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 you navigate your first few weeks of the school year. 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
847.202.8035, ext. 438
Laurie DeSimone, Director of Development
847.202.8035, ext. 461
Getting Ready for Quest Academy 2016-17
Request For Records Transfer Form (to be sent to previous school)
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:
Health & Emergency Forms:
Other Forms & Information:
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
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 prior to the beginning of the school year.
New School Year Events
Sunday, July 24
6:00 - 8:30 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 20
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 23.)
Tuesday, August 23
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
Sixth grade students and parents are invited to meet classmates and teachers while enjoying a pizza lunch in the cafeteria. Terri Wallace, new Middle School Head looks forward to meeting you.
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 24
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 - 8th grade: 8:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. (please note our early release time on Wednesdays)
Before and after school care is available. Please speak with Kitsana Salyphone for details.
Lower School Welcome Coffee: Wednesday, August 24, 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. All parents of Preschool through Fifth Grade students should attend.
Middle School Welcome Coffee: Thursday, August 25, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Join our Head of School, Dr. Khalek Kirkland, PSA Board and Board of Trustees for important information about the 2016-17 school year. All parents of Sixth through Eighth Grade students should attend.
Meet the Teacher Nights
Lower School, Thursday, September 1 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Middle School, Thursday, September 8 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
Sunday, September 18, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
All newly enrolled students and their entire family are invited to enjoy an afternoon of fun at Quest Academy (you will receive an evite in August). The playground will be supervised while parents relax and enjoy socializing with other parents with new students.
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!
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@example.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
Lisa Diones - Lower School Head
Curriculum and instruction, grading and reporting standards, instructional materials, MAP testing, academic progress, ISLPs, class scheduling, discipline
Terri Wallace - Middle School Head
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
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
Dan Rezac - Director of Academic Technology
Technology standards, classroom technology, My Back Pack
Nick Iodice - Director of Facilities
Building safety, security, maintenance
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 23, 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.