The Trojan Times
St. Maria Goretti Catholic School February 3, 2019
Dear SMG Families & Friends,
As you will see in reviewing this week's Trojan Times, we had a very busy, exciting, and wonderful week last week! We kicked off Catholic Schools Week last Sunday with our Open House for current and prospective families, along with the annual SMG Spaghetti Dinner. Both events were very well attended and a great time was had by all!
Catholic Schools Week related themes and events were perfect opportunities for us to celebrate and reflect on the many wonderful people and things that make our Catholic school so great--namely, our Catholic faith and our students, parents, priests, teachers, staff, and volunteers. We are truly blessed at SMG!
The week culminated on Saturday evening with the annual Dinner Dance and Auction. What a fantastic event! Thank you to all who attended or participated and supported our school. A special thank you to our fabulous Dinner Dance chairs and commitee members, Kathy Knowles, Christy Brady, Jessica McGuinness, and Alex Massengale. The work they and their many volunteers put in to making the event a success was evident and the night was truly memorable. Look for a Dinner Dance recap and pictures in next week's Trojan Times.
Finally, tuition and registration information for the 2019-2020 school year will be emailed to families and posted on the school website by the end of the day tomorrow. Registration will open on Monday, February 11, 2019.
I hope you all enjoy the rest of your Sunday evening, no matter who wins the Superbowl, and have a fabulous week ahead!
St. Maria Goretti, Pray for Us!
Laura Behee, M.Ed.
February virtue: honesty
Honesty is the virtue of the month for February. Honesty is the virtue of being trustworthy and true. Everyone wants to be a man or woman of integrity. To have integrity we need to let our faith carry through to every part of our lives. When our words match our actions, we are trustworthy and true.
There are many saints who exemplified the virtue of honesty. Four who we are going to be learning about this month are:
- Sts. Jacinta and Francesco Marto: Feast Day – February 20 - Francesco and Jacinta were brother and sister. It was their job to take care of the sheep with their cousin, Lucia. All three were visited by the Blessed Virgin Mary, who asked them to pray for the whole world. Some of the people where they lived tried to say the children were lying about seeing the Blessed Mother, and even put the children in jail! But the children did not give up, because they were telling the truth.
- St. Kateri Tekakwitha: Feast Day – July 14 –Saint Kateri Tekakwitha belonged to a Native American tribe in New York state. Kateri’s mother was a Christian but her father was not. When her parents both died and left her an orphan, Saint Kateri asked to be baptized and then promised her life to God. Her non-Christian relatives made fun of her belief in God, but Saint Kateri remained true to her faith. She journeyed over 200 miles on foot to a Christian settlement of Native Americans and lived the rest of her life there, praying for and serving the people. After her death, people prayed to her for help, and miracles were performed through her intercession.
- St. Athanasius: Feast Day – May 2 – Saint Athanasius studied the Greek classics and theology in Alexandria, where he became bishop. He attended the Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D. and defended the faith against the heresy of Arianism, which claimed that Jesus was a mere creature and not truly God. Athanasius taught that Jesus was God the Son, having the same nature as God the Father. This sounds normal to us who profess this in the Creed, but the Council of Nicaea is what added this section to the Apostles Creed, because the issue was hotly debated at the time, and saints like Athanasius realized that the divinity of Christ was an issue of vital importance.
For more information on the Virtues in Practice Program, visit
The Student Council will be selling Valentine Candy-Grams for $1 each. The Candy-Grams are brightly colored greetings that will be delivered to students on Thursday, February 14th. Along with each gram, there will be a heart lollipop. If you would like to purchase a Candy-gram for your student, please return the order form (see link below) by Monday, February 11th.
Thanks so much for supporting Student Council!
protecting god's children for Adults - required training
Per the Fort Worth Diocese, all school parents who wish to volunteer in any capacity in any diocesan school must attend the new VIRTUS training called "Protecting God's Children for Adults", by August 2019, regardless of when your previous Sate Environment training will expire.
The Safe Environment program has changed to a new class offered by the VIRTUS company. All new training and renewal training must be completed in person. Online renewals are no longer offered. Please refer to the list of upcoming sessions. It would be a good idea to register for a session as soon as possible since they will fill up quickly.
You must go online to https://fwdioc.org/training-sessions and create an account through VIRTUS, and register for one of the sessions prior to attending. If you are on the VIRTUS website and find a session at another parish or school that works better for your schedule, you may attend that instead. Be sure to still select Saint Maria Goretti Catholic School as one of your volunteer locations so that we will know you have attended. If you have any questions, or need help getting registered, please call Mrs. Malloy in the school office at 817-275-5081. We appreciate the time you give to volunteer at our school!
First Annual Youth Apologetics Symposium
On Saturday, February 23rd from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Mount St. Michael Catholic School will host the First Annual Youth Apologetics Symposium. This event is geared toward middle-school, high-school, and college-age students and will address head-on the challenging and sometimes confusing issues surrounding human sexuality, and unveiling God's perfect plan for each of us. Join them as they explore these issues in an open dialogue that allows youth to gain a deeper understanding of what the Catholic Church teaches and why living according to these teachings is the only true path to happiness and ultimately salvation.
Speakers include Dr. Peter Kreeft and Monica Ashour of the Theology of the Body Evangelization Team.
Tickets are $10. Register Online. Lunch is included.
Mount St. Michael Catholic School
4500 West Davis Street
Dallas, TX 75211
For more information about the event visit https://courageoustruth.org/
Our Catholic Schools Extend their Thanks!
Educators, students and parents across the Diocese send heartfelt thanks and prayers for your donations to last week’s Catholic School Tuition Assistance Fund. If you were unable to support the collection last week, you may drop a clearly marked contribution into the collection at your parish, or Text SCHOOLS to 91999 - remember to select Saint Maria Goretti Catholic School on the pull down menu!
World Read Aloud Day and the SMG 28-Day Read Aloud Challenge
On Friday, February 1st, we celebrated World Read-Aloud Day 2019! SMG students celebrated the power of words by "dropping everything and reading" (READ) and listening to stories being read aloud.
Congratulations to the three winners of our World Read-Aloud Day drawing, who each received a $10 gift card to Half-Priced Books:
- 1st Grader, Nolan Hoang
- 5th Grader, Michael Wang
- 8th Grader, Brendan Woodside
We also used this day to kick-off our St. Maria Goretti Catholic School 28-Day Read-Aloud Challenge! We are challenging students to read aloud for at least 10 minutes each day during the month of February. Students can read to anyone: a sibling, a parent, a grandma, a stuffed animal…..the point is to READ!! All students who complete the challenge will be eligible to win prizes during our Monday Morning Assembly on March 4th.
For more information, including a copy of the 28-Day read-Aloud Challenge instructions and calendar, visit the SMG web site: https://smgschool.org/news/world-read-aloud-day-and-the-smg-28-day-read-aloud-challenge or see documents below.
Read Aloud Resources:
- TED Talk: "Why We Should All Be Reading Aloud to Children" by Rebecca Bellingham
- Read Aloud Revival #49: "Why We Should All Be Reading Aloud to Children"
- "The Hidden Benefits of Reading Aloud — Even for Older Kids"by Connie Matthiessen with Jim Trelease
100th day of school
Catholic Schools Week 2019
Catholic Schools Week and our Mission Possible theme created a week full of fellowship, gratitude, and community.
- Volunteer Appreciation Day: Eight grade students entertained us with a funny skit, Mission Possible, about our wonderful SMG volunteers. Seventh and eighth grade students sang a song to the tune of Secret Agent Man, about the many talents of our volunteers.
- Parent Appreciation Day: Parents were treated to donuts as they dropped off their children in car line. Just our way of saying thanks for choosing Saint Maria Goretti! Additionally, parents received a hand written note in the mail from their student(s) expressing appreciation for providing them with a wonderful Catholic education.
- Teacher Appreciation Day: Teachers were treated to lunch from jason's Deli and parent volunteers monitored classrooms allowing teachers to enjoy a full, uninterrupted lunch hour. Such a luxury!
- Community Appreciation Day: Donations were collected for Mission Arlington, Arlington Animal Services, and St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Baby's World.
- Student Appreciation Day: Everyone enjoyed a free dress day to end a fun-filled Catholic Schools Week. We spent time appreciating the joy of reading throughout the day with DEAR time (Drop Everything and Read). The 8th grade/faculty volleyball game was the culmination of our week. Congratulations to the winning team: 8th Grade!
4th Grade invention convention
Registration for 2019-2020 School Year Begins Soon
Registration for the 2019-2020 School Year opens Monday, February 11th. Watch for email communications with information about the registration/enrollment process, tuition, and payment structure beginning Monday, February 4th.
Once a Trojan--Always a Trojan!
Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth
Friday, February 8th: 3rd Quarter Progress Reports emailed to parents
Saturday, February 9th: 2nd Grade First Reconciliation 10AM at Saint Maria Goretti Catholic Church
Monday, February 11th: 2019-2020 SMG Registration Opens
Monday, February 11th: 3:30-4:30PM Good Works Club
Friday, February 15th: Free-Dress Day for students who wore uniform dress to Mass during Open House Weekend