Saint Mary Gate of Heaven Catholic Academy Weekly Bulletin


Mr. Heide Principal

Congratulations to our Second Graders on making their Holy Communion. This is an important step in becoming active members of the church. I look forward in sharing Communion with you in our upcoming School Mass. I’d also like to congratulate our Fourth, Sixth, and Eighth graders on completing the Math State Exams. Well done! I’d like to remind you to buy your tickets for the upcoming Spring Musical, Big. This will be a wonderful show! Lastly, I ask that you bring in your picture money and photos and your baby bottles for the Bridge to Life Campaign. I thank you for your generosity.


Mrs. Farrell Director of Religious Education

Congratulations to our First Communion candidates.  They will receive Communion on Saturday at 10AM and 12PM.  May is the Month of Mary.  Let’s all try to say at least one decade of the rosary each day in honor of our Blessed Mother.  The May Crowning will be on May 17th.  All are welcome.  The children will be bringing flowers on that day to honor Mary, our Mother.


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

In our final week of the plant unit, the children discovered the different uses of plants and why different kinds of plants are important.  We encouraged the children to explore the different kinds of plants that we eat including fruit, vegetables, herbs, and seeds.  These investigations helped us understand the different parts of plants and increased our awareness of healthy eating.   We also learned where food comes from.


Mrs. Saviano Kindergarten

This week the Kindergarten class is discovering the letter Aa as well the short vowel sound. They are also working on blending sounds together to read words with the short a vowel sound. They are working on identifying solid and flat shapes and reviewing addition and subtraction. They are also learning to use position words such as above and below. They are learning about what it means to be members of the Church and of God's family. We are also working on many different Spring Art projects. 


Mrs. Luciano (Ms. Regina) First Grade

This week the first graders started to copy their own homework assignments themselves from the smart board. This is a big a step for them as it shows responsibility and prepares them to be upcoming second graders! Our classroom caterpillar jars arrived this past Thursday. We will observe how these caterpillars grow as we learn all about the life cycle of a butterfly over the next coming weeks in school. We learned how to write a letter to someone this week. We also used high frequency words in the body of our letters. Our Word Work consisted of words ending with "ly" and "ful". We are continuing to work on making graphs in Math. We discussed the reasons why we call Jesus the Good Shepherd in Religion. We also made sure to pray for the Communion Candidates in our school this week as they are going to be making their First Holy Communion this weekend. We wish the Communion Candidates all of the best! Have a beautiful weekend!


Ms. Ferraro Second Grade

This has been a very exciting week for the Second Graders. Eleven of the children will be receiving their First Holy Communion on Saturday, May 6th. at 10:00. Although their other classmates will not be receiving the Sacrament, they are invited to come to the mass on Saturday to be a part of this special celebration. Please keep the children and their families in your prayers as they receive the Eucharist for the first time.  The children are still working on money in Math. It's amazing how great they are doing with this concept as money can be difficult. I'm very proud of their wonderful achievement!  We began contractions this week in Language Arts.  The story we read this week in Reading taught the class a good lesson about being fair and kind to others.  The Mother's Day Plant sale will take place on May 9th, 10th, and 11th.  Have a good weekend and please pray for sunshine for our First Communion Day!


Ms. Rodgers Third Grade

The 3rd grade got two tests out of the way early in the week in Math and ELA.  Also in Math, they each began work on designing floor plans for their own "Dream House." They have been using their newly learned area skills to help design these floor plans.  I am impressed with their creativity in creating unique rooms for their homes.  In Religion, we are talking about our parish family and the ways that we can participate in parish activities and the Mass.  We also discussed how our involvement in the parish can enrich our lives.  In ELA, we wrapped up learning about adjectives and adverbs with a test on Wednesday and did work with some new and difficult vocabulary words for our latest short story, The Tiger's Promise.  As a class, we began reading together the historical fiction novel, Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  The class is very excited to read about the Ingalls family and their adventurous journey from Wisconsin to Kansas.


Mrs. Sorriero Fourth and Fifth Grade ELA and Science

Students did quite well on their Third Commandment assessment this week.  Sharing our special moments on the Lord's Day and communicating how they bring us closer to God has been fun for all.  We shared our latest opinion writing sample as a class.  Our new partners helped, and we have a favorite simple machine in the room! This week fifth grade began our conEdison project.  We were so excited to get our kits filled with conservation products like shower heads and light bulbs.  Some of our classmates have already posted pictures installing them in their homes.  We look forward to our lab where we will generate natural gas from our own biomass. 


Mrs. Fulgieri Fourth and Fifth Grade Math and Social Studies

Grade 4 took the State Math Test and completed each morning with a light social studies lesson.  They learned about life in colonial New York.  People from many parts of the world settled here and today we have a multi-cultural state.  Grade 5 is getting ready to continue the fraction module with addition and subtraction of fractions and mixed numbers.  They are also learning about the early history of our country.  They read about the early settlements of Virginia and its early governing body, the House of Burgesses. Grade 5 celebrated Friday Mass with the eighth grade and are continuing their focus on the sacrament of Reconciliation in class.


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

This week the sixth grade focused on taking their NYS- Math Test. Good job! In Language Arts, they finished their Unit 7 Vocabulary Workshop work. They are reviewing the words for a test on Tuesday, May 9. In Social Studies, they are almost finished on the lessons on Hinduism and Buddhism. The students are finding it interesting learning about other religions. Their next Social Studies test will be on Chapter 5, Lessons 3 and 4, on Thursday, May 11. The sixth grade wants to congratulate the second grade and CCD on making their Holy Communion. It was a special and wonderful day. The students did an excellent job. Miss Ferraro, Mrs. Farrell, and the other CCD teachers did a fantastic job preparing the students.


Ms. Pellegrino Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade ELA

This week in eighth grade ELA the students are working on their oral presentations; Newscasts and Debates. They are having fun presenting! Seventh grade has just finished their novel “Uglies”. They enjoyed reading it! In religion the students have completed their Confirmation project and are getting ready to present. A great week!


Ms. Winwood Seventh, and Eighth Grade Science

The eighth grade is taking their Math State Test this week, so the schedule varies from day to day.  Eighth grade science is learning Astronomy this week.  Next week we start reviewing for the Science State Test.  Seventh grade science is studying the Skeletal System.  Eighth grade religion is studying about Pope Pius X and Church reform and the 6th grade is learning about the prophet Elijah.  Please don't forget to fill your baby bottles and submit trip permission slips and graduation fee!!!


Mr. DeMarinis Seventh and Eighth Grade Social Studies

This week the 8th graders have been busy taking the Common Core Math State Exam. We are sure they will do well because they have been well prepared. The 8th graders continue to study about the outcome of World War II. While in Religion, we are preparing for our class mass on Friday and we learned about the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror  and what effect this had on the Catholic Church. The 7th graders are studying the Thomas Jefferson years as president and will begin to watch a video called "The Far Horizon." This video traces the Lewis and Clark expedition. It will give them a better understanding of the territory we acquired and what these explorers had to endure.  PLEASE REMEMBER TO RETURN ALL CHANCE BOOKS. IN ADDITION ALL PERMISSION SLIPS AND THE GRADUATION FEES ($175) ARE DUE BY FRIDAY MAY 19th.


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

This week grades 6&8 took their Math State Exams. The students worked very hard and I am sure they did their very best. Next week we will resume regular classes and begin new topics.


Ms. Fitzgerald Physical Education

We are moving into our final weeks of our soccer unit. This week the students worked on kicking and defense. As we finish this up, we will begin our games, while working on teamwork and communication. The lower grades continued working on kicking and defending. They all are progressing greatly.


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

¡Hola! I missed seeing everyone this week! I’m happy that everyone is done with the state exam and that next week we can get back to business. Have a good weekend. See you next week!