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GMC August Newsletter

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Dear Fellow Gonzaga Moms,
This first Gonzaga Mothers Club (GMC) E-Newsletter welcomes you to the start of the 2015-2016 school year.  It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over!  While you are enjoying the last few weeks of August and looking forward to the upcoming school year, please take time to join the GMC or renew your annual GMC membership, if you haven’t done so already.  When you pay and register online, please review the descriptions of the various GMC activities and select where you would like to volunteer.  You will be rewarded with the support and friendship of other Gonzaga Moms, as well as appreciation and thanks from our sons and the entire Gonzaga community.  Please sign up, volunteer, and join us in the fun!  Even if you are not able to volunteer at this time, please consider joining, because only current GMC members will receive the latest news updates, stay in the loop with friendly and helpful reminders, and have first access to sign-ups for GMC events.  
  
Not sure if you or your friends are already members?  Click here to see the list of current-GMC-members.
 
Meet!
Mark your calendars now for the first Gonzaga Mothers Club General Membership meeting on Wednesday, September 9 at 6:30pm in the Lower Commons.  Father Planning, our wonderful moderator, will share with us all the news and happenings at Gonzaga as we begin the new school year.  Meetings are usually on the second Wednesday of the month, with a few exceptions.  Please see the list of GMC General Membership meetings for the year: GMC Meeting Dates
  
The next Gala meeting is Tuesday, September 1 at 6:30 pm in the Jesuit Dining Room.  Please join Gala Chairs, T. Barron and Ana Rivas-Beck, to learn more about the exciting plans for Miracle on Eye Street and find out how you can get involved. 
 
The year is off to a busy start on Eye Street, so be sure to mark your calendar for all of the wonderful events and activities shown below. 
  
Volunteer!
There are several upcoming GMC activities in August and September that are looking for volunteers or new members, and these events are highlighted in this E-Newsletter.  Please contact the event chairs if you are able to help or would like more information.  We thank you for your involvement and look forward to seeing you at Gonzaga!
  
Thank You!

Sincere thanks to all of you who have already joined the GMC and signed up to help in so many ways.  Your enthusiasm, support, and giving spirit allow the Gonzaga Mothers Club to serve the Gonzaga community and have a great time doing it! 
 
See you on Eye Street soon,
Suzanne Dowd
GMC President 2015-2016
RENEW Your GMC Membership Today!
Welcome Back Faculty & Staff Luncheon
As our sons' teachers and advisers return to their classrooms and offices, please help us welcome them back at the annual Welcome Back Faculty and Staff Luncheon on Monday, August 17th at noon.  There are several ways to help, even if you can't be there for the lunch.  Thanks for helping us show our sons' teachers how much we appreciate them and wish them smooth sailing into the new school year! 
Sign up Here:
 http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e45aeae2aa13-welcome
Gonzaga New Families Picnic

Help us welcome incoming Freshmen, New Students, and Parents to the 22nd Annual New Families Welcome Picnic, Tuesday, August 18th.  This is a great opportunity to show our new families what Gonzaga is all about!  Thank you so much for your help!  
Sign up Here: 
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040c49aca82c7-gonzaga3/718315

Gonzaga - Visitation Mass and Picnic

Sunday, September 13, 10:00 am at Visitation

Contact Mary Beth Jackson gvactivities@gonzagamothers.org for more info.
Faculty Treats Start 10/2

Looking for a fun way to get involved and meet the wonderful Gonzaga teachers and staff?  Sign up to volunteer for Gonzaga Faculty Treats.  We (the volunteer moms) serve breakfast on the first Friday of each month to our dedicated Gonzaga faculty and staff.  Volunteers arrive by 6:15 am to prepare a variety of hot and homemade options and begin serving by 7:00 am.  We usually are done serving and cleaning up by about 8:15 or 8:30 am.   You do not have to attend every month – we can arrange for you to send in items with other FT volunteers if you’re not able to be there!

Contact Sharon Persinski & Hazel Lychak facultytreats@gonzagamothers.org for more info. 
Join the Gonzaga community on Saturday, August 29th, for the dedication of the newly renovated Eye Street and stadium and the first home football game on the new field. There will be food, fun, families, festivities, and more! Gates open at 12:00 noon.
Visit www.gonzaga.org/EyeStDedication for more info.
Save the Date!   12/5/2015

Visit www.gonzagagala.org to volunteer, donate or sponsor the biggest fundraiser of the year, Miracle on Eye Street.  All are welcome to the next gala committee meeting Tuesday 9/1/15 with 6:30pm light fare dinner and 7pm meeting in the Jesuit Dining Room (JDR), near the main entrance of Dooley Hall.  RSVP for the meeting.  New gala merchandise is now available for purchase online or at all GMC and Gala meetings.

Contact T. Barron & Ana Rivas-Beck gala2015@gonzagamothers.org for more info. 

 

Back to School Night - Thursday, September 3, 6:45pm
 
We need volunteers to bring in baked goods and snacks (brownies, cookies, and granola bars) for Back to School Night. The GMC provides parents with light snacks in the cafeteria for you to enjoy during your son's lunch or free periods.  
Sign up Here:
 http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e4daaa62b0-gonzagas 
GMC Ignatian Reflection and Prayer Group
YOU ARE INVITED to join a terrific group of Gonzaga moms who meet on the second Friday of each month to explore Ignatian spirituality, which is at the heart of our sons’ education, and reflect on how to put it into practice in our lives.  We discuss relevant literature and join in prayer for our sons, the Gonzaga community, and any special intentions.  Our spiritual directors are Fr. Gap LoBiando and Fr. Joe Sobierajski.
 
PLEASE JOIN US on Friday, September 11, 2015 (8:00 – 9:00 a.m., in the parlor next to the Jesuit Dining Room).  To kick off the school year, Fr. Joe will give an overview of Ignatian Spirituality and the Spiritual Exercises.  Beginning in October, we’ll be reviewing and discussing Pope Francis’s encyclical, “The Joy of the Gospel.”
                 
Contact Mary Plantamura ignatianprayer@gonzagamothers.org for more info.
REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS, AND 1-SUBJECT NOTEBOOKS AVAILABLE IN THE GONZAGA STORE!
 
Freshmen need the Writing Project, the Gonzaga Reader, and a Sketch Pad if taking Basic Art.
Seniors will need Systematic Theology.
Juniors….a few of the Intro to Ethics book are available in the store, but also on Follett site.
 
Visit our website - *All proceeds benefit the Joe Kozik Fund*
Attention
Club & Team Parent Managers
 
One of the best fundraisers, and loved by all the boys, is to host a bake sale for your team/club.
 
The 2015-2016 Bake Sale SignUpGenius has been set up for the 2015-2016 year.  Many sports teams and clubs have already signed up to host a bake sale as a fundraiser.  Initially, ONE bake sale date per club is allowed. Extra dates will be by lottery to fill the available slots. Refer to the bake sale information sheet on the GMC section of the Gonzaga website for the bake sale guidelines!
 
Contact Theresa Buckson bakesales@gonzagamothers.org for more info.
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