Meeting Notes Feb. 2, 2011

Treasurer’s Report:  We currently have $5,818.09 in our account.

Nature Center: The Partnership Committee suggested how to raise funds for the boardwalk in the Nature Center.  Freedom families could purchase boards (cost to be announced) and their last names will be put on corresponding tongue depressors set up as a mock nature center boardwalk and displayed in the school lobby area.  Some Freedom High School students have come forward to volunteer to build the boardwalk.

Spring classes from the YMCA are scheduled for April 27 – 28 and May 2 – 4t with rain dates as May 5th and 6th.  Each class will have approximately 50 minutes with an instructor.  The cost is $1.50 per student.

Market Day: February is Cookie Bonus Days.  The classroom with the most cookie orders will win a pizza party and their teacher will win a box of cookies.  Second and third place winners will have cookies made for their class.  If we sell over 100 boxes the school will earn 30% of the sales.  We asked St. Nick and St. Peter if they would like to join us on Market Day and they will get back to us.  If you have testimonials on Market Day foods you can’t live without, please contact Amy Lahay and she’ll put them on the Market Day flyer.

Parent/Teacher Conferences: On February 17ththe PAC will set up a meal for the teachers.  If anyone would like to donate a food item, please contact Michelle Wagner.

Brain Bowl: Testing day is set for Tuesday, February 8th and money will be due March 1st.  The money will pay for the Artist in Residence coming in March for 2 weeks to work with the students on puppets and a mural, as well as any teacher/classroom requests.

Sock Hop/School Dance:  We had a well attended event again this year.  Thank you to all who volunteered their help and to Carol Hennes and Stephanie Piepenburg for their time on organizing this night.  We brought 4 boxes of non-perishable food and approximately $400 to the Freedom Food Pantry.

Family Fun Night: We will host an Improv Comedy Night on Friday, March 25th from 6:30-8:00 pm in the Freedom Elementary Gym.  Advance tickets will be sold for $10 per family or $2.50 per person until Wednesday, March 23rd.  After that date and at the door the tickets will be $15 per family and $3.50 per person.  There will be no concessions.

Artist in Residence: Madison artist Sharon Kilfoy will be coming from March 21st to April 1st to work with the classrooms.  She is planning on puppets with the younger students and a mural for the older students.  Michelle Gloudemanns checked with some schools that she has already attended and they had all good things to report and gave us a few ideas and suggestions.  A Madison school principal suggested allowing her enough time with each class and the Tomahawk school said they did several small canvas murals to display throughout their school. PAC will provide a breakfast on March 21st at 7:30 in the staff lounge for them to get to know Sharon.  There will be an article written on her visit in the Freedom Pursuit.

Winter Book Fair for Staff: Stephanie Piepenberg shopped for used books for classroom libraries.  Market Day allocated $200 to fund this project.  Teachers will have the chance to ‘pick their books’ on March 1st in the staff lounge.  If you have any children’s books to donate to this project, please contact Stephanie.

Teacher/Classroom Wish List:  If the teachers have additional request that their $100 doesn’t cover, they can fill out a form that PAC has designed, and present it to the PAC.

Facebook:  Look us up and join:  Freedom Elementary P.A.C. (Parents Activity Committee).

PAC website: Please go to and enter your email address in the subscribe field and you will receive anything that is posted on the website, including the meeting agendas and notes.

Our next meeting will be held Thursday, March 3rd in Room 22 (Art Room) 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm.  Free Babysitting Available.  Please come join us!

Connie Wheeler, PAC Vice President

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