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PAC Meeting Agenda Monday May 20th 6:00 PM Art Room

**Babysitting will be provided by the National Honor Society in the gym**

Principal’s Report
*ALICE Buckets
*Playground

Treasurer’s Report
*Transition plan

Student Directory

Outdoor Classroom
*Benches
*Donor Plaque quote

End of year recognition’s

Fifth Grade Promotion—June 5th

Teacher reimbursements for next year

How to Spend Funds
*Flexible Seating

Officer positions (President and Vice President)

Reports:
Paper Recycling
*March / future

Plastic bag recycling– Ended April 12th

Badger Sports Fun Night– May 2nd

Staff Appreciation– May 6th -10th

Student Appreciation– May 13th/14th

Field Day—May 31st (popsicles)

Google Drive

Looking ahead to next year:
Fall Open House / Spirit Fundraiser

Meeting dates for 2019-20

Committee Sign Up Sheet

Year at a glance /Suggestions for next year

New Business

 

PAC Meeting Agenda for Monday May 20th 2019~ 6:00 p.m. ~ Art Room

Principal’s Report
*ALICE Buckets
*Playground

Treasurer’s Report
*Transition plan

Student Directory

Outdoor Classroom
*Benches
*Donor Plaque quote

End of year recognition’s

Fifth Grade Promotion—June 5th

Teacher reimbursements for next year

How to Spend Funds
*Flexible Seating

Officer positions (President and Vice President)

Reports:
Paper Recycling
*March / future

Plastic bag recycling– Ended April 13th

Badger Sports Fun Night– April 26th

Staff Appreciation– May 7th -11th

Student Appreciation– May 13th/14th

Field Day—May 31st (popsicles)

Google Drive

Looking ahead to next year:
Fall Open House / Spirit Fundraiser

Meeting dates for 2019-20

Committee Sign Up Sheet

Year at a glance /Suggestions for next year

New Business

PAC Meeting Notes for Monday, April 15, 2019

Principal’s Report

  • Hats for Hennes (family): $1,763.10 raised by students; $636 raised by staff
  • Forward Testing: coming close to an end
  • Friday, April 26: School-wide Reading Day
  • 1st & 2nd Chorus: Pirate theme concert April 29th
  • There will be an ALICE (security for intruder or emergency) training day; Information will be sent to parents prior
  • May 17: School Carnival
  • May 31: Field Day (PAC will provide popsicles): Loralee Arcand to purchase/bring to next month’s meeting to share with Amanda Hedtke for freezing
  • Freedom BP Station: fund-raiser for FASD at gas pump has begun
  • Penny Wars: 2nd & 3rd grades won
  • Judy Vosters is retiring

Treasurer’s Report

Beginning checkbook balance (04/15/19): $17,683.09

Dollars set aside for remainder of 2018-19 school year: $7,913.00
(includes $3,500 to carry over to next school year)

$1,000 (playground equip; holding off until spring to purchase anything more in case funds are needed elsewhere); $300 Spring Student Appreciation (5 boxes of snacks left over from Sock Hop to use) & Field Day; $200 5th Grade celebration (have 4 cases water left over from Sock Hop); $200 Secretary Appreciation Day; $400 Recognitions at end of the year; PBS Awards

Spendable amount$7,980.00

$1,500 check was written out for Guided Reading

Brain Bowl: brought in $7,200 (ordered more t-shirts; low on smaller sizes); profited $6,877.50

Paper Recycling 

  • $355 raised from March event to date; possibly more to come

Outdoor Classroom

  • Lions are willing to donate to pay for 2 tables
  • We will put the Paper Recycling funds toward the tables
  • Recommended/Voted/Approved PAC purchasing all 6 tables upfront; let the Lions know cost for 2 of the tables
  • May look to again send out a donation letter and include a listing of donors to date to possibly obtain more donations; Terri Romitti suggested posting via Freedom Business Group. Decision: send via email and post to Facebook site
  • Plaque(s): to review type; will wait until later to determine size and type; Erin looked at TreeTop Products for options – possible option with a clear cover in which a sheet could be printed/inserted; needs to be weather-proof. Mrs. Lipsey suggested the High School shop class could do a CNC (engraved metal) type plaque. Suggested to have members present to look into options for next meeting

How to Spend Funds Raised this Year 

  • Flexible Seating: stopped at 2nd grade; questioned to move forward or not with older grades; Mrs. Lipsey and Mrs. Schmeltzer to review/discuss this suggestion to see if it’s worthwhile, or if there is something else to do with funds
  • $1,500 went to Book Room; the sale doubled were able to purchase over $4,000 for books

Administrative Professionals Day – Wed., April 24 

  • $50, card and flowers each; Terri Romitti to handle again this year, with assistance from Connie Wheeler

Family Fun Night – May 2nd 

  • Badger Sports Park: percentage of sales to PAC; students and parents just show up (no advance reservation); tell the staff you are from FES when you get there

Staff Appreciation Week – May 6th, 7th, 8th

  • Amanda Hedtke to coordinate for Mon., Wed., Fri.: May 6, 7, 8. She will create sign up link to be sent to parents.
  • Food suggestions: dips, tacos, desserts, breakfast foods

Student Appreciation – May 13th & 14th   

  • Loralee has snacks left over from Sock Hop and will pick up more

Plastic Recycling Updated

  • 1,888# collected
  • Erin Lenhardt and Ann Motquin have been collecting and turning in; Tammy Kurey has been working the bank to collect (lots of plastic!)
  • Program ended April 14th

5th Grade Promotion – June 5th

  • Amanda Hedtke to coordinate; approximate time: 1pm

PAC Officer Positions

  • 2 positions to be up for re-election: President, Vice President
  • Currently a 2-year term; to further discuss at May meeting
  • Treasurer: Connie Wheeler’s last year; Terri Romitti to fill the position

New Business/Teachers Requests

  • Connie Wheeler researched doing a flower sale fund-raiser; checked with Schroeder’s
    re: hanging baskets, potted flowers, flats, for example. Minimum order $350; free delivery if $1,000 order ($90 fee if under $1,000). Revisit 2019-20 school year.
  • PAC end-of-year Recognition: We recognize custodians every year; Connie suggested cooks for this year (last done in 2008)
  • Erin Lenhardt suggested posting agendas, notes, event notes, committees, etc. to Google Drive (via PAC Gmail)

 

PAC Meeting Agenda for Monday, April 15, 2019 6:00 pm Art Room

  • Principal Report
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Paper Recycling
  • Outdoor Classroom
  • How to spend funds raised this year
  • Administrative Professionals Day-  Wednesday, April 24th
  • Family Fun Night –May 2nd Badger Sports
  • Staff Appreciation Week May 6th-10th
  • Student Appreciation
  • Plastic Bag Recycling
  • Fifth Grade Promotion
  • New Officers
  • New Business/Teacher Requests

Upcoming items:

  • Field Day -May 31st (popsicles)

PAC Meeting Notes for Monday, March 18, 2019

Principal’s Report

  • Dr. Seuss week was another success; Many items brought in for the Food Pantry
  • 3rd/4th/5th Grades Winter Concert was wonderful
  • Mother/Son sledding was a huge success; Weather was great for the event
  • Brewing Independence—Coffee Shop (teacher-only orders) created with Mrs. Huebner’s students. It is well received
  • 3rd Grade: A local Officer and his dog Ace came in for a presentation
  • Hennes family fire: Jeans for Joy (staff paying to wear jeans with the money toward family); The Student Council will have a Hats for Hennes fundraiser
  • Mini Mart Shell station (Freedom) — Pride Pump: 3 cents per each fill-up will go toward school district for future events/activities (discuss quarterly to how funds will be spent—money goes towards selected project until it is fully funded
  • Parking lot issues; people parking in no parking spots (with lines or where grades are to meet after school) even before all spots are taken. The district is aware and looking to see if there are any ideas/options to create more spots
  • Forward Testing: Tuesday after Spring Break (details to be in April newsletter)

Treasurer’s Report
Beginning checkbook balance (02/11/19): $18,303.09
Dollars set aside for remainder of 2018-19 school year: $6,100.00 (includes $3,500 to carry over to next school year)
$1,000 (playground equip; holding off until spring to purchase anything more in case funds are needed elsewhere); $300 Spring Student Appreciation (5 boxes of snacks left over from Sock Hop to use) & Field Day; $200 5th Grade celebration (have 4 cases water left over from Sock Hop); $200 Secretary Appreciation Day; $400 Recognitions at end of the year; PBS Awards
Spendable amount:  $12,203.09

Book Room request: approved to provide $1,500 for this school year and then $1,500 each year toward this request; to be put in a fund in the office (handled like PBS)

Brain Bowl Report 

  • Kimberly Groenjes may take over as this is Connie’s last year
  • Anticipated to be $7275 before money taken out for pizza parties/t-shirts
  • Pizza parties went to the classes of Mrs. Thiel for most money raised and Mrs. Kurkiewicz for highest class participation
  • T-shirts were given to the top ten students to raise the most money

Outdoor Classroom

  • Evan Hansen, Eagle Scout Troop 105, reached out re: Outdoor Classroom seating, but it will be the recycled plastic option vs. wood. He may be available for other/future projects, i.e., buddy benches for playgrounds
  • Deidrick talked with Mr. Seegers; agreed to go with the catalog product (recycled plastic with metal frame); seats 6 with a handicap spot; Erin did a mock order – would be a little over $4,000 – to see what total would be with shipping ($195 tax, but should be able to get tax exempt); Ms. Diedrick also mentioned she’ll be attending a Lions meeting next week to see if they might be able to help with this project
  • May send out a donation letter request again; We will wait until the next meeting to discuss

Plastic Recycling Updated

  • Over 1,000# collected to date; A LOT of plastic coming through recently, which could be approx. 300#
  • Erin Lenhardt and Ann Motquin have been collecting and turning in; Tammy Kurey has been collecting from her work (Associated Bank) and turning in
  • Program ends April 14th

PAC Officer Positions

  • 2 positions to be up for re-election: President, Vice President
  • Erin will post online the positions; currently a 2-year term; to further discuss at April meeting
  • Treasurer: Connie’s last year; Terri Romitti to fill the position

New Business

  • No new business

Upcoming

  • Administrative Professionals Day, Wednesday, April 24th; $50, card and flowers each; Terri Romitti to handle again this year
  • Family Fun Night – Badger Sports: May 2nd (additional fund-raiser for this year)
  • Staff Appreciation week: May 6th-10th –Amanda Hedtke will coordinate. We will check to see when Student Council will host days during the week so we don’t overlap
  • Student Appreciation: second week of May; There are some snacks left over from Sock Hop to be used; Loralee Olson-Arcand to once again coordinate
  • Field Day (popsicles): May 30th
  • Fifth Grade Promotion: June 5th  -Amanda Hedtke will coordinate

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

Next meeting date:  Monday, April 15, 2019, 6:00 pm, Room 22, Art Room

PAC Meeting Agenda for Monday, March 18th 2019 6:00 PM Art Room

*Principal’s Report

*Treasurer’s Report

*Brain Bowl – Report
-Book Room

*Outdoor Classroom

*Plastic Bag Recycling

*New PAC Officers for next year

*New Business

  • Upcoming:
    • Administrative Professionals Day-  Wednesday, April 24th
    • Family Fun Night-Badger Sports May 2nd
    • Staff Appreciation week May 6th-10th
    • Student Appreciation
    • Field Day
    • Fifth Grade Promotion

Next PAC meeting:  Monday, April 15, 2019 6:00 pm 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 11, 2019

Principal’s Report

  • Therapy Dog Update: There is currently a volunteer dog that comes in (days/times a week) for reading to 1st graders which will no longer be available after this year; She has called for 2 more places to see if we can get a new reading dog and is on a waiting list
  • Ms. Hauser (guidance counselor) has a dog Gus (black Lab) that is beginning therapy training with the goal of becoming certified. Gus is on the Positive Pup posters and the mascot for the “positive pup” awards. More information will come as this process continues.
  • Parking Lot Banners arrived; to go on flag poles (received 4; should be 5); needed to send back and have hardware attached for installation based on square poles (not round)
  • Father-Daughter Dance was a success
  • Mother/Son: Sledding event planned for Plamann Park Feb. 20th
  • Next PBS Award: Showing the movie “Smallfoot”

Treasurer’s Report

Beginning checkbook balance (02/11/19): $11,884.19
Dollars set aside for remainder of 2018-19 school year: $7,937.96
(includes $3,500 to carry over to next school year) $1,000 (playground equip; holding off until spring to purchase anything more in case funds are needed elsewhere); $300 Spring Student Appreciation (5 boxes of snacks left over from Sock Hop to use) & Field Day; $200 5th Grade celebration (have 4 cases water left over from Sock Hop); $200 Secretary Appreciation Day; $400 Recognitions at end of the year; PBS Awards
Sock Hop: $600 budget; $550 final amount
Teacher’s Gifts: $4,180 final amount
Spendable amount:  $3,946.23
Book Room request: To be discussed at March meeting
Brain Bowl fund-raiser still to come; to go toward Book Room request
Badger Sports Family Night: to be Thurs., May 2 (additional fund-raiser for this year)
Art Committee may need art supplies which PAC could help with

Cookie Dough Fundraiser Report

  • Connie received/paid Hansen’s invoice
  • Final profit: $7,108.10
  • May discuss in the fall doing another type of fund-raiser and do the cookie dough with less frequency; started discussing ideas
  • To look at other incentives to increase awareness for students to sell

Brain Bowl Report 

  • Connie will have a report at next month’s meeting due to snow days (not all children tested yet)

Outdoor Classroom

  • Ms. Diedrick inquired staff about ideas to purchase picnic tables (due to no Lowe’s grant); to go with picnic tables with 3 sides of benches (current catalog cost: $618.85 plus shipping for quantity of 6); 4th side wheelchair accessible if needed, but also no students would have their back to the teacher
  • Shannon found a certain catalog to go through with inexpensive table/bench options; proposed to do another sponsorship and/or contact the Freedom Lion’s Club for donation(s) and possibly other local businesses
  • Podium:discussed possibly being funded due to donation from a former teacher’s family.

Sock Hop Report

  • Cindy Taft ran the event this year- it will be her final year so she provided good notes for future
  • Number of students who attended was down, but still well attended; overall went well
  • We had several high school volunteers which was very helpful
  • Loralee Arcand to bring in a sound system (portable speaker) for the 2020 Sock Hop to have music in the Multi-Purpose Room
  • Leftover water to be used for 5th grade celebration; leftover snacks to be used for Spring Student Appreciation
  • DJ books out, so Cindy Taft advised to book early; Erin Lenhardt will book him for Fri., Feb. 7th next year; she will also book the gym and multi-purpose room early for next year

February Parent/Teacher Conference Meal – Feb 13th  

  • Only one day; suggested appetizers (cheese & sausage, veggies), desserts, cans of soda
  • Amanda to also request extra plates and napkins to be used for 5th grade celebration
  • Email was sent out for volunteers

Plastic Recycling Updated

  • 1,032# collected to date
  • Erin Lenhardt, Ann Motquin and Tammy Kurey have been collecting and turning in
  • Program ends April 12th

PAC Officer Positions

  • All 3 positions are up for re-election: President, Vice President, Treasurer
  • Erin will post online the positions; currently a 2-year term
  • Treasurer: Connie’s last year; Terri Romitti to fill the position

Teacher Requests

  • No new requests for this month

New Business

  • No new business

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

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

PAC Meeting Agenda for Monday, February 11, 2019 6:00 p.m. ~ Art Room

*Principal’s Report
-Therapy Dog update

*Treasurer’s Report
-Revisit book room request

*Cookie Dough Fundraiser Report

*Brain Bowl Report

*Outdoor Classroom

*School Dance Report

*February Parent/Teacher Conference meal- Feb. 13

*Plastic Recycling-Update

*PAC Officer positions

*Teacher Requests

*New Business

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

Next PAC meeting:  Monday, March 18, 2019 at 6:00 in Art Room.

PAC Meeting Notes for Monday, January 21, 2019

Any news from Mrs. Lipsey?

  • April 2nd Referendum: There will be 2 questions re: high school; There will be an informational meeting on March 5th
  • 5th grade spelling winners: Adriana Gutierrez and McKenzie Malenofski
  • Shutterfly store link set up via Lifetouch; The school gets 8% from orders through that link
  • She will be presenting to the board to purchase avenue banners (30”x48”) to go on parking lot light poles
  • The Art committee sent around slogans; Art will be painted around room(s); Music room, bathrooms and some hallways done; They may need volunteers to help paint and will let us know
  • Father/Daughter Dance was another success; It was well attended. Mother/Son activity TBD

Treasurer’s Report

Beginning checkbook balance (01/21/19): $22,036.65
Dollars set aside:  $1,000 (playground equip); $600 Sock Hop; $300 Spring Student Appreciation & Field Day; $200 5th Grade celebration; $2,100 teacher’s $100 gifts (to be done the end of January); $200 Secretary Appreciation Day
Spendable amount:  $8,698.65
Erin Lenhardt noticed FreedomPac.org website went down and worked with to get back up; $48 fee to do this; noted a $48 annual fee if we continue to utilize website

Paper Recycling

  • $496 for Paper Recycling–December
  • Dates for remainder of school year (only one week each): March 18-25 and May 28-June 4
  • We received a letter from vendor (Sunoco) that they may discontinue this due to not making money (at other locations fund-raising); We will likely receive a follow-up letter or contact them

Cookie Dough Fundraiser Recap

  • $15,172 deposited; Connie is waiting for an invoice from Hansen’s and will contact Terri
  • $65 paid out for 3 Pizza Parties: Cullotta, Mr. Fox, and Mr. Quinlan’s classes
  • Final profit amount still to be determined (need from Terri Romitti who was unable to make the meeting; estimated $6,068 if 40%)

Mrs. Anderson – Book Room

  • Anderson presented to PAC in 2018 and came back to provide more information
  • The book room in located in the back of the library and utilized by every grade
  • Small groups of children often work on same book (so multiple copies needed)
  • Committee meets and reviews/discusses what is needed; The current need(s) include: Kindergarten level books, including color books (have had mostly black & white); 3rd grade requested various book series; more upper leveled books (L-M-N-O-P-Q) needed
  • An estimated amount of $1,000/year is spent on books for the bookroom, but open to what PAC might be able to provide; They purchase paperbacks to reduce costs; They try to provide estimated $200/grade level, but that amount limits amount of books to purchase
  • PAC provided $6,000 in the past (4-5 years ago), which is now dwindling and more funds are needed to replenish/add to supplies; We discussed putting in budget to provide a set amount each year; We will review in February once we have fundraiser totals, but discussed a budget up to $1,500/year, with some proceeds from this year’s Brain Bowl to go toward Book Room
  • It was also suggested that a fund-raiser, i.e., selling a paper book cutout (like a shoe), to put name on and hang down a hallway could help

Outdoor Classroom

  • We did not receive grant from Lowe’s
  • Diedrick noted a former teacher passed away and her daughter has expressed interest in providing funds, which could be put toward a teacher’s podium
  • We will need to determine furniture needs and cost; Ms. Diedrick will inquire to teachers as to what furniture options are wanted and then we will need to determine quantity based off that. Once that is determined, we can work on cost. Erin (Lenhardt) asked if the high school woods class could help out (new teacher, so may need to ask again once she gets more situated)

School Dance – February 8th

  • Email reminder to be sent out to students
  • Cindy Taft has all items lined up for the event (DJ, glow sticks, finger lights and rings)
  • Cindy (Taft) and Tammy Kurey will be doing some setup and decorating before the event
  • Loralee Olson-Arcand to coordinate water and snacks
  • We have numerous high school volunteers to help with the dance

Brain Bowl – February 5th & 6th  

  • Email sent out to students; The pledge sheet was revamped for ease of obtaining pledges (flat amount vs amount per question); It also includes spot for soliciting volunteers
  • Connie Wheeler and Kim Kimberly Groenjes are doing the paper work coordination
  • Erin Lenhardt will be there the day of and future dates with any missed students

February Parent/Teacher Conference Meal – Feb 13th  

  • Amanda Hedtke will set up sign up
  • Only one day; suggested appetizers (cheese & sausage, veggies), desserts, cans of soda
  • Amanda will add extra plates and napkins to be used for 5th grade celebration
  • Erin will have Judy send out an email for parents to check Lost & Found when attending conferences, items will be donated after

Plastic Recycling

  • 878# collected to date
  • Program ends April 12th or 13th

Teacher Requests

  • No new requests for this month

New Business

  • Erin (Lenhardt) brought up having a sheet set up to include in monthly newsletter items to still be collected, i.e., milk caps, soda can tabs, Box Tops, treasure trinkets, etc.

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

Next meeting date:  Monday, February 11, 2019, 6:00 pm, Room 22, Art Room

**Meeting date for February moved due to No School on the 18th**

Parent Teacher Conference Potluck

We are hosting a snack potluck for teachers during conferences on February 13th. Please sign up for an item or two to help. The teachers really appreciate the quick bite during the busy day.
Thank you!!

http://signup.com/go/CMAiahv