St. Mary Gate of Heaven Catholic Academy Weekly Bulletin


Mr. Heide Principal

I’d like to start off by thanking all of you who participated in our animal blessing and Halloween dance last week. We were pleasantly surprised by the turnout and participation in these events. If you have any photos you’d like to share, please send them to my email and we’ll gladly put them on the school website. This Saturday is the fall festival. It will be held in the auditorium from 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. If you didn’t buy your ticket, you may do so at the door. Students in Pre-K thru Grade 5 require a parent to accompany them. Tickets are $4 each. Everyone must have a ticket. We ask you to please bring exact change. We look forward to seeing you there!


Mrs. Farrell Director of Religious Education

The Blessing of the Animals was well attended. We got to see such a diversity of God’s creatures.  Thank you to all who participated in this event. Sunday, October 23rd, is our Confirmation Retreat Day. The children are going to have a day of reflection and prayer, ending with Mass. Thank you to all the Confirmation candidates’ parents who came to the meeting. We had 100% attendance. Religious Education has just added another 1st grade class to our program. We are so excited to have such large numbers getting ready for First Communion next year.


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

Children will continue their study of the five senses. This week we will highlight the sense of touch. The children will  use tactile exploration to make personnel connections to their use of this sense. Also, the Pre-K classes will take their first trip to the local firehouse.


Mrs. Saviano Kindergarten

This week Kindergarten is discovering God's gift of animals. We are learning about farm animals and what they provide for us. We are also sharing pictures of our pets and favorite animals. We are discovering the letter s and its initial sound. We are working on writing our numbers from 1 to 10 and counting different groups of objects to tell how many. We are also working on Fall and Halloween art projects.


Ms. Regina First Grade

First graders were working hard on their written expressions this week. We practiced writing many declarative sentences making sure we formed them correctly with capital letters and periods. We used our short u words this week in our declarative sentences. We also wrote sentences to form stories in math for subtraction. We had fun listening to our classmates subtraction stories and figuring out the difference in each story. We read a Halloween Story titled "Cat Nights" and made a prediction about the main character in the story.  Some of us made a correct prediction! In science we read about how pumpkins grow from seed, sprout, vine, flower, to a big orange pumpkin!  We did so well with learning these steps, first grade decided to carve a pumpkin and see all of the seeds that could be found inside of one!


Ms. Ferraro Second Grade

It feels like spring is in the air instead of fall. October is the month of the rosary, so the 2nd Grade went to the new prayer room to recite a decade of the Rosary on Thursday. We prayed for our families that they may always be blessed with good health and happiness. We're continuing to learn different types of word problems in Math, which can prove to be a challenge at times. In Phonics, the class started working on initial and final blends. The Monster Mash on Friday night was a great success.  It was wonderful to see so many 2nd. graders having such a good time! Thanks for all the "goodies"  you donated. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. Today is Lee Denim Dress Down Day. The money collected will be donated to breast cancer research, which is such an important cause. Our first Fall Festival will take place on Saturday afternoon from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM. Hopefully, you'll be able to join us for a fun-filled afternoon. Well, another exciting week at SMGHCA comes to a close. Have a good weekend and hope to see you tomorrow!


Ms. Rodgers Third Grade

We were very happy to finish taking the Terra Nova Test earlier this week! Many of us attended the Monster Mash Halloween Dance last Friday and are looking forward to this weekend's Fall Festival. In ELA, we read a magazine article last week titled "Driving on Route 66" and this week we were able to follow that up by using our Smartboard and resources to virtually visit many of the landmarks we read about in the article. We were amazed to see so many of the towns have turned into ghost towns! We created "Then & Now" Venn Diagrams with our partners to compare the roadway in the 1960's to what it is like today. Then, we even listened to a song that was written about Route 66! We have been continuing to practice multiplication and division in Math and have been working on using those skills for problem solving as well. Last week when we went to Mass, Fr. Fitz spoke to us about the Last Supper in the Gospel and Homily. We used that information in Religion classes this week by talking about the Resurrection and Last Judgment. We had a long discussion about how the way we treat other people is related to how we treat Jesus. We were excited to welcome back Fr. Hugh as he stopped by to visit us after returning from Dubai and Qatar. We talked a lot about the Catholic communities there.


Mrs. Sorriero Fourth and Fifth Grade ELA and Science

We are all happy to be back to our normal schedule with the end of testing. Our class concluded the Haudenosaunee Tribe text with the completion of their personal wampum belts. Come see them on display with the extension of the STEM challenge, how much are they worth? You may see them on Edmodo as well! It was very nice to have the 5th graders back  after a long week of testing. Our class showed off their writing skills in their How To essay this week. Equally impressive were their hands on skills completing Esperanza's yarn doll. Also on display this week is the planet layers foldable. Fifth graders are pushing toward their next challenge goal of model building!


Mrs. Fulgieri Fourth and Fifth Grade Math and Social Studies

The Monster Mash was a huge success! There were ghosts, goblins, monsters, super heroes, hippies, princesses, and a host of others in attendance. Save those costumes for Monday, October 31. Grade 4 is successfully expanding their addition and subtraction skills. Map Skills are a big part of the social studies curriculum, and they are learning the state abbreviations along with their capitals. Place value from hundred millions to the ten thousandths has been a big area of study for Grade 5. They will be having a summative assessment on Wednesday, October 26. Learning about our nation's natural resources and conservation methods, Grade 5 is now studying about our nation's great national parks. A project on this topic is in the very near future. Details will be given soon. The 5th Grade was thrilled to use the interactive Sadlier website in preparation for their Chapter 2 test this Friday. Games and kids just go together. What a wonderful tool for them to use for review!


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

Terra Nova testing is finally over. Yeah! The sixth grade did a great job on their food chain project and their ecosystems test. They will soon be learning about the Code of Hammurabi in Social Studies. Come and join us for the Fall festival on Saturday.


Ms. Pellegrino Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade ELA

This week in ELA both seventh and eighth grade will be taking their second Vocabulary test on Unit 2 words. They are trying to improve their vocabulary by incorporating these new words in their writing and speaking. In Seventh grade Religion they will be taking their Chapter 2 Test based on Scripture and Tradition and how they need both to understand the other.


Ms. Winwood Seventh, and Eighth Grade Science

Terra Nova is finally over. We are finally back to a normal schedule.  The eighth grade is having a test on topographical maps on Friday. Next chapter is weathering and erosion. We are still working on our Confirmation chapters. Saint reports are due on Friday. Confession is on Thursday afternoon and Mass on Friday. Confirmation retreat is this Sunday from 1-6 PM. The test for specialized high schools and auditions is this weekend. Good Luck to all that are taking them! The seventh grade is finishing up passive and active transport. A test will be given next Tuesday, then off to photosynthesis and cellular respiration. Their 3D models of cells are due November 1st. Sixth grade religion is finishing Chapter 2 with some open book activities.  


Mr. DeMarinis Seventh, and Eighth Grade Social Studies

The Terra Nova testing ended on Tuesday and we can get back to more formal school days. The 8th Grade is learning about the GIFTS of the SPIRIT and will have their retreat this Sunday from 1 PM until 6 PM. It will conclude with a mass at 5 PM. I look forward to seeing all of you there for this most important event. In Social Studies, the 8th Grade had a test on the Reform Movement in the mid-1800's and have begun studying about some of the events between 1840 and 1861 that led the War between the States. The 7th Graders continue to learn about Spanish, French and English explorers and how these countries contributed to the story of America. On Wednesday the 19th, 8th Graders received their admit cards in order to take the SHSAT test this weekend. In addition, students who showed an interest for audition schools received their notices for La Guardia High School. Good luck to all of them. The graduation ring orders were mailed and we should have them some time after Christmas vacation. 


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

With Terra Nova Testing coming to an end, we have resumed our regular scheduled classes. Grade six is working on applying fraction and decimal operations to real world problems. The students are working in groups to explore the various applications. Next week we will begin exploring positive and negative numbers and how they relate to the coordinate plane. Grade seven is beginning to apply integer operations to rational numbers. This includes working with negative and positive integers, fractions, decimals, etc. Next week there will be a test on rational number operations. Grade eight has finished uncovering all of the exponent laws. There will be a quiz Monday. Next, we will be using the laws of exponents to perform operations on numbers written in scientific notation. Math 9 will continue to multiply binomials using various methods. We will apply this to other math topics and in real world situations.


Ms. Fitzgerald Physical Education

This week students worked on bouncing and dribbling skills. We worked in groups and practiced both stationary dribbling and dribbling on the move. We first worked with our dominant then non-dominanthand. The upper grades worked on activities involving teamwork, communication and strategy.


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

¡Hola! Now that we are back in action, students will be taking their first spanish exam of the school year! This week has and will be a week of reviewing! From números (numbers), los meses (months), días de la semana (days of the week), los colores (colors), and el cuerpo  (the body). God willing everyone will pass! So far the 5th graders did an awesome job with testing. Looking forward to great test grades. ¡Gracias!