The Trojan Times

St. Maria Goretti Catholic School October 4, 2020

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,

I hope you all are enjoying this beautiful Sunday on the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi! A very special Happy Feast Day to our Franciscan priests, Pastor, Fr. Jim and Parochial Vicar, Fr. Mike!

We are only hours away from the Kountry Karnival Raffle Drawing!! Our development coordinator, Laura Perez, has done a fantastic job of moving the annual Kountry Karnival Raffle to a virtual raffle format with two fantastic prizes (see ad below for details)! As you know, the Kountry Karnival is one of the school's largest fundraisers of the year. Since we are unable to host the event this year, your support by purchasing tickets and promoting the raffle to friends and family is vital to helping us reach our goal! If families purchased three tickets for each of their students, we would easily reach our goal. Tickets can be purchased online by clicking on the link below (above the KK Raffle ad) and after all Masses today. Be sure to join us virtually tonight at 6PM as we draw the lucky raffle winners! Please see below for the meeting link.

The First Quarter ends this Friday, October 9th, and Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held virtually this year on Thursday, October 15th, 1 - 7PM. Please look for information this week from your student's homeroom teacher, including a link to sign-up for a conference time.

Also this week, I will be sending an email to all parents of 2nd-8th Grade students with information about the SMGCS Private School Interscholastic Association (PSIA) Academic Team, as well as a sign-up form. Participation in the SMGCS Academic Team is open to all 2nd - 8th Grade students, though only certain grade-levels are permitted to participate in certain events. While our teams practiced last year, due to COVID-19, the District Meet that was to be held at the end of March was canceled, so our teams were not able to compete. We are looking forward to preparing for the District and State Meets this year, which will take place in the spring barring any further restrictions due to COVID.

October is the month of the Most Holy Rosary and we are planning a couple opportunities to come together (socially distanced) as a school community to pray the Holy Rosary. As well, the virtue for the month of October is Friendship, which we will be discussing during our first Faith Families Assembly of the school year tomorrow! While we will not be able to gather all together in the cafetorium as we did last year, I will be presenting from the cafetorium via Google Meets while students watch and participate from their classrooms. The virtue of Friendship will continue to be discussed throughout the month in the classrooms.

Have a great week and may God continue to bless you and your families.

St. Maria Goretti, Pray for Us!


Laura Behee, M.Ed.



Friendship: Sharing a Mutual Love that Seeks the Good of the Other

True friendship is a virtue, a good habit of helping each other do what is right, even when it’s hard, because you love each other so much that you want to help each other become saints.

Saint Benedict and Scholastica: Feast Day – July11, February 20

These two saints were twin brother and sister! Both of them wanted to give their life to God. Saint Benedict went into the desert and formed the first group of monks. His sister became one of the first nuns. They didn’t see each other very often, so once when Benedict came to see Scholastica, she prayed that he would stay longer, and God sent a storm so bad that he couldn’t leave.

Saint Basil the Great & Gregory Nazianzen: Feast Day - January 2

Saints Basil and Gregory became friends at school in Athens. They were both really smart, but instead of competing for who got the highest grade, they competed over who could give up the highest honors to the other. They wanted to be true Christians and decided to help each other grow in virtue. Both of them became bishops. Together they helped defend the Catholic faith and joined other bishops to write the Nicene Creed.

Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati: Feast Day - July 4

Born into a wealthy Italian family, Pier Giorgio lived frugally and gave his money (and several times even the shoes or coat he was wearing) to the poor. His father was an agnostic, a senator, and the founder of a liberal newspaper. Neither he nor his wife were very affectionate with their children. Pier Giorgio’s parents disapproved of his faith, but this did not keep him from his daily Mass and Rosary, and sometimes whole nights of Eucharistic Adoration. He was often scolded for being late for meals but he never revealed that his tardiness was due to feeding the poor, running errands to buy them medicine, or finding a place for widows and their children to stay. The few times that his parents caught Pier Giorgio giving his things away, they punished him.

At age 21, Frassati became a Lay Dominican and took the name “Fra Girolamo” after Savonarola, a famous, fiery Dominican preacher of social reform during the Renaissance. Many of the poor only ever knew Frassati by his religious name, and had no idea that he was from the family of a wealthy senator.

When he was 24, Pier Giorgio contracted polio and died on July 4, 1925. At the news of his death, literally thousands of poor people came to the funeral of the young man who had so generously served them. Pope John Paul II beatified Pier Giorgio Frassati in 1990, calling him the “Man of the Eight Beatitudes.”

Kountry Karnival Raffle Drawing TONIGHT at 6PM!

Though we are unable to host the Kountry Karnival this year, we are keeping the Karnival alive in spirit by continuing the long-standing tradition of the Kountry Karnival Raffle. This year’s prizes include a beautiful diamond ring valued at over $10,000, and an outdoor kitchen valued at $5000! Tickets are $25 each, or 5 tickets for $100, and are available for purchase online (see link below) and after all Masses this weekend. Join us on YouTube Tonight at 6:00PM for the big drawing!! Please consider supporting our wonderful Catholic school and purchase your tickets today!

Meeting Link for Raffle Drawing Tonight at 6:00PM:

Click on the link to purchase raffle tickets:


Volunteer Hour Policy-

We will be continuing with our SPIRIT Hour policy from last year. In the absence of Kountry Karnival, we will be working to find other ways that families can earn hours. Opportunities will be communicated via emailed SPIRIT Updates, the Trojan Times, and on our website.

All SMG families must complete 40 hours (20 hours by December 18, 2020, and 20 hours by May 14, 2021). Otherwise, $400 per family will be billed ($200 in January and $200 in May). You are only charged for the hours you did not complete. For example, if you complete 19 hours by December 18, 2020, you will only be charged for the one hour you did not complete.

Volunteer Opportunities-

  • Room Coordinators- many homerooms still need volunteers. Room Coordinators work with the SPIRIT Coordinator and homeroom teacher to help make class and school events successful, and communicate with their homeroom families. Guidance will be provided. Parents whose students are distance learning are encouraged to sign up as well! Please let me know if you have any questions.

Follett Book Fair is Coming to SMGCS!!

Spring Creek Spirit/Dine-Out Night - October 14th!

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SMG School Club Opportunities

Private School Interscholastic Association (PSIA)

Youth Choir - 3rd-8th Grade Students

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Drama Club - 5th-8th Grade Students

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Rubik's Cube Club - Come Join the Fun During Recess

Join Tuesday's Rubik Cube Club meeting in the SMG Library or via Google Meets.

  • 4th-5th grade: 12:29-12:49
  • 6th-8th grade: 12:09-12:29

Solve the Rubik Cube and work to make a Rubik mosaic.

Email Mrs. Utendorf at

Miscellaneous Information

NEW: Lunch Orders Must be Placed Sunday for the Entire Week

A parent text alert was sent Thursday with news of new lunch order procedures. Beginning this week, lunch orders must be placed for the entire week (Monday through Friday) by Sunday at 3:00pm. We cannot accept orders placed after the Sunday deadline.

We will continue to text families on Thursday afternoon/evening each week, which will allow parents/students to place lunch orders for the upcoming week. The link is also available on the school website and will continue in the weekly Trojan Times. The form has a link with the menu attached as well.

Click below for the order form:

The 2019-2020 Yearbooks have Arrived!

If you did not purchase a 2019-2020 Yearbook, there are still some available! Yearbooks are $30.00 each. Please see Mrs. Malloy in the front office for more information.

Back To School Night Video!

In an effort to keep everyone safe and to adhere to the protocols we have put in place related to COVID-19, we were unable to welcome parents to campus this year for the annual Back to School Night. Instead, we have put together a Back to School Night video on YouTube, which includes links from each teacher with information about their classes. Please follow the link below to view the video. Be sure to "Like" and comment on the video if you enjoy it, as well as subscribe to our YouTube channel and turn on notifications to see upcoming videos. Welcome Back!

Arrival & Dismissal Procedures

School Day Schedule and Arrival/Dismissal Procedures

Morning Arrival and Afternoon Dismissal moved along fairly well last week, considering all of the protocols and procedures we have put in place related to COVID-19. Please remember: 1.) ALL students (PK - 8th) must be dropped off in the morning using the morning carline in the back (west) parking lot; 2.) Parents/guardians may not enter the building to walk their students to the classroom. We will again have our Junior High Safety Patrol students and plenty of faculty/staff in the back lot during carline to walk little ones to their classrooms. Please understand, this is in an effort to limit the number of people entering and moving through the building for the safety of all our students, faculty, and staff; and 3.) Parents/guardians must download the Healthy Together app on their cell phone. Parents/guardians must show the completed screening to car line personnel each morning before their children will be allowed out of the car to enter the school.

The entire arrival and dismissal procedures can be found on the link below and is also outlined in the SMG Family Handbook, which is now available on the school website. Please Note: There may be changes to the Arrival/Dismissal procedures as we begin the school year and adjust to the safety protocols we must adhere to due to COVID-19. Any necessary changes to the Arrival/Dismissal procedures will of course be communicated to parents.

Arrival/Dismissal Procedures:

Healthy Together App

By now, most have downloaded the free Healthy Together app (found in the App Store). Please continue to complete the app before arriving in carline and be ready to show the completed screening to a faculty/staff member on duty in carline each morning. Multiple students can conveniently be added to one app. Please call the front office if you have any questions about how to install the app.

Student Email Accounts and Google Classroom

All students, whether learning On-Campus or via Distance Learning, have school email accounts that they generally access during computer class, and will also need to access Google Classroom. Parents of students in Grades 4th - 8th who are attending classes On-Campus were sent information and instructions for their student(s) to access their email accounts, log-in to Google Classroom, and create a bookmark on their home devices. Students have also be given this information during computer class, as many 4th-8th Grade teachers provide feedback on assignments, etc. to students via Google Classroom. As well, being familiar with logging in to Google Classroom will be helpful should we ever need to move to distance learning during the school year. If you did not receive your student's log-in information or have questions, please contact Mrs. Daly (

As well, please check out the following tutorial for detailed instructions on signing into Google Classroom.

SMG 2020-2021Family Handbook

The 2020-2021 Family Handbook has been updated and has been posted on the school website ( Please note, there was an addendum related to COVID-19 placed at the end of the handbook, before the acknowledgement page. Please be sure to read the handbook then print, sign, and return the acknowledgement form at the back of the handbook indicating that you have read and understand the handbook. A signed acknowledgement form from each family was due back to the school last Friday, August 28th. If you have not yet returned your signed acknowledgement form, please do so as soon as possible.

2020-2021 Academic Calendar

Please click on the following link to view the 2020-2021 Academic Calendar. It can also be found on the school website at

COVID-19: Safety Procedures and Protocols

Please see the SMG Safe Return to School plan that was sent to all school families last week, by clicking the following link.

Virtus Training

VIRTUS Safe Environment training for volunteers will begin to expire in September 2020. Parent volunteers will need to renew their VIRTUS training in order to continue volunteering. The VIRTUS renewal program is called "Keeping the Promise Alive" and must be attended in order to keep Safe Environment status current. Our school Safe Environment coordinator will email parents with information for how to register for a renewal session. Please email with any questions.

Box Tops - Earn Money for SMG!

Box Tops makes it easy for families to earn cash for schools and help teachers get the supplies they need. Traditional Box Tops clips are being phased out of production, but may continue to be found on many products throughout the store. Although you may still clip coupons, there is a NEW and EASY method:

  • Create a Box Tops for Education account via the Box Tops app or website - View the video: How it Works, Join For Free
  • Buy Box Top Products
  • Use your app to scan the store receipt within 14 days of purchase -View the video: How to Scan

2020-2021 Enrollment & Registration

Registration & Enrollment for the 2020-2021 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. Behee (lbehee@smgschool) or our Registrar, Mrs. de la Pena ( with any questions or concerns.

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Last Week at SMG.....

PreK - Starry Night Masterpieces

PreK has been learning about the painting Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh. Check out these SMG student masterpieces!

Vincent Van Gogh was born in 1853 and grew up in Holland. Vincent studied to be a minister, but found his passion for painting. Van Gogh changed the way he painted pictures as he grew. Eventually, he began painting things around him with more colors, thick paint, and bold brush strokes like in Starry Night.
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PreK: Dot Day

The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”.

Mrs. Hill's students celebrated International Dot Day is by creating their own marks. See their work below.

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KB and KM Art Class: Our Bodies are Free Form Shapes

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KB Math: Breaking Down Numbers Using "Part-Whole" Models

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Students used their sense of sight (and colored spy glasses) to find things in the hallway that matched their glasses.
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KM: Building 10 with Tally Sticks

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First Grade - Reviewing Shape Names and Making Pictures with Shapes

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First Grade Religion

First Grade Free Form Art Shapes

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Second Grade - Natural Resources

Resources are characterized as renewable or nonrenewable; a renewable resource can replenish itself at the rate it is used, while a nonrenewable resource has a limited supply.

Natural resources are things that are useful to people and come from the earth. Materials for building shelter are natural resources. So are food sources such as fruits and vegetables, animals that could be caught or hunted, and water.

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Second Grade Religion

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Third Grade Wearing Their "Thinking Hats"

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Third Grade Used Descriptive Adjectives in Their Writing to Describe Characters from Little House on the Prairie

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Fourth Grade Science Class Studying Acid Rain

We pollute the air when we burn coal, gas, and other chemicals. The smoke or exhaust from these things travels through the air into the atmosphere and gets trapped in the clouds with the moisture that is evaporating from the earth to the clouds. When the clouds get full of water, they empty the rain or snow back to earth along with all that dirt and pollution. This is called acid rain.

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Fourth Grade Science: Fossils

Students studied how ancient animals were deposited in sediment and became fossils. Then they made their own "fossils".
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Fourth Grade Regions Brochure

Mrs. Vasquez's students created a Regions Travel Brochure which included information on major cities, landforms, and climate.

Fifth Grade Religion

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Spanish Class: El Pipila y La Llama de la Esperanza

The statue of El Pipila, which sits high on a hill in the southeast part of Guanajuato, is visible from almost anywhere. It is an enormous figure in the shape of a man holding a torch aloft, and it commemorates a Mexican revolutionary hero who was instrumental in kicking the Spanish out of the city.

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Calendar Notes

  • Monday, 9/28-Friday,10/16: Follett Online Book Fair
  • Sunday, 10/4: Kountry Karnival 2020 Raffle Drawing at 6PM
  • Friday, 10/9: 1st Quarter Ends
  • Monday, 10/12: 2nd Quarter Begins
  • Monday,10/12-Friday, 10/15: Follett In-Person Book Fair in SMG Library
  • Wednesday, 10/14: Picture Make-Up Day (individual yearbook pictures)
  • Thursday, 10/15: Early Dismissal at 12:15PM - No Lunch Service - Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences 1:00PM-7:00PM
  • Friday, 10/16: No School, No SMEED; Professional Development for Faculty/Staff
  • Friday, 11/13: Early Dismissal at 12:10PM - No Lunch Service - Progress Reports Emailed to Parents
  • Monday, 11/23-Friday, 11/27: Thanksgiving Holiday - No School

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