2021-22 Parents’ Association Newsletters

Parents’ Association Monthly Newsletter
Vol. VI; Issue II
September 2021

The school year is almost underway! Our halls are busy with last-minute cleaning, changes, and many familiar and new faces. Everyone is excited to welcome your sons back for an almost “normal” school year. Please make sure to see other notices from McQuaid with details on mini-class night, Fall events, and important upcoming dates. 

HERE is the 2021-22 calendar.

We are looking for new parents to join our team – all parents and guardians are part of the Parents’ Association and we would love to have your help. Keep up-to-date and informed by visiting our website HERE.  

Thanks to all who joined the Opening Mass on Sunday August 29, and especially to everyone who donated food items or otherwise assisted.

The annual McQuaid Garment Sale was a fantastic success!  A giant thank you to all who donated gently used clothing items. One thing we can count on at McQuaid is constant growth! The Garment Sale is the Parents’ Association’s largest fundraiser of the year, and helps us provide social gatherings, spiritual events, as well as teacher, nurse and administrative appreciation throughout the school year. 

Bookstore
The bookstore has moved to a new location across from the John H. Ryan Jr. gymnasium.  Please visit us on-line or in person. Pre-order your new Mom apparel now as quantities are limited. Contact Jennifer Roxstrom with questions.

SAVE THE DATE:

*NEW* Friday Family Mass
Join your son(s) for Mass at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, September 10 in the Chapel.  The daily Mass held the first Friday of every month will be the Friday Family Mass and we hope to see you there!  Donuts will be provided.

​​​​​​​Wednesday, September 29 – Parents’ Association Open Meeting
The Parents’ Association at McQuaid is a fun, energetic group and it includes YOU!  So, begin the new school year by attending our first meeting, virtually! It’s a great way to become involved with school activities, and hear about highlights for the upcoming year. The Zoom information will be sent when we are closer to the meeting date.

School Pictures
School pictures for grades 6-11 will be taken during students’ PE classes from September 9 – 14.  Students will not dress for PE on those dates and should be in full dress code as outlined in the student handbook.  Please watch your email for Picture Day ordering information from Lifetouch.  Paper order forms will be available in the Dean of Students’ Office should you choose to order with cash or a check.  Picture makeup day will be on October 18.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

Check out McQuaid’s Photo Galleries
Be sure to take a look at the photo galleries from recent McQuaid events, including Senior Decision Day, Spring Awards Assembly and Class of 2022 Junior Ring Ceremony.  You can view the galleries HERE.

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 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) HERE

HELP WANTED:

Volunteer for McQuaid Parents’ Association 2021-2022
All parents/guardians of McQuaid students are part of the McQuaid Parents’ Association. Our PA Executive Committee is continually planning for activities 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 pa@mcquaid.org.  The hope is for our events calendar to be full again next year with in-person activities so we would love your help coordinating and promoting them.  We would love you to join our team of volunteers!  

​​​​​​​GOOD NEWS:

A Big Thank You
Thank you to all of the parents/guardians and families of the McQuaid community that supported our events and activities throughout the year. Without your participation our events could not have been successful. A BIG thank you to all of the parents/guardians, family members and friends of McQuaid that volunteered their time, talent or treasure to the Parents’ Association, your generosity was felt by our entire community. 

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!

Parents’ Association Monthly Newsletter
Vol. VI; Issue I
August 2021

Welcome back to the start of a more “normal” school year! We hope you are having a wonderful summer and your sons are getting exercise, reading, and making quality family memories. Before we know it, school will be back in session.

We are looking for new parents to join our team – all parents and guardians are part of the Parents’ Association and we would love to have your help.

MEET THE PA!

McQuaid Jesuit’s PA Executive Committee members for the 2021-2022 school year are:

Doug Jeff, P ’24, Co-President
Stephanie Carpentier, P ’24, Co-President
Molly Coons, P ’23, Co-President
Carolyn Gerstner, P ’21, ’23 Vice President
Cory Herrema, P ’23, Co-Secretary
Allison Abbamonte, P ’23, Co-Secretary
Robin Donlon, P ’22, ’25, Co-Treasurer
Sheila Lecce, P ’26, Co-Treasurer

Members of the Executive Committee will be at the new parent orientation sessions August 24 and 25. Please stop over to meet them or ask questions.


SAVE THE DATE:

New High School Parent Orientation – Tuesday, August 24 at 6 p.m.
Parents and guardians of new students in grades 9, 10, and 11 are welcome to attend this session being held in the Auditorium. We will address academic life, student activities, campus ministry, our counseling program, and more.

New Middle School Parent Orientation – Wednesday, August 25 at 6 p.m.
Parents and guardians of new students in grades 6, 7, and 8 are welcome to attend this session being held in the Auditorium. We will address our unique middle school program, including academics, student life, and more.

Welcome Back Mass – Sunday, August 29 at 4 p.m.
Begin the new academic year by attending our Welcome Back Mass and Pizza Dinner, taking place on Carriero Commons. Fr. Phil Judge, S.J. will celebrate Mass and a pizza dinner will immediately follow. In the event of rain, the Mass and festivities will be held in the DiMarco Field House. There is no cost to attend but we ask that you register below by Friday, August 27 by clicking HERE. The PA will supply the pizza and beverages and invite guests to sign up to bring either a salad or dessert by clicking HERE.

McQuaid Garment Sale – Monday and Tuesday, August 30 and 31
The annual McQuaid Garment Sale will take place August 30 from 2 – 5 p.m., and August 31 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Stop by to shop for gently used dress code clothes. We will set up in the hallway outside the Auditorium. All items will sell for a nominal amount or donation. Payment can be made by cash or check only.


UPCOMING PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION EVENTS:

PA Annual Meeting – Wednesday, September 29 at 7 p.m.
The Parents’ Association at McQuaid is a fun, energetic group and it includes YOU! So, begin the new school year by attending our first meeting, virtually! It’s a great way to become involved with school activities, and hear about highlights for the upcoming year. More information will be sent in September.

Beer and Wine Social – Saturday, October 9
The Parents’ Association is hosting a Wine and Beer Tasting get-together. This event provides parents the opportunity to visit with each other in a casual environment and to meet new McQ parents. Fine wines and unique beers are served along with hors d’oeuvres. Mark your calendar and look for more details in September.


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

Check out McQuaid’s Photo Galleries
Be sure to take a look at the photo galleries from recent McQuaid events, including Senior Decision Day, Spring Awards Assembly and Class of 2022 Junior Ring Ceremony. You can view the galleries HERE.

Knight Quest 2030 is underway!
Fr. 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 from Mission and Ministry
In-person service opportunities continue to adapt to the COVID-19 landscape. Mr. Verghese, director of service & justice, has updated the service requirements for all grade levels. Please take a look at the updated requirements under your specific school year HERE.


HELP WANTED:

Volunteer for McQuaid Parents’ Association 2021-2022
All parents/guardians of McQuaid students are part of the McQuaid Parents’ Association. Our PA Executive Committee is continually planning for activities 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 pa@mcquaid.org. The hope is for our events calendar to be full again next year with in-person activities so we would love your help coordinating and promoting them. We would love you to join our team of volunteers!


GOOD NEWS:

Thank you to all of the parents/guardians and families of the McQuaid community who supported our events and activities throughout the year. Without your participation our events could not have been successful. A BIG thank you to all of the parents/guardians, family members and friends of McQuaid who volunteered their time, talent or treasure to the Parents’ Association. Your generosity was felt by our entire community.


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, log in with your regular Amazon user id and password, click on Accounts and ListsYour Account, and under Other Programs you will find Change your Amazon Smile Charity. Thanks for making this extra effort to support McQuaid!


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