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The Parents’ Association extends a warm welcome to all new and returning families upon the commencement of the 2020-2021 school year!  While we continue to encounter challenging times amid the pandemic, the Parents’ Association remains committed to providing safe opportunities for connection, albeit in alternative formats.

Every parent and guardian is a member of the Parents’ Association and invited to partake in the diverse event offerings throughout the year.  Volunteering and attending events are a great way to meet members of and strengthen ties to the McQuaid community.

A monthly newsletter, detailing happenings, is circulated via email and available on the Parents page of the McQuaid website.



Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 7 PM—Parent Presentation: COVID-19 and Its Effects on School
The PA is proud to partner with the school to bring our parents a virtual town hall with Dr. Michael Mendoza, Monroe County Health Commissioner, Dr. David Topa, P ’21, and William Pearson, LCSW. The topic will be COVID-19 and its effects on school. The event is open to the McQuaid and Mercy communities and is a wonderful opportunity for parents to have direct access to one of our community’s leading experts on this pandemic that is currently shaping our lives.  More details on how to participate and watch will be forthcoming.

PA Annual Meeting Recap
Thank you to those who attended the annual PA meeting on Wednesday September 23rd.  The PA’s executive officers shared all of the wonderful programming supported by the PA including spiritual, service, recognition, social, and educational events.  All are welcome to be a part of any of these events and anyone who wants to be involved is encouraged to reach out to   For those unable to attend the meeting, click here to watch the playback.

Teacher Appreciation Event
To help kick off the year, the Parents’ Association hosted an annual teacher appreciation luncheon to welcome our teachers back after such a long absence from McQuaid.  A huge shoutout and thank you to all of the parent volunteers who helped with this event, especially those who contributed delicious homemade food.  It was a great way to show appreciation for all of the teachers and staff who are working during this unprecedented year to educate and support our sons.


Volunteer for McQuaid Parents’ Association 2020-2021
All parents and guardians of McQuaid students are part of the McQuaid Parents’ Association.  The PA Executive Committee has been busy planning for the upcoming school year and invites all to become involved.  Share your time, talents, and ideas with the PA by reaching out to  Check the “Parent” tab on the McQuaid website regularly for opportunities.

 Mothers for Others
Mothers for Others coordinates volunteer events for parents, guardians, and students in the greater Rochester community throughout the year, incorporating M&M Service for McQuaid and Mercy students.   Click here to learn more about Mothers for Others.

Mercy & McQuaid (M&M) Service
Click here to learn more about the joint Mercy and McQuaid “Sisters and Brothers in Service of Others.”

M&M Service is currently asking the community to consider assisting the Women’s Care Center, run by Director Holly Harvey, a McQ ’18 mom for others.  The Women’s Care Center welcomes donations for the moms and babies served by the center.

Location:                             3252 Lake Avenue Rochester NY 14612

Hours:                                   1-4 pm on Wednesdays & Fridays

Phone:                                 585-865-0360 for updated information


List of Items Needed:     Baby equipment, including toys, clothes, diapers, and wipes

Monetary donations for car seats and pack ‘n plays would be most welcomed


McQuaid Yearbook – The Accolade
The Accolade is a collection of everything McQuaid Jesuit with pages devoted to activities, art, faculty, plays, students, sports, and more!  It may seem a bit early, but the yearbook can be ordered now at the lowest price of the year – $55. That discounted price, which saves up to fifteen dollars, will remain until October 17th.  In addition, a personalized Signature Package that has your son’s printed name on the cover is available at a deep, early bird discounted price.  Please note that all graduating seniors are provided with a personalized yearbook as part of their senior fees.  Senior parents DO NOT need to purchase one unless they want an extra copy.   To take advantage of this low price, order your yearbook online now directly through Jostens by clicking here.

Thank You, Bakers!
The Parents’ Association put out a call for bakers to assist with homemade goodies throughout the year and the parents answered the call, with all of the volunteer slots filled quickly.  Many thanks!

Community Bulletin Board
Do you know of an event or news that reflects our McQuaid values and mission and would benefit our parent community?  If so, this is the place to share the news.  Please email the announcement and details to to have it included on our McQuaid website under the Community Bulletin Board.

 2020-2021 Parents’ Association Executive Committee Members

Stephanie Carpentier, P ’24, Co-President

Doug Jeff, P ’24, Co-President

Carolyn Gerstner, P ’21, ’23, Vice President

Molly Coons, P ’23, Treasurer

Allison Abbamonte, P ’23, Co-Secretary

Cory Herrema, P ’23, ’24, ’26, Co-Secretary

Joe Eduardo, P ’89, ’02, ’21, Officer

Supporting Local Businesses
We know alumni and current families own businesses that are still open during this difficult time and we would like to do what we can to support them. If you are an alumnus or current family still open for business and would like to have your information posted on our website, please contact with the following:

Business Name:




Hours of Operation:

The information will be compiled into one document and updated on a weekly basis.

McQuaid Parents’ Association (PA)
Any questions related to PA events should be emailed to

Shopping Amazon Smile
You may continue to support McQuaid when shopping online at Amazon. AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices and services you know from The difference is when you shop at AmazonSmile a percentage of the price of your eligible purchases is donated to the charitable organization of your choice. So, help support McQuaid each time you shop by setting up as your Amazon home page. To designate “McQuaid Jesuit” as your charitable organization, login with your regular Amazon user id and password, click on “Accounts and Lists”, “Your Account”, and under “Other Programs” you will find “Change your Amazon Smile Charity.” Thank you.