St. Mary Gate of Heaven Catholic Academy Bulletin


Mr. Heide Principal

Welcome to the start of 2018-2019 school year! We hope this bulletin finds you well rested and ready to begin our work together. Our bulletin is designed to keep you in the loop and up to date on all that is going on at St. Mary Gate of Heaven Catholic Academy. This will not only allow you to examine all that is occurring in your child’s classroom, but to get excited about future grades and activities at St. Mary Gate of Heaven. If you ever misplace your copy, the bulletin will also be posted on our school website, This Saturday evening at 7:30 P.M., we will celebrate Our Blessed Mother’s birthday. The celebration will take place in the Mary Garden outside the church. After prayer, there will be cake and ice cream. Sunday, September 16 is Catechetical Sunday. Please join us for the 9:30 A.M. Mass and extend your prayers to our faculty. The greatest sign of appreciation that you can show our faculty is your attendance. God bless!


Mrs. Farrell Director of Religious Education

Welcome back to a new school year. We are excited about all our upcoming activities and events. On Saturday, September 8, the parish is going to celebrate Our Blessed Mother’s birthday. We will have songs and prayers in the Church yard at 7:30PM. Afterwards, we will have cake and ice cream. When you come, please take a picture with the statue of Mary and we will hang it in school. Bring a beach chair so you will be comfortable. Catechetical Sunday is September 16th. At the 9:30 Mass we will show our appreciation to our teachers and catechists for sharing their faith with our young people. Please come and show them how much we appreciate all that they do.


Mrs. Miller, Ms. Martino, Mrs. Natale, Mrs. Luciano, Ms. Papaioannou UPK

Throughout each day, children are actively engaged in "purposeful play" activities that reflect the NYS Early Childhood Guidelines. Our UPK program focuses on each child's development in: language and literacy, early math, science, nutrition, self-awareness and self-confidence. We believe in an active hands on involvement approach to learning. We encourage and provide opportunities for each UPK family to be involved in their child's education. We make learning fun!


Mrs. DiTalia Kindergarten

Welcome to Kindergarten! I am Mrs. Di Talia and I am so excited for this school year! This year will be filled with so many magical moments. Your children will learn that letters transform into sounds that turn into words that will make sentences. We will also be exploring numbers and that they are used for more than just counting. We will investigate science concepts and learn about the importance of our community through social studies. With the help of Father Carlos, we will also be practicing and learning prayers about our Catholic faith to help prepare our kindergarteners to join our school during our monthly masses. I am looking forward to a fantastic year!


Ms. Fontanes First Grade

Welcome back! My name is Ms. Fontanes and I am so excited to be teaching First Grade. As we begin the year, some things we will be focusing on are phonics and vocabulary to enhance our reading skills. Handwriting will begin with single letters and we will be identifying sentences in Grammar.  In Math, we will be working on Operations, beginning with Addition. I look forward to getting to know everyone and to having a wonderful year. 


Ms. Ferraro Second Grade

Welcome to the Second Grade and a new and exciting school year. We pray that we will all have a wonderful experience. The following objectives are important components of the second grade curriculum. In the area of Religion, the focus is on participation at Mass, the 10 commandments and the reception of the sacraments of Penance and Eucharist.  ELA encompasses  many different skills, such as: comprehension, decoding, creating short stories, organizing and revising writing, spelling, vocabulary, use of nouns, verbs, adjectives, pronouns, suffixes, prefixes, and contractions.  Important concepts in the subject of Math are addition and subtraction facts to 18, regrouping in addition and subtraction with tens and hundreds, word problems, measurement, time, and money. Science will include experiments.  Group work and projects are included in the Science and Social Studies curriculum. We have a lot to accomplish this year and we have much to look forward to!


Ms. Rodgers Third Grade

Welcome to third grade!  We’re off to a great start. We are excited to welcome 2 new members to the SMGHCA Family, Dylan and Nino!  If you haven’t sent in your child’s school supplies, please do so on Monday. I look forward to meeting all the parents at Back to School Night next week. In the meantime, please download the ClassDojo app - this is a communication tool we will be using to keep school families connected to our classroom. Instructions on how we will use this app and how you can connect to our class will be given during Back to School Night. This year our 3rd graders will spend time in ELA on several topics including reading with fluency and expression, writing, and editing; we will also work on our speaking and listening skills.  Math will focus, not only on fluency of basic math facts of multiplication and division, but also geometry and problem solving.  We will be learning about communities and our environment in Science and Social Studies.  The study of the Catholic Faith is an important aspect of our mission at SMGHCA and is a key element of our 3rd grade schedule, which will include tours of the church, learning to pray the Rosary, studying the life of St. Louis de Montfort, and learning more about the Mass and the sacraments of Holy Communion and Confession.  We have much to look forward to for the 2018-2019 school year!


Mr. Delatorre Fourth Grade

Welcome 4th graders and parents to the new school year! My name is Mr. Delatorre. This will be an exciting new year, filled with blessings and fun learning! Here is a brief overview of what's to come: Social Studies: The history of NY, Math: place value and math functions, Language Arts: Comprehensive reading, Science: animals and plants, and Religion: the Commandments. Peace and love.


Ms. Catalano Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade ELA

Welcome All. My name is Miss Joanne Catalano. I have been teaching at S.M.G.C.H.A. since 1980. This year I am lucky to be the 5th grade homeroom teacher. It is my honor to be teaching ELA to the 5th. 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. We will be learning and improving their Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary, and Writing skills. Religion will be an important part of our daily lives. I am confident my students will feel relaxed and safe in my classroom. It is a “No Bullying” zone. We will be kind and respectful to one another. In October, grades 3 to 8 will take the Terra Nova Tests. In April, the 4th, 6th, and 8th grades will take the N.Y.S. ELA Test. In May, the same grades will take the NYS-Math Test. I hope to make this a successful and enjoyable year for all my students.


Ms. Law Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade Science

Welcome to 5th-8th grade Science! My name is Ms. Law and my degree is from New York University. I have been teaching Science for 17 years, in Florida and in New York. I am very excited to share my knowledge and experiences of the Science orld with your child, and to encourage him/her to think outside the box. This year will be so much fun! We will be learning, researching, planning, designing, creating, and inventing. I look forward to partnering with you, the parent(s), as we delve into a Science adventure, exploring the world around us, and trying to help save our planet.


Mr. DeMarinis Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade Social Studies

Hello everybody and welcome back. I hope everybody had a restful summer. In Social Studies, the 5th grade will learn about North and South America, the 6th grade learns about World History and the 7th and 8th grade studies the story of America. In addition, the 8th graders will be preparing for Confirmation in November and we will begin the process for admission to both Catholic and Public High Schools. Please attend the Back to School Nigh and the High School night for 8th grade parents on Tuesday October 2 for more information. I look forward to a wonderful year with your children.


Mrs. Fulgieri Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth Grade Math, and Math 9

Welcome Back!  I hope that everyone had a fun and relaxing vacation.  Now it's time to get back to learning.  I am Mrs. Fulgieri and I will be teaching Math 5 through Math 9 this year.  The bulletin will help you keep up with your child's curriculum and learning standards.  Please read it so that you are aware of skills, classwork, and tests.  I am looking forward to working with your child this year and anticipate a successful school year.


Ms. Mena Art & Spanish

¡Bienvenidos! My name is Oladis Mena and I'll be your child's Art & Spanish Teacher this school year. We’re going to have a lot of fun! In art we will use various materials to promote creativity. I encourage all my students to express themselves artistically and know we’ll enjoy our time together. For Spanish class, I hope they have their passports ready because they will be learning all the amazing things the Spanish language has to offer. They will be given an opportunity to open their minds to different cultures and learn the differences from country to country. Learning a second language is very beneficial for a child, not only will they be able to communicate with others, but they will be acquiring skills that will help them in High School, College, and in their Careers. With my help they will learn about Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. I look forward to a wonderful school year and hope your child is ready to travel. ¡Gracias!


Mr. Pettit Physical Education

In our physical education class, our students will focus on gaining new knowledge in a safe, fun, and enjoyable manner. This year's classes will learn a variety of skills and activities which will focus on exercise and fitness with a strong concentration on grasping the basics of different sports. These activities will center on strengthening motor, cognitive, and perceptual skills. The goal is to have every student experience success, and by doing their best, everyone will come out a winner!