The Trojan Times

St. Maria Goretti Catholic School November 14, 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's hard to believe that Thanksgiving Break is right around the corner. We have a lot to be thankful for this year. The last day for the Thanksgiving food drive is Monday. If you haven't donated to this drive, please see the flyer below. There will NOT be a Trojan Times on November 21st. We will resume the newsletter on November 28th.

Over the Thanksgiving break, our new water bottle filling station will be installed in the junior high hallway for all to use. Please be sure to send your child with a water bottle each day.

An SMGCS Open House is planned for Monday, November 15, 2021. We will be welcoming visitors to campus from 9:00 AM-11:00 AM and again from 4:00 PM-5:30 PM. If you know of anyone looking for a Catholic School Family, please invite them to attend.

Thursday, November 18, 2021, Butter Braids will be ready for pickup in the SMG Center. Students may be picked up from the gym (rainy day carline procedures) to allow families to stop by and pick up their orders. Thanks to all who participated, we exceeded our $1200 goal. We will be able to buy a new TV and cart to use throughout the school.

On Friday, students will play Turkey BINGO for the chance to win a frozen turkey. All funds raised will go to the I Give Catholic Campaign. The official date for this campaign is November 30th. Similar to North Texas Giving Day, I Give Catholic raises money specifically for Catholic schools and parishes around the nation. We plan on using funds from this fundraiser to replace the outdated carpet in the school. Turkey Bingo is a chance for our students to participate in the fundraising process. If you haven't purchased your Bingo card, please do so this week.

As you heard at the Home and School Meeting Tuesday, we are preparing for the Christmas season. Be on the lookout for a Sign Up Genius to donate treats for St. Nicholas Day and to decorate the hallways for Christmas. Please see the flyer below and consider becoming a cultural liaison to help us prepare for Christmas Around the World.

Finally, we are preparing for our Accreditation and the rewriting of our Strategic Plan. We need your help gathering data to assist in this process. Students will be completing a student survey in computer classes this week. We would also like to hear from our parents. Please use the following link to complete the parent survey. All parents who complete this survey will earn a spirit hour for their time.

Please keep our priests in your prayers.

St. Maria Goretti, Pray for Us!


Amy Utendorf, M.Ed.


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Thanksgiving Food Drive Ends Tomorrow, November 15th

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Turkey Bingo is FRIDAY!

Complete the permission form by clicking on the following link to bill your FACTS account.

Questions? Call Laura Perez: (817) 275-5081, Ext 303

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Dear Parents,

At Christmas, Catholics all over the world celebrate and honor the birth of Jesus Christ. Traditional Christmas decorations often can be admired and festive celebrations can be observed in most countries, even in many of the countries where Christianity is not the Religion of the majority of people.

The Christmas season starts at different times in various countries. Advent is the beginning of the religious season as we prepare for the “coming” of the Christ Child. Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and is often marked by an Advent wreath and 5 candles anticipating Christ’s birth.

In some places, festivities begin on December 6th, St. Nicholas day. In other places, not until the first star is spotted on Christmas Eve. Celebrations may last until January 1st, New Year’s, or continue for 12 days until January 6th, Three Kings’ Day or the Epiphany.

SMGCS would like to take your child on a trip around the world to discover customs, traditions, and the Catholic celebration of Christmas in other countries. However, in order to do so we need your HELP. We know our families are a great source of information and we would love to have you share your heritage, culture, customs and traditions when it comes to celebrating a Catholic Christmas.

If you would be interested in being a cultural liaison please contact Laura Perez at

This year we will be focusing on 9 countries:

  • Sweden
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Mexico
  • Nigeria
  • Russia
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
  • Vietnam

Let’s create some lasting memories for everyone involved and learn a few things as we go!

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.

  • November 17 - 5th Schump
  • December 1 - 4th Gutierrez
  • December 8 10:00 Mass- 3rd Cruz
  • December 15 - 8th Pennell

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

SMG Broadcast Club Airs "SMG Today"

Under the direction of Mr. Joshua Jones, 6th, 7th and 8th grade students are learning about TV Journalism, Acting, Film, Production, Editing, Writing, Media Distribution, and so much more. They have created their second weekly broadcast called "SMG Today" which is aired each Friday in homeroom classes.

Students and teachers are encouraged to submit poems, artwork, class pictures and class videos to along with a short description of the submission to get your class featured on the broadcast.

View Episode 2 of SMG Today by clicking on the link. Please "like" the video and subscribe to the channel in order to help us promote this to families outside of our school.

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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-NO Meeting until November 29, 2021 All cubers welcome!
  • 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

Home & School Meeting

Thanks to all who attended Tuesday's Home & School Meeting. The Ballet Folklorico Club sold taco plates prior to the meeting as a fundraiser. The first grade closed the meeting with a beautiful song coordinated by Music Teacher, Mrs. Richards.

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Veteran's Day

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor ALL who have served, living or deceased, but particular the living veterans among us.

SMGCS invited our families to celebrate Veteran's Day with us Thursday. We gathered in the Family Life Center to watch a video honoring our veterans and to enjoy students perform patriotic songs and poems. Veterans were presented with student created thank you cards, bookmarks and prayer cards to show our appreciation. We are thankful for all of our Veterans. A big thank you to Mrs. Richards for the beautiful program.

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Some of our SMGCS Veterans!

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Students worked with their families to create a unique holiday turkey.
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1st Grade

Students have been listening to many versions of the folktale “Stone Soup". After writing a summary, they will be practicing a readers theater of the story to perform for Kindergarten and Pre-K.

3rd Grade

Third-Grade playing Heads Up with quarter 2 word ring.

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3rd Grade Math

Students shoot the ball after getting a multiplication fact correct.

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4th & 5th Grade Religion

The Steps for Making a Good Moral Decision
  1. Pray for the help of the Holy Spirit
  2. Recall God's law and Church teachings
  3. Consider the consequences of the choice
  4. Seek advice when necessary
  5. Remember that Jesus is with you and speak with Him about your choice
  6. Recall that your decision will affect your relationship with God and others

On the way of wisdom I direct you, I lead you on straight paths. Proverbs 4:11

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8th Grade Math

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8th Grade Science

Students created an elements chart with unique illustrations.
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Sixth grade art students sketched a "Brady Bunch" picture with themselves as the centerpiece because everyone is a saint in the making.

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Calendar Notes

  • November 15, Monday: Thanksgiving Food Basket Drive Ends
  • November 15, Monday: 9:00 AM-11:00 AM Open House, 4:00 PM-5:30 PM Open House
  • November 18, Thursday: Butter Braid Pick Up
  • November 19, Friday: Turkey Bingo

  • November 22-26: Thanksgiving Holiday - No School

  • December 14, Tuesday: 6:30PM PK-3rd Christmas Program in the Church

  • December 16, Thursday: 6:30 PM 4th-8th Band Performance in the FLC

  • December 17, Friday: Christmas Around the World, 12:10 PM Early Dismissal-NO SMEED!

  • 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?

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:

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