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Reminders:

  • Saturday, February 4 – Middle School Game Night CANCELLED
  • Saturday, February 11 – Lower School Date Night (RSVP now!)
  • Monday, February 20 – President's Day – NO SCHOOL


Parent Surveys

Quest Academy appreciates your feedback and encourages all families to complete the two surveys. Our original deadline was February 1, but since we only heard from 38% of our families, we are keeping the surveys open for one more week. Please take 10 minutes out of your day and share your thoughts and observations with us. If you have already filled out both surveys, thank you.


International Festival

PSA is in the process of organizing our International Festival, it will be held on Sunday, April 9 from 1:00-4:00 pm. Please take a moment to review event document explaining the intent of the festival and seeking volunteers. We would like to finalize our program and want to include all of you in the program.


International Festival Information & Sign Up Form


Message from Dr. Kirkland

What will my new classroom look like? Will I like my new teachers? Will my new teacher know what I like and what I don't? Will my best friend be in my class? In a few weeks, as you make a decision about re-enrollment, you (and/or your child) may be thinking about these very questions. We put great thought into supporting your children as they transition from one grade level to the next. We are intentional in our efforts to introduce them to their new classroom environment and do so in a variety of ways.


In January, I had the pleasure of shadowing both a preschool student and 8th grader for their entire day. There were so many new and captivating things that I learned but, the greatest take away for me was observing how our mission is embodied at every level, in every person and in everything we do here at Quest. The preschool class could not have been more nurturing, as our student-to-teacher ratio is conducive to each child getting the individual attention that both he or she needs and deserves. The rich vocabulary used by the teachers while always maintaining a pleasant tone not only put the children at ease but also left me speechless. Every event that took place during the day, whether it was taking a survey to determine who wanted to change partners, to working together to solve a minor dispute during center time, was used as a learning moment. Through play, exploration and hands on inquiry even our youngest scholars were challenged to think creatively and analytically.


The 8th grade classes were both rigorous and differentiated. The students were allowed to work on their history fair projects where I witnessed students planning interviews with physicists who had done research on the atomic bomb. In Spanish, they did charades to work on reflexive verbs and in STEAM class, students worked on individual projects that involved everything from Tinkercad for 3D images, to circuits for iPhone chargers that were lighter and more flexible.

All in all, what I witnessed is that we have amazing students who are being taught by incredible educators who truly understand the gifted child. Having parents like you as our biggest champion always serves our school well, and I hope that we can continue to count on you to spread the word about the great things going on every day at Quest.


Any day now you should expect to receive your re-enrollment contracts in the mail. To continue enrollment at Quest for the 2017/18 school year, please complete and sign both pages and return along with the deposit to our Business Office by Tuesday, February 28. We are also starting to enroll new students for the fall now so your timely return of your child's contract allows us to best plan for programs and placements for all our incredible students.


It was an absolute pleasure seeing so many of you at our annual State of the School and Move-up Night where we celebrated the achievements of this school year. I look forward to the continued growth of our excellent and transformative program for gifted children. Thank you.


State of the School Presentation


Spring Team Sports

Team Sports will start next month. Track practice will be every Monday and Friday and Soccer practice will be Tuesday and Thursday. Watch the athletic calendar as games/meets will be scheduled any day during the week. Please keep that in mind when you sign up for third trimester after school activities (coming soon). If you have not turned in a sports physical form and concussion form earlier this year, you must do so before your child will be allowed to participate in Spring Sports. Please watch for more information on registration and ordering uniforms later this month. You can download the sports physical and concussion form here.

Night of All Knights Auction & Gala News!


To read all about the upcoming auction please find the Night of All Knights Gazette in this week's Friday folders.


Item Donations Make a Difference!

Please donate a new item for our silent auction tables. We would LOVE to have donations in by February 17th to give us time to basket and package the items for bidding. If you need ideas please view our wish list here or our Target registry here, or email us anytime at auction@questacademy.org.


TEACHER RAFFLE VOLUNTEER NEEDED

We need a couple volunteers to help sell raffle tickets in the lobbyFebruary 20-March 3 before school 8-8:30am and after school 3:30-4pm. Please consider giving 30 minutes of your time. Emailauction@questacademy.org or call the auction office with the dates you can help! Thank you!


We are waiting for your RSVP to the Night of All Knights! Please talk to your Quest family and friends to make plans to attend together, ask friends or family outside of Quest, or come to the Auction to meet other Quest families in our child's class. When purchasing gala tickets online, use the special requests section to specify your seating requests. Ready to RSVP online? Go to Purchase Tickets on the Quest Auction Website OR the reply card included in our invitation offers a convenient line to write in seating requests. All seating requests will be honored to the best of our availability. Babysitting is available at Quest for Quest students only, ages 3 and above. To guarantee a spot for your child please make your reservations at auction@questacademy.org by February 17. Limited availability.


It's time to purchase your GRAND RAFFLE tickets!

Winner will receive FREE One Year Tuition or your choice between three Luxury Trips! Purchase tickets using the flyer in this week's Friday folders or click here to print another OR purchase on the Quest Auction Website.


Please donate to the FEAST OF GRATITUDE!

Quest Academy faculty and staff devote their own time throughout the year, as well as auction night, to make the Night of All Knights Auction & Gala a memorable evening for Quest parents and friends. To show our appreciation and gratitude for their efforts, we invite teachers and staff to enjoy an early dinner before their work begins on auction night. Your contribution helps to defray the cost of this dinner and thank our wonderful teachers for all they do to make this important event successful. Click here for a donation form OR make a contribution online on the Quest Auction Website and scroll down to the Featured Items Section.

Reminders:

  • Thursday, February 2 – State of the School & Move-Up Night
  • Saturday, February 4 – Middle School Game Night (RSVP to the evite)
  • Saturday, February 11 – SIT Conference & Lower School Date Night (RSVP to the evite)

Parents: Please complete the parent surveys, click here.


PE Permission Slip – Roller Skating

We will be starting a roller skating unit in PE on February 15th for all students Kindergarten through 8th grade. Students must have a signed permission slip turned into the PE teachers to be able to participate.



Message from Dr. Kirkland


When my father retired after 22 years working in the New York State Department of Corrections I remember the joy on his face at his retirement dinner. I was confident that his colleagues would miss him but they were also happy that he would get to spend more time with his wife and three sons.


Retirement has now taken on a different meaning as people are living longer and therefore working longer. Author David Borchard in his book, The Joy of Retirement says that as baby boomers reach their 50s and 60s, they are redefining what it means to retire. What they want is joy, vitality, and meaning in their lives. After 31 years working at Quest Academy, Debbie Chen told me this week she has decided to retire at the end of June for those very reasons.


Debbie started working at Quest in the office doing reception -- which included just about everything! As a parent of two Quest graduates she chaired the PSA and multiple Annual Auctions. She served as Admission Director for several years before becoming Business Manager. During an early period of Head of School transition, she served along with Marilyn Wallace for two years as an interim Co-Director of the school. Returning to the role of Business Manager for twelve years and finally serving the last seven in her current role as Director of Finance and Operations, Debbie oversees all aspects of finance, facilities, HR, and legal.


A firm believer in the importance of excellent independent schools, Debbie has been active in ISACS (the accrediting organization for independent schools in the mid-western states). She has served on over twenty accreditation teams visiting and reporting back to ISACS on schools in the region. For the past six years she has served on the Accreditation Review Committee of the ISACS Board of Trustees, chairing the committee for the past three, writing and reviewing standards and assuring compliance for the accreditation of all member schools.


It has been a blessing to have Debbie serve on my leadership team at Quest. I will truly miss her but unselfishly wish her all joy and happiness in her retirement. Thank you Debbie for all you have given to me but more important all you have given to our beloved Quest Academy.


We will now begin a nationwide search for a new Director of Finance and Operations and Debbie has already pledged to help us in every way possible to ensure we have a smooth transition.


State of the School & Move-Up Night

As members of the Quest community, you and your family are encouraged to come and learn about the state of the school, Thursday, February 2.


At 6:00pm, adults and students will gather together in the gym for opening words. Then, rising pre-kindergarten through eighth grade students "move-up," visiting their next year's classrooms and getting to know their future teachers. Meanwhile, adults remain in the gym for the State of the School address, including presentations by our proud Head of School, Dr. Khalek Kirkland, our Board of Trustees, and others. Just after 7pm, the adults will "move-up" too, visiting the next grade level up, meeting the teachers, and seeing our wonderful learning spaces.


It's an exciting opportunity for students and teachers to get to know each other a bit, build our community, and catch a glimpse of the future. I hope to see you there! Please RSVP to the evite.


Night of All Knights Auction & Gala News!

Night of All Knights invitations are in the mail! Please talk to your friends and make plans to attend together and RSVP! The reply card offers a convenient line to write seating requests or use the special requests section when purchasing gala tickets online. All seating requests will be honored to the best of our ability.


Do you have a Business or Cause to promote? Check out the first edition of our QuestList Directory. Our second edition will go live in February and will be distributed at the auction. Check out the Auction website for everything you want to know about the auction!


Basketing Kick-off!: Thursday, February 2nd the amazing Lorelei Petrin will be at Quest all day to help train anyone and everyone interested in learning how to make beautiful auction baskets! Stop by the Community Room from 8:45-2pm to join in the fun!


Basket Items Needed! Please help the Auction Office collect items to fill those baskets. Here are some of the items needed. Check out our Wish List:

  • Lego Technic Sets
  • Family Games (newer): Pie Face, Head Banz, Telestrations
  • Lettuce Entertain You Gift Certificates
  • Veuve Champagne and/or Sponsor the Bubbles and Baubles Raffle!
  • Art kits, gift certificate to Dick Blick
  • Science items: chemistry set, excavation set
  • Dress up basket items: career outfits, princess, super heros
  • Puzzles
  • Ravinia Basket Items: easy to carry cooler, melamine plates/cups/wine, wine opener
  • Chicago Favorites: gift certificates for Superdawg, Portillo's, Lou Malnati's, etc., sports gear, museum passes
  • Travel Gear and Games: car games, travel mug
  • Craft Beers
  • Wine, red and white

If you hate to shop consider purchasing a gift certificate to Target or Amazon and let the auction committee do the shopping for you!!


Immersion Day – Parent Driver Survey

Click here to complete a survey for parent drivers on Immersion Day (March 22).


From the Admission Office:

We have begun a wonderful free open classroom playdate every Wednesday at 9 a.m. in our Pre-Kindergarten/Koala classroom. Relax and have coffee with other parents while the children play with amazing toys and a climbing area. Stay warm, enjoy friends, and have a coffee on us! Bring a friend!


Follow Dr. Kirkland

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KKHeadofSchool

MS

Ms. Wallace Blog - https://medium.com/@twallace2208

Follow Terri Wallace on Twitter (@twallace2208)

LS

Mrs. Diones Blog - http://lisadiones.edublogs.org/

Follow Lisa Diones on Twitter https://twitter.com/DionesLisa

Reminders:

  • Monday-Friday, January 23-27 – Informance Week
  • Thursday, February 2 – State of the School & Move-Up Night
  • Saturday, February 4 – Middle School Game Night (RSVP to the evite)
  • Saturday, February 11 – SIT Conference & Lower School Date Night (RSVP to the evite)

Parents: Please complete the parent surveys, click here.


Night of All Knights Auction & Gala News!

Save the Date! Quest's Annual Auction will be held March 4, 2017 at The Cotillion!


The Auction Committee needs your help to make this night a success!


Donations! We are looking for the following:

  • Children's toys: Legos, classic games
  • Sports, Theater or Concert Tickets
  • Sports Equipment
  • Unique Dining and Education experiences
  • Prize Wines, either Red or White


Time! Do you have 30 minutes after drop-off or before pick-up? Come on in! There is always something to do. Create a basket or party favor! Come join us Thursday morning January 26th to stuff invitations!


Check out QuestList Business Directory and support our sponsors!


Immersion Day – Parent Driver Survey

Click here to complete a survey for parent drivers on Immersion Day (March 22).


From the Admission Office:

We have begun a wonderful free open classroom playdate every Wednesday at 9 a.m. in our Pre-Kindergarten/Koala classroom. Relax and have coffee with other parents while the children play with amazing toys and a climbing area. Stay warm, enjoy friends, and have a coffee on us! Bring a friend!


Winter Music Moves Me Class

Our lower school music teacher, Annabel Hasty, will be offering a free music class for parents and tots ages 2-5 years old on Wednesday, January 25, from 9-9:45 a.m. Please share this information with anyone you know who might be interested in learning more about Quest Academy.


Wanted: History Fair Judges

On February 16, 2017, Quest will hold its Quest History Fair competition for students in grades 7-8.


We are looking for compassionate judges who love the historical research process. You do not have to be a historian nor an expert of any type to be a judge. Because you have completed numerous research projects throughout your schooling and careers, we would love to have you judge our process.


History Fair judging would start at 12:00 and end at 3:30 - possibly earlier. A judges' meeting, in which you will be fed lunch, will last from 12:00-1:00. Judging will start between 1:00 and 1:15. You would be assured of finishing by 3:30. You will be teamed up with one other person, and the two of you will judge no more than three projects. Each project should take between 20-30 minutes.


Please e-mail Andrew.shilhanek@questacademy.org if you would be able to judge. We encourage lower-school parents to judge to see what to expect when your son or daughter enters middle school.


Chess Tournament at Quest Academy
Saturday Jan 21, 2017 at Quest Academy in Palatine, Il.

Meet GM Lombardy, Bobby Fischer's second for his world title match win over Boris Spassky, and help him settle into Chicago Area. Click here for an information flyer

Click Link for full details - http://www.il-chess.org/all-tournaments/event/2396-lombardy-benefit

U700 and U1000 do not require clocks.


Follow Dr. Kirkland

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KKHeadofSchool

MS

Ms. Wallace Blog - https://medium.com/@twallace2208

Follow Terri Wallace on Twitter (@twallace2208)

LS

Mrs. Diones Blog - http://lisadiones.edublogs.org/

Follow Lisa Diones on Twitter https://twitter.com/DionesLisa

Reminders:

Monday, January 16 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, January 18 – All School Spelling Bee

Monday-Friday, January 23-27 – Informance Week

Thursday, February 2 – State of the School & Move-Up Night


Informance Week Registration: For grades Preschool – 4, Drama & Music Classes, complete registration form.


A Message from Dr. Kirkland, Proud Head of School

On behalf of the entire Quest community, I want to congratulate Dan Rezac on his new position at Tynker. Tynker is an educational programming platform that Quest Academy students have used to learn to code and create games. Dan was instrumental in helping our faculty find creative ways to integrate technology into the classroom and assisted with our faculty's technological professional development. As a result of Dan's hard work and dedication to taking Quest Academy from "good to great," over 50% of Quest's faculty members are Google 1 certified and all of our scholars are coding in grades K-8. While we will miss Dan, I am confident he will now help to ensure that millions of students across the nation will gain more knowledge about coding and computer programming.


All School Spelling Bee
Before and after winter break, teachers have conducted preliminary spelling bees in their classrooms to determine which students would represent the lower school and middle school in Quest Academy's Spelling Bee. There will be two spellers/representatives from each grade level (Grades 4-8) and 6 students will represent LS (Grades 1-3). The LS representatives/spellers were chosen from the LS Mini Bee (Thursday, Jan 12). During the Mini Bee the top three spellers from each class competed for a place in the all-school Spelling Bee.


The Spelling Bee will take place in the gymnasium on Wednesday, January 18 at 9:45AM. From Wednesday's Bee, we will have one winner who will represent Quest Academy in the Regional Bee. An alternate (2nd place winner) who would represent Quest should our winner be unable to do so will also be selected on Wednesday.


Last Call for Night of All Knights Auction & Gala Sponsors

(to be included on the invitation)

Please contact laurie.desimone@questacademy.org or 847.202.8035 x461

by Tuesday, January 17 if you are interested in sponsorship.


This is also the last call for advertisers to be included in our first online edition of our

QuestList Business Directory. The next deadline is February 17 for our second online

edition and print version to be distributed at the Auction


Wanted: History Fair Judges

On February 16, 2017, Quest will hold its Quest History Fair competition for students in grades 7-8.


We are looking for compassionate judges who love the historical research process. You do not have to be a historian nor an expert of any type to be a judge. Because you have completed numerous research projects throughout your schooling and careers, we would love to have you judge our process.


History Fair judging would start at 12:00 and end at 3:30 - possibly earlier. A judges' meeting, in which you will be fed lunch, will last from 12:00-1:00. Judging will start between 1:00 and 1:15. You would be assured of finishing by 3:30. You will be teamed up with one other person, and the two of you will judge no more than three projects. Each project should take between 20-30 minutes.


Please e-mail Andrew.shilhanek@questacademy.org if you would be able to judge. We encourage lower-school parents to judge to see what to expect when your son or daughter enters middle school.


Chess Tournament at Quest Academy
Saturday Jan 21, 2017 at Quest Academy in Palatine, IL

Meet GM Lombardy, Bobby Fischer's second for his world title match win over Boris Spassky, and help him settle into Chicago Area. Click here for an information flyer


Click Link for full details - http://www.il-chess.org/all-tournaments/event/2396-lombardy-benefit


U700 and U1000 do not require clocks.



Follow Dr. Kirkland

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KKHeadofSchool

MS

Ms. Wallace Blog - https://medium.com/@twallace2208

Follow Terri Wallace on Twitter (@twallace2208)

LS

Mrs. Diones Blog - http://lisadiones.edublogs.org/

Follow Lisa Diones on Twitter https://twitter.com/DionesLisa

Reminders:

Dec 26 – Jan 6 – Winter Break, No School

Monday, January 9 – Geography Bee

Monday, January 16 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day, No School

Wednesday, January 18 – All School Spelling Bee


School Performances DVD Order Form
You can still order DVD's of school performances. Complete the form and return to Mrs. Perry at the front desk.


The Quest Annual Fund – What Inspires You?

Thank you to the Quest families that have contributed to the Quest Annual Fund this year. We are recognizing these families on the bulletin board by the Front Desk.


You are our inspiration!


Gifts to the 2016-17 Quest Annual Fund are welcome until June 30, 2017. Donate prior to December 31, 2016 to get your tax deduction for this year. Go to questacademy.org and click on Give Now.


Quest Lost & Found

Are you missing anything? Check out the photos on the Lost & Found website.


Private Music Lessons – Quest Club (Extended Day) Program

The Extended Day Program will continue to offer private music lessons. The second session will take place from January 23 – May 12, 2017. Click here to view information about the program.


Financial Aid Application Deadline January 15, 2017

Attached please find the information you will need to apply for financial aid for the 2017/2018 school year. To be eligible for 1st round consideration for financial aid at Quest Academy, applications must be submitted by January 15, 2017. Applications submitted after that date are considered only as funds remain available. Once all budgeted aid funds have been awarded, students may be wait-listed for financial aid. Should you be interested in exploring the option of tuition loans, that information is also included in the attached.


2016-2017 Financial Aid Information


Save The Date - Middle School Game Night and Quest Family Date Night
Middle School Game Night - Saturday, February 4th, 6pm - 9pm
Quest Family Date Night - Saturday, February 11th 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Details will come after the Holiday Break.

Sincerely, Marvis Donalson and Amarpreet Singh


Follow Dr. Kirkland

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KKHeadofSchool

MS

Ms. Wallace Blog - https://medium.com/@twallace2208

Follow Terri Wallace on Twitter (@twallace2208)

LS

Mrs. Diones Blog - http://lisadiones.edublogs.org/

Follow Lisa Diones on Twitter https://twitter.com/DionesLisa

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