Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Quest Patch Video!

Hello Quest Community.

Our Patch.com video is done.  You're going to love it!  The video really captures Quest at its best.  We are still waiting for the embed code to put it on our website.   But, until then, please enjoy the video as currently seen on the Patch, and please email it to as many friends and family as possible.  The more people who see it, the better!


Thursday, August 18, 2011

South Kingstown Patch covers Quest's move to South Road

Quest Montessori To Move To South Road School This Fall By Marylou Butler, May 31, 2011

Occhi Belli, the upscale eyewear store, has moved within the South County Commons jumping from 49 South County Commons way to across the street at 50 South County Commons Way.

Morgan's Patti Cakes, a cupcakerie, has opened at 542 Kingstown Rd. in the Quo Vadis Shopping Center. Douglas and Patty Alley recently returned to RI after 15 years in the Florida panhandle. In addition to mini and full size gourmet cupcakes the shop offers speciality cakes and wedding cakes, birthday parties, tea parties and Cupcake Happy Hour every Wednesday from 4:30-5:30 pm with two-for-one cupcakes.

All of the products are made on site, from scratch in small batches and no preservatives are ever used. The mini-cupcakes, at just $1.25 each are a small indulgence in both money and calories but with flavors like Peanut Butter Cup ( a rich Devil's Food cupcake filled & frosted with a peanut butter buttercream and dipped in dark chocolate ganache and finished with sugared peanuts) or Roasted Banana (the intense flavors of roasted bananas baked into a vanilla bean cupcake frosted with a brown sugar buttercream & accented with a chocolate dipped banana chip) how could you go wrong?

The Quest Montessori School of Exeter will be opening a pre-K to 8th grade location in the former South Rd. Elementary School this coming fall.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Quest Children's House Appointments

March 28, 2011

Dear Quest Community,

During the Spring Break, we made significant strides forward in plans for our new campus, in particular the creation of our new Children’s House. We began painting and sprucing up the South Road Elementary School, a step toward our move for the fall.

We also cleared another major step with the approval of the revised Master Plan for the Narragansett Highlands site by the Narragansett Planning Board. We are not only on schedule with the current project timeline, but are even ahead of it. Keep an eye on your email for a detailed New Campus Update, including revised architect renderings.

In the meantime, I have exciting news to share regarding our Children’s House....

Click here to view complete letter

Quest Early Bird and Encore - Before and After School Programs

Since parents' schedules do not always match academic school-day schedules, the Early Bird and Encore After School Program provides care before and after school to children in the Children's House (Montessori Preschool and Kindergarten) and Elementary programs. There is no Early Bird or Encore After School program for Middle School (7th and 8th grade).

Click here to view complete Early Bird and Encore Program details

2011-2012 Quest School Calendar

2011-2012 School Schedule Changes and Before and After School Program

March 28, 2011

Dear Quest Community,

I am writing you today with announcements regarding the school schedule for next academic year: before- and after- school programming and a switch to a school calendar that is more closely aligned with the public school calendar.

First, I am pleased to announce that Quest is finally in a position to offer before and after school programming for families whose schedules require an earlier arrival or later departure time...

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Coverage on Patch about last night's Town Council meeting.

Zone Change Approved for Quest Montessori School in North End

The proposed zone change passes by a 3-2 vote.

The town could see its first private school in the Quest Montessori School that would be built on a six-acre property off of Boson Neck Road.

The Narragansett town Council voted 3-2 at its meeting on Tuesday night to transfer the property to a commercial use so that the school could construct its new facility on the property in accordance with certain council-mandated exceptions.

Council members Susan Cicilline-Buonanno and Alisa Trainor Fleet voted against the change.

“I’m just not sure that it is in the best interest of the town,” Cicilline-Buoanno said after the meeting. She is the principal of a West Warwick elementary school.

“I think it will have an impact. The road there is so thin and it will also draw from the [town’s] school system. Right now we are struggling with a small school system.”

Cicilline-Buoanno said she was surprised that the proposed plan passed with so many questions left unanswered.

The Quest Montessori School is trying to relocate its 70-student operation in Exeter to a brand new facility in Narragansett that would accommodate up to 150 students in grades kindergarten through eighth.

In anticipation of an expiring lease at its Exeter location, the school received a $2.4 million loan in Oct. 2009 through the USDA Rural Development as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Officials from the school originally developed plans for a new facility on Dean Knauss Road, however, legal research discovered a deed restriction that prevented public or private schools on the property. Even though the town had already approved the school’s development, the restriction prevented any school construction from starting.

“We are absolutely thrilled,” Paul Raymond, the headmaster of the Quest Montessori School, said after the council announced its decision on Tuesday.

“The town council looked favorably on our application and saw the benefits of a private school. It’s one thing that hasn’t fit. Even with a great public school, providing public schools creates an even more broad and valuable place for families to have children.”

Although the council approved the switch from a residential to commercial use of the property, the project will need additional approvals from the Zoning and Planning boards before any construction begins.

While allowing the zone change required for the construction of the new school, council members tied in the construction of a new 16-unit affordable housing complex. The affordable housing was included in the property owner and developer’s original plan for the property’s development, but economic factors have impeded the start of construction and provided the headway for the school’s use of the site.

Council members also required the school to pay the town a little more than $20 per student, or about $3,000 annually for rights to use the nearby Christofaro Park.

Despite the fact that the educational institution would be taking land off the town’s tax rolls, most council members believed the benefits outweighed the costs.

“My reason for supporting this is that I think the addition of that school on that sight might add a deeper cultural aspect to the town,” councilor Christopher Wilkens said. “It will bring business into the North End and hopefully help revitalize that North End.”

Reporter Erin Tiernan can be reached at erinvtiernan@gmail.com.

Click here to view the article in The Narragansett Patch archives