Angel News

Important Dates
12/13: Charity Day – Benefitting our Christmas HELP Drive
12/13: Hot Box Spirit Day (see flyer below)
12/14: Middle School Dance
12/19: Christmas Program 1:30 and 7pm

December 16th, the Third Sunday of Advent, marks St. John Paul II’s beloved tradition of ‘Bambinelli Sunday.’

On the Third Sunday of Advent during his Angelus address, Pope John Paul II blessed the figurines of Jesus that were brought from home by those gathered in St. Peter’s Square so they could take them home and, together with their family, “place Him in the Crib with intense faith, the same faith that Mary laid the new-born Jesus in the manger” (cf. Lk 2:7) Families were encouraged to gather at the manger each day of this Christmas Novena to pray and sing carols.

The tradition has continued with Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis, and here at St. Maria Goretti, we ask you to bring your little statues of Jesus from your manger to be blessed during Mass.

It is a beautiful Advent tradition, one that sanctifies the home with the baby Jesus and makes his arrival in the manger scene an even more joyous event.

Friday Lunch Change
Bosco Bread sticks w marinara sauce
Glazed carrots
Mix Fruit

Safe and Sacred
All adults who work or volunteer with children are required to complete the Safe and Sacred Training. Please click on the link:

We are still in need of volunteers for Middle School Dance? Its this Friday, Dec. 14

We also need help for Classroom Christmas parties. There are several spots, but specifically Uhland and Johnson have at least 2 open spots on 12/20.

Scrip News
Help PTO reach our holiday Scrip goals! Every family that purchases $300 in gift cards from November 16th to December 18th earns a dress down day. If we have $110,000 in total sales during this period, students will have a PJ and movie day. If we reach $125,000 in total sales, we will have early dismissal at Friday, December 21st. There are so many ways to put Scrip to use during the holiday season: personal and business gifts, party planning, travel, dining out and more. We can do this!

1st-3rd In-House Basketball Registration Now Open!!!
Registration is now open for boys and girls in 1st – 3rd grade for our in-house basketball program. There will be separate boys and girls teams in 2 different divisions – 1st/2nd grade and then a separate 3rd grade division. The younger age will introduce the players to the sport and have a full 6 week season of games. The older kids will focus more on CYO rules to get them ready for next year – also a 6 week schedule and a tournament and the conclusion of the season.

Practices will begin end of January/beginning of February with games soon to follow and the entire season concluded by spring break.

Registration is open now until January 20th, 2019. Please contact Mr. Biddlecombe at with questions.


Registration is Open!!!! Below is information on how to register your wrestler. You can find this information by clicking on the contact/registration tab above as well.

If you’re a parent and are interested in getting involved in the program or have wrestling experience and would like to help coach please contact myself or Brent Stauffacher.
Note: Practice will begin the week of January 8th, for all grades K – 8th.

Please note:
All practices are held in the SMG gym wrestling loft
Practice will be held as listed above unless an update is posted; the schedule may be adjusted due to meets/tournaments or weather
Wrestlers are expected to be ready to begin practice at the listed time (shoes on, etc.)
Wrestlers are expected to bring a water bottle
Contact Information

Team Commissioner:
Michael Rodgers

Cadet Contact:
Brent Stauffacher

Music News
Christmas Program
The SMG Christmas Program will be presented on Dec. 19th at 1:30 and 7:00 pm in the parish hall. 1st-3rd Grade girls will be angels and boys will be shepherds. Kindergarten will be making their own costumes. Middle School Choir have been assigned parts in the play and costume needs vary. Students in grades K-3 should report to their classrooms for the evening performance at 6:30 when the doors open.

SMG Band Concert
The SMG Band will present their Christmas Concert on Dec. 19th at 1:30 and 7:00 pm in the parish hall. Come hear our Angel Band perform Christmas Classics. Attire for the band is red shirts and red Santa hats. Santa hats are available at most Dollar stores. The band should report to the band area at 6:30 the evening of the performance.

CYO Music Contest
Entry forms for the CYO Music Contest are available in the Music Room. This contest is open to all students in grades 4-12. It will be held at Bishop Chatard H.S. on Feb. 9th. The SMG Choirs and Band will perform at the contest. Entry forms are available in the music room. Entry deadline is Friday, Dec. 14th.

Nurse News
Head Lice has been reported in our school. Pediculosis or head lice are tiny, wingless bugs about the size of a sesame seed or smaller. They live only on human scalps. While annoying, head lice do not spread disease and are not a health issue. Children, particularly those of elementary school age, are most likely to get head lice because of their close contact with each other. The main symptom is itching of the head.

If you suspect your child may have head lice, please examine your child’s scalp. Treatment consists of using a 1 step lice medication which kills both the lice and nits and is available by prescription only (call your doctor) or using the over the counter treatment and a 3 step process which requires meticulously combing out the nits each day. Follow the steps as needed. Please teach your children it is best not to share hats and grooming items (combs, hairbrushes, etc. ) and to avoid direct head to head contact.

For further information as needed, please contact your health care provider or call the SMG nurse office Ext. 1204.

Christmas party treat: The PTO will offer a popcorn treat during the afternoon Christmas party on Thursday, Dec. 20. If your student does NOT want or cannot have the popcorn snack, please bring a snack from home to eat in the classroom. Here are the ingredients: Smartfood delight cheddar popcorn. 18 carbs. Popcorn, vegetable oil, maltodextrin made from corn, lactose whey, cheddar cheese, salt, whey protein concentrate, whey, natural flavors, buttermilk, potassium chloride, lactic acid, citric acid. Gluten free. Contains milk ingredients.

Pizza Party: The PTO will offer students the following pizza lunch in the classroom around 11am on Friday, Dec. 21: Papa John’s pizza pepperoni, sausage and/or cheese and “peanut-free” Oreo cookies. K-4th grade students will be offered water to drink. 5-8th grade students will be offered Sprite to drink. If your student does NOT want the pizza lunch, please bring a lunch from home to eat in the classroom.

Pizza party Lunch ingredients…
Papa John’s Pizza: 40 carbs/slice NUT FREE, wheat flour, water, sugar, soybean oil, yeast, olive oil, mozzarella cheese, milk, modified food starch, sugarcane fiber, whey, tomatoes, sunflower oil, citric acid

Sprite: (21 oz.) 49 carbs

Oreo cookie: 25 carbs/3 cookies. Flour (wheat flour, niacin, iron, thiamine), sugar, palm and/or canola oil, cocoa, corn syrup, wheat, soy, artificial flavors

Guerin Catholic News
Attention 8th Graders:
The time to apply to be a Golden Eagle is NOW!

Priority Placement Applications due for the Class of 2023
All supporting application documents are due by December 15th. Apply online at If you have questions about your application, please contact our Admissions Office at

Golden Eagle for A Day Shadow Days
Limited days in January are available for 8th graders to shadow a current Guerin Catholic student. Visit for more information and to register.

Attention Baseball and Girls Soccer players–Join us over break for our two-day Winter Skills Camps! Register by Friday, December 21 at

Friday, December 28 and Saturday, December 29
Grades 5 and 6: 3-5 pm
Grades 7 and 8: 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Cost: $25 (includes t-shirt)
Location: Guerin Catholic High School
Join Guerin Catholic Girls Soccer coach Jonathan McClure and players from the Golden Eagle girls soccer team for a two-day skills development camp.

Friday, December 28 and Saturday, December 29
Grades 1-4: 10-11:30 am (Cost: $50 includes t-shirt)
Grades 5-8: 12-2 pm (Cost: $60 includes t-shirt)
Location: Guerin Catholic High School
Guerin Catholic Baseball Head Coach Rich Andriole invite boys currently enrolled in grades 1-8 to attend a two-day winter baseball camp.

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