In Phonics we talked about words that have "s" blends in them, and we also learned many compound words. We took a Word Work Spelling test today on compound words. Go outside this weekend and enjoy the Earth!


Ms. Ferraro Second Grade

Welcome back!  Hopefully, everyone had a very Happy Easter and a wonderful vacation. The Sacrament of First Holy Communion is fast approaching.  Several Second Graders will be receiving the Sacrament on Saturday, May 6th. Please keep the children and their families in your prayers as they celebrate this holy and special day.  The children practiced for Communion on Monday and their second practice will take place on Tuesday, May 2nd.  On Friday we celebrated mass in honor of St. Louis De Monfort, who was the founder of the Monfort Missionaries.  The Monfort Priests have been in our parish for over one hundred years.  The children have finished the Math chapter on Geometry and now it's off to time and money.  In Language Arts they're learning about pronouns.  The Spelling words for this week were more difficult because their spelling does not follow any phonetic rule, but the children worked hard to master these words.  I'm proud to say that they completed all the  cursive lower case letters on Thursday.  We will begin the cursive upper case letters on Monday.  Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the beautiful weather!


Ms. Rodgers Third Grade

The 3rd graders were very excited to see each other following our time apart during Easter Break.  After spending time talking about what we did during the break, we got right back to work.  In Math, we've continued to tackle the topic of Area, focusing on how to determine the area of a rectangle when given incomplete arrays. The kids are doing a great job with these activities.  In ELA, we have been discussing story composition and how to make our written work flow from beginning to middle to end.  We also read about folk heroes Paul Bunyon and Pecos Bill.  Everyone enjoyed the humorous tales associated with these American Folk Legends.  All year the 3rd graders have been looking forward to planning a school Mass and this month it was our turn.  The kids did a great job preparing for the Mass to celebrate the Feast Day of St. Louis de Montfort the founder of the Company of Mary and Daughters of Wisdom, the groups of Religious priests and sisters who started our parish well over 100 years ago.  Kaitlyn, Alyssa, David, Natalie, and Evan spent a lot of time practicing their readings and I am very proud of how well behaved the entire class was for the Mass.


Mrs. Sorriero Fourth and Fifth Grade ELA and Science

Fourth graders enjoyed this week's oral report describing the most memorable vacation event.  Our class has quite the experienced travelers!  In science we have started to review our big concepts and this week is about organisms in their environment.  The class was successful in identifying the benefits of structural and behavioral adaptations.  Yesterday's religion assessment was also a success! The fifth grade definitely knows their sports. We are taking a closer look at the influence sports and athletes have on our culture.  Making those connections are the target for our upcoming texts.  Students were really excited to work on their food trucks this week, and I think we have a serious challenge this time!  There is a lot of tasty competition!


Mrs. Fulgieri Fourth and Fifth Grade Math and Social Studies

Welcome back.  I hope everyone had a restful and fun vacation.  Grade 4 is busy reviewing and preparing for the New York State Math Test.  That will be on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of next week.  Kindly make sure that your child has newly sharpened pencils and a good eraser.  It is also important that all students have a healthy and filling breakfast as well as a good night's sleep.  Grade 5 is reviewing for the Chapter 4 test.  That will be on Thursday, May 4th.  The math standard of the week is relating fraction and decimal concepts.  The class is working with improper fractions, mixed numbers and mixed decimals.  Forgiveness is the focus of our religion lessons for chapter 15.  We are talking about and discussing the ways Jesus showed his forgiveness.  We are trying to model Jesus's actions and thinking of special ways that we can demonstrate our forgiveness towards others.


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

The 6th grade hopes everyone had a wonderful Easter vacation. We are quickly getting back into our school routine by  preparing for our Science test on May 1 on Solids, Liquids, and Gases. On May 5, we are having a Social Studies test on India and Persia. Don't forget to get a good night's sleep on Monday. The NYS-Math test begins on Tuesday, May 2. Good luck to all of  the students in grades 4, 6, and 8.


Ms. Pellegrino Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade ELA

This week in Eighth grade ELA the students are handing in their children's books. They wrote an original story with pictures to match. They are very proud of their books! In Seventh grade the class is reading the first book in the Uglies series. They love the novel and are very excited to see what happens. In Religion we are preparing and learning about the gifts of the Spirit in preparation for Confirmation. It's a great week back!


Ms. Winwood Seventh, and Eighth Grade Science

Please remember the last day for Mite Boxes will be Monday, May 1st and 7th graders who are planning to take the TACHS (test for admission into Catholic schools) it is scheduled for Saturday November 4th from 8:00 AM to 12 noon.


Mr. DeMarinis Seventh and Eighth Grade Social Studies

Happy Easter to all and welcome back. This week in the 7th grade, we had a test on the Washington and Adams years as President. We have began to learn about Thomas Jefferson and the Louisiana Purchase. The 8th graders were tested on the Great Depression and the New Deal and have started on the causes of World War II. Class 8-1 is learning about St. Louis Marie de Montfort because Friday is his feast day and we celebrated mass as a parish community. Please remember the last day for Mite Boxes will be Monday, May 1st and 7th graders who are planning to take the TACHS (test for admission into Catholic schools) it is scheduled for Saturday November 4th from 8:00 AM to 12 noon.


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

Both the 6th and 8th grade has spent this week reviewing all of the topics learned this year in order to prepare for the upcoming state exam.  The NYS Math Test will be administered Tuesday May 2, Wednesday May 3, and Thursday May 4.  Please be sure your child has sharpened number 2 pencils, erasers, highlighters, a ruler, a protractor, and a calculator.  Also be sure he/she goes to bed early the night before and starts each day with a balanced breakfast.  Good luck!


Ms. Fitzgerald Physical Education

Welcome back everyone! I hope everyone had a great time off and I hope everyone had a great Easter. This week we are continuing our soccer unit. The upper grades worked on kicking and defending. The lower grades worked on kicking a bit and then worked on dodging and fleeing in a variety of games that we have been learning. Everyone is looking great and we are getting ready to get soccer games going soon. I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone play.


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

¡Hola! This week 5th and 6th grade are were improving their conversational skills. We have now transitioned into "Consonantes" and "Las Vocales" practicing the pronunciation! For the 7th grade class we kept reviewing and understanding the difference between the irregular verb "Ser" and "Estar" by formatting and filling in blanks within the sentences. The 8th graders have taken notes and practiced five new irregular verbs "Salir", "Tocar", "Volver", among others. ¡Gracias!