The Trojan Times

St. Maria Goretti Catholic School September 5, 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,

This year is flying by. I hope that everyone enjoys Labor Day off tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 8th is the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. At the 8:00 AM Mass, our 2nd-grade students will be performing to honor her. Please join us if you are able

Effective October 4, 2021, Food For Life will no longer be providing a hot lunch service. According to feedback I received from my survey, we will not have enough participation to guarantee the 30 meals a day to fulfill our contract. 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.

Nurse Beth and I are working extremely hard to make sure the students on our campus stay healthy and in school. We work in close contact with the Diocesean nurse to ensure we are following the correct guidelines regarding COVID 19. I understand that there has been some confusion. 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 we 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.


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Due to the Labor Day holiday falling on a Monday, SCRIP orders will be accepted through Tuesday, September 7th by 9:00am.

STEM Guest Speakers

Mr. Nguyen is looking for people who are in the STEM field to come and speak to our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. If you or someone you know would be interested, please complete the google form below.

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.

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. All members of a performing group must complete their own form. Completed forms are due this Tuesday, September 7th.

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Mr. Nguyen's Club Opportunities

Are your students in grades 4th-8th and interested in joining Mr. Nguyen in learning to play chess, ping pong, Tai Chi, or coding? Please complete the interest form below.

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.

Sign Up for Run Club - Open to all Grades: 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 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 3rd-8th Cecilian Singers Club (Richards) Begins Sept. 30

Last Week at SMGCS

Library - Students Celebrate Library Book Check Out!

Students may once again check out books from the SMG library. Many thanks to Mrs. Richards for coordinating the Library Leaders who are helping to reshelf and inventory books.

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Physical Education - K-2

Kindergarten through second grade students had a great time pretending to be frogs and hopping between lily pads.

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Music - 4th Grade

Fourth graders playing “When the Saints Go Marching In” on Orff Instruments.
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This week students processed into the atrium where we enthroned the Bible and discussed how it's the most important book in the whole world because it contains God's word. Students completed class by working on practical life work; purposeful tasks that simulate the activities involved in everyday life.

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Our first partner math game! Five Frame Fill Up!
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1st Grade

Math balances were introduced to 1st grade this week. They used them to make sums of 10. First grade playing “Can You Find” sums of ten matching game.

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2nd Grade

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3rd Grade Science

We began part 2 of our unit on Force & Motion. This week we identified what makes objects balance. Balanced forces are those that are opposite in direction and equal in size. Students added weight to their cups to determine how weight affects force and motion. The more massive the object (more inertia) the harder it is to start or stop.

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4th Grade Science

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5th Grade Science

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6th Grade Layers of the Earth Labs

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7th Grade Microscope Labs

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7th Grade Flag Duty Practice

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8th Grade Outdoor Density Lab

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Calendar Notes

  • 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

  • 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 23, Thursday: North Texas Giving Day/Watch Party/Talent Show

  • September 27, Monday: 3:30-4:15 PM Trojan Troupe 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

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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.

Need Prayers?

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