The Trojan Times

St. Maria Goretti Catholic School September 19, 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,

We are getting excited and ready for North Texas Giving Day! Please use the links below to donate to your classes' North Texas Giving Day Pages or to make your own to share with family and friends. Make plans to attend our talent show and watch party on Thursday, September 23, 2021 from 6:30 PM -8:00 PM.

Kountry Karnival weekend will be October 2nd and 3rd. Tickets are on sale now for KK Taste of SMG! Please fill out the order form and send in your payment to the front office. Or you can purchase your tickets after all Masses next weekend. The last day to pre-order your food is Thursday, September 30, 2021. Pre-ordering your food ensures you get to enjoy the foods you would like. There will be limited quantities to purchase the day of KK.

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.

Finally, Nolan Catholic's registration opens on October 1st. Please see the flyer below for more information on how to register your 8th grader.

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.


North Texas Giving Day

Click on the image for information on North Texas Giving Day.

Kountry Karnival 2021 - Pre-Order Your Food

Click on the image for information about the Kountry Karnival Taste of SMG.

Last Day to Order Kountry Karnival T-Shirt

A special shout out to 2nd grade student, Nicholas G., for designing our 2021 Taste of SMG T-Shirt!

Kountry Karnival 2021 will take place October 2-3, 2021. Show your SMG pride and spread the word! Purchase your KK 2021 T-Shirt Today! Students can wear them each Friday for Spirit Day. Students will also be allowed to wear their KK shirt every day the week of September 27-October 1st (except Wednesday Mass day). All purchases will be shipped to the school and will be ready for pick up on Thursday, September 23, 2021.

T-shirts are available for purchase online through Sunday, September 19th at

**Please note that you are also able to purchase SMG Spirit Wear at this time**

We are taking nominations for the 2 open positions on SAC.

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Nolan Catholic's Registration Opens October 1st

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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.

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:

Chess Club - Grades 4th-8th

Chess Club begins every other Wednesday starting September 22nd. Use the following link to sign up:

Tai Chi Club - Grades 4th-8th

Tai Chi begins every other Thursday starting September 16th. Sign up at the following link:

Rubik Cube Club

The first Rubik Cube Club meeting will be held Monday, September 27, 2021, from 3:15 PM-4:00 PM. Students will be dismissed from the front steps. Any student not picked up by 4:05 PM will be sent to SMEED.

If you are interested in joining, please complete the form below.

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

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


  • 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

Last Week at SMGCS

Home & School Association General Meeting

Home & School held their first general meeting of the school year last Tuesday. Information regarding NTGD, spirit hours and Kountry Karnival was shared. We also enjoyed a live musical performance by 3rd grade scholars. Visit our SMG web site to watch the video.

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First Confessions of the School Year

Confession is an act of honesty and courage - an act of entrusting ourselves, beyond sin, to the mercy of a loving and forgiving God.

~Pope Jon Paul II

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Vision and Hearing Screenings

Nurse Beth would like to thank the following Parent Volunteers who helped with Vision and Hearing Screenings.

Christina Nguyen

Judy Willingham

Ashley Tyler James

Iris Melendez

Mileydith Culley

Christy Brady

Gena Collier

Sharon Richey


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Music - The Creation by Franz Joseph Haydn

Second grade's artistic listening reflection.
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Spanish Class - Kindergarten Paper Bag Piñatas

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Spanish Class: La salsa es picosa o cremosa?

Es picosa o cremosa? Students in 3rd-5th grade described different sauces texture, color and spiciness.

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We are starting a new reward system in KB. Students who are “caught being good” can earn clips throughout the week. For each clip earned, students add a sticker to try and fill up their own 10 frames. On Friday, if the 10 frame is full, students may go to the adoption center and adopt a desk pet. Desk pets live in their own habitats and can come out during free time. Students will then go on to earn extras for their pets like food, water, toys, etc! The kids are working hard to fill their 10 frames with good behavior and are excited to go to the adoption center for the first time.

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1st Grade

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2nd Grade

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3rd Grade Science

Focus question for Magnet Investigation: Can a magnet float in the air?
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4th Grade Science

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5th Grade Science

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Calendar Notes

  • September 22, Wednesday: 3:30-4:15 Chess Club 1st Meeting

  • September 23, Thursday: 6:30-8:00PM North Texas Giving Day/Watch Party/Talent Show

  • September 27, Monday: 3:30-4:15 PM Trojan Troupe 1st Meeting, 3:15-4:00PM Rubik Cube Club 1st Meeting

  • September 30, Thursday: 3:30-4:15 Cecilian Singers 1st Meeting

  • October 1, Friday: Blessing of the Pets at 11:00, 12:10 Early Dismissal, No Lunch Service

  • October 2-3: Kountry Karnival Weekend

  • October 6, Wednesday: 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

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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?

We all do!! The St. Maria Goretti Catholic School Community would love to pray for you and your intentions. Please send all prayer requests to:

Meet Our Priests!

St. Maria Goretti Parish Website:

Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth

Serving the North Texas Catholic community by providing the faithful opportunities to grow in Christian discipleship and strengthen their relationship with Jesus Christ.