Trojan Times

St. Maria Goretti Catholic School October 14, 2018

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.

Principal's Message

Dear SMG Families!

Happy Sunday! In this issue of the Trojan Times, please find the following information:

  • 6th Grade Volleyball Tournament
  • Butter Braid Pastry Sale
  • Scholastic Book Fair
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • CASA of Tarrant County Run/Walk
  • All Saints Day
  • Dinner Dance
  • Calendar Notes

We were really blessed with the weather last week during Kountry Karnival. Though it was warm, the rain held off until the very end of each day. Please enjoy the picture below sent to me by SMG parent, Kathy Knowles, following the rain storm that moved through at the end of KK on Sunday. Notice the rainbow--God is surely blessing our school and parish!

Have a wonderful week!


Laura Behee, M.Ed.


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6th Grade Volleyball Tournament Needs your Help!

We are in need of a few more volunteers to help out at the concession stand and gate fee table during the 6th Grade Volleyball Tournament that will be held at SMG this week. Volunteers will earn SPIRIT hours and students (either SMG or Nolan) can earn Service Hours. If you can help, please visit to sign up!

Butter Braid Pastries on Sale!

Butter Braid pastries are made from sweet, yeasted pastry dough, layered with 100% real butter and contain zero grams trans-fat. This gives Butter Braid® pastries a flaky outside and a tender, light, airy inside as each layer raises up while baking. The pastries have seven different fillings to choose from and will come frozen allowing the customer decide when to serve them. These are ideal to serve at upcoming holiday celebrations.

Purpose of Fundraiser: Raise money for our Home & School Association to help our students and teachers have the necessary tools to assist them with their success in the classroom.
Our goal is to raise $5,000.

Cost of product and earnings from product sold: Fruit filled pastries will be sold for $14.00 and we will earn a $5.50 profit for each pastry sold. The 4 Cheese & Herbs will sell for $14, and will also earn us a $5.00 profit.

Fundraiser Schedule: Monday, October 15 through Monday,

October 29

All order forms and checks, made payable to St. Maria Catholic School, must be turned in by Wednesday, November 1. You may drop off your order form and checks/cash at the front office or send with your student.

Butter Braids will be delivered on Thursday, November 15 and more details on Butter Braid pick up will be sent a few days prior to delivery. The class with the most sales will earn a Chick-fil-a luncheon!

Thank you for your continued support of your SMG students, teachers, and staff!

SMG Home & School Association

Please contact Cathy Souders should you have any concerns or questions about our fundraiser at

The Book Fair is Coming to SMG!!

This year, the SMG library will be transformed into an Enchanted Forest for the Scholastic Book Fair that will be held the week of October 22-26, 2018. Also, calling all dads (or grandpas, uncles,....)...Please join your student(s) in the Enchanted Forest (library) for Donuts with Dad on Tuesday morning, October 23rd, 7:15-7:45AM. This is a fun opportunity for dads to spend time with their students while encouraging the joy of reading!

As well, anyone can shop the SMG Scholastic Book Fair online beginning this Wednesday, October 17th through October 30th. Have grandparents, friends, and family who do not live in the area? Please share our book fair link with them!

Please mark your calendars and plan to support SMG school, and maybe do some early Christmas shopping too!

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences will take place on Thursday, October 25th from 1PM-7PM, and Friday, October 26th from 7:30AM-12PM. Sign-ups for conferences will begin on Monday. Tomorrow, a Sign-Up Genius link will be sent to families with three or more students. Those families will be given the opportunity to sign-up first, giving them a chance to coordinate their multiple conference times. On Tuesday morning, the link will be emailed to all families and will be posted on the school website at the end of that day. Please only sign-up to conference with your student's homeroom teacher and if necessary, a Specials teacher. If you would also like to conference with another teacher, please email that teacher directly to request a conference time.

Conferences are for parents and teachers only--students should not attend. As well, parents/guardians will receive their student's 1st Quarter Report Card, along with the results of the Iowa/CogAt tests students took in September. Report cards and test results will not be sent home to parents/guardians who are unable to attend a conference until the Monday following conferences, October 29th.

CASA of Tarrant County SuperHero Run/Walk

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All Saints Day

November 1st is All Saints Day, a day instituted to honor all the saints, known and unknown. Historically, Christians were accustomed to celebrating the anniversary of a martyr's death for Christ at the place of martyrdom. In the fourth century, these celebrations came to be joined in a common feast, since frequently groups of martyrs suffered on the same day. As well, the number of martyrs became so great that a separate day could not be assigned to each. The Church, however, felt that every martyr should be venerated and so, a common day was appointed for all. Around 731, Gregory III consecrated a chapel in the Basilica of St. Peter to all the saints and assigned the anniversary as November 1st. Around 830, Gregory IV extended the celebration to November 1st for the entire Church (The Catholic Encyclopedia).

This year, SMG students will be celebrating All Saints Day in the following ways:

· Litany of Saints (in the Gym)

· Mass at 10AM

· PK-Kindergarten students: Dress up Angels

· 1st-4th Grade students: Dress up as Saints; Saint reports

· 5th-6th Grade students: Soda-bottle Saints; Saint reports

· 7th-8th Grade students: Living Saint Museum

We invite parents/guardians to attend the Litany of Saints and always welcome you to join us for Mass.

For some ideas for creating simple, inexpensive Saint costumes, click on

Teachers will be communicating more information about how we will be celebrating All Saints Day at SMG, in the coming week.

SMG Dinner Dance 2019

Save the Date and come Back to the 80's with us at this year's Dinner, Dance, and Auction on Saturday, February 2, 2019. Interested in sponsoring a table or donating an item for the auction? To find out how, please visit As well, please watch the Trojan Times and the school website for updates and ways to get involved!
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Calendar Notes

  • Monday, October 15th-Friday, October 19th: 6th Grade Volleyball Tournament @SMG
  • Monday, October 15th: Early Decision Application Process Begins @ Nolan
  • Friday, October 19th: 8th Grade Shadow Day @ Nolan
  • Monday, October 22-Friday, October 26th: Scholastic Book Fair - SMG Library
  • Thursday, October 25th & 26th: Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Thursday, October 25th: 6-8th Grade Dance - Cafetorium 6:30-8:30PM
  • Friday, October 26th: Middle School Night @ Nolan