The Trojan Times

St. Maria Goretti Catholic School March 24, 2019

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.

Principal's Message

Dear SMG Families and Friends,

In this edition, you will find information about:

  • 2019/2020 Registration/Enrollment
  • Upcoming PreK & Kindergarten Open House
  • Date Change for the Keeping Children Safe in Cyberspace Presentation
  • Information on Rice Bowls
  • A recap of all of last week's exciting happenings at SMG
  • Available Teacher Outings
  • and Calendar Notes

It has been a exciting week and weekend for many of our students. Last week, fifteen students were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society. There was an induction ceremony in the Church, followed by a small reception in the cafetorium. The 8th Grade students focused on teamwork while on their second retreat of the school year at Camp Thurman. It is hard to believe that our student leaders--the 8th Grade class--are only two months away from graduating! On Saturday, several students competed in their first academic meet as participants on SMG's first Private School Interscholastic Association (PSIA) academic competition team. This was an all-day event and our students should be commended for their participation not only at the district meet, but in the preparation leading up to the meet and as the first members of our SMG PSIA Team! And today, two of our 8th Grade students were recognized for their love of God and Country as they received the American Way Award! I am very proud of these and all of our SMG students, and am thankful for all the ways in which they continue to grow, develop, and enrich St. Maria Goretti Catholic School!

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

St. Maria Goretti, Pray for Us!


Laura Behee, M.Ed.


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Regular 2019-2020 Registration is Open

Check your email communications for information about the registration/enrollment process, tuition, and payment structure, which was emailed to all school families. Information is also available on the school website at

Keeping Children Safe in Cyberspace Presentation Date Change!! New Date: Thursday, March 28th

On Thursday, March 28th, FBI Special Agent Chris Thompson will present Keeping Children Safe in CyberSpace to students and parents. With 15 years of service in the FBI and assigned to Cyber and high tech investigations, SA Thompson's work covers criminal and national security intrusions, identity theft, internet fraud, infrastructure protection, and child exploitation. SA Thompson is a member of the FBI Cyber Action Team, a rapid deployment unit for Cyber crimes nationally and internationally. For the past seven years, SA Thompson has been assigned to a task force investigating violent crimes against children. SA Thompson's collateral duties include firearms/tactical instruction, EMT, SWAT, aviation, and computer forensics.

Prior to the FBI, SA Thompson worked as an engineer/consultant for local high technology firms, particularly in the area of supply chain management.

SA Thompson will be meeting with 7th and 8th Grade students during the school day on March 28th, and will be discussing cyber safety, social media apps, and cyber crimes in an age/grade-level appropriate format.

That evening, SA Thompson will be giving a more detailed presentation to parents at 6:30PM in the Cafetorium. Because of the graphic nature of the information the agent will be sharing with parents, the evening presentation is for PARENTS/ADULTS ONLY. No Children or Students will be permitted to be in attendance. Please make arrangements for child care if you plan to attend (and we hope you do!!).

Open House: PreK and Kindergarten April 11th 4:00-5:30PM

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Rice Bowls

The iconic CRS Rice Bowl is a staple on the table of Catholic families across the country during Lent. This simple cardboard box is a tool for collecting Lenten alms—and comes with a Lenten calendar that guides families through the 40 days of Lent with activities, reflections and stories.

CRS Rice Bowl is the Lenten program of Catholic Relief Services, the official relief and development agency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Through CRS Rice Bowl, faith communities in every diocese throughout the United States put their faith into action through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Lenten alms donated through CRS Rice Bowl support the work of CRS in roughly 45 different countries each year. 25% of all donations to CRS Rice Bowl stay in the local diocese, supporting hunger and poverty alleviation efforts. Since its inception in 1975, CRS Rice Bowl has raised nearly $300 million.

Rice bowls were sent home Thursday, March 21st, with SMG students. All rice bowl money needs to be turned in on Monday, April 15th. We are asking parents to write a check for the amount in the bowl rather then sending in coins. Thanks for your participation and help.

You may visit for additional information and stories of hope.

Private School Interscholastic Association District Meet

The Private School Interscholastic Association (PSIA) is an extracurricular academic competition program for elementary and middle school students. Participating in PSIA provides an exciting opportunity for private school students to engage in academic competition with their peers throughout the state of Texas.

On Saturday, March 23rd, thirty SMG students from grades 3-8 competed against students from ten other schools in the Private School Interscholastic Association District Meet, which was held at St. Pius V Catholic School in Dallas. SMG students competed in up to four different academic events including Mathematics; Number Sense; Maps, Graphs, & Charts; and Ready Writing.

Congratulations to all of our inaugural PSIA contestants who have been working with their teacher/coaches over the last several weeks to prepare for the meet and who "jumped in" as SMG's first PSIA Team! Though not all SMG competitors placed in an event, all gained the valuable experience of competing in this type of arena. Special congratulations to the following SMG students who placed in the top ten in some of the events in which they competed:


4th Grade-Emma Boyea and Janna Pham

5th Grade-Ethan Collier

6th Grade-Collin Woodside

7th Grade-Logan Collier and Katelin Crain

Number Sense:

4th Grade-Deanna Woodside (3rd grade student competed in 4th grade event)

7th Grade-Thu Tam Nguyen and Logan Collier

8th Grade-Brian Larson

Maps, Graphs, & Charts:

4th Grade-Chris Garza

5th Grade-Jaden Barraza

8th Grade-Andres Zavala

Ready Writing:

3rd Grade-Neveah Barraza

4th Grade-Huy Tran and Emma Boyea

5th Grade-Jaden Barraza

6th Grade-Bao Tran

7th Grade-ThuTam Nguyen

8th Grade-Katelin Crain, Katie Tovar, and Elizabeth Hyde

In-Between Events & Waiting to Compete at PSIA Meet

American Way Award Recipients

Congratulations to 8th Grade students Noah Utendorf and Jenna Moren who are this year's SMG recipeints of the American Way Award! On Sunday, March 24th at Nolan Catholic High School, the Knights of Columbus, General Worth Assembly 1089, and Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court Louise 209, presented twenty-one 8th Grade students from diocesan schools with the American Way Award, which recognizes students' love of God and Country and is an encouragement for them to carry it forward into high school and further into their adult lives. The principal and faculty/staff at each school selected students based on their spirituality and patriotism. This is the 59th year of the event. Colonel Donald Grannan USAF was the guest speaker and the Catholic Daughters hosted a reception in the NCHS cafeteria following the program. Way to go Noah and Jenna!

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National Junior Honor Society Induction

National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) membership is an outstanding opportunity to develop the habits and standards so important to success in high school, college, and a career. NJHS offers exclusive opportunities for members to develop their leadership proficiency. On Tuesday, March 19th, SMG inducted 15 new members to our NJHS Chapter, the Mother Teresa Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society. Inductees are required to have a 95 average beginning in 6th grade and embody the five pillars of NJHS: Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Character, and Citizenship. Membership in NJHS is an honor and we extend a huge congratulations to our newest members!

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Camp Thurman Retreat

Eighth grade students attended Camp Thurman in September where they focused on attributes which will mold them into leaders of the school. This past Friday, they returned to Camp Thurman for part two of this fun and rewarding adventure. This time, they focused on working as a team. Additionally, they discussed the virtue of Mercy and the life of St. Mother Teresa during the spiritual retreat.

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PK4's First Day of Mass

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PK4 Leprechauns

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SMG Movie Tavern

Coach Rose and Mrs. Abbott hosted the 7th grade class outing on Thursday, March 21st. Students were treated to a "Movie Tavern" experience with pizza, popcorn, drinks, and a movie. The feature presentation was Spider-man: Into the Spider Verse, which won best animated film at the Oscars!

Teacher Outings Still Available!!

There are several Teacher Outings still available! If you are interested in purchasing an outing for your student, please contact Mrs. Malloy in the school office

In addition to the class outings, please see information on the Trojans Cheer Camp below.

Tiny Trojans Cheer Camp

Ms. Meurer and Mrs. Paladini are sponsoring a cheer clinic for grades 1-4 on Saturday, April 27th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Students will be learning a dance and a cheer taught by the SMG cheerleaders. They will perform the routines during the spring pep rally! Included in the day are a t-shirt, a snack, and a great time!

The cost is $25 and there are 5 spots still available for purchase.

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Alumni News

All SMG Alumni, we want to hear from you and share any news you have with the rest of the Trojan Community! Please send us your address, phone number, and email address so that we may keep in touch. As well, if you have news and information that you would like to share with the SMG Community, we would like that as well! Please send your information to Abbey Lewis at

Once a Trojan--Always a Trojan!

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

Calendar Notes

Tuesday, March 26th: 3:30-5:30 3rd gr class outing: Movie, pizza, popcorn

Wednesday, March 27th: 3rd-8th GradeTalent Show @ 9:30AM (Note Time Change) in the Cafetorium

  • Running Club (weather permitting) 3:30-4:00PM

Thursday, March 28th: Keeping Children Safe CyberSpace Talk 6:30PM in Cafetorium (parents/adults only)

Friday, March 29th: Tableaus (Stations of Cross) @ 2:00PM in Church-6th Grade hosts

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