The Trojan Times

St. Maria Goretti Catholic School August 22, 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,

Carline went well this week. Thank you for your patience while we are getting back into the routine. Remember to have your blue carline cards visible for the teachers and staff to see. If you need another set, please let Mrs. Martinez know and we can get one to you. For the safety of our student's parents should not be on their phones in the carline. Thank you for your understanding.

Food For Life lunch service started this week. Please be sure to order your child's lunch by 5:00 PM each day. Information on how to get a lunch account and the monthly lunch menu can be found on the SMGCS school website.

We are looking forward to seeing all our parents at the PreK-8th grade Curriculum Night on Wednesday, August 25th. The evening's agenda is provided below. Please note this evening is for parents only, students should not attend.

Please remember to keep your child home if they are not feeling well. It is extremely important that you notify the front office that your child will be out AND email Nurse Beth when your child is ill. Keep in mind that as the parent, if you or your children have been exposed to someone who is COVID + or you are going to get a COVID test, Nurse Beth should be notified. We want to keep our school community healthy and we can only do that if we make sure that we communicate with each other.

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.


Band Parent Meeting - Monday, August 23rd

Band parents and students are invited to join us Monday at 6:00 in the cafetorium. Band teacher, Chris Cullen, will provide information about Band classes and answer questions. Brook Mays Music Company will be on hand for rental instrument sign ups.

Curriculum Night - Wednesday, August 25th

We are looking forward to seeing all parents (no students please) at our PreK-8th grade Back to Curriculum Night on Wednesday, August 25, 2021. We will begin the evening at 6:00 PM in the Cafetorium. After a welcome and introduction, parents will visit their student’s classroom for brief presentations and information from the teachers. Teachers will make the same presentation 3 times to ensure parents with multiple students can hear about all of their child’s teachers. Specials teachers will be available in their classrooms if you have questions about their classes. As communicated earlier, this evening is for parents/guardians only. Students should not attend.

6:00 PM -6:20 PM

Welcome and prayer by Mrs. Utendorf

Laura Perez-North Texas Giving Day and KK updates

Introduction of Staff and teachers

6:25 PM -6:45 PM Presentations Round 1

The junior high teachers (6th-8th) will present as a level in the cafetorium

4th and 5th grade teachers will present as a level in the library

PreK-3- presentations in homeroom

6:50 PM - 7:15 PM Presentations Round 2 (same as Round1)

7:20 PM - 7:45 PM Presentations Round 3 (same as Round 1)

Wednesday Mass at 8:00 AM

This year students will be attending the 8:00 AM Mass on Wednesday mornings. Parents will be welcome to join us. As stated in the SMGCS Family Handbook, parents may not sit with their students.

Please make sure that students arrive on time on Mass days. Teachers will be heading to Mass shortly after the bell rings at 7:50 AM.

While sweaters are a required part of the Mass uniform, students do not have to wear them to every Mass until October 6, 2021.

Altar Server Training

Students in grades 5-8 interested in becoming an altar server for school and parish Masses should email Ms. Sylvia Curiel at

She will be scheduling training sessions soon.

Math Kits

If you have not purchased your math kit please let your teacher know. Be sure to return the FACTS order form with your child this week.

If your child no longer needs their math kit please consider donating back to SMGCS. Teachers can use the extra abacus and card games in their classrooms.

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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.

Talent Show Forms Due September 7th

Students in grades 3rd-8th are invited to audition for the #bethegoodtogether Talent Show as part of our North Texas Giving Day celebration. The Talent Show will be held from 6:30-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 23 in the SMGCS Cafetorium. For more information, please see the attached Information and Audition Form that went home in Friday Folders to eligible grades. Completed forms are due September 7.

Library Leaders - Application Due Monday, August 23rd

Sixth through eighth grade students are invited to join the Library Leaders service club. The following link reviews goals and expectations. Library teams will commit to serving one Tuesday a month during recess. Please complete and return the Library Leaders Application to Mrs. Richards by Monday, August 23. Helper schedules will be made, and our first group will meet Tuesday, August 24.

SMGCS Classics Club Challenge!

Third through eighth grade students are invited to participate in the first-ever Classics Club Reading Challenge. To be named a member of the Classics Club, students need to read ten books from the provided reading list during the 2021-22 school year. Additional club information and a reading list are available at the link below. Please see Mrs. Richards for more information.

Cecilian Singers - After School Youth Choir

Cecilian Singers is an after-school youth choir for SMG students in the 3rd - 8th Grades. We will meet on Thursdays from 3:30-4:15 p.m. beginning September 30th. Additional information and application form are available at the link below.

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Trojan Troupe - After School Drama Club

The Trojan Troupe is an after-school drama club for SMG students in the 5th - 8th grades. We will meet on Mondays from 3:30-4:15 p.m. beginning September 27th. Additional information and application form are available at the link below.

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2021-2022 Academic Calendar

Please click on the following link to view the 2021-2022 Academic Calendar. It can also be found on the school website at

Sports Physicals

To participate in athletics next school year (Junior High or High School), students will need a physical dated on or after June 1, 2021. If your child plans to participate in sports during the 2021-2022 school year, they must have a current physical examination, and the form below must be completed and on file before the student may participate in school or diocesan sports.

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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.

Virtus Training

Parent volunteers will need to renew their VIRTUS training in order to continue volunteering. The VIRTUS renewal program is called "Keeping the Promise Alive" and must be attended in order to keep Safe Environment status current. Our school Safe Environment Coordinator will email parents with information on how to register for a renewal session.

Kountry Karnival 2021

We are in the process of planning the Kountry Karnival Food Festival.

Mark October 2nd and 3rd on your calendar!

We need volunteers to help plan this event. If you are interested in helping please reach out to Mrs. Laura Perez at

Box Tops - Earn Money for SMG!

Box Tops makes it easy for families to earn cash for schools and help teachers get the supplies they need. Traditional Box Tops clips are being phased out of production, but may continue to be found on many products throughout the store. Although you may still clip coupons, there is a NEW and EASY method:

  • Create a Box Tops for Education account via the Box Tops app or website - View the video: How it Works, Join For Free
  • Buy Box Top Products
  • Use your app to scan the store receipt within 14 days of purchase -View the video: How to Scan

Last Week at SMGCS

Band Demonstration for 4th and 5th

The Music Learning Band staff visited SMG Monday to introduce the various band instruments and invite students in 4th and 5th grade to join the program. The Music Learning Band Program teachers the fundamentals of music and band. The primary goal of the program is the continuous musical development of each student. It aims to develop the student's technical and musical proficiency of a band instrument within a fun, enthusiastic environment.

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First Mass of 2021-2022 School Year

SMGCS students and faculty attended the first Mass of the new school year on Wednesday.

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First grade had a fun time during library creating a folder containing Proverbs 3:5-6. Students will memorize the Proverb for recitation in class.

Some rewards of memorization and recitation include, but are not limited to: increasing the student’s memory, allowing him/her to experience eloquent language, and assisting him/her in learning to confidently speak in front of others.

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PreK - Welcome to Our New SMG Students!

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1st Grade

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First grade matched rhyming words and played a board game that focuses on short "a" CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words.

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2nd Grade

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Second grade science students journaled solids, gases and liquids found during their nature walk.
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3rd Grade Enjoying Recess the First Week of School.

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4th Grade

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5th Grade Science

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7th and 8th Summer Book Campfire Tales

Literature students had fun retelling chapters from our summer novels around the “campfire.” S’mores will be served on the last day of retelling.

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Mrs. Pick Shares Words of Wisdom

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Calendar Notes

  • August 23, Monday: Library Leaders Application Due; Band Parent Meeting @ 6:00 PM in Cafetorium

  • August 25, Wednesday: PreK-8th Back to School Night 6:00 PM -8:00 PM -1 parent should plan to attend

  • August 27, Friday: 2021-2022 Family Handbook signed acknowledgment form due

  • September 6, Monday: Labor Day No School

  • September 7, Tuesday: Talent Show Forms Due

  • September 14, Tuesday: Home and School Meeting 7:00 PM -1 parent should plan to attend

  • October 2-3: Kountry Karnival Weekend

Like Us on Face Book!

We are hoping to update our official Facebook page with some more recent, positive reviews, likes, and shares. Please visit our official Facebook page (Facebook@StMariaGorettiArlington) and help us spread the word about our great Catholic school!

Need Prayers?

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Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth

Serving the North Texas Catholic community by providing the faithful opportunities to grow in Christian discipleship and strengthen their relationship with Jesus Christ.