SMGCS Weekly SMORE

Week of Sept. 18th - 22nd

Kountry Karnival Needs YOU!

Volunteers are still needed for most event areas: Set up, Game Booths, Food Booths, Baked Goods Donations, Inside Booth Activities, Clean Up, and MORE! Use the Sign-Up Genius link above to sign up today!

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Mrs. Pierce's Principal Message:

“The Lord is kind and merciful, slow to anger, and rich in compassion.” Psalm 103


Today, we are reminded that Jesus teaches us to forgive others and be merciful. He is the model teacher as he is calm and slow to anger. Pausing momentarily before we react proves helpful. He tells us to be kind and to place ourselves in another’s shoes. It is when we do this that we have a clearer picture of the situation. It is in true forgiveness that we show mercy for others. This means we give “second chances”. Is there someone you need to show God’s love, forgiveness, and mercy to in your life? Remember we are imperfect people in an imperfect world trying to do the perfect thing. God knows we are not perfect, but He does want us to do our best and love always.​

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Calendar Updates & Reminders

9/19 Robotics 6:30pm-8:00pm

9/20 NJHS Meeting at lunch time in library

9/22 ADORATION for B classes

9/23 Robotics 10:00am-1:00pm

9/24 Volunteer meeting for Kountry Karnival 5pm in the Cafetorium

10/4 SMGCS Blessing of pets 2pm (Indoor dismissal)


**For the safety of all children, if parents are walking your child into school, please use the parking lot by the Holy Family Life Center. Also, please take your child by the hand as you cross; do not cut across the car line. If your child walks to school, please have him/her wait to cross when a teacher gives him/her permission and help.. Thank you for your assistance.

Help out Food4LIfe


Food4Life needs our help. Students should order their menu preference in the morning. When picking up their meal, they should collect the item they ordered. Many students are changing their minds or are not placing an order, and then getting a lunch at the last minute. This is a problem for those who have last lunch as the Food4Life catering service is having to prepare additional food to meet the needs of all of the students. ​


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SMGCS is LOVING the new lunch program provided by Food4Life!!! More kids are buying their lunches and FINISHING their plates than EVER! Thank you Food4Life for filling our students' bodies with healthy and tasty food every day! Remember to register for an account. Food4Life will be at the Home and School meeting this Monday if you still need to do this.

September Home and School General Meeting

Monday, Sep. 18th, 7pm

1200 South Davis Drive

Arlington, TX

Join us for a great Home and School general meeting hosted in the cafetorium. Our meeting topic will be 'Child Safety'. Childcare and refreshments will be provided.
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We raised $694.00 at our August Dine-out night at Chipotle!! Thank you for supporting SMGCS!

September DINE-OUT Night at Pei Wei

Thursday, Sep. 21st, 5-10pm

4133 South Cooper Street

Arlington, TX

Forget about cooking and join us for another great SMGCS Dine-out night at Pei Wei on Thursday, Sept. 21st. Be sure to tell them at the beginning of your order that this if for Saint Maria Goretti Catholic School.

A Message from ECI


Dear St. Maria Goretti Parent or Guardian,


ECI thanks you for the opportunity to serve the St. Maria Goretti community these last several years.


We are writing in regards to all balances at St. Maria Goretti for the ECI Lunch Service last year.

If your account reflects a negative balance, please submit a check to the address below by September 15th. If that balance is NOT paid in full SMGCS will be charged and your FACTS account will be charged the sum plus a 5% transaction fee.


If your balance is positive, please provide us with the following information:

1. The name to whom the check should be made out.

2. The address to where the check should be mailed.


We will be mailing all refunds on the week of September the 15th, 2017


You can email us anytime at eci@ecimanagementgroup.com or, call Customer Service at (713) 722-7773


Thank you again for the opportunity to serve you.

Regards,


ECI Management Group

713-722-7773


ECI Management Group
C/O St.Maria Goretti
777 Main Street, STE 600
Fort Worth TX 76102

Spirit Hour Reminders...


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Welcome to another great year at SMGCS! As a reminder, you must have current Safe & Sacred training in order to earn SPIRIT hours as a volunteer. Please be sure your training is up to date before you volunteer; the training is valid for three years before it must be renewed. Contact Stephanie Malloy, Safe Environment Coordinator with any questions at secretary@smgschool.org


SMG School Directory

Each school family will receive a free copy of the SMGCS School Directory. Additional copies may be purchased at the school office for $5. Directories will be available for pick up at the September H&S meeting; those not picked up will go home via kidmail. If you find an error in the Directory, email the correction to Mary Rowell at spirit@smgschool.org


SPIRIT Hours

Each family needs 40 SPIRIT per school year, ten of which MUST be related to Kountry Karnival (including KK, KK Raffle, or Dinner Dance). Do you want to get started earning SPIRIT hours, but don’t know where to begin? Check out all our volunteer opportunities at: http://www.signupgenius.com/index.cfm?go=c.SignUpSearch&eid=0BCACCDEF5C4F866&cs=09B1BAAE8FBE8B107B0A64035BCE9BC8


Kountry Karnival SPIRIT Opportunities:

 Karnival workers – We need all hands on deck to make our Kountry Karnival a success. Check out the SignUp Genius at smgschool.org > Voluneer SignUp or the link above.

 Booth Chairs are still needed for some of our game booths.

 Confetti Eggs – earn one SPIRIT hour for 2 dozen completed Confetti Eggs (e.g., empty & clean eggshells, fill with confetti and paint/decorate). Empty eggshell are available. Reminder: Each school family is asked to donate two dozen empty eggshells (no SPIRIT hours for empty, undecorated eggshells).

 Food Truck Trainee needed: Our long-time KK Food Truck chairperson is retiring. We need someone to “shadow” him this year to prepare to take over for next year. Contact Ana Nieves or Brigida Schumacher at smgkountrykarnival@gmail.com for more info.

 Do you have a baseball radar gun? Our KK chairs need to borrow a radar pitch gun for our Radar Pitch booth at KK. If you have one you would loan us for the weekend, please contact Ana Nieves or Brigida Schumacher at smgkountrykarnival@gmail.com


How do I submit my KK SPIRIT Hours?

There will be sign-in sheets on clipboards available for each KK booth to record SPIRIT hours during KK weekend. Please remember to sign IN and OUT when working on KK weekend – THIS IS HOW YOU GET YOUR SPIRIT HOURS. Signing up on SignUp Genius does not submit your volunteer hours – it is simply a scheduling tool to help us know where we have/need workers. Booth Chairs, please bring your own pens for the sign in sheets. Booth chairpersons are responsible for approving and turning in sign in sheets and clipboards on Sunday evening at the close of KK.


KK SPIRIT hour guidelines for donations:

Only homemade baked goods are eligible for SPIRIT hours and are not subject to the ten hour limit. No SPIRIT hours will be credited for store-bought goods. Donated items earn SPIRIT credit as follows:

 Each homemade cake / pie / loaf = 1 SPIRIT hour

 Two dozen homemade cupcakes, brownies, etc. = 1 SPIRIT hour

 Two dozen completed (decorated & filled) confetti eggs = 1 SPIRIT hour

 Gift cards or other items = 1 SPIRIT hour per $20 value up to a maximum of 10 SPIRIT hours. New items donated to Kountry Karnival / Dinner Dance Auctions will receive one SPIRIT hour per $20 value up to a maximum of 10 SPIRIT hours. Donated items cannot exceed 10 hours regardless of the time invested to make the item, or the monetary value of the item. e.g., handmade quilts, airline or sports tickets, etc.


More SPIRIT Opportunities:

The following non-KK opportunities will count towards your 40 hour commitment:

Concessions Chairperson – make sure our concession stand is stocked and ready to serve our guests.

 Sept. 9th – Oct. 14th: Volleyball Concessions workers needed

 Oct 23rd: H & S Meeting - 1 SPIRIT hour per parent present; must sign in to get credit.

 Scholastic Book Fair – Oct. 13th-20th

 Lunchroom and Playground Volunteers are needed daily.

 Sort and process Box Tops - contact Kathy Knowles at jameskathyknowles@tx.rr.com


Clarification about earning SPIRIT hours:

SPIRIT hours are earned through volunteer activities that directly support or benefit St. Maria Goretti School and may be performed adults and by high school age students who are current on Safe Environment training including a background check. Volunteer service for SMG Parish or the greater community is always encouraged and appreciated, but those hours do not count towards your 40 SPIRIT hours. Current SMGCS students may earn service hours, but not SPIRIT hours.


Attention all Scout parents – please be advised that SPIRIT guidelines have changed regarding Scouting. Volunteer hours for scouting will no longer earn SPIRIT hours unless the volunteer activity directly benefits SMGCS School.

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FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR LITTLE HEARTS, WE SAY, "THANK YOU!"

On behalf of the students, faculty, and staff of Saint Maria Goretti Catholic School, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to all those who helped us to reach our 2017 North Texas Giving Day goal and surpass it! While we are especially grateful to our donors, we are also very appreciative of those who offered their support by prayer for the success of our campaign. This year, our goal was to raise $10,000 to upgrade the wireless technology in the building. Including pledges and amounts received in car line, we raised $12,373! This is a record amount for our school.


These funds will be used to purchase and install additional wireless access points throughout the building. It is our hope that we will be able to complete this project during the school year.


Thank you again for all of your support! Our prayers of thanksgiving will continue to include all of the many supporters of our school.