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  • Principal's Update 3.23.20

    Aquinas Families,
    I hope that you are all beginning to navigate distance learning and working from home. This transition continues to be a new experience for all of us. As always, we are here to help, please contact us directly if you have any questions or concerns.
    Later this week, members of the Aquinas staff and administration will be calling each family personally, to check in and see how you are doing. It is important to us that you know that the Aquinas family continues to be present even though we are not all physically together.
    Mr. Ted Mancini ’88, Principal

    Maintaining a Routine

    Routine is very important to success in distance learning. While it is possible that several people in your home are now all sharing the same workspace and even the same computer or tablet, creating a work schedule is important. Here are some tips:

    • Remember that distance learning is still school.
    • Have a designated workspace that is at a desk or table. Beds and sofas are not good places for learning. Having an attitude of learning is key.
    • Set a routine wake-up time just as if you were going to Aquinas.
    • Work with the family and others in your home to develop a schedule that works for everyone.
    • Set times for checking the web portal, participating in discussions, interactive lessons, and messaging teachers. These may vary based on when specific interactive lessons are being conducted.
    • Include time for completing written work and reading that is necessary for class work, and a time for “homework” type activity in the schedule.
    • Take time to exercise and do other activities.
    • Spend time with friends using social media or other devices like Skype or Zoom.
    • Designate some device-free time every day, especially now, as being connected is part of the learning.

    Student Attendance

    School is still in session, so attendance is important every day. If your child is sick and unable to log-in and complete work, please notify the attendance office, just as you would do on a regular school day at (585) 254-2020 x1002.

    Upcoming Events

    Senior families, we know this is a tough time for you especially. We are doing everything not to cancel important senior events. We have not changed the dates for Senior Ball or graduation yet. Dr. Cook ’99 and Mr. Mancini ’88 are working hard to make sure that we do not lose sight of how important senior year is. We will keep you all updated.
    Junior Prom has been rescheduled to Friday, June 19, same time and place.
    We continue to look at our scheduled and postponed events and will keep everyone informed of any changes.

    Spirit Week

    I am hoping that everyone is participating in our Virtual Spirit Week. We are sharing your photos on The Aquinas Institute Facebook page and Instagram account (@the_aquinas_institute). The themes for the week are:

    AQ Family Owned Businesses

    Let’s help out our AQ family! If you have restaurant currently offering carry out or delivery, or any business that’s open and operating, we want to know so we can support one another.
  • Update from Aquinas on Coronavirus

    In light of the current situation concerning COVID-19/coronavirus, we want to ensure you that The Aquinas Institute is closely monitoring the rapidly evolving situation and taking steps to keep our students, staff, and entire AQ community safe.
    We have created a web page with information on the current protocols we are taking and will be updating it with the latest information as it becomes available. Please visit 
  • Boys Basketball Team Fundraiser

    Get ready for spring and help support the Boys Basketball Team by purchasing a 12" hanging floral basket. They will arrive just in time for Mother's Day and Memorial Day! Each basket costs $25, payment is due by April 24. Click here for more information.
  • District Transportation Forms 2020-2021

    District transportation forms for the 2020-2021 school year are available through the Aquinas main office and on district websites. Forms must be filled out each year that your child requires transportation. Forms are due back to districts by April 1, 2020 in order to secure transportation for next year.   
  • College Counseling - Student Opportunities

    Summer Programs
    Summer college programs give students a hands-on introduction to various fields of study, and college life while living on a college campus. Aquinas is pleased to share a number of summer programs with our students. Please click here for the full list. While we continuously receive information about new opportunities, we encourage students to research summer college programs in their area of interest. Many programs have application fees and tuition costs associated with them. If you have any questions, please contact the counseling center.
  • Fight for Catholic School Funding

    Lawmakers are poised to finalize a state budget on March 31, which is expected to include hundreds of millions more in funding for public education. It’s crucial that we add our voice to ensure that the state’s Catholic schools receive their fair share of funding for critical programs that support our students and teachers. Take action now to send a message to your elected representatives.

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  • Attention Senior Parents

    Each year, Aquinas gathers important data regarding the amount of college scholarship money earned by the senior class. This figure will allow us to recognize the academic achievements of the Class of 2020 and share this achievement with the greater Rochester community. We ask that you please send copies of your child's award letters or outside scholarships to Mrs. Arieno in the counseling center by May 8. This includes any and all scholarships/monetary awards your child receives, whether they are attending that specific college/university or not. Copies of your child's award letters may be dropped off to Mrs. Arieno in the Counseling Center, emailed to marieno@aquinasinstitute.com, or faxed to (585) 254-7403.
  • Senior Slideshow

    Please send any senior photos you wish to have included in the end-of-the-year senior slideshow to aqseniorslideshow2020@gmail.com.  Along with pictures, please include the names of all people within the photo. Every senior must be included.  If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Vasso.
  • Senior Class - Graduation Information 2020

    Attention seniors and families! It may be hard to believe but graduation is quickly approaching. There are many events and important dates for you to know. Click here for more information and don't forget to mark your calendars!
    Dynamic Reel Productions will once again be providing exclusive videography and photography services for the 2020 Aquinas Institute Commencement Ceremony. Please click here for more information and to pre-order your video and photos.
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