Quincy Update

Dear Quincy Families,

Every day of in-person learning continues to feel like a gift. Quincy parents have been remarkable in helping us stay safe and stay in-person. We want to thank you again for your terrific communication with us regarding student illness or student/family COVID exposure. Your caution and diligence means that we haven’t had to quarantine students or classes. We know that likely won’t be preventable, but having you work alongside us has been incredibly helpful.

Thank you for wearing your masks when you get out of your car to pick up your children. They are watching you and having that role-modeling is important. Almost every adult waiting outside to pick students up at the end of the day had a mask on this week. You guys rock!

Your partner in education,

Allyson Apsey

QUINCY STUDENTS ARE “ON Q”

Quincy students earn “On Q!” tickets by following school expectations. Each week we draw a student’s name from each grade level. This week includes this week’s and last week’s incredible students that were honored as Quincy “On Q!” superstars! Congratulations to all our students were “On Q!” this week.

Week of Jan 4th

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Week of Jan 11th

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 22 – 1/2 DAY IN-PERSON & PJ DAY

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We will have a half-day on Friday, January 22 with dismissal at noon. Teachers will spend the afternoon learning during professional development. Please have your child wear his favorite PJs to school that morning.

heart.ngsversion.1396531395268.adapt.1900.1VALENTINE’S DAY 2021 heart.ngsversion.1396531395268.adapt.1900.1

Our protocol for Valentine’s Day is consistent with our guidelines for Halloween and Christmas. The bummer is that students cannot bring things from home–no Valentine’s cards or treats. The good news is that your children’s amazing teachers are working on plans to make this Valentine’s Day fun and special for them, even with the restrictions. Their creativity has no bounds! Even though we cannot have our traditional holiday parties or parent volunteers, we will have classroom activities, an individually-wrapped classroom-provided treat, and a day filled with love for learning and each other.

IMPORTANT DATES COMING UP

Jan. 22 – ½ Day in-person, PJ Day
Jan. 27 – Geskus Picture Retake Day
Feb. 8 – Winter Break/No School
Feb. 9 – Winter Break/No School
Feb. 25 – ½ Day in-person, Parent Teacher Conferences 1-7pm
Feb. 26 – ½ Day virtual, Parent Teacher Conferences 1-3pm

ZKIDS REGISTRATION

Registration for the 2021 Summer Camp begins Feb. 22.

Registration for before & after school care for the 2021/22 school year begins March 15 for current families and March 16 for new families. Please use this link to register your child. 

If you have any questions please contact Cheryl Kraker at 616-748-4711 or ckraker@zps.org

MY CHILD HAS A COVID-19 SYMPTOM OR HAS BEEN IN CLOSE CONTACT WITH SOMEONE WITH COVID-19. WHAT DO I DO?

We have two resources to share with you that will help guide you in case your child has a new COVID-19 symptom that is not typical for your child. You can check out this flowchart from the Ottawa County Health Department, and you can check out this clickable slideshow (created by Mrs. Apsey) that can guide you along.

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Quincy Update

Dear Quincy Families,

Happy 2021! We are looking forward to a great year at the Q. We are so thankful to be back in-person after the holiday break. Our school environment is full of joy and learning and gives us great hope for the future of our country.

Our students continue to do a fantastic job with our safety protocols. One area we could use your help is for afternoon pick-up in the front parking lot. Students need to wear masks until they get to their vehicles, and it is important that this is modeled by parents waiting to pick their children up. If you are going to park and come to the curb to get your child, please wear a mask. Pretty please. With sugar on top.

Cheers to a new year full of new opportunities. We remain ever so thankful for our Quincy families!

Allyson Apsey

FRIDAY, JANUARY 22 – 1/2 DAY IN-PERSON & PJ DAY

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We will have a half-day on Friday, January 22 with dismissal at noon. Teachers will spend the afternoon learning during professional development. Please have your child wear his favorite PJs to school that morning.

IMPORTANT DATES COMING UP

Jan. 22 – ½ Day in-person, PJ Day
Jan. 27 – Geskus Picture Retake Day
Feb. 8 – Winter Break/No School
Feb. 9 – Winter Break/No School
Feb. 25 – ½ Day in-person, Parent Teacher Conferences 1-7pm
Feb. 26 – ½ Day virtual, Parent Teacher Conferences 1-3pm

MY CHILD HAS A COVID-19 SYMPTOM OR HAS BEEN IN CLOSE CONTACT WITH SOMEONE WITH COVID-19. WHAT DO I DO?

We have two resources to share with you that will help guide you in case your child has a new COVID-19 symptom that is not typical for your child. You can check out this flowchart from the Ottawa County Health Department, and you can check out this clickable slideshow (created by Mrs. Apsey) that can guide you along.

SIGN UP FOR “Z for ME” UPDATES

The district will be updating families throughout the school year in the “Z for ME” updates.

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Quincy Update

Merry Christmas from Quincy Elementary!

Dear Quincy Families,

We had a JOYFUL week together! We know that many students, staff, and families had mixed emotions about returning to in-person learning for this week before break. We hope that you join us in appreciation for the time together. We loved connecting, learning, and celebrating the season!

We anticipate continuing with in-person learning after the break and can’t wait to see your beautiful children on Monday, January 4th. If anything changes, we will email you.

My voicemail messages says that I am the luckiest principal in the world and I have never felt luckier! I am so grateful to all of our families for continuing to pour love and appreciation on our teachers and staff, recognizing their incredible hard work and creativity this year. Thank you for trusting us with your most precious gifts–your children! Merry Christmas to your family, and Happy New Year! I am not sure any of us will feel bad about seeing 2020 in the rearview mirror :).

As always, if there is anything we can do, please email me at aapsey@zps.org and we will do our best to help.

Thankful for you,

Allyson Apsey

QUINCY CHRISTMAS FUN!

 

COVID-19 SYMPTOMS POLICY UPDATE

As we partner together to work to continue in-person learning and keep students and staff safe, we want to let you know about a few important changes to the Ottawa County Health Department’s COVID Guidelines for schools.

Previously, if the COVID-19 symptoms were “typical” for your child, we were able to allow him/her to stay at school. Now, if your child has symptoms of COVID-19 according to the lists below, we are required to have you pick him/her up and follow the protocol outlined in Ottawa County’s guidelines.

COVID symptoms

Another change is that students who have to quarantine due to exposure need to do so for only 10 days as long as they don’t have symptoms. Previously they were required to quarantine for 14 days.

Also of significant note, it is now required to have documentation if you consult your healthcare provider and are provided with an alternate diagnosis. Ottawa County Health Department requires that the staff member or student has a letter that 1) states the individual is not considered to have COVID-19, and 2) gives medical permission for the individual to return to school, and 3) provides a specific return to school date, and 4) is signed.

We ask that families look over the charts provided in the Ottawa County’s COVID-19 guidelines for schools. Thank you for your partnership!

IMPORTANT DATES COMING UP

Dec. 21 – Jan. 1 – Holiday Break
Jan. 22 –  ½ Day
Jan. 27 – Geskus Picture Retake Day

NOMINATE AN AMAZING TEACHER TODAY

Nominate

Nominate your Ottawa/Allegan County Teacher and tell us why they’re amazing! Approved Nominees (teachers) will be invited to our Amazing Teacher Banquet in April 2021 (subject to change).

It’s simple and easy to nominate. Nominate as many teachers as you want that teach in the following school districts: Holland Public, Holland Christian, Black River, Calvary Christian, Zeeland Christian, Zeeland Public, West Ottawa, Vanderbilt, Icademy/Innocadamy, Ottawa Area Intermediate School District, Fennville, Hamilton, or Saugatuck.

Nominations accepted from September 14, 2020 through April 4, 2021.

Thanks!
Holland Sentinel

MY CHILD HAS A COVID-19 SYMPTOM. WHAT DO I DO?

We have two resources to share with you that will help guide you in case your child has a new COVID-19 symptom that is not typical for your child. You can check out this flowchart from the Ottawa County Health Department, and you can check out this clickable slideshow (created by Mrs. Apsey) that can guide you along.

SIGN UP FOR “Z for ME” UPDATES

The district will be updating families throughout the summer in the “Z for ME” updates.

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Quincy Update

Dear Quincy Families,

The entire Q-Crew wants to share our appreciation for the support and dedication of our Quincy families. We know that these weeks of Remote Learning have been challenging. We see the struggles. We also see our students and families persevere through the struggles alongside us the best we can, and we cannot tell you how thankful we are for you. 

Your messages of appreciation and hope continue to pour in…and they fill our hearts. We did not go into education because we like alone-time, behind a screen. We know that the best thing for student learning is to be back together in person. The best thing for all of our hearts is to be back together in the building together also.

We also see so many families working hard to stay safe so we can come back together in person on December 14th. Thank you for the extra measures you are taking to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. You are making a difference. As always, if there is anything we can do, please email me at aapsey@zps.org and we will do our best to help.

ZPS families can also 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.

Thankful for you,

Allyson Apsey

CRAZY CHRISTMAS DAY

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We are excited to bring back the holiday spirit with “Crazy Christmas Day” on Friday, December 18th. We plan on learning in person that week and this will be a fun way to send us all off into the holiday break. Your children can dress up in their favorite holiday attire that day. Even though we cannot have our traditional holiday parties or parent volunteers, we will have classroom activities, an individually-wrapped classroom-provided treat, and a virtual all school sing-along.

(Please remember that students are not allowed to bring in treats for sharing during this unusual year.)

REMOTE LEARNING INFORMATION

downloadFamilies have shared that it is helpful to set alarms on student iPads to alert students to join their Zoom meetings. Here is a video tutorial that Lesa Johnson made to show you how. Thank you Lesa!

Please see an outline of the district’s Elementary Remote Learning Plan HERE.  (Spanish version HERE)

AVAILABLE WIFI HOTSPOTS

If you are in need of internet service, please note that we have public wifi hotspots in the following locations. Anyone in the community can pull up in their car and hang out for free access.
● DeWitt Parking Lot at East High School
● The greenspace between the West High School Pool and loading dock
● Quincy Elementary greenspace on the northwest side of the building
● Roosevelt Elementary back of the building in the outdoor learning space
● New Groningen Elementary west side of the building in the outdoor learning area
● East High School Parking Lot between the tunnel to the Stadium and the Auxiliary Gym.

IMPORTANT DATES COMING UP

Dec. 7 – Remote Learning Day 8:40- 3:35
Dec. 8 – Remote Learning Day 8:40 – 3:35
Dec. 9 – Asynchronous Learning Day
Dec. 10 – Remote Learning Day 8:40 – 3:35
Dec. 11 – Remote Learning ½ Day 8:40 – 12:00
Dec. 14 – Return to In Person Learning
Dec. 21 – Jan. 1 – Holiday Break
Jan. 27 – Geskus Picture Retake Day

NOMINATE AN AMAZING TEACHER TODAY

Nominate

Nominate your Ottawa/Allegan County Teacher and tell us why they’re amazing! Approved Nominees (teachers) will be invited to our Amazing Teacher Banquet in April 2021 (subject to change).

It’s simple and easy to nominate. Nominate as many teachers as you want that teach in the following school districts: Holland Public, Holland Christian, Black River, Calvary Christian, Zeeland Christian, Zeeland Public, West Ottawa, Vanderbilt, Icademy/Innocadamy, Ottawa Area Intermediate School District, Fennville, Hamilton, or Saugatuck.

Nominations accepted from September 14, 2020 through April 4, 2021.

Thanks!
Holland Sentinel

ZPS MEAL SERVICE 

Families can sign up for ZPS Meal Service by emailing foodservice@zps.org or calling 616-748-3128 before noon on Fridays. Food pick up is held every Tuesday from 2-5 pm at The Bridge in downtown Zeeland and includes a week’s worth of breakfast and lunch per student at no cost.

 

ATTENTION SKIERS & SNOWBOARDERS

Bittersweet Ski Resort Discount Card registration for students and adults are now available. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to save money on downhill skiing and snowboarding at Bittersweet. Please return the completed form(s) to the school office by Friday, December 11th or email them to Brad VanHoven bvanhove@zps.org.  If you have any questions, please contact Brad VanHoven.

 

MY CHILD HAS A COVID-19 SYMPTOM. WHAT DO I DO?

We have two resources to share with you that will help guide you in case your child has a new COVID-19 symptom that is not typical for your child. You can check out this flowchart from the Ottawa County Health Department, and you can check out this clickable slideshow (created by Mrs. Apsey) that can guide you along.

SIGN UP FOR “Z for ME” UPDATES

The district will be updating families throughout the summer in the “Z for ME” updates.

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Quincy Update

Dear Quincy Families,

We survived a week of remote learning! I cannot tell you how many uplifting messages and emails we have received from you. We know the circumstances are not ideal and we recognize that everyone is doing the best they can. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Like you, we cannot wait to get back to in-person learning.

Snoopy-Blessed-With-You-Religious-Thanksgiving-Card_299THE2016_04We know that Thanksgiving will be different this year and we all will miss out on our big family gatherings. But, if that means that we can keep others healthy and get back to school sooner, the sacrifice will surely be worth it. As always, if there is anything we can do, please email me at aapsey@zps.org and we will do our best to help.

ZPS families can also 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.

Thankful for you,

Allyson Apsey

REMOTE LEARNING INFORMATION 

downloadFamilies have shared that it is helpful to set alarms on student iPads to alert students to join their Zoom meetings. Here is a video tutorial that Lesa Johnson made to show you how. Thank you Lesa!

Please see an outline of the district’s Elementary Remote Learning Plan HERE.  (Spanish version HERE)

AVAILABLE WIFI HOTSPOTS

If you are in need of internet service, please note that we have public wifi hotspots in the following locations. Anyone in the community can pull up in their car and hang out for free access.
● DeWitt Parking Lot at East High School
● The greenspace between the West High School Pool and loading dock
● Quincy Elementary greenspace on the northwest side of the building
● Roosevelt Elementary back of the building in the outdoor learning space
● New Groningen Elementary west side of the building in the outdoor learning area
● East High School Parking Lot between the tunnel to the Stadium and the Auxiliary Gym.

NOMINATE AN AMAZING TEACHER TODAY

Nominate

Nominate your Ottawa/Allegan County Teacher and tell us why they’re amazing! Approved Nominees (teachers) will be invited to our Amazing Teacher Banquet in April 2021 (subject to change).

It’s simple and easy to nominate. Nominate as many teachers as you want that teach in the following school districts: Holland Public, Holland Christian, Black River, Calvary Christian, Zeeland Christian, Zeeland Public, West Ottawa, Vanderbilt, Icademy/Innocadamy, Ottawa Area Intermediate School District, Fennville, Hamilton, or Saugatuck.

Nominations accepted from September 14, 2020 through April 4, 2021.

Thanks!
Holland Sentinel

SCRIP FUNDRAISER & SPIRIT WEAR ORDERS

Our PTO is accepting orders for the Spirit WearScrip Fundraiser. There will be a drop box outside of school starting Tuesday, Nov. 17 2020 for anyone who would like to drop off orders. Our goal is to process orders as planned so that families can receive Scrip and Spirit Wear before Christmas. Cash, check and Venmo are all acceptable payment options (for more details, see order forms). If you would like to send in your form electronically or have any questions, please contact Kellie Powers: kpowers@zps.org.

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IMPORTANT DATES COMING UP

Nov. 23 – Remote Learning Day
Nov. 24 – Remote Learning Day
Nov. 25-27 – Thanksgiving Break
Nov. 30 – Return to In-Person Learning
Dec. 9 – Picture Retake Day

ZPS 2nd SEMESTER SURVEY DUE NOV. 20

ZPS is preparing for the second semester, which runs January 25 through June 10, 2021. In response to COVID-19, all students will continue with two learning options: In-Person at ZPS or via Z-Connect Online Learning from home.

ALL Parents are asked to participate in a short survey English Version  Spanish Version by November 20 to inform ZPS of your selection. Please take time to discuss the best fit for your family moving forward. 

Please find more detailed information on our website.

ZPS MEAL SERVICE 

Families can sign up for ZPS Meal Service by emailing foodservice@zps.org or calling 616-748-3128 before noon on Fridays. Food pick up is held every Tuesday from 2-5 pm at The Bridge in downtown Zeeland and includes a week’s worth of breakfast and lunch per student at no cost.

ATTENTION SKIERS & SNOWBOARDERS

Bittersweet Ski Resort Discount Card registration for students and adults are now available. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to save money on downhill skiing and snowboarding at Bittersweet. Please return the completed form(s) to the school office by Friday, December 11th or email them to Brad VanHoven bvanhove@zps.org.  If you have any questions, please contact Brad VanHoven.

 

MY CHILD HAS A COVID-19 SYMPTOM. WHAT DO I DO?

We have two resources to share with you that will help guide you in case your child has a new COVID-19 symptom that is not typical for your child. You can check out this flowchart from the Ottawa County Health Department, and you can check out this clickable slideshow (created by Mrs. Apsey) that can guide you along.

FREE TUTORING AVAILABLE

Beginning October 5, Grand Valley State University is offering free 1:1 virtual tutoring/homework support to all K-12 students in Michigan throughout the school year. GVSU gave us an opportunity for an early sign up through their website. Tutors, comprised of GVSU students, faculty, staff, and alumni, will be available Monday through Friday from 11a to 9p and Saturday from 12p-5p.  Every tutor has passed a background check and all sessions take place through Zoom which is monitored full time.  Content areas include English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Spanish.  Additional subjects may be added throughout the year. Please feel free to take advantage of this exciting opportunity.

English and Spanish flyers can be accessed below:

Spanish_ K-12 Connect User

English_ K-12 Connect User

SIGN UP FOR “Z for ME” UPDATES

The district will be updating families throughout the summer in the “Z for ME” updates.

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Quincy Update

Dear Quincy Families,

Pretty much the only thing we can be sure of during a pandemic is that unexpected change is bound to happen. We are grateful that we were able to be in-person for the whole first quarter. Although we are very disappointed to be in remote learning for the next couple weeks, our goal is to get back to in-person learning on November 30th.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has issued a three week “Pause To Save Lives” order that will begin on November 18th. The fact that districts are able to determine whether it is safe to keep elementary schools open adds to our hope that we will be back to in-person learning after Thanksgiving.

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Speaking of Thanksgiving, let’s pause and give some thanks to our wonderful Quincy teachers. Their hearts were broken the moment they learned that we were shifting to remote learning for a couple weeks. Yet, they got right to work creating engaging learning opportunities for students. They are nothing short of incredible.

We’d also like to thank YOU, Quincy families, for figuring out how to make the next couple weeks work. We know it isn’t easy. If there is anything we can do to help, please email me at aapsey@zps.org and we will do our best to help.

Stay safe,

Allyson Apsey

REMOTE LEARNING INFORMATION 

Please see an outline of the district’s Elementary Remote Learning Plan for this week HERE.  (Spanish version HERE)

AVAILABLE WIFI HOTSPOTS

If you are in need of internet service, please note that we have public wifi hotspots in the following locations. Anyone in the community can pull up in their car and hang out for free access.
● DeWitt Parking Lot at East High School
● The greenspace between the West High School Pool and loading dock
● Quincy Elementary greenspace on the northwest side of the building
● Roosevelt Elementary back of the building in the outdoor learning space
● New Groningen Elementary west side of the building in the outdoor learning area
● East High School Parking Lot between the tunnel to the Stadium and the Auxiliary Gym.

SCRIP FUNDRAISER & SPIRIT WEAR ORDERS

Our PTO is accepting orders for the Spirit WearScrip Fundraiser. There will be a drop box outside of school starting Tuesday, Nov. 17 2020 for anyone who would like to drop off orders. Our goal is to process orders as planned so that families can receive Scrip and Spirit Wear before Christmas. Cash, check and Venmo are all acceptable payment options (for more details, see order forms). If you would like to send in your form electronically or have any questions, please contact Kellie Powers: kpowers@zps.org.

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IMPORTANT DATES COMING UP

Nov. 16 – No School
Nov. 17 – Remote Learning Day
Nov. 18 – Asynchronous Student Learning Day
Nov. 19 – Remote Learning Day
Nov. 20 – Remote Learning Day
Nov. 23 – Remote Learning Day
Nov. 24 – Remote Learning Day
Nov. 25-27 – Thanksgiving Break
Nov. 30 – Return to In-Person Learning
Dec. 9 – Picture Retake Day

ZPS MEAL SERVICE 

Families can sign up for ZPS Meal Service by emailing foodservice@zps.org or calling 616-748-3128 before noon on Fridays. Food pick up is held every Tuesday from 2-5 pm at The Bridge in downtown Zeeland and includes a week’s worth of breakfast and lunch per student at no cost.

ATTENTION SKIERS & SNOWBOARDERS

Bittersweet Ski Resort Discount Card registration for students and adults are now available. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to save money on downhill skiing and snowboarding at Bittersweet. Please return the completed form(s) to the school office by Friday, December 11th or email them to Brad VanHoven bvanhove@zps.org.  If you have any questions, please contact Brad VanHoven.

ZPS PLANS FOR SECOND SEMESTER:

ZPS is preparing for the second semester, which runs January 25 through June 10, 2021. In response to COVID-19, all students will continue with two learning options: In-Person at ZPS or via Z-Connect Online Learning from home.

ALL Parents are asked to participate in a short survey English Version  Spanish Version by November 20 to inform ZPS of your selection. Please take time to discuss the best fit for your family moving forward. Additionally, parent-teacher conferences can provide additional insight on your student’s current educational path. This information may be useful as you determine which option to select.

Please find more detailed information on our website.

 

MY CHILD HAS A COVID-19 SYMPTOM. WHAT DO I DO?

We have two resources to share with you that will help guide you in case your child has a new COVID-19 symptom that is not typical for your child. You can check out this flowchart from the Ottawa County Health Department, and you can check out this clickable slideshow (created by Mrs. Apsey) that can guide you along.

FREE TUTORING AVAILABLE

Beginning October 5, Grand Valley State University is offering free 1:1 virtual tutoring/homework support to all K-12 students in Michigan throughout the school year. GVSU gave us an opportunity for an early sign up through their website. Tutors, comprised of GVSU students, faculty, staff, and alumni, will be available Monday through Friday from 11a to 9p and Saturday from 12p-5p.  Every tutor has passed a background check and all sessions take place through Zoom which is monitored full time.  Content areas include English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Spanish.  Additional subjects may be added throughout the year. Please feel free to take advantage of this exciting opportunity.

English and Spanish flyers can be accessed below:

Spanish_ K-12 Connect User

English_ K-12 Connect User

SIGN UP FOR “Z for ME” UPDATES

The district will be updating families throughout the summer in the “Z for ME” updates.

Sign up using this link

Quincy Update

Dear Quincy Families,

This past week, we had two students test positive for COVID-19. The good news is that they were not in school during the infectious period, which meant that no one was exposed to the virus. Their parents made a proactive decision to keep them out of school. This is no surprise, Quincy families just do that–we look out for each other. 

If there is an instance where a student or staff member who tests positive for COVID-19 is in school while they are infectious, we will notify Quincy families within 24-hours by email. We are thankful that our safety protocols like masks, cohorting grade levels, and doing our best to social distance has helped prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our schools…so far. 

Conferences will be different this year and all of our teachers are looking forward to meeting with you virtually. Thank you for your flexibility and for giving us lots of grace as we navigate this for the first time with you.

We remain thankful for the partnership of our families! Enjoy the weekend!

Allyson Apsey

**SIGN UP** for PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES via ZOOM

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Conferences are right around the corner! On November 10, 11 (4-7pm) and November 12 (1-7pm) we will have the privilege of meeting with you via Zoom and discussing your wonderful children.

Please use this LINK to sign up for a 20 min timeslot to meet with your child’s teacher. After you complete your online sign up process you will receive a confirmation which includes your Zoom link.

The sign up link can also be found on our ZPS website under News & Announcements.

QUINCY STUDENTS ARE “ON Q”!

Quincy students earn “On Q!” tickets by following school expectations. Each week we draw a student’s name from each grade level. This week these incredible students were honored as Quincy “On Q!” superstars! Congratulations to all our students were “On Q!” this week.

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IMPORTANT DATES COMING UP

Nov. 10 4-7pm Parent/Teacher Conferences (via Zoom)
Nov. 11 4-7pm Parent/Teacher Conferences (via Zoom)
Nov. 12 Virtual ½ Day
Nov. 12 1-7pm Parent/Teacher Conferences (via Zoom)
Nov. 13 No School
Nov. 18 Geskus Picture Retake Day

iPAD USE/SECURITY AT HOME

As a district we believe that there is a significant amount of internet learning resources that benefit our students. We take the responsibility of providing supervised access to these resources very seriously. Our goal is always to better prepare students to become lifelong learners.

As a general practice, the district protects all of the devices assigned to students with a variety of security layers. We contract with a company called iBoss to utilize their content filtering services. Staff is constantly adding items that they run across that should be added to our filter. We also subscribe to several current security publications that recommend updates to our student protection package.

Even with all of this, it may not meet the specific needs of the 6500+ students/families within the district. Some families want to have more access to internet sites that we currently block while others think we are not tight enough. Know that in all cases the base layer of items such as porn, gambling, hate speech, etc… is always blocked whether students are on and off campus. It is a constant challenge to maintain the balance of access, security and appropriateness within the wide variety of opinions and personal values that come from our stakeholders. We rely on parents to take an active interest as to what their children may see online. Having a continuous connection with your child’s teacher about iPad concerns is the ultimate tool that we have to make things work for the best.

As a district we believe that the resources available on sites like YouTube (when combined with the current content filter) has solid instructional value for our students. However, sometimes things may not be rated as we all think they should. If you find something that you feel should be added to the content filter, please let us know and we will get back to you.

Regarding why we lock down the machines to prevent configuration changes

We have seen some of our students attempt to disable some of those protocols to gain access to items that may not be in their educational best interest. No solution is perfect, however, we must take significant steps to ensure that students can’t disable the security. It is a constant struggle to make sure that kids can’t get around the security system with enough access to allow them to make the device their own. Our current solution does not permit parental customization of our security/content filter applications. If we were to allow parents/students to change the setups, it would impact learning in the classroom. There is a level of consistency that the teachers need to have when knowing what to expect with the daily use of the devices in the classroom.

Our current educational environment demands that the same level of care and flexibility be applied with the use of Technology. We will continue to try to improve how we apply both.

Please feel free to contact me or your child’s teacher should you have any questions.

Thanks,
Mark Washington, Technology
Zeeland Public Schools

ZPS PLANS FOR SECOND SEMESTER:

ZPS is preparing for the second semester, which runs January 25 through June 10, 2021. In response to COVID-19, all students will continue with two learning options: In-Person at ZPS or via Z-Connect Online Learning from home.

ALL Parents are asked to participate in a short survey English Version  Spanish Version by November 20 to inform ZPS of your selection. Please take time to discuss the best fit for your family moving forward. Additionally, parent-teacher conferences can provide additional insight on your student’s current educational path. This information may be useful as you determine which option to select.

Please find more detailed information on our website.

ZPS FREE MEAL SERVICE *EXTENDS* THROUGH JUNE 

ZPS Food Service is pleased to extend the free meal service for both breakfast and lunch through the end of the school year. Free full meals are available to all students regardless of income. If you have any questions about ZPS Food Service, please contact ZPS Food Service at 616-748-3128 or on the ZPS website.

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MY CHILD HAS A COVID-19 SYMPTOM. WHAT DO I DO?

We have two resources to share with you that will help guide you in case your child has a new COVID-19 symptom that is not typical for your child. You can check out this flowchart from the Ottawa County Health Department, and you can check out this clickable slideshow (created by Mrs. Apsey) that can guide you along.

FREE TUTORING AVAILABLE

Beginning October 5, Grand Valley State University is offering free 1:1 virtual tutoring/homework support to all K-12 students in Michigan throughout the school year. GVSU gave us an opportunity for an early sign up through their website. Tutors, comprised of GVSU students, faculty, staff, and alumni, will be available Monday through Friday from 11a to 9p and Saturday from 12p-5p.  Every tutor has passed a background check and all sessions take place through Zoom which is monitored full time.  Content areas include English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Spanish.  Additional subjects may be added throughout the year. Please feel free to take advantage of this exciting opportunity.

English and Spanish flyers can be accessed below:

Spanish_ K-12 Connect User

English_ K-12 Connect User

SIGN UP FOR “Z for ME” UPDATES

The district will be updating families throughout the summer in the “Z for ME” updates.

Sign up using this link

Quincy Update

Dear Quincy Families,

What a great week! Your children are incredibly resilient and they adapt to change so well. Halloween week was certainly different this year, but we still had tons of fun. We wanted to show you pictures of some of the fun we had on Friday. A HUGE thank you to Quincy teachers for their creativity in figuring out how to create a COVID-safe Halloween for students!

You know how they say that a picture says a thousand words? Take a look at this picture and read the words on this student’s story. Just in case any of us were questioning if school is still fun, here is our confirmation. It absolutely is!

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We remain thankful for the partnership of our families! Happy Halloween!

Allyson Apsey

**SIGN UP** for PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES via ZOOM

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Conferences are right around the corner! On November 10, 11 (4-7pm) and November 12 (1-7pm) we will have the privilege of meeting with you via Zoom and discussing your wonderful children.

Please use this LINK to sign up for a 20 min timeslot to meet with your child’s teacher. After you complete your online sign up process you will receive a confirmation which includes your Zoom link.

The sign up link can also be found on our ZPS website under News & Announcements.

QUINCY STUDENTS ARE “ON Q”!

Quincy students earn “On Q!” tickets by following school expectations. Each week we draw a student’s name from each grade level. This week these incredible students were honored as Quincy “On Q!” superstars! Congratulations to all our students were “On Q!” this week.

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ZPS PLANS FOR SECOND SEMESTER:

ZPS is preparing for the second semester, which runs January 25 through June 10, 2021. In response to COVID-19, all students will continue with two learning options: In-Person at ZPS or via Z-Connect Online Learning from home.

ALL Parents are asked to participate in a short survey English Version  Spanish Version by November 20 to inform ZPS of your selection. Please take time to discuss the best fit for your family moving forward. Additionally, parent-teacher conferences can provide additional insight on your student’s current educational path. This information may be useful as you determine which option to select.

Please find more detailed information on our website.

ZPS FREE MEAL SERVICE *EXTENDS* THROUGH JUNE 

ZPS Food Service is pleased to extend the free meal service for both breakfast and lunch through the end of the school year. Free full meals are available to all students regardless of income. If you have any questions about ZPS Food Service, please contact ZPS Food Service at 616-748-3128 or on the ZPS website.

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MY CHILD HAS A COVID-19 SYMPTOM. WHAT DO I DO?

We have two resources to share with you that will help guide you in case your child has a new COVID-19 symptom that is not typical for your child. You can check out this flowchart from the Ottawa County Health Department, and you can check out this clickable slideshow (created by Mrs. Apsey) that can guide you along.

FREE TUTORING AVAILABLE

Beginning October 5, Grand Valley State University is offering free 1:1 virtual tutoring/homework support to all K-12 students in Michigan throughout the school year. GVSU gave us an opportunity for an early sign up through their website. Tutors, comprised of GVSU students, faculty, staff, and alumni, will be available Monday through Friday from 11a to 9p and Saturday from 12p-5p.  Every tutor has passed a background check and all sessions take place through Zoom which is monitored full time.  Content areas include English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Spanish.  Additional subjects may be added throughout the year. Please feel free to take advantage of this exciting opportunity.

English and Spanish flyers can be accessed below:

Spanish_ K-12 Connect User

English_ K-12 Connect User

SIGN UP FOR “Z for ME” UPDATES

The district will be updating families throughout the summer in the “Z for ME” updates.

Sign up using this link

Quincy Update

Dear Quincy Families,

We are excited to celebrate Halloween week in a different way next week! Please check out the list of Spirit Day themes throughout the week below. We designed the week to maximize fun and learning while staying safe, and we didn’t want families to have to go out and shop for clothing for the week.

We continue to feel deep appreciation for your support! Have a wonderful weekend!

Allyson Apsey

**SIGN UP** for PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES via ZOOM

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Conferences are right around the corner! On November 10, 11 (4-7pm) and November 12 (1-7pm) we will have the privilege of meeting with you via Zoom and discussing your wonderful children.

Please use this LINK to sign up for a 20 min timeslot to meet with your child’s teacher. After you complete your online sign up process you will receive a confirmation which includes your Zoom link.

The sign up link can also be found on our ZPS website under News & Announcements.

QUINCY STUDENTS ARE “ON Q”!

Quincy students earn “On Q!” tickets by following school expectations. Each week we draw a student’s name from each grade level. This week these incredible students were honored as Quincy “On Q!” superstars! Congratulations to all our students were “On Q!” this week.

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ZPS PLANS FOR SECOND SEMESTER:

ZPS is preparing for the second semester, which runs January 25 through June 10, 2021. In response to COVID-19, all students will continue with two learning options: In-Person at ZPS or via Z-Connect Online Learning from home.

Parents are asked to participate in a short survey by November 20 to inform ZPS of your selection. All families are asked to participate. Please take time to discuss the best fit for your family moving forward. Additionally, parent-teacher conferences can provide additional insight on your student’s current educational path. This information may be useful as you determine which option to select.

An infographic and FAQ were designed in August to assist with families making selections for the fall semester. These documents may provide answers to families who are considering a switch between online and in-person for the second semester.

Families are reminded the selection is for an entire semester. Only situations with extenuating circumstances will be considered for a mid-semester program change.

For our families who are considering a switch from Z-Connect Online to ZPS In-Person, please be aware ZPS will do their best to place students at their original / home building. However, due to COVID-19, ZPS is maintaining smaller class sizes and may need to adjust assigned buildings for the duration of the academic year to ensure we meet the safety measures outlined in the ZPS Preparedness Plan.

For our families considering a switch from ZPS In-Person to Z-Connect Online, please note Z-Connect Online for grades K-5 is taught by a ZPS teacher and grades 6-12 is taught by Michigan Virtual Online instructors.

If you have questions before making a selection, please contact your building principal. Please take the survey by November 20:

English Version

Spanish Version

HALLOWEEN 2020!

We have exciting Halloween week news! All elementary schools in our district are going to have a “Spirit Week” the week of Halloween. These fun days will allow us to maintain masks, distancing and still celebrate the week. Look at all the fun days we have planned.

  • Monday: Comfy/Casual Day
  • Tuesday: Hat Day
  • Wednesday: Sports Day
  • Thursday: Mismatch Day
  • Friday: “Orange” You Glad You can Read!

ZPS FREE MEAL SERVICE *EXTENDS* THROUGH JUNE 

ZPS Food Service is pleased to extend the free meal service for both breakfast and lunch through the end of the school year. Free full meals are available to all students regardless of income. If you have any questions about ZPS Food Service, please contact ZPS Food Service at 616-748-3128 or on the ZPS website.

MY CHILD HAS A COVID-19 SYMPTOM. WHAT DO I DO?

We have two resources to share with you that will help guide you in case your child has a new COVID-19 symptom that is not typical for your child. You can check out this flowchart from the Ottawa County Health Department, and you can check out this clickable slideshow (created by Mrs. Apsey) that can guide you along.

FREE TUTORING AVAILABLE

Beginning October 5, Grand Valley State University is offering free 1:1 virtual tutoring/homework support to all K-12 students in Michigan throughout the school year. GVSU gave us an opportunity for an early sign up through their website. Tutors, comprised of GVSU students, faculty, staff, and alumni, will be available Monday through Friday from 11a to 9p and Saturday from 12p-5p.  Every tutor has passed a background check and all sessions take place through Zoom which is monitored full time.  Content areas include English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Spanish.  Additional subjects may be added throughout the year. Please feel free to take advantage of this exciting opportunity.

English and Spanish flyers can be accessed below:

Spanish_ K-12 Connect User

English_ K-12 Connect User

SIGN UP FOR “Z for ME” UPDATES

The district will be updating families throughout the summer in the “Z for ME” updates.

Sign up using this link