The Trojan Times

St. Maria Goretti Catholic School August 15, 2021

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,

It is so nice to have the students back on campus. I hope that they came back energized and full of good things to share with you.

In the morning carline please pull forward as far as you can and let your students out in the coned areas. Please do not get out of the car. We have staff members available to help your child. Afternoon carline begins this week. Please review the maps in the family handbook. and have your carline cards visible to staff members in the carline. You will be in the carline of your oldest child. Cell phones are not allowed while in the carline. Please be patient with the students, staff, and families in the carline.

Below is the letter from Bishop Olson outlining the COVID protocols for the Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Fort Worth. He reminds us to stay home if we are not feeling well. It is extremely important that you notify the front office that your child will be out and email Nurse Beth when your child is ill. Please keep in mind that as the parent, if you or your children have been exposed to someone who is COVID + or you are going to get a COVID test, please notify Nurse Beth. We want to keep our school community healthy and we can only do that if we make sure that we communicate with each other.

I know that COVID and COVID protocols are ever-changing. Please be aware that all meetings, gatherings, and dates are subject to change. I will communicate with you when and if that becomes necessary.

Please continue to pray for our students, teachers, and staff as we begin our first full week of school.

St. Maria Goretti, Pray for Us!


Amy Utendorf, M.Ed.


Catholic Diocese Official Statement about the 2021-2022 School Year

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Wednesday Mass at 8:00 AM

This year students will be attending the 8:00 AM Mass on Wednesday mornings. Parents will be welcome to join us. As stated in the SMGCS Family Handbook, parents may not sit with their students.

The first Mass this year will be on August 18th. Please make sure that students arrive on time on Mass days. Teachers will be heading to Mass shortly after the bell rings at 7:50 AM.

While sweaters are a required part of the Mass uniform, students do not have to wear them to every Mass until October 6, 2021.

Mark Your Calendar for Picture Day

Individual student pictures will be taken Wednesday, August 18th after Mass. Please make sure that your child is in Mass uniform Wednesday.

Math Kits

If you have not purchased your math kit please let your teacher know. Be sure to return the FACTS order form with your child this week.

If your child no longer needs their math kit please consider donating back to SMGCS. Teachers can use the extra abacus and card games in their classrooms.

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2021-2022 Academic Calendar

Please click on the following link to view the 2021-2022 Academic Calendar. It can also be found on the school website at

Sports Physicals

To participate in athletics next school year (Junior High or High School), students will need a physical dated on or after June 1, 2021. If your child plans to participate in sports during the 2021-2022 school year, they must have a current physical examination, and the form below must be completed and on file before the student may participate in school or diocesan sports.

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2021-2022 Enrollment & Registration

Registration & Enrollment for the 2021-2022 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. Utendorf (autendorf@smgschool) or our Registrar, Mrs. de la Pena ( with any questions or concerns.

Virtus Training

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 on how to register for a renewal session.

Kountry Karnival 2021

We are in the process of planning the Kountry Karnival Food Festival.

Mark October 2nd and 3rd on your calendar!

We need volunteers to help plan this event. If you are interested in helping please reach out to Mrs. Laura Perez at

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

Summer Happenings

Summer Camp with Nurse Beth

Day one of Summer Camp with Nurse Beth included First Aid certification, lunch, and building birdhouses. On the second day, students completed CPR/AED certification and made delicious mason jar lid pies. Day three concluded with a Safe Sitter Babysitting Certification course and Ukulele lessons.

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SMG Gets a Face Lift

Thanks to the Barraza Family for replanting the flower bed and beautifying the front entrance with new plants and containers.

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4th of July Parade - SMGCS Takes 2nd Place!

SMG participated in the Arlington Independence Day Parade which took place on July 5, 2021. Students 8 and under rode on the float and all other students were invited to walk alongside our amazing SMG parade float. SMGCS took home 2nd place! Check out the trophy which is on display outside Mrs. Martinez's office.

Our thanks to Matt Lester, Chandler & Claudia Clark, Steve Aslin and Valerie Ahmed for coordinating this fun event!

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Cheerleader Camp

Cheerleaders attended a three day camp at Rebel Yell Cheer. They learned a dance, chants, cheers, and new stunts. Thanks to Ms. Paladini for sponsoring the cheerleaders again this year. We look forward to seeing them perform at our first pep rally. Go Trojans!

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Amon Carter Museum Outing

Mrs. Pennell encouraged her 7th and 8th grade literature students to visit the Amon Carter Museum for extra credit over the summer. Their assignment was to locate specific paintings, document the paining name and artist, then take a picture and send it in.

“A visit to a museum is a search for beauty, truth, and meaning in our lives. Go to museums as often as you can.”

– Maira Kalman

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Last Week at SMGCS

New Parent/Buddy Dinner

New SMG parents gathered for dinner, fellowship, and to learn about our school on Sunday, August 1st. A huge storm didn't dampen our fun. Our current SMGCS families have a "Buddy" family to partner with during the school year. Be sure to welcome all of our new Trojans when you meet them.

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Teacher In-Service

SMG teachers began our in-service with a retreat facilitated by Mrs. Pennell. Besides getting classrooms set up, faculty and staff have been trained on CPR, Epi-Pens, and Blood Borne Pathogens. Additionally, The University of Dallas Classical Curriculum Team spent a day on campus sharing new Classical Education lessons with the faculty. We also enjoyed fellowship with the members of the parish staff by sharing lunch together and welcoming new members of the staff.

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Meet the Teacher Night

The halls were filled with activity as parents and students dropped off supplies and got acquainted with their new teachers. Volunteers and teachers were on hand to help with signing up for athletics, band, Food For Life, purchasing uniforms, turning in health forms, and a multitude of other options.

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First Day of 2021-2022 School Year

After a relaxing summer break, SMGCS opened our doors and welcomed students back into the classroom on Thursday, August 12th. It is always a joy to see the faces of our students as they return to the classroom. The first two days of school were spent gathering supplies, reviewing procedures, and most importantly, sharing fellowship with each other.

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Calendar Notes

  • August 16, Monday: - Food service begins

  • August 18, Wednesday: First school Mass 8:00 AM and picture day-Mass dress required

  • August 23, Monday: Band Parent Meeting @ 6:00 PM in Cafetorium

  • August 25, Wednesday: PreK-8th Back to School Night 6:00 PM -8:00 PM -1 parent should plan to attend

  • August 27, Friday: 2021-2022 Family Handbook signed acknowledgment form due

  • September 6, Monday: Labor Day No School

  • September 14, Tuesday: Home and School Meeting 7:00 PM -1 parent should plan to attend

  • October 2-3: Kountry Karnival Weekend

Like Us on Face Book!

We are hoping to update our official Facebook page with some more recent, positive reviews, likes, and shares. Please visit our official Facebook page (Facebook@StMariaGorettiArlington) and help us spread the word about our great Catholic school!

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