The Trojan Times
Saint Maria Goretti Catholic School August 18, 2019
Dear St. Maria Goretti Catholic School Families,
What a wonderful First Week of School we had at SMG! Students and their families came to meet their teachers, bring school supplies, sign-up for various activities and events, and met new and old friends. On Tuesday, we eased back into the swing of things on the First Day of School with a noon dismissal before our first full-day on Wednesday when students began rotating through their core and specials classes. We also celebrated Mass together, students had their pictures taken, enjoyed snack, lunch & recess time, and we welcomed our SMEED staff and students back. We again attended Mass together on Thursday as we celebrated the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and we ended the week with our first Household gatherings in all homerooms. Though it's always exciting to start the new school year, I am sure there are at least a few who welcomed the weekend and the opportunity to rest up before Monday and another busy week ahead!
As I mentioned in the Welcome Back edition of the Trojan Times, we hope to further extend the faith and prayer enrichment that our students experience at school and will be sending home Prayer Bags on a rotating basis with one student from every homeroom on Friday afternoons. In the Prayer Bags, families will find family devotional prayer books, a rosary, a St. Maria Goretti prayer card, and other items we hope families will find useful to enrich their family prayer time at home. We pray you will find the Prayer Bags a helpful addition to your family prayer time and ask that you kindly return the bag with your student(s) the following Thursday, so that teachers are able to send it home with another student for another family to enjoy the next week.
SMG Family Handbook
The 2019-2020 Family Handbook has been posted on the school website. Please read the handbook as there have been some changes and updates. Please 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 is due back to the school by Friday, August 30th.
School uniforms should be purchased from Mills Uniforms. The uniforms for the 2019-2020 school year have basically remained the same, but we have added a mandatory red or blue cardigan sweater (depending on the grade-level) for all students. In addition, girls in grades 4 & 5 may wear the plaid skirts that were listed at Mills for only 6th-8th grade girls. Mills has been notified and should have plenty of the uniform skirts in stock. Please visit the SMG uniform requirements on the Mills Uniforms website for specific SMG uniform requirements (http://www.millswear.com). Use SMG school code 3424.
Mills' local store is located in the Arlington/Fort Worth area:
Mills Uniform Company
5460 E. Loop 820 S.
Ft. Worth, TX 76119
Phone: (817) 563-7100
Diocesan 50th Anniversary Mass
The Diocese of Fort Worth will celebrate its 50th Anniversary with Mass on Wednesday, August 21st at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Each school in the diocese was given a limited number of seats for faculty, staff, students, and parents. There are still a few seats available for SMG students and parents. If you are interested in attending with your student, please visit the SignUpGenius on the school website to sign up, and see details of the anniversary Mass below.
Back to School Night (also known as Curriculum Night) will take place on Tuesday, August 27th for PreK-8th Grade. (Note: This is a change from the original schedule on the calendar listing two nights). This evening is for parents/guardians only. Students should not attend. More details about Back to School Night will be communicated in the coming weeks.
Other August Calendar events:
- Tuesday, August 20th--Dine-Out Night @ Chipotle; 5:00-9:00PM *See ad below
- Tuesday, August 20th--Kountry Karnival Meeting; 6:00PM in St. Maria Center
- Wednesday, August 21st--Diocesan 50th Anniversary Mass, 6:00PM at Fort Worth Convention Center; due to limited space, each school is limited on the number of who can attend. More information to follow soon.
- Thursday, August 22nd--Band Parent Meeting @ 6:00PM in Cafetorium
There are many ways to get involved at SMG and earn those Spirit hours! Please visit the school website and check out the volunteer opportunities under SignUpGeniius. We are still in need of volunteers/chairs for various positions for Kountry Karnival and Used Uniforms. Many hands make light work--please consider giving of your time and talent!
I hope you all enjoy your evening and we look forward to seeing our fabulous SMG students as we begin week two tomorrow morning!
St. Maria Goretti, Pray for Us!
Laura Behee, M.Ed.
SMG Dine-Out Night At Chipotle
Kountry Karnival 2019
We are in full Kountry Karnival & Fun Run planning mode and there are still many opportunities to get involved! Our next KK meeting is Tuesday night, August 20th at 6:00PM in the St. Maria Center. All are welcome and encouraged to attend!
The Spirit and Kountry Karnival stores will be open through Sunday, August 25th with items being delivered September 3rd. Students are allowed to wear SMG Spirit wear shirts on Fridays, unless otherwise advised. Students may wear KK shirts on all Mondays in September and every day the week leading up to Kountry Karnival weekend (October 1st through 4th- with the exception of Mass day). Be sure to get your KK Swag on!
Spirit Store: https://esixsportswear.com/saint_maria_goretti/shop/home
Kountry Karnival Store: https://esixsportswear.com/smg_kountry_karnival/shop/home
Registration for the Kountry Karnival Fun Run has opened! Runners (and walkers) can register for a 1-mile and 5K event and the course is certified. Visit the link below to register and for more information. http://thedriven.net/SMG5K2019
Diocese of Fort Worth 50th Anniversary Mass
The Diocese of Fort Worth 50th Anniversary Mass will take place at the Fort Worth Convention Center on Wednesday, August 21, 2019. Each school has been asked to have a specified number students and parents attend this celebratory Mass, and there is still room for a few more SMG students and their parent(s). Please visit the SignUpGenius on the school website if you and your student(s) would like to attend. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0448ada622a5fe3-50th
The schedule for the evening is as follows:
- 5:00PM - Doors Open
- 5:15PM - Rosary Begins
- 5:45PM - Bell Choir Begins
- 5:45PM - Procession of Parishes Begins Moving Toward the Arena
- 6:00PM - Procession of Parishes and Schools Begins
- 6:30PM - Choir Performance
- 6:55PM - Liturgical Procession Begins
- 7:00PM - Mass
Reception immmediately following the conclusion of Mass in Exhibit Halls B-D.
Transportation for students must be provided by the parent or chaperone attending, and both students and chaperones must sit in the area designated for SMG. Parking is available in the parking garage across from the West 12th Street entrance, as well as any available parking spaces you may find on the surrounding streets.
Those attending the event should be sure to eat before arriving as no food or drink is allowed in the convention center.
All students attending MUST be in full-dress/Mass uniform with either the uniform cardigan and/or vest.
Mrs. Behee will be sending more specific information regarding logistics and specified seating information to those who sign up to attend
Box Tops for Education
The Box Tops for Education program is changing the way we can earn cash for our school! Over the summer, participating brands have begun to change their packaging from the traditional Box Tops clip to the new Box Tops label.
Going forward, instead of clipping from packages and checking expiration dates, all Box Tops will be earned digitally by scanning your receipt. The Box Tops for Education team has worked hard to build a NEW-and-improved, user-friendly Box Tops mobile app, available now. The new app features state-of-the-art technology that allows you to scan your store receipt, find participating products and instantly add Box Tops to our school's earnings online.
If you still have traditional Box Tops clips at home, make sure to send them to school. We will still earn cash for all clipped Box Tops until they expire. Better yet, you can “double dip” during the packaging transition by clipping traditional Box Tops AND scanning your store receipt containing participating products.
For more information, including information on downloading the new Box Tops app, please visit https://smgschool.org/boxtops
Thanks for helping our school get what it needs!
First Day of School
Fourth and fifth grade students were introduced to various band instruments during a presentation by Music Learning Band. Music Learning Band provides music/band instruction to 4th-8th Grade students at SMG. If your student is interested in Band for this year, it's not too late! Please email Mrs. de la Pena (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a written request, and Mr. Cullen, Band Director, (email@example.com) for more information.
Team Building STEM Challenge
On Friday students and their teachers came together for the first time as Households. Households of St. Maria Goretti Catholic School are Spirit-filled, Christ-led groups of students who work together helping each other to grow in mind, body, and spirit. Households pray, hear and reflect on Sunday's gospel, and build community within their homeroom classes and the school as a whole. It is our prayer that by participating in Households, students will continue to create a culture in the school that is transforming, community-building, and life giving.
All school volunteers over the age of 18 must complete the required Diocesan Safe Environment training, also referred to as VIRTUS training, prior to volunteering.
This training consists of an in person class and a criminal background check. After completing the training, your certification is good for 2 years. After 2 years, you will need to complete a renewal course. You may not volunteer at school until we receive notification of your completion of the training course, and until your background check clears. This includes all school related activities such as lunch monitor, playground monitor, field trip chaperone, class party helper, library volunteer, Kountry Karnival worker, and many other opportunities.
**You may not volunteer in any capacity without first completing this training. You will not receive SPIRIT hour credit for hours completed without training.
Here is the link to set up a VIRTUS account and to sign up to attend a session.
You may register and attend a session at any parish in the Fort Worth diocese. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or need assistance. Thank you!
Scrip Gift Card Program
Scrip is a gift card program that gives back! Purchase gift cards to your favorite stores and restaurants, and they give a portion of the sales back to the school and families who use the program. We are in the process of updating Scrip and how it is made available to SMG families so that you can earn credit toward tuition!
Mrs. Olivia Bradley will be our Scrip Coordinator this year, and plans are in the works to have Scrip available for purchase (in person) 3 mornings per week inside the Cafetorium doors at drop-off. We are also updating directions on how to purchase Scrip online and are creating an updated order form that will be sent home each week in the Friday Folders or can be picked up at the front office. More information about Scrip will be shared as the updates are completed.
School Website Under Construction
Pardon our reconstruction.....we are in the process of cleaning up and updating the school website. This is a work in progress, and we ask for your patience as we work to improve the site. In the meantime, if you are unable to find information you are looking for on the website, please feel free to call the office.
- Tuesday, 8/20: Kountry Karnival Meeting @ 6:00PM in the St. Maria Center
- Dine-Out Night at Chipotle (see ad above)
- Wednesday, 8/21: Diocesan 50th Anniversary Mass @ 6:00PM; Ft. Worth Convention Center
- Thursday, 8/22: Band Parent Meeting (4th-8th Grade Band Parents); 6:00PM in the Cafetorium
- Tuesday, 8/27: Back to School Night; 6-8PM (PreK-8th Grade Parents/Guardians only)
- Monday, 9/2: Labor Day, No School
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