The Trojan Times
Saint Maria Goretti Catholic School September 22, 2019
Dear St. Maria Goretti Catholic School Families,
Thank you all for Getting Up and Giving so generously on North Texas Giving Day, which kicked off our 2019-2020 Annual Fund Campaign. Together, we raised $43,417 and with the addition of our generous anonymous Matching Funds Donation, that brings us to a grand total of $45,917! This year, monies donated on North Texas Giving Day will be used for campus improvements including continued updates to our school security systems, continued development of the Outdoor Learning Center and playground repairs, Curriculum Resources, and equipment replacement.
This year, we invited faculty, staff, families, and the SMG community to create a FUNdraising page, allowing them to give a personal testimonial about SMG, set a donation goal, and share the page with their families and friends on social media or via other electronic communications such as emails.Twenty-four FUNdraising pages were created and many met or exceeded their donation goal! The faculty and staff had a little friendly competition with a FUNdraising Page Challenge. Congratulations to 1st Grade Mrs. Girton/Mrs. Watson whose FUNdraising page raised $1589, and Ms. Meurer's 2nd Grade class who came in second with a total of $1063! First grade will enjoy a Pizza Party Lunch and 2nd Grade an ice cream treat after lunch one day in the near future! All students, faculty, and staff will enjoy a Jeans Day next Friday, September 27th!
Next, we are fast approaching the annual Kountry Karnival and Fun Run coming up on October 5 & 6! Kountry Karnival Raffle Tickets were sent home with students last week and are being sold after Masses beginning this weekend.
If you haven't purchased your Kountry Karnival T-shirts yet, the store is open until 11:59PM on Sunday, September 29th. T-shirts purchased will NOT be available for pick up or sent home with students until Friday, October 4th. Since October 4th is a noon dismissal, the school office will only be opened until 3:00PM that day. Visit the link below to purchase.
Also, there's still time to register for the KK Fun Run, which will kick off the Kountry Karnival on Saturday, October 5th. You do not have to be a runner to participate--walkers are welcome too! See below for more information.
Finally, join us this Tuesday evening for SMG Spirit Night at Urban Air Adventure Park. See flyer below for details.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
St. Maria Goretti, Pray for Us!
Laura Behee, M.Ed.
Upcoming Events and Activities
SMG Spirit Night at Urban Air Adventure Park - Tuesday Night!
Get Your Kountry Karnival T-Shirts and Register for the KK Fun Run!
Get your Kountry Karnival T-Shirts! The KK store is open one last time through Sunday, September 29th. All orders placed will be delivered to the school on Friday, October 4th and either sent home in Friday Folders or can be picked up at the Front Office until 3:00PM that day. There will be a very limited supply of KK t-shirts available for purchase at the Kountry Karnival, but when they're gone, they're gone! Purchase your KK t-shirt at:
There are still many opportunities to get involved with Kountry Karnival! Visit SMG website for volunteer opportunities.
Registration for the Kountry Karnival Fun Run is open! Runners (and walkers) can register for a 1-mile and 5K event and the course is certified. Visit the link below to register and for more information. http://thedriven.net/SMG5K2019
Kountry Karnival Book Drive!
Kountry Karnival Volunteers and Wish List Items Needed
Also, the KK Chairs have created a wish list of items and donations needed to make this year's Kountry Karnival a success. Please visit the link below to view the KK Wish List.
Outdoor Learning Center
Excavation for the Outdoor Learning Center & Garden is scheduled to begin in October, and we need your help! If you are interested in helping to build raised beds, install edging, planning, and helping to maintain the garden, please email Mrs. Behee (email@example.com).
Wear you Kountry Karnival Shirt Mondays and Fridays! Spirit Wear every Friday!
KK T-shirts and Spirit Wear Guidelines:
- Sept. 2nd through Sept. 27th: Students may wear their KK T-shirts on Mondays and Fridays with uniform bottoms
- September 30 - October 4: Students may wear their KK T-shirts (w/ uniform bottom) everyday, except Wednesday. SMG school uniform is required for Wednesday Mass.
- Every Friday: SMG spirit wear may be worn with uniform bottoms on Fridays throughout the school year unless otherwise specified.
Spirit wear orders submitted last Sunday, September 15th will be delivered on September 23rd. The KK store is open one last time until Sunday, September 29th. Please see above for KK t-shirt information.
All school volunteers over the age of 18 must complete the required Diocesan Safe Environment training, also referred to as VIRTUS training, prior to volunteering.
This training consists of an in person class and a criminal background check. After completing the training, your certification is good for 2 years. After 2 years, you will need to complete a renewal course. You may not volunteer at school until we receive notification of your completion of the training course, and until your background check clears. This includes all school related activities such as lunch monitor, playground monitor, field trip chaperone, class party helper, library volunteer, Kountry Karnival worker, and many other opportunities.
**You may not volunteer in any capacity without first completing this training. You will not receive SPIRIT hour credit for hours completed without training.
Here is the link to set up a VIRTUS account and to sign up to attend a session.
You may register and attend a session at any parish in the Fort Worth diocese. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or need assistance. Thank you!
LAST WEEK AT SMG.....
North Texas Giving Day
Enjoy the pictures below from an exciting North Texas Giving Day at SMG, including our NTxGD Watch Party- Arts and crafts, board games, a limbo contest and a photo booth all added to the fun of the NTXGD Watch Party! SMG families enjoyed refreshments as we watched our NTXGD "returns" in real-time on the big screen! It was a fun night for the whole family!
8th Grade Retreat at Camp Thurman
1st Grade Sharing the Joy of Song at Wednesday Mass
SMG Cheerleaders and SMG Alum Showing Their Spirit
PK 3 Practicing the Letter B
NJHS Sports Uniform Fundraiser
School Website Under Construction
Pardon our reconstruction.....we are in the process of cleaning up and updating the school website. This is a work in progress, and we ask for your patience as we work to improve the site. In the meantime, if you are unable to find information you are looking for on the website, please feel free to call the office.
- Tuesday, 9/24: SMG Spirit Night at Urban Air Adventure Park, 4-8PM (see above for details)
- Friday, 9/27: Jeans Day for all Students, Faculty, & Staff; Wear jeans with KK or Spirit Shirt
- Friday, 10/4: Pet Blessing, Noon Dismissal, No SMEED-Faculty Inservice
- Saturday, 10/5: 1 Mile Fun Run at 7:30AM; 5K Fun Run begins at 8:00AM; Kountry Karnival opens 10:00AM-7:00PM
- Sunday, 10/6: Kountry Karnival, 10:00AM-4:00PM
- Monday, 10/7: Robotics 6:00-7:30PM
- Friday, 10/11: End of First Quarter
Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth
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