January 2021 Print

President's Report

Happy New Year!!!!

Here is to 2021 and all the hope that comes with it!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday season with lots of rest and relaxation and is ready to take on the new year. Thinking back to this time last year, none of us had an idea what we would all be facing in 2020 - as hard as the struggles and losses were, hopefully, all of us are meeting 2021 with the realization that we are stronger than ever and that we need each other!! This brings me to my main point for the newsletter – the Mothers’ Club needs you!

As we move forward into 2021, we hope that more opportunities will open for the Mothers’ Club to get together and to hold some of our beloved activities – as well as plan for the next school year.

In May, we will be holding our annual elections for the Executive Board. Nearly all of the Executive Board and committee Chair positions will be voted in this May, due to the high number of Board members’ sons graduating or those who have served their 2-year term limit.

If you have been thinking that you would like to get more involved with the Mothers’ Club and with MSJ – this is the time! Please check our website and familiarize yourself with the positions and the committees – reach out to those in the current jobs and ask questions – find the one that is the right fit for you!!! Now is the time! We need you!!

Don’t forget, we have our monthly meeting on the 5th at 7pm, a zoom link will be on Facebook and the calendar. Also our second Book Club Meeting is coming up on the 17th – you still have plenty of time to read the book and join us for a night of discussion (and friendship)! Hope to see many of you on zoom!

A huge thank you to our Faculty Special Events Committee, which is still hard at work each month to make sure that “Morning Munchies” get delivered to our beloved faculty and staff.

Kathy Montemorra
Mothers’ Club President

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Book Club

Mothers' Club Book Club -- zoom meeting date will  be announced for January.

Book Synopsis: Lydia Quixano Pérez runs a bookstore in Acapulco, Mexico, where she lives with her husband, Sebastián, who is a journalist, and their son, Luca. When a man starts visiting her store, buying books and striking up a friendship, she has no idea initially that he will be responsible for turning her life upside down. But Lydia and Luca will have to flee Acapulco, setting them on a journey they will share with countless other Central and South Americans-turned migrants. There is very little I can say about this novel that hasn't already been said, and it hasn't even been published yet. The buzz has been building early, and when it does go on sale it will likely be one of the most talked about (and widely read) books of the year. From the colossal opening chapter to the epilogue, American Dirt is a novel of crisp writing, urgent pacing, and remarkable empathy. It deserves the attention of a large audience. —Chris Schluep, Amazon Book Review


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Community Outreach

COVID19 Grab N Go Lunches

My Brother’s Keeper continues to provide Grab N Go Lunches for the Irvington Community. Daily lunches are in high demand and donations are needed to continue to make this happen. Donations can be dropped off at My Brother’s Keeper any day of the week, between 8 am and 1 pm. You may leave them at the back door.

  • Sliced Beef Bologna, Ham or Turkey
  • Sliced Cheese, 5 lb box
  • Mayo and Mustard Packs
  • Sun Chips
  • Potato Chips
  • Individual Cookie Packs
  • Cheese Crackers
  • Granola Bars
  • Oranges
  • Fruit Cups
  • Fruit Gummies
  • Drinks- juice, water
  • Carryout Plastic Bags
  • Prepackaged Cutlery Set (Fork, Knife, Spoon, Salt/Pepper)
  • Plastic Sandwich Bags
  • Plastic Snack Bags
  • Plastic Latex Gloves

My Brother’s Keeper is 1 block from MSJ. The address is: 4207 Frederick Ave, Baltimore 21229.

Please bring donations to the back door, between 8 am and 3pm. Someone will open the door to receive your donation. Please indicate the donation is from MSJ Mother's Club. You may also provide orders through Amazon. In the notes, please request delivery be made to the back door, between the hours above if possible.

For more information on how to get involved with community outreach, feel free to contact
Annie Chairs [email protected] or
Kathleen Miller [email protected].  


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Faculty Special Events

Faculty Special Events

Thank you to all who donated items! And a big, big thank you to the Walker Family for coordinating, assembling and distributing the bags this month.


Thank you to all who supported and contributed to the Morning Munchie Bags. We plan to continue the Munchie bags in January, so keep an eye out for that information.  

Wishing you all a blessed and safe Holiday Season! 

Patti and Jennifer

If you have any questions, please contact:
Patti Schwartz [email protected] or
Jen Walker [email protected] 


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Senior Recognition Event


Curious about Gaelapalooza? Come join this working committee to  brainstorm and take our ideas forward and help shape this new celebratory event.

If you are interested in being a part of this creative and excing group, please email me or just join us on the next zoom meeting on Thursday, January 7th at 7:30pm.

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84955204967
Meeting ID: 849 5520 4967

Ideas, suggestions or questions, please contact Tammany Buckwalter, [email protected]

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Trading Post

Looking for MSJ apparel for your growing son or have items to donate? The Mothers' Club clothing exchange, provides gently used MSJ uniform items to our Mount Men.

To schedule an appointment please contact Tracy Gellerman at [email protected].

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Welcome New Members

Welcome New Moms!

We are the Membership Committee for the MSJ Mothers’ Club and we would love to have you become a member.

The Mothers’ Club motto is “Sisterhood, Spirituality and Sons in action!" We work on many activities and events to support our members and our sons. We are the information hub for so much that happens at MSJ. We invite you to explore our website, msjmoms.org to learn more about all that we do in the Mothers’ Club. If you have any membership questions you can email us at [email protected].

New members are always welcome! Go to msjmoms.org and click "join the club".

Mail your $10 Lifetime membership payment to:
MSJ Business Office
c/o Mothers' Club Membership
4403 Frederick Ave

Baltimore, MD 21229
In the memo section include: For Mothers’ Club dues

Current moms, have you updated your member portal profile? By updating your information, we can stay in contact with you and find out what committees or areas of interest you have. 

  • If you do not have the link to log into your account please reach out to [email protected] to have it resent.

Do you have friends who are alumni moms? If they are interested in receiving communications from the Mothers Club please have them email [email protected] with their son(s)’s name and year of graduation. We will get a link sent to them to verify their account.

For more information please email Karen Warthen and Kim Stinnett at [email protected].


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