Quest Spirit Week Day 1 – Stuffed Animal/Wear Pink Day

Printmaking with UE

Upper Elementary has been doing some printmaking over the past two weeks. We began by talking about the element of line and how expressive various lines can be. After looking at a few examples the students pulled some adjectives out of a “hat” and created a line that represented that word. However, they also had to make sure the beginning and end of their line connected with the lines of their peers. If you haven’t already, you can check out the UE line in the hallway across from the classroom.

After our line exercise we went outside to do some observational line drawing. The students had the option of adding some imaginary elements after they drew from life. Theses line drawings were used the following class to make printing plates. Students traced their drawings on top of foam and rolled black acrylic paint (in place of ink) onto the foam plate. They could then print multiples of their image. Some students chose to add color pencil at the end to give their prints extra pop. Look for a display later this week!  – Anne


Color Mixing with Kindergarten


After reading Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni, the kindergarteners and I talked about primary and secondary colors. The children paired primary construction paper squares and added the secondary color they make when mixed together. Then they put their mixing skills in action and made these paintings.

Children’s House Fall Work

Fall Leaves

A few fall leaves made during Encore by Gala, Taran and Nolan. Inspired by the view during my drive from Providence to Quest. -Anne

2012 Walk 4 Quest – The Countdown Begins!

The Walk is COMING!!!!

The Walk is COMING!!!!

The Walk is COMING!!!!

Parents, students, and friends of Quest,

In 19 DAYS Quest will host its first “WALK 4 Quest!”

The school’s goal is to raise as much money as possible and have 100% participation from all students and families of Quest.  If you can’t make the “Walk,” not to worry.  Students and families can still help raise money by encouraging lump sum donations.

We encourage everyone to get as many sponsors as possible! If you fill up your first sponsor sheet (and, we hope you do) extra sponsor forms and envelopes can be found with Pam in the office.

We can’t wait to see you all out walking for Quest!

Sol Lewitt with LE

I’ve been spending the fall with LE sharing artists that use walls to communicate ideas with the world. Half of LE began with Sol Lewitt a couple weeks ago. We began by making various kinds of lines on the whiteboard together, then looked at how Lewitt used all kinds of lines in his work. We also looked at pictures of his large wall paintings at MASS MoCA. You can learn more about Sol Lewitt here.

When Lewitt’s work is installed in museums and galleries it often comes with a set of instructions. We talked about the word “interpret,” and then I read a set of instructions I made up while students drew what they heard.



Here’s a picture of Lou and Kiki taking the direction “Draw a sleepy line” VERY literally:

Afterwards we came back to the circle and looked at everyone’s drawings together. Even though everyone had the same directions, the drawings were all different!


For the next activity, students drew lines with charcoal while I played different kinds of music to make these Lewitt-inspired drawings:










Walk 4 Quest!

Parents, grandparents, friends of Quest, neighbors of friends of Quest, we are excited to announce our first annual “Walk 4 Quest!”
This first walk is a very special one as it is the kickoff to the homestretch of our capital campaign fundraising, and it will allow every member of our community to help deliver the final touches on our new home. We see this event as a community building experience where the smallest Quest community member to the oldest can come out and support our amazing school!   
   Some important details:
    – Students will be coming home with a pledge form and flyer. We ask that you work as a family to spread the great news about our new school (it’s also a great way to help in the admissions recruiting too!) and ask friends and family to sponsor your child(ren) per lap committed. Mike and Kath Daily are speaking with each classroom this afternoon, so your kids may come home with questions or thoughts.
    – Checks should be collected at time of sponsorship as checks will be needed on walk/race day. Checks should be made out to Quest Montessori School. Please put “Walk4Quest” and your child’s name in the memo section of the check.
    – If anyone else in your family or friend circle want to walk and fundraise on behalf of Quest, we will have extra envelopes in the office (see Pam or Mike). We would love any and all extended friends and family to walk/run!
  – If you or your child cannot attend the actual walk on October 28th, we still very much need your help and participation in fundriasing. Please turn in your forms and checks to Mike or Pam on Friday the 26th if you cannot attend in person.
We hope to see everyone at the event!  We encourage you to get as many pledges as possible.The more pledges for Quest, the closer and faster we reach our Capital Campaign goals and we want to blow it away! Thanks in advance for your participation.
Kristin Barclay + Kath Daily (PTO)
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