The Trojan Times
St. Maria Goretti Catholic School January 27, 2019
Dear SMG Families & Friends,
Catholic Schools Week 2019 began today and what a great day we had at SMG! Following Mass in which we celebrated our Catholic school and Catholic schools across the nation, we were blessed to welcome many prospective families during our Open House and enjoyed a wonderful day of community during the Annual Spaghetti Dinner. Thank you to all who attended the events on campus today and supported our school! Look for pictures and a recap of today's events in next week's Trojan Times. Please be sure to check out all of the details below regarding the many events coming up this week during Catholic Schools Week as well as upcoming events.
- Dinner Dance and Auction tickets can be purchased online through One Cause. See DD information below. Be there or be square!
Have a wonderful week ahead!
St. Maria Goretti, Pray for Us!
Laura Behee, M.Ed.
Catholic Schools Week 2019
Catholic Schools Week is a time to celebrate our Catholic schools, specifically all that is True, Good, and Beautiful happening at SMG!
Catholic Schools Week at SMG 2019:
- Monday, January 28th: Volunteer Appreciation Day
- Tuesday, January 29th: Parent Appreciation Day: Parents, look for a special treat in morning car line today!
- Wednesday, January 30th: Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day: Thanks to our volunteers who are covering classrooms while teachers enjoy an entire hour-long lunch break.
- Thursday, January 31st: Community Day: Students have selected the following service projects to benefit our community. Look for grade-level flyers and emails with details. Please deliver your donations by January 31st.
*PK-2nd Grade: Arlington Animal Services-collecting food, toys, and used blankets and towels.
*3rd-5th Grade: Mission Arlington-collecting school supplies.
*6th-8th Grade: St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Baby's World- collecting onesies, burp clothes, and baby bottles.
- Friday, February 1st: Student Appreciation Day-World Read Aloud Day; the SMG 28-Day Read Aloud Challenge kick off; DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) will be announced every hour beginning at 8:15 a.m. We will announce two lucky winners each hour during DEAR time who will receive $10 Half-Priced Books gift cards. Faculty/Staff vs. Students Volleyball Game.
Support Catholic Education in the Diocese of Fort Worth
Help families send their children to our Catholic schools. Today begins Catholic Schools Week. Bishop Michael Olson encourages you not only to support today's special collection for the Catholic School Tuition Assistance Fund, but also to take part in the may open houses and other activities schedules in our Catholic Schools.
It's Catholic Schools Week - the perfect opportunity to learn more about Catholic education in North Texas. Plan a visit to your local Catholic school. For a full list of opportunities, visit
Perspective families are visiting our campus this week. The cost of a Catholic education is often on the minds of these families. Let's help make Catholic school affordable by making a donation to the Catholic School Tuition Assistance Fund. Tuition assistance might be the difference for a new Saint Maria Goretti Catholic School family. There are several ways to give, you may drop a clearly marked contribution into the collection at your parish, or text SCHOOLS to 91999 - remember to select Saint Maria Goretti Catholic School on the pull down menu!
World Read Aloud Day and the SMG 28-Day Read Aloud Challenge
On Friday, February 1st, we will be celebrating World Read-Aloud Day 2019! What is World Read-Aloud Day? Every year on World Read-Aloud Day, children, teens, and adults across the U.S. and in more than 100 countries worldwide celebrate the power of words by reading aloud and sharing stories to promote literacy. At SMG, students will be celebrating by "dropping everything and reading" and listening to stories being read aloud.
We are also using this day to kick-off our St. Maria Goretti Catholic School 28-Day Read-Aloud Challenge! We are challenging students to read aloud for at least 10 minutes each day during the month of February. Students can read to anyone: a sibling, a parent, a grandma, a stuffed animal…..the point is to READ!! All students who complete the challenge will be eligible to win prizes during our Monday Morning Assembly on March 4th.
For more information visit:
Read Aloud Resources:
- TED Talk: "Why We Should All Be Reading Aloud to Children" by Rebecca Bellingham
- Read Aloud Revival #49: "Why We Should All Be Reading Aloud to Children"
- "The Hidden Benefits of Reading Aloud — Even for Older Kids"by Connie Matthiessen with Jim Trelease
Dinner, Dance, and Auction 2019
Auction Item Sneak Peak!!
There are so many totally awesome auction items for the 2019 Dinner Dance, but this one we just had to give you a sneak peak on...
Camp Thurman - the DFW area's destination for summer camp and a tradition dating back to 1969, has very generously donated an ENTIRE WEEK of Summer Camp to the St. Maria Goretti Dinner Dance this year!
Just ask any kid - This place is amazing and their generosity is equally as outstanding!
Not familiar with Camp Thurman? Here's their website to find out more: http://www.campthurman.org/
Looking for ways to get involved with Dinner Dance? There are still so many ways you can help.
We need volunteers to set up and decorate the HFLC on Friday , February 1, 12:00pm – 9:00pm. We need volunteers to help during the event on Saturday, February 2, 4:30pm – 11:30pm. Go to the Sign-Up Genius on the school website to volunteer!
In lieu of class baskets, we are requesting donations for $20 gift cards for the Dinner Dance and Auction. Each gift card donated earns you one volunteer hour toward Kountry Karnival or Dinner Dance hours. The gift cards can be turned into Stephanie Malloy, she has the volunteer hour form to be filed out. We greatly appreciate you generosity.
Finally, if you haven't purchased your Dinner Dance tickets, now is definitely the time! Tickets are on sale at http://bidpal.net/smgdd2019
SMG SPELLING BEE CHAMPION
North Texas Catholic will be posting an special online feature article this week highlighting students around the diocese who give back to the community, volunteer countless hours, and are engaged in a ministry of the Church. While we have many students who give of themselves and fit this description, 8th Grade student Ashlyn Wessel was nominated by her teachers to represent SMG. Congratulations Ashlyn!
Registration for 2019-2020 School Year Begins Soon
Registration for the 2019-2020 School Year opens Monday, February 11th. Watch for email communications with information about the registration/enrollment process, tuition, and payment structure beginning Monday, February 4th.
Once a Trojan--Always a Trojan!
Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth
Friday, February 1st: Early Dismissal @ 12PM; No Lunch Service; SMEED available until 6PM
Saturday, February 2nd: Dinner, Dance, and Auction 6:30-11:30PM in the HFLC (Gym)
Saturday, February 2nd: 2nd Grade First Reconciliation Retreat 9:00AM-1:00PM
Friday, February 8th: 3rd quarter progress reports emailed to parents
Saturday, February 9th: 2nd Grade First Reconciliation 10AMSaint Maria Goretti Catholic Church
Monday, February 11th: 2019-2020 SMG Registration Opens
Monday, February 11th: 3:30-4:30PM Good Works Club