Staying in Touch as We Practice Social Distancing: A Note to Brophy Moms

No, we didn't see this coming, but here we are and blessed that there are ways we can still connect, maintain friendships, and support our sons. We've had to cancel or postpone some of this spring's events — we'll keep all lines of communications open as we go forward and know more about what to expect as we move closer to the end of the year. Let's connect online and keep one another, and our sons and families, in our prayers! If you haven't already, please join our Brophy Mom's Facebook Group  (you must request to join — we are watching closely and will accept your request promptly). You can also click on one of the links below to join a class-specific Facebook Group. Keep in touch and keep the faith!

Mothers' Guild Newsletter

March 20, 2020

Mark Your Calendar…
  • Brophy Auction “Under the Boardwalk,” Saturday, March 21 – ONLINE/VIRTUAL
  • Blood Drive, Tuesday, March 24 – POSTPONED
  • Hiking Club, Wednesday, March 25 – CANCELED
  • Senior Mom Social, Thursday, March 26 – POSTPONED
  • Senior Treat Day, Thursday, April 2 – POSTPONED 
  • Let’s Get Together “Spring Fling”, Thursday, April 2, 6:30–8:30 p.m., Harper Great Hall – POSTPONED
  • “Mother-Son Beach Bingo Bash”, Sunday, April 5, 6–8 p.m., Harper Great Hall
  • Chapel Care, Tuesday, April 7, 8:15 a.m., Brophy Chapel
  • Freshman Hearing Screening, Wednesday, April 8, 8 a.m.–2:50 p.m., Brophy Art Gallery (Romley Hall Basement)
  • Book Club, Thursday, April 30, 6:45 p.m., Pomelo at the Orchard 
  • L.I.F.T., Thursday, April 23, 10:30 a.m., Brophy Chapel
  • Mothers’ Guild Luncheon and Meeting, Thursday, April 23, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Harper Great Hall 
  • Project Grad, Saturday, May 23, 8 p.m.–1 a.m., Jake’s Unlimited
Brophy Mothers’ Guild Open Committee Co-chair Position: Chapel Care
We are in need of a co-chair for the Brophy Chapel Care committee. This committee meets monthly (usually 8 a.m. on a weekday) to clean and spruce up Brophy Chapel, including decorating for Christmas in early December. As you know, our students, parents, faculty and staff enjoy events and services held in Brophy Chapel every week, and the school is grateful to the Mothers’ Guild for helping keep it in tip-top condition. Please email Lana Holmes at vicepresident-1@brophymothersguild.org if you would like to help.

Brophy Spring Auction – “Under the Boardwalk,” Saturday, March 21, ONLINE/VIRTUAL
The Auction bidding is underway! Anyone can bid, so please don’t miss this opportunity to get some great items, go to brophyauction.givesmart.com. Also, don’t miss out on the LIVE AUCTION tomorrow, Saturday, March 21, from 6–9 p.m.! 11 fabulous live auction items will be open for bidding. Use the same link to participate LIVE. Thank you in advance for all of your support! If you have any questions, please visit the auction website OR email Lori Logan at lorijlogan1@gmail.com or Abby Kerkhove at ajkerkhove@cox.net.

Let’s Get Together “Spring Fling” – POSTPONED
We are hoping to reschedule this event for late April or early May, stay tuned for more details. We will provide refunds for the postponed April 2 event, if desired. “Spring Fling”, our last Let’s Get Together event of the year, is a floral arranging class, with each person creating a beautiful floral arrangement to take home. The cost is $51. We will collect the following full-sized personal hygiene items to support young adults from UMOM's Youth Outreach Center who are seeking an end to their homelessness: shampoo and conditioner, toothpaste & toothbrushes, liquid hand soap, deodorant, toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, and new socks & underwear. Thank you! Register here, once details are confirmed. Please contact the Let’s Get Together Committee Chairs – Erica Adamany, Nikki Black & Donna Cleinman at LetsGetTogetherCommittee@yahoo.com with any questions.

Mother-Son “Beach BINGO Bash” – Sunday, April 5, 6–8 p.m.
Calling all junior and senior moms and sons! Register now for our annual Mother-Son Beach Bash event hosted in Harper Great Hall. This year we are excited to announce the addition of BINGO! We will be playing several games throughout the evening and we will have gift card prizes for all of our winners. Enjoy a delicious Mexican buffet complete with a taco and nacho bar, and don’t forget to wear your favorite beach attire as we will have a prize for the best dressed mother/son duo. Tickets are $30 per person, please register here by March 30. We look forward to seeing you!

Chapel Care – Tuesday, April 7, 8:15 a.m., Brophy Chapel
As we know, Brophy Chapel is a special place and requires special care to keep it in pristine condition and ready for worship. Please contact Christy O’Gara at cmogara@cox.net or Maryanne Haught at maryannehaught@comcast.net to join a group of special people to clean our beautiful and holy prayer space together. We will begin with a prayer and work together with various cleaning jobs until the chapel is sparkling clean, taking about an hour.

Volunteers Needed for Freshman Hearing Screening – Wednesday, April 8, 8 a.m.–2:50 p.m., Brophy Art Gallery, (Romley Hall Basement)
We need 15 parent volunteers for the annual Freshmen Hearing screening. Can you help out that day? Even though Wednesday is a late start, we ask that volunteers arrive at 8 a.m. for training and set up and stay until 2:50 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Volunteers should dress comfortably (bring a sweater or jacket) and bring reading material, as there will be down time throughout the day. This is a great opportunity for all freshman moms or any volunteer who wants to spend quality time with our Baby Broncos! Please sign up to volunteer here.

Brophy Book Club – Thursday, April 30, 6:45 p.m., Pomelo at the Orchard, Wine Cellar
Attention readers! The last Book Club meeting of the year is coming up! Our April book selection is “Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives: Stories from the Trailblazers of Domestic Suspense,” an engrossing collection of stories by Sarah Weinman. Please bring the names and/or authors of books you’d like to read in the future to the April meeting to assist us with the 2020-21 school year reading list. Come early to grab a beverage and a bite to eat before our discussion starts at 7 p.m. We look forward to seeing you!

L.I.F.T. Meeting – Thursday, April 23, 10:30 a.m., Brophy Chapel
Our next L.I.F.T. meeting will take place in the Brophy Chapel on April 23, before the Mothers’ Guild meeting. Join us as we gather as women of faith for devotional and prayer and for a truly uplifting and encouraging time. L.I.F.T. is non-denominational and alumni moms are always welcome. For more information, please contact Christi Sourk at azsrk4@gmail.com or Grace Dubberly at robertgrace@msn.com.

Mothers’ Guild Luncheon and Meeting – Thursday, April 23, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Harper Great Hall
Mark your calendars for our final meeting of the school year where we will warmly welcome our incoming Class of 2024 Moms, say farewell to the 2019-20 Executive Board and welcome the 2020-21 Executive Board, plus give our lovely Senior Moms a very special thank you and a blessing! Questions? Please contact Julie Warner at president@brophymothersguild.org.

Brophy/Xavier Project Graduation – Saturday, May 23
Senior moms, take out your tissues because graduation is upon us! Mark your calendars for the last class of 2020 blowout, Project Graduation. The party will take place at a new and fabulous venue, Jake’s Unlimited, on Saturday, May 23 from 8 p.m.–1 a.m. Cost is $100 per student, with scholarships available to students who receive 50% or more in financial aid. Registration will begin on March 24 and the link to register will be sent via eBlast on Wednesday, April 22. Watch for more information that will come later this month.  

Brophy Fashion Show – Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, Camelback Inn
The Fashion Show planning is in full swing. In order to make this event a success, we need your help.  Volunteers are needed for the following committees:
  • Financial Aid – Calls on businesses and families for donations towards the financial aid endowment.
  • Baubles – Volunteers help the morning of the fashion show to help with the Baubles table. This is a fun way to get involved and still be able to attend the fashion show.
  • Centerpieces – Volunteers are needed for the day of the show to oversee the centerpieces and help distribute centerpieces after the event.    
If you are interested in volunteering on any of the above committees, please contact Nancy Holben-Bates at nancy@brusallyranch.net or Tess Burleson at tessburleson21@gmail.com.Thank you!

Brophy Mothers’ Guild is on Facebook!
All moms of Brophy students are invited to follow the Mothers’ Guild on Facebook. We encourage you to write posts, ask for advice, share photos, and make comments. Be sure to also look up individual class pages to get the latest news for each year’s grade. Click here to follow us! 

Brophy Prayer Chain
The Brophy Prayer Warriors are lovingly committed to offering prayer support for anyone in the Brophy community who has a medical or personal concern. They are here for you in time of need. Prayer requests from our community will be shared by email and each member of the group will pray for the specific intention in their own special way. Please contact Christy O’Gara at cmogara@cox.net with your prayer requests (please confirm the family is aware a request has been made) and also to be added to the Brophy Prayer Chain group.

A heartfelt thank you goes to …
  • Many thanks to Colleen Peterson and Gina Krukenberg for the festive table decor at our March Mothers’ Guild Luncheon/Meeting. The luck of the Irish was with us!
  • President Adria Renke, thank you for the wonderful introduction of the Gwendolyn Reese Spirit of Challenge Award, and your heartfelt words about Mrs. Reese. It set the stage for a wonderful awards ceremony. Thank you to Lana Holmes for the care and time she took to get to know our honorees to be able to tell their stories.
  • Thank you to Principal Bob Ryan for your leadership of Brophy during this uncertain time. We appreciate all of the administration and faculty’s thoughtful planning and care, and excellent communication with our community.
2019-20 Executive Board: (Left to right in above photo) Jean Cody (past president), Julie Lindholm (recording secretary), Stephanie Papadopoulos (treasurer), Brandi Sutton (second vice president), Lana Holmes (first vice president), Julie Warner (president), Diana Dunnigan (events secretary) and Heather Miller (assistant treasurer)

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