The Trojan Times

St. Maria Goretti Catholic School September 12, 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,

Please remember effective October 4, 2021, 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.

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. See the most recent COVID19 Guidelines from the Catholic Schools Office at the following link.

Nurse Beth and I are working extremely hard to make sure the students on our campus stay healthy and in school. Keep in mind that as the parent, if you or your children have been exposed to someone who is COVID + OR a COVID test is administered for any reason, Nurse Beth should be notified. Students who are awaiting COVID test results are not allowed to return to school until they have a negative test. This is also true for siblings.

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.


Home & School Association General Meeting Tuesday! Please join us.

Big picture


Kountry Karnival 2021 will take place October 2-3, 2021. Show your SMG pride and spread the word! Purchase your KK 2021 T-Shirt Today! Students can wear them each Friday for Spirit Day. Students will also be allowed to wear their KK shirt every day the week of September 27-October 1st (except Wednesday Mass day). All purchases will be shipped to the school and will be ready for pick up on Thursday, September 23, 2021.

T-shirts are available for purchase online through Sunday, September 17th at

**Please note that you are also able to purchase SMG Spirit Wear at this time**

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.

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

Catholic School's Night at the Texas Ranger Game!

The Texas Rangers are having a Catholic School’s Night on September 18th at 6:05 for the White Sox game. Please see the link below to order tickets and a special T-Shirt. Go Rangers!



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)


  • 3:30-4:15PM Chess Club (Nguyen) Begins Sept. 22 - Every other Wednesday
    • Sept. 22, Oct. 6, 20, Nov. 3, 17, Dec. 1, 15
  • 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) Begins Sept. 2
  • 3:30-4:15PM Tai Chi Club (Nguyen) Begins Sept. 16 - Every other Thursday
    • Sept. 16, 30, Oct. 14, 28, Nov. 11, 25, Dec. 9
  • 3:30-4:15PM 3rd-8th Cecilian Singers Club (Richards) Begins Sept. 30

Last Week at SMGCS

2nd Grade Performs at Mass

Second grade performed a sweet and touching song at Mass this week in honor of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Please see the link below to view their performance. Many thanks to Mrs. Richards for coordinating another terrific opportunity for our students to showcase their love of music and God.

Big picture

Bridal Shower for Miss Seyer

Miss Seyer weds Connor Baxter next Saturday, September 18th. Teachers and staff had a fiesta bridal shower to celebrate. Congratulations to the happy couple.

Big picture

Kountry Karnival Preparations are Underway!

Second grade students met after school Friday to create piñatas for their Kountry Karnival Mexican themed food booth.

Big picture

Catechesis of the Good Shepard

Mrs. Rusnak taught PreK students how to process into the atrium and enthrone the Bible.
Big picture

Spanish Map Labeling

Big picture

Computer Class

Eighth grade created Mondrian art and pixel art using Google Sheets. Seventh grade created About Me projects in Google Slides.

PreK Family Collages

Big picture

Kindergarten Art

Mrs. Jamison's Kindergarten art students learned about horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines. They cut straight lines, then glued them onto paper and added eyes and a mouth to create Lined Monsters.

Big picture

1st Grade Cross-Curriculum Lesson

After discussing the needs of plants, students planted seeds in science class. Mrs. Girton read "Frog and Toad: The Garden" and students summarized the story during writing class. Finally, first graders made and identified the parts of a flower to accompany their writing.

Big picture
Big picture

2nd Grade Science: Exploring Liquids

Student observed liquids and noticed that some are thick and some are thin. The thicker liquids tend to move more slowly due to viscosity. Viscosity is the resistance to flow.

Big picture

2nd Grade Math: Playing Roman Numeral Bingo

Big picture

3rd Grade Science

Third grade cooperated with team members to create balance with various penny weights.
Big picture

3rd Grade Adjective Flowers

Big picture

4th Grade History

Fourth graders played battleship to practice latitude and longitude.

Big picture

4th, 5th, 6th Grade Religion

Fourth and fifth grade students thanked Saint Jerome for translating the Bible. Sixth grade religion students honored our saint of the month, Saint Augustine, by displaying one of his famous sayings.

Big picture

Calendar Notes

  • September 13, Monday: 6:00-8:00PM Robotics 1st Meeting

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

  • September 16, Thursday: 3:30-4:15 Tai Chi Club 1st Meeting

  • September 17, Friday: 12:10 Early Dismissal, No Lunch Service; Progress Reports Emailed to Parents

  • September 18, Saturday: 6:05 PM Texas Rangers Catholic School’s Night White Sox game

  • September 22, Wednesday: 3:30-4:15 Chess Club 1st Meeting

  • September 23, Thursday: 6:30-8:00PM North Texas Giving Day/Watch Party/Talent Show

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

  • September 30, Thursday: 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

Big picture

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:

Meet Our Priests!

St. Maria Goretti Parish Website:

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.