The Trojan Times

St. Maria Goretti Catholic School November 25, 2018

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.

Principal's Message

Dear SMG Families,

I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and were able to spend time with family and friends! It is hard to believe that we are coming into the final weeks of the first semester. The next few weeks are sure to go by fast, filled with many happenings and events at SMG.

The season of Advent begins next Sunday. The word Advent comes from the Latin word meaning coming. The Lord is coming. To prepare for the start of Advent, I pray that we are reminded to set aside some of the hectic busyness of the holiday season, and to quietly reflect on the promise of the baby born in Bethlehem 2000 years ago.

We look forward to welcoming students back tomorrow! Please be sure that your students come to school with jackets, coats, etc. as we like to be outside for recess, even if the weather is chilly. Have a wonderful rest of your Sunday!

St. Maria Goretti, Pray for Us!


Laura Behee, M.Ed.


Get Your SMG Swag!

SMG has a new online store that will feature new Spiritwear and SMG Swag items each month!

This month's store closes tonight, so be sure to place your order! Currently, you will find a new t-shirt design, drawstring bags, and SMG decals/stickers. Items ordered will be delivered to the school on Friday, November 30th.

Link to store:

Not Receiving Emails?

It has come to our attention that some emails that we send through RenWeb (now called FACTS SIS) are not being received by all to whom they have been mailed. Parents have reported that they are either finding emails in their Spam folders or not receiving emails at all. We checked with RenWeb and they acknowledged that emails being sent through RenWeb are being delivered to Yahoo/AOL. The issue is Yahoo is delaying the delivery of the emails to the recipient mailboxes due to increasing spam scanning. Some emails are never reaching their intended destination. RenWeb acknowledged that this is a great inconvenience to our parents, students, and schools and are using every available resource to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. We will keep you posted if we hear any updates from RenWeb. In the meantime, please read the Trojan Times, the grade-level newsletters that teachers send out each week, and check the school website for updated school information.

Raptor Visitor Management System is Here!

As promised, one area that we planned to use North Texas Giving Day funds for is the enhancement and updating of school security. We have been in consultation with Sabbath Shield Security Consultants as well as the Diocese to identify short and long term areas of security inprovements.

To that end, we are pleased to announce that using North Texas Giving Day funds, we have purchased and have implemented the Raptor Visitor Management System to strengthen our program of campus safety for students and faculty. Part of keeping students and faculty safe is knowing who is in our buildings at all times, and the Raptor system will allow us to do that. The Raptor system will better allow us to screen visitors, contractors, and volunteers in our schools and provide us with a safer environment for our students and staff.

Upon entering the school building, visitors will be asked to present an ID such as a Driver’s License, which can either be scanned or manually entered into the system. If a parent or guardian for any reason does not have a US government-issued ID, the school staff member can use any form of identification and manually enter the person’s name into the Raptor system. The Raptor system checks the visitor's name and date of birth for comparison with a national database of registered criminals including sex offenders. No other data from the ID is gathered or recorded and the information is not shared with any outside agency. Once entry is approved, Raptor will issue a badge that identifies the visitor, the date, and the purpose of his/her visit. A visitor’s badge will not be necessary for those who visit our schools simply to drop off an item in the office or pick up paperwork.

The safety of our students is our highest priority and the Raptor visitor management system allows us to quickly identify those that may present a danger to our students. Thank you in advance for your understanding and your support in enhancing the school safety protocols at SMG.

The Silver Rose Visits SMG

Each year, Silver Roses are stewarded by Knights of Columbus councils for a pilgrimage that makes stops along routes from Canada to Mexico. The pilgrimage is a rosary-centered occasion for the Knights, parishioners, and community to pray for respect for life, for the spiritual renewal of each nation, and for the advancement of the message of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

The Silver Rose was in Fort Worth for two weeks on its pilgrimage and SMG parent and Knight, Mr. Anson Geisel, graciously arranged for the Silver Rose to be at SMG on Wednesday, November 14th at the 8AM Mass. Below are a few pictures from this special visit.

Catapult Family Math Night

You are Invited to a Title I Workshop:

Family Math Games

When: Thursday, November 29th

Where: St. Maria Catholic School Cafetorium

Time: 6:00PM-7:00PM


Join us to learn more about:

Utilizing Math at Home in Fun Ways

Tips for Incorporating Math at Home

Multiple Math Game Ideas

Make and Take-Dice Games, Card Games, etc.

Last Week for Early Bird Prices on Dinner Dance Tickets!

Don't miss out on the chance to purchase your Dinner, Dance, and Auction tickets at the early-bird price of $40.00 per person!
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Christmas Store 2018!

Christmas Store 2018

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas (almost)!

We are gearing up for the Christmas Store and are in need of some donations to make sure that our elves have plenty of supplies.

Requested Donation Supplies:

  • Scotch tape
  • Grocery bags (plastic and paper /all sizes needed)
  • Price tags
  • Bike bags (to be used for larger items)
  • Paper lunch bags (white, brown, or any Christmas colors)
  • Gift tags

Please drop off all donations to the front office. Thank you for your continued support!

If you have any questions about the Christmas Store, please contact chairs Jessica Geisel (817) 691-4623 or Andrea Freeman (817) 721-8771

What is the Christmas Store?

During the first week of December, students will be given the opportunity to purchase Christmas gifts for loved ones at Santa’s Workshop during a scheduled time slot with their class. More information will be sent out in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned and remember Buddy the Elf says that the best way to spread Christmas cheer is by singing loud for all to hear!

A Christmas Store Schedule letting you know when each class will be shopping will be communicated by your student's homeroom teacher and will be published in next week's Trojan Times.

Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Open House!

SMG will host our first PreK and Kindergarten Open House of the school year on Wednesday, December 5th beginning at 9:30AM. Please share this information with anyone you know who is considering options for their PreK and Kindergarten students for the 2019-2020 school year!
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Fall Pep Rally

SMG Trojans enjoyed a fun, spirit-filled Pep Rally on Friday, November 16th, showcasing our fall sports teams including football, volleyball, and soccer! Students and faculty participated in a couple games, were encouraged to get loud by our fabulous SMG cheerleaders, and were even treated to spirited music from our own SMG band! By the way, did you know that the 8th Grade class is the LOUDEST class at SMG, followed by the 3rd Grade class!?! Thank you to Mrs. Paladini, Ms. Meuer, and Coach Rose for organizing the pep rally. Way to show your spirit SMG!

SMG Student Council & NJHS Members Witness National Adoption Day

National Adoption Day was Friday, November 16th and our Student Council officers and National Junior Honor Society members were able to witness several North Texas children's dreams come true through their official adoptions by their adoptive families. The experience for our students was a profound, and one they will not soon forget. What a fantastic way to start the Thanksgiving season and remember our many blessings! Thank you to Judge John Chupp and the Tarrant County Family Law Center for welcoming our students!
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Dinner, Dance, and Auction Needs Your Help!

The SMG Annual Dinner, Dance, and Auction will be here before you know it! We need your help to make this year's event a success. The Dinner, Dance, and Auction Committee is accepting all types of donations. In particular, if you or anyone you know could provide any of the following, please contact Kathy Knowles at or Jessica McGuinness at

  • Food Sponsorship of $3000.00 - includes Table sponsor with 10 tickets, full-page color ad/recognition in program, VIP Access to Dinner and Bar, recognition in the weekly Trojan Times and on the SMG DD Website for the duration of the school year, gift bags for the table
  • Destination Spots - Vacation homes, Timeshares, that could be donated for a week or a long weekend; would be included in the live auction
  • Dinner Package for "Dinner with Father Jim and 6 Friends"
  • Season Passes to local water parks/pools
  • Tickets to Professional and College Sporting events; tickets to Plays, Opera, and Music Performances, and other Fine Arts Productions
  • Golf Packages/Tee Times at area golf courses
  • $20.00 Gift Cards to be used for game prizes at the event
  • Other items/packages/services that can be purchased in the silent auction
  • Personal or Business Ads in the Evening's Program:

-$500.00 Full page/full color, back cover, back inside cover

-$250.00 Full page/full color inside ad

-$175.00 Half page/full color inside ad

-$100.00 Half page/grayscale ad

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Calendar Notes

  • Monday, November 26th: School/Classes Resume
  • Monday, November 26th-Friday, November 30th: 7th Grade Pre-season Basketball Tournament at SMG
  • Wednesday, November 28th: Mass @ 8AM Dress Uniform Required
  • Thursday, November 29th: Catapult Family Math Night 6-7PM in Cafetorium
  • Sunday, December 2nd: First Sunday of Advent
  • Tuesday, December 4th-Thursday, December 6th: Christmas Store for SMG students in Cafetorium