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

IMPORTANT DATES

SCHOOL IS CLOSED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE YEAR:  

Executive Order 2020-35:  https://www.michigan.gov/whitmer/0,9309,7-387-90499_90705-524032--,00.html

*To SUBSCRIBE to ZQuest Calendars, including Classroom Calendars, Click HERE.  

ZPS Updates

  • 4/2/2020:  Video from Superintendent Cal DeKuiper:  HERE

West Michigan Support Resources during COVID

  • Ottawa County Programs:  https://www.careottawacounty.com/

  • FOOD:

    • Z for Me:  District Information on Free Meals for ALL children up to age 18 in the Zeeland Community.  Children do NOT need to be Zeeland Public Schools students:  Meal Distribution Information

    • Map Available to Find Meals for Children During School Closure- The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) online map for families to find locations where meals are being provided during this period of school closure:  https://www.mcgi.state.mi.us/schoolnutrition/, updated twice each day during the closure period. Meals served under the program Unanticipated School Closure Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), are available to all children at no cost. Up to two meals per day may be served to all children ages 0-18. Includes students with disabilities ages 18-26 with an active individual education program (IEP). Questions about Michigan’s Summer Food Service Program or Unanticipated School Closure, contact MDE at 517-241-5374 or mde-sfsp@michigan.gov.

  • CHILDCARE:

FREE Online Resources for Kids Learning at Home

Click on the link for a list of companies who have opened their learning apps and websites for FREE during this time.  (General)

ADDITIONAL LINKS TO RESOURCES BY SUBJECT:  

Coronavirus (COVID) Information

  • COVID State of Michigan Hotline:  1-888-535-6136

 

  • Ottawa County Health Department Up-To-Date Info:  https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MIOTTAWA/bulletins/27e358c

Middle School Electives: PLEASE REPLY (if you have not already done so)

Friday, March 20 was the due date for all middle school elective sheets.  With that now being a non-school day, I would like to do this a little differently.  If you turned your child's sheet in before leaving on Friday (a few did), that's great and you are all set (I have them).  If you did not get the sheet turned in to me, you should have received a choices form that was stapled to a gold sheet that explained the requirements should your child be choosing to take a music elective at Creekside.  

Here are the sheets in case your current 5th grader-7th grader did not share those with you.  

Cover letter (gold sheet) explaining music elective expectations should you choose to take one of those.  

6th grade electives

7th grade electives

8th grade electives

If anyone is uncertain as to what they should choose, please email me and we can chat in order to get it all figured out!

Please plan to email me NO LATER than Wednesday, March 25 with your 20/21 elective choice for 6th-8th grade.  If I do not get your student's choice, we will need to make it for them.  

MAJOR FIELD TRIP SAVINGS PLANNING

Food Pantry Locations

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. 

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".

VOLUNTEER HERO PROGRAM

NEW for 2019-2020 School Year!

Volunteer Hero Families get 20% off of EVERY Field Trip for EACH child (under $20) for the entire semester that they have the award! 

FAMILY ORGANIZATION INFORMATION

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!

Please reload

Next Parent Group Meeting:   Thursday, February 6, 2020

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.