PAC Meeting Notes for Monday, March 16, 2020

We discussed items pertaining to the rest of the year assuming we would miss the April meeting. However, since the meeting the timeline as obviously changed. Please note some changes have already been made since meeting and all other items are dependent upon returning to school.

Principal’s Report
Spring Concert went very well (4th-6th)
Curriculum went home with students today (3/16) for the next few weeks, more to come
District will provide updates as needed

Treasurer’s Report
Current amount available: $24,323.11
Allocated Estimated Expenses to be paid: $11,198.12
Amount to Carry over to 7/1/20: $3,500.00
Current Amount Spendable (3/16/20): $9,624.99
Brain Bowl donations were $6,951.15. $40 will be paid to Erin for pizza parties
PAC will receive a check for $250 from Thrivent for a volunteer initiative from Tammy Kurey
We will continue with flexible seating for 5th Grade and reach out to related arts teachers
Gift was agreed upon for Mr.Menting; Signed card passed around. Terri will get check and take card to office to put in his mailbox
Where else can we spend? We will wait to see what happens for the rest of the year before allocating funds

Artist in Residence
POSTPONED from March; Artist is available May 11-22. However, will most likely be next year. If it moves to next school year, Amanda Hedtke can rebook the hotel room
In case we move to next year, PAC will pay deposit to Artist to cover material cost if requested

Author in Residence–Deanna Anderson Book Room Committee
The Bookroom committee is researching an author coming to the school. They are looking into potential authors; would like to request assistance from PAC (likely for 2020-21 school year); Hemlock Elementary (West DePere) could potentially share the costs as they are interested in hosting one as well
PAC is very willing to consider assisting, amount is dependent upon costs

Staff Appreciation–May 4-8
Amanda Hedtke to coordinate if we are back in school at that time; She suggested doing potted succulents for one day. She is researching options online; quantity: 55-60 for each classroom/related arts/specials teachers.It was also suggested providing brownies/cake via the cafeteria for one day; Mrs. Lipsey will ask Greg (Food Service) re: the cake and brownies. We could do a sign up potluck for a day
Student Council will take care of one day

Brain Bowl
Thiel and Ms. Wall: Most participation pizza party
Rennes (M-W): Most funds raised pizza party- it was incorrectly reported previously that is was T-Th class
Will implement more changes next fall

Conference Meals – February 26
Amanda Hedtke coordinated potato bar and salad bar, with toppings; drinks, desserts
Everything went pretty well, Amanda took notes for what to do next school year

Plastic Recycling
2,773 lbs (03/30/20)
Erin ended it early due to school closing

Administrative Professionals Day–Wed., April 22
If we are back, plan to do the flowers and the money & card;
Terri Romitti and Carol Pelkin (flowers) to coordinate

Funset Boulevard Night – Cancelled
Event has been cancelled.

Student Appreciation–week of May 11
Loralee Olson-Arcand will coordinate if needed. *Now looking at donating leftover snacks/water from dance to school

Field Day–May TBD
Popsicles: Loralee to purchase if needed; Loralee and Amanda will coordinate freezing them

5th Grade Celebration–Wed., June 3
Will order an extra cake (via cafeteria) if needed as last year we were short
Have plates, napkins and plastic forks already

Teacher/Staff Requests
No new requests have been submitted

New Business:
No new business

If you have questions or comments, please email freedompac1@gmail.com

We are still planning on holding our meeting tomorrow night (March 16) at 6:00. We will be holding it in the cafeteria. We will keep it short and get immediate items addressed.

The Artist in Residence has been postponed. We are evaluating alternate dates.

Effective immediately the plastic recycling drive has ended. Please do not drop off any at the school. We will not be able to pick it up. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

PAC Meeting Agenda for Monday, March 16th 2020 6:00 pm Art Room

Principal’s Report

Treasurer’s Report
*Discussion on how to spend funds

Artist in Residence

Author in Residence  (next year)

Staff Appreciation week May 4th-8th

Reports:
*Brain Bowl
*Parent/Teacher conference meals
*Plastic Recycling

Upcoming:
*Administrative Professionals Day-  Wednesday, April 22nd
*Family Fun Night-April 30th Funset Blvd
*Student Appreciation
*Field Day (popsicles)
*Fifth Grade Graduation

New Business

Next PAC meeting:  Monday, April 20, 2020 6:00pm in Art Room

Babysitting is provided by Freedom High School National Honor Society students during the meeting.

If you have questions or comments, please contact Erin Lenhardt at freedompac1@gmail

PAC Meeting Notes for Monday, February 10, 2020

Principal’s Report

  • January: Father/Daughter Dance went well
  • 5th Grade Outdoor Survival field trip last week went well
  • 4k Registration; one more day to come
  • Board meeting time change to 6:30pm; will only be attend first 20 minutes of each meeting

Treasurer’s Report

  • Terri was not able to attend meeting, we will receive a report at the March meeting

Brain Bowl – February 4th & 5th

  • Kimberly Groenjes coordinated; students 4K through 2nd grade participated
  • Erin did testing and money calculations; only one student they didn’t get to due to illness
  • $7,255.40 pledged; received $2,553 to date; 168 kids participated
  • Pizza party(s) for top-earning class(es) (tentative until all pledges are received):
  • It was suggested the older students (5th graders and/or student council) to help test the younger students; may approach this next year
  • Suggested changing the form for pledges to a flat amount and collect prior to the Bowl to make fundraiser run more smoothly- similar to polar plunges being collected before event

School Dance—Fri., February 7th

  • Tammy Kurey coordinated this year; approx. 125 kids attended
  • The theme was “Let It Glow”
  • Students were given glow necklaces, bracelets, finger rings
  • Loralee Olson-Arcand coordinated snacks and water; plenty left over for upcoming events
  • $400.35 total expenses (minus snacks and water)
  • Only incident was two students who were unchaperoned and waiting for their grandparents until 8pm

Artist in Residence March 16-20/23-27

  • Rebekah Byers set up the volunteer sheet to have sent out; to add Kindergarteners will be working as a group to construct a larger fish that will be displayed in the school
  • Still need more (black & white) newspapers needed for event!!!
  • Steven (artist) suggested 5th grade students could bring in magazine pages/ads to decorate their fish

Conference Meals – February 26th 

  • Amanda Hedtke coordinating potato bar and salad bar, with toppings; drinks, desserts
  • Setting up a link for volunteers to sign up

Funset Boulevard Night – Thurs., April 30

  • Tentative date; Erin to pick up wristbands prior to event; she will set up the sheet for students

Plastic Recycling (ongoing): 

  • 1,807# to date (02/10/20)
  • Erin waiting to hear back from Sandy re: Girl Scouts making it a community program
  • Caroline Pelkin has been helping to take in plastic from the school
  • Ends in April (Earth Day)

Teacher/Staff Requests:

  • No new requests have been submitted

New Business:

  • Outdoor Play Sheds: requested to have locked up due to equipment being taken after hours
  • Pizza Ranch and Culvers: could do a fund-raising event where parents and teachers could go in and bus tables, etc. (est. 10% of that night’s sales); revisit to see about planning an evening event in the fall

If you have questions or comments, please email freedompac1@gmail.com

Next meeting date:  Monday, March 16, 2020, 6:00 pm, Room 22, Art Room

PAC Meeting Agenda for Monday, February 10, 2020 6:00 p.m. ~ Art Room

*Principal’s Report
*Meeting Change

*Treasurer’s Report

*Brain Bowl-Report

*School Dance-Report

*Artist in Residence March 16th-20th and 23rd-27th

*February Parent/Teacher Conference meal- Feb. 26

*Funset Blvd Night

*Plastic Recycling-Update

*Teacher Requests

*New Business

Babysitting is provided by Freedom High School National Honor Society students during the meeting.  If you have any questions or comments, please contact Erin Lenhardt freedompac1@gmail.com

Next PAC meeting:  Monday, March 16, 2020 at 6:00 in Art Room.

PAC Meeting Notes for Monday, January 20, 2020

Principal’s Report

  • (Mrs. Lipsey out of town; not at meeting)
  • December Positive Dog was Mrs. Zabel
  • Jakl won VFW Teacher of the Year 2019
  • January: FES homeroom teachers to introduce a new ZONES of Regulation (Emotional Regulation Curriculum) to students in their classrooms; this will focus on the ability to effective manage and respond to an emotional experience
  • , Jan. 24: School-wide PBS movie shown (Toy Story 4)
  • Father/Daughter dance sponsored by PBS to be held Jan. 24th

Treasurer’s Report

  • (Terri unable to attend meeting, sent notes to Erin)
  • Beginning checkbook balance (01/20/20): $20,000
  • $13,000 allocated for multiple areas
  • $3,500 available currently for spending
  • 3rd and 4th grade flex seating complete-may have outstanding receipts

Spirit Wear Fundraiser 

  • Final tabulation: $6,757.75 approximate profit
  • Still waiting on items to come in from Shamrock Graphics

Cookie Dough Fundraiser 

  • Final tabulation: $10,115.60 approximate profit
  • Added note-Ms. Schmidt, Mrs. Rennes T/Th and Mrs. Susek won the pizza parties

School Dance—Fri., February 7th

  • Tammy Kurey will coordinate this year
  • Sticking with the glow theme; “Let It Glow” (playing on “Frozen 2”)
  • Tammy ordered supplies (glow necklaces, bracelets, finger rings)
  • Tammy will be sending out a flyer Jan. 24th and Feb. 3rd
  • Room(s) reserved 5-8 pm; will need tables for the multi-purpose room and the front lobby
  • Loralee Olson-Arcand to coordinate snacks and water
  • Confirming high school students to volunteer that event; to split two groups: one group to come and decorate, second group to help with various areas
  • Erin to pick up left-over Spirit Wear to sell

Brain Bowl – February 4th & 5th

  • Kimberly Groenjes coordinating; students through 2nd grade participate
  • Kimberly looked through the questions and made updates; Judy K. emailed to teachers to review updated question listing for review
  • Pencils to be handed out for participation when pledges are brought in
  • Pizza party(s) for top-earning class(es): 1) highest participation, 2) highest earning

Conference Meals – February 26th 

  • Amanda Hedtke told Erin she was thinking of doing a potato and salad bar, with toppings; drinks, desserts- everyone loved the idea
  • Hoping teachers will encourage parent participation in PAC to help with such events

Artist in Residence 

  • Allocated $5,500 for artist (Steven); he will be here March 16-27
  • Amanda Hedtke set up the hotel room (she had offered her hotel rate at $39/night [tax exempt; $156/week, which was approved)
  • Rebekah Byers set up the volunteer sheet to have sent out
  • More (black and white) newspapers needed for event!!!
  • Steven (artist) suggested 5th grade students could bring in magazine pages/ads to decorate their fish

Plastic Recycling (ongoing): 

  • 1,350# to date (01/20/20)
  • Girl Scout Troup leader will contact person at Trex to see if we can start a community drive- this would result in a nicer bench and there is a set amount to collect
  • Other PAC members offered to help collect, weigh, and turn in accumulated plastic
  • Ends in April (Earth Day)

Playground Sheds:

  • We will look to set up time to come in and go through sheds/pump up balls, purchase items as needed

Teacher/Staff Requests:

  • No new requests have been submitted
  • Teachers have until January 31 to turn in $100 reimbursements

New Business:

  • , April 30: Look to plan a Fun Night (Badger Sports Park or Funset Boulevard)
  • February 17 PAC meeting to be changed to a different Mon., 2/10 due to no school

If you have questions or comments, please email freedompac1@gmail.com

Next meeting date:  Monday, February 10, 2020, 6:00 pm, Room 22, Art Room

 

PAC Meeting Agenda for Monday, January 20, 2020 6:00 p.m. ~ Art Room

 

***Raffle— there will be a $10 Rico’s gift card given away to someone in attendance***

Discuss February Meeting date (17th no school)

  • Principal’s Report
  • Treasurer’s Report
    *need for Spring fundraiser/Funset night?
  • Spirit Wear Fundraiser-recap/final totals
  • Cookie Dough Fundraiser-recap/final totals
  • School Dance – February 7th
  • Brain Bowl –February 4th / 5th
  • February Parent/Teacher Conference meal- Feb 26th  
  • Artist in Residence March 16th-20th and 23rd-27th
  • Plastic Recycling
  • Teacher Requests that have come in to approve
  • New Business

Babysitting is provided by Freedom High School National Honor Society students during the meeting.  If you have any questions or comments, please contact Erin Lenhardt freedompac1@gmail.com

PAC Meeting Notes for Monday, November 18, 2019

Principal’s Report

  • Welcome back Katie! Shannon Diedrick did a great job!
  • Staff do not see a need for a room parent, i.e., holiday events coordination, volunteer help, etc; all seems to go well at the current time.
  • P-T Conferences: thanks from staff for the meals; On 2nd night parents of K and 4K given note supporting PAC
  • Raised over $1,000 (staff wearing jeans) and Penny Wars for the family who recently lost their home to a fire
  • Enforcing a 7:35 am drop-off of students due to kids being dropped off as early as 7:10am
  • Exceeding expectations in the district per the school “report card” that recently came out
  • Halloween concert went well; middle and high school students came to perform

Treasurer’s Report

  • Beginning checkbook balance (11/18/19): $13,402.02
  • Most of the checkbook balance is allocated to date
  • Erin has not heard from Mr. Menting or Mr. Maronek re: flexible seating for their classrooms
  • Teacher reimbursements still open; will close January 31, 2020
  • Wish List: Erin sent a reminder note to staff. Will be sending to families next week

Badger Sports Night – Thurs., Nov. 7th:

  • 103 people attended; profited $533 (no outdoor attractions were open)

Spirit Wear Fundraiser 

  • Final tabulation: $6,700 estimated profit; 250 orders, over 1,000 products ordered
  • Terri noted there may be an ability to order more items per a number of requests; she needs to review
  • Socks are on their way; hats to come in another week; water bottles still to come. Some clothing items still coming
  • Looking to move up to earlier in the school year, i.e., September due to many requests for orders from parents; may also have product available for cash sales at Open House
  • Thank you to the volunteers who helped out!

Artist in Residence 

  • Allocated $5,500 for artist (Steven); he will be here March 16-27; he no longer lives in Wisconsin, so he asked if PAC would cover his hotel stay Monday-Thursday each week; Amanda Hedtke offered her hotel rate at $39/night (tax exempt; $156/week); it was approved to cover the hotel stay
  • Sue Rudolph noted volunteers will be needed; a sheet will be posted for volunteers to sign up; Rebekah Byers volunteered to coordinate volunteer sign up
  • More newspaper needed for event

Conference Meals 

  • Amanda Hedtke noted first night was soup, crackers & veggies. Second night was hot sandwiches (some people signed up, but things didn’t show up or eaten during the day); a little bit of a scramble to cover to have enough food
  • Hoping teachers will encourage parent participation in PAC to help with such events

Cookie Dough Fundraiser 

  • Sale ended Nov. 15th; delivery is Thurs., Dec. 12
  • To date, we’ve brought in around ($19,000 in orders; $5,000 online orders), with a profit of almost $9,000
  • One order had approximately $1,300 in sales!!!!
  • No tallied yet, but teachers incentive of at least 50% was encouraged
  • Pizza parties still to be determined
  • Need volunteers to help sort and with pick-ups on Thurs., Dec. 12

School Dance—Fri., Feb. 7th

  • Tammy Kurey will coordinate this year
  • Loralee Olson-Arcand to coordinate snacks and water
  • Sticking with the glow theme; “Let It Glow” (playing on “Frozen 2”)
  • Tammy is reviewing sites and will be ordering supplies for the event
  • Tammy will be sending out a flyer Jan. 24 and Feb. 3rd
  • Room(s) reserved 4-8pm
  • DJ rate is still $175
  • Confirming high school students to volunteer that event
  • Plan to sell any overstock Spirit Wear at the event

Brain Bowl – February

  • Kimberly Groenjes to coordinate; students through 2nd grade participate
  • Kimberly looked through the questions and made updates; to email to Judy K. to teachers review updated question listing for review
  • Pledge sheet has volunteer info at the bottom; Erin suggested moving it to the top to make parents aware; sheets and questions to be sent out early January to students
  • Pencils handed out for participation when pledges are brought in; it was suggested to look at other incentive items to hand out instead of pencils
  • Pizza party(s) for top-earning class(es)

Plastic Recycling (ongoing): 

  • 450# to date (11/18/19)
  • A grandmother contacted Erin and volunteered to weigh and turn in to location(s) as she saves a lot of plastic
  • Ends in April (Earth Day)

Teacher/Staff Requests:

  • Erin received from an inquiry from Amy Stirk (OT for FES); OT and PT are contracted employees, but asked if they could be included in the teacher gift disbursements in order to purchase needed items for their room use (for students); it would be understood that anything purchased via PAC would need to be left at the school if/when they depart FES; it was approved to include them as part of the $100 teacher gift/reimbursement (same guidelines as teachers)

New Business:

  • No new business

Amanda Hedtke won the $10 target gift card raffle

If you have questions or comments, please email freedompac1@gmail.com

Next meeting date:  Monday, January 20, 2020, 6:00 pm, Room 22, Art Room

There is no December meeting. See you in January!

PAC Meeting Agenda for Monday, November 18, 2019

***Raffle— there will be a $10 Target gift card given away to someone in attendance***

*Any news from Mrs. Lipsey?
*Treasurer Report
*Badger Sports Night-report
*Spirit Wear Fundraiser
*Artist in Residence
*Conference Meals
*Cookie Dough Fundraiser
*School Dance—Feb. 8th
*Brain Bowl
*Plastic Recycling –ongoing
*Teacher/Staff Requests
*New Business

Reminder:  We do NOT meet in December

Our next meeting will be Monday January 20th 2020 at 6:00pm.  Babysitting will be provided by Freedom High School National Honor Society students during the meeting.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Erin Lenhardt at freedompac1@gmail.com

PAC Meeting Notes for Monday, October 21, 2019

Principal’s Report

  • Minimal postings right now on the District Facebook page from FES; plan to increase
  • Gus (therapy dog) starts on Thursday; once a week to start; children will need to learn rules
  • P/T conferences went well; enjoyed the food, too!!
  • Field Trips begin; multiple grades going to multiple places
  • Struggling with weather (lots of rain) and having to have recess inside
  • Katie Schmeltzer returns from maternity leave in November; Shannon Diedrick has done a great job filling in
  • School pictures done at Open House went well; would like to do it then again next year
  • Penny Wars: approx. $800 submitted
  • Pride Pump: $200 received; purchased a Chromebook each for Mr. Maronek’s class and Mrs. Arndt’s class

Treasurer’s Report

  • Beginning checkbook balance (10/21/19): $8,758.67
  • 3rd and 4th grades still have some money left to spend for flexible seating; Erin Lenhardt will contact teachers with money left to see if they want to spend. Tentative 5th grade to follow
  • $17,150 total sales for Spirit Wear, this does not include money we will owe for the items; proceeds from event still to be determined

Spirit Wear 

  • All orders are in; need to tabulate them and submit to vendor (hoping to submit this week) We will not have a timeframe on delivery until order is submitted
  • Orders also came from St. Nicholas School and the Middle School

Artist in Residence 

  • Sue Rudolph would like to bring back Steve Wertz (paper mâché artist); 1st-5th grades (Sue does a smaller paper mâché project with Kindergarteners); he’d be here 8 am-3 pm
  • Options: Fish: approx. $5,300; Dog or Cat: approx. $8,400; Buffalo: $15/student
    Sue noted approx. 530 1st-5th grade students
  • FES supplies the newspaper; (artist) makes all the structures
  • Would need to send out note for parents to save newspapers to submit for project
  • Would need volunteers to help at school for project; Sue to let PAC know how many needed
  • Looking to schedule for March or April
  • Sue to inquire if unit cost covers mileage and/or hotel room
  • Voted to have Steve come in and do the fish project (noted $5,500 to cover expenses and a small gift to Steve at the end of the project)

Cookie Dough Fundraiser 

  • Terri Romitti noted packets are coming in this week (week of Oct. 21st)
  • Terri and Erin met with Hansen’s rep re: incentives to try and help boost sales; rep is willing to come in Oct. 31st morning for a kick-off announcement (15 minutes or less)
  • Requested teachers to promote within classroom; 50% participation ($25 gift Card); for every 10 items sold students get a chance to win an overnight stay at Blue Harbor; 14-15 items sold, students can get a chance to win entry to Vertical Velocity (trampoline place) in Kimberly
  • Sales to begin Nov. 1st; sale ends Nov. 15th; Delivery is Thurs., Dec. 12; Terri will need help with entering orders and distribution

REPORTS

Fall Student Appreciation:

  • & Wed., Oct. 15 & 16
  • Loralee Olson-Arcand coordinated; Cheez-It Crackers were the treat

 Staff Meeting—Oct. 21:

  • Erin and Loralee attended to share with the staff what PAC does; served ice cream sundaes

 Parent/Teacher Conferences—Potluck & Book Fair:

  • Amanda Hedtke noted it went well; soup was well received; provided soda as well
  • Items left over for Tuesday, Oct. 22nd, conferences; hot meat sandwiches to be served
  • Re: volunteering, discussed if people would prefer to submit money versus bringing in food; could do donations (places TBD to be set up for donations); suggested doing a survey to see if parents prefer to help volunteer or donate money instead
  • Also discussed how to encourage more parents to attend PAC meetings, preferably focusing on the 4k and Kindergarten students; Erin Lenhardt will type up a half-sheet to be given out at 4K / K Tuesday, Oct. 22nd conferences encouraging parents to attend a PAC meeting; we will have a raffle for a prize at the Nov. meeting

 Student Directory:

  • Directories handed out; 468 entries; 672 responses (some were “nos” or duplicates); part of registration

 Plastic Recycling–ongoing:

  • 250# to date (10/21)
  • Erin received a note from a staff member at the high school requested if they could have bins up there for plastics, but Erin noted this may be the last year due to rules with program it is difficult to win benches, we have won planters that are not used. The reward to FES is minimal considering the amount of work.
  • Caroline is going to check with the Black Creek Library to see how they won their recycled bench

 Badger Sports Night—Thurs., Nov. 7th:

  • 4-9 pm; reminder flyers to go out with students

School Dance—Fri., Feb. 7th:

  • Tammy Kurey will coordinate this year; Loralee Olson-Arcand to coordinate snacks and water

Brain Bowl:

  • Kimberly Groenjes to coordinate; students through 2nd grade participate
  • Need to look at updating some of the questions and answers

New Business/Teachers Requests

  • Retirees: Mrs. Lipsey noted two staff members have retired already- Mary Van Roy and Elaine Diedrick; Erin mentioned picking up cards and a $50 check from PAC or a $50 gift card for each instead of waiting until the end of the year
  • Freedom Pursuit newspaper: Thank You ad for outdoor classroom was in recent issue

If you have questions or comments, please email freedompac1@gmail.com

Next meeting date:  Monday, November 18, 2019, 6:00 pm, Room 22, Art Room