The Trojan Times
St. Maria Goretti Catholic School April 28, 2019
Dear SMG Families and Friends,
I pray you all had a beautiful and blessed Holy Week and Easter. Today is the Second Sunday of Easter, also known as Divine Mercy Sunday, encouraging us to continue to focus on the Easter message of redemption as Jesus offers us total forgiveness of all sins and punishment to anyone-no matter how serious the sin-who goes to Confession and receives Holy Communion on this day. Pope John Paul II had a great devotion to St. Faustina, whose visions and revelations are often associated with Divine Mercy.
By definition, the word mercy comes from the Latin misericordia, which literally means "miserable heart". In reflecting on this literal meaning, it is important I think, to realize that Divine Mercy Sunday isn't only about God forgiving our sins, it is about us forgiving and recognizing the pain and suffering of others as well. As Fr. George Kosicki, CSB, once stated that being merciful means, "having a pain in your heart for the pains of others, and taking pains to do something about their pain" (Stackpole, R. 2010). As a Catholic school, we try everyday at SMG to reveal to students God' s merciful love and instill in our students the virtue of mercy. Simple acts of mercy, such as apologizing to a classmate and being forgiven, and helping someone through suffering by participating in activities such as food drives and the Pounder Project (see below), are all simple ways we are encouraging students to be merciful to others. God is relieving us of a heart of misery everytime we go to Confession and at Mass when we say, "Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy." Our God is a God of mercy, and He is empowering us to go and be mericiful to others and to teach our children to be merciful as well.
St. Maria Goretti, Pray for Us!
Laura Behee, M.Ed.
Regular 2019-2020 Registration is Open
Grandparents Day 2019!
Stephen Breen Memorial Foundation BBQ Cook-Off Champions!
Jaden Barraza and his dad participated in the Stephen Breen Memorial Foundation BBQ Cook-Off that was held today at Nolan Catholic High School. Jaden and his dad camped out at Nolan Saturday night, tending to their smoker and the delicious ribs, brisket, and chicken they were preparing, even braving a storm with strong winds that moved through during the night! In the end, their hard work and care paid off as they took home the Championship title! Congratulations and many thanks to Jaden and Mr. Barraza!
Private School Interscholastic Association (PSIA) State Meet
Congratulations to 7th Grader, Kaitlin Crain, who competed in the PSIA State Meet, which was held yesterday at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. Though she is in the 7th Grade, Kaitlin represented SMG by competing in the 8th Grade Ready Writing event! Well done, Kaitlin!
SMG Book Fair: May 6-10
Join us for Vacation Bible School at SMG
May 3rd Yearbook Order Deadline
Order a yearbook for the 2018-2019 school year before the May 3rd deadline and get it for $30. That's the lowest price of the year! Saint Maria Goretti School has ordered a limited number of extra yearbooks for late purchases. Act fast as these will go quickly.
Junior High Western Dance - May 3rd 6:30-8:30PM
Pounder Project Babies
We had some very proud Pre-K and Kindergarten students who collected rice and beans in the amount of their birth weight as part of the Catholic Charities Pounder Project. The bags of rice and beans were wrapped in onesies and blankets to resemble a baby and were donated to help clients at Catholic Charities.
Peeps Take the Plunge Science Experiement
Second grade scientists used observation, measurement, experimentation, and testing to determine what liquids dissolve or change the physical property of Peeps the most.
a method of procedure that has characterized natural science since the 17th century, consisting in systematic observation, measurement, and experiment, and the formulation, testing, and modification of hypotheses.
Fourth Grade Field Trip
Mrs. Hansen and Miss Seyer coordinated a fun filled and educational field trip for Fourth grade. The following are highlights of their day:
- The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is the only museum in the world dedicated to honoring women of the American West who have displayed extraordinary courage and pioneer spirit in their trailblazing efforts.
- During a "Meet the Pioneers" tour of the Log Cabin Village students traveled from cabin to cabin visiting historical interpreters dressed in period attire. The interpreters discussed 19th century Texas frontier history, demonstrated various crafts from the time period, and engaged visitors in a conversation about the past. Reproduction items such as weaving, candle-dipping, blacksmithing, and milling were available at each tour stop.
Kindergarten & 5th Grade Field Trip
Kindergarten accompanied their 5th grade Big Buddies to the Dallas World Aquarium for an enjoyable and interesting field trip. During a self-guided tour, fifth graders helped their little buddies read the animal identification signs, which offer basic information and facts about each exhibit. Of the numerous sea life, students particularity enjoyed the manatees, sloths, otters and penguins. Everyone had a picnic lunch at Dunlap Park before returning to school.
Third Grade Field Trip
3rd grade had fun day of learning at the Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center at Cedar Hill. The day was filled with eco investigations, reptile encounters, and a nature hike.
Principal & Assistant Principal Game Night
Everyone had a blast at Game Night hosted by Mrs. Behee and Mrs. Utendorf! Cupcakes, popcorn, fruit, and drinks were served. Thank you to Mrs. Clark for coordinating the snacks. Students played blind fold bowling, the tissue box game, and an Easter Spring pop up game. Prizes were awarded to all students.
PE Outing: Slip n Slide Kickball
Pre-K: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Kindergarten Donates Handmade Quilts to Project Gabriel, an Outreach of Catholic Charities
Teacher Outings Still Available!!
There are two Teacher Outings still available! If you are interested in purchasing an outing for your student, please contact Mrs. Malloy in the school office email@example.com.
All SMG Alumni, we want to hear from you and share any news you have with the rest of the Trojan Community! Please send us your address, phone number, and email address so that we may keep in touch. As well, if you have news and information that you would like to share with the SMG Community, we would like that as well! Please send your information to Abbey Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once a Trojan--Always a Trojan!
Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth
Monday, April 29th:
- 3:45-5:30PM Ballet Folklorico Clinic at Nolan
Tuesday, April 30th:
- 3:45-6:00PM Ballet Folklorico Audition at Nolan
- 6:00PM Cheer leading Information Meeting for Parents in Rm 106-Information regarding SMG cheer leading program for 2019-2020 school year
- 3:30-4:00PM Running Club (weather permitting)
- 3:45-5:45PM Sixth Grade Outing- Arcade Games
- 6:30-8:30PM Junior High Western Dance
- 9:00AM-1:00PM 2nd Grade First Communion Retreat
- Enchilada lunch after 9:00AM, 11:00AM and 1:00PM Mass
- Follett Book Fair Begins (May 6-10)
- 3:30-4:30PM Good Works Club
- 6:00-8:00PM 6th Grade Class Outing: Sand Volleyball at Texas Image Sand
- Muffins With Mom @ 7:15AM in SMG Library
- NO MASS - moved to May 10th
- 3:30-4:00PM Running Club (weather permitting)
- 8:00AM Mass
- 8:00-11:00AM Grandparents Day
- 6:00-9:30PM Sports Banquet