The Trojan Times

St. Maria Goretti Catholic School November 8, 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 the weekend!

As always, there is a lot happening at SMGCS! Last Wednesday, we celebrated our first Household Mass of the school year. In their homeroom Households each week, students work together to help each other grow in mind, body, and spirit. Their Household banners represent their Household in name and symbol, each unique to that group. Our Households have cultivated a positive, faith-filled school culture that is transforming and identifiably Catholic. A photo collage of the Household Mass can be found below.

We are excited to announce that Texas 4-H is coming to SMGCS!! Nolan Catholic High School has teamed up with Texas 4-H and the Tarrant County Extension Program to create a sort of "mega-club" for the whole diocese, with each of the diocesan schools that are in Tarrant County eligible to register. Please see the information about the SMGCS 4-H Club, including how to register your student(s), below in the newsletter.

On Friday, all school families were notified via email of our plan to move to virtual Distance Learning for two weeks following the Christmas break. Please understand that this decision did not come easily, but is one that after consultation with Fr. Jim, our School Advisory Council, faculty/staff, and the diocese, we feel is most prudent to keep our entire school community safe. We will be working on student schedules for virtual learning over the next couple of weeks and will communicate those to parents (and students) once complete. Families who may need to borrow devices (i.e. laptops, ipads) for their students to utilize during that time are asked to contact Mrs. Daly ( to make arrangements. The letter that was emailed and the link to the acknowledgement form can be found by clicking on the following link.

Upcoming Events this Week: Please see below in this newsletter for details.

  • Faith Family Assembly & the Box of Joy service project-Monday, November 9th. Please help us make a difference to less fortunate boys and girls by donating needed items.
  • Veterans Day video-This year, we are creating a video honoring our veterans on Veterans Day. The video will be shared with the SMGCS & parish community on Wednesday morning.
  • Turkey Bingo-Friday, November 13th. We are hosting an all-school Turkey Bingo to support updating the sign in the cafetorium with our new school logo. Click on the link in the ad below to learn more and to purchase bingo cards for your students.
  • Progress Reports-Progress reports will be emailed to parents on Friday, November 13th. Please contact teachers directly with any questions or concerns.
  • ACT Aspire Reports- Students in grades 3 - 8 completed the ACT Aspire Interim Assessments over the last several weeks. Please look for a copy of the report and information explaining the results, which will be sent home in the Friday Folders this Friday.
  • Reminder: Early Dismissal at 12:10PM on Friday, November 13th. SMEED is available; No Lunch Service.

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

St. Maria Goretti, Pray for Us!


Laura Behee, M.Ed.


Box of Joy Service Project: Donations DUE TOMORROW-Monday, November 9th

On Monday, November 9th, we will have our Faith Families (virtual) Assembly. The focus this month will be the virtue of Courtesy, and students will participate in a service project called, Box of Joy, where they will create boxes of items that will be sent overseas to children who are less fortunate, in time for Christmas. Please see the link below for a list of needed items. Each class will create one box for a girl and one for a boy. The school will cover the $9 per box shipping cost. Please send in items for your student's class boxes by Monday, November 9th! Thank you!!

Turkey Bingo: Friday, November 13th

All students, faculty, & staff are invited to participate in our All-School Turkey Bingo on Friday, November 13th! All proceeds will go toward updating the metal sign in the cafetorium with our new school logo. Parents, please click on the link below to register your students to participate! Bingo cards will be conveniently charged to your school FACTs account. Please contact Laura Perez ( with any questions.

Thanksgiving Food Drive

For many years now, the SMGCS Thanksgiving Food Drive has touched the hearts of many needy families. Our Student Council and National Junior Honor Society would once again like to sponsor the food drive. Our drive will run from Monday, November 9 through Monday, November 16th.

The overall school goal is for each student to bring the item assigned to their class as an offering of Thanksgiving for all that God has blessed them with over the past year. Please see the flyer below for details as to the specific items each grade-level is asked to donate. Gift cards to grocery stores or small cash donations ($1-$10) are also welcome, which would allow food basket recipients to purchase a turkey or additional food items.

Questions? Please contact Mrs. Utendorf at

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SMG Spirit Store Open - Great Christmas Gifts

Choose from SMG long and short sleeved T-Shirts, hoodies, vest, masks and more! Place your orders by November 16th and receive in time for Christmas. Click on the link for the SMGCS Spirit Store:

Our very own talented Mrs. Bara is offering our families the opportunity to order from her designs for $25. The short sleeved shirts are available in Youth and Adult sizes. To order, please print the order form below and return to school with payment.


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). Please note that due to having fewer events and volunteer opportunities at which to earn SPIRIT hours right now, we will defer charges for incomplete SPIRIT hours for 1st Semester until the end of the 2nd semester, and will reevaluate at that time.

Current Volunteer/Donation Opportunities:

  • Water Donations- The school will have an ongoing need for water bottles this year. Having plenty on hand allows us to provide water to students when they run out or forget their own. Please consider donating a case or two whenever you can throughout the year. One SPIRIT Hour will be provided per 48 water bottles donated. Donations can be brought to the school front office, Monday - Friday between 7:30AM - 3:30PM.
  • Disposable Face Masks & Gloves-Donate boxes of disposable face masks and gloves of all sizes and earn one SPIRIT hour for each box donated. Donations can be brought to the school front office, Monday - Friday between 7:30AM - 3:30PM.
  • Items for Christmas Store 2021-Purchase new items for next year's (2021) Christmas store and receive one SPIRIT Hour for every $10 spent. Needed items include small toys, small household items, trinkets, gift bags, and tissue paper. Receipts must be included when donation is dropped off in order to receive SPIRIT hour credit. Donations can be brought to the school front office, Monday - Friday between 7:30AM - 3:30PM.

The Stephen Breen Foundation's Giving Wings Virtual Gala!

Please join us on Tuesday, Nov 17th, at 7:00 PM for the Stephen Breen Memorial Foundation’s Giving Wings virtual dinner. The Stephen Breen Memorial Foundation is committed to offering financial aid to local children who seek the values of a Catholic education, and those courageous children and their families whose lives are afflicted with cancer. The Breen Foundation has helped many families in our school community over the years with financial assistance, making a Catholic education possible. Please consider attending this event to help them continue this very important work!

For more information and to register, please visit:

SMG School Club Opportunities

SMG Clubs - Mark Your Calendars!


· 3:30-4:15PM 3rd-5th PSIA Ready Writing (Cruz) Begins Nov. 2

  • Nov. 2, 16, 30, Dec. 14, Jan 11, 25, Feb. 8, 22, March 8, 22, alternating Mondays

· 3:30-4:30PM 5th-8th Drama Club (Richards)

· 3:30-4:15PM 4th-8th PSIA Maps, Graphs and Charts (Daly) Begins 10/26

  • Oct. 26, Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30, Dec. 7, Jan 11, 25, Feb 1, 8

· 3:30-4:15PM 6th-8th PSIA On-Site Drawing (Jamison) Begins Nov. 9 (Please note change from Wednesday to Monday)


-Rubik’s Cube Club (Utendorf)

  • 12:09-12:39PM in Library: 6th-8th
  • 12:29-12:49PM in Library: 4th–5th
  • Google Meets Available for Distance Learners
-Ballet Folklorico (Zavala)
  • 6:00-7:00PM SMG Cafetorium, Begins 10/20


· 3:30-4:30PM 5th-8th Garden Club (Pick) Begins Oct. 21

· 3:30-4:15PM 6th-8th PSIA Ready Writing (Juergens) Begins Oct. 28

· 3:30-4:15PM 4th-5th PSIA Math (Schump) Begins 10-28

· 3:30-4:15PM Running Club (weather permitting) (Gutierrez/Salomao)

  • Nov. 4, 18, Dec. 2, 16, Feb. 3, 17, Mar. 10, 24, April 14, 28, May 12

· 3:30-5:00PM Cheer Club (Paladini)


· 3:30-4:15PM 3rd-8th Cecilian Singers Club (Richards)

· 3:30-4:15PM 2nd-8th PSIA Spelling (Vasquez)

  • bi weekly: Oct 22, Nov. 5, 19, Dec. 3, 17

· 3:30-4:15PM 2nd PSIA Math (Gutierrez)

  • Oct. 29, Nov. 12, Dec. 3, Jan. 14, 28, Feb. 11 alternating Thursdays Begins Oct. 29

· 3:30-4:15PM 3rd PSIA Math (Gutierrez)

  • Nov. 5, 19, Dec. 10, Jan 21, Feb. 4, 11 alternating Thursdays Begins Nov. 5

· 3:30-4:15PM 4th-8th Chess Club (Nguyen) Begins Nov. 5

· 3:30-4:15PM 6th-8th PSIA Math (Utendorf) Begins Oct. 29

  • Oct. 29, Nov. 12, 19, Dec. 3, 10, Jan. 14, 28, Feb. 11

Ballet Folklorico Meets Tuesday Evenings

Mrs. Zavala sponsors the Ballet Folklorico Club which meets each Tuesday from 6:00 to 7:00 PM in the SMG cafetorium. It is open to students in second through eighth grade. Folklórico refers to many traditional dances from Mexico's different regions and states, rather than one single style. Folklórico is most famous for its promotion of regional dance and incorporation of traditional Mexican dress and Mexican folk music into its routines. The women wear a ranchero designed dress with unmistakable Indian influenced bright colored ribbons. Contact Mrs. Zavala ( to join Ballet Folklorico and learn the many regional folk dances of Mexico.

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4th-8th Chess Club Began November 5th

Sign up now for the SMG Chess Club. Class size is limited to a total of 12 students in-person, with a maximum of 2 students each for grades 4th-6th and 3 students each for grades 7th-8th. There are unlimited spots for the online meet using Google Meets and Sign up ends on November 5th. Sign up at

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4-H Club Now at SMGCS!

We are excited to be announce that SMGCS has joined the Diocese of Fort Worth-Tarrant County 4-H Club! Membership is open to all 3rd - 8th Grade students. For more information or questions, contact Mrs. Pick at As well, see the information below and at the following link with details on how to register! Parents are welcome (and encouraged) to volunteer!

More info here:

Joining information:

go to

(if that link doesn’t work, go to, scroll down, and click on 4-H online)

Create new account as a new member

Choose "Diocese of Fort Worth-Tarrant County" for your club

Pay the $30 registration fee

Parents, if you are interested in helping as project leaders, you can register the same way. You should have one account per family, and then click “add family member” to the first account. Parent volunteers must be current on their VIRTUS training, and the membership fee is $10.

You can learn more about the Texas 4-H projects here:

Garden Club - 3rd - 8th Grade

The SMGCS Gardening Club meets on Wednesdays after school. All 3rd - 8th Grade students are welcome to participate, but space is limited. Please complete and return the permission slip (link below) to register, and contact Mrs. Pick ( for with questions or for more information.

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First Day of Running Club - Still Time to Join Us!

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SMG Run Club!

The SMG Run Club will meet approximately twice a month on Wednesdays after school beginning Wednesday, November 4th! Please visit the links below for more information and to register!



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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

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 Friday morning 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:

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.

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.

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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Nolan Catholic High School: 6th-8th Grade Family Information

Nolan Catholic is excited to announce that the application process for the 2021-2022 school year has already begun. Our goal is to continue to allow for as many admissions opportunities as possible for our prospective families to learn more about Nolan Catholic High School.

As a quick highlight, the admissions department is offering informational sessions, one-on-one meetings, virtual or on-campus tours, and an open house this fall.

For more information, visit

Last Week at SMG.....

Household Mass

We had our first Households Mass to celebrate Saint Maria Goretti's Christ-led groups of students who work together helping each other grow in mind, body, and spirit. Representatives from each household processed into the church with the banner created by their household.

The goals of each household is to:

  • to build community
  • to cultivate a positive, faith-filled school culture that is identifiably Catholic
  • to pray together
  • to hear and discuss the Gospel that they will hear when they attend Mass with their families on Sunday
  • to strengthen the students’ faith experience in their own (real-life) households and families
  • to develop empathy for and an understanding of members within our Households and the SMG community at large
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All Saints Day: Saints Museum

Our 7th and 8th grade students have spent much of October learning about their chosen saint. Through researching the saint's life, creating a tri-fold tribute and a gilded icon, writing a hymn or litany in honor of that saint, and performing a costumed narrative as the saint, students have grown closer to their saint and the Church Triumphant. We look forward to sharing recordings of our forty-four saints' lives for you to view throughout the month of November.

St. Ignatius of Loyola--Quang Nguyen

St. Juan Diego--Callan Coffey

St. Andrew--Ethan Collier

St. Gianna Molla--Isabella Barajas

St. Peter--William Paladini

St. Elizabeth of the Trinity--Mary Payne

St. Padre Pio--Alejandro Reza

St. Stephen--Steven Mai

St. Francis of Assisi--Harvey Richey

St. Wenceslaus--Samuel Wilson

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Masks! Masks! Masks!

Mrs. Paladini is on the lookout for unique masks. They brighten our day!

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PreK: ABC Pattern

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Pre K Artists at Work

Students are busy studying famous artists and creating masterpieces of their own.
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PreK: Reading our First Reader with First Grade

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PreK: Outside Science Experiment

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PreK: Sensory Bins, Writing Center and Still Life Drawings

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Kindergarten Religion: God's Creations

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Kindergarten Distance Learners: Sun and Shade Experiments

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Kindergarten: Mrs. Mitchell's Class Counting Their Way to 100

Kindergarten Nature Walk

Mrs. Mitchell's class took a nature walk and discovered all that God has created in nature that we are thankful for: trees, leaves, bees and much more.

First Grade Religion

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7:12

Do to others as you would have them do to you. Luke 6:31

Second Grade Math

Area is the amount of space covered by a flat shape or surface. Students drew an Area Robot, then counted the square to determine the area.

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Second Grade Outdoor Science Lab: Adding Water to Solids

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Third Grade Saint Reports

In addition to dressing as their favorite saint for All Saints Day, third grade students researched and wrote reports about their saints.

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Fourth Grade: The Water Cycle

After learning about the water cycle, students were instructed to write a story or draw a graphic story about a water droplet and its life through the water cycle.

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Sixth & Seventh Grade Math

Students worked with coordinated pairs and equations to create fun seasonal pictures while applying their mathematical skills.

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Spanish: The Day of the Dead

The Day of the Dead is a Mexican celebration which is also celebrated in parts of Latin América and the United States. The Day of the Dead is not Halloween. Even though they are celebrated at the same time of year, they are very different. The Day of the Dead is celebrated November 1st and 2nd. It is a time to remember family and friends who have died. It is not a sad tradition, but a festive time to remember and honor the dead.

Art Class: Fifth Grade Skeletons

Mrs. Jamison coordinated her art lesson with Mrs. Zavala's Spanish class Day of the Dead theme. Students wrote the name of a deceased loved one which became the ribs/body of the skeleton. They added features that reminded them of the friend or family member who had died.

Art Class: Second Grade Saint Mosaics

Students in Mrs. Jamison's class created saint mosaics by cutting and gluing paper shapes.

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Art Class: Eighth Grade Icons

Students used layered paint and gold leafing to create icons.

Calendar Notes

  • Monday, 11/9: Box of Joy Service Project Donations Due; 3:30-4:30PM, Drama Club; 3:30-4:15PM, PSIA Maps, Graphs and Charts, PSIA On-Site Drawing
  • Tuesday, 11/10: Rubik's Club during lunch; 6:00-7:00PM Ballet Folklorico
  • Wednesday, 11/11: Veterans Day-Veterans Day video will be shared with SMGCS community; 3:30-4:15PM 6th-8th PSIA Ready Writing, 4th-5th PSIA Math, 3:30-4:30PM Garden Club
  • Thursday, 11/12: 3:30-4:15PM, Cecilian Singers Club, 2nd PSIA Math, 6th PSIA Math, Chess Club
  • Friday, 11/13: Turkey Bingo; Early Dismissal at 12:10PM - No Lunch Service - SMEED available; Progress Reports Emailed to Parents
  • Wednesday, 11/18: 3:30-4:15PM Running Club (weather permitting)
  • Thursday, 11/19: Butter Braid Pick-Up at Saint Maria Center
  • Monday, 11/23-Friday, 11/27: Thanksgiving Holiday - No School
  • Friday, 12/18: 2nd Quarter Ends; 12:10PM Dismissal, No Lunch Service, No SMEED
  • Dec. 21-Jan. 4: Christmas Break - No School
  • Tuesday, 1/5: Classes resume Online-All Students Distance Learning through Friday, January 19, 2021.
  • Monday, 1/18: MLK, Jr. Day Holiday-No School
  • Tuesday, 1/19: Students, Faculty, and Staff return to campus; On-campus learning resumes.

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