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PAC Meeting Notes for Monday, February 10, 2020

Principal’s Report

  • January: Father/Daughter Dance went well
  • 5th Grade Outdoor Survival field trip last week went well
  • 4k Registration; one more day to come
  • Board meeting time change to 6:30pm; will only be attend first 20 minutes of each meeting

Treasurer’s Report

  • Terri was not able to attend meeting, we will receive a report at the March meeting

Brain Bowl – February 4th & 5th

  • Kimberly Groenjes coordinated; students 4K through 2nd grade participated
  • Erin did testing and money calculations; only one student they didn’t get to due to illness
  • $7,255.40 pledged; received $2,553 to date; 168 kids participated
  • Pizza party(s) for top-earning class(es) (tentative until all pledges are received):
  • It was suggested the older students (5th graders and/or student council) to help test the younger students; may approach this next year
  • Suggested changing the form for pledges to a flat amount and collect prior to the Bowl to make fundraiser run more smoothly- similar to polar plunges being collected before event

School Dance—Fri., February 7th

  • Tammy Kurey coordinated this year; approx. 125 kids attended
  • The theme was “Let It Glow”
  • Students were given glow necklaces, bracelets, finger rings
  • Loralee Olson-Arcand coordinated snacks and water; plenty left over for upcoming events
  • $400.35 total expenses (minus snacks and water)
  • Only incident was two students who were unchaperoned and waiting for their grandparents until 8pm

Artist in Residence March 16-20/23-27

  • Rebekah Byers set up the volunteer sheet to have sent out; to add Kindergarteners will be working as a group to construct a larger fish that will be displayed in the school
  • Still need more (black & white) newspapers needed for event!!!
  • Steven (artist) suggested 5th grade students could bring in magazine pages/ads to decorate their fish

Conference Meals – February 26th 

  • Amanda Hedtke coordinating potato bar and salad bar, with toppings; drinks, desserts
  • Setting up a link for volunteers to sign up

Funset Boulevard Night – Thurs., April 30

  • Tentative date; Erin to pick up wristbands prior to event; she will set up the sheet for students

Plastic Recycling (ongoing): 

  • 1,807# to date (02/10/20)
  • Erin waiting to hear back from Sandy re: Girl Scouts making it a community program
  • Caroline Pelkin has been helping to take in plastic from the school
  • Ends in April (Earth Day)

Teacher/Staff Requests:

  • No new requests have been submitted

New Business:

  • Outdoor Play Sheds: requested to have locked up due to equipment being taken after hours
  • Pizza Ranch and Culvers: could do a fund-raising event where parents and teachers could go in and bus tables, etc. (est. 10% of that night’s sales); revisit to see about planning an evening event in the fall

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

Next meeting date:  Monday, March 16, 2020, 6:00 pm, Room 22, Art Room

PAC Meeting Agenda for Monday, February 10, 2020 6:00 p.m. ~ Art Room

*Principal’s Report
*Meeting Change

*Treasurer’s Report

*Brain Bowl-Report

*School Dance-Report

*Artist in Residence March 16th-20th and 23rd-27th

*February Parent/Teacher Conference meal- Feb. 26

*Funset Blvd Night

*Plastic Recycling-Update

*Teacher Requests

*New Business

Babysitting is provided by Freedom High School National Honor Society students during the meeting.  If you have any questions or comments, please contact Erin Lenhardt freedompac1@gmail.com

Next PAC meeting:  Monday, March 16, 2020 at 6:00 in Art Room.

PAC Meeting Notes for Monday, January 20, 2020

Principal’s Report

  • (Mrs. Lipsey out of town; not at meeting)
  • December Positive Dog was Mrs. Zabel
  • Jakl won VFW Teacher of the Year 2019
  • January: FES homeroom teachers to introduce a new ZONES of Regulation (Emotional Regulation Curriculum) to students in their classrooms; this will focus on the ability to effective manage and respond to an emotional experience
  • , Jan. 24: School-wide PBS movie shown (Toy Story 4)
  • Father/Daughter dance sponsored by PBS to be held Jan. 24th

Treasurer’s Report

  • (Terri unable to attend meeting, sent notes to Erin)
  • Beginning checkbook balance (01/20/20): $20,000
  • $13,000 allocated for multiple areas
  • $3,500 available currently for spending
  • 3rd and 4th grade flex seating complete-may have outstanding receipts

Spirit Wear Fundraiser 

  • Final tabulation: $6,757.75 approximate profit
  • Still waiting on items to come in from Shamrock Graphics

Cookie Dough Fundraiser 

  • Final tabulation: $10,115.60 approximate profit
  • Added note-Ms. Schmidt, Mrs. Rennes T/Th and Mrs. Susek won the pizza parties

School Dance—Fri., February 7th

  • Tammy Kurey will coordinate this year
  • Sticking with the glow theme; “Let It Glow” (playing on “Frozen 2”)
  • Tammy ordered supplies (glow necklaces, bracelets, finger rings)
  • Tammy will be sending out a flyer Jan. 24th and Feb. 3rd
  • Room(s) reserved 5-8 pm; will need tables for the multi-purpose room and the front lobby
  • Loralee Olson-Arcand to coordinate snacks and water
  • Confirming high school students to volunteer that event; to split two groups: one group to come and decorate, second group to help with various areas
  • Erin to pick up left-over Spirit Wear to sell

Brain Bowl – February 4th & 5th

  • Kimberly Groenjes coordinating; students through 2nd grade participate
  • Kimberly looked through the questions and made updates; Judy K. emailed to teachers to review updated question listing for review
  • Pencils to be handed out for participation when pledges are brought in
  • Pizza party(s) for top-earning class(es): 1) highest participation, 2) highest earning

Conference Meals – February 26th 

  • Amanda Hedtke told Erin she was thinking of doing a potato and salad bar, with toppings; drinks, desserts- everyone loved the idea
  • Hoping teachers will encourage parent participation in PAC to help with such events

Artist in Residence 

  • Allocated $5,500 for artist (Steven); he will be here March 16-27
  • Amanda Hedtke set up the hotel room (she had offered her hotel rate at $39/night [tax exempt; $156/week, which was approved)
  • Rebekah Byers set up the volunteer sheet to have sent out
  • More (black and white) newspapers needed for event!!!
  • Steven (artist) suggested 5th grade students could bring in magazine pages/ads to decorate their fish

Plastic Recycling (ongoing): 

  • 1,350# to date (01/20/20)
  • Girl Scout Troup leader will contact person at Trex to see if we can start a community drive- this would result in a nicer bench and there is a set amount to collect
  • Other PAC members offered to help collect, weigh, and turn in accumulated plastic
  • Ends in April (Earth Day)

Playground Sheds:

  • We will look to set up time to come in and go through sheds/pump up balls, purchase items as needed

Teacher/Staff Requests:

  • No new requests have been submitted
  • Teachers have until January 31 to turn in $100 reimbursements

New Business:

  • , April 30: Look to plan a Fun Night (Badger Sports Park or Funset Boulevard)
  • February 17 PAC meeting to be changed to a different Mon., 2/10 due to no school

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

Next meeting date:  Monday, February 10, 2020, 6:00 pm, Room 22, Art Room

 

PAC Meeting Agenda for Monday, January 20, 2020 6:00 p.m. ~ Art Room

 

***Raffle— there will be a $10 Rico’s gift card given away to someone in attendance***

Discuss February Meeting date (17th no school)

  • Principal’s Report
  • Treasurer’s Report
    *need for Spring fundraiser/Funset night?
  • Spirit Wear Fundraiser-recap/final totals
  • Cookie Dough Fundraiser-recap/final totals
  • School Dance – February 7th
  • Brain Bowl –February 4th / 5th
  • February Parent/Teacher Conference meal- Feb 26th  
  • Artist in Residence March 16th-20th and 23rd-27th
  • Plastic Recycling
  • Teacher Requests that have come in to approve
  • New Business

Babysitting is provided by Freedom High School National Honor Society students during the meeting.  If you have any questions or comments, please contact Erin Lenhardt freedompac1@gmail.com

PAC Meeting Notes for Monday, November 18, 2019

Principal’s Report

  • Welcome back Katie! Shannon Diedrick did a great job!
  • Staff do not see a need for a room parent, i.e., holiday events coordination, volunteer help, etc; all seems to go well at the current time.
  • P-T Conferences: thanks from staff for the meals; On 2nd night parents of K and 4K given note supporting PAC
  • Raised over $1,000 (staff wearing jeans) and Penny Wars for the family who recently lost their home to a fire
  • Enforcing a 7:35 am drop-off of students due to kids being dropped off as early as 7:10am
  • Exceeding expectations in the district per the school “report card” that recently came out
  • Halloween concert went well; middle and high school students came to perform

Treasurer’s Report

  • Beginning checkbook balance (11/18/19): $13,402.02
  • Most of the checkbook balance is allocated to date
  • Erin has not heard from Mr. Menting or Mr. Maronek re: flexible seating for their classrooms
  • Teacher reimbursements still open; will close January 31, 2020
  • Wish List: Erin sent a reminder note to staff. Will be sending to families next week

Badger Sports Night – Thurs., Nov. 7th:

  • 103 people attended; profited $533 (no outdoor attractions were open)

Spirit Wear Fundraiser 

  • Final tabulation: $6,700 estimated profit; 250 orders, over 1,000 products ordered
  • Terri noted there may be an ability to order more items per a number of requests; she needs to review
  • Socks are on their way; hats to come in another week; water bottles still to come. Some clothing items still coming
  • Looking to move up to earlier in the school year, i.e., September due to many requests for orders from parents; may also have product available for cash sales at Open House
  • Thank you to the volunteers who helped out!

Artist in Residence 

  • Allocated $5,500 for artist (Steven); he will be here March 16-27; he no longer lives in Wisconsin, so he asked if PAC would cover his hotel stay Monday-Thursday each week; Amanda Hedtke offered her hotel rate at $39/night (tax exempt; $156/week); it was approved to cover the hotel stay
  • Sue Rudolph noted volunteers will be needed; a sheet will be posted for volunteers to sign up; Rebekah Byers volunteered to coordinate volunteer sign up
  • More newspaper needed for event

Conference Meals 

  • Amanda Hedtke noted first night was soup, crackers & veggies. Second night was hot sandwiches (some people signed up, but things didn’t show up or eaten during the day); a little bit of a scramble to cover to have enough food
  • Hoping teachers will encourage parent participation in PAC to help with such events

Cookie Dough Fundraiser 

  • Sale ended Nov. 15th; delivery is Thurs., Dec. 12
  • To date, we’ve brought in around ($19,000 in orders; $5,000 online orders), with a profit of almost $9,000
  • One order had approximately $1,300 in sales!!!!
  • No tallied yet, but teachers incentive of at least 50% was encouraged
  • Pizza parties still to be determined
  • Need volunteers to help sort and with pick-ups on Thurs., Dec. 12

School Dance—Fri., Feb. 7th

  • Tammy Kurey will coordinate this year
  • Loralee Olson-Arcand to coordinate snacks and water
  • Sticking with the glow theme; “Let It Glow” (playing on “Frozen 2”)
  • Tammy is reviewing sites and will be ordering supplies for the event
  • Tammy will be sending out a flyer Jan. 24 and Feb. 3rd
  • Room(s) reserved 4-8pm
  • DJ rate is still $175
  • Confirming high school students to volunteer that event
  • Plan to sell any overstock Spirit Wear at the event

Brain Bowl – February

  • Kimberly Groenjes to coordinate; students through 2nd grade participate
  • Kimberly looked through the questions and made updates; to email to Judy K. to teachers review updated question listing for review
  • Pledge sheet has volunteer info at the bottom; Erin suggested moving it to the top to make parents aware; sheets and questions to be sent out early January to students
  • Pencils handed out for participation when pledges are brought in; it was suggested to look at other incentive items to hand out instead of pencils
  • Pizza party(s) for top-earning class(es)

Plastic Recycling (ongoing): 

  • 450# to date (11/18/19)
  • A grandmother contacted Erin and volunteered to weigh and turn in to location(s) as she saves a lot of plastic
  • Ends in April (Earth Day)

Teacher/Staff Requests:

  • Erin received from an inquiry from Amy Stirk (OT for FES); OT and PT are contracted employees, but asked if they could be included in the teacher gift disbursements in order to purchase needed items for their room use (for students); it would be understood that anything purchased via PAC would need to be left at the school if/when they depart FES; it was approved to include them as part of the $100 teacher gift/reimbursement (same guidelines as teachers)

New Business:

  • No new business

Amanda Hedtke won the $10 target gift card raffle

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

Next meeting date:  Monday, January 20, 2020, 6:00 pm, Room 22, Art Room

There is no December meeting. See you in January!

PAC Meeting Agenda for Monday, November 18, 2019

***Raffle— there will be a $10 Target gift card given away to someone in attendance***

*Any news from Mrs. Lipsey?
*Treasurer Report
*Badger Sports Night-report
*Spirit Wear Fundraiser
*Artist in Residence
*Conference Meals
*Cookie Dough Fundraiser
*School Dance—Feb. 8th
*Brain Bowl
*Plastic Recycling –ongoing
*Teacher/Staff Requests
*New Business

Reminder:  We do NOT meet in December

Our next meeting will be Monday January 20th 2020 at 6:00pm.  Babysitting will be provided by Freedom High School National Honor Society students during the meeting.

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

PAC Meeting Notes for Monday, October 21, 2019

Principal’s Report

  • Minimal postings right now on the District Facebook page from FES; plan to increase
  • Gus (therapy dog) starts on Thursday; once a week to start; children will need to learn rules
  • P/T conferences went well; enjoyed the food, too!!
  • Field Trips begin; multiple grades going to multiple places
  • Struggling with weather (lots of rain) and having to have recess inside
  • Katie Schmeltzer returns from maternity leave in November; Shannon Diedrick has done a great job filling in
  • School pictures done at Open House went well; would like to do it then again next year
  • Penny Wars: approx. $800 submitted
  • Pride Pump: $200 received; purchased a Chromebook each for Mr. Maronek’s class and Mrs. Arndt’s class

Treasurer’s Report

  • Beginning checkbook balance (10/21/19): $8,758.67
  • 3rd and 4th grades still have some money left to spend for flexible seating; Erin Lenhardt will contact teachers with money left to see if they want to spend. Tentative 5th grade to follow
  • $17,150 total sales for Spirit Wear, this does not include money we will owe for the items; proceeds from event still to be determined

Spirit Wear 

  • All orders are in; need to tabulate them and submit to vendor (hoping to submit this week) We will not have a timeframe on delivery until order is submitted
  • Orders also came from St. Nicholas School and the Middle School

Artist in Residence 

  • Sue Rudolph would like to bring back Steve Wertz (paper mâché artist); 1st-5th grades (Sue does a smaller paper mâché project with Kindergarteners); he’d be here 8 am-3 pm
  • Options: Fish: approx. $5,300; Dog or Cat: approx. $8,400; Buffalo: $15/student
    Sue noted approx. 530 1st-5th grade students
  • FES supplies the newspaper; (artist) makes all the structures
  • Would need to send out note for parents to save newspapers to submit for project
  • Would need volunteers to help at school for project; Sue to let PAC know how many needed
  • Looking to schedule for March or April
  • Sue to inquire if unit cost covers mileage and/or hotel room
  • Voted to have Steve come in and do the fish project (noted $5,500 to cover expenses and a small gift to Steve at the end of the project)

Cookie Dough Fundraiser 

  • Terri Romitti noted packets are coming in this week (week of Oct. 21st)
  • Terri and Erin met with Hansen’s rep re: incentives to try and help boost sales; rep is willing to come in Oct. 31st morning for a kick-off announcement (15 minutes or less)
  • Requested teachers to promote within classroom; 50% participation ($25 gift Card); for every 10 items sold students get a chance to win an overnight stay at Blue Harbor; 14-15 items sold, students can get a chance to win entry to Vertical Velocity (trampoline place) in Kimberly
  • Sales to begin Nov. 1st; sale ends Nov. 15th; Delivery is Thurs., Dec. 12; Terri will need help with entering orders and distribution

REPORTS

Fall Student Appreciation:

  • & Wed., Oct. 15 & 16
  • Loralee Olson-Arcand coordinated; Cheez-It Crackers were the treat

 Staff Meeting—Oct. 21:

  • Erin and Loralee attended to share with the staff what PAC does; served ice cream sundaes

 Parent/Teacher Conferences—Potluck & Book Fair:

  • Amanda Hedtke noted it went well; soup was well received; provided soda as well
  • Items left over for Tuesday, Oct. 22nd, conferences; hot meat sandwiches to be served
  • Re: volunteering, discussed if people would prefer to submit money versus bringing in food; could do donations (places TBD to be set up for donations); suggested doing a survey to see if parents prefer to help volunteer or donate money instead
  • Also discussed how to encourage more parents to attend PAC meetings, preferably focusing on the 4k and Kindergarten students; Erin Lenhardt will type up a half-sheet to be given out at 4K / K Tuesday, Oct. 22nd conferences encouraging parents to attend a PAC meeting; we will have a raffle for a prize at the Nov. meeting

 Student Directory:

  • Directories handed out; 468 entries; 672 responses (some were “nos” or duplicates); part of registration

 Plastic Recycling–ongoing:

  • 250# to date (10/21)
  • Erin received a note from a staff member at the high school requested if they could have bins up there for plastics, but Erin noted this may be the last year due to rules with program it is difficult to win benches, we have won planters that are not used. The reward to FES is minimal considering the amount of work.
  • Caroline is going to check with the Black Creek Library to see how they won their recycled bench

 Badger Sports Night—Thurs., Nov. 7th:

  • 4-9 pm; reminder flyers to go out with students

School Dance—Fri., Feb. 7th:

  • Tammy Kurey will coordinate this year; Loralee Olson-Arcand to coordinate snacks and water

Brain Bowl:

  • Kimberly Groenjes to coordinate; students through 2nd grade participate
  • Need to look at updating some of the questions and answers

New Business/Teachers Requests

  • Retirees: Mrs. Lipsey noted two staff members have retired already- Mary Van Roy and Elaine Diedrick; Erin mentioned picking up cards and a $50 check from PAC or a $50 gift card for each instead of waiting until the end of the year
  • Freedom Pursuit newspaper: Thank You ad for outdoor classroom was in recent issue

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

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

PAC Meeting Agenda for October 21st at 6:00 pm Art Room 022

*Principal’s Report

*Treasurer’s Report

*Spirit Wear Sale

*Artist in Residence

*Cookie Dough Fundraiser

Reports:

*Student Appreciation

*Staff Meeting

*Parent/Teacher conferences- Potluck and Book Fair

*Student Directory

*Plastic Recycling- ongoing

Future Items:                    

*Badger Sports Nov. 7th

*Teacher Wish List

*School Dance – Feb. 7th

*Brain Bowl- early Feb.

*New Business/Requests that have come in to approve

Next Meeting: Monday November 18th at 6:00 pm Room 22

PAC Meeting Notes for Monday, September 16, 2019

Introductions/Committee Sign-ups

  • The committee sign-up sheet was sent around the room. Everyone introduced themselves, noting how many students they had in the school

Year-at-a-Glance

  • Artist in Residence: Rudolph is contacting the person who did the fish paper maché project about 6 years ago to see if he would be available this year
  • Badger Sports Park: Erin Lenhardt stated the only date which correlated best with this year’s school schedule is Thurs.Nov. 7, 2019 as we off Fri. Nov. 8 so she set it up; The group discussed Funset Boulevard nights. The companies only allow these nights on Sun-Thurs, so previously Erin tried to find dates in which we had early release or were off the next day. It was noted that this is not a necessity and not limit when these nights can be set up.
  • Sock Hop: Erin Lenhardt booked rooms/DJ for Feb. 7, 2020.
  • Flower Fundraising: To discuss at a later date (to see if needed for funds)

Principal’s Report

  • We are off to a good start; 707 students to date
  • Great turnout for playground volunteers. Using volunteers saved us a lot of money
  • New playground rules are posted on the side of building with others to come; There are new murals inside and outside; There are new words on lobby wall (5th grade students to sign a letter each year)
  • Local Freedom family had a house fire recently; A fund-raiser to be coordinated
  • 1st grade parents will receive letter (and in newsletter) that Ms. Diedrick will be Vice Principal until Katie Schmeltzer returns from maternity leave; a substitute teacher to take Ms. Diedrick’s place until then
  • Possible author for additional “artist in residence” type program; A local author could come in and do special reading/writing session(s) for K-2, 4-5 grades; $500. More information to come.

Treasurer’s Report

  • Terri Romitti presented new form for showing report. She explained how it was broken down and where she got the information from
  • Beginning checkbook balance (09/16/19): $14,220.79
  • Projected income/expenses show that we have approx. $9,600 in spendable amount
  • No more paper recycling program; may need to do another fund-raiser in its place

Teacher Reimbursement Gifts/October Staff Meeting

  • Guidelines went out to teachers; Some teachers have submitted their reimbursements
  • PAC can do ice cream sundaes again this year; need volunteers around approx.. 3:15pm
  • Flexible Seating: Jakl purchased some stools and rocking chairs for her classroom; Erin sent a letter to 3rd and 4th grade teachers re: still have funds to spend for seating

Spirit Wear/Open House 

  • Terri Romitti shared a color flyer of various pieces that will be offered; a size chart is provided on the back; flyer to be sent home with students very soon; order due date TBD
  • Terri noted she could use help with order entry; multiple people to help would be ideal

Fall Student Appreciation

  • & Wed., Oct. 15 & 16
  • Loralee Olson-Arcand to coordinate (2018, 2016: Fruit Snacks; 2017: Cheez-It Cracker)

Cookie Dough Fundraiser 

  • Terri Romitti to coordinate again this year; She is working with rep re: other prize incentives to try and help boost sales (in addition to smaller prizes)
  • Sales to begin Nov. 1st and end Nov. 15th
  • Delivery is Thurs., Dec. 12; Terri will need help with entering orders and distribution
  • Pizza Party for top class sales
  • We hope to have teachers promote in their classrooms

Upcoming Items:

  • Student Directory: Erin Lenhardt has in the works; Elizabeth Rodewald will be helping compile it
  • Book Fair Help: The library would like help setting up the book fair on Oct. 14th & 15th (time TBD); Mrs. Lipsey suggested having a sign-up for help; Caroline Pelkin and Amanda Hedtke volunteered to help
  • Parent/Teacher Conference meals: Conferences are Oct 17 and 22- Amanda Hedtke to coordinate again. She is considering doing soup or chili and will set up a sign up sheet for volunteers. We discussed gift card and/or monetary donations vs parents bringing in food. It was suggested that we could use fund-raiser money to purchase meal items if needed.
  • Playground Toys: Erin Lenhardt has not been able to go through the sheds; She asked if they could be gone through in a morning before recesses. Caroline Pelkin offered to help. Mrs. Lipsey noted someone had donated toys.

In-Progress Items 

  • Plastic Recycling: in progress; bins are by elevator right upon entrance into lobby;
    ends April 17 (3 pm)

New Business/Teachers Requests

  • Assignment Books: It was asked if there could be a better process for sales; also classroom homework, i.e., some teachers don’t use the books as much for assignments as a lot is completed in class
  • Terri talked to Ms. Rudolph about possibly having a couple art sessions where parents can come in and participate. This would be to drive art in the community and to get families to socialize more, i.e., painting, etc. Any event would need to be after 6pm (daycare has until then). Would need to determine costs, supplies, etc.

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

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

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.