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PAC Virtual Meeting Agenda for Monday, April 19 2021 6:00 PM

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  • Principal’s Report
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Administrative Professionals Day – Wednesday, April 21
  • Staff Appreciation Week May 3-7
  • Bake Off
  • Student Appreciation
  • Fifth Grade Promotion / T Shirt Sales
  • Shout Outs
  • New Business/Teacher Requests

Upcoming items:

  • Field Day

PAC Meeting Notes for Monday, March 15, 2021

Principal’s Report

  • Reading Month–One School, One Book: Off to a great start!!!
  • 5th Grade Promotion: Still looking into; would spread out in gym, try to livestream for parents and then post to YouTube for parents
  • Yearbook sales are way down this year; sales are very minimal; may try to see what could be done to help out (possibly due to COVID)
  • Book Vending Machine: Should be arriving in next few weeks (mid-April possibly); will then work to get books into the machine and how to handle the tokens
  • 8-9 hours’ worth of interviews for middle school principal
  • Tonight’s Board meeting: To discuss ending temperature checks; if agreed, it would begin March 29
  • Terri Romitti asked if any thought has gone into next school year, how it might look;
    Mrs. Lipsey noted things are being reviewed, but nothing concrete yet, but it’s likely there will not be a virtual option
  • Erin Lenhardt asked Mrs.Osowski what prizes might be needed for the Our School, Book One event; She responded that she would not know until after Easter Break; she noted she received free ice cream from Tom’s Drive In and Culver’s for students who participate and at least do 10 activities

Treasurer’s Report

  • Beginning checkbook balance (3/15/21):  $24,510.14
  • Expenses Budgeted for 2020-21 school year:  $16,247
  • $6,287.53 spent so far this year
  • Amount to Carry Over to 7/1/21:  $3,500 (requested carrying more over to 2021-22 school year due to unknowns)
  • Amount Spendable:  just under $10,000
  • $200 budgeted for 5th Grade Celebration
  • Field Day: hoping it happens, but still looking into what could be done for games, etc.;
    usually do popsicles for the kids; could do dots on the ground for the kids to sit and eat their popsicles


Other discussions:
–Mrs. Lipsey had previously contacted teachers to see if they needed items in the classroom, she will let us know if there are other items we could purchase. She noted she will need 30 iPads for next year and other technology needs that are in the works (including 3rd grade technology devices)
–Kimberly Groenjes suggested a bake-off for families to bake and decorate a cake based on a favorite book; PAC could purchase cake and frosting for each family that would like to participate if needed; Mrs. Lipsey suggested doing it in April; Kimberly will send the form to Erin to check into
–We approved putting $500 towards vending machine books
–Playground equipment: Erin took care of balls, chalk and some other items; still have $620 budgeted
–Card with money sent to Mrs. Johnson for loss of her daughter
–Gift will be sent to Mrs. Frane
–$100 toward Kevin Kilstoffe scholarship not yet submitted
–Caroline Pelkin researched doing a plant sale (geraniums), but nursery would need a quantity by January 1 for Mother’s Day; Mrs. Lipsey noted another group is doing a geraniums sale-so we won’t do; Caroline also suggested Culver’s for a fund-raiser, but it would be drive-thru only

Staff Appreciation Week–1st week in May

  • Approx. 87 staff members
  • Can’t do a potluck; Instead we will do small things each day
    –Suggested days:  Shamrock (Erin); Starbursts (Tammy Kurey)–Sam’s Club; seed packages (Caroline); popcorn packs (Kimberly)–Sam’s Club or Woodman’s (TBD); Sharpies (Caroline)–Sam’s Club

Administrative Professionals Day–April 21

  • Usually give flowers and a card, which was done earlier this year as we missed it last year; Terri suggested doing something different, perhaps lunch instead (B’s Brew, for example); Terri will coordinate with office administrators, submit the order and pick up/deliver

Student Appreciation–week of May 10

  • Loralee to coordinate again this year; will look into snacks done in the past and pick something different  

Officer Positions for 2021-22

  • Vice President/Secretary:  Kimberly Groenjes to take this spot as this is Loralee’s last year

Teacher/Staff Shout-outs

  • February: 25 staff members received Shout Outs. Congratulations to the February winners!
       Mr. Lancaster: Rico’s; Mr. Riesterer: Tom’s; Mrs. Sacia Williams: Festival Foods;
       Mrs. Andrea Anderson: Barnes and Noble; Mr. Menting: Kwik Trip;
       Mrs. Austin: Copper Rock
  • March: 19 staff have received so far
  • May will be last month for shout-outs

Parent/Teacher Conference Meals–Feb 24

  • Subway meals were ordered again for the teachers; everything went well

New Business

  • Terri asked about what could be done for students due to no field trips, assemblies, end of your events, etc., primarily 5th graders; a signed t-shirt students could wear on Field Day was suggested.  An outdoor activity was suggested; to be further discussed as to what could be done; Tammy Kurey suggested individually wrapped cookies from vendor she found online for 5th grade graduation. May need to set up a 5th grade committee

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

Next meeting date:  Monday, April 19, 2021, 6:00 pm

PAC Virtual Meeting Agenda for Monday, March 15, 2021

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*Principal’s Report    

*Treasurer’s Report

*Staff Appreciation Week

*Administrative Professionals Day – April 21st

*Student Appreciation

*Officers next year

*Shout Outs

*February Parent/Teacher Conference meal- Feb. 24

*Teacher Requests

*New Business/Ideas

Next PAC meeting:  Monday, April 19, 2021 6:00 pm

PAC Meeting Notes for Monday, February 15, 2021

Principal’s Report

  • Reading Month will start in March; Families will be able to purchase a book that the whole school will read together. There is a Reading Month Calendar in which students can read the books or do ten activities and be put into extra drawings. Some teachers are reading aloud, but a weekly schedule of chapters will be sent out for students to read at home.
  • Virtual P/T Conferences on 2/24. Food to be ordered via Subway again
  • A Kevin Kilstoffe Memorial Scholarship fund has been set up for donations.. It will be an annual scholarship. They will give out one for $500 this year and number of scholarships for following years will be determined upon the amount of funds at the time. Erin inquired if PAC would be interested in donating toward the scholarship fund. We agreed/approved on $100 donation for this first year. Donations are being collected at school in March.

Treasurer’s Report

  • Terri was unable to make the meeting. We will receive the report next month

Teacher/Staff Shout-outs

  • January: 17 staff members received Shout Outs. Congratulations to the January winners!
    Mrs. Susek–Sweet Tooth; Mrs. Austin–Buzz’s Bowl; Ms. Rudolph–Simon’s Cheese;
    Mrs. Tietz–Culver’s; Mrs. Braun–Home Tavern; Mrs. Krzyzak–B’s Brew
  • February: 22 staff have received so far

Parent/Teacher Conference Meals–Feb 24

  • Subway form sent out to staff. Erin will submit same order as last time

Teacher Requests

  • Playground items: An email was sent to staff to see if they needed playground items. 4 staff members responded to Erin’s request and items were purchased for them
    $1,000 was set aside for playground
  • A couple teachers submitted requests for classroom items

New Business

  • 5th grade celebration: We are still not sure if anything could be done for this year, it may be virtual; Mrs. Lipsey is considering options, will discuss with 5th grade team and will let us know what the plan is
  • Teacher Appreciation Week: It is the first week in May. We will review/discuss at next meeting what could be done for that week
  • Spring Student Appreciation:  mid-May; Loralee can coordinate packaged snacks
  • Any spring fundraisers? Caroline Pelkin suggested she could look into some options, i.e., packaged seeds; Mrs. Lipsey suggested possibly getting a certificate for flowers that could be used at a greenhouse instead of having to distribute actual items Mrs. Osowski noted a greenhouse in Little Chute had something like that set up
  • This is Loralee’s last year in PAC as VP/Secretary. We will need to look at Officers for 2021-; Erin to include in the March agenda
  • PAC will need to “push” next year for more members as this is the last year for Tammy Kurey and Loralee Olson-Arcand; more members will be needed for PAC to continue

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

Next meeting date:  Monday, March 15, 2021, 6:00 pm virtual

PAC Meeting Agenda for Monday, February 15, 2021 6:00 p.m. ~ Virtually

*Principal’s Report    

*Treasurer’s Report

*Shout Outs

*February Parent/Teacher Conference meal- Feb. 24

*Teacher Requests
            -Playground items

*New Business/Ideas

Next PAC meeting:  Monday, March 15, 2021 6:00 pm

PAC Meeting Notes for Monday, January 18, 2021

Principal’s Report

  • About 20 students to return face-to-face; space max’d at the moment (not much room in classrooms); teacher structure will change (various grades will pick up an additional grade as some teachers are 100% virtual); letter to be sent to all parents; students received a letter as to who their teacher will be
  • Temperature checks: To revisit after this semester; may discontinue at some point
  • Masks will likely continue through rest of this year; recess time at the elementary TBD
  • Valentine’s Day:  possibly allowing students to bring in ahead of time (72-hour period); looking also to allow for birthdays (prepackaged items; preferably no food; also to bring in early to allow sit time) As decisions are made more information will be provided

Treasurer’s Report

  • Beginning checkbook balance (1/15/21):  $25,660.84
  • Income:  $5,751.07
  • $3,183.11 raised from Unfundraiser; $2,068.96 profit from Spirit Wear
  • Expenses Budgeted:  $12,660.12
  • Amount to Carry Over to 7/1/21:  $3,500 (requested carrying more over to 2021-22 school year due to unknowns)
  • Amount Spendable:  $9,500.72
  • Gave $1,000 toward book vending machine; money towards flowers for Mr. Kilstoffe’s funeral
  • Funds were set aside for Artist in Residence for this year, which likely will not happen
  • $1,000 set aside for playground equipment; Terri asked if there are any needs for which we could spend this; Mrs. Lipsey will ask teachers if they need anything

Spirit Wear Sale–FINAL

  • Approx. 85 orders; almost 215 items. Profit was $2,068.96. The sale was down significantly in years past, but it was expected

Teacher/Staff Shout-outs

  • November: 27 staff members; winners:  Mrs. Fox–Home Tavern; Mrs. –Rico’s;
    Mrs. Lemerand –Sweet Tooth
  • December: 37 staff members; Mr. Awe–B’s Brew; Mr. Marquardt–Simon’s Cheese; Mrs. Tietz–Leap In; Mrs. Bresnahan–Culver’s; Mrs. Linsmeyer–Rico’s; Mrs. Andrea Anderson–Subway
  • January: 13 staff have received Shout Outs so far

Conference Meals–Feb 24

  • Suggested doing something similar to fall conferences (Subway); discussed other restaurant options, but decided to go with Subway again (costs and convenience). There were concerns about having meals that are served hot (ex. pizza) as staff may not be able to pick up or eat the meals right away
  • Erin will submit order as last time

Brain Bowl

  • Postponing for now; may revisit later this year to see if we are able to do it; the grades affected don’t have school testing in spring which would help with scheduling. It is dependent on distancing/contact tracing rules

Teacher Requests

  • Mrs. Daul submitted her reimbursement as a new teacher


PAC Meeting Agenda for Monday, January 18, 2021- Virtual

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  • Principal’s Report
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Spirit Wear Fundraiser-recap/final totals
  • Shout Outs
  • February Parent/Teacher Conference meal- Feb 24th   
  • Brain Bowl
  • Teacher Requests that have come in to approve
  • New Business

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

PAC Meeting Notes for Monday, November 16, 2020

Principal’s Report

  • Sent out technology survey to gauge what is needed if FES goes virtual
  • Doing a school-wide fire drill this week or next (maintaining social distancing)
  • Parking lot is still an issue (mostly after school); still working on this
  • A recent spike in COVID cases recently which has caused staffing issues. Recess and lunch are especially difficult to fill. There are paid positions open
  • Did PBS drawings; Positive Dog (teachers/staff), hoping to start with Positive Pups next month (students)

Treasurer’s Report

  • Beginning checkbook balance (11/16/20):  $20,968.15
  • Income:  $3,132.11 (Unfundraiser funds)
  • Expenses Budgeted:  $12,917.59
  • Amount to Carry Over to 7/1/21:  $3,500
  • Amount Spendable:  $7,682.67

Spirit Wear Sale

  • Terri Romitti noted current as of meeting 85 orders; almost 215 items; This is significantly less than previous years.
  • Deadline:  Wednesday, November 18; need to be able to process so orders arrive in time for Christmas
  • Half sheet went home with students and it was posted on the Facebook page; another email to parents went out this afternoon (Mon., 11/16)
  • Erin created a Facebook post that if people engaged (like, comment, share) on Facebook they would be entered to win child’s cotton t-shirt in an attempt to publicize; Tiffany Kavanaugh was the winner

Conference Meals

  • Erin set up the order with Subway; Terri picked up and delivered the order to school
  • Just under $400 for meals for teachers
  • Erin received a lot of thank you messages from staff

Student/Staff Appreciation–Water Bottles

  • Loralee ordered 800 bottles via 4imprint (shipping was much cheaper than other company; order cost $790.51); was able to include both the FES and PAC logos on the bottles
  • Loralee will send an email to Judy and Lori (FES office) with tracking information
  • Loralee and Erin to distribute to classrooms when they arrive

Unfundraiser

  • Amount raised to date:  $3,132.11
  • Some funds came via PayPal, so a fee was charged

Teacher/Staff Shout-outs

  • 27 staff members received so far
  • Erin has been sending comments to staff and putting on Facebook. She will send an email out encouraging people to send shout outs along with the Teachers Wish List next week
  • Raffle for teacher(s):  $10 B’s Brew Gift Card: Mrs. Austin;
    $10 Subway Gift Card:  Mrs. Frane; Buzz’s Bowl Gift Card:  Ms. Diedrick
  • Terri can hand deliver gift cards to the winners on Wed., Nov. 18
  • Mrs. Lipsey has shared the comments and program with Mr. Kilstofte

Brain Bowl

  • How should we plan for it this year due to current circumstances?
  • Time with a student would need to be limited to 15 minutes (due to COVID)
  • Suggestions- Could we do a Google form? Is there an audio option? Modify questions…making them as simple as possible for ease of answering
  • It was suggested to ask the teachers their thoughts on the best way to handle this year’s Brain Bowl; Mrs. Lipsey to further inquire from the teachers

Teacher Wish List

  • Erin will set up again; this is set up for teachers to submit items for parents who’d like to buy something for them for holidays or throughout the year
  • Building needs (for classrooms):  2-gallon plastic bags; disinfectant wipes

Reimbursements and Requests

  • Books Vending Machine:  Mrs. Lipsey shared a book vending machine she would like to purchase for the school. Students would be given special tokens to use for getting a book The cost is about $5,000; She is reaching out to different groups to share in cost. Some groups she listed were PAC, Student Council (advisers), PBS, Student Activity. Terri suggested reaching out to the Lions Club, Business Association and VFW in Freedom for donations; PAC members voted and approved for PAC to donate $1,000 toward the new vending machine
  • Erin noted teachers that have submitted requests that PAC has approved

New Business

  • Loralee received an email from Texas Roadhouse for gift card fundraising for schools; Loralee to look further into this and share with Erin and Terri

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

NO December meeting

Next meeting date:  Monday, January 18, 2020, 6:00 pm virtual

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*Principal’s Report

*Treasurer Report

*Spirit Wear Fundraiser- Update and Raffle

*Conference Meals-Report

*Student/Staff Appreciation- Water Bottles Update

*Unfundrasier-Report

*Brag/Shout Out Program- Update and Raffle

*Brain Bowl

*Teacher/Staff Reimbursement and Requests

*New Business

Reminder:  We do NOT meet in December

Our next meeting will be Monday January 18th 2020 at 6:00pm. 

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

PAC Meeting Notes for Monday, October 19, 2020

Principal’s Report

  • Continuing to try to fill positions and keep all healthy
  • P/T Conferences this week via Zoom (all virtual)
  • Possible letter to go out this week to parents re: some various items going before the board tonight, i.e., half days off instead becoming full days off and other possible calendar changes
  • Halloween:  Would celebrate Oct. 29 if board approves requested half days going to full days (which would be Fri., Oct. 30); Homeroom teachers will let students know what their classroom is doing
  • End of quarter-grades are coming out

Treasurer’s Report

  • Beginning checkbook balance (10/19/20):  $24,516.10 (does not include Unfundraiser)
  • Amount Spendable:  $7,700 ($15,875.03 left in budget not yet spent; includes Artist in Residence, Teachers Reimbursements, $3,500 carryover)

Unfundraiser

  • Amount raised to date:  $2,620 to date; Erin sent out Thank you emails (10/19) including tax deduction info for donors
  • Erin and Terri are looking into trying to set up PayPal as an option for donors to use; could continue to have Unfundraiser set up indefinitely

Conference Meals

  • Sara Peterson contacted various locations to get quotes and options; went with Subway (Ballard Rd.; approx. 57 box meals; asked to have staff name on each box); may look at using Rocky Rococo’s in the spring
  • Had a Google sign-up; MANY thank you’s from staff for PAC doing this
  • Terri will pick up on Wednesday and drop them off at the Elementary; Mrs. Lipsey suggested dropping them off before school is out (2pm/2:45pm), could keep them in the work room/lounge and teachers could pick them up after they take their classes to the buses
  • We did receive an offer from Home Tavern for wings. Unfortunately due to restrictions and staff size we were unable to use. We are hopeful we can take them up on the offer at a later date

Spirit Wear Sale

  • Terri is working on this; She plans setting it up so families can order and pay online. Additional fees will be incurred due to online payment fees so our profit will be lower. We will retain more profit by sorting ourselves. We will need to figure out a place and time to sort the orders and then review/discuss distributing
  • Terri shared some design options for all in this together–Freedom Pride; one design to be decided and used for some product items. There will be other designs as well
  • Product item options are still in the works; trying to get something in place with goal of receiving product before the holidays

Student Appreciation

  • Loralee provided info and sample from 4AllPromos; quoted 800 bottles (for students and teachers/staff) approx. $650 plus shipping (green bottle with gold/imprint)
  • Approval to proceed with ordering 800 bottles @ approx. $650 plus shipping (Loralee noted she will research a little more to see if she can find better pricing; a couple vendors had similar pricing for this type of bottle)

Teacher/Staff Shout-outs

  • Terri researched doing “Teacher/Staff Shout-outs”; Parents could submit google form to show their appreciation; She shared an example
  • Mrs. Lipsey could send out the link from the school to parents via email after created
  • Teachers/Staff that had received shout outs will be entered into drawing to receive a prize, token of thanks
    Mrs. Lipsey suggested delivering token(s) of appreciation in person to give a little added touch
  • Kimberly Groenjes will set up Google form to be sent out to parents
  • Goal is to roll out program in November; suggested drawings on the 1st and the 15th of each month
  • Tokens of appreciation suggestions: PAC will provide 3 $10 gift cards to local businesses (with a card of thanks) for each drawing and possibly spirit wear. Mrs. Lipsey suggested boxes of candy, free Jeans Day to increase amount of prizes.
  • Terri will email Mrs. Lipsey re: the plan (how often; how to be coordinated)
  • Erin will include a note in the November FES newsletter

Student Directory

  • Emailed to parents who signed up for it at registration; there were a couple errors; Erin will update and resend
  • Erin to include a note in the monthly newsletter that it was sent out

Teacher Wish List

  • Erin will set up again; this is set up for teachers to submit items for parents who’d like to buy something for them for holidays

Requests That Have Come In

  • Ten (10) new to district FES teachers will receive $100 to use in their classrooms.
  • Received a couple requests; 1) Mrs. Bichler would like to purchase a digital bundle
    (120 math centers; various items) from Teachers Pay Teachers site ($60); approved by
    PAC to purchase
    2) Mrs. Deidrick:  $128.85 total cost; would like $100 toward 6 sets of 192-pc. magnetic letters; approved by PAC to purchase

New Business

  • Received thank you’s for retirement cards sent out; Office secretaries expressed thank you’s for flowers PAC provided to them
  • November meeting:  Virtual or in-person?; it was decided to meet virtually

We would like to thank Amanda Hedtke whose child is a 6th grader.
She had been in charge of all of our potluck days (conferences/staff appreciation week) and helped them run smoothly. She also volunteered to help whenever needed. We will miss her!

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

Next meeting date:  Monday, November 16, 2020, 6:00 pm virtual