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Reminders:

  • Jan 15 – MLK Jr. Day – NO SCHOOL
  • Jan 17 – All School Spelling Bee Giftedness 101 Book Discussion
  • Jan 18 – My Favorite Things
  • Jan 22 – Meet Our Alumni Night

WANTED: Quest Science Fair Judges

We are looking for parents, family, and friends to judge at Science Fair. Click here for more information and the registration form. No experience is required. It is a great opportunity for parents of younger students to see what is in store for your children in middle school. Our 7th and 8th grade students have been working hard on their projects and we need help at the fair to get their projects judged.

You Be The Chemist Challenge

Congratulations to Shambhavi P. and Rachna G. on qualifying to represent Quest Academy at the You Be the Chemist Schaumb urg Regional Challenge on Monday, February 12 at the Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg. We wish them luck and know they will do a phenomenal job!

Final Quest Annual Fund Update through 2017


Thank you Quest families for your gifts to the Quest Annual Fund through the end of 2017! All donors are recognized on the bulletin board by the Front Desk. It takes the combined efforts of our students, parents, faculty, administrators, alumni and friends to deliver the best education for our students. Thank you for understanding and supporting this important principle of independent school education. Quest Academy could not be all that it is without your partnership.

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Invest In Kids Act


Illinois recently passed legislation allowing for tax credit scholarships to fund non-public education. The Invest In Kids Act allows DONORS to reserve a donation that will qualify for a 75% Illinois Tax Credit. And it will allow for SCHOLARSHIPS to be awarded from those funds to qualified recipients.


To participate as a DONOR, you will need to:

  1. Consult with your tax advisor to determine if this program makes sense for you.
  2. Activate your account at https://mytax.illinois.gov/
  3. Reserve your tax credit with the Illinois Department of Revenue. Tax credit applications opened January 2, 2018, and it is anticipated that interest will be high and the fund may reach its limit quickly.
    - Designate the region you would like your donation to benefit. Quest is in Region 1, Cook County.
    - Select Empower Illinois as your Scholarship Granting Organization. And note that our school can be listed as either "Quest" or "Creative Children's Academy"
  4. Make your donation within 60 days.


Details about eligibility for SCHOLARSHIPS and the scholarship process can be found at https://empowerillinois.org/


More information about the program in general can also be found by clickinghttp://www.revenue.state.il.us/InvestInKids/


Thank you for supporting Quest Academy! If you have any questions, please reach out to Shawna Brauer, Director of Finance at Shawna.Brauer@QuestAcademy.org

Preparing for the 2018-2019 School Year at Quest


Re-enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year is right around the corner! To help your family prepare, please note these important dates:


February 1, 2018 (Thurs) – Plan to attend the 2017-2018 State of the School and watch for 2018-2019 contracts to be delivered electronically for your convenience. More information will be available to our Quest community as we approach 2/1.


February 21, 2018 (Wed) – All contracts for 2018-2019 are due back to secure your space in the class and to avoid the $500 late penalty.


June 1, 2018 (Fri) – We know that life can take unexpected turns. Should you return your contract and experience a change of plans for next year, please note that this is the last day to withdraw for the 2018-2019 school year without being responsible for the full year's tuition as outlined in the contract.


Note regarding Financial Aid – If you plan to apply for Financial Aid for the 2018-2019 school year, please reference this guide for more information about deadlines and required documentation.

Night of All Knights Auction & Gala Update


Last call for event sponsors to be included in our invitations.

Sponsorship Form


Join us for our upcoming "My Favorite Things; An Auction Item Gathering Event" on Thursday, January 18th. Light refreshments will be provided or you are welcome to "drop n' go" if you'd prefer. See the donation form here.

Thank you,

Roberta Sullivan & Victoria Di Iorio, Co-Chairs
auction@questacademy.org

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Coming up the last week in January (January 23, 24, 26) is the Lower School Drama INFORMANCE WEEK for 3 year olds through 4th grade. INFORMANCE WEEK is a way to get a taste of what your child is doing in the classroom. Unlike a performance that focuses on the final product, an INFORMANCE focuses on the process.


We hope you attend INFORMANCE WEEK and see part of the process at work. All you have to do is respond to this email by filling out the Google Form, click the button below. The instructions on the form will explain what to do. If you have more than one child, you can decide which classes to attend.

YOU MUST RSVP TO ATTEND- we are planning ahead to have name tags ready for you at the front desk.


See you then!

Mrs. Armentrout

Parent Ed Opportunity – Gifted 101

We will be hosting a book discussion in conjunction with Chicago Gifted Community Center (CGCC) at Quest on January 17, 2018, from 7:00-8:30 PM. Amanda Davey, Director of Enrollment Management, will facilitate the discussion. The event is open to public so please share with your friends and family. Register here.

Reminders:

  • Dec 25-Jan 5 – Winter Break - NO SCHOOL
  • Jan 9 – Geography Bee
  • Jan 12 – Alumni Reunion
  • Jan 15 – MLK Jr. Day – NO SCHOOL
  • Jan 17 – All School Spelling Bee
  • Jan 17 – Giftedness 101 Book Discussion
  • Jan 18 – My Favorite Things

Quest Annual Fund Update

Thank you Quest families that have generously contributed to the 2017-18 Quest Annual Fund to-date! We are recognizing these families on the bulletin board by the Front Desk.

Be sure to donate prior to December 31, 2017 to get your tax deduction for this year.

Thank you and enjoy the winter break!

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Preparing for the 2018-2019 School Year at Quest

Re-enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year is right around the corner! To help your family prepare, please note these important dates:

February 1, 2018 (Thurs) – Plan to attend the 2017-2018 State of the School and watch for 2018-2019 contracts to be delivered electronically for your convenience. More information will be available to our Quest community as we approach 2/1.

February 21, 2018 (Wed) – All contracts for 2018-2019 are due back to secure your space in the class and to avoid the $500 late penalty.

June 1, 2018 (Fri) – We know that life can take unexpected turns. Should you return your contract and experience a change of plans for next year, please note that this is the last day to withdraw for the 2018-2019 school year without being responsible for the full year's tuition as outlined in the contract.

Note regarding Financial Aid – If you plan to apply for Financial Aid for the 2018-2019 school year, please reference this guide for more information about deadlines and required documentation.

Night of All Knights Auction & Gala Update

Do you have Saturday, March 10, 2018 marked in your calendars? We hope so, as we'd like to see as many Quest parents there as possible for a night of fun and fundraising in support of our kids!

Also, please check your child(ren)'s Friday Folder last week for event sponsorship anddonation forms, as well as a flyer for our upcoming "My Favorite Things; An Auction Item Gathering Event" to be held on Thursday, January 18th.

We look forward to communicating more as the event date nears. Thank you in advance for everyone's support!

Roberta Sullivan & Victoria Di Iorio, Co-Chairs
auction@questacademy.org

Getting Ready For Kindergarten

Pre-Kindergarten parents will want to schedule the IQ test in preparation for the enrollment process of joining Kindergarten in the fall.

To assist you, we have invited IQ testing professionals to our campus on Thurs., Jan. 11, 2018 at 8:45 am. This is a great opportunity to get to know our psychologists, learn more about the process, and schedule appointments. Mingle with our teachers and administrators as we gather to learn about this important step toward qualifying for Kindergarten at Quest Academy.

All questions can be submitted to admission@questacademy.org. Let us know if you can attend!

Parent Ed Opportunity – Gifted 101

We will be hosting a book discussion in conjunction with Chicago Gifted Community Center (CGCC) at Quest on January 17, 2018, from 7:00-8:30 PM. Amanda Davey, Director of Enrollment Management, will facilitate the discussion. The event is open to public so please share with your friends and family. Register here.

No-Cost Fundraisers

Use 2ClickFundraising and/or Amazon Smile to Give to Quest Academy When You Shop

As we enter this season of giving, please keep Quest in mind when shopping.

1. AmazonSmile: log onto smile.amazon.com, select a charity: you will find us listed under Creative Children's Academy (our original name), and 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases will be donated to Quest.

2. Visit 2clickfundraising.com BEFORE you shop, select Quest Academy PSA, then shop with Target, 1-800-Flowers, etc. and 4% - 13% comes back to Quest!

3. Encourage family and friends to do their online shopping to benefit Quest as well!

Reminders:

Parent Meetings

Tuesday, Dec 19 – 6:30-7:30PM

Wednesday, Dec 20 – 8:30-9:30AM

  • Dec 18 – Character Ed Pageant
  • Dec 21 – Band Concert
  • Dec 25-Jan 5 – Winter Break - NO SCHOOL


2017-2018 Performance DVD Order Form – You can purchase professional recordings of selected school performances. Click here for the order form.

Quest Annual Fund Update


Thank you Quest families that have generously contributed to the 2017-18 Quest Annual Fund since last week:

Ciccolella Family, 7th

Mark & Elizabeth Dosier, 4th

Mitckess Family, 7th
Roxana Naughton, 4th

Pajtek Family, 2nd
Zahn Family, 2nd


If you haven't had the opportunity to participate yet, feel free to do so by clicking on the button below.

Thank you for supporting each student, every day through the Quest Annual Fund!

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Preparing for the 2018-2019 School Year at Quest


Re-enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year is right around the corner! To help your family prepare, please note these important dates:


February 1, 2018 (Thurs) – Plan to attend the 2017-2018 State of the School and watch for 2018-2019 contracts to be delivered electronically for your convenience. More information will be available to our Quest community as we approach 2/1.


February 21, 2018 (Wed) – All contracts for 2018-2019 are due back to secure your space in the class and to avoid the $500 late penalty.


June 1, 2018 (Fri) – We know that life can take unexpected turns. Should you return your contract and experience a change of plans for next year, please note that this is the last day to withdraw for the 2018-2019 school year without being responsible for the full year's tuition as outlined in the contract.


Note regarding Financial Aid – If you plan to apply for Financial Aid for the 2018-2019 school year, please reference this guide for more information about deadlines and required documentation.

Night of All Knights Auction & Gala Update


Do you have Saturday, March 10, 2018 marked in your calendars? We hope so, as we'd like to see as many Quest parents there as possible for a night of fun and fundraising in support of our kids!


Also, please check your child(ren)'s Friday Folder for event sponsorship and donation forms, as well as a flyer for our upcoming "My Favorite Things; An Auction Item Gathering Event" to be held on Thursday, January 18th.


We look forward to communicating more as the event date nears. Thank you in advance for everyone's support!


Roberta Sullivan & Victoria Di Iorio, Co-Chairs
auction@questacademy.org

Parent Ed Opportunity – Gifted 101

We will be hosting a book discussion in conjunction with Chicago Gifted Community Center (CGCC) at Quest on January 17, 2018, from 7:00-8:30 PM. Amanda Davey, Director of Enrollment Management, will facilitate the discussion. The event is open to public so please share with your friends and family. Register here.

No-Cost Fundraisers

Use 2ClickFundraising and/or Amazon Smile to Give to Quest Academy When You Shop

As we enter this season of giving, please keep Quest in mind when shopping.


1. AmazonSmile: log onto smile.amazon.com, select a charity: you will find us listed under Creative Children's Academy (our original name), and 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases will be donated to Quest.

2. Visit 2clickfundraising.com BEFORE you shop, select Quest Academy PSA, then shop with Target, 1-800-Flowers, etc. and 4% - 13% comes back to Quest!


3. Encourage family and friends to do their online shopping to benefit Quest as well!

Reminders:

  • Dec 12 – Grades 2-5 Winter Concert
  • Dec 15 – Grades PS-1 Winter Concert
  • Dec 21 – Band Concert
  • Dec 25-Jan 5 – Winter Break - NO SCHOOL


2017-2018 Performance DVD Order Form – You can purchase professional recordings of selected school performances. Click here for the order form.

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Quest Annual Fund

Thank you to the following Quest families that have generously contributed to the 2017-18 Quest Annual Fund! You have proudly joined 100% of our dedicated faculty and staff that have contributed as well.

Antonelli Family, 4th

Debraj and Deepa Banerjee, 2nd

Michael Bukhalo, MD, 3rd, 6th & 8th

Cheryl Lynn Bunyan, 5th

Campbell - Brown Family, 5th & 7th

Kevin & Colleen Bulatek, 8th

Chia Family, 7th

Ninita & Vaibhav Choksey, 4th, & 6th

Daum Family, 4th

Diaz Family, K, 4th, 6th & 8th

Marvis Donalson, 7th

Rich and Karine Fiore, 6th

Friend of Quest Academy, 8th

Friend of Quest Academy, 2nd

Gacek Family, 8th

Hetal Shah and Katik Ganeshan, 3rd & 6th

Ashwani and Sapna Garg, 4th

George Family, Pre-K & 7th

Guo Family, 2nd

Nitin and Saloni Gupta, 3rd & 5th

Halimi Family, 6th & 8th

Derrick and Becky Havis, 2nd

Hernacki Family, K & 3rd

Yelena Kazinsky, 4th & 8th

Lui Family, 8th, 4th and 1s

Jae and Myonsook Lee, 5th & 8th

Kesani Family, 5th

Levine Family, 6th

Alan and Christina Magerkurth, 6th

Krishnan Narayanan, 3rd

Peter and Vicki Parthenis, 1st & 2nd

Pushparaj Family, 5th

Reader Family, 8th

Catherine and George Reichl, 8th

Sedhurasan Family, 1st

Seoane Family, 4th & 8th

Serafin/Kendrick Family, Pre-K

Carl Siemianowski, 8th

Sivakami Thayu and Jeremy Marmer, 8th

Thompson Family, PS

Wojdyla Family, 5th

We look forward to this list continuing to grow through the end of the year! If you haven't had the opportunity to participate yet, feel free to do so by clicking on the button below. Thank you for supporting each student, every day through the Quest Annual Fund!

Preparing for the 2018-2019 School Year at Quest

Re-enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year is right around the corner! To help your family prepare, please refer to these important dates:

February 1, 2018 (Thurs) – Plan to attend the 2017-2018 State of the School and watch for 2018-2019 contracts to be delivered electronically for your convenience. More information will be available to our Quest community as we approach 2/1.

February 21, 2018 (Wed) – All contracts for 2018-2019 are due back to secure your space in the class and to avoid the $500 late penalty.

June 1, 2018 (Fri) – We know that life can take unexpected turns. Should you return your contract and experience a change of plans for next year, please note that this is the last day to withdraw for the 2018-2019 school year without being responsible for the full year's tuition as outlined in the contract.

Now – If you plan to apply for Financial Aid for the 2018-2019 school year, please note that you may access the FA site at any time. Please remember that in order to complete your application, you will need to submit copies of your W2 and 1040 tax form for the 2017 calendar year.

More information can be found on using this guide.


You Be The Chemist Challenge

5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade students who are interested in completing the qualifying test for this year's YBTCC Competition can meet at 3:30 pm on Tuesday, December. 12, in the LS Science Lab. Please note that a minimum of 5 students must take this exam for Quest Academy to qualify for the regional competition. The test will take about thirty minutes to complete and students who qualify will move on to compete at the regional competition scheduled for Thursday, February 15th. Parents of those students who qualified will receive a notification by Friday, Jan. 12.

Book Fair Results

Thank you to everyone in our amazing community, who volunteered, attended, performed, and/or shopped at our book fair at Barnes and Noble this week! With your generous support, we achieved approximately $13,300 in sales on Wednesday, exceeding our $10,000 threshold needed to earn a 20% return on sales to Quest! The funds will help our PSA continue to plan both social and educational events for our community throughout the next year. A special thank you to our teachers, staff, and alumni parent, Lisa Groh, who generously donated their time to make the book fair enjoyable for the community as well.

Thank you again for your support!

Laura George, Roxana Naughton, and Dionne Penager, Co-Chairs

PSA No Cost Fundraiser

Chipotle – Tuesday, December,12, 4:00-8:00 PM

Only at 781 East Dundee Road, Palatine

Looking for a place to have dinner before the choir concert? Chipotle! 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Quest. All you have to do is present a printed copy of the flyer or show it on your smartphone before you pay. This is only good at the Chipotle at 781 East Dundee Road, in Palatine. Online orders are not included. You must have the flyer with you or on your smartphone.

Chipotle Fundraiser Flyer

Parent Ed Opportunity – Gifted 101

We will be hosting a book discussion in conjunction with Chicago Gifted Community Center (CGCC) at Quest on January 17, 2018, from 7:00-8:30 PM. Amanda Davey, Director of Enrollment Management, will facilitate the discussion. The event is open to public so please share with your friends and family. Register here.

Hot Ground Gym Coming To Quest

We are excited to announce that Hot Ground Gym, a company that offers mobile obstacle courses and team building events, is coming to Quest Academy on December 19th and December 20th. This awesome opportunity is offered to 1st-8th grade students during their PE class time.

The mission of Hot Ground Gym is to shape today's kids into the next generation of strong and confident individuals through a unique training program that goes beyond physical activity and works to strengthen critical thinking skills, encourage cooperation and build character.

In order to participate in this event the waiver below must be submitted electronically before December 15th. This waiver was sent to the parents yesterday afternoon through email and will be collected by the Hot Ground Gym company. Those that do not get the waiver signed will still watch in the gym but will not be able to participate. Waiver Form

For more information about Hot Ground Gym please see the following link: Hot Ground Gym. Please let us know if you have any questions

Jeff Ryder & Louise Schenck

No-Cost Fundraisers

Use 2ClickFundraising and/or Amazon Smile to Give to Quest Academy When You Shop

As we enter this season of giving, please keep Quest in mind when shopping.

1. AmazonSmile: log onto smile.amazon.com, select a charity: you will find us listed under Creative Children's Academy (our original name), and 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases will be donated to Quest.

2. Visit 2clickfundraising.com BEFORE you shop, select Quest Academy PSA, then shop with Target, 1-800-Flowers, etc. and 4% - 13% comes back to Quest!

3. Encourage family and friends to do their online shopping to benefit Quest as well!

Reminders:

  • Dec 6 – PSA Book Fair, Barnes & Noble Deer Park
  • Dec 8 – Madrigal Quest
  • Dec 12 – Grades 2-5 Winter Concert
  • Dec 15 – Grades PS-1 Winter Concert
  • Dec 21 – Band Concert

2017-2018 Performance DVD Order Form – You can purchase professional recordings of selected school performances. Click here for the order form.

Madrigal Quest – Middle School Choir Performance

Come one, come all to Madrigal Quest! The evening show is at 7:00PM, doors open at6:30PM. The gym will be set up with open seating, no tickets, so let Mr. Marcotte know if you're bringing more than 2-4 people so we can set up chairs. Emaildan.marcotte@questacademy.org

REMINDER – Madrigal Quest rehearsal on Sunday, December 3, from 1:00-4:00PM.

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Quest Annual Fund

Thank you to the following Quest families that have generously contributed to the 2017-18 Quest Annual Fund! You have proudly joined 100% of our dedicated faculty and staff that have contributed as well.

Debraj and Deepa Banerjee, 2nd

Michael Bukhalo, MD, 3rd, 6th & 8th

Cheryl Lynn Bunyan, 5th

Campbell - Brown Family, 5th & 7th

Chia Family, 7th

Ninita & Vaibhav Choksey, 4th, & 6th

Daum Family, 4th
Diaz Family, K, 4th, 6th & 8th

Marvis Donalson, 7th

Rich and Karine Fiore, 6th

Friend of Quest Academy, 8th

Friend of Quest Academy, 2nd

Gacek Family, 8th

Hetal Shah and Katik Ganeshan, 3rd & 6th

Ashwani and Sapna Garg, 4th

George Family, Pre-K & 7th

Guo Family, 2nd

Nitin and Saloni Gupta, 3rd & 5th

Derrick and Becky Havis, 2nd

Hernacki Family, K & 3rd

Yelena Kazinsky, 4th & 8th

Jae and Myonsook Lee, 5th & 8th

Kesani Family, 5th

Levine Family, 6th

Alan and Christina Magerkurth, 6th

Peter and Vicki Parthenis, 1st & 2nd

Pushparaj Family, 5th

Reader Family, 8th

Catherine and George Reichl, 8th

Sedhurasan Family, 1st

Seoane Family, 4th & 8th

Serafin/Kendrick Family, Pre-K

Carl Siemianowski, 8th

Sivakami Thayu and Jeremy Marmer, 8th

Thompson Family, PS

Wojdyla Family, 5th

We look forward to this list continuing to grow through the end of the year! If you haven't had the opportunity to participate yet, feel free to do so by clicking on the button on the left. Thank you for supporting each student, every day through the Quest Annual Fund!

Quest Book Fair
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

9:00AM to 9:00PM
Barnes & Noble, Deer Park

This event is PSA's one and only fund raising event for the year. PSA uses their funds for school events like Pumpkin Fest, Date Knight, and Teacher Appreciation Day. We hope to see you at Barnes & Noble, get some of your holiday shopping done. Check out the updated flyer for details and schedule of events. Volunteers are still needed, please go to Signup here.

Parent Ed Opportunity – Gifted 101

We will be hosting a book discussion in conjunction with Chicago Gifted Community Center (CGCC) at Quest on January 17, 2018, from 7:00-8:30 PM. Amanda Davey, Director of Enrollment Management, will facilitate the discussion. The event is open to public so please share with your friends and family. Register here.

Hot Ground Gym Coming To Quest

We are excited to announce that Hot Ground Gym, a company that offers mobile obstacle courses and team building events, is coming to Quest Academy on December 19th and December 20th. This awesome opportunity is offered to 1st-8th grade students during their PE class time.

The mission of Hot Ground Gym is to shape today's kids into the next generation of strong and confident individuals through a unique training program that goes beyond physical activity and works to strengthen critical thinking skills, encourage cooperation and build character.

In order to participate in this event the waiver below must be submitted electronically before December 15th. This waiver was sent to the parents yesterday afternoon through email and will be collected by the Hot Ground Gym company. Those that do not get the waiver signed will still watch in the gym but will not be able to participate. Waiver Form

For more information about Hot Ground Gym please see the following link: Hot Ground Gym. Please let us know if you have any questions

Jeff Ryder & Louise Schenck

No-Cost Fundraisers

Use 2ClickFundraising and/or Amazon Smile to Give to Quest Academy When You Shop

As we enter this season of giving, please keep Quest in mind when shopping.

1. AmazonSmile: log onto smile.amazon.com, select a charity: you will find us listed under Creative Children's Academy (our original name), and 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases will be donated to Quest.

2. Visit 2clickfundraising.com BEFORE you shop, select Quest Academy PSA, then shop with Target, 1-800-Flowers, etc. and 4% - 13% comes back to Quest!

3. Encourage family and friends to do their online shopping to benefit Quest as well!

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