Saint Mary Gate of Heaven Catholic Academy Weekly Bulletin


Mr. Heide Principal

I’d like to make you all aware of our new phsyical education schedule. With sixth grade now being split into two classes, we had to make an adjustment to fit both groups into the schedule. All classes will have phsyical education once a week for one hour. On another note, I’d like to thank all of you for your participation in our Yankee Candle fundraiser. Your contributions made it a great success. I’d also like to thank you for a wonderful first month! I can’t believe it will be October this weekend. Time flies! Be sure to see the October calendar that’s atatched to this bulletin.


Mrs. Farrell Director of Religious Education

We are in the process of gathering all the paperwork from the Confirmation candidates.  If you have not done so, please submit the form, your child’s Baptism certificate and the sponsor’s Confirmation certificate.  There is also a 50.00 fee to cover the expenses. Upcoming meetings will be October 6th for First Communion parents and October 13th for Confirmation parents.  Students are not required to attend and we prefer they do not come.  If you have no one to leave them with, we will have someone watch them while you are at the meeting. The students from Grades 2-8 take turns attending Mass on Friday mornings. All are welcome. When you attend Mass with your family, please encourage your child to respond to the prayers.


Mrs. Miller UPK Administrator, Ms. MartinoUPK, Ms. Crane UPK, Ms. Narain UPK

This week the Pre-K classes will begin a new unit focusing on The Five Senses. They will explore and learn how we use our five senses to explore, investigate and understand ourselves and our world. They will be able to describe their immediate environment, as well as describe them in detail. They will start to make predictions, ask questions and draw conclusions using their five senses.


Mrs. Saviano Kindergarten

Kindergarten is currently working on recognizing the letter Ff and its initial sound. They are working on Fall crafts and projects. They are learning to count groups of objects to tell how many. They are also learning about God's wonderful creation and the many things God made.


Ms. Regina First Grade

First grade continued to delve into the genre of animal fantasy this week.  We read the story "The Blue Ox", amongst other animal stories, and the children  enjoyed seeing how animals take on some traits that people do in the story.  We  discussed how animals can be very helpful to people.  To go along with "The Blue Ox" we learned short o words this week.  This week was Johnny Appleseed's birthday! Did you know he wore a short o word on his head?  Ask a first grader what that word might be, and they should be able to tell you what it was, and why he wore that on his head! In math, we used ten frame mats to help us with adding. We are learning to find the sums quickly.  Yesterday, September 29, was the feast day of the Arch Angels. We have been talking about angels in religion class, and we know that we all have a guardian angel watching over us.  We illustrated our guardian angel in our journals.  We prayed the Guardian Angel Prayer as a class in honor of the feast day.


Ms. Ferraro Second Grade

Once again, many exciting events took place this week in  2nd grade.  The children began learning the Act of Contrition in preparation for the Sacrament of Penance. In Math they continued the concept of adding, which included adding examples with 3 and 4 numbers.  I was very pleased to see how well they understood this concept, which can be difficult for 2nd graders. The class had their first Math test on Thursday. One of the students brought his beautiful rock and seashell collection to class on Monday.  The children enjoyed looking at his lovely collection and learning about the different types of rocks and seashells. The story in the reader for this week was about astronauts and space travel.  They were very interested in the story and quite eager to learn more information about space travel.  To enhance their learning, we discussed the first landing on the moon in 1969 by Apollo 11.  They enjoyed watching a video which presented the entire flight of Apollo 11. The children's behavior was very good and we had an enjoyable week.  Have a wonderful weekend!


Ms. Rodgers Third Grade

Since San Antonio, TX is much too far to travel to on a field trip, the 3rd graders did the next best thing... we took a virtual tour through the Alamo Mission and downtown San Antonio using our SmartBoard.  We were able to “walk” through the Alamo and see the artifacts it houses.  We were even able to see models of what the area looked like in 1836 during the siege.  We were happy to get our first Math test out of the way and are busy working on practicing and memorizing our multiplication facts.  In ELA, we read about the American legend, John Henry – the mightiest man to ever live.  Most of us agreed his story was an exciting, but sad, tale.  The ending took us all by surprise!  We spent some time this week comparing different versions of his story.  We completed our Mass response booklets and have been bringing them back and forth to school so we can practice the responses at home with our families as we prepare for our next Mass together as a class on October 14th.


Mrs. Fulgieri Fourth and Fifth Grade Math and Social Studies

October is almost here and Halloween is in the air.  The 5th grade was very excited to learn that they could multiply and divide by the powers of ten just by moving a decimal point!  They are learning about bases and exponents and are getting into a new phase of math. They have been introduced to the basic ideas of economics with the Free Enterprise system of the U.S.  I think we may even have a few future entrepreneurs in the class.  They have some great ideas about potential businesses, and are looking for financial backing.  Shark Tank watch out!  Grade 4 is using two methods to compare numbers, the number line and alignment.  They are doing so well using the number line and are thrilled to see how it helps with math comprehension.  They have been able to apply both skills in problem solving.  This week they have learning to read an elevation map and are planning some trips around New York State.  Learning about the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy has shown the students that they really have been helping to meet the physical and material needs of others for quite some time.  After all they perform acts of love every day at home, school, and in the community. 


Mrs. Sorriero Fourth and Fifth Grade ELA and Science

Fourth graders demonstrated mastery in symbolism this week.  Coming off of our religion project last week with symbols of Jesus, students were able to interpret the symbols of the Haudenosaunee Tribe in this week's "Birth of a Nation" text. Participating with their group, students set out on a gallery walk that set the foundation for a challenging close reading assignment.  We began our art enrichment project with students designing their own wampum belt.  Using the Native American tribe as an example, this coming week we will create a belt that represents our school community. The fifth grade began their first novel of the year, Esperanza Rising.  Prior to reading, the class discussed with groups their family stories of immigration and coming to America.  This week during family time students may inquire about more details of how your family arrived in this country.  Navisha was able to share her account of arriving to America just last year from Guyana.  Busy at work, students concluded the week with their first science assessment of the scientific method. Having completed three lab activities already, students were ready to show what they know!


Ms. Pellegrino Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade ELA

In ELA for seventh and eighth grade they are preparing to take Unit 1 Vocabulary test.  They have been preparing by playing and interacting on the website. Hopefully, all will do well. In Seventh grade Religion we are creating a timeline of all their milestones. This helps them understand the importance of symbols and signs and their relevance when connecting with God.


Ms. Winwood Seventh, and Eighth Grade Science

This has been a busy week for the 8th grade.  We had high school night on Tuesday and a visit from McClancy High School and St. Johns Prep will be here on Friday.  We have begun writing our letters to the Bishop for Confirmation while preparing for the sacrament. As for science, there will be a test on Friday on map reading.  The 7th grade had a test on Wednesday and will continue onto chemical compounds in cells. Sixth grade is beginning chapter 2 in religion focusing on the first books in the bible.  My 6th grade reading class is working on the Cloze Connections book.


Mr. DeMarinis Seventh, and Eighth Grade Social Studies

This week in religion we are finishing chapter 4 on the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy. We have begun to write letters to the bishop for Confirmation. There will be a religion test on Monday (chapter 4). The 7th graders continue to learn about the Iroquois. This is part of New York State history. We finished the Iroquois Creation Myth. The 8th graders have finished Manifest Destiny and had a test on Thursday. On Friday, we began to learn about the reform movement in America during the mid-1800. Please remember that Saturday 10/1 is Christ the King's open house and on Saturday 10/8 it is Cathedral's open house. Ring orders are due by 10/12 and graduation pictures will take place on Tuesday 10/4. Papers have been sent home. This coming week, we have representatives from St. Edmund HS, Christ the King HS, and Xaverian HS coming to talk to the 7th and 8th graders about their high school.


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

Sixth grade is finishing up decimal operations and will be beginning to learn about the different number properties and how they help us with fluency. The students will have a quiz and next week start the number properties. Grade seven is continuing to learn various ways of adding and subtracting integers. We will practice extensively as to increase our fluency with integer operations before moving to the next topics. An integer quiz should be expected early next week.  Eighth grade is coming to the end of their number sense unit where we estimated non perfect squares. Next week we will have a test on irrational numbers and begin the next unit which will start with laws of exponents. Math 9 has been reviewing basic algebra topics in order to set themselves up for success this year. Graphing calculators due Monday.


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

This week brought a big surprise for me. I was asked to become the full time homeroom teacher for grade 6-1. I will be teaching ELA, Social Studies, and Science to the sixth grade only. After teaching Reading for 37 years, I am now a sixth grade teacher to a lovely class. I am looking forward to a new and exciting beginning for this stage of my teaching career. I am very thankful to Mr. Heide, the Board of Directors, and Father Fitzsimmons for offering me this position. I am also grateful to my fellow teachers for helping and supporting me in my decision.


Ms. Fitzgerald Physical Education

Students continued to work on strengthening their underhand and overhand throwing this week. The lower grades worked in different stations involving these throws. These stations included underhand throwing into hoops and crates and overhand throwing to partners and hoops positioned as basketball hoops. The upper grades worked on these throws with partners and in different activities involving group work. These activities also required strategy, communication and even defense skills. There is great improvement coming from everyone.


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

¡Hola! It's been a fantastic week! All grades are perfecting their spelling! They all know their months, numbers, and days of the week. We are moving into colors and shapes. The 7th grade class has done an amazing job displaying their knowledge of the colors! This coming week, we will begin the transition into grammar starting with pronouns and articles in spanish! ¡Gracias!