The Trojan Times

St. Maria Goretti Catholic School October 24, 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,

We will have our Spring Creek Dine Out Night Tuesday, October 26 from 5 PM -9 PM. You will be able to pick up your BBQ sauce orders that evening.

On Monday, November 1st we will be attending All Saints Day Mass. Please be sure your students are on time that day. We will NOT be attending Mass on Wednesday, November 3rd as an entire school community.

Students in grades PreK-4 will be processing in at the beginning of Mass and we want to make sure that everyone is there to participate.

Students who are dressing up will need to come to school in their saint costumes with their Mass uniform underneath. Students in PreK-4th grade will take their costumes off after Mass. Please see the information given by the religion teachers regarding the dress code.

The 4th and 5th-grade students have been working on making Bottle Saints and Saint Candles. These will be on display in the cafetorium for the students to view.

The 7/8 graders will be hosting a living saint museum during the day for students. After school on Monday, November 1st, they will be in the SMG Center from 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM to allow parents and parishioners to come and learn more about their saints.

The Advent and Christmas seasons are quickly approaching. I am looking for a large nativity set to display for our students. If you have a gently used one you would like to donate or know someone who would be willing to help us purchase a new one please let me know.

Please continue to keep our students, teachers, staff, and priests in your prayers.

St. Maria Goretti, Pray for Us!


Amy Utendorf, M.Ed.


PSIA - Official Sign Up


PSIA is an extracurricular academic program for elementary and middle schools. Participating in PSIA provides an exciting opportunity for private school students to engage in academic competition with their peers throughout the state of Texas. This year we are offering after school sessions in Spelling (2nd-8th), Math (2nd-8th), Ready Writing (3rd-8th), Maps/Graphs/Charts (4th-8th), and On-Site Drawing (6th-8th).

Please complete the following form to register your child in the 2021-2022 PSIA. After school sessions will begin in the next few weeks. An email with all pertinent information will be sent to parents.

Please note: If you completed the survey during the last two weeks, you have completed registration.

Only a few days left to participate in the Spring Creek BBQ Fundraiser!

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Spring Creek BBQ Dine Out - Tuesday, October 26th

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It is Butter Braid time once again! Stock up for the holidays!

  • Sale Starts: October 18, 2021
  • Sale Ends: November 7, 2021
  • Pick Up: November 18, 2021
  • Our goal is to raise $1500 for a new shared projector!

Butter Braid is an SMG favorite! It is a frozen pastry (cannot be shipped), so it is perfect when having guests or for a potluck. Simply let thaw for 8-12 hours, bake, and serve!!

Using the link below, create your student's online store and then share the link with family and friends! Even post to social media! The top sellers will win a special prize!

Thank you for your ongoing support of SMG! Please let me know if you have any questions.


Alex Massengale

SMG SPIRIT Coordinator

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Trunk or Treat at SMG School - Oct. 29th

Hello SMG Families!

To celebrate Halloween this year, the Home and School Association Board will be having an SMG Trunk or Treat 2021! Students will have a chance to safely move from car to car collecting treats. We need families to participate! If you’d like to decorate your trunk, please let me know via email. This will allow us to plan the flow of the event. Feel free to decorate as little or as much as you’d like! We will also need candy. Anyone may donate bags of individually wrapped candy anytime between 7:30 am and 3:30 pm at the front office.

  • Date: October 29, 2021
  • Time: 2 pm (set up time TBD)
  • Where: Front Parking Lot
  • What to wear/bring: Students may wear Fall or Halloween socks with their school uniforms. Students will be provided a bag to collect their treats, so no need to bring anything!


  • 2 hours for decorating your trunk & handing out treats (this includes any decorations purchased)
  • 1 hour for every $10 spent on candy/items to pass out

Additional details will be provided as we get closer to the event. Thank you in advance for helping make this a fun Halloween event for our students!

Thank you,

Alex Massengale

SMG Spirit Coordinator

6th - 8th Grade Glow Dance - Friday, Oct. 29th

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Women’s Guild Fall Plant Sale

The Women’s Guild is having an online Fall Plant Sale. Order pansies and kale now for beautiful Fall/Winter color. Our pick-up date is Saturday, November 6 in the back parking lot from 10 am-Noon.

You can select to pre-pay by credit card or pay cash/check when you pick-up your order. Please go to the SMG Church website and click on the Plant Sale icon to be redirected for a link to the order form.

For more information please contact Michelle Hennessy at or call 817-946-9372.

The proceeds will be used to pay for the hosts, wine and linens used during mass and flowers for the main altar. Thank you for supporting our Women’s Guild.

Changes to Mass Hosting Schedule

The Class Mass Hosting schedule has been updated for the year. Please note that second grade will be leading Mass in the spring. If you plan to attend Mass when your child is participating, please consult the new schedule.

  • October 27 - 7th Nguyen
  • November 3 - 6th Jones (revised)
  • November 10 - 6th Baxter (Seyer) (revised)
  • November 17 - 5th Schump (revised)

Red and blue cardigan sweaters, not vests, are required for Mass. Please ensure your child is following the Mass dress code.

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.

SMG Clubs - Mark Your Calendar!


  • Shutter Club during 6th-8th Lunch/Recess (Jamison) Begins Nov. 1 - Every other Monday
    • Nov. 1, Dec. 6, Jan. 10, 24, Feb. 7, 21, March 7, 21, April 4, 18, May 2, 16
  • 3:15-4:00PM Rubik Cube Club (Veteran cubers only)
  • 3:30-5:00PM Cheer Club (Paladini/Cruz)
  • 3:30-4:15PM 5th-8th Trojan Troupe Drama Club (Richards) Begins Sept. 27
  • 6:00-8:00PM FIRST Lego League Robotics (Moralesl) Begins Sept. 13
    • Sept. 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29, Dec. 6


  • Library Leaders during Recess (Richards)
  • 6:00-7:00PM Ballet Folklorico (Zavala) Begins Sept. 14


  • SMG Broadcast Club during 6th, 7th, 8th Lunch/Recess (Jones) Begins Oct. 6
  • 3:30-4:15PM Chess Club (Nguyen) Begins Sept. 22 - Every other Wednesday
    • Sept. 22, Oct. 6, 20, Nov. 3, 17, Dec. 1, 15 (One Day Tournament)
  • 3:30-4:15PM Running Club (weather permitting) (Gutierrez/Mitchell) Begins Oct. 6
    • 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 Tai Chi Club (Nguyen) Begins Sept. 16 - Every other Thursday
    • Sept. 16, 30, Oct. 28, Nov. 11, Dec. 9 REVISED DATES
  • 3:30-4:15PM 3rd-8th Cecilian Singers Club (Richards) Begins Sept. 30

Last Week at SMGCS

SMG Faculty & Staff Recognized for Service in the Diocese of Fort Worth!

Congratulations to members of our faculty and staff who were recognized last Friday at the Diocesan In-service for their years of service in the Diocese of Fort Worth! Mrs. Daly (5 yrs.), Mrs. Utendorf (20 yrs.), Mrs. Bara (15 yrs), and Mrs. Hill (5 yrs). Thank you for your dedication to Catholic education!

Boss's Day

SMGCS celebrated National Boss's Day by presenting Mrs. Utendorf and Mrs. Vasquez with cards, flowers, lunch and a sweet treat. The faculty and staff appreciate their dedication and ongoing support.

The history of Boss's Day 2022 dates back to 1958 when the concept of National Boss Day was founded by Patricia Bays Haroski, then an employee at State Farm Insurance Company in Deerfield, Illinois. That year, Patricia Bays Haroski registered the holiday with the United States Chamber of Commerce. She designated October 16 as the special day because it was her father's birthday, who also happened to be her boss. Four years later in 1962, Illinois Governor Otto Kerner backed Haroski's registration and officially proclaimed the day.

Household Mass

During Wednesday's Household Mass, each household was represented by a banner as they processed into church.

The Households of St. Maria Goretti Catholic School consist of Spirit filled-Christ-led groups of students who work together helping each other grow in mind, body, and spirit. Members of St. Maria Goretti Catholic School through their participation in Households will create a culture in the school that is transforming, community building, and life giving.

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Jersey Day

Students donated $2 to earn the pleasure of wearing their favorite team's jersey Thursday. SMG Student Council sponsored this fundraiser. All proceeds help fund the upcoming Junior High Glow Party dance. Thanks for supporting StuCo!

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Congratulations to 8th Grade Volleyball Campions!

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School Wide Rosary

October celebrates the Month of the Holy Rosary. On Friday the school came together to pray the rosary. Students were surprised with a beautiful balloon rosary that was assembled and put on display in the cafetorium.

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Students are practicing their Spanish vocabulary and writing skills with scary monsters.

"My monster has 2 eyes, one mouth, 0 noses, 2 hands, 0 ears, 2 feet."

"My monster has two eyes, one nose, two hands and two feet."

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Mr. Rudy, Our Angel

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Kindergarten: Sequencing ABC Letters

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3rd Grade Art Work

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4th Grade Religion - Praying in Adoration

But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth. 1 Timothy 3:15

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6th Grade Math

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6th, 7th, 8th Grade Math

Students used poetry, posters and illustrations to help explain their math lessons.

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8th Grade Science

Eighth grade students did a outdoors gallery walk working with chemistry content. The outdoor learning provided time for students to enjoy roaming around the garden and reviewing what they've studied about atoms and the Bohr model.

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8th Grade History

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Calendar Notes

  • October 26, Tuesday: Spring Creek BBQ Dine Out Night

  • October 29, Friday: 2:00PM SMG SCHOOL Trunk or Treat, 6:30-8:30PM Jr. High Glow Party

  • November 1, Monday: 8:00AM All Saints Day Mass, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM 7th/8th Living Museum in SMG Center for parents and parishioners

  • November 11, Thursday: Veteran's Day Program
  • November 12, Friday: 12:10 Early Dismissal

  • November 14, Sunday: 7:30AM Mass hosted by SMGCS

  • November 22-26: Thanksgiving Holiday - No School

  • December 17: Christmas Around the World, 12:10 Early Dismissal

  • December 20- January 3: Christmas Break - No School

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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.

Need Prayers?

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