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

March 3:    3rd/4th Grade to Meijer & DeVos Children's Hospital, 9:45am-2:00pm

March 4:    5th Grade to CRK for elective orientation (10:30am) & to each lunch (12pm)

                    8th Grade High School Visitation, 9:45am-12:15pm

March 5:    8th Grade High School Course Selection meeting with HS Counselors

                    Theater Workshop, 3rd-8th grade, 3:45pm-5:30pm (enrichment)

March 6:    Fork It Over (annual ZQ Adults only Fundraiser)

March 13:  Early Release @ 10:45am (6th-8th) & 11:50am (K-5th)

March 17:  Elementary Art Show @ Royal Atrium, 5:30pm-7:30pm

March 24:  6th Grade Friendship Choir Concert

March 25:  7th & 8th Grade Choir Concert

March 31:  3rd/4th Grade to Holland Energy Park, 12pm-2:30pm

April 2:      5th Grade Boys and Girls Growing Up Meeting, Parents Encouraged and Welcomed, 2pm

April 3:      ZPS SPRING BREAK!

April 13:    School RESUMES

April 14:    8th Grade PSAT Testing (please NO absences, tardies or early pick ups today!)

April 16:    General PTO Meeting, 6:30pm

April 17:    Crazy Hat Day to Support Children's Advocacy Center. $1 to wear a hat

April 22:   Incoming Kindergarten Screening

April 24:   Early Release @ 10:45am (6th-8th) & 11:50am (K-5th)

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

Theater Enrichment Workshop Opportunity- Hurry to Sign Up!

We are so excited to be able to offer an amazing opportunity for 3rd-8th Grade ZQuest Students.  

 

Robert Torgerson (better known as "Torg") was an English Literature Teacher at Zeeland High School and Director of the Zeeland High Players theater group for over 25 years before retiring (sort of!).  He has a rich background in theater, an infectious spirit and a love of kids.  (https://www.woodtv.com/news/zeeland-students-say-goodbye-to-retiring-theater-teacher/)

 

He has graciously agreed to teach a FUN workshop to teach some basic stage skills to help us boost the confidence of our students that are interested in joining the ZQuest spring stage production this year.  

 

If your student(s) are hesitant about being on stage, not sure if it is for them, or just would like to explore theater while not being "on stage", then please have them sign up.  It is free and open to all 3rd-8th Graders.

 

Contact Deanna Kraak (deanna.kraak@gmail.com) with any questions.  

Family Roller Rink Night: February 27, 2019 6:00-8:00pm

 

Come join us for our third annual night at the Roller Rink!

February 27, 2020:  6:00 - 8:00pm

 

It's such a blast and a great way for us adults to rediscover those vintage moves we know we still have, our students to get all their excess energy out while staying warm indoors, and a chance to connect with our school community!

Bonus: We will have the rink to OURSELVES!! Bring on the ZQ party!

Super Bonus: Since we are a school group, the Rink is giving ZQ back 60% of every entrance ticket sale that night to go into the school's general fund! YES! Please invite your family, friends, neighbors! 

Mega Bonus: Our friends at The Rink are allowing us to set up a baked goods table.  Please sign up if you and/or your student would like to bring a goodie to contribute!   All proceeds will go to the ZQ general fund.   Please bring cash or check to purchase these treats!

INSANITY BONUS!!!    The class with the most number of students attending will WIN an Ice Cream Sundae Bar for your room!  (Special accommodations for those with gluten, dairy or other dietary needs).  

 

Donated baked goods can be brought to The Rink that night from 6:00-6:30pm. The table will open to begin selling at 7. Yum!

Admission: $5.50

Location:  The Rink     

       

More Information:  http://www.therinkholland.com/

​FORK IT OVER: March 6, 2020

WHAT:   6th ANNUAL FORK IT OVER FUNDRAISER, an ADULT-only event for ZQuest parents and supporters to mingle, donate, eat, drink and raise money for ZQuest!

WHO:      Zquest Parents Plus.  Oh, you want to invite your neighbors? Your mom and dad?  What?! - your life group and bowling league want to come too?  Whomever your village is please invite them all to our adult- only ZQuest school fundraiser. It's a fun night to socialize with other ZQ Families and meet new people while raising money for our  school, their family and friends.  The more the merrier.  No children, please.  We want childless merriment.  

  **Can’t swing any more than a sitter and tickets for the evening? Come and enjoy the night out! Everyone gives what they can!**  


WHEN:    Friday, March 6, 2020.  7-10 p.m.

WHERE:  Prairie Winds Barn, 6611 Prairie Winds Dr., Zeeland

HOW:        

  •       Entry Tickets: $5 in advance or at the door.  Buy in advance and get 2 free raffle tickets.  

  •       Raffle Tickets:  $1 and $5 raffle tickets are available for purchase all night.  Place your ticket in the jars         of your favorite fabulous prizes.  If your ticket is drawn, you WIN!

  •       8:00pm=  First round raffle winners drawing

  •       8:30pm=  2nd round raffle winners will be drawn.

  •       9:00pm= Live Auction.

  •       9:30pm= Last round of raffle winners drawn.

       Additional raffle tickets will be available for purchase that night, for when you find those things that you just HAVE to have! Checks, plastic, and cold hard cash are all accepted.

THE DETAILS:

  • In  Advance

    • On Paper:  (aka get your name on “the list” at the door) and get two free raffle tickets

      • Print and use this FORM to send in your cash or check with your first and last name in a sealed envelope. Label the envelope Fork It Over and have your child turn it in to Leslie.  Make checks payable to Zeeland Quest.  RSVP by Monday March 2, 2020 to get on the magic list. You will receive your raffle tickets at the event.  

    • Online: (for those of us who send things to school but it "just disappears")   https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090944a5ad2da57-fork1 

  • At the Door

    • Entry Tickets are still just $5 at the door, but no free raffle tickets.  Cash, Check or Credit Card. Gold bullion also accepted.  

  • In Absentia

    •  Looking to contribute but can't make the event?  Have no fear! We will gladly take your money! You can drop off your cash or check (ZQuest, memo: FIO) to Leslie in an envelope please. Money donated (non raffle/auction money) is tax deductible as ZQ is a 501(c)3 non profit. We promise not to discriminate against any money coming in!  

TIPS:  

  • Want a sneak peek of what's in store? Check out the FB event here at  https://www.facebook.com/events/510491686486151/  

  • Loved that wine last year? It sold like hotcakes! We'll have wine again. Same deal - red and white. Some with surprise gift certificates. Bonus! you can drink it right then!

  • Live auction will be at the end of the night. Be sure to check out that table and if need be get a group together and bid together.  Split the booty.  

  • Teacher donations are also in play again this year. In past years teachers have taken kids to the movies, out to breakfast, and even soccer lessons. Can't wait to see what they come up with this year!

BRING:

  • An appetizer or dessert to share.   We'll provide the cups, plates, napkins, water, and plastic ware.

  • Your Own Beverage (yup, alcohol is encouraged if it will loosen your purse strings) - whether that's single malt scotch, PBR or cola.

  • Your "before kids" fun loving personality!  If you want, dress to impress and have a great time.

QUESTIONS:

  • Please email Kyle Murray at raye5953@yahoo.com with subject FIO or Fork It Over.


 ALL PROCEEDS DIRECTLY BENEFIT OUR AMAZING STUDENTS FOR FIELD TRIPS, CLASSROOM SUPPLIES, EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES AND SO MUCH MORE!  

ZKids Registration

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!!!!

Registration for the 2020/2021 BEFORE and AFTER school care will BEGIN on FEBRUARY 3!

2020 Summer Camp registration takes place MARCH 19.

ALL needed enrollment papers are ONLINE by going to the Zeeland Public School's website, click on SCHOOLS, toggle over to ZKids under PROGRAMS. You can take care of your registration all right there!

If you have questions, please contact Cheryl Kraker at ckraker@zps.org or 748-4711.

ZQuest School Events Reinvention!

The ZQuest staff is exploring the possibility of shaking up the end-of-year events that have been mainstays in the past. Primarily, we are looking at possibly moving away from a camp experience every year and replacing that with grade-band-specific "big trips," such as a Chicago trip, John Ball Zoo, or Rebounderz, for example. These would be held on alternating years to larger trips like Mackinac Island or DC.

 

We would also like to explore changing up how field day runs, making it less labor-intensive for parents and just as fun for kids. We still want to keep this experience as a K-8 event, as that is a big part of our ZQ culture. Some ideas could include a school picnic, kickball tournament, or allowing students to choose from several different activities.

Please consider taking the survey (linked below) to help us reinvent what these events could look like!  

Behold the Bold Umbellapohant! Family Symphony Concert- March 22, 2020

This event is a family concert directed at young children and families.  It is a great way to get to know and love the symphony at an affordable price.   Music is incredibly important in development of the mind and we are extremely fortunate to have a wonderful symphony in Holland.  This event is held at the DeWitt Auditorium at Zeeland East High School.  

 

You can go on the Holland Symphony website, check it out and buy tickets: https://www.hollandsymphony.org/event/family-concert-behold-the-bold-umbrellaphant/

 

If the concert is not in your budget, please contact Leslie Rindfliesch confidentially  at lrindfli@zps.org and the PTO can help you purchase tickets for your family. 

School Dance- The Roaring 2020s- May 1, 2020

The Roaring 2020'S

ZQuest is bringing The Roaring 20s into 2020!

Mark your calendars for a super-fun event for all students!  Dancing, Refreshments and more Dancing!

K-5 grades:     6:00pm-7:30pm
6-8 grades only:        7:30-9:00pm

**If you are interested in helping plan this fantastic event, please contact Kyle Murray or Lindsey Eppink

Memorial Day Parade- Monday May 25, 2020

All students are invited to participate in this annual parade. 

 

Meeting location and time will be announced.

  • Students K-2 are invited to March in their red, white and blue finest,

  • Students grades 3 and up are invited to either march or decorate their bikes and ride.

 

Join us to remember and honor the brave.  

Michigan Travel Pass

Did you know that your library card can be your best travel companion?

 

Discover hundreds of Michigan's cultural destinations and natural attractions with your Michigan library card!

 

You can "check out" FREE or discounted admission passes (or other exclusive offers) to hundreds of Michigan state parks, campgrounds, museums, trails, arts & cultural destinations, and more.

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. 

19/20 ZQUEST CALENDAR

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!

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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".