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PAC Meeting April 16 Cancelled

Due to the school cancellation for Monday, April 16, the PAC meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 17 at 6:00 pm. We hope you are able to attend. Stay Safe!

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Meeting Notes – May 7, 2013

PAC Meeting Minutes – Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Treasurer’s Report: Current account balance is $16,695.78. Payments will be made for musical instruments of $3,500.00 and the remaining teacher reimbursements.

Teacher Reimbursement: The district cut the teacher’s budget by 10%, meaning they have to turn in 10% less as their request of needs. We will need to vote on the amount PAC will give each teacher in the September meeting. Some of the teacher reimbursement forms came into PAC after the deadline so next year we will send them a reminder note at the end of the 1st semester.

Committee Sign up Sheet: The packet was passed around during the meeting and will be passed around at the fall meetings as well. If you are interested in organizing an event for PAC, please contact either Connie Wheeler or Amy Lahay.

Staff and Technology Update: Two of the computer labs were used for STAR enterprise testing. There will be more testing done in the fall 2013.

Artist in Residence: Mrs. Touchet received all good comments regarding the Madison Brass Quintet. Everyone stayed on schedule and the kids sat very well. There will be a video made of the afternoon concerts to show the Pre-K classes.

Book Bins for classrooms: Mrs. Anderson came to speak on behalf of the staff on the book bins they will need for next school year. Plastic would hold up better and longer verses the cardboard ones. It was talked about and voted / approved to spend $3000 or less for the book bins for all grades that need them.

Playground Shed: After much discussion, it has been decided to not build a shed because it will be too much maintenance to keep things organized and more time spent on getting things in and out of the shed by the students. This will be brought back to the staff to discuss for different ideas.

Nature Center: The past few years there have been volunteers to weed and keep the Butterfly Garden looking nice. The Butterfly Garden doesn’t have any flowers that are blooming during the school year and it doesn’t seem to be utilized by classrooms. It was discussed and voted on to let the garden go natural for now.

Student Appreciation: Freezer Pops were handed out to the students on May 1 but some were not frozen yet so some classes had to wait a few days. Note for next year to put them in freezer a week before to ensure they are frozen all the way.

Staff Appreciation Week: A new website for volunteers to sign up on was tried and it worked great. Thank you to the staff for all their hard work and time they put in to our children.

Fifth Grade Celebration: The committee will get together and organize the event which is on June 4 at 1:15 pm in the school cafeteria. PAC will be purchasing a cake, plates, napkins, forks, water and ice along with gifts for the fifth grade teachers.

Last Day of School Recognitions/Retirees: There are no retirees for this year. The awards ceremony will be on June 5 at 8:30 am in the gym. PAC will recognize the office support staff and the custodians with a gift card to Sweet Tooth.

Paper Recycling: The amount raised from the March paper drive was $491.00. The next PAC Paper Recycling Drive is scheduled for May 28 – June 10. Watch for the signs!

PAC Fall Meeting: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 6:00 pm in the Art Room! PAC will schedule the rest of the meeting dates at the September meeting.

Fall Open House: This is set for August 29, 2013. PAC will have a table set up in the cafeteria with a raffle and information on what PAC has done this past year. Please take the time to stop by!

Helping Hands Lists: Michelle Gloudemans will get this list assembled within 2 weeks of school starting so we have it for our first PAC event.

Teacher Requests: A request came in from Mrs. Touchet for 16 dry erase boards for her classes. She has some but not enough for all her students. She also will need dry erase markers. The total costs will be around $159.00. This was approved. The First Grade teachers requested desktop pocket charts for lessons in small reading groups. The total costs will be around $330.00. This was approved.

Lists of Revenues/Expenses: At the end of last school year there was a notification sent home to parents listing all the revenues and expenses that PAC had for that school year. We didn’t hear any feedback so we decided to not do it for this year.

PAC Officer Positions: All three PAC officer positions (President, Vice President, and Treasurer) will be ending their two-year volunteer terms in May. Amy Lahay was nominated for President and she accepted the position. Connie Wheeler was nominated for Treasurer and she accepted the position. Michelle Wagner was nominated for Vice President and she is thinking about doing Co-VP with Michelle Gloudemans. The new terms take effect with the new school year in the fall.

Notes taken by Michelle Gloudemans, Vice President

Meeting Agenda – May 7, 2013

PAC Meeting Agenda for Tuesday, May 7, 2013 ~ 6:00-7:30 p.m. ~ Art Room
Since there are many items on the agenda each month, if your name is listed below, please come prepared to discuss your topic in a timely manner since we want to keep the meeting within the time frame. Thank You for your cooperation!

• Treasurer’s Report – (Wendy Cropsey)

• Committee Sign Up Sheets for 2013-2014 – (pass around during meeting)

• Staff and Technology Updates – (Mrs. Czech)

• Artist in Residence Update – (Mrs. Touchet)

• Book Bins for classrooms – (DeAnna Anderson)

• Nature Center – Butterfly Garden – What do we want to do with it? – (Connie Wheeler)

• Student Appreciation Report – (Kim Schuller)

• Staff Appreciation Week – (Michelle Wagner)

• Fifth Grade Celebration – June 4 at 1:15 pm – (Carrie Witt, Sandra Crase, Connie Wheeler)

• Last Day of School Recognitions / Retirees – June 5 at 8:30 am

• Paper Recycling profit for March / May – June dates – (Connie Wheeler)

• Set Fall Meeting Dates / Fall Events – Open House / Helping Hands list – (Connie Wheeler)

• Teacher Requests that have come in to approve – (Connie Wheeler)

• Teacher Reimbursement amount for 2013-2014 school year (discuss and vote) – (Connie Wheeler)

• List of Revenues/Expenses sent home to parents (discuss and vote)

• Officer Voting – President, Vice President, and Treasurer positions

• New Business

Babysitting is provided by Freedom High School National Honor Society students during the meeting. If you have questions or comments, please call Connie Wheeler at 788-5961.
This is our final PAC meeting for this school year. Please join us after the meeting at ‘The Field House’ (The Field of Scenes).

Meeting Notes – April 3, 2013

Treasurer’s Report: The current balance is $20,296.76. There are 12 Teacher Reimbursement requests to complete, so $1200 will be paid out. There was a deposit of Brain Bowl made for around $900.

Staff and Technology Updates: There is nothing new to report. Connie will talk with John Seegers to see if there are any boardwalk repairs that need to be done before the YMCA classes (end of April) that will be held in the Nature Center.

Artist in Residence Update: Mrs. Touchet, Music Teacher, stated that volunteers will be needed for video taping and photos and for assisting with the classes switching out between workshops and concerts. She stated maybe 2 volunteers would be needed ideally. Connie Wheeler, Michelle Gloudemans, and Roseann Sky will plan to volunteer for April 17th. Mrs. Touchet will follow up next week with Madison Brass re: confirmation. She will discuss at Staff Meeting on Monday re: the schedule, behavioral expectations / do’s and don’ts. She will discuss with John Seegers re: microphone, stands for the students. Older kids will be coming to the 2nd concert of the day. Mrs. Touchet ordered stickers for the students to wear that day. She will do a Welcome Sign for them. Connie is working with The Freedom Pursuit to come that day. P.A.C. received Mrs. Seibert, Mrs. DeGroot and Mrs. Touchet’s request for instruments. As approved in our last meeting, $1500 will be given to Mrs. Touchet and Mrs. Seibert to use to purchase instruments for our students. In addition, P.A.C. will give up to $500 for Mrs. DeGroot to purchase instruments for her Enrichment classes. The music teachers have not purchased any instruments in many, many years. The teachers will order, bill to the school with the tax exempt status and for warranty reasons and then P.A.C. will reimburse the school. This is a wonderful benefit and program for all of us!

Family Fun Night Update: Roseann Sky is coordinating (with assistance from Erin Lenhardt) the Bingo Family Fun Night event for Friday, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. We will be doing popcorn and limited concessions. Roseann submitted receipts for prize expenses. She will get change/quarters for concessions. A half sheet reminder was sent home. They will need to ensure the tables are wiped down at the end of the night. Karen Baumgartner will check with Judy re: location for the cash box to be stored at the end of the night.

Secretary/Administrative Assistant Day: April 24th is the Secretary/Administrative Assistant Day. P.A.C. has paid for each secretary in the past. They are purchased from Dawn’s Floral. Michelle Gloudemans will take care of ordering for the 2 Judy’s, $25 each.

Spring Student Appreciation: Regular size popsicles were purchased at the end of last season and enough for our students this year. We will not be doing the Student Appreciation event in coordination with the Walk like last year. Kim Schuller will sort by class/teacher and the teacher can come and retrieve during the day, along with a note sent home to the parents. A date is to be set.

Staff Appreciation Week: This will take place the week of May 7. There are 3 days during the Staff Appreciation Week where P.A.C. will have meals available for the teachers/staff. An email will be sent out to ask for volunteers.

Fifth Grade Celebration: The date is still pending and will be discussed at the May meeting.

Last Day of School Recognition/Retirees: P.A.C. is not aware of any retirees, nor do any of the teachers/staff in attendance at our meeting tonight. We usually recognize a group from school to appreciate them for their hard work. There has been a list made of past years recognition and will be discussed at the May meeting. We provide $10 gift certificates for Sweet Tooth and/or Subway to the individuals.

Paper Recycling Update for March: Connie Wheeler stated we had 3 loads over the 2 week period. The total amount raised will be available at the May meeting.

Teacher Requests that have come in to approve: Connie Wheeler stated we received a letter from the 4th grade team. They are requesting money for Plastic Book Holders (due to new reading initiatives) and can be used year after year, unless lost or damaged. There will be (5) 4th grade classes next year, $120 per room, 30 boxes per room. P.A.C. is wondering though if other classes/grades will want these if we purchase this for the 4th grade and ultimately end up costing P.A.C. significant dollars. Connie will talk with the 4th grade teacher(s) and get more information.

We had a request come in for an external hard drive. P.A.C. does not feel it is a request for our group since it is an electronic item and P.A.C. can not fund money for electronic items.
New Business: Connie Wheeler received a letter for the Freedom Elementary P.A.C. was nominated for a Moment of Merit at the School Board meeting for the $5000 donation for the Guided Reading program for the 2013/2014 school year. The award will be brought to the May meeting.
The Freedom Fire Department came to check out the area for the shed for playground equipment, using the Brain Bowl money for that purchase. We discussed with the Fire Department that the shed needs to be 10 feet off black top, and the only concern was that it was not near the building. After much discussion, P.A.C. recommends that the teachers discuss further before we proceed and get involved with this request. Connie will discuss with Margo Fox, as the staff representative.

Update on Ellison Cutting System, We decided to order an alphabet set and a machine that will be billed to the school and under the School name to get tax exempt status and for warranty reasons. P.A.C. will then write a check to the school. We also discussed on having a committee of teachers to take over on what they are looking to have as die cuts.

A discussion was brought up about P.A.C. not supporting the Summer School Reading program which was discussed at the March meeting. P.A.C. was informed on some info that we weren’t aware of, benefits the entire community (St. Nicks and home schooled and students not in summer school). P.A.C. discussed potentially donating $250-$300 for this program.

Meeting notes recorded by Michelle Gloudemans, P.A.C. Vice President

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Connie Wheeler, P.A.C. President, at 920-788-5961.
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Our May meeting is set for Tuesday, May 7th, Room 22 (Art room), 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Free babysitting is provided by the Freedom High School National Honor Society. Please come join us! We will have a gathering at the Field House following the meeting.

Meeting Agenda – April 3, 2013

PAC Meeting Agenda for Wednesday, April 3, 2013 ~ 6:00-7:30 p.m. ~ Art Room
Since there are many items on the agenda each month, if your name is listed below, please come prepared to discuss your topic in a timely manner since we want to keep the meeting within the time frame. Thank You for your cooperation!

• Treasurer’s Report (Wendy Cropsey)

• Staff and Technology Updates (Mrs. Czech)

• Artist in Residence Update – April 17 (Mrs. Touchet, Michelle Gloudemans)

• Family Fun Night Update – April 5 (Rosann Sky, Erin Lenhardt, Jenni Wilson)

• Secretary/Administrative Assistant Day – April 24 (Send Each Judy Flowers)

• Spring Student Appreciation – Popsicles (Kim Schuller, Carrie Witt)

• Staff Appreciation Week – May 6 to May 10 (Michelle Wagner, Andrea Anderson)

• Fifth Grade Celebration – June 5 (Carrie Witt, Connie Wheeler, Sandra Crase)

• Last Day of School Recognitions / Retirees

• Paper Recycling Update for March (Connie Wheeler)

• Teacher Requests that have come in to approve (Connie Wheeler)

• New Business

Babysitting is provided by Freedom High School National Honor Society students during the meeting. If you have questions or comments, please call Connie Wheeler at 788-5961.

Final PAC meeting for this school year: Tuesday, May 7, 2013. 6:00 – 7:30 pm in the Library.
Post Meeting wrap-up will be at ‘The Field House’.

Meeting Notes – March 5, 2013

PAC Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Treasurer’s Report: Brain Bowl and Paper Recycling deposits were made. Some teacher reimbursements were paid as well as payment for DJ service for the Sock Hop. Current account balance is $26, 292.48. Payments will be made for Artist in Residence, remaining teacher reimbursements, Guided Reading donation, purchase of new Ellison Dye cut machine and font sets, district nurse request, playground bins, and funding for Family Fun Night.

Artist in Residence: Madison Brass has sent their contract. The payment will be coming from the school’s account and PAC will be reimbursing the elementary school. Motion made and passed to additionally purchase lunch for the 5 person group at Rico’s Restaurant. PAC member will be available to help/assist with the video of the event. Parent helpers may be needed for this event. Volunteers may contact Mrs. Touche if interested. Freedom Pursuit will be contacted and invited to take pictures.
Music teachers submitted proposals for musical instruments.

Sock Hop: Sock Hop was well attended and an overall success. Concessions money totaled $207.50. Invoice from Food Service yet to come. With additional food/water left over from Sock Hop, it was decided to use these supplies for the Family Fun Night in April. Many boxes of food were collected and donated to the Freedom Food Pantry in addition to $163.00. Bubble wrap continues to be very enjoyable for students to utilize during the Sock Hop. Committee Chair submitted checklists/notes from the event to be returned to the PAC files for future events.

Guided Reading: Background information about the Guided Reading Program was shared. As changes occur in student assessments by the state and transition to the Common Core State Standards adopted by the state of Wisconsin, the needs of the Guided Reading Program are also changing. Additional book titles-focused on the new Common Core State Standards are needed. Additional material may need to be more non-fiction based, as this is an increasing component to the Common Core State Standards. Motion made and approved for PAC to donate $5,000.00 to the Guided Reading Program.

YMCA Nature Classes: Nature classes sponsored by the YMCA will continue at Freedom Elementary, however funding will not be donated by PAC at this time.

Staff/Technology Updates: Computer lab updates are complete. Staff computers updated as needed. Video surveillance system installation completed.

Brain Bowl: About $8,700.00 was raised this year through Brain Bowl. Thank you to all the families for your support. The funds raised will be used to purchase outdoor storage for playground equipment. Plans are still being researched as to which choice would be best for Freedom Elementary. (Moveable bins vs. permanent shed-type structure) Any plans will need approval from Freedom School District Buildings & Grounds as well as Freedom Fire Department.

Staff Book Fair: Sock Hop event did not bring in many donated books for the Staff Book Fair. Committee Chair will send out a notice to families about donating books. A box will be placed in the lobby area near the office for them to be placed in.

Paper Recycling: The next PAC Paper Recycling Drive is scheduled for March 15-29.

Family Fun Night: PAC is sponsoring its second FREE family event-the PAC Family Fun Night on Friday, April 5. BINGO games will be played in the cafeteria for fun prizes. Donations of new items for prizes are being accepted for this event. Concessions will also be available for purchase.

Summer School Reading Program: PAC will not be sponsoring the Summer School Reading Program with a donation as this program is outside of the normal school year calendar.

Teacher Requests: None at this time.

Rummage Sale Fundraiser: Due to the fantastic results from fundraising efforts this year, a rummage sale fundraiser is not needed at this time. This option may be looked at again in the future.

Ellison Dye Cuts: Motion made and passed to order a new Ellison Dye Cut machine with a new upper/lower case font set as well as a numbers set.

Funding Request: Ms. Eileen Wuellner RN, district nurse, requested that PAC fund half of the cost for her to attend the State Conference for School Nurses. Motion made and approved to fund Ms. Wuellner $155.00. (Half of the total $310)

PAC Officer Positions: All three PAC officer positions (President, Vice President, and Treasurer) will be ending their two-year volunteer terms in May. Any Freedom Elementary School Parent may volunteer for these positions. Please attend the May meeting if interested. Current officers may be contacted at any time for information about these positions. Current officers will also aid new officers in transitioning to the new positions and be available for support if needed.

PAC May Meeting: This meeting will be changing from May 2 to May 7. Please make note of this change.

Notes taken by Wendy Cropsey

Meeting Agenda – March 5, 2013

PAC Meeting Agenda for Tuesday, March 5, 2013
6:00-7:30 p.m. Art Room

Since there are many items on the agenda each month, if your name is listed below, please come prepared to discuss your topic in a timely manner since we want to keep the meeting within the time frame. Thank You for your cooperation!

• Treasurer’s Report (Wendy Cropsey)

• Guided Reading Request

• Artist in Residence – Contract – (Mrs. Touche, Michelle Gloudemans)

• YMCA Classes – April / May – (Mrs. Czech)

• Staff and Technology Updates – (Mrs. Czech)

• Brain Bowl – Final Update / Playground Bins – (Connie Wheeler)

• Winter Staff Book Fair – Update – (Sue Mannebach)

• Sock Hop – Results – (Erin Lenhardt, Sandra Crase, Heather Phillips)

• Paper Recycling – March 15 thru 29 – (Connie Wheeler)

• Family Fun Night – Bingo April 5 – (Rosann Sky, Erin Lenhardt, Jenni Wilson)

• Summer School Program – PAC Donation?

• Teacher Requests – (Connie Wheeler)

• Rummage Sale – When? / Is anyone else doing? – (Casey VanGroll)

• Ellison Dye Cuts – (Wendy Cropsey)

• New Business

Babysitting is provided by Freedom High School National Honor Society students during the meeting.
If you have questions or comments, please contact Connie Wheeler at 788-5961 or cjwheeler73@gmail.com.
Next PAC meeting: Wednesday, April 3, 2013. 6:00 – 7:30 pm in Art Room.

Meeting Notes – February 4, 2013

Treasurer’s Report – Wendy Cropsey stated not much has changed from our last meeting. P.A.C. paid out $500 for a shed on the pre-k playground. This was the Eagle Scout project that was discussed at the April/May 2012 meetings. The $500 won’t cover the whole project, just our donation. Our balance is at $19, 240.03, with a few requests that will be paid out shortly.

Staff & Technology Updates – Karen Baumgartner stated there was nothing new. Cameras were installed. She believes the cameras in the parking lot will be coming next.

Artist in Residence – Mrs. Touche e-mailed the Madison Brass regarding the contract. She did not receive it yet. Hopefully by the next meeting we’ll have the contract. April 17th was selected for the Madison Brass Quintet to come for our Artist in Residence program this year. There will be workshops that morning for the students and in the afternoon there will be two concerts. Middle School Band students will come to one concert as well. Mrs. Touche would like someone available to coordinate with grade levels, runner, and if Madison Brass individuals need something. P.A.C. is also interested in funding some musical instruments for the music classrooms. Motion made to spend approximately $1500 for the Madison Brass Quintet and approximately $3500 for Mrs. Touche and Mrs. Seibert to use for purchasing the instruments to be used in their classrooms. Motion approved.
Michelle Wager was looking into a folktale, storyteller, and wanted to talk re: 2014, one man show. She also found a Conservatory of Music and they do residences. The Music of the African Diaspora, traces the roots of the African music. It was around $5000. It would be 3 days maybe shorter or longer, doing drumming presentation and showing children the instruments. It would be very hands on and interactive. It would cost $2500 for 2 concerts. There would also be 30 minutes of instruction for the classrooms. They could use the Multipurpose room for a couple classrooms, very hands on, learning different things, gearing it age appropriate. Travel costs, back to the New Berlin area and back, would be estimated to be $1250. Drum rental, final estimate is just over $5000. The music teachers could work in the curriculum. We will consider for next spring Artist in Residence. Connie Wheeler stated that she may not do a scrapbook for this year’s Artist in Residence due to not being able to put pictures of students in the book. She may instead do a few 12 x 12 collages of photos of the instruments and concert to be hung near the music rooms.

Brain Bowl – Connie Wheeler stated we had 225-230 students that participated. We did not receive the participation for 3-5th, as hoped, only about 50 students. The bulk of the students that participated remain in the younger students. We will give the classrooms tomorrow/ Tuesday the option if they wanted to test the whole class vs. doing the ex. 6 students from the classroom and not test the whole class. Connie and Mrs. Kurkiewicz, 1st grade teacher coordinator, stated that next year we would pull the students that participated, from the classroom to test. Connie and John Seegers are also looking into those outdoor bins for the balls as an option to put the Brain Bowl proceeds to use. After the meeting and Brain Bowl took place we have raised approximately $8,500. Thank you to all who supported this fundraiser.

February Parent/Teacher Conferences – The meal planning sheet has been passed around for volunteers to sign up to bring in a food item during the Parent/Teacher Conferences. Michelle Wagner will send out an email asking volunteers for donations of food.

Staff Book Fair –We have done this the past few years and it has been a great success. Books are donated by parents. Teachers are able to pick books to use in their classroom. Last year we had plenty of donations from parents. It was discussed that we may now do the Staff Book Fair in coordination with the Sock Hop instead of the Teacher Conferences due to the shortened school week during the February 18th. Parents can bring their gently used books to the Sock Hop and place in the box provided. Sue Mannebach will handle the coordination of organizing the flyers and books.

Sock Hop Dance – Erin Lenhardt stated we have 5 volunteers at this point. March 1st is the date selected. There is free entry for families this year. Erin talked with Sandra and Heather, additional volunteer committee members. Erin will contact Greg in Food Service regarding the food/snack items. We will be charged for what we use. Mrs. Czech provided us with a number of volunteers that she felt was needed for safety purposes for the event. Erin stated there are some raffle items that she already has purchased. We will be supporting the Freedom Food Pantry again this year. For every box or canned item brought in you will receive a free raffle ticket. Additional tickets will be sold for $.50 each. Given that the Gym and Multi Purpose rooms are being booked months to a year in advance for events, it will be important to look online for dates for 2014 events and make our reservations by the end of the school year.

Family Fun Night – Rosann Sky is coordinating. Friday, April 5th from 6:00-7:30 p.m. is the date selected. There is free entry for families this year. It will be a Bingo night that will take place in the cafeteria. Popcorn and water will be available. Motion approved for the committee to spend $200 on prizes for the event.

Paper Recycling Update – Connie Wheeler stated that the December paper drive brought in 6.63 tons, which equaled $663 for P.A.C.

Teacher Wish List Book/Requests – Connie Wheeler stated we have not been getting Requests yet because the teachers are still using or working with their $100 requests and those are still being submitted for payment. Submission deadline is March 31, 2013.

Terms for PAC Officers – Connie Wheeler stated the 2 yr. terms for all of the officers will be expiring at the end of this school year. The term length is stated in the By-laws. We are looking for new volunteer officers. All of the existing officers will be available to assist the new officers during the next school year. During the May meeting, voting will take place. Please consider volunteering for the President, Vice President or Treasurer position. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Connie Wheeler.

New Business – Connie Wheeler stated that we should keep in mind Casey Van Groll’s idea of having a rummage sale and the proceeds going to P.A.C. Connie stated we will want to check into the Pom & Dance and their plans for future rummage sales.
Wendy Cropsey looked into Ellison Company catalog for dye cuts. Teachers use the dye cuts in their classrooms and for bulletin board use. The Catalog is now online. Ellison does not sharpen the dye cuts, they just replace the pad. They are still the wooden dye cuts. The current machine uses a rolling mechanism vs. a press. The top line is laser cut. This will benefit everyone. We can still buy dye cuts for the machine. We may want to consider buying a machine, along with shapes/figures/fonts that we do not have.

Meeting notes recorded by Michelle Gloudemans, P.A.C. Vice President

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Connie Wheeler, P.A.C. President, at 920-788-5961.

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Our March meeting is set for Tuesday, March 5th, Room 22 (Art room), 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Free babysitting is provided by the HS National Honor Society. Hope to see you there!

Meeting Agenda – February 4, 2013

PAC Meeting Agenda for Monday, February 4, 2013
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ~ Art Room

Since there are many items on the agenda each month, if your name is listed below, please come prepared to discuss your topic in a timely manner since we want to keep the meeting within the time frame.
Thank You for your cooperation!

• Treasurer’s Report (Wendy Cropsey)

• Staff and Technology Updates (Mrs. Czech)

• Brain Bowl – February 5/6 – (Connie Wheeler)

• February Parent/Teacher Conferences—meal planning (Michelle Wagner)

• Staff Book Fair – February (Looking for a Coordinator)

• School Sock Hop Dance – March 1 (Erin Lenhardt, Heather Phillips)

• Family Fun Night – April 5 (Rosann Sky, Jenni Wilson, Erin Lenhardt)

• Artist in Residence – April (Michelle Gloudemans, Michelle Wagner)

• Paper Recycling Update – December amount (Connie Wheeler)

• Teacher Wish List Book/Requests – (Connie Wheeler)

• 2 year Terms coming due for all 3 Officers at the end of this school year to think about

• New Business – Rummage Sale?

Babysitting is provided by Freedom High School National Honor Society students during the meeting.
If you have any questions or comments, please call Connie Wheeler at 788-5961.
Next PAC meeting: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 6:00 – 7:30 pm in Art Room.

Meeting Notes – January 3, 2013

Treasurer’s Report – Wendy Cropsey stated the balance is about $19,000. The balance is very good due to the Cookie Dough Fundraiser.

Staff and Technology Updates – Mrs. Czech stated we were getting cameras installed throughout the school. They will be coming any day as part of our security system. The school and district are splitting the bill. The cameras will be placed strategically throughout the corridors. Our computer lab downstairs has been re-done with computers that were older from other classrooms. There will be 28 computers in the lab. They will be used for new state testing next year.

Artist in Residence – Mrs. Touche has booked April 17th with the Madison Brass Quintet with them doing short ½ hour workshops making it grade appropriate. In the afternoon, we will have two concerts, pre-k through 2nd for one concert and a 3rd-5th grade concert. We talked about having the middle school/high school to have them the next day but they did not have the funds. Mrs. Czech approved though having the band students from the Middle school come in to attend the concerts. Mrs. Touche stated the contract will be coming. There is nothing signed yet, but she had to get something started to get a date penciled in. It will be around $1500 for the whole day. The multipurpose room will be used for the workshops, doing mini sessions and how the instruments work. We’ll plan on videotaping the concert. Michelle Wagner was looking into Max Day from the WI Conservatory of Music re: the Artist in Residence. We’ll wait to hear from her re: the type of music program. Michelle Gloudemans is looking into the Ron Arbouletta (sp?), Move to the Groove.

Brain Bowl – The dates are set for Monday, February 4th, Tuesday, February 5th and Wednesday, the 6th. Tuesday will be the main day and Wednesday will be for anyone absent on Tuesday. Monday/Wednesday Pre-K will be tested on Monday since they have a field trip on Wednesday. We had an awesome turn out last year. Age appropriate questions are asked to the students. Students obtain pledges or donate a flat fee. There was talk re: maybe testing everyone in each classroom, pre-k through 2nd grade. We would have a volunteer in the classroom, a 10 minute session, and ask the questions to all the students. All taking it at one time, whoever involved in it, would handle the pledges. Last year Brain Bowl brought in just about $8,000. Last year we donated Leprechaun book markers ($122 last year). It was an incentive for the students to bring in the money after the questions were asked/scored. We decided we will expand for Grades 3rd through 5th. We will do a multiple choice questionnaire for Grades 2nd-5th, pre-k through 1st will continue to be asked questions one on one. One volunteer will ask the questions to the classroom as a whole, in grades 2nd through 5th. Probably about the same amount of volunteers would be needed. We will do rewards/incentives for all students, regardless if they participate with the fundraiser portion.

Parent/Teacher Conference Meals – February 20th is the parent-teacher conference day where just one meal will be provided for the teachers. Michelle Wagner will again be coordinating and sending out e-mails requesting meal donations/preparations.

Cookie Dough Fundraiser – Michelle Gloudemans stated that we had almost $21,000 in sales with 50% profit. There were over 220 students participated. The Entertainment Company also provided us with additional prizes for the students, above what was initially discussed. We will plan to participate in another Cookie Dough Fundraiser next November. We will also look into the possibility of future online ordering/delivery.

Staff Book Fair – A thought was to do the Teacher/Staff Book Fair during the parent/teacher conferences. In the past, PAC allocated $200 to Stephanie Piepenburg to purchase books and also allow parents to donate. We had a huge response from parents last year and the thought was to have it offered again during the time when Parents are here, such as during the Parent/Teacher Conferences. Due to the positive response last year, we do not anticipate a need for PAC to donate money again for books at this time.

School Sock Hop Dance – Erin Lenhardt stated that the event will be on March 1st. Sandra Crase will also be assisting with coordinating the event. The Sock Hop was usually in February in years past, but Erin was told the only time you could reserve the gym would be in March. The DJ is booked. She has the “Helping Hands” list and will call/email those that signed up willing to help. In the past, there were ½ hour parent volunteer shifts needed for the raffle tables, concessions as well as hall monitoring. They will need a cash box too for the concessions. This year we will not be charging admission for individuals. Wendy Cropsey will have a check ready for the DJ and will bring it that night. Connie Wheeler will get the raffle tickets ready.

Family Fun Night – Rosann Sky will be coordinating the event for March/April timeframe. Connie Wheeler stated we discussed about having a list of a few events for the Fun Night and then rotate the events through the years. Roseann stated some ideas she had were a Family Fitness Event (Zumba, healthy recipes prepared), Hawaiian luau night, limbo, beach balls and a picnic night (on gym floor). We decided we can’t do much with food safety requirements since the food items would have to be already packaged. Erin Lenhardt already reserved the date of April 5th, which is the first Friday in April.

Back to School Kits – We have ordered kits in the past through School Pak and were handed out during the Open House. The Supply Kits had labels in and everything they needed for supplies. Parents could also decide to pay for shipping and have it shipped to their house. It was convenient but not an overall success. We made $34.54 only last year, from the 9 to11 families that purchased. We decided that the small profit wasn’t worth the effort required. The labels were included in the Kit, but then you had to take the supplies home and put the labels on each item. PAC agreed to discontinue the Kits, unless we hear strong feedback requesting to offer again.

Paper Recycling Drive – We had the Recycling Drive for 2 weeks due to how the dates fell. We filled 5½ dumpsters this week. The Freedom Pursuit had our advertisement in, primarily due to individuals outside of the school wanting to know about the Recycling Drive. We will also have the Drive 4 times next year including the advertising. Our next Recycling Drive will be towards the end of March with the thought that maybe we will have the dumpsters for 1.5 weeks (18th through 27th). Our last Paper Recycling Drive for this school year will be the last 2 couple weeks of school and we’ll see if we can have the dumpster again for 2 weeks (May 24th through June 7th).

Teacher Wish Lists – We haven’t received all of the requests for Reimbursements from the teachers. The final request for reimbursement date is March 31st.

New Business – Connie Wheeler stated that with the Brain Bowl money, we discussed weather resistant Bins for recesses. Teachers wanted bins for all the balls/jump ropes, one for each playground. Now there are totes outside each of the teacher’s rooms and it does not look as nice. Teachers also say it’s an interruption too at times. Mrs. Fox, 2nd grade teacher, was finding out re: someone local to build the bins, replicate the bins found previously.
It has been asked if PAC could purchase some additional die cuts for the machine (in the paper room) for the teachers. We have an outdated catalog and Wendy Cropsey will look into getting an updated catalog and discuss with the company re: sharpening the blades. If we go with this idea, we will ask staff for some ideas. The die cuts range in price from $25-$90 each.
Judy Krzyzak is looking into getting name plates for the murals. She is checking into pricing for the “Sponsored by PAC” and the year.
Casey Van Groll asked about possibly doing a winter rummage sale. We will discuss further.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Connie Wheeler, P.A.C. President, at 920-788-5961.

Meeting notes recorded by Michelle Gloudemans, P.A.C. Vice President
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