St. Mary Gate of Heaven Catholic Academy Weekly Bulletin


Mr. Heide Principal

We had a wonderful time at the fall festival last weekend! I’d like to thank all of you who attended and made the event a hugh success. A special congratulations to all the eighth graders who took specialized high schol entrance exams last week. We all know you did well and can’t wait for you to get your results. Your hard work is paying off. A second congratulations is in order to the eighth graders who particpated in last Sunday’s retreat. This spiritual time brings you one step closer towards confirmation. Thank you for allowing us to be part of this holy time in your life.


Mrs. Farrell Director of Religious Education

The Confirmation students have a day of reflection on Sunday in preparation for their Confirmation. They had discussions, prepared banners, readings and petitions for their Mass at 5PM. All were impressed with their talents and dedication to the day. Next week is All Saints Day which is a Holy Day of Obligation. The children will attend Mass as a school at 8:45. Please join us.


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

This week in UPK, we are starting the All About Me Unit. We will discuss what makes us special, unique, and so important to our families, our classroom, and our communities. We will discuss what makes us different and what makes us similar to those around us. We will make self portraits as we discuss different traits that we have that make us who we are.


Mrs. Saviano Kindergarten

This week Kindergarten is learning about God's gift of people. We are learning about the many ways we are different and that each one of us is special. Last week we learned about his gift of animals and this week we are discovering farm animals and learning about what they provide for us. We are learning the letter Tt and recognizing its initial sound as well as writing the capital and lowercase letter. We are also counting groups of items and comparing them. As we compare groups we are learning to use words such as greater than, less than, equal to, fewer, and most. We are also working on Halloween art projects.


Ms. Regina First Grade

First graders know that there are two sides to every story. We read together as a class the classic tale of "The Three  Little Pigs", and followed that story up with "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs", which is written in the wolf's perspective. It was very interesting to hear all of our opinions about which characters we truly believed were telling the truth. We know that we should always tell the truth. We also read "The Three Javelinas" story this week. This is a similar story to "The Three Little Pigs", except the setting is different, and the bad guy character in the story is a coyote! The first graders did really well comparing and contrasting the two books while creating a Venn Diagram. First grade discovered the meaning of the word "commute" this week. We are recognizing how many people in our big city use different methods of transportation to commute from place to place. In phonics we concentrated on the sounds that "sh" and "th" make. We took a unit test on subtraction in math. In religion this week we talked about the Great Commandment. We are working hard to follow the Great Commandment everyday by loving God, our neighbors, and ourselves.


Ms. Ferraro Second Grade

On Saturday we had our first Fall Festival.  Many children, along with their parents and other family members attended this special event. The children participated in many fun activities and had a great time. Thanks for your support. This Monday the class will celebrate Halloween with a party and by wearing their costumes to school. Everyone is bringing in "goodies"- hopefully we won't have too many stomach aches!! Halloween will be the last day for Manraj Singh as he is moving to Long Island. We're all very sad that Manraj is leaving us and wish him and his family good luck and happiness in their new home and school. We are continuing to learn the "Prayer of Sorrow" in preparation for First Penance, which the children will receive in March. The class began learning how to compare numbers by using greater than, less than, and equal to. Mr. Heide visited the class on Wednesday while the children were doing Math. They took their first unit reading test this week.  May you have a wonderful weekend!


Ms. Rodgers Third Grade

The 3rd graders continued discussions this week about the Second Coming of Jesus and the Last Judgment. The kids took turns singing "Stay Awake!" They all agreed the group of Alyssa, Neha, David, Kaitlyn, and Alex could win a 3rd Grade version of American Idol based on their performance! The class was relieved to realize that Jesus didn't mean it literally when he told his disciples to stay awake to await his second coming.  In ELA, we finished a unit on myths and folktales. The kids loved the myths and most of them especially enjoyed learning about Atalanta, the Huntress. We spent time this week talking about different types of communities and created flip charts to display facts they learned about urban, suburban, and rural communities. While Ms. Rodgers prefers rural communities, the kids all decided that suburban communities have the best of both worlds! We're still working on multiplication and division skills. In addition to working on these facts in class, the children should all be practicing the multiplication tables every night at home as part of their homework. We studied another artist this week, Charles DeMuth. We learned about his 1928 work, "I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold" which depicts the number 5 in various sizes, and tried our best to guess what inspired his futuristic piece (it was a fire truck driving away). We had a great time imagining our favorite numbers in random places and then drawing our own pieces of art featuring our special numbers. We are all looking forward to our Halloween party on Monday. A big thank you to everyone who has already sent in their party supplies! Don't forget, permission slips are due by next Friday for our December field trip.


Mrs. Sorriero Fourth and Fifth Grade ELA and Science

To prepare for this week's Beatitude Assessment fourth grade students created their own "Bee-Attitude" beehive. Their effort really shows! As November approaches so does our goal of beginning our first essay! After countless trial paragraphs, the fourth grade begins with the topic symbolism and imagery. Along with November's arrival this upcoming week, we also have our first unit assessment in science. Set a target and they will hit it. The fifth grade was tasked with supporting their answers with specific details from Esperanza Rising. Great work on your "Plum" exits class! The second unit in science, A Changing Planet, is off to a great start. The fifth grade produced their first foldable illustrating the layers of the earth. Keep up the good work as we get ready to build our models!


Mrs. Fulgieri Fourth and Fifth Grade Math and Social Studies

The fifth grade is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of our Nation's Park Service. Today they watched a presentation about the history of the Park Service and learned some other interesting reasons for the importance of park conservation and preservation. Then each student was assigned a national park to research. Projects will be due on November 16. Grade four is ready for their Social Studies test. They have been reviewing all they learned about NY state. The students also watched a presentation about the Finger Lakes and other natural wonders of the state. They were especially impressed with the Thousand Islands and the Singer and Kodak Castles. They thought it must be nice to own your own island! While the student enjoyed the travelogues, they understand so much more about being stewards of God's beautiful creations. Both grades agreed that these gems of nature must be protected for future generations.


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

In science, the sixth grade has been learning about how materials recycle. They are becoming aware of the oxygen-carbon dioxide cycle which includes photosynthesis and respiration. Social studies has them exploring Babylon with its Ishtar Gate, ziggurat, and hanging gardens. ELA has them reviewing compound and complex sentences, types of sentences, and ending punctuation. It’s been a great week. Happy halloween!


Ms. Pellegrino Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade ELA

This week in ELA my junior high students are writing poetry with a fall theme. They are taking basic formats of certain common poems and putting a more sophisticated flair into them by having a more complicated criteria to apply to them. Students will then illustrate them with a fall theme. Students are excited about their final product! In Religion students are discussing the importance relationships in their lives.They are reflecting on their relationship with God and how they can make it stronger.


Ms. Winwood Seventh, and Eighth Grade Science

The Confirmation retreat is over and the children seemed to have enjoyed it. We are working on Chapter 7 with a test on Friday. Chapter 8 deals with the formalities of the Sacrament in preparation for the big day! The students were given the NYC Public High School applications this week. We are discussing this at length on a daily basis. We are also considering their choices for the Catholic High School. Mr. DeMarinis and myself are counseling them to make good choices. Many of our students have been attending Buddy Day at various High Schools. Eighth grade science is studying weathering and erosion and seventh grade is studying photosynthesis. The 3D models of plant and animal cells are due next Tuesday, November 1st. Sixth grade Religion is on Chapter 3 - we still are on the book of Genesis. We are studying on how to become good stewards of creation and the responsibilities that come with it.


Mr. DeMarinis Seventh, and Eighth Grade Social Studies

The 7th graders have completed their study of the early explorers and will have a test on Tuesday. We will begin our study of the 13 English colonies. The 8th graders will complete their study of the causes and events leading to the Civil War and will have a test next week. In religion, as you all know we had our Confirmation retreat on Sunday and we have completed chapter 5 in our Confirmation book and we have begun chapter 6. We will learn how the Sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation unite our Christian community and the two main parts of the Mass. Those taking the TACHS test received their admit cards this week and the students must enter the three Catholic school they want their scores to go to. Parents must sign the card. The TACHS test is Saturday November 5th, 2016. Be on time , relax, have breakfast, and do well.


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

This week grades 6 & 7 focused on word problems and real world application of their respective topics. Grade 6 continues to see how GCF, LCM, and Distributive Property can be applied in real world scenarios. There will be a test mid week next week. Grade 7 is finishing up rational number operations which includes operations of negative and positive decimals, fractions, integers, etc. There will be a test the end of next week. Grade 8 is working in groups to prove why the laws of exponents work. We will begin scientific notation next week. Math 9 continues to practice rewriting equations and formulas. They will use these skills to learn to manipulate expressions and equations to suit their needs.


Ms. Fitzgerald Physical Education

This week students began working on dribbling for the start of our basketball unit. They worked in pairs and groups. They practiced dribbling with both their dominant and non dominant hand. They also worked on dribbling while moving, keeping their head up and not looking down.


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

¡Hola¡ This week has been a week of catching up on our missed lessons and test. Each class has received their test. For those who have taken their test already, enjoyed a fun class of Spanish Family Feud! The kids found this as a great way to exercise their knowledge of Spanish. Members had to know the topic and question inorder to move to the next round. Hopefully we get a chance to finish our in class Spanish Family Feud game. ¡Gracias!