Saint Mary Gate of Heaven Catholic Academy Weekly Bulletin


Mr. Heide Principal

I cannot begin to tell you all how proud I am of our performers in last week’s show! I was blown away! Thank you so much for all your hard work and dedication. You all truly made this year’s performance of Big The Musical a memorable experience for everyone. My parents attended the show last Friday and could not get over the level of professionalism. Way to go! Yesterday, we celebrated mass for The Ascension. I’d like to remind everyone of the importance of prayer especially, over the next nine days as we get ready for Pentecost. I hope you enjoy the upcoming three day weekend. To those who have served, we thank and honor you this Memorial Day.


Mrs. Farrell Director of Religious Education

Registration for Religious Education classes begins on June 5th. If you have any friends whose children attend public school, please remind them to register their children.  Religious Education with the UPK before school has been a delight.  The children come in and are so eager to talk about Jesus and Mary.  We related it to their own families and how a family member helps each other.  I now know the UPK children are hard workers at home!


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

This week Pre-K will be discussing animal babies.  We will investigate animal babies that are of interest to the children in our class.  There are opportunities throughout the unit for children to learn about what animal babies are called, what they eat, where they live, their typical family structure and their early care.  Children may want to investigate an animal represented as a character in one of their favorite books.  Also, this week the children have watched their butterflies emerge from their chrysalis.  We will soon release our butterflies into their natural habitat.  We hope for a sunny day!!


Mrs. Saviano Kindergarten

This week the Kindergarteners are discovering the letter Uu and the short vowel sound. They are also working  on blending the sounds together to read short u words. We are identifying squares, rectangles, and hexagons. They are also identifying and comparing flat and solid shapes. They are learning about the meaning and importance of Mass. They are learning that Mass is a special celebration in which we remember Jesus in a special way. We are learning to be thankful for all the gifts he has given us. We are also working very hard on preparing ourselves for our Kindergarten Step Up and completing many different Spring and end of the year projects.


Mrs. Luciano (Ms. Regina) First Grade

First grade is fluttering  with enthusiasm this week, this is partly due to the fact that our butterflies are finally here! It has been so much fun watching them open their wings, using their proboscis to eat, and moving around in our butterfly box. It was bitter sweet to let them fly free today,  but we knew it was time to let them go. We hope they fly to some new and exciting places. We also hope they find a strong leaf to lay new eggs on so that the butterfly life cycle can start all over again outside. In Math this week we held solid figures so that we could identify the flat surfaces and vertices that each solid figure has. We understand the difference between plane figures and solid figures. In Word Work and Phonics we focused on words with "ou" and this brought us to our discussion on pronouns. We learned how to identify pronouns in a sentence. We also are continuing to work on imperative sentences. We were happy to go to church this past Thursday for Ascension Thursday. We know that the Easter season  is starting to wind down. We've been reading about the Ascension and Pentecost in our Religion text book. Enjoy your weekend, and keep an eye out for our butterflies. Maybe the butterflies will flutter past your street to say hello!


Ms. Ferraro Second Grade

Congratulations to the children who were in the School Show on Friday and Saturday evenings.  The show was great and the actors and actresses did a wonderful job!  The Second Graders congratulated their classmate, Madison Budhoo, for her excellent performance in "BIG".  On Monday morning when we arrived in our classroom, we were greeted by several butterflies.  The butterflies were a project that we had been working on for the past several weeks.  A few weeks ago we received two cups of caterpillars, which the children observed turn into chrysalis.  After about one week, 11 butterflies emerged.  On Wednesday, we set the butterflies free in the garden as the children sadly waved good-bye. They wanted to keep them, but knew they had to be let go into their own habitat.  We attended a school mass on Thursday for The Ascension, which is a holy day of obligation.  In Math they successfully completed the concept of time.  Now it's off to fractions, which we began on Wednesday.  They are almost finished with contractions in Language Arts and will begin learning suffixes. On Friday, the children learned the significance of Memorial Day and why we celebrate this special day.  Enjoy the long weekend and have a great Memorial Day!


Ms. Rodgers Third Grade

The 3rd graders were very excited to come to school on Monday morning to find that 9 of our 11 chrysalids were empty as the butterflies had emerged.  We quickly put orange slices in our butterfly house and observed the butterflies using their proboscises to eat.  We also kept a close eye on our two remaining chrysalids.  By Tuesday morning all our butterflies had emerged.  In Math, we are still working on graphing data.  This week we began using line plots and finding the mode and range of our data.  In our Social Studies lessons we worked on classifying objects.  We classified coins by size, shape, and country of origin.  In ELA, we are continuing our journey with the Ingalls Family in The Little House on the Prairie novel.  The kids took their first quiz on it this week.  In Religion, we reviewed the Ascension - a topic we covered earlier in the year - as we prepared to celebrate the Ascension Thursday Mass together with the entire school.


Mrs. Sorriero Fourth and Fifth Grade ELA and Science

The fourth grade has been working well with their equipment and measurements in preparation for their science performance test next week.  We have reviewed the pan balance, the beaker, completing the circuit, and the ball and ramp.  Reviewing their notes and index cards is great practice at home!  Great job on the unit 2 assessment in Religion class. This week the fifth grade started Exploring Ecosystems.  They are skilled in identifying the biotic and abiotic parts of various ecosystems.  We will spend time on what makes for a healthy community and balanced ecosystem and make inferences based on our own experiences. 


Mrs. Fulgieri Fourth and Fifth Grade Math and Social Studies

With the school year coming to a close, both grades 4 and 5 are busy completing their respective curriculum.  Grade 4 has been introduced to the world of decimals with focus on tenths and hundredths, while grade 5 has just completed their unit on addition of fractions and mixed numbers.  They will conclude the year with a unit on subtraction of fractions/mixed numbers and the basics of fraction multiplication. Both grades are completing social studies units with the colonization of New York and the east coast.  Grade 5 will have final exams in math, social studies and religion. 


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

This week the 6th grade is finishing up their Science chapter on Changes in Matter. They are almost done with chemical reactions. There will be a Science test on Unit B, Chapter 2, Lesson 3 on Wednesday, May 31. In Social Studies, the 6th grade is finishing up the lesson on the Olmec and Mayan civilizations. Next, we begin our final lesson on the Aztecs. In Language Arts, we are working on our Progress Monitor ELA Assessment book. Things are quickly coming to an end. Congratulations to all those students in Big, especially the students in 6-1 (Abigail Cepeda, MaryAnne Creso, and Louis Sanchez.) We owe a lot to Mr. Gulluscio, Vinny Napolitano, Kelly Bojos, and all those who worked on making the show a success.


Ms. Pellegrino Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade ELA

This week in Eighth grade ELA, we are watching the movie "Romeo &Juliet". The class is comparing the movie to the play and noting the differences. Through the movie, they come to know and understand the characters better. In Seventh grade ELA, students are presenting their dream houses. They are very excited. In Religion the class is discussing the gifts of the Spirit.


Ms. Winwood Seventh, and Eighth Grade Science

The eighth grade has completed the Big 8 Review Book and is now preparing for the State Performance test. Seventh grade science is studying cardiovascular health and the digestive system.  Sixth grade religion is studying the prophets of the Old Testament and how they called their people to faithfulness. Eighth grade religion  is learning how the Church supports us and encourages us as we live and share our faith in the modern world.  Mass this Thursday for Ascension Thursday and class Mass this Friday.


Mr. DeMarinis Seventh and Eighth Grade Social Studies

In Religion, the 8th graders are learning about the First Vatican Council and their teaching on social justice. The 7th graders are learning about the Era of Good Feelings in America and the 8th graders continue to study different examples of the Cold War between 1945 and 1980. During this long Memorial weekend let us take a moment to remember all who gave their lives so we can always be the land of the free and home of the brave.


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

This week grade 6 is going over variable operations which will prepare them for the core topics in Grade 7 Math. Grade 7 will be reviewing the geometry unit on angles and lines to prepare them for Grade 8 geometry topics. Grade 8 is working on discovering the Pythagorean Theorem. Math 9 reviewed factoring quadratic trinomials and will next learn how to use the Quadratic Formula.


Ms. Fitzgerald Physical Education

This week we began our waffle ball unit. Students in the lower grades began batting, the students worked on the proper technique to hold the bat and then while swinging the bat. Students worked on this with a waffle ball bat without actually hitting the ball, this allowed them to get comfortable with holding the bat and swinging it. Next we will work on swinging the bat and hitting or striking the ball. Students in the upper grades reviewed the techniques and rules of the game of waffle ball and then began playing games. While playing the games the students helped each other when certain situations came about. The students showed great teamwork and communication.


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

¡Hola! The 5th graders worked on sustantivos (nouns) as well as adding the Masculine and Feminine singular articles. They did a great job! The 6th graders worked in Spanish workbook labeling and learning common items around a classroom. The 7th graders are working with their Brain Pop accounts. And studying for the upcoming test. The 8th graders worked on sentences. Furthering their skills on identifying subject pronouns, verbs, and articles. ¡Gracias!