St. Mary Gate of Heaven Catholic Academy Weekly Bulletin


Mr. Heide Principal

I’d like to start off by once again congratulating our students of the month! We’re all extremely proud of you and commend you on your hard work. Next Friday, is a very special day. On Veteran’s Day, we remember all those who have served and who are serving our country in the armed forces. Their sacrifice ensures our freedom. Please keep our veterans in your prayers. Just as a reminder, school will be closed on Veteran’s Day. That night, the eighth graders will be making their Confirmation. This momentous occasion will be celebrated at 7:00 P.M. in the parish church. This ceremony is the culmination of years of being diligent in Catholic studies and dedication to the Lord. We’re extremely proud of each of you. We know that you’ll continue to serve the parish and do great things as members of our church. Finally, I want to wish the best of luck to the eighth graders taking the TACHS exam this Saturday. God bless.


Mrs. Farrell Director of Religious Education

Confirmation is a week away.  Practices are Thursday, Nov. 3rd and Thursday Nov. 10th. The classes who have gone to Friday Masses are responding nicely. Good idea, grades 4 and 5 to bring Mass books to church. Parents, please continue to help children with responses at Sunday masses.


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

This week in UPK, we are continuing the All About Me Unit. We will continue our discussions on what makes us special, unique, and so important to our families, our classroom, and our communities. Our focus this week will be on our feelings – what do we feel and what makes us feel that way?


Mrs. Saviano Kindergarten

This week Kindergarten is discovering God's gift of people. We are working on the letter Hh and its initial sound. We are also learning how to compare numbers. We are learning to use words such as greater than, less than and equal to.


Ms. Regina First Grade

What an exciting week it was! The week started with the celebration of Halloween. The students had such great costumes on, and we did a lot of fun Halloween activities on Monday. The next day we celebrated All Saints’ Day and were very happy to attend Mass with our 7th grade buddies. We discussed the meaning of what being a saint is, and we talked about the people in our everyday lives who show kind actions like a saint would. In Phonics this week we learned long a words. We recognized that the word “saint” is a long a word! We are doing well with forming sentences. We are starting to be able to identify nouns in the sentences that we write. In Math we discovered how subtraction and addition are closely related and that they create what is called a fact family. We observed fig leaves in Science this week and recorded our observations about the characteristics of the leaves. November is off to a great start!


Ms. Ferraro Second Grade

The 2nd graders began learning the mass responses this week. This is a very important part of the religion program, especially for the children who will be receiving First Holy Communion in May. We discussed faith and how important it is to have faith, no matter what religion you practice. In Math the concepts for this week are estimating and rounding off numbers to the nearest ten. They were a little confused at first, but seem to be getting the concept much better after practicing for a few days. Since the presidential election is only a few days away, we began discussing this event. It was amazing to find that many of the children are very well informed about the two candidates. They really had quite a lot to offer – good opinions and intelligent observations. Considering their age, I was very impressed with their ideas! On Halloween the class got dressed up in their costumes and had a fun party. They ate lots of goodies and went home to have some more fun. Thank you to the parents who were kind enough to send in treats for the Halloween Party. Your generosity and kindness is greatly appreciated! On Monday we sadly said good-bye to Manraj Singh, who moved to Long Island. The children made him beautiful cards and wished him well. We will surely miss Manraj. Have a wonderful weekend and remember to turn back your clocks!!


Ms. Rodgers Third Grade

Halloween was an exciting way to start off our week! The kids looked great in their costumes and had a fun time at our class' afternoon party! Even though it was a busy day, I'm happy to say the kids had no trouble getting right down to business and focusing on class work, too! We went over to the church twice this week – once for a school Mass to celebrate All Saints' Day on Tuesday, where Alyssa received her Student of the Month Certificate for the Month of October! Then, we went to church again, with just the sixth graders, on Friday for Mass. Once again, the kids did very well with the Mass responses. It's obvious some of them have been practicing at home as well as in class! In ELA, we are starting a unit on writing narratives. We are at the early stages and are just figuring out how to write an outline of our ideas. In Math, we learned about tape diagrams this week and are practicing how to use them to solve word problems. They caught on to this new concept very quickly. In Science, the children have been working with partners this week to create animal cells. They did a great job!  Mark your calendars: Next Wednesday, November 9th, we have a special Dress Down Day. The theme for the Dress Down Day is the NFL, and all the money we raise will be donated to Got Your 6, a charity that supports combat veterans returning home. A letter was sent home this week with details about the charity.


Mrs. Sorriero Fourth and Fifth Grade ELA and Science

Students did a great job on this week's Beatitude Assessment. We were very excited to hear them in the Gospel on All Saint's Day. This week we also took our Unit 1: Plants and Animals in Their Environment assessment. Our class took pride in showing what we have learned and accomplished in this unit. November marks our next target, essay writing. After two months of paragraph writing, we are optimistic taking on this goal! Fifth graders are enjoying learning about their planet. This week they were tasked with putting the pieces of Pangea, the super continent, together. Looking at Wegner's evidence was just as hard as providing our own evidence. Students will be providing a lot of evidence and details in this month's essay assignment. Continuing with human rights, we are writing once again about human rights, but this time we are using Esperanza's life as textual support. 


Mrs. Fulgieri Fourth and Fifth Grade Math and Social Studies

It’s been a busy week! Now that Halloween festivities are over, we’re back into the swing of things. Tuesday was All Saints Day. It was great to go to mass and spend time thinking about all the saints and remember those that we’ve lost throughout the years. In social studies, we took a look at the weather patterns of New York. Blizzards and hurricanes were our main topic of discussion. Students were able to recognize the similarities and differences of these types of storms. Be sure to set your clocks for daylight savings and have a great weekend!


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

This week the sixth grade celebrated All Saints Day by going to the school mass. It was a lovely service. We are also preparing for our mass on Friday with the third grade. In Language Arts, we are reading an interesting Native American Inuit myth explaining why they have six months of daylight and six months of darkness. They also learned a valuable lesson in loyalty. Next week they are having tests in language Arts, Social Studies, and Science. Congratulations to Emily Singh who was the student of the month.


Ms. Pellegrino Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade ELA

In Eighth grade ELA students are reading a play about the importance of a person's character. In Seventh grade ELA students are writing their first document based essay,  using inference and critical thinking to accomplish the task. In Religion students are illustrating their image of the Blessed Trinity. It is a productive week!


Ms. Winwood Seventh, and Eighth Grade Science

My class was responsible for the All Saints Day Mass. They did a wonderful job with the readings. I am very proud of them. Confirmation practice is this Thursday, November 3rd at 7:00 PM. This is mandatory. The students will be receiving their robes. The 8th grade is studying mass movement, erosion and deposition. We also watched a video on the formation and layers of soil. The seventh grade is studying cellular respiration and fermentation. Their 3D cells were due this Wednesday. We will start presentations tomorrow. Eighth grade religion is on the last chapter of Confirmation and the 6th grade is wrapping up chapter 3 on how to be stewards of creation. St. Francis Prep High School made a visit today to see our students. The Tachs Test is on Saturday. Let's all pray for them and wish them well!


Mr. DeMarinis Seventh, and Eighth Grade Social Studies

November brings many events for the 8th graders. This Saturday is the TACHS test at Molloy High School starting at 8:15 AM. The best of luck to our students. There is Confirmation practice on Thursday 11/3/2016 in the church starting at 7 PM only for the confirmandi and the second practice on 11/10 in the church starting at 7 PM is also for the sponsors. The sacrament of Confirmation is scheduled for Friday 11/11/16 at 7 PM. All are welcome and may God bless all the confirmandi. The schools annual basketball game between the 8th graders and the staff is set for Tuesday 11/22/16 at 7 Pm. Buy a ticket and see who will win the game. The 7th graders have begun to learn about the 13 English colonies and the 8th graders are studying about the American Civil War. In religion, 8-1 is completing their last chapter on Confirmation and will start learning about church history.


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

This week the 6th grade finished up the number sense unit focusing on LCM, GCF, and Distributive Property. We will be starting the next unit on Monday and will be learning about integers; including absolute value, negative and positive numbers, and how they relate to each other. The 7th grade finished their unit on Rational Number Operations and will begin working with proportional relationships as well as unit rates. The 8th grade is working on operations with numbers written in scientific notation. A test can be expected late next week. Math 9 is working on proportions and solving complex equations, as well as rewriting formulas and equations to suit their needs. A test can be expected mid-week.


Ms. Fitzgerald Physical Education

This week students continued to work on dribbling. They worked on dribbling with one hand and keeping their head up, looking forward and paying attention to what is around them. Through different games and activities they practice dribbling while moving and avoiding others around them. The younger grades worked in stations, dribbling for the amount at each station, some stations were displayed by math equations or with rolling dice. They had to count out loud, so this helped with their dribbling skills and math skills as well.


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

¡Hola! Spanish class is up and running. For the 6th grade class, we began working on our "Spanish Comic Book". Which will be including topics we learned in class, one of the students gave a very nice presentation on how to begin doing Comic books. The 8th graders are learning about the different tenses (of course in spanish) and the relationship they have with articles. 5th graders are reviewing spelling of numbers and body parts.¡Gracias!