Dear Quest families and friends,
I am happy to report that today, June 12th, the school owns 1150 Boston Neck Road, Narragansett. This six acre pristine property, wonderfully wooded and a mere walk down a path to an adjacent city park, will serve as the anchor to our new building and our place called home.
Seven years ago this month Quest began the journey to our permanent home. A group of visionary parents, friends, and staff have worked tirelessly with patience, persistence and perseverance to arrive today, down the long and winding road to our permanent home.
Lao Tzu said: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
Twenty-six centuries have passed since Lao-tzu said this; and it feels like our project has lasted as long!!!
We have learned that the first step is as much about faith in the future as it is about mobility. With those first steps we learned to trust in ourselves and our vision. Along the way we learned the implacable truth of gravity, and that the only antidote to falling down is getting up again. We have dusted ourselves off and started again so many times.
Today, we have learned that over the course of a journey we will take many steps and with each of those steps we relearn the lessons already taught. The truest measure of success is not the achievement, it is the willingness to never give up for a goal worthwhile.
We would like to acknowledge and congratulate some Quest Alumni that are graduating from various high schools this year.
Sheila, from Casey Farm, visited the Upper Elementary classroom yesterday and brought with her 18 Heritage Dominique eggs, 6 Rhode Island Red eggs and all the supplies they need to go from incubation to hatching.
The UE students are pairing up with students in Children’s House. They will be bringing the younger students to their classroom each day to view the eggs and talk with them about the daily development from embryo to chick.
Please feel free to stop by the classroom on a regular basis to see the progress and view their Project CHICK Development Wall.
In addition to the Project CHICK work, the students have been learning about the different parts of an egg. They cracked open eggs and identified all the parts. They then peeled hard boiled eggs and compared them to the raw eggs. This week the students have learned about diffusion and osmosis. On Monday, they put eggs in vinegar and watched the shells dissolve and the eggs grow larger. Today they put those “naked” eggs in corn syrup and molasses. Tomorrow the students will observe and discuss the results of this experiment. The final stage of this week long experiment will be to put the “changed” eggs into water and see what happens to them on Friday.