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St. Maria Goretti Catholic School October 3, 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,

Thank you to everyone who came out to support the 2021 Kountry Karnival. A big public THANK YOU to Mrs. Perez, Mrs. Seferra, Mr. Brady, Mr. and Mrs. Bradley, and all the SMGCS families for making this KK a reality! We will see you again next year!

There will no longer be a hot lunch service provided at SMGCS. All students must bring their lunch, drink, napkins, and cutlery daily.

Starting Wednesday, all students are required to wear their cardigan sweaters to Mass. The cardigan sweater is a required part of the Mass uniform.

This year SMGCS will be hosting one weekend Mass a month. Our first Mass will be the 5:30 PM Saturday, October 16th. All students and families are invited to come to Mass that evening. Students are asked to wear their Mass uniform. We are looking for students in grades 3rd-8th to serve as readers, altar servers, and hospitality ministers. Please see the Sign-up Genius below.

We ask that you continue to keep our students, teachers, staff, and priests in your prayers.

St. Maria Goretti, Pray for Us!


Amy Utendorf, M.Ed.


Taste of SMG

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October Virtue: Reverence

The virtue we are focusing on during the month of October is Reverence. Reverence means showing your deepest respect for things of God - His Holy Name, the Blessed Virgin Mary and all the saints, the Holy Eucharist, and all the holy objects found in a church or that have been given a special blessing. We also show reverence for God when we show reverence for each other, because we are all made in His image and likeness.

Saint Hyacinth: Feast Day August 17

St. Hyacinth was a Polish priest who became a Dominican. When robbers were coming to attack the church where he lived, St. Hyacinth took Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and a statue of Mary to a safe place. He did this to show his love and reverence for Jesus and Mary.

Saint Tarcisius: Feast Day August 15

It is believed that Saint Tarcisius lived in the third or fourth century in the Roman Empire and could have been a deacon. While taking Holy Communion to some prisoners, St. Tarcicius was attacked by a group of people who did not believe in Christ, and he died defending the Sacred Host. When those who had killed him searched St. Tarcicius, the Eucharist he was carrying had miraculously disappeared!

Saint Margaret Clitherow: Feast Day March 26

St. Margaret lived in England during a very tumultuous time in that country, especially for Catholics who under the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, were being persecuted. St. Margaret offered her home as a refuge for Catholic priests who had to offer Mass in secret for the faithful. When authorities discovered this, Margaret was arrested and sentenced to death.

October is Respect Life Month

This is the poster for Respect Life Month 2021 observed in October by the U.S. Catholic Church. As part of the Year of St. Joseph declared by Pope Francis, this year's celebration “highlights the example of that great saint,” said a Sept. 27 statement from Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, who is chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities. Oct. 3 is Respect Life Sunday. (Photo: CNS/courtesy

Students Must Bring Lunch Daily

Food For Life is no longer providing a hot lunch service. Students need to be sure to bring silverware, napkins, their lunch, and a drink to school each day. We will have an option for students who forget their lunch, no students will go hungry.

Our copious water supply has been depleted. Students must come to school with a water bottle (or 2) each day. We hope to have the water fountain station installed soon. Please consider donating a case of water to your child's homeroom.

Cardigan Sweaters Required at Mass

Beginning Wednesday, October 6th, red and blue cardigan sweaters are required for Mass.

Changes to Mass Hosting Schedule

The Class Mass Hosting schedule has been updated for the year. Please note that second grade will be leading Mass in the spring. If you plan to attend Mass when your child is participating, please consult the new schedule.

  • October 6 - 3rd Cruz
  • October 13 - 8th Pennell
  • October 20 - 8th Pick
  • October 27 - 7th Nguyen
  • November 3 - 8th Pick
  • November 10 - 6th Jones
  • November 17 - 6th Baxter (Seyer)
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Fall Book Fair October 11-14

The SMG Fall Book Fair will take place October 11-14. Please see this link for our Class Preview and Purchase Schedule.

Our efair is now live, and it allows you to make a student wish list and to purchase from an expanded catalog. To shop our online book fair, go to and use the code Z538L. Follet will ship your books to the school after the fair is complete.

We will need volunteers before, during, and after the fair. Please use the following Sign Up Genius Link.

Lunch room and recess helpers needed!

Please consider volunteering to help during lunch and recess. Service hours will be earned. Click on the signup genius link for a description of duties. All volunteers must be current with their Virtus training.

NCHS Game Week - Middle School Night - Oct. 8


Prior to the football game, your family can participate in a self guided tour of our new Natatorium and the Integrated Design Engineering and Arts (IDEA) building.

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Nolan Catholic's Registration Opens October 1st and Middle School Night!

Please visit Nolan Catholic webpage to find out more information regarding Middle School Night, October 8th. There are several experiences open to SMGCS middle schoolers. Students must register for these experiences and sign a waiver.

SMG Clubs - Mark Your Calendar!


  • 3:15-4:00PM Rubik Cube Club (Utendorf) Begins Sept. 27
  • 3:30-5:00PM Cheer Club (Paladini/Cruz)
  • 3:30-4:15PM 5th-8th Trojan Troupe Drama Club (Richards) Begins Sept. 27
  • 6:00-8:00PM FIRST Lego League Robotics (Moralesl) Begins Sept. 13
    • Sept. 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29, Dec. 6


  • Library Leaders during Recess (Richards)
  • 6:00-7:00PM Ballet Folklorico (Zavala) Begins Sept. 14


  • SMG Broadcast Club during 6th, 7th, 8th Lunch/Recess (Jones) Begins Oct. 6
  • 3:30-4:15PM Chess Club (Nguyen) Begins Sept. 22 - Every other Wednesday
    • Sept. 22, Oct. 6, 20, Nov. 3, 17, Dec. 1, 15 (One Day Tournament)
  • 3:30-4:15PM Running Club (weather permitting) (Gutierrez/Mitchell) Begins Oct. 6
    • Oct. 6, 20, Nov. 3, 17, Dec. 1, 15, Feb. 9, 23, Mar. 9, 23, April 6, 27, May 4, 11


  • 3:15-4:30PM 4th-8th Garden Club (Pick)
  • 3:30-4:15PM Tai Chi Club (Nguyen) Begins Sept. 16 - Every other Thursday
    • Sept. 16, 30, Oct. 7, 21, Nov. 4, 18, 25, Dec. 2, 16
  • 3:30-4:15PM 3rd-8th Cecilian Singers Club (Richards) Begins Sept. 30

SMG Broadcast Club

If you are interested in learning more about TV Journalism, Acting, Film, Production, Editing, Writing, Media Distribution, and so much more - this is the club for you. Our first major goal will be to create a weekly broadcast called "SMG Today". News, notes and announcements! Later in the year we will add different types of media and project opportunities.

  • We are looking for 6th, 7th and 8th Graders to get involved (all grades will be able to join in the second semester).
  • Stop by Mr. Jones' classroom to pick up your application and become part of the SMG Broadcast team.
  • The club will meet Wednesdays during the Jr. High lunch/recess period this quarter and will add a meeting after school on Wednesdays starting in semester two,

SMG Ballet Folklórico - Grades 2nd-8th

Join us every Tuesday from 6:00 to 7:00PM in the science lab. The Ballet Folklórico is most famous for its promotion of regional dance and incorporation of traditional Mexican dress and Mexican folk music into its routines. No experience needed. Second through eighth grade student may contact Mrs. Zavala if you are interested:

Run Club - PreK4-8th

Running Club will meet on the following Wednesdays, from 3:30-4:15 pm (weather permitting).

Oct. 6, 20, Nov. 3, 17, Dec. 1, 15, Feb. 9, 23, Mar. 9, 23, April 6, 27, May 4, 11

Sign up form

Run Club Information

Last Week at SMGCS

Faith Families

We had our first Faith Families gathering Monday. Students were placed in a Faith Family with a mix of students from grades K-8. They introduced themselves, learned about the saint that is the patron of their Faith Family, and then made spiritual bouquets for the parish. These gifts will be given on behalf of the school to families who are coming to SMG church to hold a funeral for a loved one.

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This Week in the Atrium

Students learned how to prepare the cruets for Mass and that there are people who do this before every Mass called sacristans. They also spontaneously decided to do a procession around the atrium while singing Alleluia.

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Feast Day of the Archangels

A traditional tale about St. Michael the Archangel relates to how blackberries came to be harvested and used up by Michael. The story goes that when St. Michael, following God’s orders, kicked Satan out of Heaven, the demon angel landed in a blackberry bramble patch. The devil cursed blackberries and spit on the fruits of the bushes, thus rendering them inedible after that day. And so the frantic rush to pick all the blackberries at once and by the feast of the Archangels began.

Since this seems an ideal and fun way of celebrating the Feast of the Archangels Mrs. Pennell's seventh and eighth grade students had angel food cake with blackberry sauce and optional whipped cream along with praying for the Archangels' intercession.

Blessing of the Pets

Saint Francis of Assisi is associated with the patronage of animals. SMG families brought their animals to school Friday for the annual Blessing of the Pets.

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National Custodian Day

On October 2nd, National Custodial Worker's Recognition Day encourages appreciation to the employees who keep our schools and workplaces across the nation running smoothly. Our sincere thanks to the SMG Maintenance Staff: Mr. Phil Brady, Mr. Rudy Martinez, Mr. Matt Bara and Mr. David Smith.

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Taste of SMG

Although the weather forecast forced us to move the booth decorating inside, everyone had a great time Friday decorating in preparation of this weekends' Kountry Karnival Taste of SMG.

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1st Grade Enjoying "Read to Self" Time!

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1st Grade Says Thank You to NTGD Donors

1st Grade earned Chick-fil-A lunch today because their awesome families donated the most money on North Texas giving day! They are saying thank you.

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3rd Grade Science

Third grade is continuing our Force & Motion unit using doodle spinning tops.

We also answered pre-written questions which reinforces cursive handwriting and writing in complete sentences. Students focused on uppercase first letter, spaces, punctuation marks, and spelling strategies.

4th Grade Science

4th grade has been studying how fossils were created and what they can tell us about the past. We created our own "fossils"

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8th Grade T-Shirt Design Party

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Calendar Notes


  • October 6, Wednesday: Broadcast Club 1st Meeting during lunch/recess; 3:30-4:15 Running Club 1st Meeting

  • October 8, Friday: 1st Quarter Ends

  • October 11-14: Follet Fall Book Fair

  • October 14, Thursday: 12:10 Early Dismissal, Parent/Teacher Conferences

  • October 15, Friday: No School

  • October 26, Tuesday: Spring Creek BBQ Dine Out Night

  • November 1, Monday: 8:00AM All Saints Day Mass

  • November 11, Thursday: Veteran's Day Program

  • November 12, Friday: 12:10 Early Dismissal

  • November 22-26: Thanksgiving Holiday - No School

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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.

Need Prayers?

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