Category Archives: Meetings

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:

New Business/Teacher Requests

If you have questions or comments, please email

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

PAC Meeting Agenda for Monday, November 19, 2018 6:00 PM

*Any news from Mrs. Lipsey?

*Treasurer Report

*Paper Recycling-Update from previous/next dates

*Miss Wall (art committee / request)

*Spirit Wear Fundraiser

*Parent Teacher Conferences Potluck Report

*Funset Boulevard Night-report

*Cookie Dough Fundraiser

*School Dance—Feb. 8th

*Brain Bowl-need dates

*Plastic Recycling –ongoing

*Teacher Requests

*New Business

Reminder:  We do NOT meet in December

Our next meeting will be Monday January 21st 2019 at 6:00pm.  Babysitting will be provided by Freedom High School National Honor Society students during the meeting.

PAC Meeting Agenda Monday Sept.17th 6:00 PM Art Room

Introductions / Committee Sign Ups

Any news from Mrs. Lipsey?

Treasurer’s Report

Outdoor Classroom
*Plaques / Donations
*Paper Recycling

Teacher Reimbursement Gifts (vote to continue)

Fall Student Appreciation

Spirit Wear Sale

Cookie Dough Fundraiser

*Student Directory
*Playground items

*Picture Day Sept. 26th,  27th
*Parent Teacher Conferences Oct. 24th, 25th (potluck and book fair)
*Badger Sports / Funset Nights

New Business



PAC Meeting Notes for Monday, February 26, 2018 – 6:00 pm

  • News from Mrs. Lipsey
    *Mrs. Lipsey was not able to attend meeting tonight so Erin gave update
  • Last week, we had a PBS Olympic assembly; each grade was a different country and there were competitions. There are pictures of 1st, 2nd, 3rd places on medal podiams
  • March 9th: Mother/Son Dance
  • Information will be going out to parents re: upcoming intruder and fire drill event
  • Battle of the Book and Spelling Bee competitions- we have kids that will be participating at the State level.

Treasurer’s Report

Beginning Balance:  $30,002.03
Set aside: $18,825.05 (includes paper recycling, allocated funds)
Ending Balance:  $11,176.98 (to spend) at meeting start – Brain Bowl not included in amount

  • $2,934.55 for teachers $100 gifts have been used.
  • Flexible seating for 1st Grade: To purchase (2) more scoop chairs (purchased in sets of 6); Erin noted holding out to see if (grade 2) needs any more so “extra” chairs can be used there, too. They will forego other allocated funds as they are set.
  • Playground equipment: $138 left for purchases; waiting for feedback on sleds
  • 501(c)3: $2,125 final cost (over by $125); final signed papers went out; waiting to hear if approved which could take up to 6 months to hear back ($1,260 for consultant fees); Connie to meet with the consultant for dates and fees to file, as well as other information.
  • Planning to switch accounts to new bank

Paper Recycling – December Update

  • Brought in $542
  • Next dates: March 19-April 2 & May 21-June 11

Brain Bowl Update

  • A little over $6,000 was pledged. We are still waiting on some money.
  • 164 participants; We had plenty of volunteers
  • Culotta: highest participation
  • Kurkiewicz: brought in most money
  • These 2 classes will each have pizza parties

Artist in Residence

  • Estimate from Trista Holz for fused glass project: $8,250 (budgeted $6,000).
  • Final estimate voted and approved: $8,500 for Trista Holz glass project and supplies/installation; would need one-half of $8,250 for deposit upfront
  • Week 1: Fused glass frit bead pendant:  $6/student (550 students – grades 1-5)
  • Week 2: Fused glass panel mural panels (to the left of the nurse’s room; bulletin board would need to be removed):  $9/student (550 students – grades 1-5)
  • Glass materials supplied to create the pendants; necklace cord and/or hanging wire would need to be supplied by the school; discussed other options as some kids wouldn’t want a “necklace”, i.e., magnet on back; possibly provide the two options (necklace or magnet piece)
  • Glass for mural would be supplied, but school would need to provide approved selected wall mounts; school facilities manager would complete/oversee the installation
  • NOTE: Estimate based on 550 students; actual number of students participating will be used for final invoice
  • Discussed providing lunch(es) to Trista and then a gift basket at the end of the project; decided to forego the lunches, but keep with the gift basket
  • Looking at week of April 9-13 for pendants; mural for week of April 23-27
  • Send out note for volunteers, as well as for students to choose necklace or magnetic piece

Ideas How to Spend Funds

  • Erin reported 2nd grade is interested in flexible seating; Voted and approved to spend $3,000. Erin will work with group to purchase items.
  • $5,676.98 in spendable funds (after Artist in Residence and 2nd Grade flexible seating allocated funds accounted for)

Outdoor Classroom:

  • Cost is still pretty high; size of 30×30 was quoted, whereas standard classroom size is 24×24; Ms. Diedrick suggested a kit; closest one would be Pennsylvania, cost $28,000 plus concrete
  • Amanda received quote for approx. $19,000 for 30×30, includes concrete from a contact in Chilton; She will ask for a revised quote for a 24×24 and see if it could be done in phases and during off-time to help with budgeting/cost
  • Shannon and Erin looking into a Lowes grant
  • Noted we could use funds and get the slab done this summer and then the structure in the fall or next spring. Project is ongoing.
  • Once we get updates may use spendable funds for this project

Feb. 2 School Dance Report

  • Dance went really well. Kids really seemed to enjoy themselves.
  • We had glow necklaces, bracelets & finger rings, snacks & water and tattoos instead of raffle prizes to allow for all kids to get something.
  • PLENTY of high school kid (National Honor Society) volunteers

February Parent/Teacher Conference Meal – Feb. 21

  • It went well; Amanda noted doing a survey may help to ask teachers what they would like in the future; we had a lot of food left over; she made notes for next year to reduce quantities, plan for more desserts

Plastic Recycling Update

  • We are currently in 1st place (way ahead of other schools); competing against 7 other schools in Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, & Missouri based on enrollment size
  • We have collected 1,068 pounds as of January 31st.

Teacher Requests

  • Nothing received

New Business

  • Erin noted a couple of teachers can’t find their receipt, however it was determined they need to have a receipt to submit for reimbursement
  • Paper Room: PAC needs to remove all items from this room by the end of year. Erin was going through things and came across an old scrapbook; inquired about what to do with it. Suggestions to scan all notes, pictures, thank you notes, etc. and save electronically. Connie will go through it for anything that might be useful. There are also prizes left over from past events. Suggestions to get rid of items: donate to PBS (talk to Mr. Quinlan), student council, classrooms for their prizes

Next PAC meeting:  Monday, March 19, 2018, at 6:00 pm in the Art Room

PAC Meeting Notes for Monday, January 15, 2018 – 6:00 pm

News from Mrs. Lipsey
*Father/Daughter Dance coming up (Fri. Jan. 19)
*6 Breakout kits have been purchased using Box Top money. They are similar to the Escape Rooms. They will be featured on the district FB page. They can be checked out from the Library. The teacher could use multiple kits and have kids work as teams. Each kit has about 300 games. Teachers would put in codes/games. Some teachers already tried it out and enjoyed.
*We have a couple more robots for 2nd grade
*Some teachers recently attended professional/technology conference
*The DPI has generated School Report Cards. The district exceeded expectations. Information will be sent home to parents.
*Parent/Teacher conferences coming soon (February)

Treasurer’s Report
Beginning Balance:  $32,569.12
Set aside:  $14,506.02
Spendable Balance:  $18,063.10
*Form 1023: Erin and Connie to sign and it can be sent in. There will be $850 filing fee to IRS. Connie will check with accountant helping her to see what other forms are needed. We will be receiving a fee from him when it is done. We have budgeted $2000.
*Erin asked if more iPads were needed for any grades/related arts. Mrs. Lipsey didn’t think any more were needed. Mrs. Lipsey will talk to the technology team to see if any other technology items are wanted. Erin to approach 2nd grade to see if they would be interested in flexible seating. 1st grade is finishing up their purchases.

Paper Recycling
*Haven’t received December recap yet. 5-6 dumpsters were collected in the 3-week period
*Looking to put funds from Paper Recycling toward School Outdoor Classroom (Nature Center pavilion)
*a sample photo was shown for what type of structure is in mind
*(2) quotes received are very high ($23,750 & $26,087.82; concrete not included in quotes)
*Due to cost we may make this a project with phases over a few years.
*There are more questions to ask and research to be done for cost efficiency
*Options: a) another company to quote; b) high school shop class to build it; c) a parent(s) who works at a place to get materials at cost; d) put on FB to advertise for quotes or ideas

Cookie Dough Fund-raiser Recap
*Profited about $10,000
*Mrs. Lipsey suggested taking pictures of pizza parties to put on Facebook to show winning classrooms
Pizza parties to 4 classrooms: Marquart: $1,721 in sales, Jakl: $1,330 in sales, 3rd & 4th place classrooms ($2 difference in sales): Rennes, Tues-Thurs: $1,314; Ms. Diedrick: $1,312

School Dance – Feb. 2
*It will be a “Glow Party” theme
*45 high school students have signed up to volunteer. We will have them arrive 5:30/5:45pm
*Same DJ (suggested having him announce for kids not to toss glow sticks up to the ceiling)
*Instead of raffle prizes we will spend money on more glow items, snacks and water which can include more kids.
*We may try to decorate this year
*Because we have so many volunteers we may try to do some activity(s) in multi-purpose room. Suggestions were face painting (a couple notations re: using colored pencils and water vs paints) tattoos, art projects (coloring).

Brain Bowl – Feb. 6
*Forms went home last week (1/8-9) At the bottom of form there is a section to volunteer to ask questions. Connie will set up online sign-up for more volunteers if needed
*We have t-shirts and pencils left over so no need to purchase anything except just pizza party(s) at the end of the event (based on participation and $$ brought in)

February Parent/Teacher Conference Meal – Feb. 21
*Amanda Hedtke will assist with this event and will help coordinate

Artist in Residence
*Sue contacted Trista Holtz from Fond du Lac — stained glass project
*Trista will come to look around school to see where a mural can be done
*A new entrance of the school will be constructed so looking to see if previous project can be “moved” to new entrance. We will need to keep in mind size due to process of the glass-making
*Individual project: glass pendants.
*1st – 5th grades were done in 2012, may not be able to include K due to limited class time
*Projected cost same as previous: $5,445; set aside $6,000 for event

Plastic Recycling
*836 pounds to date — over 100 pounds more than this time last year!!!
*Erin mentioned that we could do it all year. The competition time may be limited, but she noted you could insert weights during other months on the website. Will consider.

Teacher Requests
*After last meeting, 4K team requested Stem products-a set of magnitiles and Legos for their classrooms. Officers approved as they were half off (holiday discount). The cost was $315.99
*No other submitted requests, except for $100 reimbursements from teachers. They need to be turned in by March 31. Mrs. Lipsey and Erin will remind staff.

New Business
*Teachers have previously suggested getting sleds for playgrounds. Erin looked for roll-up sleds at all area Fleet Farms and online. She was unable to find a good price so 10 saucer sleds were purchased. There are concerns regarding safety and use of the sleds. Mrs. Schmeltzer will look into this to see if we want to offer them and if so the best way to do it.
*Cindy suggested using some leftover funds to “dress up” the front of the school, i.e., planters, seasonal decorations.

Next Meeting:  Monday, February 19, 2018 – 6:00 pm, Art Room

PAC Meeting Agenda for Monday, November 20, 2017 ~ 6:00 pm Art Room

*Any news from Mrs. Lipsey?

*Treasurer Report

*Spirit Wear Fundraiser

*Cookie Dough Fundraiser

*Paper Recycling –Update from Previous/Next Dates

*Funset Boulevard Night-report

*Student Directory-report

*Teacher Wish List

*Artist in Residence

*Plastic Recycling –Now –April 13th

*School Dance—Feb. 2nd

*Brain Bowl

*Teacher Requests

*New Business

Reminder:  We do NOT meet in December

Our next meeting will be Monday January 15th 2018 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 or 851-3266

PAC Meeting Notes for Monday, September 18, 2017

Attendees: Erin Lenhardt, Connie Wheeler, Kimberly Groenjes, Mrs. Lipsey, Tammy Kurey, Sara Peterson, Amanda Hedtke, Keith Kumbalek, Terri Romitti, Beth Rodewald, Ms. Diedrick, Katie Schmeltzer, Loralee Olson-Arcand

Mr. Kilstofte–referendum information:  Referendum fact sheet handed out and reviewed major points of handout.  The referendum will be held on November 7th.  90+ participants took part in facilities planning group, CTE group,  and/or visioning groups. FFAC/Visioning groups were surveyed regarding building priorities and discussed results. Major takeaways: student safety/security, current capacity/future flexibility, need for modern learning spaces, want to improve CTE programming opportunities, future goal of creating a community/school foundation, grade reconfiguration (at existing school buildings), April 2018: School district will be debt free! This includes the land proposed for a new high school.  Further information can be reviewd on the Freedom School website

Mr. Kilstofte also reported that Freedom previously had a $20k grant written/approved for new Modern Learning Experience “classroom”; across from the Library (flexible seating, SMART board like a large TV; monitors; Chrome books).

Introductions/Committee Sign-ups  Erin Lenhardt, President,  Connie Wheeler, Treasurer,  Loralee Olson-Arcand, Vice President.  We went around and introduced ourselves, noting grades of children.  Shannon Diedrick attended, noting her internship for assistant principal.  Explanation of committee sign-up sheet

Any news from Mrs. Lipsey? Introduced Katie Schmeltzer, new associate principal;  Jill Musset (previous associate principal) is Curriculum and Special Education Director. Noted other new staff members (new psychologist, new teachers).  704 students (last count Fri., 9/15)

Treasurer’s Report Beginning checkbook balance:  $20,409.97. $14,784.22 set aside Paper Recycling amount,  cushion of $3500 and funds allocated to previously approved expenses.  Our spendable amount:  $2,907.05

Connie is still working with the auditor on 501(c)(3) form(s).  We have to fill out the long form due to our fund-raising amounts; explained why PAC is going through the process to new attendees

Open House PAC Table Report Erin noted it went better this year; more traffic (due to location moved from basement to gym)

Teacher reimbursements gifts, new or changed grades–vote to continue PAC offers $100 to staff to purchase items for their classroom (not conferences, personal development, etc.)  $200 to new teachers and teachers switching grades.  List sent around to attendees showing past teachers and amounts given.  Voted all in favor to approve continuing gift and using the current form. PAC officer members to go to October meeting, serve sundaes and explain to teachers how to use it (teachers are allowed to pool their money amongst the same grade, i.e., 1st grade teachers).  Teachers turn in receipt(s) for and fill out form for reimbursement

Paper Recycling–September 18-October 2nd  1st event of the year started Monday, 9/18; if not quite full, can go a little longer.  Current fund: $7,267.49.  Event is 4 times a year.  Nature Center Classroom project being researched.  We may try to do in 2 phases: 1) pad & pavillion; 2) new furniture; We are waiting on bids from contractors.  We are also looking to see if there are any grant funds available for this.

Cookie Dough Fundraiser Sale Dates:  11/3 – 11/17, Orders in by 11/ 22, Delivery date: 12/14;  Hansen’s will come at 1:30p to sort and pick up will be from 3:00-5:30.  Mrs. Lipsey to see if she can rearrange schedule for multi-purpose room (due to another group in there at the same time).  Need two additional people to help sort, etc.  Prize Machine at pick-up for over 15 items sales.  New this year: 40% profit to PAC (down from 50% last year); could get more $$ if bulk received (not an option for us…too much work). Products increased by $2 each.  Hansen is pushing to have people order online; register student, put in a code; advise sellers to send 10 emails to get a code for a plush animal.  By ordering online, people can order more than just the cookie dough, but if out of the area, can’t order perishable items.  Vendor is trying to improve quality of prizes.  We will work on setting up ways for students to redeem prizes that are earned during fundraiser

Upcoming Events:

Fall Student Appreciation: For this year: Cheez-It or Goldfish crackers.  October 4 (Wed.) & 5 (Thurs.); Loralee to purchase, package per each classroom, and drop off Wed. morning at front office.

Parent Teacher Conference meals Oct. 4th and 5th:  Erin set up for these dates; set up on a volunteer website; link sent out for people to sign up and bring.

Student Directory:  PAC to set up a new one this year; link was sent out for parents to sign up.  Suggested to send a (quarter) sheet reminder for parents to fill out form; front office is trying to reduce paper usage, but Erin will see if they can do it; Amanda noted she can have her hotel staff help cut sheets.  Suggested including a reference to the purpose of the directory, i.e., birthday party invites, contacting a fellow student’s parent re: a class assignment, etc.

Book Fair (set up Sept. 26/take down Oct. 6) — We need volunteers 9/26: set up time:  Amanda Hedtke volunteered at the meeting.  10/6 take down: Terri Romitti volunteered at the meeting

Badger Sports/Funset Blvd nights:  We will hold a Funset Blvd night on Thurs. Oct 26th. We receive the wristbands for $1 will sell for $5 as done previously. They will include laser tag, train, bumper cars, playground, carrousel

We will set up a Badger Sports night on April 26th

New Business

  • Erin won’t be here for April meeting (will be out of town).
  • Terri brought up doing a Freedom Irish clothing fund-raiser due to limited location(s) for purchasing in the Freedom area. Possible fund-raiser instead of the popcorn fund-raiser. We agreed it was a great idea. She will look into this.

If you have questions or comments, please email

Next meeting date:  Monday, October 16th, 2017, 6:00 pm, Room 22, Art Room.

PAC Meeting Agenda for Monday, September 18th 2017 ~ 6:00 ~ Art Room

  • Mr. Kilstofte – referendum information
  • Introductions/Committee Sign ups
  • Any news from Mrs. Lipsey?
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Open House PAC Table-report
  • Teacher reimbursments gifts, new or changed grades–vote to continue
    • PAC will serve sundaes- explain PAC/guidelines at October Staff meeting
  • Paper Recycling- September 18- October 2nd.
    • Outdoor classroom
  • Cookie Dough Fundraiser
  • Upcoming Events:
    • Fall Student Appreciation
    • Parent Teacher Conference meals Oct. 4th and 5th
    • Book Fair (set up Sept. 26/take down Oct. 6) We need volunteers.
    • Badger Sports/Funset Blvd nights
  • New Business

Free babysitting is provided by during the meeting.

If you have questions or comments, please email

Next meeting date:  Monday, October 16th, 2016, 6:00 pm, Room 22, Art Room.



PAC Meeting Agenda for Monday, April 24, 2017 6:00 pm Art Room


  • May meeting- 15th is MS/HS Choir, should it be changed? Possibly 22nd
  • Any news from Mrs. Lipsey?
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Paper Recycling – March 20 – April 3rd   Any updates? Dates for final one this year?
  • Discussion on how to spend funds
  • Fifth Grade Promotion – May 31st
  • Student Appreciation – May 19th
  • Field Day May 25th – Will be provide popsicles?
  • Staff Appreciation Week
  • Spring Fundraiser- Update pick up/ pizza parties
  • Family Fun Night- March 23rd– How did it go?
  • Plastic Bag Recycling
  • New PAC Officers for next year?  Any volunteers???
  • New Business/Teacher Requests
  • Upcoming items
    • Secretary/Administrative Professionals Day- Wednesday, April 26
    • Native American Program – May 12th

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 or 851-3266.

PAC Meeting Notes for Monday, March 20, 2017 6:00 pm Art Room

In attendance:  Erin Lenhardt, Sue Mannebach, Kimberly Groenjes, Connie Wheeler, Loralee Olson Arcand, Mrs. Lipsey

Any news from Mrs. Lipsey?  Dr. Suess week was a success.  Officer John from Outagamie County came to do a presentation with the 3rd grade.  He brought a bomb dog.  We participated in the Snow Drop collection of personal items for families that have children in the cancer unit at Children’s Hospital.  We collected 31 boxes full of items.  Mrs. Black was the winner of the most stickers and dressed up for St. Patrick’s Day.  The high school band played in the lobby for St. Patrick’s Day.  The 3-5 grade concert was amazing and had a great attendance.  The Mother/Son dance went very well.  There were 2 photographers.  Mothers could purchase pictures that night.  State Testing will begin the last Tues in March and last until the end of April.

Treasurer’s Report  Paper Recycling: $6,330.49.  December drive amount was $631.00.  We have $25,638.30 in our checking account.  Set aside money from paper and cushion/already allocated funds $12,191.70  Our spendable money is $13,446.60

Connie is working with the auditor on the 501C.  There is a cost to file and a cost that will be paid to the auditor for help.  We will set aside $2000 and revisit.

Brain Bowl:  Brain Bowl: $6,843.10, minus $50 for pizza parties.  Pizza Parties were held on March 17th for Mrs. Culotta, Mrs. Thiel and Mr. Marquardt’s classes.  10 pizzas were purchased.  The total profit for the Brain Bowl was $6793.10.  There were 147 participants.

Spring Fundraiser:  $9,403.50 was brought in, profit should be $4,701.75.  We are still working on which classes will get pizza parties.  The cost will be subtracted from profit total.  Pick up will be April 6th from 3-5 pm in the multipurpose room.  The room has been reserved.  Reminders will be sent out.  We began discussion on spacing out and need for all fundraisers.  We noted there were other fundraisers and school items that cost parents money sent out this time of year.  We will discuss at a further meeting.

Family Fun Night:  We will be hosting a Family Fun Night at Funset Boulevard Thursday March 23rd.  At meeting time 185 wristbands were sold *10 more were sold after the meeting.  Profit was $780.  We also received a donation from a family member which brought the total profit to $800.

How to Spend the Funds:  Mrs. DeGroot requested a dollhouse for her 4K classroom for $175.  We approved the request.  We voted to purchase Ipads for the 2nd grade teachers.  After discussion, we decided even though there were chrome books available, it would be good for the teachers to have Ipads as well.

Mrs. Lipsey worked with the staff and provided a spreadsheet for ideas on how to spend funds:

*There was a request for $400 in replacement bulbs and wire for the electricity kits we purchased for the 4th grade team last year.  We approved request.

*There were several for playground items.  We voted to put $1000 towards this.  We also discussed how to get balls that are deflated pumped up and how to keep sheds organized.  Further discussion is needed.

*There were also several requests for flexible seating from different grade levels.  We decided to work from the lower grades up (as we had with Ipads from the higher grades down).  We will start with Kindergarten and put $3000 towards items.  This will include Hokki stools, bands, pillows, scoop rocker chairs.  We will also look at purchasing plastic bins for hats/mittens.

*There were suggestions for a canopy for the outdoor classroom, green house/gardening items, picnic tables.  We may see if we can get help from high school classes or parents to build if we purchase materials.  We will continue discussion and felt the paper money could be used towards these outdoor items.

*Other items on the list will be discussed at further meetings.  We did not want to overspend at this time.

Erin contacted Ted Skenandore regarding his Strong Medicine presentation and applied for a SEEDS Grant with Oneida Nation.  The program will be 2 assemblies lasting an hour each (K-2, 3-5).  They will have music, dance, and an introduction of Native American culture.  The cost of the program is $1,196.59.  We have been approved for $650 to be paid by the grant.  We will be responsible for $546.59.  We approved having the presentation.  We will host it on May 12th.

Secretary/Administrative Professionals Day: We voted at honor Mrs. Vosters, Mrs. Krzyzak and Mrs. Froehlich on Wednesday, April 26 for Administrative Professionals Day.  We will give the women flowers, cards and a gift of money.  Sue Mannebach volunteered to purchase these items and deliver them.

Plastic Bag Recycling:   Ongoing thru April 14th.  Our school is currently in 2nd place.  We have collected almost a ton of plastic!

Paper Recycling :  March 20 – April 3rd

New PAC Officers for next year:  PAC officer positions open up at the end of the year.  The terms of the positions are two years.  Connie Wheeler would like to remain treasurer.

New Business:  No New Business

 Next PAC meeting:  Monday, April 24, 2017 6:00pm in Art Room.  Date changed due to Spring Break