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PAC Meeting Agenda for Monday, March 18th 2019 6:00 PM Art Room

*Principal’s Report

*Treasurer’s Report

*Brain Bowl – Report
-Book Room

*Outdoor Classroom

*Plastic Bag Recycling

*New PAC Officers for next year

*New Business

  • Upcoming:
    • Administrative Professionals Day-  Wednesday, April 24th
    • Family Fun Night-Badger Sports May 2nd
    • Staff Appreciation week May 6th-10th
    • Student Appreciation
    • Field Day
    • Fifth Grade Promotion

Next PAC meeting:  Monday, April 15, 2019 6:00 pm in Art Room

Babysitting is provided by Freedom High School National Honor Society students during the meeting.

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

PAC Meeting Notes for Monday, February 11, 2019

Principal’s Report

  • Therapy Dog Update: There is currently a volunteer dog that comes in (days/times a week) for reading to 1st graders which will no longer be available after this year; She has called for 2 more places to see if we can get a new reading dog and is on a waiting list
  • Ms. Hauser (guidance counselor) has a dog Gus (black Lab) that is beginning therapy training with the goal of becoming certified. Gus is on the Positive Pup posters and the mascot for the “positive pup” awards. More information will come as this process continues.
  • Parking Lot Banners arrived; to go on flag poles (received 4; should be 5); needed to send back and have hardware attached for installation based on square poles (not round)
  • Father-Daughter Dance was a success
  • Mother/Son: Sledding event planned for Plamann Park Feb. 20th
  • Next PBS Award: Showing the movie “Smallfoot”

Treasurer’s Report

Beginning checkbook balance (02/11/19): $11,884.19
Dollars set aside for remainder of 2018-19 school year: $7,937.96
(includes $3,500 to carry over to next school year) $1,000 (playground equip; holding off until spring to purchase anything more in case funds are needed elsewhere); $300 Spring Student Appreciation (5 boxes of snacks left over from Sock Hop to use) & Field Day; $200 5th Grade celebration (have 4 cases water left over from Sock Hop); $200 Secretary Appreciation Day; $400 Recognitions at end of the year; PBS Awards
Sock Hop: $600 budget; $550 final amount
Teacher’s Gifts: $4,180 final amount
Spendable amount:  $3,946.23
Book Room request: To be discussed at March meeting
Brain Bowl fund-raiser still to come; to go toward Book Room request
Badger Sports Family Night: to be Thurs., May 2 (additional fund-raiser for this year)
Art Committee may need art supplies which PAC could help with

Cookie Dough Fundraiser Report

  • Connie received/paid Hansen’s invoice
  • Final profit: $7,108.10
  • May discuss in the fall doing another type of fund-raiser and do the cookie dough with less frequency; started discussing ideas
  • To look at other incentives to increase awareness for students to sell

Brain Bowl Report 

  • Connie will have a report at next month’s meeting due to snow days (not all children tested yet)

Outdoor Classroom

  • Ms. Diedrick inquired staff about ideas to purchase picnic tables (due to no Lowe’s grant); to go with picnic tables with 3 sides of benches (current catalog cost: $618.85 plus shipping for quantity of 6); 4th side wheelchair accessible if needed, but also no students would have their back to the teacher
  • Shannon found a certain catalog to go through with inexpensive table/bench options; proposed to do another sponsorship and/or contact the Freedom Lion’s Club for donation(s) and possibly other local businesses
  • Podium:discussed possibly being funded due to donation from a former teacher’s family.

Sock Hop Report

  • Cindy Taft ran the event this year- it will be her final year so she provided good notes for future
  • Number of students who attended was down, but still well attended; overall went well
  • We had several high school volunteers which was very helpful
  • Loralee Arcand to bring in a sound system (portable speaker) for the 2020 Sock Hop to have music in the Multi-Purpose Room
  • Leftover water to be used for 5th grade celebration; leftover snacks to be used for Spring Student Appreciation
  • DJ books out, so Cindy Taft advised to book early; Erin Lenhardt will book him for Fri., Feb. 7th next year; she will also book the gym and multi-purpose room early for next year

February Parent/Teacher Conference Meal – Feb 13th  

  • Only one day; suggested appetizers (cheese & sausage, veggies), desserts, cans of soda
  • Amanda to also request extra plates and napkins to be used for 5th grade celebration
  • Email was sent out for volunteers

Plastic Recycling Updated

  • 1,032# collected to date
  • Erin Lenhardt, Ann Motquin and Tammy Kurey have been collecting and turning in
  • Program ends April 12th

PAC Officer Positions

  • All 3 positions are up for re-election: President, Vice President, Treasurer
  • Erin will post online the positions; currently a 2-year term
  • Treasurer: Connie’s last year; Terri Romitti to fill the position

Teacher Requests

  • No new requests for this month

New Business

  • No new business

If you have questions or comments, please email

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

PAC Meeting Agenda for Monday, February 11, 2019 6:00 p.m. ~ Art Room

*Principal’s Report
-Therapy Dog update

*Treasurer’s Report
-Revisit book room request

*Cookie Dough Fundraiser Report

*Brain Bowl Report

*Outdoor Classroom

*School Dance Report

*February Parent/Teacher Conference meal- Feb. 13

*Plastic Recycling-Update

*PAC Officer positions

*Teacher Requests

*New Business

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Erin Lenhardt at

Next PAC meeting:  Monday, March 18, 2019 at 6:00 in Art Room.

PAC Meeting Notes for Monday, January 21, 2019

Any news from Mrs. Lipsey?

  • April 2nd Referendum: There will be 2 questions re: high school; There will be an informational meeting on March 5th
  • 5th grade spelling winners: Adriana Gutierrez and McKenzie Malenofski
  • Shutterfly store link set up via Lifetouch; The school gets 8% from orders through that link
  • She will be presenting to the board to purchase avenue banners (30”x48”) to go on parking lot light poles
  • The Art committee sent around slogans; Art will be painted around room(s); Music room, bathrooms and some hallways done; They may need volunteers to help paint and will let us know
  • Father/Daughter Dance was another success; It was well attended. Mother/Son activity TBD

Treasurer’s Report

Beginning checkbook balance (01/21/19): $22,036.65
Dollars set aside:  $1,000 (playground equip); $600 Sock Hop; $300 Spring Student Appreciation & Field Day; $200 5th Grade celebration; $2,100 teacher’s $100 gifts (to be done the end of January); $200 Secretary Appreciation Day
Spendable amount:  $8,698.65
Erin Lenhardt noticed website went down and worked with to get back up; $48 fee to do this; noted a $48 annual fee if we continue to utilize website

Paper Recycling

  • $496 for Paper Recycling–December
  • Dates for remainder of school year (only one week each): March 18-25 and May 28-June 4
  • We received a letter from vendor (Sunoco) that they may discontinue this due to not making money (at other locations fund-raising); We will likely receive a follow-up letter or contact them

Cookie Dough Fundraiser Recap

  • $15,172 deposited; Connie is waiting for an invoice from Hansen’s and will contact Terri
  • $65 paid out for 3 Pizza Parties: Cullotta, Mr. Fox, and Mr. Quinlan’s classes
  • Final profit amount still to be determined (need from Terri Romitti who was unable to make the meeting; estimated $6,068 if 40%)

Mrs. Anderson – Book Room

  • Anderson presented to PAC in 2018 and came back to provide more information
  • The book room in located in the back of the library and utilized by every grade
  • Small groups of children often work on same book (so multiple copies needed)
  • Committee meets and reviews/discusses what is needed; The current need(s) include: Kindergarten level books, including color books (have had mostly black & white); 3rd grade requested various book series; more upper leveled books (L-M-N-O-P-Q) needed
  • An estimated amount of $1,000/year is spent on books for the bookroom, but open to what PAC might be able to provide; They purchase paperbacks to reduce costs; They try to provide estimated $200/grade level, but that amount limits amount of books to purchase
  • PAC provided $6,000 in the past (4-5 years ago), which is now dwindling and more funds are needed to replenish/add to supplies; We discussed putting in budget to provide a set amount each year; We will review in February once we have fundraiser totals, but discussed a budget up to $1,500/year, with some proceeds from this year’s Brain Bowl to go toward Book Room
  • It was also suggested that a fund-raiser, i.e., selling a paper book cutout (like a shoe), to put name on and hang down a hallway could help

Outdoor Classroom

  • We did not receive grant from Lowe’s
  • Diedrick noted a former teacher passed away and her daughter has expressed interest in providing funds, which could be put toward a teacher’s podium
  • We will need to determine furniture needs and cost; Ms. Diedrick will inquire to teachers as to what furniture options are wanted and then we will need to determine quantity based off that. Once that is determined, we can work on cost. Erin (Lenhardt) asked if the high school woods class could help out (new teacher, so may need to ask again once she gets more situated)

School Dance – February 8th

  • Email reminder to be sent out to students
  • Cindy Taft has all items lined up for the event (DJ, glow sticks, finger lights and rings)
  • Cindy (Taft) and Tammy Kurey will be doing some setup and decorating before the event
  • Loralee Olson-Arcand to coordinate water and snacks
  • We have numerous high school volunteers to help with the dance

Brain Bowl – February 5th & 6th  

  • Email sent out to students; The pledge sheet was revamped for ease of obtaining pledges (flat amount vs amount per question); It also includes spot for soliciting volunteers
  • Connie Wheeler and Kim Kimberly Groenjes are doing the paper work coordination
  • Erin Lenhardt will be there the day of and future dates with any missed students

February Parent/Teacher Conference Meal – Feb 13th  

  • Amanda Hedtke will set up sign up
  • Only one day; suggested appetizers (cheese & sausage, veggies), desserts, cans of soda
  • Amanda will add extra plates and napkins to be used for 5th grade celebration
  • Erin will have Judy send out an email for parents to check Lost & Found when attending conferences, items will be donated after

Plastic Recycling

  • 878# collected to date
  • Program ends April 12th or 13th

Teacher Requests

  • No new requests for this month

New Business

  • Erin (Lenhardt) brought up having a sheet set up to include in monthly newsletter items to still be collected, i.e., milk caps, soda can tabs, Box Tops, treasure trinkets, etc.

If you have questions or comments, please email

Next meeting date:  Monday, February 11, 2019, 6:00 pm, Room 22, Art Room

**Meeting date for February moved due to No School on the 18th**

Parent Teacher Conference Potluck

We are hosting a snack potluck for teachers during conferences on February 13th. Please sign up for an item or two to help. The teachers really appreciate the quick bite during the busy day.
Thank you!!


PAC Meeting Agenda for Monday, January 21, 2019 6:00 p.m. ~ Art Room

  • Any news from Mrs. Lipsey?
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Paper Recycling
  • Cookie Dough Fundraiser-recap
  • Mrs. Anderson – Reading Room
  • Outdoor Classroom
  • School Dance – February 8th
  • Brain Bowl –February 5th / 6th
  • February Parent/Teacher Conference meal- Feb 13th
  • 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

Next PAC meeting:  Monday, February 11, 2019 at 6:00 in Art Room.

**Meeting date for February moved due to No School on the 18th**

PAC Meeting Agenda for Monday, November 19, 2018

Any news from Mrs. Lipsey?
*They gave the Positive Pup award to Mr. Awe for November; An all-school dance was held during the day (K-2, 3-5); The kids had a lot of fun.
*Girls on the Run organized a service project and collected enough items to create over 60 birthday boxes for the local pantry. FES students Student Council donated several items
*The middle and high school bands performed for Halloween
*State Report Card came: Elementary School improved to 85.5%; need 93% to significantly exceed; math scores look really good; improving in other areas (exceeding the state %s in some areas). Overall: District was 78.3%

Treasurer’s Report
*Beginning checkbook balance (11/19/18): $6,480.51
*Dollars set aside (includes Paper Recycling amount):  $1,000 (playground equip);
$500 PBS awards; $3,500 to keep year to year
*Spendable amount:  -$1,480.50
**Funset Boulevard: profited $440
**Outdoor Classroom: Lowes will let Erin know in January if we will receive the grant
**Teacher $100 gift reimbursements: $1,330.36 received to date
**Stamps for outdoor classroom donation letters: $47.50
Erin Lenhardt contacted Dept. of Revenue and they noted that teachers should use the school’s tax exempt number when purchasing items for $100 reimbursement. PAC reps can use the PAC tax exempt ID number when purchasing items used for PAC activities.

Ms. Wall (Art Committee/Request)
*An Art Committee has been formed by some teachers. They are looking at ways to improve building aesthetics (entry way, bathrooms, steps, buddy benches for outdoor playgrounds, painted rocks for outside, large potted plants, for examples); Sue Rudolph is currently working on colored bottle cap project
*In order to accomplish this the committee will need funding for supplies (glue, paint, brushes, tape, etc) and may look for parent & student volunteers as projects are decided
*PAC may consider using funds to consider this an “Artist in Residence” project
*Art Committee to develop a plan and get back to PAC for assistance/funds

Spirit Wear Fundraiser
*$14,512; profited $4,525.50; The sale didn’t profit as much as last year ($6,000 profit last year)
*Last of orders handed out this morning; waiting for some last checks to come in

Parent/Teacher Conferences – Potluck Report
*Amanda Hedtke noted all went well; We do not need as much food the 2nd Soda was requested for future potlucks—can provide any type of variety for next time; prefer cans
*Lipsey and Mrs. Schmeltzer noted all went well and was very well received
*Need parents to label their utensils, crock pots, etc. so they can be returned respectively

Funset Boulevard – Nov. 8th
*Sold 110 wristbands; $440 profit
*Less attendees than last year (165 last year)
*A parent had sent in tickets and tokens, which were distributed for students to use

 Cookie Dough Fundraiser
*No report yet (Terri Romitti not able to attend PAC meeting)
*Orders seem to be down this year, but there was a rush at the end

School Dance – Feb. 8th
*Cindy Taft volunteered to coordinate the dance as she has in past years. This will be her last year as her youngest will be moving to middle school. Cindy was not at the meeting. Erin will contact to see what help is needed
*Erin contacted National Honor Society again to see if they can help this year again

Brain Bowl – Feb. 5th & 6th
*Connie Wheeler will run. This is her last year as her youngest moves to middle school; Kimberly Groenjes signed up to help (can help do prep work, but not available during the day) Erin will run the day of.
*Erin Lenhardt noted to have the font increased asking for volunteers at the bottom of donation form so it is more visable

Paper Recycling
*Only 1 check ($155) received to date- Connie will check with company to see if more are coming
*Next dates: Dec. 17, 2018 – Jan. 7, 2019

Plastic Recycling (ongoing)
*502# donated to date this school year
*Update to come January/February as to how schools are doing

Teacher Request(s)
Ms. Wall on behalf of Kindergarten team:
*Looking to have YMCA Rep (Shawn) to do a 2-hour in-school presentation/hands-on hibernation activity in the cafeteria; $122 to cover 107 Kindergarten students; payment would be due after program; scheduled for January 18, 2019
*PAC voted in favor of funding the activity

New Business
*Artist in Residence mural is installed; We still need to determine where to install the front entrance window murals that had been removed with the remodel. We will be adding 2 additional shamrocks once they are fixed/completed
*A Teacher Wish list email was sent out. It will be put on our website. We will also be creating a “treasure bin” to be placed in the staff break room. Parents/Students can bring in little trinkets to be put in bin. The items can be taken by staff and used for incentives in classrooms

 If you have questions or comments, please email

We do not meet in December.  Next meeting January 21st 2019 6:00 pm

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 Notes for Oct. 15th 2018 6:00 P.M.

Any news from Mrs. Lipsey?

  • Met w/construction company regarding playground; We should be able to reuse all saved items; Looking to add a small climbing slide
  • Looking at replacing some current playground equipment, i.e., swings to be moved back (no fall zone); Possibly add some climbing equipment
  • Parking lot — new issue: people driving over the middle sidewalk from one lot to another
  • Parents cannot take a student off the school bus; student must have a note; There have had 5 incidents
  • Doors now have locks; Need a badge to go from office into the main part of the school; Working on the buzzer system too
  • Looking to rebrand throughout the building and grounds; Working with Lifetouch, i.e., outside and other areas; Ms. Wall/Ms. Rudolph also looking to set up a committee to paint, stencil, vinyl, etc. around the building to enhance
  • Considering doing school pictures open house so parents can have more control with student’s appearance; We are working with Lifetouch on possibility (time and space may be a concern for Lifetouch); Connie suggested doing pictures at the same time of registration (at the High school); Mrs. Lipsey to talk to Kevin Kilstofte
  • Also asked if families would be interested in spring pictures; unanimous notation that there are Spring sports and the group would not be interested

Treasurer’s Report
Beginning checkbook balance (10/15/18): $3,535.88
Dollars set aside (includes Paper Recycling amount):  $5,040.00
Spendable amount:  ($1,504.12)

  • $4,225 deposit for Outdoor Classroom- $20,547.63 construction bill was paid
  • Fall Student Appreciation snack: $83.39
  • PBS Awards: $500 still set aside; Connie to provide a check to Judy Vosters (November)
  • $1,000 set aside for playground equipment; Erin holding off on getting any more balls, etc.; she made some hula hoops for the playground(s); We will wait until spring to determine any more equipment pieces
  • Paper Recycling: received 1 check; 1-2 more still to come
  • Erin noted potential Lowe’s grant may still come

Spirit Wear Sale

  • 821 ordered items; Terri estimated approx. $14,000 taken in with approx., $6,000 profit (Terri to have final numbers for Nov. meeting)
  • Products to come in Tues., 10/16; They will be delivered to custodial area and Erin will start sorting/bagging orders. She is looking for help with this
  • Looking to have sorted by Wed., 10/23, for people to receive orders
  • Parents who don’t want the students to receive or orders are too big will pick up at conferences.

Parent/Teacher Conferences – Potluck and Book Fair

  • Amanda coordinating a soup night on Wed., Oct. 24, and hot sandwich on Thurs., Oct. 25
  • Email was sent out for parents to sign up to bring in items
  • Book Fair: being delivered Tues. morning, Oct. 16

Cookie Dough Fundraiser

  • Start date: Nov. 2; orders/money due Nov. 16; delivery Dec. 13 — room reserved
  • Need to provide notation to parents for when and where to pick up, including parking information

Funset Boulevard – Nov. 8th

  • Forms to be sent home this week
  • Charging $5 each wristband, same as last year (PAC pays $1 each)

Paper Recycling

  • 1 check received so far; 1-2 more to come
  • Next dates: Dec. 17, 2018 – Jan. 7, 2019

Fall Student Appreciation

  • Went well again this year; students received Mott’s Fruit Snacks

Staff Meeting

  • Went well; staff enjoyed the ice cream treat

Outdoor Classroom

  • Erin went to a couple trophy places; each noted they can’t provide a quote until size and quantity of plaques needed is provided; She has a sample of a plaque, but still considering options. We will wait until project is complete for plaques recognizing in Freedom Pursuit
  • Donations still coming in; looking to do a letter in the Spring to possibly obtain more donations.
  • Thank you letters will be sent to those that donated with notation that they are tax deductible

Plastic Recycling (ongoing)

  • 185 lbs donated in Sept.

Teacher Wish List

  • Erin will take care of setting up soon

School Dance – Feb. 8th

  • Cindy’s last year; looking to see if someone can chair going forward
  • Erin reached out to see if the National Honor Society students can volunteer again

Brain Bowl- early Feb.

  • Connie’s last year; looking to see if someone can chair going forward

New Business/Requests

  • Sue Rudolph researching brackets for installing last year’s Artist in Residence project. We were waiting to install until front entry way is done and install concerns considered
  • Looking to see where older window mural pieces can be installed due to new entrance window frames not being the same size

If you have questions or comments, please email

Next meeting date:  Monday, November 19th, 2018, 6:00 pm, Room 22, Art Room.

PAC Meeting Agenda for Monday Oct. 15th 6:00 PM Art Room

*Any news from Mrs. Lipsey?

*Treasurer’s Report

*Spirit Wear Sale

*Parent/Teacher conferences – Potluck and Book Fair

*Cookie Dough Fundraiser

*Funset Boulevard – Nov. 8th


*Paper Recycling

*Student Appreciation

*Staff Meeting

*Outdoor Classroom

*Plastic Recycling- ongoing

Future items:

*Teacher Wish List

*School Dance – Feb. 8th

*Brain Bowl – early Feb.

New Business/Requests that have come in to approve