The Trojan Times

St. Maria Goretti Catholic School August 29, 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,

It was nice to see so many of you at the Curriculum Night. I hope you took home useful information about your child's teacher and classes. We are looking forward to partnering with you again this year.

At SMGCS we teach virtues and saints using the Virtues in Practice program. In September we will begin the year of faith. Teachers will be reviewing the virtue of the month with your children and introducing them to a saint that embodies that virtue. I have included the information for the month of September below so you can review and have meaningful conversations with your child.

Our 5th Grade Trojan volleyball team is still in need of a coach. Without a coach, we cannot have a team. Please consider giving your time and talent to our eager athletes. Please contact Ms. Seyer at if you or anyone you know is interested.

Please be sure to order your child's hot lunch by 5:00 PM each day. Information on how to get a lunch account and the monthly lunch menu can be found on the SMGCS school website.

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. Keep in mind that as the parent, if you or your children have been exposed to someone who is COVID + or you are going to get a COVID test, Nurse Beth should be notified. 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.


September Virtue: Faith

During the month of September, we are focusing on the virtue of Faith. Faith means believing in God and all He has revealed. Your students are learning about a few of the saints who exemplified the virtue of faith. For more information on the Virtues in Practice program, visit:

Saint Martha: Feast Day - July 29

Saint Martha believed in Jesus. She knew that He was God and could do anything. When her brother Lazarus died, Martha told Jesus, "If only You had been here, Lord, my brother would not have died." When Jesus asked Martha if she believes in Him, she said yes - and Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead!

Saint Jerome: Feast Day - September 30

Saint Jerome was born into a wealthy pagan family and studied in Rome, where he became a lawyer. Because of his great intelligence, Saint Jerome came to believe in God in his mind - but not in his heart. After he was baptized, he began to study about God, and it was then that he finally had a true conversion. Saint Jerome then lived for years as a hermit in the Holy Land, and people said a lion lived with him. This is why the saint is shown with a lion in most paintings. Saint Jerome became so famous for knowing Scripture that the Pope asked him to help translate the Bible into Latin so that more people at that time could read it.

Saint Augustine: Feast Day - August 28

After Saint Paul, perhaps one of the most compelling stories of conversion to faith in Christ must be that of Saint Augustine. Born of a pagan father, who became a Christian only on his deathbed, and of Saint Monica, who was born and raised in the Christian faith, Saint Augustine was blessed with great intelligence and burdened with an unruly heart.

Although raised in the faith of his mother, Saint Augustine was not baptized and drifted away from belief in God to follow the world. By the time he was 15, he was living with a woman outside of marriage, with whom he later had a som. Saint Augustine's keen mind led him to the famous academic centers of the pagan Roman Empire, where he taught with great success. Unsettled in his understanding of the meaning of life, Saint Augustine followed the philosophy of the Manichaeans for a time, which saw the world as a great struggle between good and evil and life in the body as something to be scorned.

The turning point in the saint's life finally came when, inspired by the mysterious words of a child to "take and read", Saint Augustine opened up the Bible and his heart was opened to God. Baptized by Saint Ambrose, bishop of Milan, Italy, Saint Augustine eventually returned to Africa, sold his property, and founded a monastery.

Made Bishop of Hippo (north Africa) by popular acclaim, Saint Augustine fought against the heresies of the day - including Manichaeism and became one of the most prolific writers of the Christian faith the world has ever know. Perhaps the most quoted of his sayings is the one that best describes the profound faith of Saint Augustine: "Our hearts were made for You, O Lord, and they are restless until they rest in You."

Family Handbook Acknowledgment Form Due

A signed form acknowledging you have read the 2021-2022 Family Handbook is required from every family. They may be returned to your child's homeroom teacher. See page 79 of the handbook in the link below.

4th-8th Fine Arts selection form DUE Monday, August 30th

Student in grades 4-8 MUST have their Fine Arts selection form in by Monday, August 30, 2021. If you want your child to attend Band class or Performing Arts, the Fine Arts Form must be submitted by Monday, August 30th. After Monday, students will not be allowed to change classes; their schedule becomes permanent after that date.

Student Pictures are Ready - Time to Order

Glamourcraft School Photography has emailed student proofs to all parents. Use the following links or call 817-923-9901 with any questions.

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Morning Carline Expectations

A few reminders to help keep morning carline safe and moving smoothly.

Please remember to pull forward in the coned area. Even if you pull up and no one is there please continue through the coned area. Cars will likely be coming in behind you and we want to make sure we can unload many cars at one time. Please DO NOT stop at the first cone and let your students get out of the car. We are working hard to keep traffic moving smoothly and prevent a backup of traffic on Davis.

For the safety of our children, students must be in the coned area before leaving the car. Please do not allow them to get out before your car is safely in the coned area.

Parents should remain in their cars. This is an opportunity for students to learn to be self-sufficient and get in and out of the car on their own. You will be amazed at how quickly they master this life skill.

**The exception to this may be parents of PreK students. We ask these parents to stay in the carline until they are the first car in the line. Someone can help unbuckle the car seat and gather backpacks and lunch boxes.

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Wednesday Mass at 8:00 AM - Canned Good Donations

Students are encouraged to bring a canned good to Mass each Wednesday for the Padre Pio House.

Please make sure that students arrive on time on Mass days. Teachers will be heading to Mass shortly after the bell rings at 7:50 AM. While sweaters are a required part of the Mass uniform, students do not have to wear them to every Mass until October 6, 2021.

Altar Server Training

Students in grades 5-8 interested in becoming an altar server for school and parish Masses should email Ms. Sylvia Curiel at She will be scheduling training sessions soon.

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.

Mills' Uniform - New Location

We are excited to announce our final occupancy permit has been approved and we will be moving at the end of the month.

  • Mills’ Fort Worth current store will close at 3:00pm Saturday August 28, 2021.
  • Mills’ new Fort Worth new store will open at 10:00am Tuesday August 31, 2021.

Hulen Bend Village Shopping Center

6080 S. Hulen #390

Ft. Worth, TX 76132

(817) 563-7100

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. Completed forms are due September 7.

Robotics is back at SMGCS!

Mrs. Morales will be hosting a parent information meeting on Monday, August 30, 2021, at 6:30 PM in the 4/5 Science Lab. Students in grades 5th-8th are allowed to participate. Come and learn more about the SMGCS robotics team.

Join the SMG Gardening Club!!!

The SMG Gardening Club will meet in our school garden after school every Thursday from 3:15-4:30 to tend the plants, learn about what grows in our Texas environment, and learn about the insects and animals that we will encounter on our own campus. Check out the pictures taken over the summer as garden club members tended the plants. Produce grown this year will be donated to a local charity. Register quickly, as space is limited to 20 students.

There will also be opportunities to earn service hours.

Open to all 4th- 8th graders.

Please contact Mrs. Pick with any questions.

Our first meeting will be on Thursday, September 2nd.

Space is limited to 20 students!!

Please use the sign-up genius link below to register

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Rubik Cube Club

Mrs. Utendorf will be sponsoring the Rubik Cube club again this year. This club is open to students in grades 3rd-8th. Students will learn to solve a 3x3 cube. And this year we will be training to attend the Rubik Cube competition. Students will need to have a 3x3 cube.

If you are interested in joining, please complete the form below. Mrs. Utendorf will announce the day and time for the first meeting.

Sign Up for Run Club - Open to all Grades: PreK4-8th

Run Club Mission:

To have the children experience running and walking as forms of exercise that can last a lifetime through positive reinforcement and good habits.

Run Club Schedule:
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


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SMGCS Classics Club Challenge!

Third through eighth grade students are invited to participate in the first-ever Classics Club Reading Challenge. To be named a member of the Classics Club, students need to read ten books from the provided reading list during the 2021-22 school year. Additional club information and a reading list are available at the link below. Please see Mrs. Richards for more information.

Cecilian Singers - After School Youth Choir

Cecilian Singers is an after-school youth choir for SMG students in the 3rd - 8th Grades. We will meet on Thursdays from 3:30-4:15 p.m. beginning September 30th. Additional information and application form are available at the link below.

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Trojan Troupe - After School Drama Club

The Trojan Troupe is an after-school drama club for SMG students in the 5th - 8th grades. We will meet on Mondays from 3:30-4:15 p.m. beginning September 27th. Additional information and application form are available at the link below.

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SMGCS Club Opportunities

SMG Clubs - Mark Your Calendar!


  • 3:30-4:15PM 5th-8th Trojan Troupe Drama Club (Richards)


  • 3:30-4:15PM Running Club (weather permitting) (Gutierrez/Mitchell)
    • 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)
  • 3:30-4:15PM 3rd-8th Cecilian Singers Club (Richards)

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!



2021-2022 Academic Calendar

Please click on the following link to view the 2021-2022 Academic Calendar. It can also be found on the school website at

Sports Physicals

To participate in athletics next school year (Junior High or High School), students will need a physical dated on or after June 1, 2021. If your child plans to participate in sports during the 2021-2022 school year, they must have a current physical examination, and the form below must be completed and on file before the student may participate in school or diocesan sports.

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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.

Virtus Training

Parent volunteers will need to renew their VIRTUS training in order to continue volunteering. The VIRTUS renewal program is called "Keeping the Promise Alive" and must be attended in order to keep Safe Environment status current. Our school Safe Environment Coordinator will email parents with information on how to register for a renewal session.

Kountry Karnival 2021

We are in the process of planning the Kountry Karnival Food Festival.

Mark October 2nd and 3rd on your calendar!

We need volunteers to help plan this event. If you are interested in helping please reach out to Mrs. Laura Perez at

Box Tops - Earn Money for SMG!

Box Tops makes it easy for families to earn cash for schools and help teachers get the supplies they need. Traditional Box Tops clips are being phased out of production, but may continue to be found on many products throughout the store. Although you may still clip coupons, there is a NEW and EASY method:

  • Create a Box Tops for Education account via the Box Tops app or website - View the video: How it Works, Join For Free
  • Buy Box Top Products
  • Use your app to scan the store receipt within 14 days of purchase -View the video: How to Scan

Last Week at SMGCS

Curriculum Night

Parents attended SMG Curriculum Night on Wednesday to meet their child's/children's teachers and to get a preview of what the year has in store for each grade level.

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In Spanish, students practiced greetings, introductions, asking how someone is, and farewells.

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Art - Angel of God

PK through eighth grade students each created a colorful feather using various mediums: crayons, pencils, markers, and colored pencils. Art teacher, Mrs. Jamison, then combined the feathers to create this pair of beautiful angel wings.

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PreK Lunch - Practicing Social Skills

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Kindergarten Math

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1st Grade Math

First grade playing math games to review sums that make 10.

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2nd Grade Science

Second grade in primary science lab learning about the properties of solids.
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3rd Grade Religion

After reading What If… a book about how we can communicate without words, students folded paper into puppies using origami. The main character in the book suggested that if pencils disappeared, she could fold paper to tell her stories. Just like the paper was transformed into a dog, God transforms us. God used great care when he created Adam and Eve and the animals. Similarly, third graders had to be extra careful when folding the delicate origami paper.

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3rd Grade Science

Third grade is in phase one of building a go-kart. This STEM activity addresses force and motion. STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach.

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4th Grade Math

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5th Grade Science

5th grade science. Using a sun dial they made to track the relationship of the sun and the movement of shadows.

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6th Grade Religion

Mrs. Gutierrez's 6th grade students are using scripture to find out what God wants to tell us about salvation.

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Library - Mrs. Richards Shares a Favorite Quote

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Library - PK and Kindergarten

PK and Kinder made Johnny Appleseed Hats after reading about him and studying apples and the letter A.

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Library - 4th Grade Literacy Centers

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Ms. Seyer (Soon to be Mrs. Baxter)

Ms. Seyer is encouraging acts of kindness with her hallway display.
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Calendar Notes

  • August 30, Monday: Deadline to submit 4th-8th Fine Arts selection form; 6:30 Robotics Parent Information Meeting

  • 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

  • September 30, Thursday: 3:30-4:15 Cecilian Singers

  • October 1, Friday: Blessing of the Pets at 11:00, 12:10 Early Dismissal, No Lunch Service

  • October 2-3: Kountry Karnival Weekend

Like Us on Face Book!

We are hoping to update our official Facebook page with some more recent, positive reviews, likes, and shares. Please visit our official Facebook page (Facebook@StMariaGorettiArlington) and help us spread the word about our great Catholic school!

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