P.A.C. Meeting Notes, Monday, March 3, 2014

P.A.C. Meeting Notes, Monday, March 3, 2014

6:00 p.m. ~ Art Room

Treasurer’s Report –Connie Wheeler reported the current balance of P.A.C. funds is approximately $27,658.55.  We have $6,862.50 of this set aside for the Nature Center Boardwalk.  We have refunded 16 of the 49 teachers so far this year for their $100 teacher gift.  March 31, 2014 is their deadline to hand in receipts.  We will know after that date how many teachers will not be using their $100 gift.

Sock Hop – Cindy Taft provided an update on the Sock Hop event. P.A.C. heard a lot of praise that night about this event. Approximately $515 of P.A.C. funds were spent on this event.  Approximately 270 children attended.  We raised $115 for the Freedom Food Pantry.

Brain Bowl – We have collected approximately $5,000 from the Brain Bowl with about $725 outstanding for a total of $5,725. Numbers were a little down, but the kids still did great.  Classroom pizza party winner for most participation was Mrs. Kurkiewicz!  Mrs. Kurkiewicz’s class also won for most money raised, but they are graciously giving the pizza party to the runner up, Mrs. Rennes (M/W).  Congrats to both classes and all participants!

Staff Book Fair — Sue Mannebach is Chairperson. A note went home to children and a nice supply of books have already been collected.  Please drop off your unwanted books for the teachers to use in their classrooms.

Paper Recycling — The next paper recycling event will be March 17-31.  Please drop off your paper recyclables in the Van’s Waste dumpster in the front parking lot of the elementary school during these dates.  Ends at 2:00 on March 31.

Family Fun Night — Wendy Cropsey, Chairperson, looked into having the event at the Heart of the Valley YMCA but unfortunately our date was booked. Wendy is now going to organize a carnival night to be held on Friday, April 4at FES.  She is looking for clubs/groups in High School to help her run some of the stations.

Artist in Residence – A papier-mâché artist has been booked for May!  Please start saving newspaper!!

Request from Mrs. Wuellner – Mrs. Wuellner, school nurse, requested partial payment for a nurse conference that she attends each year. A motion was made for P.A.C. to pay 50% of her registration fee of $157.50 and motion was approved.  MAPSS (Middle School Association for Parents, Students and Staff) pays the other half since Mrs. Wuellner works at both schools.

Sandbox Toys – Amy Lahay received input from some of the teachers about new items for the sandbox for the younger children. A motion was made and passed to purchase $200 of sandbox toys. Heather Phillips is going to purchase these toys. The funds will come out of P.A.C. general funds.

New Business –P.A.C. will be checking on the state of nature center in the spring. P.A.C. funds are being held to make improvements on the boardwalk.

Amy Lahay proposed P.A.C. looks into purchasing one or two water fountains for water bottles.  Other parents in FES have approached her that this would be a great addition to the school.  It would be more sanitary, promote drinking water, less dehydrated kids, and they can actually fill the water bottle full instead of halfway at the water fountains.  They are similar to our current water fountains except, behind the drinking water spout, there is an area to fill a standing water bottle with filtered water in a matter of seconds. The cost is estimated to be about $582 for one, plus installation.  Amy will continue checking into this. Erin Lenhart then proposed P.A.C. to consider water bottles for next year’s student appreciation day.

Meeting notes recorded by Carolee Baumgart, PAC Vice President

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April meeting: April 7, 2014, Room 22 (Art Room – in lower level), 6:00 p.m. Free babysitting is provided by the Freedom High School National Honor Society. Please join us!

If you have questions or concerns, contact Amy Lahay at 687-1736 or email at lahay5@wildblue.net.

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