The Trojan Times

St. Maria Goretti Catholic School December 5, 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,

What a fun and festive week it has been. The students came back to a school decorated for Advent and Christmas Around the World. I am so pleased to see that our manger is getting filled with the good deeds hay our students are completing.

This Thursday, December 9th is On the Border Dine out night. Please be sure when dining to mention you are with SMGCS so we can get credit for your meal purchase. All proceeds will be given to the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur. These ladies founded our school almost 70 years ago. We are excited to be able to give something back to them.

SMGCS is hosting the 9:00 AM Mass on Sunday, December 12th. We are looking for readers, greeters, and altar servers. Please join us for Mass if you can. See the Sign-Up Link below.

Junior High midterms will begin soon. Teachers will provide students with reviews for their exams. We will have a special schedule to allow more time for the students to take these important exams. You will find that schedule in this Trojan Times. Please note that there will be exams on MONDAY, December 13, 2021.

Tuesday, December 14th at 6:30 in the Church, our PreK-3rd students will be performing "The Gift of Advent". Mrs. Richards will be sending out more detailed information. Thursday, December 16th at 6:30 in the gym, our band students will be performing their Christmas show, "A Not So Silent Night."

Friday, December 17th we will be taking our students on a trip around the world to look at how other countries celebrate Christmas. Then we will have homeroom Christmas parties. There will NOT be SMEED on December 17th. Please make arrangements to have your child picked up at 12:15 on that day.

Thank you to those who have completed our survey. This data is so helpful in preparing for our Accreditation and the rewriting of our Strategic Plan.

I am overwhelmed by the response I got for donations for our St. Nicholas festivities on Monday. THANK YOU so much for supporting my ideas and our students. All students will receive a hot dog lunch on Monday to celebrate St. Nicholas day. (see the flyer below) If you feel your child will need more food than what will be provided, please send additional lunch items.

Please keep our teachers in your prayers.

St. Maria Goretti, Pray for Us!


Amy Utendorf, M.Ed.


December Virtue: Generosity

Generosity means giving without counting the cost. While generosity is a virtue we should strive for all year long, it is especially fitting to be generous during the season of Advent. Generous not only of our treasure, but generous of our time and talent as well.

St. Nicholas - Feast Day December 6th

St. Nicholas was a bishop who was always giving to the poor. He heard about a family with three daughters who had no money to get married. Each time one of the girls was ready to get married, St. Nicholas left them gold. He never told them that he had given the money, but did it in secret.

St. Mary Magdalene - Feast Day July 22nd

St. Mary Magdalene was looked upon as a sinner. Jesus healed her of seven devils and many people think she is the woman who washed Jesus' feet with her tears. St. Mary Magdalene became one of Jesus' closest followers and was one of a few people besides the Blessed Mother and St. John the Apostle who stayed with Jesus during His crucifixion and death.

St. Maximilian Kolbe - Feast Day August 14th

St. Maximilian Kolbe was a Polish Conventual Franciscan Friar who was born in Poland and was living there when World War II broke out. He was captured by the Germans and sent to the concentration camp of Auschwitz. He volunteered to give up his life, taking the place of another prisoner who was condemned to die.

SMG Spirit Store Closes TONIGHT at Midnight - Dec. 5th

Our Spirit Store is now open until midnight today, December 5th. Everything will be delivered to the school by December 17th. SMGCS swag makes great Christmas gifts!

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Nolan Catholic High School History Fair

The 8th-grade class has been working with Mrs. Pick to create history fair projects. On Saturday, ten of our students sent their projects to Nolan Catholic to complete with the other Diocesan Catholic Schools. Two of our students placed! We are so proud of Ethan C. who won 2nd place in the overall history fair and Jaden B. who won Best in the American History category.

St. Nicholas Day -- Lunch is Provided Monday, Dec. 6th

All students will receive a hot dog lunch on Monday to celebrate St. Nicholas day. If you feel your child will need more food than what will be provided, please send additional lunch items.
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Dec. 6th - Last Day to Place Scrip Order for Delivery by Christmas Break

Last chance! Monday, December 6th is the last day to place your Scrip order to receive it in time before Christmas Break! Order must be received by 9am. You may still purchase from our school inventory through the last day of school but just remember there will be a limited quantity available.
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SMGCS Christmas Sock Drive: Nov. 29-Dec. 13

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On The Border Dine Out - December 9th

Join us for a Dine Out at On The Border benefiting the Sisters of Saint Mary of Namur. Learn more about the Sisters of Saint Mary of Namur:

View On the Border's menu and click the "Commit" button to commit to join us on December 9th.

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December 12, 2021 Mass Sign-Up

Junior High Midterm Exam Schedule: Dec. 10-15

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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.

  • December 8 10:00 Mass- 3rd Cruz
  • December 15 - 8th Pennell

Red and blue cardigan sweaters, not vests, are required for Mass. Please ensure your child is following the Mass dress code.

SMG Broadcast Club Airs "SMG Today"

Students and teachers are encouraged to submit poems, artwork, class pictures and class videos to along with a short description of the submission to get your class featured on the broadcast.

Please "like" the video and subscribe to the channel in order to help us promote this to families outside of our school.

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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 Clubs - Mark Your Calendar!


  • Shutter Club during 6th-8th Lunch/Recess (Jamison) Begins Nov. 1 - Every other Monday
    • Nov. 1, Dec. 6, Jan. 10, 24, Feb. 7, 21, March 7, 21, April 4, 18, May 2, 16
  • 3:15-4:00PM Rubik Cube Club-All cubers welcome!
  • 3:30-5:00PM Cheer Club (Paladini/Cruz)
  • 3:30-4:15PM 5th-8th Trojan Troupe Drama Club (Richards) Begins Sept. 27
  • 3:30-4:15PM PSIA 4th-8th Maps, Graphs, Charts (Daly) Begins Nov. 29
  • 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)
  • 3:30-4:15PM PSIA 2nd-8th Spelling (Bara) Begins Nov. 30
  • 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
  • 3:30-4:15PM PSIA 3rd-8th Ready Write (Vasquez/Utendorf) Begins Dec. 1

  • 3:30 StuCo (Pick/Pennell) specific dates to be announced


  • NJHS during Recess (Vasquez and Jones)
    • Sept. 2 Executive, 16, Oct. 28, Nov. 18, Dec. 2, 9, Jan. 13, 27, Feb. 10, 24, March 3, 24, April 7 Executive, 21*, May 5 Executive**, 19*
    • *Includes newly inducted Members, **Includes newly inducted officers
  • 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. 28, Nov. 11, Dec. 9 REVISED DATES
  • 3:30-4:15PM 3rd-8th Cecilian Singers Club (Richards) Begins Sept. 30
  • 3:30-4:15PM PSIA 6th-8th On-Site Drawing (Jamison) Begins Dec. 2
  • 3:30-4:15PM PSIA 3rd-4th Math (Schump) Begins Dec. 2
    • Dec. 2, Jan. 6, 20, Feb. 10, 24, March 10
  • 3:30-4:15PM PSIA 5th-7th Math (Schump) Begins Dec. 9
    • Dec. 9, Jan. 13, 27, Feb. 17, March 3, 24

Last Week at SMGCS

Faith Families

Seventh grader, Alex, led us in opening prayer and Kindergarten led us in the pledges. After reviewing November's virtue and saints, Decembers virtue of generosity was introduced by Mrs. Vasquez. To practice our generosity, students are encouraged to participate in the sock drive running through December 13th. Each student will donate new socks in their size which will be donated to the Padre Pio House, our Parish ministry. We discussed the three saints we will focus on during December who exhibited the virtue of generosity. Sara B. closed the assembly with the song Emmanuel.

Students returned to their Faith Families following the assembly where they created ornaments for a Jessie Tree which will be displayed in each classroom. Additionally, they were encouraged to document good deeds during the month, record them on yellow strips of paper and place them in baby Jesus' manger. We expect his manger to be overflowing with "good deeds hay" by the time of his arrival.

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A Sweet Friendship Refreshes the Soul ~ Proverbs 27:9

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Water Bottle Filling Station

Over the Thanksgiving break, our new water bottle filling station was installed! We are grateful for this legacy gift left from our 2021 graduating class.

Please send your child with a water bottle daily which they may refill at the new water bottle filling station. We no longer have a supply of water bottles to give out to students as we did during COVID.

Christmas Store

The SMG Christmas Store is a favorite tradition which allows students to shop for family and friends. Our beloved parent volunteers were on hand to help students select the perfect gift and wrap it with festive paper. Students left with a bag of presents to put under the tree.

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Joy to the World

In the spirit of the season, Advent wreaths and Jesse Trees can be found in classroom throughout the building.

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Advent Calendar

Art teacher, Allie Jamison, generously devoted her time to create a beautiful advent calendar displayed in the school hallway. Each day, we open one of the festively decorated packages to reveal a bible verse. Follow us on SMG Facebook during the weekends and Christmas vacation to see each day as it is revealed.

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Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Atrium

This week the children are learning about the Annunciation, the announcement by the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that she would divinely conceive a son to be called Jesus.

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The St. George Faith Family made an entire set of Jesse Tree ornaments for the KB class tree! This was a great act of generosity, our monthly virtue.

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2nd Grade Students Participate in American Heart Association Training

2nd grade students: Rachel A, Michelle H, Grace V, Andy R, and Andrea S. earned Certificates of Participation for American Heart Association Hands Only CPR, AED use and Choking.

2nd grade students: Summer G, Zoe G, Arliana L, Olivia C, Mia B, Mary L met for their second session to practice giving breaths. Each student used a face mask to give breaths and each successfully got the chest to rise.

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2nd Grade Past, Present, Future Timeline

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3rd Grade Attending Adoration During Advent Season

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4th Grade Science

Mrs. Schump's science class learned about natural resources and had fun using their artistic talents to create stepping stones.

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Calendar Notes

  • November 29-December 13: Christmas Sock Drive
  • December 8, Wednesday: 10:00 Mass (Special Time) Feast of the Immaculate Conception
  • December 9, Thursday: On The Border Dine Out
  • December 12, Sunday: 9:00 AM SMG Hosts Mass
  • December 14, Tuesday: 6:30 PM PK-3rd Christmas Program in the Church
  • December 16, Thursday: 6:30 PM 4th-8th Band Performance in the FLC

  • December 17, Friday: Christmas Around the World, 12:10 PM Early Dismissal-NO SMEED!

  • December 20- January 3: Christmas Break - No School

  • January 4, Tuesday: Classes Resume

  • January 14, Friday: 9:30 SMG Spelling Bee; 12:10 Early Dismissal

  • January 17, Monday: MLK Holiday - No School

  • January 30, Monday: Open House; Spaghetti Dinner

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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.

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