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PAC Meeting November 21 2022 5:30 Staff Lounge

Principal Report

  • 18 Kids received positive pups
  • Girls on the Run wrapped up with their 5K
  • 4K and K have their Christmas concert in December
  • Staff jean day
  • There will be a 12 day countdown to Christmas
  • Freedom Elementary State report card shows FES is Exceeding Expectations

Treasurer Report

  • There is $15,805.21 left to spend after budgeted items are deducted

Cookie Dough Fundraiser

  • 170 students participated
  • $12,153.53 profit from fundraiser
  • Class with the highest sales was: Bougie (having their reward Wednesday at 1:30)
  • Class with the most participation: Wilson (having their reward Tuesday 1:30)
  • Prize drawing (participants received one ticket for every 10 items sold): Madison Bombinski→she won a hoverboard

Spirit Wear Sale

  • Items tentatively coming in the week of December 5, but not certain
  • There will be a sign-up genius sent out to help with sorting when items do arrive
  • Sorting will take place at Buzz’s mid week of Dec 5- will send out sign up
  • Set up pick up at tentatively Buzz’s Dec 12  3-7  The rest to school to send home with students or for those that chose not to send them home we will contact as we had in the past

Shout Outs

  • There were 30 shout outs put on Facebook–some were duplicates making a total of 23 names
  • 5-$20 gift cards will be drawn for the 23 names

Skate Night

  • 137 skaters
  • $140 profit

Teacher Wish List

  • Teachers are being sent a google doc so they can continually update
  • This link will be shared with classroom families
  • In the future PAC may place a tree in entryway at conference time with ornaments with items requested by staff

Student Appreciation

  • Color changing water bottle option high cost–we will consider at another time
  • Reusable snow bag with Freedom logo–thoughts of too many bags that are the same may confuse students
  • $1 book from scholastic–may consider this in the future
  • snack–December 23 we will hand out candy canes to go with the Count Down to Christmas Candy Cane day

Dance **Family event**

  • February 10 6-7:30
  • Beach party theme
  • TJ the DJ is booked for this night 
  • Google Form or Survey Monkey will be sent out to find out participation numbers to help figure out how much food to purchase
  • Budgeted $2,000 

Fun Night **Family event**

  • May 17
  • TJ the DJ is booked for this night
  • We will begin contacting the food trucks in January
    • Fox Valley Food Trucks Association–look into this option because they will arrange the food trucks for the event
  • Let local restaurants know about this event so they can prepare just in case
  • PAC will sell water and beverages

Bylaw Review

  • There was no need to change anything at this time

Officer Positions

  • Please keep in mind the three officer positions will be open for next year–consider taking on a leadership role

Requests that have come in to approve

  • One School, One Book–approximately $3 per family→PAC will purchase the books for this event
  • The book will be a Paddington book (PAC bake off will happen around the same time as the event)
  • The guidance counselor and art teacher will be teaming up to create a “Kindness Rocks” rock garden→PAC will purchase the rocks for this activity 

New Business

  • John Seegers will be receiving a card with $50 and a framed wordle
  • Different grade levels will be asked to stock the break room for different months (4K November, K December, 1 January…) →Judy will email the grade levels each month to let them know
  • Book Fair appreciation→Pat sent a kind thank you email regarding all the help received from PAC during the book fair
  • Artist in Residence will need volunteers to help the week of and to help with firing all the clay pots in the kiln

Next Meeting: Monday January 16 at 5:30 in the staff lounge

**PAC does not meet in December

PAC Meeting Agenda Monday, for November 21~ 5:30 p.m. Staff Lounge

Babysitting will be provided by the National Honor Students in room 125

*Principal Report

*Treasurer Report

*Cookie Dough Fundraiser

*Spirit Wear Sale

*Shout Outs

*Skate Night

*Teacher Wish List

*Student Appreciation

*Dance

*Fun Night

*Bylaw review / Officer Positions

*Requests that have come in to approve
            -One School, One Book – approx. $3 per family

*New Business

Next Meeting: Monday January 16 5:30 in the staff lounge
PAC does not meet in December

PAC Meeting Notes 10/17/22

–Principal’s report

  • Field trips have started (4K went to the pumpkin patch, K went to the fire station, and half of 2nd grade went to Madison–the other half will go later in the month)
  • Parent teacher conferences are this week Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Red Ribbon week is coming
  • October 31 the middle and high school band will be coming to play at the elementary school
  • In January grades 3-5 will be attending a Herd Game and K-2 will be watching a magician show

–Treasurer Report

  • Current balance…$23,688.71
  • Left to spend after funds are set aside for yearly activities…$618.78
  • Voted on continuing to give $1500 to the elementary school for guided reading books
  • Voted on increasing the PBS funds from $500 to $1,000

–Updates

  • Student Directory…Makayla edited this document to be sent out it will be sent again later in the year with updates
  • Cookie Dough Fundraiser…No update at this time
  • Parent/Teacher conference meals…Tuesday night will be catered by Buzz’s, Wednesday night will be a walking taco night
  • Shout Outs…Sara is taking shout outs and will give prizes quarterly instead of monthly
  • Skate night…This week Thursday will be the Skate City night
  • Artist in Residence…
    • Mrs. Osowski has Jennifer Stevens coming in March to make clay pots
    • Mrs. Osowski applied for and received a SEED grant to cut costs so we may have an author come later in the year
    • Volunteers will be needed in March when Jennifer comes

–New

  • Teacher Wish List…
    • We will set up the typical Wish List as have done previously
    • possibly adding a teacher wish list for flexible seating (wait until after cookie dough fundraiser)
    • Add a wish list for the book vending machine
  • Student Appreciation-discussed ideas. Will decide at later meeting
    • Water bottles–cost is a bit more than we were thinking of spending…looking into local business or Lion’s Club to ask for donations
    • Stress ball in the shape of a shamrock
  • Spirit Wear Fundraiser
    • We received 2 bids. After discussion, we decided to work with Shamrock Graphics. We expect the sale to begin later this week
  • Dance/Fun Night
    • DJ has been booked for both. Mary will coordinate the Dance. 

–Bylaw review/Officer Positions- decided to discuss at next meeting

Next Meeting: Monday November 14, 5:30 at Freedom Elementary School staff lounge

PAC meeting minutes for 10/17/22

–Principal’s report

  • Field trips have started (4K went to the pumpkin patch, K went to the fire station, and half of 2nd grade went to Madison–the other half will go later in the month)
  • Parent teacher conferences are this week Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Red Ribbon week is coming
  • October 31 the middle and high school band will be coming to play at the elementary school
  • In January grades 3-5 will be attending a Herd Game and K-2 will be watching a magician show

–Treasurer’s Report

  • Current balance…$23,688.71
  • Left to spend after funds are set aside for yearly activities…$618.78
  • Voted on continuing to give $1500 to the elementary school for guided reading books
  • Voted on increasing the PBS funds from $500 to $1,000

–Updates

  • Student Directory…Makayla edited this document to be sent out it will be sent again later in the year with updates
  • Cookie Dough Fundraiser…No update at this time
  • Parent/Teacher conference meals…Tuesday night will be catered by Buzz’s, Wednesday night will be a walking taco night
  • Shout Outs…Sara is taking shout outs and will give prizes quarterly instead of monthly
  • Skate night…This week Thursday will be the Skate City night
  • Artist in Residence…
    • Mrs. Osowski has Jennifer Stevens coming in March to make clay pots
    • Mrs. Osowski applied for and received a SEED grant to cut costs so we may have an author come later in the year
    • Volunteers will be needed in March when Jennifer comes

–New

  • Teacher Wish List…
    • We will set up the typical Wish List as have done previously
    • possibly adding a teacher wish list for flexible seating (wait until after cookie dough fundraiser)
    • Add a wish list for the book vending machine
  • Student Appreciation-discussed ideas. Will decide at later meeting
    • Water bottles–cost is a bit more than we were thinking of spending…looking into local business or Lion’s Club to ask for donations
    • Stress ball in the shape of a shamrock
  • Spirit Wear Fundraiser
    • We received 2 bids. After discussion, we decided to work with Shamrock Graphics. We expect the sale to begin later this week
  • Dance/Fun Night
    • DJ has been booked for both. Mary will coordinate the Dance. 

–Bylaw review/Officer Positions- decided to discuss at next meeting

Next Meeting: Monday November 14, 5:30 at Freedom Elementary School staff lounge

PAC Meeting Agenda Monday, for October 17 2022~ 5:30 p.m. Staff Lounge

Babysitting will be provided by the National Honor Students in room 125

*Principal Report

*Treasurer Report

Updates:
*Student Directory
*Cookie Dough Fundraiser
*Parent/Teacher conference meals
*Shout Outs
*Skate Night
*Artist in Residence

New:
*Teacher Wish List
*Student Appreciation
*Spirit Wear Sale
*Dance/Fun Night

*Bylaw review / Officer Positions

*Requests that have come in to approve

*New Business

Next Meeting: Monday November 14 5:30 pm

PAC Meeting Notes Sept 18, 2022

  • Principal’s Report
    • School pictures went well…please give any feedback to Mrs. Lipsey 
    • The first PBS assembly was held since before COVID the Tuesday after Labor Day…the next one will take place this coming Friday, September 23
    • We decided to change meeting time to 5:30 and location change back to the elementary school in the staff lounge to allow for administration to attend longer
  • Treasurer’s Report- submitted and updated after meeting
    • Amount in account $25,304.78
    • Amount left to spend after budget items for the year $2,824.11
  • Artist in Residence (March 6-10)
    • Jennifer Stevens: Oneida Legends Through Pottery
      • Grades K-5 will create and design a pinch pot using basic methods of shaping and stamping
      • Once we get closer we will plan volunteers, lunches
  • Family Nights (Dance, Fun Night) what to have, dates?
    • Skate City: October 20…cost $8.00 per person. Melissa will set up
    • School Dance: February 10 Dj contacted, rooms reserved
    • Freedom Family Fun Night: May 17 Dj contacted, rooms reserved
    • Movie Night…Sarah will look into Field of Scenes (will they host FES??)
    • Funset Night…looking into a winter date–this has to be a Monday-Thursday night
  • Fundraisers to Discuss–What to do now, maybe discuss more at next meeting
    • Decals…currently selling. Possibly sell at conferences?
    • Bingo Night…Home Tavern in August (there was not a large turn out)
    • Cookie Dough…begin ASAP because other organizations have already started selling. Stephanie will take over coordination of this
      • In the past there have been pick up problems due to the frozen items thawing
        • Could Mrs. Lipsey send a Robo Call the day of pick up as a reminder?
        • Make sure to add pick up date to fliers
    • Spirit Wear…decided to hold. In the past we have gone through Shamrock Graphics. Melissa will contact them. Kari is a contact for Branding180. Both will discuss prices, timelines, etc and we will discuss at our Oct. meeting 
    • Restaurant Nights…Culvers is no longer doing Culver’s Nights, but we can sell coupons for ice cream (we will discuss when we will do this at another meeting)
    • Other Ideas
  • Teacher Reimbursements
    • All teaching staff- classroom, specials, specialists and special education are given $125 to use in the classroom, $250 if they are new or have changed grades. We currently have 57 total- 46 current, 10 new and 1 changed
    • 2 staff already submitted receipts
  • Conferences
    • Book Fair Volunteers…the book fair will be back during conferences, we will need a volunteer to help set up the book fair and possibly take down
    • Staff Meals…October 18th (Buzz’s) Melissa will contact Buzz’s

                  …October 19th (Walking Tacos) Sign up will be created

We will be reaching out to Erbert and Gerbert’s and Home Tavern for future staff meals

  • Student Appreciation
    • Looking into either water bottles or color changing cups
    • Since we are back to having more normal activities, will return to past appreciations of 2 days per year
  • Shout Outs
    • There will be drawings every quarter for $25 gift cards (the amount of gift cards given away will depend on the number of shout out submissions we received and the funds PAC has available) Sarah will coordinate. 
  • Officer Roles
    • President  and Treasurer will no longer be a part of PAC next year we will need someone to take over their positions
    • Vice President is also open to anyone who would like to step up into a leadership role 
    • Information on roles was given out 
  • Sign Up Volunteers
    • Watch for Sign up genius information to needs
  • Items to consider for upcoming year/unfinished from last year
    • John Siegers (former custodian) retired in the summer…we will create a Wordle (each class will be asked to provide 3 words to describe Mr. Siegers)
  • New Business/Teacher Request
    • Fill the lounge…each month an email with a sign up genius link will be sent to a certain grade level for parents/guardians to sign up and bring in snacks for the lounge

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

Next meeting date: Monday, October 17, 2022, 5:30 pm Freedom Elementary School, Staff Lounge. Babysitting will be provided by the National Honor Society

PAC Meeting Agenda for Monday, September 19th  2022 ~ 6:00 pm Buzz’sEnjoy some food while there- PAC receives a portion of sales

  • Introductions
  • Principal’s Report
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Artist in Residence (March 6-10)
  • Family Nights (Dance, Fun Night) what to have, dates?
  • Fundraisers to discuss –what to do now, maybe discuss more at next meeting
    *Decals
    *Bingo Night
    *Cookie Dough
    *Spirit Wear
    *Restaurant Nights

*Other ideas

  • Teacher Reimbursements
  • Conferences
    *Book Fair volunteers needed
    *Staff Meals
  • Student Appreciation
  • Shout Outs
  • Officer Roles
  • Sign Up Volunteers
  • Items to consider for upcoming year/unfinished from last year
  • New Business/Teacher Requests

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

Next meeting date:  Monday, October 17, 2022, 6:00 pm

PAC Meeting Agenda for Monday, August 15 2022 6:00 PMWe will be meeting at Buzz’s

*Bingo Night

*Artist in Residence

*Open House

*Recap of summer

*Beginning of Year Planning
                Fundraisers
                Activities
               

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

PAC Meeting Agenda for Monday, May 23, 2022

6:00 PM at Buzz’s

  • Principal Report
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Teacher Reimbursements for next year
  • Open House/Decal sale
  • How to spend funds
  • Officers for next year/year after

Reports:

  • Fun Night
  • Staff Appreciation Week May 2-6
  • Shout Outs

Upcoming items to make note of:

  • Field Day- icees and 10 packages of chalk provided
  • 5th Grade Promotion – we will pay for supplied treat from Greg
  • Retirees
  • New Business/Teacher Requests/New Ideas for next year

PAC Meeting Notes April 11, 2022 6:00 PM

Principal’s Report

  • FORWARD testing is about ⅔ of the way through 5th grade is done 3rd will finish this week and 4th will begin
  • Penny war raised over $4,000!!! This is going to the Kevin Kisdolf scholarship
  • 3-5 concert was very well received
  • Upcoming 1-2 grade concert
  • ABC countdown will begin at the end of the month
  • Easter break is coming soon

Treasure’s Report

  • Just under $21,000 to spend

Freedom Family Fun Night

  • Need to purchase items
    • Face paint supplies
    • wipes
  • Food Truck Vouchers…will be handed out the night of the event
  • No pie in the face
  • Food trucks will be reimbursed the night of (hand in tickets)
  • Volunteers (High School volunteers)
    • Face painting
    • Obstacle course
    • hand out tickets (staff)
    • Tattoos
  • We will need garbage cans (Erin will meet with Tammy and John)
  • Other schools can show up if they want, but we will not send out invitations to other schools
  • School will be open for bathrooms
  • Layout (Erin will meet with Tammy and John)

Staff Appreciation week

  • We are doing shamrocks with nice sayings again for staff (they will be hung in the Staff Lounge)…PAC will be hanging them April 29 for Monday
  • Plants will be given to staff from GreenHandels (Tuesday)
  • Mexican will be catered on Cinco de Mayo (Thursday)
    • Ground beef and chicken
    • Hard shells and soft shells 
    • Desserts will be brought in by parent volunteers
    • **lunches start at 10:30–needs to be ready by this time
  • Donuts will be brought in at 7:30 for Friday 
  • (87 staff–including support staff…find out from Judy # of staff that will be there Friday appox. 60)

Administration Professional Day (April 27)

  • Hanging baskets and lunch will be provided

How to spend funds

  • Teachers were surveyed asking about items wished for. We decided to hold off on purchases until after Fun Night to assure we don’t spend down too much
  • Flexible seating may be looked at for next year (begin rotation again)
  • Seeds for Ms Wall will be purchased now due to timing of need
  • Gym needs are approved at the this time as well because we have not given extra funds to gym when we were doing flexible seating

Shout Out Program

  • March winners are…
    • B’s Brew…Mrs. Verhagen (4th)
    • B’s Brew…Mr. Riesterer (3rd)
    • Erbert and Gerbert…Mrs. Leisgang (library)
    • Erbert and Gerbert…Mrs. Osowski (associative principal)
    • Mama D’s…Miss Weidemeier (paraprofessional)
    • Mama D’s…Miss Vervoort (paraprofessional)

Student Appreciation

  • Students will get a frisbee
  • Popsicles/Chalk for May on Field Day
  • Bubble gum and ice cream for ABC countdown

Bake Off

  • Winners were posted on Facebook, Winner and participation prizes handed out.