May GMC Newsletter
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Dear fellow Gonzaga Moms,
Unbelievably, we have reached the last month of the school year, and are busy planning the GMC’s year-end activities. It’s so easy and so much fun to volunteer at one of these events. Please contact one of the chairs to help at the Baccalaureate reception (5/30), and use the SignUp genius to help at the New Mothers’ Luncheon (6/3).  An e-blast will be sent out this week with a SignUp Genius for the Summer Send-Off Lunch (5/27)
Thanks to everyone who joined team Eagles for Hope in the Race for Hope and all who showed their support for sophomore Eagle, Jack Guarino and his family.  What a wonderful show of love and support from the entire Gonzaga community, including so many others who were not able to go, and were there in spirit.
We hope you will join us this Wednesday evening, May 6, for the GMC-GFC Joint Meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Upper Commons. Please bring any donations for the Washington School for Girls, such as small items for 4th-8th grade girls for their gift closet. Father Planning will give his traditional remarks updating everyone on Eye Street happenings, and Michele Booth Cole, JD, Executive Director of Safe Shores, will be our guest speaker.  Safe Shores is a DC Children’s Advocacy Center and a Gonzaga neighbor.  Enjoy an inspiring talk and fellowship with other Gonzaga mothers and fathers.  A light dinner and dessert, provided by the GFC, will be served.
Don’t forget to send in flowers on Friday, May 8, for the Mother’s Day Flowers event. Students will deliver bouquets to the residents of JB Johnson Nursing Home adjacent to Gonzaga.
Please join me in thanking Erin Donovan and Suzanne Dowd, co-chairs of the most wonderful International Food Fair ever! The event raised $6,515 which will help defray costs for student exchanges and international study trips sponsored by the Modern Languages Department. Our sons enjoyed a beautiful day, lively music and delicious food from around the world…it was truly the “best day on Eye Street!”
Thanks to McKenna chairs, Kathy Hofer, Joanna Hoffschneider, Susan Kiley and Ann Ourand for chairing last week’s bake sale, which raised $705 for the McKenna Center. Thank you to everyone who sent in treats for the bake sale.
Last Friday the faculty and staff were treated to another hot breakfast hosted by our Faculty Treats team.  Thank you to Hazel Lychak and Sharon Persinski for organizing these breakfasts this year and to the wonderful group of Moms that got up so early to prepare and serve the meal.
There will be lots of activity on Eye Street this month! We look forward to seeing you at our meeting Wednesday night and on Eye Street before the year ends!

Rose Cameron, GMC President 2014-2015

Mother's Day Flowers

THIS Friday, May 8 the GMC will arrange Mother’s Day Flower arrangements for the residents of JB Johnson Nursing Home adjacent to Gonzaga.
Please sign up to help by donating flowers or to help arrange flowers Friday morning.  Student volunteers will deliver the flowers. 

Click Here for more information. Please email Kathleen Hofer if you have questions,

Ignatian Reflection Prayer Group

Please join the Ignatian Reflection and Prayer Group on Friday, May 8, at 8 a.m. in the parlor next to the JDR.  We will discuss Chapter 12 in the Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything.

Baccalaureate Mass & Reception

The Baccalaureate Mass and Reception will be held Saturday, May 30, 2015 in the Great Church of St. Aloysius. Dress for this Mass is coat and tie, and tickets are NOT required. This event is very beautiful, and it is a perfect opportunity to invite family and friends who will not be able to attend the formal graduation ceremony on Sunday.

The Gonzaga Mothers' Club will host a reception for all members of the Class of 2015, their families and guests, and the Gonzaga faculty and staff in the Carmody Center immediately following Mass. In addition to refreshments and fun, there will be professional photographers available at the Baccalaureate Reception. This is a great time to get family together for special photographs and to gather your son's classmates for candid shots. All are welcome!

To help with this reception, please contact Wendy Allan or Michelle Pierpont at

Senior parents can find more information about Baccalaureate and Graduation activities at the Senior Corner. 

Senior Information

Senior T Shirts:  
All pre-ordered t-shirt orders were distributed last week.  Please double check with your sons to ensure they received their order.  If you have any questions and/or issues regarding your order, please direct them to Amy Mary or Mary Daly. There are a few extras available for sale in the bookstore.

Graduation Tuxedos:
The graduates will need to provide two items: black shoes and black socks for the Graduation photo on Friday, May 29th, and to be worn at graduation. A detailed letter will be mailed to the senior parents outlining all the graduation information.

New Mother's Luncheon

Many thanks to the Gonzaga mothers who already have volunteered to help with the New Mothers’ Luncheon on June 3rd and the setup on June 2nd!  We appreciate the great response and are excited to welcome the new members of our community.  There are still a few more volunteer spots if you are able to help.  Please use this link:
Diane Begala and Kristen Allen
New Mothers’ Luncheon Co-Chairs


Kings Dominion

Dear Freshman/Sophomore Parents:
Every year Visitation and Gonzaga Freshman and Sophomores take a trip to Kings Dominion to celebrate the end of school.  This year's trip is June 4, 2015.  The details are in this flyer and permission slip.  This is a popular event and we are limited in our capacity to approximately 95 students.  Seats in the bus will be given on a first come first served basis.  The absolute deadline to sign up is May 20 as we will purchase the tickets then.
The cost is $75 and includes transportation to and from, and admission to Kings Dominion.  If there are any families for which this amount presents a hardship that would preclude the student from participating, please contact Sharon McBeath at on a confidential basis.
We can use chaperones for the busses!  We have two already and at least 2 more would be great.  Please contact Tanya Todaro if you are interested in chaperoning this trip.  There is no cost for chaperones.
Let me know if you have any questions!
Whitney 703-606-2759

Mentoring New Families in 2015-2016

Remember when you were new to Gonzaga?  Perhaps with your first child in high school?  The simplest things can feel overwhelming!  
Please consider guiding a few new moms through the process by offering to answer questions and provide information.  Often these questions are as simple as "What kind of shoes do the boys wear?" 
All it takes to provide that support is one phone call during the summer, and another during the fall, to reach out and connect with a new mom.  You can answer any immediate questions, share some of our Gonzaga friendliness, and leave your contact information for future questions.  
It's so easy, yet makes such a big difference.
To volunteer to mentor 4 or 5 families, please CLICK HERE.





Thank you to everyone who supported the Gonzaga International Food Fair on Wednesday, April 15th.  We heard so many compliments from the students, faculty, and staff who resoundingly declare it one of the best days of the year! Many thanks to all of the wonderful, hardworking moms who helped us set-up, collect, organize, warm, transport, serve, and clean-up. We could not have done this without your help.

Everything went smoothly and was a lot of fun -- thanks to you!   Big thanks to all who sent in such a variety of delicious foods!  Everything was greatly appreciated, and most of it was eaten, but all leftovers were sent to the McKenna Center and Campus Kitchen programs.  

If you sent in dishes or serving utensils that were not disposable, these items were washed and left in the Mother's Kitchen near Carmody Lobby.  Please plan to retrieve them or have your son get them as soon as possible.

Thank you for your support in this,
Erin Donovan and Suzanne Dowd
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