The Gonzaga Mothers' Club is open to mothers and guardians of Gonzaga Students, and those friends and benefactors of the School who wish to participate in or contribute to the Mothers’ Club Activities.
The Mothers' Club sponsors several activities at Gonzaga, including Freshmen and transfer students parents luncheon, Christmas Gala, the Mother-Son Mass, and get acquainted parties around the Metro area.

The GMC meets on the second Wednesday of the month in the Lower Commons / cafeteria 
The Social @ 6:30, Meeting @ 7:00 pm
Please bring donations for the McKenna CenterWSG to any meeting.

GMC News & Announcements

  • Year-End Newsletter, June 2015
    Well Done GMC Newsletter
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    While the 2014-2015 school year is still fresh in our memory, we would like to express our gratitude to all the Gonzaga moms who have contributed their time and talent, in ways large and small, to the success of the mission of the Gonzaga Mothers’ Club! Through your efforts, the GMC was able to give Father Planning an additional $25,000 at the end of the year making our grand total contributed to Gonzaga this year$226,885!

    • $130,000 to Keeping the Promise Campaign
    • $25,000 end of the year gift to Gonzaga
    • $30,000 to Eye Street Renewal Project
    • $13,500 for sound system in St. Al’s
    • $4,000 for Campus Ministry Office
    • $4,335 for Instruments for the Band
    • $17,500 to Student Council for Prom
    • $750 for Photo Contest prizes
    • $800 from Vineyard Vines Fundraiser 
    • We also were able to award $19,186 in summer stipends to members of the Gonzaga faculty and staff to fund their special projects, trips and continuing education. 
    • For the Father McKenna Center, we collected $2,019.10 in contributions at the Mass of Thanksgiving, donated $1,321 from bakes sales and GMC funds, and purchased 20 new blankets and pillows for the hypothermia unit.
    • We also fed 20 homeless men at the McKenna Center each night from November through March and enjoyed bringing our families to serve dinner to the men.
    • Thanks to your generosity at the Mother Son Celebration, the GMC was able to present a check for $7,341 to the Washington School for Girls, and we filled their bookstore with items that you donated at meetings. 
    • We collected and donated 11,860 diapers to the DC Diaper Bank.
    • With Campus Ministry, we provided holiday gifts and gift cards to more than 40 families at the McKenna Center, the Washington School for Girls and others in our community through the Adopt-a-Family program.
    • We raised $6,515 for the Modern Language Department at the International Food Fair.

    We reached out to welcome all Gonzaga moms and had many new Moms attend meetings and registered over 500 GMC members!  We mentored new moms, threw Get Acquainted Parties, and kept everyone informed with a wonderful monthly e-newsletter. 

    We fed students, faculty and parents wonderful light dinners and snacks throughout the year. We hosted receptions, events, and parties includingThe Purple Polar Express Gala which was the highlight of our year.

    We hope that you had some fun and met new friends, and that you will continue to participate in events next year.  We could not have been successful without your dedication and support. Thank you!

    With gratitude,
    The 2014-2015 GMC Executive Board 
    Rose Cameron, Laura Brockwell, Fatu Tarawali, Mary Plantamura,  Teresa Smith, Denise Siciliano, and Pia Clark.

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  • Please volunteer to celebrate our beloved Sister Seton!

    To help volunteer with food for the reception, please click here.

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    Posted Jun 8, 2015, 12:39 PM by Gonzaga MothersClub


    The Ignatian Reflection and Prayer Group will meet at 8 a.m. on Friday, June 12th in the parlor next to the Jesuit Dining Room. We’ll discuss chapter 13 of The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything by James Martin.  All are welcome!
    Posted Jun 8, 2015, 12:45 PM by Gonzaga MothersClub
  • May GMC Newsletter
    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 theNew 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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  • Faculty & Staff Summer Send Off Luncheon 5/27 9:00-2:00

    On May 27th, after lesson plans are packed away and exams are finished, the GMC sends the faculty and staff off in style with a casual lunch in the Lower Commons. This themed event has become a popular tradition- a great way to finish a successful school year on a high note.


    For more information please contact Eileen Joransen and Mary Gately at

    If you have gift cards to donate please contact us to arrange a pickup or mail them to Eileen Joransen, 2602 Farm Rd. Alexandria VA, 22302. Thank you!

    DATE: 05/27/2015 ( Wed 9:00AM - 2:00PM EDT ) 

    LOCATION: Lower Commons

    Eileen Joransen CONTACT
    Posted May 8, 2015, 6:02 AM by Gonzaga MothersClub
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