Thoughts from parents...

It is so gratifying to see kids so enthused about learning and participating in school events.

Welcome to Quest Academy's New Families web page. We are delighted that your family has joined the Quest community!

The new family information will help answer some of your most frequently asked questions. We look forward to getting to know you, answering your questions, as well as a long and successful relationship between your family and ours.

New Family Outreach Team

Sharon Rockhill, Director of Communication & Information

sharon.rockhill@questacademy.org

847.202.8035, ext. 438

or

Laurie DeSimone, Director of Development

laurie.desimone@questacademy.org

847.202.8035, ext. 461

Forms & Information

Getting Ready for Quest Academy 2017-18

Request For Records Transfer Form (to be sent to previous school for final grades)

As you know, you are more than a name to us. Please send a family photo to info@questacademy.org so we may introduce you to our community.

Click on "Forms, Documents & Information" in the left hand column for more information during the school year.

Required for all students on or before the first day of school

Original Birth Certificate (we will copy this and return the original to you immediately)

Quest Emergency Form

Multi Permission Form

Allergy Action Plan Form (if applicable)

Request and Authorization for Administration of Medications Forms (if applicable)

Technology Responsible Use Agreement (required for students in 3rd - 8th grades)

State of Illinois Child Health Examination Form (required for all new students)

State of Illinois Dental Exam Form (required for new students entering Kindergarten, 2nd, & 6th grades)

State of Illinois Eye Exam Form (required for new students entering Kindergarten)

Other Forms & Information:

Middle School Summer Reading List

Explanation of Extra-Curricular Programs at Quest

Single Page Calendar 2017-18

Parent Student Handbook 2016-17

Lunch Ordering with Gourmet Gorilla - Ordering is available on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. Be sure to order by Wednesday for the following week.
Lunch Ordering Information (Includes school code for ordering)
Gourmet Gorilla Web Site

Extended Day Program - Quest offers supervision both before and after school. Morning supervision is from 7:00 a.m. to 8:20 a.m. and the afternoon session begins at 3:30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and at 2:45pm on Wednesday. The program ends at 6:00pm each day. For more information, including fee information, click on Extended Day Program under the Academic Life tab.

Orientation Meetings and Events

New Family Meeting

An important part of becoming a new Quest Academy family is a meeting with our Head of School Dr. Khalek Kirkland. Relationships are at the core of the Quest Academy experience and he looks forward to meeting you in person, learning more about your family, and sharing his vision for your child's experience at Quest! His assistant Donna Halverson will reach out to you to arrange this 45 minute meeting soon after you join our community.

New School Year Events

Sunday, July 30

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. All School Family Pool Party

You are warmly welcome to attend Quest Academy's All School Family Pool Party (you will receive an evite during the summer). Held at the Schaumburg Park District Waterworks indoor pool, you will enjoy the "splashtastic" indoor water park. We encourage you to bring your entire family to this casual get together and meet other Quest families.

Saturday, August 19

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten Orientation

All Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten families are strongly encouraged to attend this orientation in the Preschool and Pre-K classrooms. This is an ideal opportunity for you and your child to meet teachers and classmates, find your “cubbie” and more. (This orientation is in addition to the Open Classroom session on Tuesday, August 22.)

Tuesday, August 22

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. New Family Orientation

Join us in the gymnasium for a “Welcome to Quest Academy” orientation hosted by our Head of School, Dr. Khalek Kirkland. All new families should attend with their children. You are welcome to submit a family photo prior to the event which will be shared on the big screen.

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Open Classrooms

All students from Preschool through Eighth Grade are invited to visit their many classrooms. Check out the art room, music, library, innovation lab and more!

11:30 – 12:30 p.m. Buddy Family Meet & Greet

Join us for this opportunity to meet your Buddy Family. Your kids will have full use of the playground while you get acquainted with other parents. We will meet in the Library which offers full access to the supervised playground.

11:30 – 12:30 p.m. 6th Grade Orientation with Advisors

Sixth grade students and parents are invited to meet classmates and teachers while enjoying a pizza lunch in the cafeteria.

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Haiku Introduction for Middle School Parents

Learn how to access your student's academic progress online. Held in the Middle School Commons.


Wednesday, August 23

First Day of School

Full day of school! All school supplies are provided by Quest Academy. Just send in your student with their backpack, lunch (unless you have pre-ordered with Gorilla Gourmet), drink and a snack, and be sure your student has sneakers for recess and Physical Education class.

Preschool: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. unless enrolled in Stay and Play

Pre-Kindergarten - 5th grade: 8:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. (please note our early release time on Wednesdays)

6th - 8th grades: 8:15 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. (please note our early release time on Wednesdays)

Before and after school care is available. Please speak with the Admissions Office for details.

Welcome Coffee

Parent Welcome Coffee: Wednesday, August 23, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

After dropping your child off for the first day, meet in the gymnasium for a presentation by our Head of School, Dr. Khalek Kirkland. You will also have the opportunity to hear from our PSA Board and Board of Trustees for important information about the 2017-18 school year. All parents should attend.

Meet the Teacher Nights

Lower School, Thursday, August 31 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Middle School, Thursday, September 7 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Meet your teachers and/or advisors and learn about the curricula and weekly schedule.

Meet the Teacher Nights are for parents -- please arrange for childcare.

New Student Family Picnic

TBD

All newly enrolled students and their entire family are invited to enjoy an afternoon of fun at Quest Academy (you will receive an evite). The playground will be supervised while parents relax and enjoy socializing with other parents with new students.

Finding Information

Our Web Site

The best source of information is our web site, questacademy.org. Simply mouse over the Parents tab on the home page, click on The Weekly Quest - this is where all current news and information will be posted. In addition all teachers and staff have pages - these can be found in the Faculty & Staff Directory.

Current information will be found in the Weekly Quest, our school newsletter. You will receive this by email on Saturday morning.

In order to access the Parent Portal and Family Directory, you will need a log on and password. Please be sure we have your current email addresses, it will be your log on. You will receive an email with instructions on how to obtain your password. The web site is our primary source of communication - weekly newsletters, teacher pages, calendars, photo galleries, event information, forms, and documents, and more!

Who To Contact

Our front desk is staffed during the school year from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the summer. All faculty and staff members have pages in the faculty & staff directory that include an email button. You will find voice mail extensions and office hours on teacher pages as well. Quest email addresses follow this formula: firstname.lastname@questacademy.org.

Here are a few people you may need to contact:

Khalek Kirkland - Head of School

Donna Halverson - Assistant to Head of School & Extra-Curricular Coordinator

Appointments with the Head of School, school calendar, parent/teacher conferences, facility scheduling, extra-curricular activities

Terri Wallace - Middle School Head

Curriculum and instruction, grading and reporting standards, instructional materials, MAP testing, academic progress, ISLPs, class scheduling, discipline

Deborah Chen - Director of Finance & Operations

Financial aid coordination, tuition contracts

Laurie DeSimone - Director of Development

Annual fund, auction, school store, alumni relations, donor database, Buddy Families, PSA Liaison, volunteer opportuniites

Miranda Kennedy - Accounting & Payroll Manager

Fee payment & billing, monthly statement questions

Sharon Rockhill - Director of Communication & Information

Meredith Haynes - Admissions

Admissions, prospective parent tours & open houses, student referrals, Buddy Families, marketing

Phyllis Perry - Receptionist

Student attendance/absences, late passes, phone messages, mailings, student records & forms

Nick Iodice - Director of Facilities

Building safety, security, maintenance

Buddy Family

Buddy Family Program

One of the programs we offer our new families is the Buddy Family Program. Your Buddy Family can be a wonderful resource in helping you to get to know everything Quest. Sharon Rockhill, Director of Communication & Information and Laurie DeSimone, Director of Development coordinate this program.

Join us for this opportunity to meet your Buddy Family at our Buddy Family Meet & Greet on Tuesday, August 22, from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm following the New Family Orientation. Your kids will have full use of the playground while you get acquainted with other parents. We will meet in the Library which offers full access to the supervised playground.

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