Saint Maria Goretti Catholic School

August 22-26

Mission Statement

Saint Maria Goretti Catholic School is a living testament to our Lord's work in his youngest disciples, exemplified by academic excellence, spiritual formation, and compassionate service to others.

Thank you!

Thank you for an amazing first week! The Holy Spirit is definitely present in our SMG hallways and classrooms. The energy generated by our staff and students has been contagiously positive.

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!

Check us out!

SMG has some great pics on Instagram and Facebook! Follow us on social media to see the wonderful things happening in the classrooms!
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Serving Christ

Thank you to several of our students for working all weekend to serve as helpers for the CRHP renewal weekend!

Special Services

Families interested in seeking extra support with speech or dyslexia services or concerns, please contact Jenny McNulty at

Drop off and Dismissal

Morning carline is in full swing!

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

Here we go!! Students will experience electives for the first time this Wednesday! Forms will be returned to students with the highlighted elective that has been assigned to each student. We worked to get all students into one of their selected choices for the first quarter. Each quarter, forms will be redistributed to students to determine elective choices for the upcoming quarter. Students may opt to stay in the first quarter elective or switch to another elective. This is an opportunity for the students to take charge of their learning as these electives are project-based rather than grade based. We will not switch electives for any reason unless absolutely necessary.

Summer Reading



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

Financial Aid

The second distribution of funds will be sent out this week. We have made every effort to meet the needs of our families with offering multi-family discounts and financial assistance to families through endowments and other diocesan, parish, and campus funds and scholarships. We have now distributed our allotted funds according to the FACTS model and only have emergency funds left for unexpected family financial situations. Please let the Business Manager know if there are extenuating circumstances or extra needs that are necessary in order to remain at SMG. We will retire all efforts to make adjustments if possible.

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!

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Please keep Izzy Perez and Katie Tovar's families in your prayers as their grandfather, Ray Garcia passed away last week. Mr. Garcia has been a long time supporter of SMG parish and school and watched his children and grandchildren grow through SMG. The funeral Mass will be this Monday, August 15th at 11:00AM at Saint Maria Goretti Catholic Church.

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.