Parents’ Association Newsletter: Vol. 1; issue VIII
February 2017

We are already half way through this school year, but do not despair! We still have plenty of fun events coming up and many opportunities for parents to volunteer and get involved in the McQuaid Community.

UPCOMING PA EVENTS:

National Honor Society Induction Ceremony for Qualifying Juniors and their Families - Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Attention all bakers! Qualifying Juniors will be recognized with a ceremony welcoming them to the National Honor Society on Tuesday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m. We will host a reception for inductees and their families following the ceremony at 8 p.m. We seek 10 families to deliver desserts and two volunteers to set-up, host and clean-up. This is an important opportunity for YOU to congratulate our fellow Knights and their families through your participation. Please sign up here to bake or volunteer - click here.

SAVE THE DATE: Father Gregory J. Boyle’s Presentation - Thursday, March 2 from 7 - 9 p.m.
Father Gregory Boyle, S.J., will be presenting at Nazareth College. This is an opportunity hear from the dynamic speaker who will speak to the student body on March3. For more information - click here.

Middle School Parent Mixer - Friday, March 3 at 7:00 p.m.
All middle school parents are invited to attend the Middle School Mixer. This event takes place at McQuaid during the 7th & 8th Grade Activity Night and is a wonderful opportunity to meet other middle school parents. There will be food, beer, wine, and more! The cost is $10 per person - click here to register. If you are available to volunteer or make a yummy donation - click here.

Mother Son Lenten Communion Breakfast - Sunday, March 5 from 10-12:30
We will celebrate Mass in the Cafeteria at 10 a.m. followed by breakfast and a keynote address by Marlene Bessette, President and CEO of Catholic Family Center of Rochester. Tickets are $10.50 per person. You can register and pay on the McQuaid website - click here.

Bring Your Friend to McQuaid - Friday, March 10
Mr. Ortega and the admissions department are hosting a special Bring Your Friend to McQuaid event for students. It will include games and activities unlike any other and there’s only one way to obtain admission. Existing students must bring a friend not currently registered at McQuaid! Participating students can also earn a dress down pass. More details coming soon.

Parents’ Association Meeting Canceled for March
In an effort to reduce dates to the calendar and focus on our new Speaker Series, we have canceled our March meeting. Watch your newsletter for updates, volunteer opportunities and news about plans for our final PA Meeting of the year, Wednesday, May 10 at 7 p.m.

Parent Speaker Series - Wednesday, March 29 at 7 p.m.
Please join us for the first installment of the Parent Speaker Series at McQuaid Jesuit. The series, a joint collaboration with the principal's office and the Parents' Association, aims to invite guest speakers twice per school year to discuss relevant topics of interest to both parents and faculty. On Wednesday, March 29, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium, local coach and speaker Scott Fitch presents "Pause Before You Post" a discussion about how to help your sons navigate the social media landscape. This event is open to all McQuaid Jesuit parents and guardians.

“Mom Prom” - Saturday, April 1 at 6 p.m.
The young men of McQuaid Jesuit High School cordially request the pleasure of their mother’s company at the 3rd annual Mom Prom on Saturday, April 1 at 6 p.m. at The Doubletree. Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased through the McQuaid website - click here. Please note: The Mom Prom is for high schoolers only.

Teacher & Staff Appreciation Luncheon - Thursday, April 7
Save the date: Mark your calendars for our annual Faculty & Staff Appreciation Luncheon to be held on Friday, April 7 at 1 p.m. in the cafeteria. This is an opportunity for the McQuaid community to show the teachers and staff how much they are valued. We will need volunteers to help with the luncheon as well as set up during the afternoon on Thursday, April 6. If you would like to donate your time or treasure it would be greatly appreciated:

  • Gift Cards for the teachers raffle and monetary donations can be dropped in the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon box in Billie Bovenzi’s office near the main entrance.
  • Checks can be made out to McQuaid
  • Volunteer to help with luncheon and/or set up during the afternoon of Thursday, April 6. Please sign up to volunteer - click here.

UPCOMING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

McQuaid’s Craigslist
In the light of sustainability, we’re very excited to launch an online forum for our McQuaid community to swap and sell gently used & like new items. This will include sporting goods, required novels and textbooks as well as art & music supplies. A coordinator is needed to build and launch this platform. Anyone interested is invited to connect with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who can provide an existing template and information.

BASH Volunteers Needed
Help make “Knights on a Mission” a huge success. Please consider volunteering - click here

If you are interested in getting involved in your McQuaid Parents’ Association click here to visit the Parents tab on the McQuaid Website. All of our committees are busy working on various projects and events throughout the year and there is always room for one more!

GOOD NEWS:

Mothers for Others
McQ Mothers for Others served dinner at BRIDGE Home on Friday, January 27. We had a wonderful turnout of families and food. The residents commented on how delicious everything was and they really appreciated our time. We even had enough food to pack up for their lunch the following day. Thank you to all who participated. Check out the photos - click here

On February 2, we got to work stuffing tin cans for the homeless with toothpaste, tooth brushes, hand-warmers, granola bars, protein drinks, socks, and so much more. Chuck Albanese from Person Centered Housing Options will pick up our “mountain” of tin cans full of goodies to deliver them in person as he and his volunteers trek around the community checking in on everyone’s safety. Check out the photos - click here

Refugees still need our help. We met on February 7 from 10 a.m. to Noon at Saint’s Place to sort the many donations received on behalf of those seeking safety from war-torn parts of the world.

SAVE THE DATE: Dress a Girl Around the World - Thursday, April 6
We will be making dresses for girls and a matching bag for mothers. For more information - click here.

Contact the PA
New this year, if you would like to contact the PA with a question, concern, or idea we would like to hear from you. Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thanks in advance for your commitment to making McQuaid’s PA great.