Author Archives: Erin Lenhardt

PAC Meeting Agenda for Monday, September 16th 2019 ~ 6:00 pm ~ Art Room

Introductions / Committee Sign Ups

Year at a Glance

Principal’s Report

Treasurer’s Report

Teacher reimbursement gifts / October Staff Meeting

Spirit Wear / Open House

Fall Student Appreciation

Cookie Dough Fundraiser

Upcoming items:
Student Directory
Book Fair Help
Parent/Teacher Conference meals
Playground toys

In progress items:
Plastic

New Business/Teacher Requests

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

Next meeting date:  Monday, October 21st, 2019, 6:00 pm, Room 22, Art Room.

Year in Review 2018-19

As the year winds to end, we reflect on the things we were able to do as PAC. We are thankful for all the parents, staff and students who helped support so many wonderful things throughout the year. We look forward to making next year amazing at FES.

We would also like to say “good-bye” to a few PAC members who have made a significant impact to FES throughout the years. Their children are moving to middle school and we will miss them.

Cindy Taft has been on several committees, helped with numerous events, given input and always assisted as needed. Most notably she has run the school dance/sock hop at FES for several years. She set up the event to be free so that all families had a chance to enjoy.

Connie Wheeler has held an office in PAC as either the President or Treasurer for many years. She has been a member for 13 years, attending 117 meetings. She facilitated PAC becoming a 501c3 non-profit organization. The Brain Bowl has run successfully thanks to her. She has helped the school raise money by coordinating the paper drives. She has also been on countless committees as well as always volunteered her time and input when needed. She has been an anchor for PAC for many years.

Events:

Open House– August

School Dance– February

5th Grade Promotion– May

Student Appreciation (Fall/Spring)—Oct. / May

Staff Appreciation Meals (Fall/Spring conferences, 3 days during staff appreciation week)

*Family Fun Night—Oct (Funset) May (Badger Sports)

Fundraisers:

Paper Recycling—4 x throughout year

Spirit Wear- Oct.

Cookie Dough Fundraiser—Oct/Nov.

Brain Bowl– February

* Family Fun Night—Oct (Funset) April (Badger Sports)

Services:

Teacher Wish List

Student Directory

Plastic Recycling—Nov through April

Lost and Found

Supported:

Outdoor Classroom- completed building and ordered benches

$100 ($200 new/changed grades) funds for each homeroom, related arts, special education teacher

End of Year recognitions

Retirees

Professional Administration Day

Funds to PBS

Guided Reading Book Room

YMCA program for K

Field Day- popsicles

Alice Buckets

Flexible Seating for 3rd and 4th grade (next year)

 

PAC Meeting Notes for Monday, May 20, 2019

Principal’s Report

  • ALICE GO Buckets (5-gallon) filled with various emergency supplies (PAC was given a list of supplies): The District would like one bucket for each classroom and are looking for donations to get the items. PAC voted to donate $1000 towards ALICE Go Buckets for the elementary school.
  • The District will be purchasing a new primary playground. They will also be setting up a 4K playground that will be fenced in using some of the equipment previously in the front of the school and some new equipment. The District would like to set up a community build this summer (mid-July through early August) and invite families to help; District is paying for the equipment.
  • Carnival for a Cause: no final numbers yet for funds raised
  • Field Day: May 31st
  • Volunteer for Feeding America in Oshkosh: Elementary staff to participate
  • Peer Educators came to an assembly in April. The children loved it.

Treasurer’s Report

  • Beginning checkbook balance (05/20/19): $14,855.03
  • Dollars set aside for remainder of 2018-19 school year: $5,100.00
    (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); $200 set aside for 5th Grade celebration (have 4 cases water left over from Sock Hop; will likely not need that much); $400 set aside for Recognitions at end of the year; PBS Awards

  • $125 spent for Spring Student Appreciation (had 5 boxes of snacks left over from Sock Hop that were used) & popsicles for Field Day
  • $200 spent for Secretary Appreciation Day
  • Deposit made from Lions Club toward the table/benches for the Outdoor Classroom ($1,292.60);
    Erin will coordinate a Thank You card to the Lions Club
  • Spendable amount: $9,755.03
  • Discussed setting up a post office box for mail (tax items, bank statements, etc.); request at least
    2 keys

Student Directory 

  • Erin spoke with Keith R.; he noted they don’t work on registration yet, so to contact him in early July re: setting up for parents to enter info for the directory
  • Erin set up a safeguard for parent(s) to review information before submitting final

Outdoor Classroom

  • Tables/Benches: Ordered/Purchased; cost was $3,880.65; Erin to be in touch with John Seegers regarding delivery
  • Caroline Pelkin received quotes for plaques; look to do one large plaque with donors listed. It will be placed on one of the wooden posts
  • Caroline purchased (2) $12 each Freedom Lions Club smaller plaques to be installed onto the tables/benches; 3 more to be purchased on behalf of the Student Council’s donation
  • We discussed having and Open House/Ribbon Cutting when complete; It was suggested doing at the same town as the new playground community build. Mrs. Schmeltzer will see if this can be done.

End-of-Year Recognitions 

  • Judy Vosters retiring: $50 cash
  • Custodians (4): $25 each
  • Cooks (4-5): $10 each
  • National Honor Society: $10 each; Connie takes up to the high school

5th Grade Promotion – June 5th

  • Amanda Hedtke to coordinate (plates, plasticware, napkins, water)
  • Approximate time: 1 pm

Teacher Reimbursements for 2019-2020 

  • $100 new classroom; $200 for changed classroom/new teacher
  • In order to have teachers submit by the end of January, it was suggested sending to the teachers before end of school year so they can purchase over the summer; must have a receipt(s). Voted on and approved.

How to Spend Funds 

  • Flexible Seating: Mrs. Lipsey inquired to the staff (3-5) to see if they would be interested in flexible seating. There is an interest. We voted on and approved $3,000 each for 3rd and 4th grades, planning to do 5th grade at a later date. Erin will contact the staff

Paper Recycling 

  • March update: received $355 check
  • Last drive: May 28-June 4
  • Feedback regarding the future: Company to re-evaluate in June; Connie will then contact the company to show FES has made money for them and to see if FES can continue the program

PAC Officer Positions

  • 2 positions to be up for re-election: President, Vice President
  • Erin Lenhardt to continue as President; Loralee Olson-Arcand to continue as Vice President
  • Treasurer: Connie Wheeler’s last year; Terri Romitti to fill the position; Connie with work with Terri over the summer to transition

Plastic Recycling

  • Program ended April 14th
  • FES came in 2nd place; not sure yet what the prize will be
  • Tammy Kurey will assist again next year as Associated Bank raises a lot of it

Administrative Professionals Day – Wed., April 24 

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

Family Fun Night – May 2nd 

  • Badger Sports Park: $238 profit ($431 profit 2018); lower attendance than last year. Can’t be held on weekend night. We look to pick an evening with ½ day on Friday and when outdoor activities are open

Staff Appreciation Week – May 6th, 8th, 10th

  • Amanda Hedtke coordinated for Mon., Wed., Fri.
  • Went very well! Lots of Thank You notes
  • Amanda figured out soda usage and preferences!
  • It was suggested in addition to the food, perhaps a small plant or flower one day
  • Another suggestion was noting which day would be a meal so staff doesn’t bring in

Student Appreciation – May 13th & 14th  

  • Loralee had snacks left over from Sock Hop and picked up more; well received again by all the students

Field Day – May 31st

  • Loralee bought 4 boxes (200 each) popsicles; she and Amanda Hedtke will freeze them and bring them in to school early the week of Field Day
  • Younger kids participate in the morning; older kids participate in the afternoon

Google Drive

  • Erin set up and has started putting files in it; will share with other PAC members

Looking ahead to 2019-2020 School Year:

  • Committee Sign-up Sheet: Erin Lenhardt will begin signing up people (Amanda, Loralee) to the same committees they have been signed up for previously. Kim to help with Brain Bowl
  • Fall Open House/Spirit Fund-raiser: Terri Romitti hoping to have ready for Fall Open House
  • Staff Appreciation: suggested doing something different than food for one day
  • Meeting Dates for school year: agreed to keep 3rd Monday each month

New Business/Teachers Requests

  • Nothing new came through

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

Next meeting date (2019-20 school year):  Monday, September 16, 2019, 6:00 pm, Room 22,  Art Room

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