Saint Mary Gate of Heaven Catholic Academy Weekly Bulletin


Mr. Heide Principal

October is here and we’re off to a great start! There’s a few things from this month’s calendar that I’d like to discuss with you. On Friday, October 14 we will be holding our Halloween dance. Be sure to complete the registration portion of the flyer to attend the event. We’re also having our first ever fall fesitval on Saturday, October 22. The event will be from 1:00 P.M. until 3:00 P.M. Please note that both of these events require tickets to be purchased in advance. Tickets will not be sold the day of the events. We know you’re going to be thrilled and excited when you attend the dance and the fall festival!


Mrs. Farrell Director of Religious Education

Our First Communion program is beginning this Thursday, October 6th, with our introductory meeting at 7PM in the auditorium.  Next week, we will be very busy.  Wednesday, October 12th we will be praying the Living Rosary with the school children in grades 2-8. It will be at 1:15 PM.  Please join us and pray the rosary during the month of October.  On Thursday, Oct. 13th we will have the blessing of the animals at 4:30PM in honor of St. Francis, our patron saint for October.  Details will be sent home. On Oct. 13th at 7PM there will be a Confirmation meeting in the auditorium for the parents of the children receiving Confirmation in November.


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

This week we will continue to explore how we use our senses to investigate and understand the world around us. We will focus on the sense of hearing and how it heightens when other senses are impaired.


Mrs. Saviano Kindergarten

Kindergarten is working on recognizing the initial /m/ sound and exploring the letter Mm. They are working on counting groups of objects from numbers 0-5. We are also learning about God's gift of water and discovering how water feels and sounds in different forms. We are learning about the fall season while working on Fall art projects.


Ms. Regina First Grade

“Ba-da doom, Ba-da doom doom, Ba-da doom, Ba-da doom doom”was the sound we read in the book JungleDrum by author Deanna Wundrow this week.  First grade had such a great time reading that book and talking about animals in the jungle from the canopy to the junglefloor.  All of the many sounds in thejungle were so interesting and made us recognize how animals communicate and howanimals quiet down.  After reading this book we were also able to discuss the Feast Day of St. Francis, which was on October 4th, as St. Francis was a lover God’s creation, especially animals! In phonics this week we worked with short e words and in math we were exploring the concept of doubles in addition sentences.  We also had fun taking our class picture and individual picture this week at school.


Ms. Ferraro Second Grade

As we begin a new week, we also begin the month of October. It's hard to believe that one month of school is already over.  The month of October will be filled with many exciting and fun-filled events!  Fall is in the air and so is Halloween as the children are already preparing for this holiday!  Tuesday was the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, who is the patron saint of animals.  The children learned about his life and saw pictures of him.  Some of them already knew about the wonderful life of St. Francis.  Since Monday is Columbus Day, they learned about the voyage of Christopher Columbus to America and his life as a young boy in Italy.  They read a book, colored pictures, and made a ship.  In Math they are working on subtraction and number families.  We completed short and long vowels in Phonics and began learning blends.  There is a Communion meeting tonight at 7:00 in the auditorium for the parents of the 2nd. graders who will be receiving First Holy Communion.  The teachers will be attending a Professional Development Day on Friday, therefore, there will be no school on Friday and no school on Monday as we celebrate Columbus Day.  The children are very excited about having four days off from school.  Enjoy the long weekend!


Ms. Rodgers Third Grade

Over the last couple weeks the 3rd graders have been learning about the artist Henri Matisse and his paper cut-outs.  Last week we even made our own paper-cut outs inspired by Matisse’s Icarus, so we were very excited when we opened our readers this week to a story about a boy named Ikarus Jackson illustrated by paper cut-outs in the style of Matisse. We noticed the similarities right away!  We took a couple practice tests for the Terra Nova test that is beginning next week.  The practice tests helped us feel less anxious about taking the tests.  All we need to remember now is our sharpened #2 pencils!  We have been doing a great job on our Mass responses when we practice together in class.  In addition to that, we have been talking about the Gift of Faith.  We are beginning to learn about many of the ways that Mary has been an example of Faith throughout her life.


Mrs. Fulgieri Fourth and Fifth Grade Math and Social Studies

Well we have had a busy week!  Picture Days and Terranova Practice Tests have played havoc with our daily routine.  However both 4th and 5th grade have still been able to complete their current chapter of math skills.  Grade 4 is ready to begin the task of reviewing subtraction and taking on the task of more complicated regrouping skills. Grade 5 is gearing up for multiplication review. They will delve more deeply into multiplication and will definitely develop a better understanding of its algorithm.   Review those multiplication facts for about 10 minutes daily to maintain accuracy. On Tuesday, which was the Feast Day of St. Francis, we read about St. Francis and his love of animals. The students completed a word search about St. Francis and are learning the prayer he wrote and about its special meaning. We are also anticipating our first Blessing of the Animals which is tentatively scheduled for this month. Details will follow shortly.  Enjoy the four day weekend.


Mrs. Sorriero Fourth and Fifth Grade ELA and Science

This week students took their first chapter assessment in religion and began to practice the Rosary in preparation for next week's live rally.  It was especially nice for students to share the background behind their own set of beads.  Our fourth grade continues the symbolic look at beads in our ELA class.  Students "enhanced" their knowledge of the Peacemaker this week with a video made by students who also studied the Haudenosaunee.  In science this week students took another step towards linking plants and animals together in the food chain.   This week the fifth grade took their first summative assessment on The Scientific Method. Students demonstrated knowledge on the steps needed to be carried out when solving inquiry questions.  In ELA the fifth grade has traveled with Esperanza to America. Making the journey with Esperanza and her mother is Esperanza's prized doll. Look on Edmodo this week to see the dolls our class made that are similar to Ramona's creation on the train.


Ms. Pellegrino Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade ELA

In Eighth grade students are reading an old Scottish folk tale with a very wise moral. They are learning how to discover the theme based on the characters words and actions. In Seventh grade students just began reading a drama- a multi-action play set in 1795. They are discovering how the setting and characters dialogue are very important in plays in determining the main idea. In Seventh grade Religion students will be handing in their completed timeline of their milestones thus far; they will discuss why each was an important part of their life.


Ms. Winwood Seventh, and Eighth Grade Science

Eighth grade science is studying mapping technology via GPS and GIS leading into Topographical Maps. Seventh Grade is still studying cells.  They have been assigned a project in creating a 3D model of a plant or animal cell.  This is due November 1st.  Sixth grade Religion is learning about the book of Genesis - they have a collage due on Thursday depicting their favorite things in nature that God has created.  The Eighth grade had a religion test on chapter 4 and they are still preparing their letters to the Bishop for Confirmation.  St. Edmunds, Xaverian and Christ the King High Schools are visiting our students this week. Permission slips have been sent home for our trip to Bishop Laughlin on Friday, Oct. 14th.  Many of our students have applied to take the Specialized High School test as well as signing up for schools that require auditions. Graduation pictures have been taken and we are on a roll !!!


Mr. DeMarinis Seventh, and Eighth Grade Social Studies

The 7th graders  in Social Studies have completed their studies on Native Americans and have begun to study about the early explorers and why they were seeking a passage to Asia. The 8th graders are studying different reform movements in an attemp to make America a better place in the mid-1800's. 8-1 in Religion have handed in their letters to the bishop and will begin to do a research essay on the saint they are taking for Confirmation. Please remember that ring orders and signed permission slip for our trip on Friday October 14th must be returned by Wednesday the 12th.


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

Our sixth grade students are now experts at decimal operations! We will be moving onto fraction operations and reviewing finding the LCM and GCF of groups of numbers. There will be a test on decimal and fraction operations next week (anticipated for Friday). In seventh grade, the students are learning more in depth about Integers and what they represent. We are solving real world problems using integer operations. There will be an integer quiz next week (anticipated for Tuesday). Eighth grade is discovering the laws of exponents by exploring the relationship between powers. We will be working on one law at a time and there will be a quiz at the end of next week (anticipated for Friday).  Math 9 students are learning that the number properties they previously learned are in fact much more in depth than they originally knew. We are continuing to learn how to manipulate expressions using these properties to make them more understandable for evaluation.


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

This week the 6th grade is learning about producers, consumers, and food chains in Science. In Social Studies, we are visiting Mesopotamia, the cradle of civilization. In ELA, we are reading a realistic fiction story about a girl going to her cousin's quinceañera. Don't forget - Terra Nova testing begins on October 11. Please have the children bring in #2 pencils, erasers, a calculator, and a book to read in case they finish early.


Ms. Fitzgerald Physical Education

This week students worked on the gross motor skill of catching. The younger grades worked individually and in partners practicing and strengthening their catching. We spoke about different sports that require catching a ball. They also played a game called “Tower Take Down”; which worked on throwing and defense skills. The upper grades worked on an activity called “Protect the President”, which allowed them to work on strengthening their defense skills.


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

¡Hola!This week most classes have been able to learn about the human body in Spanish. We are reviewing and going over work covered in class in order to be ready for our first spanish test! Checking and making sure our spelling is correct  (including accent marks) especially with numbers, days of the week and the months! We look forward to an awesome test prep week. ¡Gracias!