Parents’ Association Newsletters
BASH 2021 certainly was a BASH like no other! In recapping a year of events that has been anything but normal, we are excited to announce that, despite the obstacles before us, BASH was a huge success! In total $428,975 was raised through sponsorships, auctions, raffles, virtual tickets and dinners. The Arrupe Fund also surpassed its $100,000 goal which will support students with financial needs beyond tuition this coming school year.
Thank you to all who participated in our fundraisers over the past 3 months and to those who volunteered. We are incredibly grateful for your time and support of this important event. In addition, a special thank you to this year’s co-chairs, Pam & Craig Cairns, P ’06, ’14, ’16, ’18, ’21, ’28; Patti & Tim Doerr, P ’13, ’17, 21; and Anne & Ted Smith, ’81, P ’21, who led the charge to pull off BASH virtually.
We look forward to (hopefully) celebrating BASH 2022 together in the DiMarco Field House.
If you would like to watch the entire program from BASH, you can view it here.
CELEBRATING OUR SENIORS
We continue to recognize our senior class at McQuaid. For March, it seemed appropriate to allow the boys to incorporate some basketball fun, so on Sunday, March 21 McQuaid hosted March Madness for Dads and Grads.
The seniors and their fathers, or father figures, were invited to campus to celebrate Mass together, enjoy lunch from a variety of food truck choices, and watch the NCAA basketball tournament on the big screen. It was a fun day for all who attended. Thank you to the staff and parents who made this event happen.
TEACHER APPRECIATION LUNCHEON – APRIL 30
The McQuaid Parents’ Association is delighted to recognize the McQuaid faculty and staff for their amazing efforts on behalf of our sons at the annual Teacher Appreciation Luncheon on Friday, April 30. Parents/Guardians are invited to support the luncheon by contributing gift cards in any denomination, donating funds in any amount for the purchase of gift cards from the McQuaid community of businesses, donating funds in any amount for the purchase of food and beverage to be prepared by the parent volunteers, and/or volunteering to cater or assist with the event, which takes place at the school. Click here to donate or volunteer.
The Parents’ Association is incredibly grateful for all donations in any amount as we strive to recognize the wonderful faculty and staff whose extraordinary work has allowed our children to enjoy in-person education throughout this year.
Senior Moms – Mother Son Ignatian Retreat
The Senior Mother-Son Retreat celebrates the unique bond between mother or mother-figure and son. This morning of prayer includes guided reflection on how the McQuaid Jesuit experience has formed young men and their families to be people with and for others. The reflection leads to Mass, a celebration of gratitude for all that has been discovered and cherished in the morning of reflection. The retreat, which will run from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, concludes with lunch in the Carriero Commons (weather permitting). $10 per family. Registration is now LIVE at this link.
Save the date (May 3rd) and a request for volunteers
Senior Decision Day for the McQuaid Class of 2021 will be held on Monday, May 3rd! The Counseling Department, along with the entire school community, will be celebrating the Seniors’ post-McQuaid plans. McQuaid parents and guardians are invited to share in the recognition of the Senior Class members by contributing snacks or beverages to this fun event. To sign up, please click here. Thank you!
McQuaid Yearbook – The Accolade – April 30 Order Deadline
The Accolade is a collection of everything McQuaid with pages devoted to all aspects of the school community. The yearbook price is $70. All graduating seniors are provided a copy as part of their senior fees. Senior parents DO NOT need to purchase one unless they want an extra copy.
Accolade orders should be placed online directly with Jostens at the link below before the April 30th deadline. There is no guarantee there will be copies after the final ordering deadline, but you may check with the Bookstore a few days after Memorial Day to see if there are extra copies available for purchase.
To order the Accolade through the Jostens website, click here.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Community Welcomes Xavier Day Keynote Speaker
On Friday, March 12, McQuaid welcomed Mr. Shane Wiegand, an elementary school teacher in the Rush-Henrietta school district who has developed an extensive anti-racism curriculum with a focus on policies that created the segregated region we live in today. He has presented in a number of local schools, adapting his presentation for different ages and audiences.
Mr. Wiegand spoke about the policies and laws that have resulted in de facto segregation that continues to this day and challenged us all to help build a more just and equitable community. His talk may be viewed by clicking here.
As a Jesuit school, we pride ourselves in forming young men who are loving, religious, open to growth, intellectually competent, and committed to justice. Mr. Wiegand’s presentation hit on all five of these categories. If we are to be committed to justice, we must face the injustices upon which our city is structured — injustices still persisting today. If we are to be intellectually competent, we must acknowledge the history of our city and think about how we might help remedy past sins in the future. If we are to be open to growth, we must be willing to learn from the stories of racism most troubling to hear in our communities.
Knight Quest 2030 is underway!
Father Judge and the Advancement staff at McQuaid have introduced Knight Quest 2030; a 10-year plan for what the future looks like at McQuaid. This plan includes increasing McQuaid’s endowment to support sustainability, increasing financial aid given to students, investing in McQuaid’s physical campus, building infrastructure to support alumni relations, and ensuring that the core mission of Ignatian spirituality is fully supported in the future. It is an exciting path that the school, parents, and alumni are all a part of and we hope you can participate in building this future too. For more information click here.
Service Hour Updates (including Virtual opportunities) from Mission and Ministry
In-person service opportunities continue to adapt to the COVID-19 landscape. Mr. Verghese, Director of Service and Justice, has updated the service requirements for all grade levels. Please take a look at the updated requirements under your specific school year (including virtual opportunities) at this link.
SUPPORTING OUR COMMUNITY BY SHOPPING
Please consider shopping at AmazonSmile to support McQuaid
How can online shopping with Amazon help McQuaid? AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices and services you know from Amazon.com. 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 smile.amazon.com 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”. Thanks for making this extra effort to support McQuaid!
Shop Local Businesses with McQuaid connections
We know that alumni and current families own businesses that are open during this difficult time and we would like to do what we can to support them. Please consider adding them to your list of places to shop and visit in the upcoming months. A list of the businesses can be found here.
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.
Community Bulletin Board
Is there an event happening in our area that would benefit our parent community? Is your place of worship offering a workshop that reflects our McQuaid values and mission? If so, this is a perfect place to share the news! Please email the announcement and event details to email@example.com to have it included on our McQuaid website under the Parents’ Community Bulletin Board.
Volunteer for McQuaid Parents’ Association 2020-2021
All parents/guardians of McQuaid students are part of the McQuaid Parents’ Association. Our PA Executive Committee has been busy planning for the school year and you are invited to become involved. Share your time and talents by volunteering as little or as much fits your schedule. Check the “Parent” tab on the McQuaid website regularly for opportunities. If you have any ideas of how we can better serve you, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.