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


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

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

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