Saint Mary Gate of Heaven Catholic Academy Weekly Bulletin


Mr. Heide Principal

We look forward to seeing you at the Monster Mash! This is the first of several dances our school will host throughout the year. Next weekend is the Fall Festival. If you haven’t done so already, make sure you buy your tickets. As the weather is changing, I want to give everyone a reminder on the importance of our children being in the correct uniform each and every day. Unifrom shirts are expected to be tucked in. Button down shirts require the coordinating school tie. The only pants that are acceptable are the official school uniform pants. If you’re unsure about the uniform, check the student handbook. Just a reminder, there’s a copy of it on our website under Parent / Student resources. Should you need to purchase uniforms, please contact the school to set up an appointment with Mr. Konrad. I’d like to congratulate everyone on a sucessful Rosary Rally. Our students did a wonderful job! Father Fitzsimmons was very impressed with everyone and how well they prayed. Catholic Identity is a very important to our school. It’s our mission. I’m proud to see the young members of our church taking an active role in their faith. Thank you for making my first Rosary Rally a memorable one.


Mrs. Farrell Director of Religious Education

Thank you to Mrs. Fulgieri and all who helped to make our rosary rally such a prayerful experience.  We had our introductory First Communion meeting last week and are looking forward to continue the relationship with our parents to make our children well-prepared to receive Jesus in the Spring.  Confirmation preparations are underway as we get close to the date.  The teachers are taking the opportunity to use the Prayer Room to pray the rosary with their classes.  Ms. Regina prayed the rosary with her class while the older children were in Church.


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

This week the UPK classes will continue to explore the world around them using their senses of taste and smell while engaging in several experiments. They will participate in taste tests and use their taste buds to discern the difference between foods that look alike. They will use their sense of smell and their personal.opinions to create a favorite fruit graph.


Mrs. Saviano Kindergarten

Kindergarten is discovering God's gift of land. They are working on Halloween projects and singing Halloween and Fall songs. They are reviewing the the letter m and f as well as their initial sound. We will  also be learning about Christopher Columbus. Due to the four day week it is a week of review.


Ms. Regina First Grade

October is the month of the Rosary.  First grade took time out this week to talk about how special praying the Rosary is.  We even gathered in the new prayer room in our building this past Wednesday to pray a decade of the Joyful Mysteries together as a class.  As we prayed together, we kept as a special intention all of those people who were affected by Hurricane Matthew.  First grade has been working hard this week identifying words with long e and also learning strategies to help us subtract.  We are being mindful when we are writing to start our sentences with a capital letter and end them with a period. 


Ms. Ferraro Second Grade

October is proving to be a very busy month filled with many special events. We returned after a four-day weekend on Tuesday. Upon our return, we welcomed a new student into our class.  Max joined our class bright and early on Tuesday morning. The children greeted him with great enthusiasm hoping to make him feel welcome and comfortable. They did a great job and by Wednesday morning Max was part of the "clan".  On Wednesday afternoon the class participated in a Rosary Rally, which was a very spiritual experience for the children. Several children portrayed a living rosary on the altar.  What a beautiful sight!  Fr. Fitz blessed our animal friends on Thursday afternoon in honor of St. Francis, who is the patron saint of animals. Tonight is the first Monster Mash, which the children have been looking forward to. We anticipate a fun-filled evening for all. This week the children read a story about the desert and learned about the animals and plants that are able to survive in this hot, dry climate. In Math they are working on different types of word problems, which can be difficult for 2nd graders. As you can see we've had a very busy and exciting week. Have a great weekend


Ms. Rodgers Third Grade

Several of the 3rd graders - along with some students from other grades - have been staying after school with Ms. Rodgers on Tuesdays and Thursdays to take karate lessons with Sensei Andrew and Sempai Matt from a local dojo.  They are learning a lot and are really enjoying themselves!  This week, most of our week was occupied by the Terra Nova Tests.  The kids started the week pretty nervous about it, but by the end of the week they were experts at filling in bubbles for their answers!  Even with all the testing going on, the children got to go over to our church twice this

week!!  They went once for the Rosary Rally, where some got to be a part of a living rosary, and once for Friday Mass.  They were very well-behaved and sounded great! With Halloween approaching, the kids are so excited to be invited to attend a school dance for the first time and can't wait to see each other dressed up in costumes!


Mrs. Sorriero Fourth and Fifth Grade ELA and Science

Coming back from a nice long weekend off, our students got right into Terranova Testing. Thankfully, Monday will conclude the five day long examination, and we can resume our normal schedule.  Students anxiously await the results of our Gamer Challenge too!  I'm excited to see who they pick as well! It has been a long week of testing and a short week of classes.  Students are eager to finish their yarn dolls and continue reading Esperanza.  Students did a great job on their science essays and were able to use their transition words in their How To piece this week! 


Mrs. Fulgieri Fourth and Fifth Grade Math and Social Studies

With the cooler weather here and the Columbus Day weekend rest, the students returned to school ready to tackle the Terra Nova Test! The Rosary Rally was a joyous event.  The students had a great experience praying the rosary.  They were thrilled to participate, and I know Our Lady was smiling down at St. Mary Gate of Heaven School today!


Ms. Pellegrino Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade ELA

In Seventh and Eighth grade students are focused on taking their Terra Nova exams and in between tackling new Vocabulary words from Unit 2. In Seventh grade Religion students are reviewing how to say the rosary in preparation for The Rosary Rally. They are learning the importance of prayer in their daily life.

Ms. Winwood Seventh, and Eighth Grade Science

The eighth grade is studying topographical maps this week.  Grade seven is beginning the lesson on osmosis and diffusion - transport within cells.  Sixth grade religion is still on chapter 2 – the Book of Genesis.  Terra Nova testing has begun this week and the eighth grade will be visiting Bishop Laughlin High School for the day on Friday.  St. Agnes High School will be here on Thursday to address the girls. Mandatory meeting for Confirmation parents on Thursday evening at 7 PM.  Confirmation letters to the Bishop due this week and a saint report is due on Friday, October 21.  It's been a very busy week!


Mr. DeMarinis Seventh, and Eighth Grade Social Studies

This is a busy week with Terra Nova testing and the 8th grade trip to a concert at Bishop Laughlin High School on Friday. The 8th graders are finishing the chapter on the Reform Movement of the mid-1800's and will have a test next Tuesday. In religion, they are working on their saint research project for Confirmation. The 7th graders continue to learn about European explorers to the New World and what they were looking for. A reminder to all 7th and 8th grade parents. This weekend on Saturday and Sunday 10/15 and 10/16 there is the Queens Borough Public High School Fair at Francis Lewis High School located at 58-20 Utopia Parkway from 11-3 PM. In addition, there are many Catholic High School Open Houses. Saturday 10/15 St. Edmund from 11-1PM, St. Francis Prep from 12-4 PM, St. Agnes from 10-1 PM, and St. John's Prep from 11-3 PM. On Sunday 10/16 Archbishop Molloy from 11-4 PM, Mary Louis from 10-3 PM and Holy Cross from 1-4 PM. The TACHS test is only 25 days away.


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

This week our students took the Terra Nova exams. In sixth grade Math, we continued to work on decimal and fraction operations. We also learned different ways to find the GCF & LCM. Next week we will explore integers and the coordinate plane. Seventh grade had an integer quiz and next week will be continuing what we learned with integers and applying it to all rational number operations. Eighth grade will continue to explore the laws of exponents. There will be a quiz mid week. Math 9 received new workbooks and textbooks ! After reviewing some basic algebra fundamentals and learning how to navigate the TI-83 and TI-84, we will be starting new material Monday.


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

This week the sixth grade focused on their Terra Nova testing. It will continue next week. Both sixth grade classes have been working hard and studying for their science (chapter 4, lesson 1), social studies (chapter 2, lesson 2), and vocabulary (unit 2) tests next week. We also had a prayerful and peaceful time at the Rosary Rally.


Ms. Fitzgerald Physical Education

Students are continuing to strengthen their skills with throwing and catching. Through different activities students are working both together and independently. These activities are allowing them to use different tactics and strategies. All of this skills combined can be used in the sports we will come across further in the year.


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

¡Hola! I hope you all did well on Terra Nova. I can’t wait to seeing you all next week! ¡Gracias!