The Trojan Times

St. Maria Goretti Catholic School April 7, 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,

This is the time of year when the calendar becomes increasingly full as there is so much going on at SMG over the next several weeks. Please be sure to read through the information in this week's Trojan Times to keep up to date, especially noting the long list on the calendar at the end.

Our 7th Grade students and their teachers will be heading to Austin bright and early tomorrow morning. Once there, they will be touring the Bob Bullock Museum, seeing the play Shipwrecked at the Texas Spirit Theater, and visiting the Texas State Cemetery and the State Capitol. A big thank you to Coach Rose, Ms. Jordan, and the parent chaperones who will be attending this fun and educational day with our students.

On Wednesday, I along with the 8th Grade students and teachers, will be attending Vocations Day and the 8th Grade Mass at St. Patrick Cathedral in Fort Worth. The day will begin at 10AM with students spending time listening to the vocation stories of priests and religious from the diocese, and will conclude with a special Mass at 2:30PM celebrating the 8th Grade class as they transition beyond elementary school. The Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Olson and other priests from the diocese. The day is for students only; students will arrive back to SMG at approximately 4:30PM that afternoon.

On Thursday, we will host another Pre-K and Kindergarten Open House event from 4-5:30PM. If you know of any family or families who may be interested in learning more about our Early Childhood program, please encourage them to call Mrs. Malloy or Mrs. de la Pena for more information and/or to rsvp for the open house.

Also, happening on Thursday evening, our spring Dine-Out Night event at Spring Creek BBQ. What a great way to get a night off from cooking and enjoy great bbq and fun while supporting our school~we hope to see you there!

Speaking of barbeque, check out the information below on the Stephen Breen Memorial Foundation's BBQ Cook-Off that will take place on Sunday, April 28th at Nolan Catholic High School. With all of the construction that is currently taking place on the Nolan campus, the SB Memorial Foundation had to slightly change the format of the annual Spirit Games, which normally includes games and events all over the campus. In keeping with the spirit of Spirit Games, the BBQ Cook-Off will take place and is sure to be a lot of fun! The day will include Mass celebrated with Bishop Olson, games, and the cook-off. The Stephen Breen Memorial Foundation does so much to support all of the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Fort Worth. Please plan to support this event by attending and/or competing in the cook-off!

Have a great week ahead!

St. Maria Goretti, Pray for Us!


Laura Behee, M.Ed.


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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

Open House: PreK and Kindergarten April 11th 4:00-5:30PM

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Private School Interscholastic Association

Congratulations to all of our inaugural PSIA contestants! Students were acknowledged and celebrated for their accomplishments during Monday's AM assembly. The Private School Interscholastic Association (PSIA) is an extracurricular academic competition program for elementary and middle school students. Participating in PSIA provides an exciting opportunity for private school students to engage in academic competition with their peers throughout the state of Texas.

Special congratulations to the following three students who placed in the top 10% of their category.


6th Grade-Collin Woodside

Ready Writing:

7th Grade-ThuTam Nguyen

8th Grade-Katelin Crain

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Spring Creek BBQ Dine-Out Night!

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Third Grade Field Trip

Third grade had an enjoyable morning at Will Rogers Auditorium for a production of "Aesop’s Fables”, a fast paced theatrical production for elementary students. This popular play is a proven winner with young audiences as Aesop's most beloved animal characters come to life in "The Tortoise and the Hare", "The Lion and the Mouse" and "The Ants and the Grasshoppers". These fun stories teach students teamwork, friendship, sharing, kindness, the importance of hard work and other life lessons through the famed wisdom of Aesop.

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1st Grade Readers Theater

Reader's Theater Scripts adapted from leveled readers give students essential practice in oral reading fluency and public speaking. The scripts also provide an opportunity for group interaction and student cooperation. The First grade class entertained Pre-K and Kindergarten with a reader's theater presentation of Jack and the Bean Stalk and The Three Billy Goats Gruff.

Ladybugs Have Arrived!

Pre-K has been eagerly awaiting the delivery of a very important package. With the arrival of our ladybug larvae, students will begin studying the ladybug life cycle. Did you know:

  • The ladybug life cycle is not much different from the life cycle of a butterfly. The ladybug goes through the same four stages as a butterfly, the egg stage, the larvae stage, the pupa stage, and the adult ladybug stage.
  • After a female lays her eggs, they will hatch in between three and ten days, depending on ambient temperature. The larva will live and grow for about a month before it enters the pupal stage, which lasts about 15 days. After the pupal stage, the adult ladybug will live up to one year.

PK4 and Kindergarten Pounder Project Presentation: Add Rice and Beans to Your Grocery List!

A representative from Catholic Charities visited with SMG students to explain the Pounder Project. When students take part in a service project, they learn the importance of helping others. Pre-K and ­Kindergarten students will each collect rice and beans in the amount of their birth weight as part of the Catholic Charities Pounder Project. The bags of rice and beans will be wrapped in onesies and baby blankets and will be donated to help Catholic Charities clients. Remember to add rice and beans to your grocery shopping list. Information on project due dates will be included in grade-level newsletters.

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Rice Bowls

Journey through Lent as a family using the daily Lenten Calendar and the CRS Rice Bowl App. Put your Lenten sacrifices into your CRS Rice Bowl.

Rice bowl money is due Monday, April 15th. Parents should write a check for the amount in the bowl rather then sending in coins. Thanks for your participation and help.

You may visit for additional information and stories of hope.

Stephen Breen Memorial Foundation Family Day and BBQ Cook-Off!

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Teacher Outings Still Available!!

There are several Teacher Outings still available! If you are interested in purchasing an outing for your student, please contact Mrs. Malloy in the school office

In addition to the class outings, please see information on the Trojans Cheer Camp below.


Ms. Meurer and Mrs. Paladini are sponsoring a cheer clinic for grades 1-4 on Saturday, April 27th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Students will be learning a dance and a cheer taught by the SMG cheerleaders. They will perform the routines during the spring pep rally! Included in the day are a t-shirt, a snack, and a great time!

The cost is $25 and there are 5 spots still available for purchase.

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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, April 8th:

  • 7th Grade Austin Trip

Tuesday, April 9th:

  • Kindergarten and 8th Grade Graduation Pictures

Wednesday, April 10th:

  • 8th Grade Vocation Day & Mass at St. Patrick Cathedral
  • Class Picture Day
  • 3:30-4:00PM Running Club (weather permitting)
  • 3:30-5:00PM Library Class Outing
Thursday, April 11th:
  • 1:45-2:45PM NCHS Marching Band & Folkloric Presentation : 7th/8th
  • 4:00-5:30PM Pre-K & Kindergarten Open House
  • 5:00-9:00PM Spring Creek BBQ Dine Out Night
Friday, April 12th:
  • Kindergarten and 5th Grade Field Trip - Aquarium
  • 4th Grade Field Trip - Ft Worth Cowgirl Museum & Log Cabin Village
  • **** Passion Play: 8th Grade hosts - MOVED TO April 16th at 9:30AM

Monday, April 15th:

  • 3:30-4:30PM Principal & Assistant Principal Class Outing

Tuesday, April 16th:

  • 9:30AM Passion Play presented by the 8th Grade Class
  • 5:30PM Chrism Mass @ St. Patrick Cathedral

Thursday, April 18th:

  • Holy Thursday
  • Early DIsmissal at 12PM--SMEED Available ONLY until 3:00PM

Friday, April 19th:

  • Good Friday

Sunday, April 21st:

  • Easter Sunday

Monday, April 22nd:

  • NO SCHOOL-(Unused Snow Day)

Tuesday, April 23rd:

  • NO SCHOOL-(Unused Snow Day)

Wednesday, April 24th:

  • School Resumes

Friday, April 26th:

  • 5th Grade Puppet Show-time TBD

Sunday, April 28th:

  • Stephen Breen Memorial BBQ Cook-off at Nolan (see flyer above)

Tuesday, April 30th:

  • Cheerleading Information Meeting for Parents @ 6PM in Rm 106-Information regarding SMG cheerleading program for 2019-2020 school year
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