Zeeland Quest News

June 4, 2021

2020/2021 Calendar

Important 20/21 Calendar Dates

*See 21/22 start date & break weeks below

6th-8th grade Late Start (9:45am) & K-5 1/2 Day: June 8 (5th hour/6th hour)

6th-8th grade Late Start (9:45am) & K-5 Half Day: June 9 (3rd/4th hour)

Chromebook Turn in (6th-7th grade): June 9

Last Day of School (early dismissal) K-8: June 10, 2021 (1st/2nd hour for MS)

21/22 Back to School Information (via email): June 14, 2021

2021/2022 ZQuest Calendar Updates

Below are some key ZQuest school dates that you may find helpful in your planning. We don't have a full calendar at this time, however we feel confident in sharing breaks weeks while we continue to negotiate the ZPS contract.

ZQuest First Day of School: Monday, August 9, 2021

No School Fridays: August 13, 20, 27

No School/Staff Professional Development: Monday, August 30, 2021

All of ZPS Returns (including ZQ): Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Labor Day Break: September 3 & 6, 2021

Break Week 1: September 27-October 1

Break Week 2: November 22-26, 2021

Break Week 3: December 20-31, 2021

**this week has been settled as of 5.12.21****Break Week 4: February 14-18, 2022

Break Week 5: April 1-8, 2022

Break Week 6: May 30-June 3, 2022

No School Fridays: June 3, 10, 17, 2022

ZQuest Last Day of School: Thursday, June 23, 2022

Summer Breakfast/Lunch Information

Hunger doesn’t take a summer vacation.

Since the coronavirus pandemic began, the number of US households that experienced food insecurity has doubled. The ZPS Food Service team remains dedicated to fighting hunger in our community. Since March 2020, we have provided over 800,000 meals to our students and we will continue to provide meals throughout the summer. Information regarding feeding sites is listed below.

All meals are free to children 18 & under, and to adults 26 & under that participate in special education.

The Bridge Youth Center

210 E Main Ave

*Mondays Only*

June 14 - August 9 (No Pickup on July 5)

11 am - 3 pm

This site will provide bulk meals (7 days of Breakfast & Lunch)- Must take all 7 days of meals including milk.

Logan Estates

8697 Riley St.

*Mondays Only*

June 14 - August 9 (No Pickup on July 5)

12:30pm - 1 pm

This site will provide bulk meals (7 days of Breakfast & Lunch)- Must take all 7 days of meals including milk.

Summer School/Z-Kids Camp

If your student is enrolled in one of the summer school sessions (at New Groningen/ Cityside/ Venture), breakfast and a take-home lunch are provided. If they are enrolled at the ZKids Summer Camp (at Woodbridge/ Quincy) breakfast & lunch will be provided at school.

**Please note, the USDA only allows 1 breakfast and 1 lunch per student/per day. If your student is participating in summer school/z-kids camp, they may not pick up meals at the feeding sites (at The Bridge/ Logan Estates.)

Zee Bus is BACK for the SUMMER!!!

Zee Bus will run Monday June 14h through Friday Aug 13th

The bus is open to all and no cost to use it. Works just like a library, come check out books, take them home, read them and bring them back the next week and get new one.

Tuesday's and Friday's we have really fun guest readers. All families get a free copy of the book read that day!!

Zee Bus Commercial


Kindergarten Enrollment is UNDERWAY! If you have an incoming Kindergartner, please go to the ZPS Enrollment page on our website to fill out the ONLINE enrollment forms! To get there...

  1. Go to ZPS Enrollment
  2. Scroll down just past the District Tour Video to the K-12 Enrollment green bar
  3. Click on the + to expand
  4. Click on Enroll Now link!
  5. Be sure to choose the ZQuest option on the enrollment form!

NOTE: If you have a current Young 5's student, there is NO need to fill out the online forms. All you need to make sure to have completed is the Kindergarten Intent form that was sent home by your Y5's teacher!

Zeeland Quest Informational Video

Feel free to share our Informational Video with your friends, family, social media! We are so excited for next year and look forward to welcoming new families!
Virtual Tour ZQuest
Zeeland Quest Informational Video, January 2021

Elementary Pick Up Reminder

Just a friendly reminder of the pick up procedure for elementary:

  • Please arrive for dismissal at 3:30pm
  • If you are a family who walks, please use the crosswalk with our crossing guard.
  • Please ONLY enter the east lot for pick up FROM the EAST (we are needing to keep the center turn lane open for busses to pass and get into the main bus loop).
  • Please exit the east lot, after you have your kiddos, to the west.
  • Please DO NOT get out of your car at pick up. If you need to buckle kids, please pull all the way forward to the cars that are parked in parking spots so that the flow of traffic can keep moving.
  • We have a pretty solid system with 4 adult stations for kids. Pull all the way up to the spot to pick kids up. Please remind your family to NOT run/walk to the car before you've stopped (we are also reminding them!).

Middle School 2nd Semester ODD/EVEN Day Cheat Sheet

Reminder that middle school changes to 3rd term rotations (for those taking the rotation elective) on Monday, January 25. We will begin the 3rd term with an ODD schedule day!
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2021/2022 ZKids

2021 Summer Camp registration begins Feb 22!

2021/2022 ZKids Registration Information

March 15 (for current ZKids families)

March 16 (for families who are new to ZKids/ZPS)

Link for Summer and 2021/2022 registration


Please contact Cheryl Kraker with any questions at 748-4711 or email at ckraker@zps.org


Reporting Absences

After initial contact with our office staff letting them know the status of your child(ren) in quarantine, there is no need to call the attendance line daily to report absences during the quarantine period.

What should be your first step in continuing to make academic progress?

What does learning look like during quarantine? We wish we could replicate the classroom experience while your student is at home, but there are so many aspects of instruction that we cannot do remotely. Our staff is committed to providing your child(ren) with opportunities that are as consistent as possible with what is happening in the classroom.

We know that learning during quarantine will not be the same as it would be if your student were in the classroom. Our teachers will work with your family, and especially your student, to keep them on track, but also provide modifications to assignments when necessary.

PLEASE reach out to your child’s teacher regularly. They want to know what your student is struggling with or what additional information your student needs.

Student/Family Expectations

  • Families are expected to communicate with their teachers regarding any questions they may have when they are out of school.

  • Get your technology device(s) ready. Update your iPad IOS and any apps that you may use. Contact the tech office if you have issues that you can not resolve (cbussche@zps.org).

  • Organize time during the day: Students will need to stick to a regular school schedule. Being away from school is very unstructured. Also, find time to exercise, read a book, listen to music, or watch a favorite tv show in addition to doing school work.

  • Follow the set daily schedule provided by your teacher on Google Classroom, See-Saw or Email.

    • Check Google Classroom or See-Saw and email daily.

    • Keep on pace as much as possible.

    • Email the teacher for clarification if needed.

    • Keep in mind that teachers are teaching full time so that they will need time to post work and respond to questions.

  • This situation is not easy and there are lots of feelings to manage. Students should not try to handle it alone, they will need adult support.

Teacher Expectations

  • Teachers will communicate with students/families who are out, support them as much as possible, and let them know the best way to stay on track. If a student typically receives additional services/supports, those service providers (reading interventionists, special education/EL teachers) should communicate with the student/family as well.

  • Post assignments/lessons/expectations to Google Classroom or SeeSaw.

  • Respond to student/family emails as soon as possible.

  • Keep online resources up to date.

  • Consider exempting students from non-essential activities/assignments when appropriate

  • Contact the family if there is a concern.

Parent Expectations

  • Acknowledge with your student that this is hard for everyone.

  • Contact your child's teacher, principal or front office with concerns regarding your child's well being. We have a Wellness Team at school that can offer support to you and your child and also suggest additional resources.

  • Help your student navigate through the student expectations.

  • Encourage your student to follow the school day schedule, taking breaks from the screen to engage in physical activity too.

  • Communicate with teachers about specific questions related to their work if the student hasn’t been successful.

  • Contact other resources for support as needed:

    • Family

    • Peers

    • Counselors

    • Administrators

    • Free Tutoring from GVSU - K-12 Connect

What about food service for students who are quarantined?

We offer meal pick ups on Tuesday at The Bridge Youth Center from 2-5pm. Parents can connect with the ZPS Food Service office to sign up at 748-3128 or email foodservice@zps.org. If students are quarantined after a Tuesday and need food before the next pick up, they can contact the Food Service office about possibly picking up meals at Zeeland East HS.

Questions regarding COVID-19:

For questions regarding your COVID-19 monitoring call the Ottawa County Department of Public Health at 616-396-5266 or email covid19@miottawa.org.

Mental Health Resources

If you are struggling or need support, tell someone. You are not alone.

  • OK2SAY - Anyone can report tips on criminal activities or potential harm directed at students, school employees, or schools. Tips can be submitted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Click HERE to submit a tip.

  • Crisis Counselor Text Line - Text HOME to 741741 & Michigan Mental Health Warmline - (888) 733-7753

Suicide Prevention Online Chat - https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/ & National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255

ZPS Cares

During our Remote Learning Times, we recognize that there may be needs for support that are harder to communicate when not in-person. We would like to remind our ZPS Community that ZPS Cares is a great way to get the support you may need!

  • ZPS families can call the ZPS Cares Helpline (616-748-4509) or email the ZPS Cares Email (zpscares@zps.org) for assistance related to health, food, and technology needs.

  • ZPS staff and families may use this ZPS Help Request Form to identify student/family needs. A Spanish version is available as well.

  • Spring 2020: Google Help Request, ZPS Cares Helpline and Email will be posted on ZPS website, Z for Me, postcard mailers, and postcards with meal distribution. Link to communication plan from Spring 2020 here.

Parent Portal

Please use this PDF in order to get instructions and a code to set up your Parent Portal (access to grades, bussing information, etc.)!

Breakfast and Lunch Information

All meals (breakfast and lunch) are served at NO COST to all ZPS students until Dec 2020, or until USDA funds run out. You can find your schools menu at https://www.zps.org/parents/food-service/. Only complete meals are free. A complete breakfast or lunch has to have 3 items, one item must be a fruit or vegetable. An entree is usually considered two items (protein/grain). A complete meal is an entree, fruit and/ or vegetable, milk.


We currently have 52 ZQuest parents/guardians connected to our REMIND app! If you are willing, this is a great way to get FAST updates and reminders. We'd love to have you join!

  • NEW this year, due to the uncertainty of how things will settle with COVID-19, we are going to try communication through REMIND. This will primarily be for reminders and should school be cancelled in-person due to COVID or should we have a fog delay or snow day (I can’t believe I’m talking about snow!). Your child’s teachers may set up a classroom REMIND as well. They will come to you in the same way and will tell you who the REMIND message is from.

  • Parent Website at http://www.zquestparents.com/. This site is our MAIN place of information and should become a habit to look at for reminders and answers. If we need to point out something specific, Leslie will send it in an email with attachments and teachers will do so as well in their classrooms!

  • You can also find information on our Parent’s Facebook page located at ZQuest Parents if you search for us on Facebook. This is ONLY a place for reminders and parent engagement and sharing. This is NOT where we store information or publish information that must get to parents.

Medical Forms

If your child will need ANY medications given to them during the school year, the correct MEDICAL FORM must be FILLED OUT AND SIGNED by your child's doctor BEFORE we can begin to give meds.

Medication Distribution Form

Seizure Plan

Asthma Management

Diabetes Management Plan