November 2020 Print

President's Report

President's Message

We are excited to share a special joint Mothers' and Fathers' club meeting on Tuesday, November 3rd at 7pm. Our special guest, Principal, Frank Espinosa, will share his faith journey will all of us.

Please join us with this link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84497043063.


 

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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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Senior Recognition Event

Over the past few months, a group of Moms, representing all grades, have been meeting weekly to come up with a new Senior Recognition Event to replace the Fashion Show. We have an ooportunitiy to host this event in late March or early April.

To help guide the direction of this new event, a survey was conducted. Thank you to all who participated, the response was excellent, a cross section of 83 moms, shared their thoughts and opinions.

Here are a few of the highlights of the results. When asked what type of event would you want to attend to recognize senior parents the first choice was a  semi formal evening dinner event that included a game night (casino), dancing or other activity with a limited program. When asked who they would invite,  87% of the respondants wanted their spouse/significant other to attend, 48% would invite relatives and 18% would invite friends.

When asked if the Moms would participate in a video message to their sons, 58% indicated that they would. The sons were asked how they would honor their moms and 63% said they would write a special letter and 23% said they would create a video message.

These responses are have helped us to start shaping what a future senior event could be. 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, November 5th at 7:30pm. 

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


 

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Book Club

Mothers' Club Book Club - December Selection- zoom meeting date will  be announced.

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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Faculty Special Events

Faculty Special Events

The faculty and staff were treated to a luncheon on, Friday, October 30th.Mission Barbeque provided an outstanding array of options for the staff.

 

This month's Morning Munchie bags are themed "Giving Thanks". They are scheduled to be delivered on November 10th.  The faculty and staff will receive individual bags containing various items such as granola bars, fruit cups, and chips, to the faculty and staff.


How can you help? Donations will be sent/delivered to a volunteer’s house where the bags will be assembled. Once assembled, the bags will be delivered on a specific date and time to MSJ by the parent and taken to the designated distribution spots for faculty and staff to pick up at their convenience.

 

Be on the lookout for a sign-up genius with links and information for items to purchase and donate!

 

Please contact Patti Schwartz [email protected] or Jen Walker [email protected] if you have any questions. 

As always, thank you for your support!


 

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Saluting Our Mount Men Tribute Book

Saluting Our Mount Men

The Saluting Our Mount Men Tribute Book (SOMM) is a “yearbook supplement” that was created by the MSJ Mothers’ Club.

By purchasing a tribute ad, parents, grandparents, relatives, and friends can express their support for their MSJ students' accomplishments while supporting the school. All students, grades 9 through 12, are represented! These personal tribute pages are only available in the SOMM Tribute Book and NOT included in the annual MSJ yearbook! Ads from clubs, homerooms, and teams are encouraged. Every student will receive a free copy of the 8 ½" x 11" book in the spring of 2021.

Students are always excited and appreciative when they see their ads!

The MSJ administration has distributed last year’s SOMM book to the students who were onsite on October 12 & 13th.  Additional distributions will be made to those who are distance learning.

Proceeds from the SOMM Tribute Book help fund MSJ Mothers' Club's commitment to supporting the MSJ endowment. This endowment provides tuition assistance to students and assists special projects that directly help MSJ's students and school community.

*** Update: Although the deadline was October 25th, if you are still interested, please email [email protected]


Purchase ads at the SOMM web page, msjnet.edu/parents/mothers-club/saluting-our-mount-men.

Information on ad sizes and pricing, ad examples, tips on creating your ad, and links to purchase ads online can also be found on the web page. 

The online order form allows for credit card payments. Due to COVID-19, we prefer payment by credit card. Please contact [email protected] if you would like to discuss other options.

Special discount! MSJ Homerooms, Teams, and Clubs receive a special 50% off discount!  Email the completed ad to [email protected].

Check for updates in the MSJ Mothers’ Club Newsletter and on the MSJ Mothers’ Club Facebook page, www.facebook.com/groups/MSJMothersClub.

The SOMM Committee is also looking for new members. It is a great way to get to know the school, meet some wonderful moms, and be involved. No experience necessary!

Contact us if you would like to help.

Amy Darrow 240-437-4670 [email protected]
Rosaire Protzman 410-788-2081 [email protected]


 

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Community Outreach


Community Outreach

In November we focus on giving thanks for our many blessings! Please consider supporting one of the MSJ Community Service opportunities below.

2020 Thanksgiving Dinner for My Brother’s Keeper

We are thrilled that our annual Thanksgiving Dinner Tradition will live on, with a little twist. Our menu will largely stay the same – a full, hot Turkey and Ham dinner with ALL of the “fixings” and desserts, but instead of a sit down style dinner, MBK will serve guests a hot  “to go” meal.

Please consider volunteering to prepare some part of this wonderful feast by accessing the Sign Up Genius below.
MSJ Mother’s Club MBK Thanksgiving Dinner Sign Up

We are very excited to help make this Thanksgiving a special one for our Irvington neighbors!

MSJ Student Organizations Charity Drive

We intended to launch our own toiletry drive this month, however, are proud to say our boys beat us to it!

As Baltimore’s vulnerable population grows amidst the pandemic and the weather becomes colder, Mount Saint Joseph’s students are seeking to help. Members of the Student Council, XBSS, and NHS have worked to organize a Thanksgiving Charity Drive to support those in need in our community. These items will be distributed to local shelters and soup kitchens the day before Thanksgiving.

Please contribute any of the following new and unused items from 7:00-7:55 AM to the Fine Arts Lobby:

COVID19 Grab N Go Lunches

We are continuing to provide food donations to My Brother's Keeper as they serve guests daily during the COVID19 crisis. Please consider supplying any of the following Grab-N-Go lunch items:

  • 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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MSJ News

Ever wonder where the monies from the dress down days go? For many years those dollars have gone to purchase Christmas gifts for the families in need at St. Bernardine's Church.

Each year, through the funds raised during the dress down days and generous donations from staff and families, the MSJ community has provided gifts for more than 75 families in need from St. Bernardine's parish.

 

This Christmas, we will once again support the families in need at St. Bernardine's. Like many traditional activities supported through our in-person activities, this is one more casualty of the pandemic that has made us rethink how we proceed. Since the student body is engaged in distant learning, the dress down days that would have usually supported this effort have not taken place.

 

This year, we seek donations of Walmart gift cards in $50 increments in place of gifts or adoption of families. The goal to support the same number of families is $20,000 or 400 gift cards.

 

Your generosity will make all the difference this Christmas for a family. Please fill out the sign-up to ensure the business office can account for all of the donations. Sign up here.


Your gift card can be delivered to the MSJ Business office by December 10th.

 

Want to learn more about the vibrant community at St. Bernardine's? Click on the link. St Bernardine's 

 

 

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