Rev. Thomas A. Pesci, S.J., Moderator February / March 2011 Danielle Davis, Editor A Message From . . . The Mothers’ Club President I had a conversation with my daughter the other day and told her of a recent revelation that I had. I really like the month of February. In fact, next to summer, it might be my favorite month of all. I realized that it had to do with the word reflection. This is the time of year when the holiday excitement is quieting down and the pressure of exams for our sons has passed. This is a time when I find it easier to quiet myself and reflect on all that has transpired in my life and in the world during the past year. As well as what it is that I want to be different in my life in the coming year. I know that I want to be more mindful of being grateful for each blessing in my life. In that vein, I am thankful for so many wonderful women who organized the festive events during the month of December. The NYC Bus Trip, Christmas Cocktail Party, and Christmas Dinner were each a great success and provided fun opportunities for connecting with one another. Serving the school by decorating the campus and reaching out to those less fortunate at the Adopt-a-Family Day were great ways to give back. I want to say thank you to all of those who helped in ways big and small with all of those events. If you are looking for some time for reflection, make plans to join us for our annual Day of Reflection that will take place on Wednesday March 16. Come and spend a day as we take a look at Divining the Human, Saints in the Making. This is a wonderful day for fellowship with other moms and a great way to begin the season of Lent. Look for details of how to sign up in this issue of the Bulletin. While we reflect on the past year, the Mothers’ Club also begins to plan for next year. We will be looking for volunteers to fill vacancies on next year’s board. Take some time to consider how you might become involved. All of the information on how to volunteer will be in the next issue of the bulletin coming out in late March. May each of you find some quiet time this month to take stock of all that we have been blessed with and the privilege we have of being part of the Loyola Community. Peace, Monica Monica Bradley President T he C ollege S earCh Juniors: seniors Loyola Blakefield’s High School Code – 211030: • The college counselors advise all • Mid-Year Reports: First semester grades are automatically sent in late When requesting information from Juniors to take the SAT twice in their January to all colleges where Seniors colleges, completing applications, and Junior year. The SAT I will be offered have submitted transcript request registering for the SAT or ACT, you will at Loyola on March 12th and May 7th. forms. be asked for this 6-digit code. Our code It will also be given on June 4th, but not • SAT and ACT scores should be sent number is 211030. at Loyola. Register as soon as possible at www.collegeboard.com or by mail to directly from the SAT program or from secure Loyola as your test site. Forms ACT to all schools to which your son are available from Mrs. Jenkins. If your has applied. They can be sent by phone counselor recommends taking an ACT, or online at www.collegeboard.com or it is offered on April 9th and June 11th www.actstudent.org. at various local schools. Register at • Financial Aid: The CSS Profile for www.actstudent.org, or request a form nonfederal student aid, for those colleges from Mrs. Jenkins. that require it, should be completed as soon as possible at www.collegeboard. • The Junior Parent and Student com. The FAFSA for federal student meeting with the College Counselors aid should be completed as soon as will be held on January 26th at 6:00 and www.loyolablakefield.org possible after January 1. Apply at www. Did You Know . . . repeated at 7:30. Students and parents fafsa.ed.gov. Beware of other websites are welcome to attend whichever time Daily school wide announcements may with similar names that charge you a is most convenient for your schedule. be read on Loyola’s Internet website? fee to file. • Scholarships: Most colleges review Select Daily Bulletin in the menu for the • SAT Subject Tests are not required by all colleges. Colleges that do require admissions applications for scholarships. announcements. Fall sports and game them will indicate as such in their Some have earlier deadline dates and schedules are listed as well on the web- application. Various SAT Subject Tests require additional forms. In addition, site. Check it out! Bookmark it! will be offered on the May and June Mrs. Jenkins posts scholarship updates test dates. Check the College Board on the Naviance website. Please check Buy Innisbrook Year Round! website for details. with your church and other local www.innisbrook.com • The Jesuit College Fair will be held on and philanthropic sources for other Loyola Blakefield’s School number is March 7th in the Dining Hall from 6:30 opportunities. Another source is the 103268. You may place orders on line until 8:30. Juniors and their parents are Fast Web College Scholarship Search 365 days a year. welcome to attend. Watch for further in the College Counseling section of Our school will receive 50% on each details. Loyola’s website. order. Check out the beautiful gift wrap and gift selections. Come and Let Us Pray Together We invite all Loyola moms to join us for a special and uplifting time of prayer each month before the Mothers’ Club meetings. We will meet in the Chapel at Burk Hall from 8:00-8:25am to pray for our sons, school, teachers, staff, and for one another. Join us on Wednesday, February 2, and April 6 at 8:00am in the Chapel. We look forward to seeing you! Please contact Morenike Oyenusi (410-961-0164) or email@example.com if you have any questions; feel free to send in your prayer requests even if you can’t make it. Calling all Moms and Dads! 2011 Post Prom May 31, 2011 11:00pm to 3:00am The 2011 Post Prom Committee has been hard at work preparing for the big night on May 31st! WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT and involvement to make this memorable PARENT SPONSORED event a success. Our mission: Keep our Senior Dons and their guests safe on Prom Night. HERE IS HOW YOU CAN HELP: Volunteer: Contact Tina Lindner firstname.lastname@example.org with your availability (11pm-3:00am, 11pm to 1:30am or 1-3:30am) Donate a prize: Contact Kelly Nolan email@example.com Angela Class firstname.lastname@example.org Diane Kapinos email@example.com Linda Young firstname.lastname@example.org. See our “wish list” in this newsletter! We can’t forget the girls! Anything a junior or senior girl would like is appreciated! Please join us at one of our upcoming meetings: Wednesday, February 9th at 6:00pm in the Knott Conference Room Wednesday March 9th at 6:00pm in the Knott Conference Room For more information contact Julie O’Toole email@example.com Loyola Mothers’ Club Calendar of Events 2011 Fashion Show Feb. 15-17 Sophomore Retreat SAVE THE DATE - OCTOBER 23rd MARRIOTT HUNT VALLEY INN February 18 Faculty Professional Day / Early Dismissal We are changing the Date and Location February 21 Presidents’ Day Holiday / School Closed So mark your calendars now! March 8 Sophomore Conversations / Early Dismissal COME JOIN THE FUN! We need your help! Join the fun, meet March 11 Faculty Professional Day / Early Dismissal new moms, make new friends, create last- ing memories! Many areas to choose from March 16 Mothers’ Day of Reflection based on your interest - raffle committee, gift baskets, decorations, grand raffle com- March 25 No Classes mittee and more. Let us know where you would like to volunteer before the 1st meet- March 26 Blue and Gold Auction ing. Committee chairpersons still needed! February 2011 March 2011 Our first volunteer meeting is S MT W T F S S M T W T F S April 6th Knott Hall 6 7 8 1 2 9 3 4 5 10 11 12 6 7 8 1 2 9 3 4 5 10 11 12 6:30 pm - upper level Knott Hall 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 See you there! 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 27 28 29 30 31 Questions? Or just want to sign up for a committee? contact Maggie Carroll firstname.lastname@example.org Divining the Human: Class News and Events Saints In the Making Middle School Loyola 6th Grade Dinner & Show Please join us for pizza and beverages Alumni Moms with your classmates and parents. Friday, March 4th 5:30pm Italian Gardens Restaurant Kenilworth Mall Cost $10 Day of Reflection Join us! Wednesday, March 16, 2011 Followed by the Loyola Blakefield Saturday February 5th (Snow date - Thursday, March 17) Players performance of 5:00-9:00 p.m. “Children of Eden” Open to Loyola Mothers Parents will need to provide transportation Celebrating our 10th Year! of all Faiths to Loyola. Alumni Moms and guests are warmly welcome Please contact Deanna McElwee email@example.com to RSVP or for questions. Join us for Prayer, Mass and Fellowship **When purchasing your tickets, Tickets are only available at: request to be in the www.loyolablakefield.org/tob Coffee 8:15 - 8.50 am section reserved under the name Foyer outside Performance Gym or by phone at 443-841-3672 Deanna McElwee. Get your tickets now, Reflection & Mass 9am - 1:10pm This event has sold out every year! Burk Chapel Luncheon 1:15 - 2:30pm …..also mark your calendars for…. Dining Center, Knott Hall A Day of Reflection RSVP by Wednesday, March 9 to: Lori Zgorski by Loyola Mothers’ Divining the Human: email at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 410-461-5261 Club Board Saints in the Making Please title the email “Day of Reflection” and Meetings Wednesday March 16th indicate how many guests 8:00-2:30 Wednesday, February 2, 2011 For the Luncheon, please bring sand- Call or email Morenike Oyenusi Wednesday, April 6, 2011 wiches, salad or dessert for 8 and indicate with questions: 410-961-0164; your donation with RSVP Parking may be email@example.com limited; please carpool if possible All Loyola Moms Are Welcome Add your name to the LAM contact list: Sponsored by Refreshments 8:30am Patti Tizard firstname.lastname@example.org Loyola Mothers’ Club Meeting 9:00am Kelly Buedel email@example.com 2011-2012 Used Book Christmas Cocktail Party Committee Needs Help A Special Thank You! The Mothers’ Club is still in search of a mother to assist The Loyola Parents’ Christmas Cocktail Party was a Pam Buckley with the Used Book Collection and Sale. You huge success! We would like to thank everyone who sup- would be working as a team with Lynn Taylor and Damye Hahn ported the event. The response for Adopt-A-Family was and would need to be available in the Spring for book collec- tremendous. Thank you all for your generosity to those tion and the Fall for the Book Sale. Anyone who is interested in need at St. Gregory’s church. Blessings to you and your or has questions please contact Lynn Taylor at 410-560-3179 families as we move into this new year. or Damye Hahn at 410-641-9175. The Loyola Mothers’ and Fathers’ Clubs An Open Invitation To Loyola Moms 6th Grade Luncheon Thursday, February 24th at 1:00pm Bahama Breeze Hope to see you there! RSVP to Cheryl Stout firstname.lastname@example.org or Sandy Wicklein at email@example.com 7th Grade Parents Happy Hour Friday, January 28th at 7:00pm Bluestone Inn, Timonium Join us with the 6th Grade parents for a relaxing evening of cocktails & conversation! Please RSVP to Toni Bacon at firstname.lastname@example.org 7th Grade Luncheon Friday, March 4th at 12:00pm California Pizza Kitchen, Hunt Valley Save the date - hope you can join us for lunch! Please RSVP to Tamara DeHaven at email@example.com 8th Grade Parents Breakfast Thursday, February 24th after drop-off Panera Bread, Timonium Stop by after drop-off or on your way to work. Coming Soon…. Collection For The Homeless Once again we will continue our collection for the homeless, beginning with Nominations for a request for skin/body lotion for February. Donations of bath soap are requested for March. In the past, these donations have been a great blessing to the count- the 2011-2012 less men, women, and children who visit the homeless shelters in and around the Baltimore metropolitan area. Mothers’ Club Students can place their donations in the Christian Service Office, located in the rear of the balcony in Knott Hall. Our collections are generally overflowing Board with your generous contributions. Thank you in advance for remembering those who live beyond the borders of our Blakefield campus. If you have any ques- tions, please call Erin Warfield. Please look for sign-up in next edition of the Bulletin. Easy on-line registration COLLECTIONS FOR THE will be available. This is a great oppor- HOMELESS SCHEDULE tunity for mothers to get involved in the Loyola Blakefield Community. There MONTH TOILETRY ITEM are many different committees to join! February Skin/Body Lotion March Bath Soap No act of volunteering is too small. April Toothbrushes May Toothpaste An Invitation to Loyola Parents... Dear Loyola Blakefield Parents, For the past several years, many of our parents have participated in an introductory program based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. As many of you know, these Exercises are central to Jesuit values and to the Jesuit philosophy of education here at Loyola. I’d like to extend an invitation to you to experience a taste of these Exercises in our eight-week spring program of introductory prayer, reflection and discussion here at Blakefield from early February to early April. There are various ways of experiencing the Spiritual Exercises, from an individual with one director over an intensive period of a month to a less intensive communal program spread out over more time. Our Loyola Blakefield program is an experience of the latter. No prior “expertise” in prayer is necessary; this is not a bible studies program. We ask only that you bring your interest and your commitment to a brief amount of time each day devoted to scriptural and reflective prayer exercises. There will also be one- hour group meetings during the eight-week period on Tuesdays either from 8 to 9am in the morning or from 7:00 to 8:00pm in the evening. There will be an informational/organizational meeting about the program in the Burk Hall Chapel on Tuesday evening, February 1, at 7:00pm. It would be helpful to know in advance how many will be attending this February 1 meeting, so you are asked to contact me either by phone at 443-841-3524 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. if you plan to attend. Thank you for your consideration of this opportunity! Respectfully, John Weetenkamp Director of Ignatian Mission and Identity Christian Service Dear Loyola Moms, Spring will soon be upon us, and the focus right now in Ignatian Service turns to our junior and senior classes. I want to extend a heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped make our Adopt-A-Family program a success. Led by Fran Acle, Cathy Morency, and a team of amazing mothers, our community worked to make Christmas a reality for hundreds—a Christmas filled with love, excitement and marvel. We have also gained a better understanding the gifts of hope, community and generosity in this process of giving. I hope junior families may join us for the Junior Missioning Mass on February 10th at 10am. This Missioning is a wonderful way to invite each junior to answer God’s call to love and service of others. Each junior family should receive an e-mail about the Mass and the senior service requirements. The interview/application process for Summer Service is about to begin and our teams will soon be chosen. We will be taking students on trips around the country to various sites: Ridgley, Maryland; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Camden, New Jersey and Appalachia in West Virginia. We will also have our 2nd year of the Loyola Talent Tour, in which Mr. Garretson and a group of chosen students will create a traveling variety show that they will then perform for a number of different agencies in Baltimore and Philadelphia. It is a long and difficult process to select these teams, a process which includes short essay answers on the application, an interview, and teacher input/recommendations. We try to include as many students as possible on these summer trips, but, unfortunately, the number of applicants often exceeds the number of spaces available on these trips. If your son is interested in applying for a trip, he MUST turn in his application and sign up for an interview no later than Thursday, February 17th at 3pm. Due to the volume of applications each year, I will not be able to consider any late applications. In addition to the Summer Service trips run by Blakefield, we also have connections with many local summer camps and a wide variety of approved agencies for continued service throughout the summer and school year. Please log in to our website under “Ignatian Service” for more detailed information. If your son cannot attend a summer service trip, please have him complete and return his Senior Service Intent Form by Friday, May 13, 2011. As a Loyola Blakefield graduation requirement, each senior must perform 40 hours of Ignatian Service at a pre- approved service site that benefits the needy of our society. The Class of 2011 is required to complete their 40-hour service project and send in their completed evaluation forms by May 2, 2011. The seniors are also required to reflect on their project through a journal or a typed 3-page reflection paper due by May 2, 2011. The evaluation forms and format for the paper are also available on our website at the bottom of the Ignatian Service page. Our seniors who did not attend last year’s Summer Service trips have also been meeting in small Service Reflection groups. Each group of 8-10 students meets monthly with two faculty members to discuss their service experiences. The sessions have been really successful so far, and the boys have been impressive with their insights! We also have a group of students who have helped with CaST (Catholic Schools Together), a service and advocacy group consisting of students and service directors from Loyola, NDP, Maryvale, and Calvert Hall. The group has met weekly to plan events and bring students together in service and justice. In February, we have planned a series of events focusing on the theme of Hunger and Homelessness. Thank you all for your valuable time, help, and generosity. Also, as some of you may know, this will be my last year as the Service Director. I will be heading back into the math department full-time. It has been wonderful to work with you and your sons in all of our service endeavors! Peace, Erin Warfield Erin Warfield Director of Christian Service MONTHLY CASSEROLE CAMPAIGN FOR “BEANS-n-BREAD” On February 17th the 11th grade families will provide Mexican Fiesta Chili Casserole for Beans and Bread Soup Kitchen. Loyola’s Simiple Chicken Recipe Casserole will be provided by 8th grade families on March 17th.. Please place your casserole in an aluminum casserole pan (cake pans are too fragile) and freeze your casserole before bringing it to Loyola. We ask that these casseroles be sent to the Dining Hall in Knott Hall by 9:00am on the morning designated for your class. We try to coordinate our casserole deliveries with our visits to serve Beans and Bread, so it is very important that the casseroles arrive no later than 9:00am. Another project that we will continue this year is our Brown Bag Lunch Days. One day per month, our middle schoolers are asked to pack an extra bag lunch to bring to Beans and Bread. The clients at Beans and Bread truly look forward to receiving lunches from our Dons that they can take home with them. As with the casseroles, we ask for the bag lunches to be delivered to the Dining Hall by 9:00am on the dates listed below. FEBRUARY MARCH Mexican Fiesta Chili Casserole Loyola’s Simple Chicken Recipe (NOTE: This simple chicken casserole INGREDIENTS: is the #1 favorite at “Beans-N-Bread”) 3 lbs. lean ground beef 3 cups chopped onions INGREDIENTS: 2 packages of chili seasoning • 4 pounds of chicken-boiled, skinned and deboned 3 cans of tomato sauce (8 oz. ea.) • 3 packages of frozen broccoli 2 cups of water • 1 can of mushroom pieces (drained) 3 cups of red kidney beans drained (1 lb. ea. can) • 3 cans of Cream of Mushroom soup (undiluted) 1 package (3 3/4 ounces) small corn chips • 2 packages of stuffing mix (i.e. Stove Top) 3/4 cup sliced pitted black olives 1 1/2 cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese DIRECTIONS: • Cook broccoli, drain well and place in aluminum DIRECTIONS: casserole pan. • Cook meat in large kettle/pot until it loses its red • Cut chicken into chunks, and mix together with color, breaking with a fork. Add onions, seasoning, mushrooms and soup. water and sauce. Stir, and bring to a boil. Cover • Cover Broccoli with chicken/mushroom/soup mixture and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring several times to • Prepare stuffing mix and layer on top of chicken prevent sticking. mixture • In 4-quart aluminum disposable casserole (about 3 1/2 inches deep), layer meat mixture alternately At this point, the casserole is ready to be brought to with beans, corn chips and cheese (about two layers “Beans & Bread”, so cover tightly with aluminum foil of each). Bake in slow oven at 325 degrees, for 50- and freeze. Please label with name of casserole and 60 minutes. your own name. • Coo1 and refrigerate/freeze until the morning of December 17th . At this point, the casserole is ready to be brought to Casserole Campaign Monthly Schedule “Beans & Bread”, so cover tightly with aluminum foil and freeze. Please label with name of casserole and MONTH GRADE CASSEROLE DUE DATE your own name. February 11th Thursday, February 17th March 8th Thursday, March 17th April 9th Thursday, April 14th The Loyola Blakefield Players Present “Children of Eden” Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, Based on a concept by Charles Lisanby Produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International March 4, 5, 11, and 12 at 7:30pm And March 6 at 3:00pm Tickets are available in the school store For more information call 443.841.3224 2011 Loyola Mother’s Club Fashion Show ationa Sheet October 23rd , Marriott Hunt Valley Inn Our First Meeting - April 6th, 6:30 We have many committees that contribute to the success of the Mother’s Club Fashion Show. Volunteer- ing for the Fashion Show is a great way to meet other Loyola moms and have fun while getting involved in your son’s school. Please circle the committee that you are interested in and you will be contacted. This show is sure to be fun and exciting! • Assistant Fashion Show Chairperson: Attend all Fashion Show meetings and work closely with Fashion Show Chairpersons, “learning the ropes” • Bake Sale Table: Assist in organizing, packaging and set-up of donated baked goods • Blakefield Basket Committee Send letters and follow-up with businesses that donated in past year Solicit new businesses Transport and arrange packages at Martin’s West • Gourmet Baskets Prepare and package goods; assemble gourmet baskets at school Transport and arrange baskets at Martin’s West • Model Liaison (Broken down into two groups – clothing and script) Coordinate with clothiers for model fittings/scheduling Arranging for rehearsal prior to the Fashion Show and the morning of the show • Decorations Committee Create decorations according to theme • Program Ad Committee Contact local businesses for ads Send this form or e-mail information to: Maggie Carroll - 11 Brook Hill Ct. Cockeysville, MD 21030 Email to email@example.com Name: ___________________________________ Phone #: _______________________________ E-mail Address: ____________________________ Son’s Name & Year: _____________________ Any questions? Call Maggie Carroll @ 410-274-9783 Thank you in advance for your time and involvement!