The Trojan Times

St. Maria Goretti Catholic School May 19, 2019

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 and Friends,

The countdown to summer is real--only 8 school days left for our PreK-7th Grade students, and only 3 (Thursday doesn't count) for our 8th Grade students! We have busy days ahead as we race to the finish--exams, 8th Grade Breakfast; Candle Lighting and Robing Ceremony; 8th Grade Graduation; Kindergarten Promotion, 1st-7th Grade Awards Ceremony, and Field Day next week.....and I'm sure I am forgetting something!

Although it is a hectic time of year, it is the time when I most realize how blessed we all are to be part of St. Maria Goretti Catholic School. Parents and teachers commit their time and energy every day toward creating an environment in which children thrive! We wish our 8th Grade students all the best as they leave the walls of SMG and journey to new places. Graduation is a time to celebrate and reflect on the impact a Catholic education has made on each student, and parents proudly see their children as graduates of St. Maria Goretti Catholic School who are:

  • Believers formed in their Catholic Faith
  • Reflective and creative thinkers
  • Self-directed, responsible, life-long learners
  • Future contributors to society who find meaning, dignity, and vocation in work
  • Caring sons, daughters, brothers, and sisters
  • Productive and responsible citizens

Congratulations to all our 8th Grade students and their families. Though you are moving on, you will always be part of the SMG family and know that you will always be in our thoughts and prayers!

St. Maria Goretti, Pray for Us!


Laura Behee, M.Ed.


8th Grade Graduation Events

Thursday, May 23, 2019

  • 8:00AM 8th Grade Breakfast (students only)
  • 10:00AM Candle Lighting and Robing Ceremony (**7th & 8th Grade students should wear their Mass uniforms)
  • 11:00AM or following Candle Lighting and Robing Ceremony-8th Grade students Walk (through SMG halls), then 8th Grade students dismissed
  • 6:00PM 8th Grade Mass and Graduation in the Church (**Sunday best attire)
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Regular 2019-2020 Registration is Open

Check your email communications for information about the registration/enrollment process, tuition, and payment structure, which was emailed to all school families. Information is also available on the school website at

Schedule Update: Tuesday, May 28th is a Full Day

Previous schedules showed Tuesday, May 28th as an Early Dismissal day, however, school will be a regular 7:50AM to 3:10PM day. Wednesday, May 29th and Thursday, May 30th are both early dismissal days, with Thursday being our last day of school. Thank you for your understanding!

Last Day to Order Spirit Wear Before Summer - TODAY! May 19th

The SMG online spirit store has been reopened and items will be available to purchase until Sunday, May 19th. Orders will be delivered on May 29th or 30th. Shipping is available.

Here is our online store link:

  • Please be sure to view the size chart since items cannot be returned or exchanged.
  • The hats have an adjustable strap on the back.
  • Click on the Comfort Color shirt to see the design on back.

Thanks to everyone who purchased items from our last sale!

SMG Robotics Club Sign-Up for 2019-2020 School Year!

The SMG Robotics Club is now accepting new/returning members for the 2019-2020 First Lego League Season. Please contact Claudia Morales at 817-480-1538 or for more information. Teams will be registered in May and we need to get an estimated head count of students and parents who are willing to help us coach.

Robotics Club is open to students in 6th-8th Grade. 4th and 5th Grade students may be considered on a case by case basis.

Time Commitment: Once a week from 6:00-8:00PM from August-December and once a month for 4 hours on Saturdays. Season may extend to January or February 2020 depending on the team’s performance.

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End of Year School Celebration Picnic

Hot dogs, chips and good friends. That's a recipe we want to stir up again and again. SMG families gathered to enjoy good food and fellowship, while preparing for our 2019-2020 school year and Kountry Karnival. The Kountry Karnival T-Shirt, which the 8th grade helped create was also revealed. We are still looking for volunteers to chair the Kountry Karnival, as well as chairs for other positions (i.e. food chair, raffle chair, parking chair, kitchen chair. rental chair, etc.). If you are interested or able to help, please contact Mrs. Behee ( or 817-275-5081).

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School Supplies for 2019-2020 School Year

Even though this school year is not quite over, it's not too early to purchase school supplies for the 2019-2020 school year. For your convenience, we are once again working with School Supplies Company to provide parents an alternative to having to go to various stores to shop for school supplies. Online ordering is open now through July 4th @ 11:59PM. After that time, no additional orders will be accepted. All orders will be delivered to the school in August in time for the first day of school.

Please visit; click on "Order Now" and select St. Maria Goretti and the correct grade level(s) for the 2019-2020 school year.

Mills Uniform Sale

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Calling All Dads, Grandfathers, Uncles.....

St. Maria Goretti Catholic School is looking to organize a Dads group to assist us in completing some minor school/facility improvements and repairs over the summer and as needed throughout the school year. No expertise or experience necessary, just a willingness to help and a desire to develop friendships with other men who wish to support the school in this capacity.

· Painting – Inside and Outside (windows)

· Repair/replace ceiling tiles, etc.

· Repair trophy case doors

· Remove and discard old, unused furniture, textbooks, etc.

· Build movable Lost and Found rack

· Other repairs as identified

All dads (grandfathers, uncles, etc.) are welcome to join! Please contact Phil Brady, Maintenance Director at or call (817)275-5081 ext. 310.

Fort Worth Science Museum Field Trip

First and second grade visited the Fort Worth Science Museum on Monday. Many thanks to our volunteers who helped chaperone this event. We appreciate you!

May Crowning

During the month of May we honor the Virgin Mary as "the Queen of May". The church and the faithful have accorded Mary, the Mother of God, a high degree of honor. She is celebrated in feasts and in devotions throughout the year. The May Crowning ceremony at St. Maria Goretti has been a devotion to Mary since the school began in 1954. Over the years, 8th grade students have had the honor of leading the school in this devotion and in crowning Mary with a crown of flowers. The May Crowning is a reminder of Mary's importance in the life of the Church and in our own lives as well.

Walk For Life

Because we believe in the power of prayer, this year's Walk for Life on May 16th was a school wide event. During religion classes, SMG students walked around the School/Church grounds and prayed the Life Rosary.

Baby Supply Donation Drive

In conjunction with our Walk for Life, Student Council held a donation drive for babies. Each grade level donated items to St. Therese of the Child Jesus Baby's World.

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Caterpillar to Butterfly

Mrs. Hill's Pre-K class has been learning about the life cycle of a butterfly. They witnessed God's work as three caterpillars become butterflies this week!

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NJHS Service Project

Last Wednesday, some of the NJHS students went to the Arlington Animal Shelter for a service project. They met with Mrs. Patchett, the Animal Services Administrative Coordinator. She shared the history of the shelter and provided a tour. Then the students were encouraged to find one of the adoptable animals and create a flyer to hang in their kennel. Some of the animals did not have names yet, so they were able to name them. NJHS had a lot of fun and learned about the services provided to the citizens of Arlington.

1st Grade Detectives

First graders were "text feature" detectives this week as they learned how non-fiction books present information. During their rotations in the room, they located and identified text features such as a title, heading, caption, illustration, glossary, diagram and bold print.

Spanish Field Trip - Muy Bien!

Mrs. Zavala took the eighth grade students on a trip to La Plaza in "Mexico" where they tried some of the foods sold there: atole, pan dulce, fruta en vaso, gorditas, elote and aguas frescas. While there, they went behind the scenes at a tortilleria factory and made their own tortillas.

Pep Rally

The SMG Cheerleaders treated us to our last pep rally of the school year. First through fourth grade students who attended the April Tiny Trojans cheer camp performed a dance and cheer taught to them by the SMG cheerleaders. Mrs. Gutierrez announced the 4th through 8th grade essay and poster winners for the Walk for Life contest.

Spring Creek BBQ Presents SMG with $1,400 for Dine Out Night

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Sight Word Building in KB


VBS Adult Volunteers Needed - Contact Mandi Meurer:

Volunteers Earn Spirit Hours for 2019-2020 School Year

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Box Tops for Education

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Alumni News

All SMG Alumni, we want to hear from you and share any news you have with the rest of the Trojan Community! Please send us your address, phone number, and email address so that we may keep in touch. As well, if you have news and information that you would like to share with the SMG Community, we would like that as well! Please send your information to Abbey Lewis at

Once a Trojan--Always a Trojan!

Need Prayers?

We all do!! The St. Maria Goretti Catholic School Community would love to pray for you and your intentions. Please send all prayer requests to:

Meet Our Priests!

St. Maria Goretti Parish Website:

Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth

Serving the North Texas Catholic community by providing the faithful opportunities to grow in Christian discipleship and strengthen their relationship with Jesus Christ.

Calendar Notes

Monday, May 20

  • 3:00-4:00PM Cheerleader Uniform Fitting -HFLC meeting rooms
  • 3:30-4:30PM Good Works Club
  • Finals Begin Grades 6-8 (May 20-22)
Monday-Wednesday, May 20-22
  • Finals: Grades 6-8

Thursday, May 23

  • 8:00AM 8th Grade Breakfast (students only)
  • 10:00AM 8th Grade Candle Lighting & Robing, Early Dismissal for 8th Grade
  • 6:00PM Mass & 8th Grade Graduation & Reception
Monday, May 27
  • No School - Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 28

  • Regular School Day (Dismissal at 3:10PM)
  • 1:30PM Kindergarten Promotion (REVISED TIME)
Wednesday, May 29
  • 8:00AM Mass
  • 9:00AM Awards Ceremony Grades 1-7
  • Noon Dismissal - SMEED until 3:00PM
Thursday, May 30
  • Last Day of School
  • 8:00-11:30AM Field Day
  • Noon Dismissal - NO SMEED
  • Summer Break Begins!!!
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1200 S. Davis Drive

Arlington, Texas 76013

Contact us at: (817) 275-5081