Saint Mary Gate of Heaven Catholic Academy Weekly Bulletin


Mr. Heide Principal

Once again, congratulations to our students who received their first Holy Communion last Saturday. It was a beautiful day and our students looked terrific! Thank you all for your participation and generosity with our Bridge to Life Baby Bottle Campaign. Bridge to Life was pleasantly surprised with the enormous support. Lastly, I’d like to wish all of our mothers here at St. Mary Gate of Heaven Catholic Academy a very Happy Mother’s Day. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.


Mrs. Farrell Director of Religious Education

Congratulations to our Communion Children for a wonderful Communion day.  Congratulations to Frankie Alvarez who will receive Communion on Saturday evening.  On Wednesday we will have our May Crowning which begins at 8:45 in Church.  When Mass is over we will process out to the statue of Mary and have our May Crowning ceremony.  Our First Communion children will lead us. Please wear your Communion outfits on that day.


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

This week was all about butterflies! The students were introduced to our very own caterpillars and have watched them grow everyday. We learned the meaning of the term, “metamorphosis,” and recognized the stages in a butterfly's life cycle. The students look forward to releasing our butterflies into their natural habitat.


Mrs. Saviano Kindergarten

Kindergarten is currently learning all about the letter Ii and its short vowel sound. They are also learning how to blend sounds together to read words. They are working on identifying solid and flat shapes as well as learning to use position words including next to, in front of, behind, above, and below. We are learning all about being members of God' family and what it means to be a member of the church. We are also learning about the sacrament of Baptism. The children are also working on many different Art projects for the month of May. We are also practicing for our Step Up!


Mrs. Luciano (Ms. Regina) First Grade

Our classroom caterpillars have been eating and growing right before our eyes this week. It's been very fun to watch! Speaking of watching, we spent much of this week making sense of our 5 senses of seeing, smelling, tasting, touching, and hearing. Our reading, writing, and phonics lessons were all focused on our senses and how lucky we are to have them. In math, each student partnered up with another student to make a survey. They asked all of their classmates their survey question and tallied up their answers. In Religion we have been discussing our Blessed Mother Mary and how important she is. We also discussed much about our own moms and how much we love them. 1st Grade would like to wish all mothers a very Happy Mother's Day this Sunday. Thank you for all that you do!


Ms. Ferraro Second Grade

Congratulations to our Second Graders, who received the Sacrament of the Eucharist last Saturday.  Congratulations are also extended to three of our fourth graders and one fifth grader, who received their First Holy Communion on that day.  It was a beautiful and prayerful celebration for everyone who attended.  The children worked hard to prepare for this sacrament and their effort was evident as they did an outstanding job.  All the children looked lovely in their beautiful dresses and suits.  It was a pleasure to see their proud and happy parents, along with other family members and friends.  A special thanks is extended to Fr. Fitz and Mrs. Farrell for their hard work and dedication throughout the year.  The May Crowning will take place next Wednesday at 8:45 AM.  It will begin with a mass in church and continue outside with the crowning of the statue of Mary. The Second Graders will be participating in the May Crowning and will celebrate with a Communion Breakfast after the May Crowning. In Math we began learning how to tell time on Wednesday. The Spelling words this week were contractions, which we are working on in Phonics also.  We are continuing to learn the cursive upper case letters and many new words. May all the mothers have a very Happy Mother's Day.  Mothers are very special women who devote much of their time to their families.  May God Bless all of you with happiness and good health.  Have a wonderful and restful Mother's Day and a great weekend!


Ms. Rodgers Third Grade

The 3rd graders have enjoyed watching the changes in their caterpillars this week.  They've grown and molted quite a bit and we can't wait to see them form their chrysalids.  In Math, the students finished work on their Dream Homes.  They finished their project by finding the area of each room in their "home."  In ELA, we continued to read Little House on the Prairie and discussed whether or not we would want to travel with Laura and the Ingalls family to Kansas.  We have also been using context clues to help us find the meaning of unknown words while reading informational text passages.  In Religion, we continued to discuss our role as members of the parish and are preparing for a test next week as well as the May Crowning on Wednesday.


Mrs. Sorriero Fourth and Fifth Grade ELA and Science

The fourth grade is busy studying their index cards for the upcoming state science exam.  They are reviewing vocabulary and their completed practice exams. With our simple machine booklets successfully completed, we will begin our next reading text, a new novel! It was great seeing all the pictures of our fifth grade classmates installing their new energy efficient household items.  The class and myself having been exploring and learning many interesting facts about energy, and we have even started generating  our own biogas we made out of food scraps and soil.  Next week we will see just how much we made!


Mrs. Fulgieri Fourth and Fifth Grade Math and Social Studies

The students had a shorter week but they are still working hard.  The 4th grade is "relaxing" with some lighter math topics.  They started the week learning about the customary units of measurement. The students are busy making measurement books that will relate the customary, metric units with familiar everyday items. In social studies, they are continuing their study of New York State.  They were fascinated with Robert Livingston's large manor near the Albany area.  How could anyone own so much land!  Grade 5 has begun addition and subtraction of fractions and mixed numbers.  The idea of simplifying will now include renaming the improper fractional part of sums into mixed numbers and adding them to the whole numbers. Our social studies lessons will focus on the rise of the British empire in colonial America.  Enjoy the long weekend.


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

The 6th grade is beginning a new unit in Social Studies. It's on early civilizations in the Americas. Mesoamerica includes Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. In Science, we are working on Changes in Matter -Solutions. They've learned that all solutions have solvents and solutes that can collide and mix. They've also learned ways to make materials dissolve faster. Their Science test on Unit B,  Chapter 2, Lesson 2 will be on Monday, May 15. In Language Arts, we will be beginning the Unit 8 vocabulary words. This has been a good week.


Ms. Pellegrino Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade ELA

This week in Eighth grade ELA the students are still reading the play "Romeo &Juliet". Also our first debate group will present their arguments for the class. We are all looking forward to the debate! In Seventh grade ELA the students are writing their essay on the novel, "Uglies". In Religion the students are presenting their Confirmation projects on the gifts of the Spirit. It has been a wonderful week! Happy Mother's Day to all!


Ms. Winwood Seventh, and Eighth Grade Science

The eighth grade has started their review for the NYS Science Test.  We are currently working on our Big 8 Review book.  We just finished the unit on Life Science.  The seventh grade is currently studying the skeletal and muscular system.  They will be having a test next Tuesday on the skeletal system.  Sixth grade religion is studying about the prophets in the Old Testament and the 8th grade is studying how Catholicism grows within the United States.  Our 8th grade students are currently working on the yearbook.  Please send in the graduation fee and trip permission form as soon as possible!!


Mr. DeMarinis Seventh and Eighth Grade Social Studies

In Social Studies, the 8th graders are learning how the home front contributed to the Allied victory during World War II and the long term effects of the War. The 7th graders are studying  Thomas Jefferson and James Madison and how they handled both domestic and foreign affairs. In Religion, we had a test on Thursday on chapter 14 and will begin chapter 15 which describes the industrial age and how the Church continued to bring the Gospel to all people. ALL PERMISSION SLIPS AND  GRADUATION FEES ARE DUE FRIDAY, MAY 19th.


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

As I was scoring your exams I couldn’t help but to feel so proud of you all! You’ve worked so hard this year. Happy Mother’s Day to all of our mothers. I hope you have a wonderful day. Everyone enjoy the weekend.


Ms. Fitzgerald Physical Education

As we are finishing up soccer, this week students played full soccer games. Seeing everyone put together the skills we have been working on and seeing the progress is great. The students are showing great teamwork and enthusiasm. Students in the lower grades learned a new tag game called “Everyone’s It”. The students seemed to really enjoy it and everyone got into the game. They also played Four corners, which is always a fun game that incorporates fitness skills.


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

¡Hola! This week for Spanish has been a week of catching up. We start with the 5th graders, they've expanded their Spanish vocabulary by learning basic things that appear throughout the class room in Spanish. They also learned how to tell the difference between a masculine and Feminine nouns. The 6th grade class also worked on Masculine and Feminine nouns and articles. The 7th graders worked with irregular verbs, as well as how they function in a sentence. The 8th graders reviewed for the up coming test next week. God luck to them. ¡Gracias!