The Trojan Times
St. Maria Goretti Catholic School October 25, 2020
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.
Dear St. Maria Goretti Catholic School Families,
I hope you all are enjoying your Sunday.
We have another busy week ahead as we begin the last week of October.
Order your Butter Braid Pastries through tomorrow, Monday, October 26th. Orders can be placed online by clicking on the link further down in this newsletter. All orders will be available for pick-up at the St. Maria Center just in time for the holiday season on Thursday, November 19th. Once finalized, the specific time of pick-up on that day will be communicated.
On Tuesday, students will conclude the month of the Holy Rosary by praying a Rosary together. Teachers have students' Rosaries in their classrooms, but students are always welcome to bring a personal Rosary from home.
Since All Saints Day falls on a Sunday this year, we will celebrate as a school community on Wednesday, October 28th. Students (at all grade-levels) have been working all month on projects and reports related to the saints. Information from your child's teacher(s) regarding saints projects and dressing up as saints and/or angels has been communicated. Please contact your child's teacher(s) with questions. As well, information about the day was emailed to all families last week, and can also be found below in this newsletter. The Procession of Saint & Angels has been planned to take place in the back (west) parking lot at 9:00AM, weather permitting (unfortunately, it's not looking good for Wednesday right now). We will keep you posted.
The National Junior Honor Society is hosting a Pumpkin Decorating Contest on Friday, October 30th. Students of all ages are welcome to participate and all proceeds will be donated to the SMG Padre Pio House. Please see the information below for details!
Also on Friday, our 8th Grade students will participate in an on-campus retreat that will begin with Mass and include Adoration, a virtual Nolan Shadow Day, lunch, and other activities. At the end of the day, all students are invited to participate in a Trunk or Treat event organized by our fabulous Home and School Association. There is still time to join the fun by decorating your trunk and/or donating candy, toys, or trinkets. More information can be found below.
Among the many important and meaningful traditions in the Catholic Church is the upcoming observation of All Souls Day on November 2nd. We invite you to join us in prayer during the month of November in gratitude for the memories we hold in our hearts of our dearly departed and the relationships we will forever treasure. All school families should have received in the mail last week a letter from me, inviting you to send the names of loved ones who have died. We will enter those names in the Book of Remembrance and will be praying for those souls and all souls especially during the month of November.
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.
Butter Braids on Sale Through Monday, October 26th
Be sure to get your supply of these delicious breads before the holidays! Butter Braid breads can be ordered by clicking on the link below. Easy Pick-Up at the St. Maria Center on Thursday, November 19th, just in time for the holidays! Please contact Laura Perez, Development Coordinator (email@example.com), or SPIRIT Coordinator, Alex Massengale (817-791-3388) with any questions.
All Saints Day - Celebrated Wednesday, October 28th
All Saints Day is a solemn holy day of the Catholic Church celebrated annually on November 1st. The day is dedicated to the saints of the Church, that is, all who have attained heaven, and is celebrated by growing closer to our family in Heaven. Since All Saints Day falls on a Sunday this year, we will celebrate All Saints Day as a school community on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 with a Procession of Saints and Angels beginning at 9:00AM in the back (west) parking lot, followed by Mass at 9:30AM.
Our Pre-K through 4th Grade have been learning more about the saints and angels and will lead the procession! Students in Pre-K and Kindergarten will be dressed as angels, while students in grades 1-4 will dress as the saint they have chosen to research. **Following the procession through the back parking lot, we will pray a Litany of Saints before proceeding to the church (K-8 students) for Mass.
Students in 5th and 6th grade have also been researching a saint of their choosing. They are writing biographies and creating soda-bottle saints, which we will have on display in the hallways in November for students to view.
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.
All parents and families are welcome to join us as spectators for the procession through the back parking lot. Parking will be available in both the front parking lot (must walk around to back lot; no access through the school building), and limited parking will also be available in the back lot. There will be a designated area for spectators. Please see the All Saints Day Procession Route map by following the link below. Unfortunately, due to COVID procedures/protocols and space limitations in the church, parent/guest spectators will NOT be permitted to join us for Mass this year. We appreciate your understanding!
We look forward to celebrating as a school community the lives of our heavenly families.
All Saints Day Procession Route Map: https://smgschool.org/documents/2020/10/All%20Saints%20Day%20Procession%20Map%202020.pdf
**K – 4 Grade students will stay dressed as their angel/saint for Mass. Students should wear their costume over their Mass uniform to make changing easier. After Mass, students will take off their costumes for the day.
Pumpkin Decorating Contest Sponsored by NJHS: October 30th
8th Grade Shadow Day - Friday, October 30th
This year Nolan's 8th-grade Shadow Day will be a live virtual event hosted by various student organizations through Zoom. The virtual shadow day will only be one hour this year versus the full day experience. Nolan Catholic will provide 8th-grade SMG students with a Shadow Day packet with the materials they will need to partake in various activities throughout the event.
What the Event Will Look Like:
· Introduction to Nolan Catholic High School
· Learn more about Outdoor Learning and Student Life
· 8th-grade students will participate in a Student Interest Survey (provided in their Shadow Day packet)
· Faith Life and Campus Ministry
· 8th-grade students will receive a St. Benedictine medal (provided in their Shadow Day packet)
· Athletics and New Facilities including our new 10-lane Natatorium
· Tour of the IDEA Building and learn more about our new engineering program (Project Lead the Way)
· Experience a classroom setting
· Participate in an outdoor learning activity and learn more about EcoVikes and 4-H Club
(materials provided in their Shadow Day packet)
· Q+A Session with a Nolan Catholic student panel
Trunk or Treat: October 30th
To celebrate Halloween this year, the Home and School Association Board will be having an SMG Trunk or Treat! Students will have a chance to safely move from car to car collecting treats. We need families to participate! If you’d like to decorate your trunk, please let me know. This will allow us to plan the flow of the event. Feel free to decorate as little or as much as you’d like!
We will also need candy. Anyone may donate bags of individually wrapped candy anytime between 7:30 am and 3:30 pm at the front office.
Date: October, 30th
Time: 2 pm (set up time TBD)
Where: Front Parking Lot
What to wear: Students may wear Fall or Halloween socks with their school uniforms.
4 hours for decorating your trunk & handing out treats
1 hour for every $20 spent on candy/items to pass out
Additional details will be provided as we get closer to the event. Thank you in advance for helping make this a fun Halloween event for our students!
Contact SMG Spirit Coordinator, Alex Massengale, for additional information.
Turkey Bingo Fundraiser: Friday, November 13th
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.
- 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. Drop off can be done at the front desk anytime between 7:30AM and 3:30 PM. One SPIRIT Hour will be provided per 48 water bottles donated. Please fill out the sheet at the front desk to receive credit for your donation.
- Trunk or Treat- Volunteers are needed to decorate their car trunk and hand out candy October 30th and/or donate candy. See information in Trunk or Treat section above.
SMG School Club Opportunities
Private School Interscholastic Association (PSIA)
We are happy to be once again be able to welcome 2nd -8th Grade students to participate on the SMGCS Private Schools Interscholastic Association (PSIA) Academic Team this year. Due to COVID precautions, this year may look different than years past. However, our hope is that, with your help, the students who wish to participate in the program and in the spring competition will have the opportunity to represent our school.
This year, students will have the opportunity to participate in the following academic competitions:
- Maps, Graphs, & Charts (Students in Grades 4 – 8): tests the contestant’s ability to locate and interpret information in an atlas or data provided in the test itself in the form of maps, graphs, charts, tables, etc. Students are expected to be able to use the map’s legend to garner information of importance, including finding distances on the map, locating specific places, structures, and boundaries, and identifying locations of significance.
- Mathematics (Students in Grades 2 – 8): tests the contestant’s ability to solve a variety of mathematical problems studied at and above grade level.
- On-Site Drawing (Students in Grades 6 – 8 ONLY): Observing a still-life display consisting of from 4 to 7 objects, contestants produce a rendering on regular drawing paper using any drawing media.
- Ready Writing (Students in Grades 3 – 8): Ready Writing is usually writing that explains, or expository writing. It can include narration and persuasion. Contestants come to the contest “ready” to write on their choice of one of two prompts given.
- Spelling (Students in Grades 2 – 8): Contestants learn by memory to write or print the spelling words found on the current year’s PSIA Spelling List.
Students who are interested and qualify to participate in the program this year will work with an academic coach on the chosen topic/event for approximately 45 minutes after school every other week leading up to the District and State competition. While any 2 – 8 Grade student is welcome to participate in the program, participation does not automatically qualify students to compete in the spring. Only a limited number of students from each grade can be entered to compete at the district level in each event in the spring. Coaching sessions are not tutoring sessions and only students who are serious about preparing or competing will be permitted to participate in the coaching sessions and competition meets. Students who are accepted to participate in the program but who do not demonstrate their dedication to the program during coaching sessions, may be asked to withdraw from the program.
For our Distance Learning students who wish to participate, study materials will be sent electronically allowing for self-study from home.
We have several teachers who have committed to serving as academic coaches, working with students who are selected to participate in the program. We would welcome other parent volunteers who wish to become involved in the PSIA program.
If you are interested in having your student become involved in the PSIA program, please complete the Google Form by clicking the link below. The deadline to register has been extended to Friday, November 6, 2020. PSIA Registration Form 2020.
For more information about the Private School Interscholastic Association, please visit https://www.psiaacademics.org/info/.
SMG Clubs - Mark Your Calendars!
· 3:30-4:15PM 3rd-5th PSIA Ready Writing (Cruz) Begins Nov. 2
· 3:30-4:30PM 5th-8th Drama Club (Richards)
· 3:30-4:15PM 4th-8th PSIA Maps, Graphs and Charts (Daly) Begins 10/26
-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
- 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 On-Site Drawing (Jamison) Beginning date TBD
· 3:30-4:15PM 6th-8th PSIA Ready Writing (Juergens) Begins 10-28
· 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, 26, Dec. 10, alternating Thursdays Begins Oct. 29
· 3:30-4:15PM 3rd PSIA Math (Gutierrez)
- Nov. 5, 19, Dec. 3, 17 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
4th-8th Chess Club Begins 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 chesskid.com. Sign up ends on November 5th. Sign up at https://bit.ly/2T2zbx6
Garden Club - 5th - 8th Grade
The SMG Gardening Club will meet on Wednesdays after school, beginning on October 21st!. All 5th - 8th Grade students welcome to participate, but space will initially be limited to 20 students. Please complete and return the permission slip (link below) to register, and contact Mrs. Pick (firstname.lastname@example.org) for with questions or for more information.
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!
Youth Choir - 3rd-8th Grade Students
Drama Club - 5th-8th Grade Students
Rubik's Cube Club - Come Join the Fun During Recess
- 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 email@example.com
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:
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: https://smgschool.org/documents/2020/8/Arrival%20%20Dismissal%20During%20COVID%20%20Addendum.pdf
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 (http://smgschool.org). 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 smgschool.org.
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 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 email@example.com 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:
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions or concerns.
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 http://www.nolancatholic.org/events-and-tours
Last Week at SMG.....
The SMGCS Garden Club
The SMGCS Garden Club had their first meeting of the school year last Wednesday! Students worked with moderator, Mrs. Pick, planting some fall plants and planning for future planting. They welcomed their first "visitors" to the garden as well! (hint: look closely at each flower)
KK Raffle Ticket Sale Winners!
The 2nd Grade class sold the highest number of raffle tickets for the Kountry Karnival Raffle and were rewarded for their efforts with a Chik-fil-A lunch last Friday. Way to go, 2nd Graders!
Keeping Our Students Safe
Keeping our students safe is a top priority. We continue to practice social distancing, sanitize our hands frequently, and wear masks. This week we also had a practice fire drill in the cafetorium to simulate an evacuation during lunch time.
Kindergarten: Geometric Shapes
Mrs. Mitchell's Kindegarten class is learning about the hexagon and making pyramids. A hexagon is a 6 sided polygon. A polygon is any shape made up of straight lines that can be drawn on a flat surface, like a piece of paper.
Kindergarten: Addition Using Math Balances
Math balances teach number relationships in a concrete way. As students manipulate the balance, they gain insight into abstract concepts of number operations, algebraic equations and properties of arithmetic.
Kindergarten: Letter Sounds and Word Building
Working on letter sounds and word building with "Pumpkin Pumpkin" game. Using "Candy Corn Word Match" game.
First Grade Pumpkin Book Reports
Mrs. Girton's first grade students read a book, wrote a book report and decorated a pumpkin to represent the book. The second batch of pumpkins arrived this week and are displayed in the hallway for all to enjoy.
First Grade Distance Learners
Kindergarten: Journal Writing
Second Grade: Math and Movement
Second Grade math classes worked on math problems strategically placed around the building. Kids got to move around while learning important concepts along the way.
Second Grade: Arrays
Music: Ave Maria
Schubert's Ave Maria is one of the most popular songs in the world, although often sung to words different from his original or performed in instrumental versions. Shubert's melody has been adopted for use with the traditional Roman Catholic prayer (in Latin) of the same name. Even in Shubert's own brief lifetime (he died at age 31), Ave Maria was considered a masterpiece, and, unlike the vast majority of his compositions, it found a publisher before his death.
K-1st Grade - While listening to variations of this incredible composition, students illustrated Mary in an artistic listening reflection.
2nd-3rd Grade - While listening to variations of this incredible composition, students created a "Stained Glass" illustration of Mary and baby Jesus in an artistic listening reflection.
4th-5th Grade - Students are studying and listening to eight versions and variations of Ave Maria, including music by Schubert, Brahms, Back, Verdi, and more. They are completing a graphic organizer to represent their research.
Kindergarten - 2nd Grade student read Oso café, oso café ¿Qué ves ahí? in Spanish class. (Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Wat Do You See?)
Art: Student Masterpieces
SMG halls are adorned with beautiful art work created by our students.
- Monday, 10/26: 3:30-4:30PM Trojan Troupe Drama Club; 3:30-4:15PM 4th-8th PSIA Maps, Graphs, and Charts; Last day to order Butter Braid Pastries
- Tuesday, 10/27: Rubik's Cube Club during Recess; 6:00-7:00PM Ballet Folklorico
- Wednesday, 10/28: All Saints Day Celebrated; 3:30-4:30PM Garden Club; 3:30-4:15 6th-8th PSIA On-Site Drawing; 6th-8th PSIA Ready Writing; 4th-5th PSIA Math
- Thursday, 10/29: 3:30-4:15PM Cecilian Singers Youth Choir; 2nd PSIA Math; 6th-8th PSIA Math
- Friday, 10/30: 2:00PM Trunk or Treat; Pumpkin Decorating Contest
- Wednesday, 11/4: 9:30AM Households Mass; 3:30-4:15PM Running Club (weather permitting)
- Wednesday, 11/11: Veteran's Day
- Friday, 11/13: Turkey Bingo; Early Dismissal at 12:10PM - No Lunch Service - 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
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