Saint Maria Goretti Catholic School
In an attempt to provide more information about our amazing staff and teachers, we will post bios on the website by the end of the week! Saint Maria Goretti has continued to be blessed with Christ-filled educators delivering what's true, good, and beautiful in all we encounter. May God be the Glory again and again!
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Mass on Wednesday
8th Grade gospel reflections will begin August 24th. There has been question about a schedule for the gospel reflections. After discernment on this question and the purpose and goal of this activity, there will not be a posted schedule of reflections. The whole idea is that each student should choose the next person to deliver the next week's gospel reflection as he/she feels called. There will be a baseball that each student will sign as they have their turn with the gospel reflection. It is up to the student to inform parents of the date of the gospel reflection. Thank you for your patience with this activity.
Bring a Lunch through Tuesday!
We will no longer be using our federal milk program, however, we will be selling milk for $0.50 each day. Students grades 2-8th will initial for milk and will be billed through Renweb monthly. Pk3-1st graders will be billed for milk as each child purchases milk.
SMEED (after school care)
Students may be signed in for morning care through the front doors of the cafetorium as early as 7:00AM.
Students may be picked up from the front doors to the cafetorium or the playground located in the back of the school by the Saint Maria Center no later than 6:00PM.
ATTENTION NEW ALTAR SERVERS!
If you are a boy or girl in the 5th grade or older, serve God and our parish by training as an altar server!
Training starts on Wednesday, August 17th, from 3:30-5:00pm in the church, and will continue for the next two Wednesdays.
To register, please contact Freda Breed in the Parish Office by Tuesday, August 17th.
Safe and Sacred Training
(A) Lunchroom / Playground Volunteers
Milk: Volunteers distribute milk and ice cream to students through all three lunch periods each school day (except for the first few days of a new school year and early dismissal days). Tables: Volunteers are responsible for helping younger students open lunch items, keep children seated, help maintain order, clean tables as needed, and sweep the floors after each lunch period. Playground: Volunteers monitors are an extra set of eyes and ears on the playground, making sure our students stay safe and play well together. Volunteers must check in at the office before reporting to the playground and will receive 2 hours SPIRIT credit for each day they work, even if outdoor recess is canceled due to weather (heat, cold, rain). You MUST sign in at the office to receive SPIRIT credit. Volunteers must be current on Safe Environment Training to volunteer and you may not bring younger children with you when you volunteer. Once you sign up, please understand that we are counting on you. If you are late or a 'no-show', the school office must scramble to find someone to fill your spot - meaning that a teacher or staff member may miss their lunch or break to take your place. If you know you cannot make your scheduled date ahead of time, please adjust the schedule on SignUp Genius. If you need to cancel on short notice, please call the school office to let them know. To receive your SPIRIT credit, you must sign in at the office as a Milk / Tables / Playground volunteer (vs as a visitor). Thank you for supporting SMG School!
Drop off and Dismissal
SMG back doors will be open for morning arrival for ALL students PK3-8th grade at 7:25AM. To help keep our campus safe and consistent, there will not be any drop-offs in the front of the building (except for tardies after 7:50AM). Students will walk directly to the cafetorium to meet teachers. Seventh and eighth grade students will be available to walk younger students (if needed) to the cafetorium or to classes after 7:40AM. Teachers will be ready to receive students in the cafetorium this week and will then walk students to the classroom at 7:40 to model and set expected procedures.
Please be on time! Daily announcements begin at 7:45AM. All students arriving after 7:50AM on any school day MUST be signed in by a parent in the front office before going to class.
Afternoon pick-up from classrooms:
Doors open at 3:00PM each day. It is important that we allow students to complete procedures and are ready for pick-up without interruptions or congestion in the hallway. Thank you for your patience as we work through these hot afternoons.
Electives for 5th-8th Grades
SUMMER READING ASSIGNMENTS FOR STUDENTS
GOING INTO the particular grade level.
Kindergarten: The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne
First: Frog and Toad Collection by Arnold Lobel
Second: Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
Third: All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
Fourth: The Little Prince by Antonine de Saint Exupery
Fifth: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster OR
The Light Princess by George MacDonald
Sixth: The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis
Seventh: The Cay by Theodore Taylor OR
The Hobbit by J. R.R. Tolkien
Eighth: The Devil’s Arithmetic AND
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Vern
Summer assignments will be posted on the website soon!
7th and 8th Service Hours
It is important to know that according to the National Center for Educational Statistics, the average cost for educating a child in the U.S. is over $12,000.00 per year. We have made every attempt to reduce costs and keep opportunities for a Catholic education possible for families. As most of the Catholic schools in the diocese have moved to a cost based/need based model, SMG has managed to keep the multi-family discounts while also continuing to provide additional financial support. We will continue to reach out into the community to request donations and funds for Financial Assistance. If you know of businesses or foundations who would be interested in supporting SMG, please contact Leah Rios, Abbey Lewis, or Nancy Benson.
Thank you for all your support and choosing Saint Maria Goretti as your Catholic school!
Pray for our pastors and educators as we continue to guide these young disciples closer to Christ.
Continue to pray for the Gaal family as they heal and continue on their faith journey.