par·ent/ˈperənt :  be or act as a mother or father to (someone).

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WELCOME TO THE PARENT GROUP

VISITORS

Weekly News from ZQuest

Calendar Plug-ins

Nov. 8:          No School (all of ZPS) 

Nov. 11:        Welcome Back Senora Nelson!

                       Picture Make-Up Day

                       Veteran's Day

Nov. 18:         Build-a-Bag First Night Foster Care Bag Collection begins

Nov. 25:        3rd, 4th and 5th Graders sing the National Anthem at the GR Drive Game (those who signed up)

Nov. 25-29:   Break Week/Thanksgiving 

Dec. 2:     Session #4 Begins

Dec. 5:     PTO General Meeting, 6:30pm

Dec. 10:   Creekside Choir Holiday Concert, 6th-8th grade, 7pm @ DeWitt

Dec. 12:   Creekside Band Holiday Concert, 6th-8th grade, 7pm @ DeWitt

Dec. 13:   Early Release (All ZPS)

Dec. 16:   Zeeland Dance Ensemble visits ZQ/ROO

Dec. 20:   Classroom Christmas Parties (info to come from Classroom Ambassadors and teachers)

 

Magical Christmas Parade Float

December 2, 2019 at 6:00pm

Your student(s) are invited to ride the ZQuest Float in Zeeland's Magical Christmas Parade! For ZQuest students of ALL ages!

Dress warmly and festively (antlers encouraged) to help Zeeland ring in the Holiday season.

Details on where and what time to board the float will be released when we are closer to the date and have received float placement information from parade officials. 

BUILD-A-BAG

Interested in building a bag for a child entering the foster care system?

Be on the lookout for information to come home on how you can help. 

This project will begin on November 18!

Here is what is needed most to help make their transition smooth.

 

BABIES                                                YOUTH                                                     TEENS

Sizes Newborn-3T                             Sizes 4T-10                                               Sizes 12 & Up

PJ's                                                       Pj's                                                             Pj's

Socks                                                  Socks                                                        Socks

Bottles                                                Undies                                                      Undies

             Blanket                                  Stuffed Animal/blanket                         Blankets/Throws

Baby soap                                          Body Wash                                              Body Wash

                                                             Toothpaste/brush                                 Toothpaste/brush

SKI CLUB Information (all grades are welcome)

Attention Skiers and Snowboarders!!!

 

Bittersweet Ski Resort Discount Card registration forms for students and adults are now available!

Stop in the office and pick one up, call and have one sent home, or email lrindfli@zps.org to have the forms emailed to you.

Don’t miss out on an opportunity to save money on downhill skiing and snowboarding at Bittersweet.

 

Return the completed form(s) to the school office by December 9th. The cards will be sent home before Christmas vacation.

**Note: There is no transportation for this club; parents must transport their kids to and from.  

 

If you have any questions, please contact Mark Gronevelt at mgroneve@zps.org

Ted Talk Club--ZQuest Youth Edition

You've probably all heard about or listened to a Ted Talk over the years! 

 

Mr. Cove (student teacher in 7th/8th grade) and Mr. Adams are starting a Ted Talk Youth Club at ZQuest for grades 6th-8th!  Check out the information by clicking on the link below.  All sign up requirements and information is included!  

19/20 ZQUEST CALENDAR

MAJOR FIELD TRIP SAVINGS PLANNING

"IN THE KNOW"- ZQUEST PTO BACK TO SCHOOL NEWSETTER

Don't want to enter all of those school dates into your calendar?

Well, no need to waste your time!

If you you have an online calendar, you can SUBSCRIBE to the ZQuest K-5 and/or the ZQuest 6-8th Calendar!

Classroom calendars are also available to subscribe to (you can subscribe to as many as you need/want), however they are dependent on you, parents or teachers adding the information onto these calendars.

19/20 ZQUEST FAMILY DIRECTORY

One of ZQuest's guiding principles is the belief that relationships and community are vital in the learning process.  Community is important.

 

To facilitate parents and students in connecting with other families for play dates, leisure activities and school functions, the ZQuest Parent Group has a Family Directory.

 

This directory is completely voluntary.  It only contains information from parents who submit their information to make it public to ZQuest Families.  This information is password protected, and only students, parents or guardians of ZQuest have access to this information.

 

If you would like, you can submit your information to the directory.  Once you submit your information, you will receive the password to the directory and information on how to access it.

 

Click on this link to submit your information:

https://goo.gl/forms/KuBqK9jgRyx9R7Y52

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

The ZQuest Parent Group

**The Directory can be accessed on this website www.zquestparents.com under "Family Directory".

Family Game Day & Baked Goods Sale

  • Saturday, January 25, 2020

  • 10:00am - 4:00pm

  • ZQuest/Roosevelt Cafeteria

Join your classmates, friends and family for a time of good old-fashioned (and fun) GAME PLAYING.  Come on in when you are able, go when you must.  Stay as long as you like!

Admission is just $3 per person for entry. 

  • Play an unlimited amount of games from a large selection of board, dice, card and other games OR bring your own!

  • Enjoy a cold beverage, snack or baked good from the concession stand.

  • Purchase a raffle ticket to win a fabulous game.

All proceeds benefit the ZQuest General Fund and are used toward enrichment activities and supplies.

 

**Can't make it?  We would love donations of food/beverages and/or lending us some of your personal favorite games.**

RSVP is not required, but is done just to give us an idea of how many people to expect.

Invite your friends, family, neighbors or Bridge Club.  This event is open to the general public.

Mobile Food Pantry

Feeding America is hosting a Mobile Food Pantries

 

If you are in need of food or know of someone who is in need of food, please let them know!

Please bring your own boxes & carts. No Identification or income information will be required. 

Attendance Letter

Dear ZQuest Families,

As we move into our 4th week of school and near our 1st Session Break Week, we are excited to continue helping your child learn and grow!  As we know, regular school attendance if extremely important to the overall success of your child.  Increasing school attendance can be in a very complex issue that requires a team effort and a systematic approach.  The collaboration of the community, families, schools, courts and other agencies is essential is we are to increase school attendance and growth of our students.  

Ottawa County and Zeeland Public Schools believe in the value or regular school attendance, recognizing the impact that it has on student achievement, and the overall success of each child.  We are shifting our mindset away from focusing on whether an absence is excused versus unexcused to focusing on being in school, and on time, on a regular basis.  It is our goal to help provide supports and resources so your child can be in school every day.  If you are struggling to get your child to school on a daily basis or to school on time, please let us know so we can collaborate and assist you in any way possible.  

Attached you will find the Attendance Policy for Ottawa County; keeping in mind that our goal is regular attendance.  The policy was adopted by the county to help provide common language and attendance coding for each district.  The policy also clearly defines chronic absenteeism and truancy.  Please take note of these definitions as well as the other definitions in the policy.  Please let us know what questions you might have.  We look forward to working with you to make this a successful school year!

Sincerely,

Leslie Rindfliesch, Zeeland Quest Director

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications

If you haven't filled out an application for free and reduced lunch (in most cases this is a yearly renewal and you need to reapply), there is still time to do so!

 

Even if you don't think you will qualify, filling out the application helps the school by providing us with additional funding from the government.

 

It's simple to apply. Follow this link to apply online or email Leslie for a paper application!  ​

 

http://www.lunchapp.com 

Zeeland Recreation Announcement

Are you interested in your child participating in an activity through Zeeland Rec, but aren't sure if you have the finances for them to try something?  Please read the information from Zeeland Rec Director, Brett Geertsma!

Volunteering & Building Entry Requirements

Please re-submit​ or ​submit​ ​your information for a background check in August​ by going to the following website:

 

https://v2ms.zps.org/Login.aspx

 

You will then be asked to re-submit your fingerprints and information through our volunteer/visitor computer (in the office).  This machine prints name tags once you log in when you are entering the building/classroom areas. 

  • If you do not have a visible green name tag on your clothes, you will be stopped and asked to return to the office.

  • If your name tag is yellow, it indicates that your background check has not been fulfilled yet and you will be asked to return to the office.

  • If your name tag is red, you are NOT permitted into the building at all (but please know that if you receive a letter in the mail from our Volunteer and Background Coordinator, you may appeal your denial through a letter format, and that is good for the remainder of your children’s schooling in Zeeland).​

This system is for the safety of our staff and students.  Thank you for helping us ensure their safety!

be nice.

Zeeland is a be nice. Community!

Together, Zeeland Public Schools and Zeeland Recreation believe you can have an effect on how someone thinks, acts and feels.

2019 City of Zeeland Event Calendar

Zeeland has released its 2019 Events Calendar!

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Next Parent Group Meeting:   December 5, 2019 ​

6:30 - 8:00pm

ZQuest

Extended Learning Space

**Childcare Provided on site!**

2019-2020 Meetings:

Family Directory

​One of ZQuest's guiding principles is the belief that relationships and community are vital in the learning process.  Community is important.

 

To facilitate parents and students in connecting with other families for play dates, leisure activities and school functions, the ZQuest Parent Group has a Family Directory.

 

This directory is completely voluntary.  It only contains information from parents who submit their information to make it public to ZQuest Families.  This information is password protected, and only students, parents or guardians of ZQuest have access to this information.

 

If you would like, you can submit your information to the directory.  Once you submit your information, you will receive the password to the directory and information on how to access it.

 

Click on this link to submit your information for 2019-2020 Directory:

https://goo.gl/forms/KuBqK9jgRyx9R7Y52

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

The ZQuest Parent Group

**The Directory can be accessed on this website www.zquestparents.com under "Family Directory".

Zeeland Rec FREE for Free/Reduced Lunch Kids

Are you interested in your child participating in an activity through Zeeland Rec, but aren't sure if you have the finances for them to try something?  Please read the information from Zeeland Rec Director, Brett Geertsma!

Michigan 3rd Grade Reading Legislation

In 2016, Michigan Legislature passed a bill to ensure that all children exiting 3rd grade are proficient in reading.  Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, students must show proficiency on the year end state assessment to be promoted to 4th grade.  School staff is required to provide ongoing assessment and inform parents of possible student difficulty by creating an IRIP (individualized reading improvement plan).

 

ZPS approaches this legislation not as a requirement, rather an opportunity to continue to provide the best possible reading instruction for all students.  We are dedicated to using the assessment data gathered to plan for WIN and WIN+ interventions that support student learning.  We will continue to partner with parents to ensure success for all.  

 

This week, ZPS students took home (ZQ students will bring it home at the end of the week, March 2) an informational brochure explaining the new requirement.  Please take time to read through the material and ask any questions you might have.  

 

Additionally, an informational video has been developed to provide clarity on this topic.  

Information is also available on the ZPS website.  

Items needed for ZQuest

Donate Legos!

​We are collecting Legos to use for upcoming enrichment activities & teachers will use them for classrooms. A Lego Club is being planned.   Bring donated Legos to Miss Leslie's office. Ask your grandparents, neighbors and friends to donate to our school or go on Ebay to purchase them by the pound.

Donate Slap Choppers!

​We are collecting Slap Choppers to use for next year's Stone Soup event.  Donate one that you are no longer using, or find one at a garage sale, thrift store, estate sale OR donate a brand, spanking new one.  Bring all donations to Leslie's office.

ZQuest In the News

Zeeland Educational Foundation

Annually a committee comprised of students, educators, parents and community members form to serve as the Grant Review Committee. This committee reviews the requests of funding for projects and supplies that are designed to enhance the academic excellence of our students, and go above and beyond what the curriculum budget provides. Any Zeeland Public Schools staff member may apply for grants.

Hand 2 Hand

Many families have expressed an interest in donating to Hand2Hand to help the  church who is helping some of our students weekly!  

 

A little information about Hand2Hand:

 

  • Currently Hand2Hand is in 135 schools in  West Michigan feeding approximately 4200 children!

  • Hand2Hand is honored to  partner with every early childhood, elementary, middle and high school in ZPS!      

 

Ways you can partner with Hand2Hand: ​

  • Give Financially by donating online!  Go to http://hand2handbackpack.org/donate  Select ZPS on the dropdown link    OR    

  • Send a check​ made out to​ "Hand2Hand"​ with ​ZPS​ written in the MEMO.

    •   Mail to: ​Hand2Hand  2900 Baldwin St.  Hudsonville, MI  49426

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YEARLY EVENTS
AUGUST
  • Kick off Week

  • Curriculum Night

SEPT
  • ArtPrize 

OCT
  • Pumpkin Parade

  • Fall Classroom Parties & Costume Parade