The Trojan Times

St. Maria Goretti Catholic School September 26, 2021

Mission Statement

St. Maria Goretti is a living testament to our Lord's work in His youngest disciples, exemplified by academic excellence, spiritual formation, and compassionate service to others.

St. Maria Goretti Catholic School aims to form what is True, Good, and Beautiful in the souls of our young disciples of Christ.

Principal's Message

Dear St. Maria Goretti Catholic School Families,

Thank you to everyone who donated to North Texas Giving Day. We raised $42,175! It was a wonderful evening of fellowship highlighted by the outstanding talent show coordinated by Mrs. Richards. We have very talented students and teachers!

Kountry Karnival weekend is next weekend, October 2nd and 3rd! Students may wear the KK t-shirt everyday this week except Wednesday. The last day to pre-order your food is Thursday, Sept. 30th. Pre-ordering your food ensures you get to enjoy the foods you would like. There will be limited quantities to purchase the day of KK. The class with the most preorders will win a Chick-fil-A lunch party.

October 1st is the Blessing of the Pets at 11:00 AM in the back field. Parents are welcome to bring their pets up for a blessing. If you are unable to bring your pet, you may send a photo to be blessed. It is an early dismissal day at 12:10PM. Parents who attend may check their child out after the pet blessing. You will be required to go to the front office and sign them out. Do not take your child from the blessing or enter the school through the back doors. Thank you for your corporation.

The Dinner Dance planning committee is looking for a few more parents to help plan this fun event. If you would like to join them, please contact Laura Perez at

We ask that you continue to keep our students, teachers, staff, and priests in your prayers.

St. Maria Goretti, Pray for Us!


Amy Utendorf, M.Ed.


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North Texas Giving Day - THANK YOU!

North Texas Giving Day is an 18-hour online giving event designed to empower every person to give back to their community by supporting local nonprofits and causes they care about in one easy-to-use platform.

Students greeted parents in carline Thursday with flyers to promote North Texas Giving Day. We eagerly watched the web site as donations totaled $24,000 by noon! Mrs. Perez and Mrs. Richards helped organize a talent show to entertain us during the evening NTGD Watch Party. Anticipation was high as we watched the donation numbers creep closer and closer to our goal.

Funds raised this year will help several campus improvement projects including continued updates to our school security systems, continued development of our Outdoor Learning Center & Garden, Curriculum Resources, and equipment replacement. We are so grateful to our parents, students, parishioners, alumni and faculty for helping us achieve a remarkable total of $42,175!

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LAST DAY OF LUNCH SERVICE - Thursday, Sept. 30th

Food For Life will no longer be providing a hot lunch service. Students need to be sure to bring silverware, napkins, their lunch, and a drink to school each day. We will have an option for students who forget their lunch, no students will go hungry.

Our copious water supply has been depleted. Students must come to school with a water bottle (or 2) each day. We hope to have the water fountain station installed soon. Please consider donating a case of water to your child's homeroom.

Cardigan Sweaters Required at Mass

Beginning Wednesday, October 6th, red and blue cardigan sweaters are required for Mass.

Kountry Karnival Taste of SMG: Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 2&3

Kountry Karnival 2021 - Preorder Food Through Sept. 30th

Click on the image for information about the Kountry Karnival Taste of SMG.

Fall Book Fair October 11-14

The SMG Fall Book Fair will take place October 11-14. Please see this link for our Class Preview and Purchase Schedule.

Our efair is now live, and it allows you to make a student wish list and to purchase from an expanded catalog. To shop our online book fair, go to and use the code Z538L. Follet will ship your books to the school after the fair is complete.

We will need volunteers before, during, and after the fair. Please use the following Sign Up Genius Link.

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Lunch room and recess helpers needed!

Please consider volunteering to help during lunch and recess. Service hours will be earned. Click on the signup genius link for a description of duties. All volunteers must be current with their Virtus training.

Nolan Catholic's Registration Opens October 1st

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SMG Clubs - Mark Your Calendar!


  • 3:15-4:00PM Rubik Cube Club (Utendorf) Begins Sept. 27
  • 3:30-5:00PM Cheer Club (Paladini/Cruz)
  • 3:30-4:15PM 5th-8th Trojan Troupe Drama Club (Richards) Begins Sept. 27
  • 6:00-8:00PM FIRST Lego League Robotics (Moralesl) Begins Sept. 13
    • Sept. 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29, Dec. 6


  • Library Leaders during Recess (Richards)
  • 6:00-7:00PM Ballet Folklorico (Zavala) Begins Sept. 14


  • 3:30-4:15PM Chess Club (Nguyen) Begins Sept. 22 - Every other Wednesday
    • Sept. 22, Oct. 6, 20, Nov. 3, 17, Dec. 1, 15 (One Day Tournament)
  • 3:30-4:15PM Running Club (weather permitting) (Gutierrez/Mitchell) Begins Oct. 6
    • Oct. 6, 20, Nov. 3, 17, Dec. 1, 15, Feb. 9, 23, Mar. 9, 23, April 6, 27, May 4, 11


  • 3:15-4:30PM 4th-8th Garden Club (Pick)
  • 3:30-4:15PM Tai Chi Club (Nguyen) Begins Sept. 16 - Every other Thursday
    • Sept. 16, 30, Oct. 7, 21, Nov. 4, 18, 25, Dec. 2, 16
  • 3:30-4:15PM 3rd-8th Cecilian Singers Club (Richards) Begins Sept. 30

SMG Ballet Folklórico - Grades 2nd-8th

Join us every Tuesday from 6:00 to 7:00PM in the science lab. The Ballet Folklórico is most famous for its promotion of regional dance and incorporation of traditional Mexican dress and Mexican folk music into its routines. No experience needed. Second through eighth grade student may contact Mrs. Zavala if you are interested:

Chess Club - Grades 4th-8th

Chess Club begins every other Wednesday starting September 22nd. Use the following link to sign up:

Tai Chi Club - Grades 4th-8th

Tai Chi begins every other Thursday starting September 16th. Sign up at the following link:

Rubik Cube Club

The first Rubik Cube Club meeting will be held Monday, September 27, 2021, from 3:15 PM-4:00 PM. Students will be dismissed from the front steps. Any student not picked up by 4:05 PM will be sent to SMEED.

If you are interested in joining, please complete the form below.

Run Club - PreK4-8th

Running Club will meet on the following Wednesdays, from 3:30-4:15 pm (weather permitting).

Oct. 6, 20, Nov. 3, 17, Dec. 1, 15, Feb. 9, 23, Mar. 9, 23, April 6, 27, May 4, 11

Sign up form

Run Club Information

Last Week at SMGCS

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Atrium

Last week students learned about the Liturgical Colors of the Church. This week they learned about the altar basics: altar cloth, candles, crucifix, chalice, and paten.

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Pete's messages fill the hearts of children and bring them a positive outlook on life.

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Our first adoption day! Lots of happy new pet owners in KB!
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Kindergarten Working on Numbers 11-20

1st Grade Math

First grade learned about addition and subtraction fact families then made fact family candy corn.

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3rd Grade Grammar

Singing Shurley English jingles to review nouns, verbs and what makes a complete sentence.
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4th Grade Literature

Fourth grade designed and prepared board games in groups to be able to review for their test over the short story, Rip Van Winkle.

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5th Grade Literature

Fifth grade students complete a carousel of questions about The Horse and His Boy, their first quarter novel.

The Horse and His Boy is a novel for children by C. S. Lewis, It tells the tale of an orphan boy, Shasta, and a talking horse, Bree, as they journey towards freedom from oppression and slavery. They fly from a foreign land to Narnia, the place Bree calls home, where Shasta hopes to find who he is and where he truly belongs.

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Calendar Notes

  • September 27, Monday: 3:30-4:15 PM Trojan Troupe 1st Meeting, 3:15-4:00PM Rubik Cube Club 1st Meeting

  • September 30, Thursday: LAST DAY OF FOOD FOR LIFE LUNCH SERVICE; 3:30-4:15 Cecilian Singers 1st Meeting

  • October 1, Friday: Blessing of the Pets at 11:00, 12:10 Early Dismissal, No Lunch Service

  • October 2-3: Kountry Karnival Weekend


  • October 6, Wednesday: 3:30-4:15 Running Club 1st Meeting

  • October 8, Friday: 1st Quarter Ends

  • October 11-14: Follet Fall Book Fair

  • October 14, Thursday: 12:10 Early Dismissal, Parent/Teacher Conferences

  • October 15, Friday: No School

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2021-2022 Enrollment & Registration

Registration & Enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year can be found on our school website. There are still spots available at most grade levels. As a reminder, tuition assistance is available and we are committed to making a Catholic education a reality for any family who wishes one for their child(ren). Please contact Mrs. Utendorf (autendorf@smgschool) or our Registrar, Mrs. de la Pena ( with any questions or concerns.

Need Prayers?

We all do!! The St. Maria Goretti Catholic School Community would love to pray for you and your intentions. Please send all prayer requests to:

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