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Aurora Quest K-8
17315 E. 2nd Ave.
Aurora, CO 80011 [map]
Fax: 303-326-1237

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Clinic: 303-326-1537

Dave Schoenhals, Principal
Jesus Germes, Assistant Principal
Casey Powell, Dean of Students / Athletics Director
Ron Lipson, Counselor
Judy Goos, Secretary
Cindy Stoeber, Registrar
Natalie J Johnson, Gifted and Talented TOSA

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Gifted & Talented
Aurora Public Schools offers a wide range of services for all identified gifted and talented and high potential students. For more information, visit the AGATE Website.


Looking to get in your 20 hours of volunteer time? We have many needs to meet your availability and interests. Please browse through our current opportunities listed below. Some opportunities link to their own Sign up Genius page. Click these links to access all the specific information you need to get plugged in. This list is updated as new opportunities become available, details are finalized, Sign up Genius are created or as chairpersons get appointed, so don’t forget to check back often.

If you are interested in having your volunteer opportunity listed here, please contact Michelle Hannawald at








Parents and guardians receive volunteer hour credits when they attend athletic events. Please see the “Sports” tab for specific schedules and meet events.







Nurse Clinic (Ongoing).  Ice packs are needed every couple days.  (who knew???)  If you are able to help our nurse make these (very simple, fill Ziploc baggies with ice), please contact the clinic at 303-326-1537.


Crossing Guards (On-Going). Looking for individuals to help keep our students safe while crossing our parking lot. Shifts are approximately 7:20-7:45 and 2:30-2:25 Mon-Tues/Thur-Fri and 9:15-9:35 on Wed. Two volunteers are needed for each shift. Interested volunteers must take the APS Risk Specialist crossing-guard training before they can be assigned a shift. If interested, please contact Casey Powell at


Library (On-Going). Volunteers are needed to work in the library. Must be able to commit to at least one 7:45-12:00 shift a month.  Duties include helping students check out books and restocking the shelves. Training is required. Contact Amy Johnson if you'd like to help at


Cafeteria (On-Going). The school cafeteria is looking for individuals to help out during the student’s lunch time. Duties include assisting students through the salad bar, looking up forgotten lunch numbers and assisting small fingers in opening containers. You would also help keep the cafeteria clean by wiping down tables, sweeping and mopping. Shifts are Mon-Tues, Thurs-Fri 10:30-12:30 and Wednesdays 11:15-1:00. Direct questions to Plezhette Dudley at


Giving Tree (On-Going). Located in the front hallway of the school, teachers and staff use the Giving Tree to communicate specific items needed to supplement their classrooms to the Quest community. Please stop by the giving tree and see what special needs you can fulfill for a staff member.



Staff Appreciation (April/May). Each year, we like to take a week to thank the teachers and staff of Quest for all their hard work. We need volunteers to help out the chairperson with the meals, posters, and other prep work necessary to ensure our staff feels appreciated. If interested in volunteering please email Judith Wilson at


Field Day (May 24). Field Day is a big event that requires many volunteers to run each of the field day stations. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors, high school students or other adults that the students know can sign up to help. 






Parent Based Committees Overview. Any time spent participating or attending the following Parent Based Committees counts towards your volunteer hours. Many of these committees were started by parents like you. If you see a need for a new committee that you would like to get started, please bring your idea to Dave Schoenhals at


Accountability Committee (Second Tuesday of every month 5-6 pm, media center, before PTA). At these meetings, we will discuss how to create a positive and supportive culture between school and home for gifted students.  The Accountability Committee reviews the school improvement plan and gives suggestions to administration for improvements at Quest. For more information contact Dave Schoenhals at



Equity and Engagement (August 31 September 19 October 17 November 7, November 21, January 23 February 13, March 20, April 17, May 15 from 2:45-3:30 in the conference room). This committee, comprised of staff and parents, recognizes students and empowers them, ensuring that all students feel they have a voice and equitable opportunities. The committee identifies barriers and ways to address those barriers. Some of our projects in the past have included:  
* Veteran’s Day Ceremony
* Read Across America Day
* Culture Fair
* Holiday outreach
* Buddy Classes

If you are interested in joining this committee, please email Kim Pippenger at



PTA SPONSORED EVENTS (If you signed up for a committee at Dessert Night 2016, we have you down already. You do not need to sign up again on the Sign-Up Genius)


PTA Overview: You do not need to be a member of PTA in order to volunteer or attend PTA meetings. You need to become a member in order to vote on any PTA issues or to suggest new topics for discussion. Membership is $10. Meeting attendance counts towards your volunteer hours. Meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month from 6:00-7:00 and free child care is provided.

Holiday Shop (TBD December 2016): Aurora Quest will be holding their annual Holiday Shop again in December 2016.  This team helps to transform one area of the school into a special holiday store for our Aurora Quest students.  Volunteers are needed to help set-up the store, work the cash registers, assist the students with their shopping, and escort students to/from the classrooms.  Specific times and positions will be announced as we get closer to the date of the event.  Sign up to be a part of this committee and put smiles on our children's faces in helping them to appreciate the gift of giving this winter! Sign up on our Sign-Up genius at:


Muffins for Moms (February 10, 2017): Help us celebrate that special lady in each Aurora Quest student's lives: THEIR MOMS! We will be honoring them with a small breakfast of muffins and pastries and beverages on February 10, 2017.  Volunteers are needed to help with obtaining the items for the event, set-up, distributing food, and clean-up. The timeframe involved with this operation is approximately 6:45-8:00 AM. Ladies, we have a special group of gentlemen who wish to make this day special for you.  So, please, this is an ALL MALE VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP. Ladies, you do so much for the families and for our feel free, instead, to volunteer by bringing yourself to enjoy some yummy breakfast treats. Sign up on our Sign-Up Genius at:


Spring Catalog Sales (Spring 2017): Quest is teaming up with FUNSERVICES for a catalog fundraiser.  This event will be held in Spring 2017. Volunteers are needed to help tabulate sales sheets and money collected, and distribute merchandise to students' classrooms. Sign up on our Sign-Up Genius at:


Quest Buddy Program (On-Going): Welcome to a new committee within the PTA: The Quest Buddy Program!  This objective of this group is to help new families make a smooth transition to Quest K-8.  Current parents are asked to volunteer to be a "buddy".  As a "buddy", you will be paired with a new Quest family based on a common set of factors.  Buddies are asked to reach out to new Quest family, welcome them, and be an informational resource to help our new Quest family learn about Aurora Quest.  Buddies are also used to invite new families to Quest events (PTA, Sports, Clubs, etc.) throughout the year. There are three divisions (Kindergarten, New Elementary Parents, and New Middle School Parents) led by division leaders.  These leaders work with division heads to ensure good matches are made between the buddies and the new families.  Leaders are also to monitor the program and provide ideas as to how/what to communicate to new families as well as providing input for improvement to the program. We need our "veteran" parents to sign up as Division Leaders and Buddies.  Let's show our new Quest families how amazing and supportive we all are at this amazing school! Sign up on our Sign-Up Genius at:


Membership Chairperson (On-Going). There is an immediate opening for a membership Chairperson. This person must be a current member of PTA. Duties would include soliciting new PTA members, manning a sign up table at different PTA Sponsored events, and maintaining the PTA membership list. If interested please email and put “Membership Chair” in the Subject header.


Reflections (On-Going with Regional and State Dates TBD around Dec and Feb): If you have a passion for the arts, please help support Aurora Quest students participate in an amazing national art contest - the PTA's Reflections program. Volunteers are needed to print and hand out awards, organize the entries, participate in the judging of the entries, and help to advertise for participation. PTA’s Reflections is a unique art contest for children across the nation. Students share their inspiration based on a yearly theme in any of the six categories: Film Production, Dance Choreography, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts. The theme this year is “This is my Story”. Sign up on our Sign-Up Genius at:


Hospitality Committee: The Hospitality Committee provides dinner for the staff and teachers during the Parent/Teacher conference nights.  Volunteers are needed to bring in pre-cooked (when applicable) food items, condiments, drinks, and supplies based on a theme provided (Hawaiian, Mexican, Chili Cook-Off, Super Bowl, etc.)  Perishable items should be brought in between 3:00-4:00 pm the day of the event while non-perishable items can be brought in earlier.  Sign-ups for the theme based event will be sent out at least a week prior (if not sooner) to the conference nights.  Volunteers are also needed for set-up (usually between 4:45-5:15 PM) and for clean-up (usually between 7:00-7:30 PM) DJ and Julie Potter are the chair people for this committee. Sign up on our Sign-Up Genius at:


Box Tops (Monthly). Quest collects box tops in a collection bin box inside the front doors. Please help us out by dropping off your contribution in a bag or collection sheet with your homeroom teacher's name. Your contribution can help win a party for your student’s classroom. We need volunteers to help sort (remove expired/non applicable, separate bonus tops), cut, and count (tally for classrooms for contests and batch in groups of 50 for shipping) each month. We plan to meet as a group near the end of each month. Contact Becca Peters at if interested in these opportunities.


Restaurant Night: Many restaurants sponsor schools for a night, allowing a portion of their sales to go towards the school if the school is mentioned by patrons at checkout. Enjoy an evening out with family and friends while raising money for the school. As an added bonus, time spent attending these events count towards your volunteer hours. If interested in helping with restaurant opportunities or for more information, please email Kim Diggs at and put “Restaurant Night” in the Subject header.


Skate City (Bi-Monthly): Come help students enjoy a “Quest-only” night. For each night there are the following needs: Fun Bus Chaperon to ride with kids from Quest to Skate City and back (5:30-8:30) and two individuals to work the check-in desk at Skate City (5:45-7:00). After the event, we need people to pop and deliver popcorn to the classroom attendance winners. Please contact Elizabeth Childers at for more information or to sign up for a specific night.


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