Parents’ Association

June 2022 Newsletter

Well, with your tremendous support and commitment to our boys, we have made it (almost) to the finish line!!

Final exams, sectionals, Z-Day, yearbook distributions, and graduation are all on our calendars right now. Thanks to all the parents and caregivers who help make McQuaid a loving, safe and academically challenging community. We hope your summer is restful, healthy and includes time with a good book.

Thank You
A big thank you to everyone in the McQuaid community who attended and volunteered at our events. Your participation and support is what makes them a success! A special thanks to Stephanie Carpentier, P ’24, Molly Coons, P ’23, and Doug Jeff, P ’24 for leading our Parents’ Association.  Your hard work, dedication, and commitment to McQuaid have been greatly appreciated.

Welcome to our 2022-23 Parents’ Association Executive Committee:

Co-Presidents:        Carolyn Gerstner, P ’21, ’23

Molly Coons, P ’23

Vice President:        Robin Donlon, P ’22, ’25

Co-Secretaries:        Allie Abbamonte, P ’23

                       Cory Herrema, P ’23, ’24, ’26

Co-Treasurers:        Jessica Patel, P ‘22, ‘24

                                Sheila Lecce, P ’26

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.  

Bookstore
Our bookstore has the BEST Knights merch!!! Across from the John H. Ryan Jr. gymnasium. Please visit us on-line or in person. Contact Jennifer Roxstrom with questions.

Senior Parent Send-Off
Carriero Commons was transformed into a festive atmostphere as parents/guardians of the Class of 2022 celebrated together on may 25!  With delicious food overflowing on the tables, the parents/guardians were able to share their fond memories at McQuaid Jesuit!  Whether it was recounting a tale from a musical or a win on the football field, they were able to connect and enjoy the last week at McQuaid.  Congrautations on your son’s graduation!

SAVE THE DATES:

First Friday Mass – June 3 at 7:30 a.m.
Join your son(s) for Mass at 7:30 am this Friday for the last Friday Family Mass of the 2021-22 academic year! Donuts and coffee will follow.

McQ Garment Sale – August 2022
The Annual McQuaid Jesuit Garment Sale will take place in August.  Stop by McQ to shop for your son’s gently used dress clothes for the next school year.  Donations are still being accepted and can be brought to the front office.

Volunteer for McQuaid Parents’ Association 2022-2023
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!  

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.

GOOD NEWS:

A Big Thank You
Thank you to all of the parents/guardians and families of the McQuaid community that support our events and activities throughout the year. Without your participation our events cannot be successful. A BIG thank you to all of the parents/guardians, family members and friends of McQuaid that volunteer their time, talent or treasure to the Parents’ Association, your generosity is 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 Board

Co-PresidentsStephanie Carpentier, P '24
Molly Coons, P '23
Doug Jeff, P '24
Vice-PresidentCarolyn Gerstner, P '21, '23
SecretaryAllie Abbamonte, P '23
Cory Herrema, P '23, '24, '26
TreasurerRobin Donlon, P '22, '25
Sheila Lecce, P '26
Director of Parent RelationsHeather Whiting, P '25
ModeratorFr. Phil Judge, S.J.

PA Executive Committee Meeting Minutes

I. Mission Statement:
The McQuaid Jesuit Parents’ Association supports our sons’ pursuit of excellence, service, and justice. To do so, the Association serves as a liaison between the school and its families in order to organize meaningful events that strengthen the McQuaid community.

II. Responsibilities:

  1. Organize activities which will promote the school’s mission and simultaneously strengthen bonds between McQuaid students, their families, and faculty/staff.
  2. Continue to organize and improve programs/events that are established McQuaid traditions.
  3. Develop new and meaningful programs/events that are in keeping with the school’s mission, the needs of parents and students, and the current cultural climate.
  4. Serve as a conduit for open communication between parents and staff. But the PA does not, it is important to note, serve as a complaint board. The overarching purpose of the PA is to be a positive and enriching presence within the greater McQuaid community. Grievances should be directed to and will be addressed via email correspondence with one of the Officers or appropriate Standing Committee chairperson(s).

III. Membership:

  1. Every parent and/or legal guardian of a McQuaid student is considered to be a member of the Parents’ Association.
  2. Every parent and/or legal guardian of a McQuaid student may be nominated for and hold an Officer position.
  3. There are no dues for membership.

IV. Governance Structure:

  1. The current governing structure of the PA consists of the Executive Committee, which is comprised of the following officers: President and/or Co-Presidents, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
  2. The PA Executive Committee will have two administrative Advisors (typically the President and Principal) who sit on the board and work closely with the PA to ensure consensus between the PA and administration, as well as between the PA and faculty/staff.
  3. The PA moderator (appointed by the president of McQuaid) oversees all General PA meetings held throughout the year.
  4. The Executive Committee serves and governs the PA as a whole.

V. Officers:

  1. Officers serve a term of two years, unless there are extenuating circumstances which require an officer to step down from his/her position. After an Officer’s term has expired, new candidates must be considered for the position, and if necessary, a vote shall be held. If there are no new candidates for said position, the incumbent may serve for one additional year, but not a full term.
  2. Former officers may run for another officer position within the Executive Committee, but this is not encouraged, as the PA should give as many McQuaid parents as is possible the ability to serve on the Executive Committee.
  3.  With respect to the previous points, officers are encouraged to seek out suitable candidates to replace them when their term is complete.
  4. Duties of the Officers: The PA officers will be expected to perform the following specific duties to the best of their abilities.
    1. Duties of the Presidents/Co-Presidents:
      1. Preside over Executive Board meetings and PA meetings.
      2. Serve as point of email and verbal contact between the PA and the Moderators, as well as administration/faculty, working closely with them to achieve the school’s mission and the PA’s goals as set forth each school year.
      3. Oversee and streamline content of PA website and monthly PA newsletter.
      4. Develop and solicit ideas to improve the PA’s events and McQuaid traditions.
      5. Ascertain that all Standing Committees are chaired, and all events are duly chaired/organized/staffed/executed.
      6. Determine Agenda(s) for all PA meetings and provide to Secretary in advance.
      7. Serve as a sponsor(s) of select Standing Committees.
      8. Manage PA Supply Closet and Inventory.
    2. Duties of the Vice President:
      1. Preside over Executive Committee and PA meetings when President/Co-Presidents are absent.
      2.  Assist President/Co-Presidents in all duties.
      3. Give input/advice regarding meeting agendas.
      4. Serve as a sponsor(s) of a select Standing Committee.
    3. Duties of the Treasurer:
      1. Give a summary of all PA income and expenses at the start of each PA meeting.
      2. Serve as point of email and verbal contact between PA and McQuaid Treasurer about expenditures and revenue.
      3. Keep documentation of all PA receipts and expense reports.
      4. Keep Executive Committee apprised of viable financing for proposed events.
      5. Communicate with appropriate chairpersons of both Standing Committees and events when needed.
      6. Serve as a sponsor(s) of select Standing Committees.
    4. Duties of the Secretary:
      1. Record the minutes of all Executive Committee and PA meetings. Send electronic copies of these minutes to Officers and Advisors following each meeting. Upload PA meeting minutes to PA website.
      2. Upload agenda to PA website prior to meeting. Also have hard copies of PA agenda prepared for distribution at meeting.
      3. Serve as a sponsor(s) of a select Standing Committee.
    5. Duties of the Advisors:
      1. Attend Executive Committee meetings at least bi-monthly. Attend PA meetings when necessary to give relevant updates to the parent community.
      2. Advise PA on viability of proposed events and programs.
      3. Keep Executive Board apprised of faculty/staff feedback regarding PA events and programs, helping to strengthen the relationship between parents and faculty/staff.
      4. Appoint appropriate internal faculty/administrative liaisons to each of the Standing Committees.
      5. Advise PA on correct faculty/staff point people for events/programs.

VI. Standing Committees:

There are seven (7) Standing Committees, each of which is presently sponsored by a PA officer. The committees are as follows: Social Events, Hospitality, Service, Spiritual, Education, Co-Ed Social Events for Students, and Communications.

  1. The chairperson(s) of each committee is solicited from the members of the PA, and has the following duties:
    1. The chairperson(s) of each committee organizes and attends their designated events, soliciting and directing committee members/volunteers as appropriate.
    2. The chairperson(s) is expected to communicate with their Standing Committee sponsor about general plans for each event.
    3. The chairperson(s) will report back to their Standing Committee sponsor after each event with attendance, outcome, and ways to improve the event for the next year.
    4. The chairperson(s) is expected to fill out an event summary sheet with the above information, and submit an electronic copy to both their Standing Committee sponsor and the PA secretary.
    5. The chairperson(s) should submit all receipts for their event to the McQuaid Treasurer, as well as inform the PA treasurer about expenditures and revenue, when applicable.
  2. The mission and duties of the Standing Committees are as follows:
    1. Social Events:  The primary responsibility of this committee is to oversee the signature Social Events within the McQuaid Jesuit Community, such as Mother’s Tea, Wine & Beer Party, Teacher Appreciation Luncheon, Mom Prom, and Father/Son Ballgame.
    2. Hospitality:  The primary responsibilities of this committee are to oversee and support all Hospitality (Open House, Advent Liturgy etc.) & Misc. Events (Administrative Professionals Day, Prospective Student Basketball Game) for the McQuaid Jesuit Community.
    3. Service:  The primary responsibility of this committee is to oversee Mothers for Others, as well as other PA service programs, such as My Brother’s Closet, etc.
    4. Spiritual:  The primary responsibility of this committee is to develop and organize spiritual events for the McQuaid community (Outdoor Welcome Liturgy, Advent Mother/Son Prayer Service, Father/Son Mass and Brunch, etc).
    5. Education:  The primary responsibilities of this committee are to arrange speakers for PA meetings, serve as PA representation at school events such as New Parent Orientations, and run the Barnes & Noble book fair.
    6. Coed Social Events for Students:  The primary responsibility of this committee is to work closely with the administration, staff, Executive Council and Class Officers to develop events/activities that give McQuaid students the opportunity to interact with young women.
    7. Communication:  The primary responsibility of this committee is to manage all PA communication, including but not limited to the website, correspondence to parents/faculty/staff in times of difficulty or bereavement, overseeing the Parent Ambassador program, and more.

VII. Meetings:

There are three types of PA meetings: Executive Board/Executive Committee Meetings, Parents Association Meetings, and Standing Committee Meetings.

  1. The Executive Board/Committee shall meet approximately one time per month throughout the year. These meetings are generally closed, but guests and Standing Committee chairpersons may be invited to sit in and collaborate. The advisors will ideally attend every other month, as determined by their schedule.
  2. The Parents Association shall meet five times over the course of the school year. These dates and times will be noted on the school calendar and PA website. These meetings are open to all members, faculty, and administration.
  3. Standing Committees are encouraged to meet at least once per semester, to assure that all committee members are on the same page about upcoming events. Chairpersons may invite guests at their discretion. Chairpersons are also encouraged to include the Committee sponsor and internal liaisons, but it is not necessary if lines of communication remain open.

VIII. Amendments to the Constitution:

  1. The PA Constitution must be reviewed by the Executive Committee every three years. The amended sections and/or document as a whole must be re-adopted by means of a vote at the next PA meeting.
  2. Amendments should be submitted to the PA Advisors for approval at least 30 days prior to the vote.
  3. Amendments may be passed by a vote of two-thirds of those present at said PA meeting. (Given the typically low numbers of parents present at any PA meeting, there is no set quorum.)