McQuaid Jesuit

November 2017

Parents' Association Monthly Newsletter
Vol. II; Issue V
November 2017

To help you get into the spirit of giving, we have plenty of volunteer opportunities coming up in November and December. Want to get some holiday shopping done early? The Barnes & Noble Book Fair provides the perfect opportunity to buy gifts and support the Parents’ Association.

UPCOMING PA EVENTS:

Barnes & Noble Book Fair - Sunday, November 26
The PA’s annual Barnes & Noble Book Fair in Pittsford fundraiser is the perfect time to accomplish Christmas and holiday shopping while enjoying music provided by our own music department and students. A portion of all sales made that day by McQuaid supporters will be given to the McQuaid Parents’ Association and allocated to the PA Speaker Series. We are currently seeking volunteers to help greet and gift wrap - click here

The Principal’s Office/PA Speaker Series: Dr. Robert Bonfiglio - Tuesday, December 5, 7 p.m. in the Auditorium
Dr. Robert Bonfiglio P ’08, ’12 is Vice President for Student and Campus Life at SUNY Geneseo. In a presentation of unique interest to parents of high school students, Dr. Bonfiglio will share his insights on student life at colleges and universities today, and how parents can support their sons and daughters as they navigate campus life.

Save the Date: Sport Coat Retirement Party - December 18-21 & January 2-5
Is it almost time to "retire" your son's sport coat? Perhaps he has outgrown an older jacket or even replaced it with a new one? If that is your situation, we are holding a "Sport Coat Retirement Party" during the last week of school before Christmas Recess and the week after they return from break. Who knows? Maybe Santa will put a new sport coat under the Christmas tree this year. Stay tuned for additional details.

Advent Liturgy and Reception – Thursday, December 21 from 8:30 - 11 a.m.
The annual Advent Liturgy is a beautiful tradition on the morning prior to the Christmas holiday. Students and parents are welcome to attend this special liturgy. A reception is held in Keenan Hall for seniors and their families immediately following, and we welcome you to help by volunteering your time or by donating treats to share - click here

Save the Date: Father/Son Mass & Brunch - January 28
All McQuaid fathers and guardians are invited to attend our 3rd annual Father/Son Mass & Brunch on Sunday, January 28.

Box Tops 4 Education
Please continue clipping your Box Tops (located on many cereals, snacks, and household goods). McQuaid Jesuit will be participating in the Box Tops 4 Education program this school year. The middle school class officers and their moderator, Ms. Suter, will be leading the project, assisted by Kari DePalma. More details to follow.

UPCOMING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Mothers for Others
PB & J Factory - Tuesday, December 5 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Open Door Mission
McQuaid moms will work as a team to create hundreds of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches that the homeless can take with them on their daily journeys. To volunteer - click here

Special Santa @ Hillside - Monday, December 11 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Hillside Children’s Center
We will meet at Hillside Children’s Center as part of their annual Special Santa @ Hillside event. We will sort gifts and fill requested Christmas bags for children in need throughout Rochester. A number of us will be meeting for lunch after the event for food and holiday sisterhood. Be sure to RSVP so we can have a proper headcount - click here

M&M Service
Salvation Army/Bell Ringers - Saturday, December 2 from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. at Eastview Mall
We need 56 boys and girls (28 from each school) to serve as Salvation Army/Bell Ringers at the Eastview Mall. Wear your McQ and Mercy spirit gear, your Reindeer Antlers and Christmas lights, feel free to bring a tambourine and bell to encourage people to fill the kettle! We also need chaperones. For sign-up and more info - click here

Middle Schoolers for Special Santa @ Hillside - December 5 from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. at Hillside Children’s Center
M&M will be holding a special event for Mercy and McQuaid Middle Schoolers. We will need a total of 12 students (6 from each school) to help sort gifts and fill Christmas bags as part of Hillside Children's Center Special Santa program! Chaperones are also needed for this event. For sign-up and more info - click here

Calling All Bakers
Delicious baked goods are needed for receptions associated with several events. Bakers are needed to provide up to two dozen treats from time-to-time. Please consider becoming a member of our “treats team” - click here

Social and Hospitality Events
The PA supports several McQuaid traditions throughout the year with hospitality receptions and hosts social events. Please help us to continue to support these wonderful traditions for our students and their families by contributing your time as a host - click here

GOOD NEWS:

M&M Service - On Sunday, October 15, more than two dozen McQuaid and Mercy seniors came together for mass, dinner and hard work with the House of Mercy team caring for the community’s homeless. McQuaid and Mercy students worked alongside one another helping to celebrate Mass, serve a Dinosaur-donated BBQ dinner to over 300 people, and sing and laugh with those at the House of Mercy. Thank you to all who participated, especially Father Reiser and Mr. Flaherty! Click on the link below for the joy-filled pictures: https://mothers4others.wordpress.com/featured-projects/. Don’t forget that each High School grade will have an opportunity to participate in these wonderful afternoons, so make sure to check the M&M site frequently.

Wine & Beer Parents Social - Many thanks to Judy Pribe, Renee Lalonde and Maureen McRae for hosting a fantastic event for the parents of McQuaid on Saturday, October 14! Everyone who attended thought the event was lovely. Click here  for the photo gallery.

Fabulous Fall Firsts for the PA

First Fall Coffee House was a HUGE success. McQuaid students, staff, administrators and alumni gave outstanding performances at the Lovin' Cup on Friday, Oct. 13. Our performers played to a packed house! Thanks to all who came out to support our talented group. Thank you to Ms. Franca-Shelley and Adrien Labey-Stone for coordinating what we hope will be an annual event for McQuaid. Click here for the photo gallery.

First Speaker in our Principal’s Office/PA Parent Speaker Series, Phyllis Fagell visited McQuaid from Washington D.C. and gave an informative talk on Staying Connected with our teenage boys. Thanks to Cathy Buyer-Davis and Cathy Tan for making this first of four Speaker Events for McQuaid, fantastic.

First Annual McQuaid Fashion Show - Fit, Fabulous & Formal - Sunday October 29 - If you attended the first ever McQuaid Fashion Show, you already know how much fun and how phenomenal it was! The day was dreary but inside at Shadow Lake our Student, Faculty, Staff and Mom models were a true BRIGHT spot! A big THANK YOU to Suzanne Laese for chairing this fantastic event. The great spirit of our McQuaid community was felt by all who participated and attended. It was a very memorable day; click here to see the photo gallery.

Buy a McQuaid Yearbook
Hurry - Special pricing of the McQuaid yearbook is available until December 1, 2017. The link to buy your McQuaid Jesuit 2017-2018 yearbook has been added to the “Useful Links” on the Parents Tab of the McQuaid website, or click here. *SENIOR PARENTS - DO NOT BUY A YEARBOOK (unless you want 2 yearbooks) - SENIOR YEARBOOKS ARE INCLUDED IN THE SENIOR FEES!

Volunteer for McQuaid Parents' Association 2017-2018
If you would like to get involved, check the Parent Tab on the McQuaid website regularly for opportunities to become a part of the McQuaid PA! Also, if you have any ideas of how we can better serve you, please do not hesitate to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..