Trojan Times

December 18-22

Week At A Glance

Club Notes - There will be no band, no robotics, no Soccer Shots, no yearbook, and no chess club this week.

Monday, Dec. 18

  • 7/8th Grade Midterms Begin
  • Noon Dismissal (7th & 8th Grade Only)
  • Teacher Led Study Hall Noon -3 pm (7th & 8th Grade)
  • SAC Meeting at 6:30 pm
Tuesday, Dec.19
  • 7/8th Grade Midterms Continue
  • Noon Dismissal (7th & 8th Grade Only)
  • Teacher Led Study Hall Noon -3 pm (7th & 8th Grade Only)

Wednesday, Dec. 20

  • 7/8th Grade Midterms Conclude

Thursday, Dec. 21

  • Student Council Sponsored Polar Express Day for K-3rd
  • Junior High Dance 6:30-8:30 pm (Cafetorium) Flyer Below

Friday, Dec. 22

  • Noon Dismissal - NO SMEED Available
  • Jesse Tree Presentation 9:30 am
  • Classroom Christmas Parties 11:00 am -Noon
  • Dairy Queen Dine Out (Noon - 4:00 pm) Park Row Location

Principal's Message

Rejoice! Rejoice Emmanuel!

Today we begin the third week of Advent. The third candle on the advent wreath is sometimes referred to as the shepherds’ candle. The shepherds were the ordinary people in the field doing the everyday tasks of caring for their sheep. An angel appears to them and proclaims that the Messiah has been born. They are amazed by the heavenly sight. God chose the ordinary men to receive the first announcement of His Son's birth. The angel tells them, "Be not afraid." They journey to see the Messiah. When they arrive, they are amazed! Their joy is overflowing, and they know that they must go and tell everyone the good news!

As we prepare for the coming of Christmas, let us look beyond the ordinary everyday happenings. Let us look for the special “God happenings” and encounters in our day. Try looking at the Christmas story through a new pair of eyes as though seeing something for the first time. My prayer is that we will be able to see everyday things in a new way and that we will refreshed by the beauty they possess.

By His grace, may your joy grow as the day we celebrate Jesus’ birth draws near. May we appreciate and thank God for the many gifts He gives to us that fill us with joy!

May joy fill your heart and the Lord's peace be with you.

Mrs. Pierce

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Junior High Dance (6th - 8th)

Thursday, Dec. 21st, 6:30-8:30pm


Entry fee: $5.00

Dress: Semi-formal

What to bring:

· 6th grade - Desserts

· 7th grade - Chips and dip

· 8th grade – 2-liter bottles of soda

Soccer Shots Update

Soccer shots will be off until January 12. An email has been sent to all participating families with a link for a photo gallery of the Fall Season. If you did not receive the link, please contact the front office.

Christmas Party Reminders

Please remember that anyone attending the classroom Christmas parties must be current on their safe and sacred training.

In terms of volunteer hours, Official Spirit hours are granted only for the planning and coordination of the parties. No spirit hours are given for food or attending the party.

Christmas Service Information

This year, Christmas falls on a Monday. This means that the 4th Sunday of Advent falls on December 24th. Remember that as Catholics, we are to attend mass for both the 4th Sunday of Advent as well as for the Feast of the Nativity of the Lord.

Saint Maria Goretti Parish will celebrate mass for the 4th Sunday of Advent at the following times:

  • Saturday, Dec. 23 5:30 pm
  • Sunday, Dec. 24 7:30 am
  • Sunday, Dec. 24 9:00 am
  • Sunday, Dec. 24 11:00 am

There will be NO 1:00 Mass on Sunday, December 24.

The Feast of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) will be celebrated at the following times:

  • Sunday, Dec. 24 6:00 pm - Church - Children's Mass
  • Sunday, Dec. 24 6:00 pm - HFLC (Gym)
  • Sunday, Dec. 24 9:00 pm - Church
  • Monday, Dec. 25 - Mass at Midnight - Church
  • Monday, Dec. 25 - 10:00 am - Church
  • Monday, Dec. 25 - Noon - Church

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Most Blessed Sacrament will host a penance service tomorrow evening at 7 pm.

Next Week there will be NO Reconciliation available on Saturday, December 23.

If you have been away for a while, or need a home to come to, everyone is welcome in our parish!

School Office Closure

The school office will close for the Christmas holiday on Friday, December 22 at noon.

It will reopen on Monday, January 8 at 7:30 am.

News from Last Week

The Christmas Store was another success! Thank you to all of our volunteer elves who wrapped and helped little ones shop! An Extra Special Thank you to this years co-chairs:

Andrea Freeman and Jessica Geisel. We greatly appreciate all that you do!

Mrs. Hill had some "beary" special help to teach a math lesson last week in Pre-K 3.
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7th grade Girls Basketball Team are Pre-season Tournament Champions
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Other Information and Flyers

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Saint Maria Goretti Catholic School

Saint 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.