The Trojan Times

St. Maria Goretti Catholic School October 31, 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,

Thank you for the big turnout at Spring Creek BBQ. We appreciate your support. We were able to sell 100 BBQ Sauce boxes which means Spring Creek will add an additional $1,000 to our total from the evening. Thank you to all who bought sauce and came to eat!

Please remember on Monday we will be attending All Saints Day Mass at 8:00 AM. Please be sure your students are on time that day.

Students in grades PreK-4 will be processing 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.

On Monday, please make plans to stop by the SMG Center and see the Living Saint Museum from 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM. All parents and parishioners are welcome to come and learn more about the saints.

SMGCS will be hosting the 7:30 AM Mass on Sunday, November 14, 2021. Please see the Sign Up Genius below to sign up for a Mass part. Please plan to attend in your school Mass uniform.

Finally, I am pleased to announce that Ms. Molly Fenoglio will be joining the SMGCS family as the new PE teacher and Kindergarten and 1st-grade religion teacher. Ms. Fenoglio is a graduate of St. Andrew and Nolan Catholic. She has her master's in Kinesiology and holds certifications in Sports Medicine, Sports Nutrition, and is a certified Trainer. In her free time, she enjoys outside activities with her beloved Corgi, Winston. Her first day with us will be this Thursday, November 4th. Please be sure to welcome her to the SMGCS family.

Please keep Ms. Fenoglio in your prayers.

St. Maria Goretti, Pray for Us!


Amy Utendorf, M.Ed.


Sign up for November 14, 2021 Mass Hosted by SMGCS

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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

Mark your calendars!

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Pictures for the Slide Show are due on Wednesday!!

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SMGCS has a new nativity set!!

Thank you to the Mendez Family for getting a nativity set for SMGCS. I can't wait to proudly display it for our students. Pictures to follow during the Advent and Christmas Season.

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.

  • MONDAY, November 1 - 6th Jones
  • November 10 - 6th Baxter (Seyer)
  • November 17 - 5th Schump

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 NO CLUB ON NOV 1
  • 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

AM Carline

What a blessing for the students to be greeted each morning with such great role models.
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Spring Creek BBQ Dine Out

Many thanks to all who joined us at Spring Creek BBQ for an evening of delicious food and good company. Spring Creek donated 20% of the evening's proceeds to SMGCS.

Congratulations to our Apron Contest winner, Mrs. Zavala!

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Trunk or Treat

We had a hauntingly good time at our 2nd annual SMG Trunk or Treat. In this tailgate-style "trick-or-treat", kids went from parked car to parked car gathering candy and other goodies. Students wore their fall or Halloween themed socks and were provided with bags to collect treats. A huge thanks to our many volunteers who donated candy and decorated their cars to make this a spooky fun day.

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Glow Party

Student Council hosted a night filled with music, laughter, dancing, food and a festival of colors. Junior high students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade all brought 2 canned good which were donated to the food pantry.

Isiah 58:10 Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.

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CPR and AED Certificates of Participation

Six 2nd grade students received a Certificate of Participation for completing the American Heart Associations Hands only CPR and AED use. Congratulations to Mia, Mary, Arliana, Summer, Zoe, and Olivia. Thanks to Nurse Beth for allowing our students to participate in this important training.

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Congratulations to Addison (4th), Isa (4th), Maddy (5th), Sophia C. (4th) and Sophia C. (4th) who received a Certificate of Participation for completing the American Heart Associations Hands only CPR and AED Use and Choking training.
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Learning Lab

Mrs. Cruz's Stars are learning through play in the Learning Lab.
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The Hardanger Fiddle (in Norwegian, hardingfele) is often called the national instrument of Norway. It is similar to the violin and each one is a handmade word of art. A typical hardingfele is beautifully decorated with Mother-of-pearl inlay and black pen-and-ink drawings, classed rosing. it is topped with a carved head of a maiden or, more frequently, or an animal, usually a lion.

Edward Grieg adapted many Hardanger folk tunes into his compositions, and composed tunes for the Hardanger as part of the score for Ibsen's Peer Gynt Suite No.1. The opening phrase of "Morning" from Grieg's Peer Gynt music is derived from the tuning of the sympathetic (resonator) strings of the Hardanger fiddle.

Check out these fiddles created by our own SMG musicians.

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1st Grade Playing “Race to 100”

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2nd Grade

2nd grade learning about multiliplicaton playing Sum Rummy
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4th Grade Literature - The Matchlock Gun

Using a Character Map, students list or describe different aspects of a character such as the character's physical appearance, actions, what he/she thinks or believes, and how others interact with him/her.

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8th Grade Evidence of Chemical Reaction Labs

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Coming Soon!

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Taco Tuesday and Home & School Meeting - November 9th

Ballet Folklorico is having a Taco Tuesday fundraiser to buy new outfits. Join us for the Home and School meeting on Tuesday, November 9th, and purchase a taco plate for $6 and a soda for $1. The kitchen opens at 6:30. The Home and School meeting will begin at 7:00. Come hungry! Parents who attend will earn 1 spirit hour for the family and a dress-down day for their child on Friday, November 12, 2021.

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Calendar Notes

  • 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 3, Wednesday: 3:00PM deadline for submitting Veterans pictures to Mrs. Utendorf
  • November 7, Sunday: Butter Braid sale ends
  • November 8-15: Thanksgiving Food Basket Drive
  • November 9, Tuesday: 6:30 Taco Tuesday in Cafetorium; 7:00 PM Home and School Meeting
  • November 11, Thursday: 9:30 Veteran's Day Program
  • November 12, Friday: 12:10 Early Dismissal

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

  • November 15, Monday: 9:00-11:00 Open House, 4:00-5:30 Open House
  • November 18, Thursday: Butter Braid Pick Up
  • 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.

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