Hello Quest Parents and Students!
The Quest PTO is excited to once again organize a Winter Food Drive to help those in our community that are less fortunate. This year we are partnering up with the Food Pantry at St. Peter’s Church in Narragansett. They serve a total of 260 families in South County and have approximately 60 families visiting them weekly. This is the ONLY food pantry in southern RI that is open every week; allows clients to shop every week; and never turns anyone away. So they really need our help to be able to keep up with demand!
Based on the needs of the Food Pantry, we have split up a list of suggested items to be donated by classroom (see below). Of course, feel free to break the rules and donate to other classrooms as well … it’s all for a great cause !
Grab the list and your child(ren) and shop together to help your community !
Quest kids can drop off their items in the bins located in their classrooms beginning Monday 12/8 thru Thursday 12/11
• Canned or jarred fruit – applesauce, peaches, pears, mixed fruit cocktail
• Oatmeal – individual packets or large container; Instant or original; Flavored or plain
CHILDREN’S HOUSE 1:
• Cake, Brownie, and Cookie mixes – all types including holiday breads
• Disposable baking pans (to go with the above) – Round for cake mixes; square for brownies; flat disposable pans for cookies
CHILDREN’S HOUSE 2:
• Shelf stable milk – quart size or lunch box size; white milk ONLY please (whole, 2%, or skim); NO soy, chocolate, or almond milk please
• Bread and English muffins – white, rye, or wheat; NO multigrain or dark, bakery breads, or homemade breads please
• Packaged snacks for lunchboxes – ex. Individually packaged small portions of cookies, crackers, fruit rollups, granola bars
• Canned chicken, tuna, or turkey
• Baby wipes
• Aluminum foil
• Disposable diapers – size 3 (toddlers) is requested most often but all sizes are welcome
THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!
Dear Quest Community,
There are so many words that could describe our Family Fun Run and Festival: awesome, epic, amazing, excellent, wonderful, joyous, celebratory, etc. etc. etc!!!! I think I will settle with the one we used to describe the event, simply ‘fun!’
Everywhere you looked on Saturday, no matter the age, everyone was having fun. Whether it was fun with the Toddler Dash or the Sack Race, the Rock Wall or the Raffle, there were no sad faces. Parents and children alike were enjoying all Quest has to offer. Our beautiful community shined in a way that can only be described as magical. With the weather gods smiling on us and help from the town of Narragansett, our little old “Walk for Quest” was transformed into a legitimate 5K Run that was more comparable to a mini-Boston Marathon. It was perfect! The DJ’s music was a constant motivator as you entered the fall foliage of the wooded trail behind Quest. Each lap I ran, I saw parents talking to kids, kids talking with grandparents with smile after smile. The beaded necklaces were the perfect motivator for runners and walkers of all ages. Many of our students had never ran a 5K until Saturday. I am confident, Gary’s cross country program should not have any problems finding future runners.
The PTO led by Susannah Blair (THANK YOU, Susannah!!!) with help from Jill O’Neil, Tempie Thompson, and Kristin Barclay plus an enormous cast of supporters that included just to name a few… Todd Blair, Brian O’Neil, Rob Cagnetta, and Eric Buchbaum (apologies to anyone I am forgetting) made it look effortless in the way they put together and took down an event that will be hard to top next year. Quick thanks to Eddie Davies for helping me hang the large banner. You were a life-saver, literally!
Again, thanks to Allegra Printing and the Sweeney family for all the signage, the Samponaro family for the Bounce House, the anonymous donors of the DJ, to Rock Spot for the use of the rock wall and gift bags, Drift Surf Shop for the skateboard deck for raffling, Sweet Cakes for the tastie treats, and the Quest staff for being extra spirited all week during Spirit Week to get the students fired up. A special thanks to the fabulous Anne Reinhardt for creating the most perfectly colored and cleanest smelling slime every made.
And, not to forgotten, we had a great Open House from 12:00 to 2:00 prior to the Festival starting. We had fifteen prospective students and their families represented. Thank you to all the parents who helped with the Open House including Amy Smith, Elisa Cardone, Bev Fournier, and Yolie Rome along with all the alumni who attended.
Finally, please, Please, PLEASE, thank your children! The Quest students did an amazing job!!! The Family Fun Run and Festival is their event. They own it and did an amazing job raising over $18,000!!! That’s right, Quest blew the $15K goal out of the water!!! Thanks to Nathan Rome (MS Spirit Rep.), Taylor Hall (UE Spirit Rep.) and Sydney Cagnetta (LE Spirit Rep.) for regularly getting their classmates fired up and excited about the fundraiser. Special thanks to Oliver Shull, a first year Lower Eler, for his dance skills and organizing the Quest Dance Party at the flag pole. Very cool!
To Yolie Rome (PTO President) and all the members of the PTO, Quest owes you an enormous thank you! Again, Susannah Blair, YOU ROCK! GREAT JOB!