Saint Mary Gate of Heaven Catholic Academy Weekly Bulletin


Mr. Heide Principal

The May Crowning was a beautiful event! We had perfect weather and all our students did a wonderful job during Mass and the May Crowning itself. The students who just made their First Holy Communion looked spectacular all dressed up! I hope they enjoyed the Communion Breakfast. I’d like to thank Ms. Ferraro and Mr. Konrad for coordinating the breakfast and making it a special morning for our students. I’d also like to thank all the parents who  volunteered and helped serve. We greatly appreciate your help. I’m looking forward to seeing you at the performances of Big The Musical this weekend. Our students have been working hard and are set to put on an amazing show. I hope to see you in attendance. We’re two weeks away from the bazaar! Please make sure to get your raffle money in. We have plenty of chance books available, if you sold your required two and would like to sell more. For every three raffle books you sell, you receive one entry for our tuition credit raffle. Remember, the money raised from the bazaar goes directly to our school. We need your help in fundraising and working at the bazaar. Please help!


Mrs. Farrell Director of Religious Education

Our May Crowning was spectacular.  The weather was great and the children were respectful and prayerful.  Thanks to our choir who came through when Mr. Ernest couldn’t make it.  Mrs. Skabeikas and Mrs. Morales stepped up and helped our choir.  Mrs. Mellilo was appreciative of the acknowledgement of her milestone birthday.  The children made beautiful spiritual bouquets. 


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

This week Pre-K started our unit on Babies.  In this unit, children continue to study living things by moving from observing and learning about different kinds of plants to the needs and characteristics of different kinds of animal babies.  Since humans are members of the animal kingdom, this includes the opportunity to study human babies.  Children establish their understanding of human babies by considering the question "what do human babies need?"  Activities this week help children express what they already know and extending their learning through play, literature, and discussion.  We will discuss what babies need and some children will be able to connect this to their life if they will be experiencing a change due to a baby being born in their own family.


Mrs. Saviano Kindergarten

The Kindergarten class is currently discovering the letter Oo and its short vowel sound. We are identifying flat and solid shapes as well as using our position words such as next to, in front of, behind, above and below. We are also learning about the life cycle of a butterfly. We are going to watch our caterpillars change and grow into butterflies. We are also learning about how much Mary loved God as we honor her this week. We are working on being the best kindergarteners we can be and preparing for our Step Up. We are also working on many Spring art projects.


Mrs. Luciano (Ms. Regina) First Grade

It has been quite an action packed week this week. We really enjoyed seeing the older students perform a preview of some of the songs from Big the Musical on Tuesday morning. We had a beautiful Mass and May Crowning on Wednesday morning. We enjoyed the Mobile Maple Van exhibit on Thursday morning.  Even with the extra events going on, we started a new unit on plane shapes in Math and focused on words with "ow", "sh", and "wh" in Phonics and Word Work. We also moved our caterpillars, who have each formed their chrysalis, into their butterfly box home. It has been so much fun observing the life cycle of the butterflies so far. Enjoy your weekend, and maybe I'll see some of you at the Big the Musical show at our school!


Ms. Ferraro Second Grade

On Wednesday the Second Graders participated in the May Crowning. The children looked beautiful as they processed into church wearing their Communion outfits.  The children who did not receive Communion were dressed up as well and looked very lovely.  After mass, the children walked across the street to the statue of our Blessed Mother, Mary where they crowned her.  When the ceremony was over, the Second Graders celebrated with a breakfast.  They were very cooperative and displayed excellent manners throughout the breakfast.  Many thanks to Mrs. Sosa and Mr. Konrad for all their help in preparing for this special event. They worked very hard to make it so successful. Thanks to the moms who helped serve the children - it is greatly appreciated!  On Thursday, the class had a special treat.  The Mobile Maple Van came to the school.  The children went on the van and learned the process of making maple syrup. It was a great experience for them.  In Math they are continuing the concept of telling time.  This concept can be difficult for them, so we will continue practicing. In Phonics they just completed contractions, which was a simple concept for them to master. The annual school show will take place on Friday and Saturday evenings.  The children will perform "Big".  The Second Grade is proud of Madison Budhoo, who will be performing in the show. ,Tickets are on sale in school and can also be purchased at the door.  Please join us for a fun-filled evening.  Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the great weather!


Ms. Rodgers Third Grade

It was great to be back with my third graders after missing them and on Monday this week. I'm happy to report our substitute, Mrs. Sapia, told me the kids were very well behaved in my absence.  They've been doing a great job creating different types of graphs in Math - picture graphs and bar were a challenge but they have done rather well.  In ELA, their vocabulary words have been getting a little more difficult but they are doing well using context clues to help themselves discover the meanings of new words. In Social Studies, we are starting to learn about what it takes to run a business. For most of the kids, expenses and profits were not something they thought of before so they've learned a lot about what it takes to have a successful business. We all enjoyed honoring Mary on Wednesday at the May Crowning by bringing in bunches of flowers to place around the statue of Our Lady.  Seeing the second graders dressed in their Communion outfits for the May Crowning brought back memories of celebrating their own First Communion last year.


Mrs. Sorriero Fourth and Fifth Grade ELA and Science

Fourth graders are really enjoying our latest novel by Judy Blume, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.  Being able to relate to our characters have allowed the class to take on harder inferencing questions and support opinion questions with detail from the text.  It is enjoyable for all of us sharing our own experiences and tales.  In science we are preparing for the first part of our exam, the performance section.  We love hands on lab time!  Thank you for all the beautiful flowers you brought in that made the May Crowning a special day! It has been a great two weeks in fifth grade!  Our conEdison Project has officially concluded and our students are energy efficient.  They received certificates upon completion today and their bracelets!  Thank you parents for your participation in installing the items from the kits and working on the at home workbook with your child!


Mrs. Fulgieri Fourth and Fifth Grade Math and Social Studies

It has been an out of schedule week!  On Tuesday the students enjoyed watching a preview of the school musical BIG which will take place on Friday and Saturday evening.  The music and dancing were great.  Please try to make one of the performances and come out and support the talented cast.  On Wednesday the school attended Mass and crowned Mary after placing flowers around her statue.  This celebration is very dear to our parish and the students look forward to it every year.  We also celebrated the 100th birthday of our parishioner, Maria Melillo, at the Mass.   Each class presented Mrs. Melillo with a spiritual bouquet.  It was a beautiful day.  On Thursday the students were introduced to the Maple Van Exhibit. Having read about the process of gathering maple sap in social studies, both 4th and 5th grade were very excited about seeing the process up close. 


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

In Science, the 6th grade is working on chemical reactions with reactants and products. In Social Studies, they are still learning about the geography of Mesoamerica. In Language Arts, the 6th grade is studying the Unit 8 Vocabulary Workshop words. They are having a test on Unit 8 on Friday, May 26. On May 17th, the whole school got together for the May Crowning to honor the Blessed Mother. It was a beautiful mass and ceremony. After the mass, we celebrated Mrs. Maria Melillo' s 100th birthday. She is a long time parishioner who goes to mass every day. Mrs. Melillo was given a bouquet of flowers and Spiritual Bouquets from each class. It was a very touching event.


Ms. Pellegrino Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade ELA

This week in Eighth grade ELA, we finished the play "Romeo &Juliet. We discussed the plot of the play and how each choice was s domino effect that spiraled out of control. In Seventh grade ELA, we finished our essay and learned the various techniques on editing/ revising their essays and their partners. In Religion we talked about the importance of Mary as our Mother. On Wednesday we honored  Mary at Mass and crown her. It was s very special mass.


Ms. Winwood Seventh, and Eighth Grade Science

The Eighth grade is still preparing for the NYS Science Test.  We are almost done with our Big 8 Review book.  Seventh grade is still studying the human body.  We are starting the chapter on the digestive system. Eighth grade religion class has been concentrating on "Mary", the Rosary, The May crowning and what is symbolizes and her impact on our lives. We have been very busy making a spiritual bouquet for Mrs. Melilo.  Sixth grade religion class has also been discussing similar topics as well as the prophets of the Old Testament.  Please remember to send in permission slips for the 8th grade trip, graduation fee and chance books.


Mr. DeMarinis Seventh and Eighth Grade Social Studies

This week in the 7th grade we just completed chapter 10 on The Jefferson Era and we are now studying the national and regional growth of our nation between 1800-1844. The 8th graders have started to learn about the reasons for the period in history known as the Cold War. Both grades will have a test on Monday. It was moved because of all the students  working so hard on our school show this week. In Religion, we learned about the 100th anniversary ( May 13,1917) of Mary appearing in Fatima, Portugal and how it is related to our own May Crowning. REMEMBER THE CHANCE BOOKS FOR THE BAZAAR. IT IS ONLY TWO WEEKS AWAY.


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

This week we had the pleasure of watching the preview of the school show "BIG" the musical. I was blown away by how amazing the cast performed and can't wait to see the full show! Math tests that were scheduled for yesterday have been moved to Monday.


Ms. Fitzgerald Physical Education

This week students in the younger grades played several games that allowed them to work on teamwork. The games also included defense and throwing, so the games allowed them to work on several skills while having fun. The upper grades had a chance to go outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. They played kickball, this allowed them to work on teamwork and communication. It also involved skills of kicking, throwing and catching.


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

¡Hola! 5th graders expanded their knowledge on nouns in Spanish. We kept it simple and neat. We learned common household items. The class had a great time practicing the pronunciation. One of the 6th grade classes (6-2) had an open book quiz on the 3 main which were "Articulos", "Las Vocales", and "Sustantivos" - nouns. The 7th grade class reviewed for their upcoming quiz, which will be taken on brain pop! For the 8th graders on Thursday, they will be testing. Many examples and review questions were given in class. God willing everyone will earn an amazing grade. ¡Gracias!