The Trojan Times

St. Maria Goretti Catholic School November 7, 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,

All Saints Day was such a wonderful day on campus. Thank you to all the parents who attended Mass with us. I loved watching the angels and saints coming into the Church. I was amazed at the creativity displayed looking at the bottle saints and beautiful candles. Then to meet our saints in person at the Living Saint Museum was a wonderous experience. Thank you to all the teachers, parents, and students for all the hard work that was put into remembering our saints.

Our Home and School Meeting is this Tuesday. Please join us if you are able. At 6:30 PM the doors will open for a Taco Tuesday fundraiser for the Ballet Florkirco Group. The meeting will begin promptly at 7:00. Our First Grade class will also be performing at the end of the meeting. Parents who attend will earn 1 spirit hour and their child(ren) will earn a jean day on Friday, November 12, 2021.

We are still looking for students to participate in 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. We would love all of our SMGCS students, families, and staff to attend.

SMGCS will be hosting an open house on Monday, November 15th. (See the flyer below) Please share this information with anyone who may be looking for a great school to attend. We want to grow our school and welcome new members to the SMGCS Family.

Finally, the Diocese of Fort Worth does not require students to wear a mask to school, this is a parental choice. We no longer have a supply of masks on campus to give to students who forget or need a new one midday. If you are choosing for your child(ren) to wear a mask at school you need to make sure they come to school with a mask. I would encourage you to pack 2 or 3 extra masks in your child's backpack so they will be able to wear one if you prefer. Thank you for your help with this.

Please keep our teachers in your prayers.

St. Maria Goretti, Pray for Us!


Amy Utendorf, M.Ed.


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Sign up for November 14, 2021 Mass Hosted by SMGCS

November Virtue: Stewardship

Stewardship is the Virtue for the Month of November. Stewardship means returning to God the first fruits of your time, talent, and treasure. How fitting as we begin the seasons of thanksgiving and giving!

For more information on the Virtues in Practice Program, visit

St. Elizabeth of Hungary - Feast Day November 17th

St. Elizabeth was the daughter of a king and married a prince who became king. She had many treasures. But during her life, she spent her money to feed the poor people in her kingdom. She even had a hospital built near her castle!

Blessed John of Fiesole or Fra Angelico - Feast Day February 18th

Blessed John of Fiesole joined the Order of Preachers as a young man. He was a very talented artist and he believed that to paint a true image of Jesus Christ, the painter had to be Christ-like, and so he began all of his paintings with prayer. The beauty and the prayerfulness of his paintings earned him the nickname "Brother Angel", or Fra Angelico.

St. Joseph Moscati - Feast Day November 16th

St. John Moscati was a physician who had a reputation as a dedicated and compassionate doctor. He was a man of deep faith who took a private vow of chastity and attended Mass daily. St. Joseph Moscati saw his chief medical responsibility as contributing to the alleviation of suffering. Many times his ability to heal his patients involved their own faith and reception of the sacraments. Miraculous cures were attributed to Dr. Moscati's treatment of patients while he was still living, and after his death in 1927, prayers asking for his intercessions were granted many times.

TODAY, Sunday, November 7th, is the LAST DAY to order Butter Braids

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

  • Sale Ends: November 7, 2021
  • Pick Up: November 18, 2021

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!

Mark your calendars!

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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Turkey Bingo is Coming!

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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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 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-New cubers
  • 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

All Saints Mass

All Saints Day falls on the first of November and celebrates the saints of the Church. On this day, the church recognizes all of those that have attained heaven.

SMG students in grades PreK4 and Kindergarten dressed as Angels. Students in grades 1-3 dressed as the saint they chose to research. The Procession of Saints and Angels walked into the church as Ms. Freda Breed sang a Litany of Saints. Father Mike spoke with students during Mass and had them share details about their Saint with the congregation.

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Living Saint's Museum

Seventh and eighth grade students researched a saint, wrote a paper and memorized the script which they recited for SMG students during the Living Saint's Museum. Parents and parishioners also had an opportunity to visit the museum after school Monday.

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Soda Bottle Saints

Fifth and sixth grade students researched a saint, wrote a report and created a soda bottle saint. They were displayed this week in the cafetorium.

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Saint Candles

Fourth grade students created saint candles which were displayed for students to view throughout the week.

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Coach KJ Williams' Growth Mindset Presentation

Coach KJ Williams, from Nolan Catholic High School, was on campus Thursday to talk about Growth Mindset with the 3rd-8th grade students. Individuals who believe their talents can be developed (through hard work, good strategies, and input from others) have a growth mindset. They tend to achieve more than those with a more fixed mindset.

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Mrs. Gutierrez: Marathon Runner!

Mrs. Gutierrez participated in the Arlington 26.2 marathon last weekend. Every step she took was a prayer for the unborn! What a wonderful way to end Respect-Life-Month!

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Music: 3rd Grade Troll Drawings

Edvard Grieg's music drew on the Norwegian folk tunes of his homeland. He wrote many songs and piano miniatures. He was a leading composer of the Romantic era and brought the music of Norway to an international audience.

Grieg wrote incidental music for the play Peer Gynt. Grieg's 'Peer Gynt Suite' tells the story of a young boy, Peer Gynt, who falls in love with a girl but is not allowed to marry her. He runs away into the mountains but is captured by trolls who take him to their King. Peer Gynt tries to escape but is chased by the trolls and runs into the troll King.

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Kindergarten - Good Behavior Pays Off

Wear Your Slippers to School Day! Kindergarten students earned a slipper day by filling up the marble jar with good behavior.

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1st Grade Saint Reports

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1st Grade Vocabulary

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2nd Grade Compare & Contrast

After reading Little House in the Big Woods, students used a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast the similarities and differences between Laura's Christmas (the character in the book) and their own Christmas.

3rd Grade Evaporation Science Experiement

Evaporation happens when a liquid substance becomes a gas. When water is heated, it evaporates. The molecules move and vibrate so quickly that they escape into the atmosphere as molecules of water vapor. Evaporation is a very important part of the water cycle.

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6th Grade Performing Arts

Performing Arts students enjoyed the beautiful fall weather while rehearsing outdoors.

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Calendar Notes

  • November 7, Sunday: Butter Braid sale ends

  • November 8-15: Thanksgiving Food Basket Drive
  • November 9, Tuesday: 6:30 PM Taco Tuesday in Cafetorium; 7:00 PM Home & School Meeting
  • November 10, Wednesday: Picture Retakes and Group Pictures: Sports, StuCo, NJHS
  • November 11, Thursday: 9:30 AM Veteran's Day Program
  • November 12, Friday: 12:10 PM Early Dismissal

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

  • 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 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.

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