PAC Meeting Notes for Monday, September 17th 2018 ~ 6:00 pm ~ Art Room

  • Introductions/Committee Sign Ups
    Members introduced themselves and told the group which teachers their children had. Committee sign up sheet was passed around
  • Any news from Mrs. Lipsey?Enrollment is at 711. Drop off is getting better, pick up still has some issues but is getting much smoother.
    Outdoor classroom looks great.
    4K playground was taken out for the new parking area may not be usable any more. This will be determined after they put up the fence that was saved and equipment is inspected. We will need playground for the younger children. Currently they are using the K-2 side, which is also getting dated, not rated for younger kids and doesn’t have a boundary.
  • Treasurer’s Report
    $4225-donations for the outdoor classroom. $2000 was from the Student Council which was wonderful.
    $24,191.90 is the checkbook balance
    $9830- paper recycling balance $4225 was donated $14,055 set aside for outdoor classroom
    $1590 – set aside
    Spendable balance $8,546 (will be used to pay balance of outdoor classroom)
  • Outdoor Classroom
    The structure is completed and we received the bill $20,547.63 which is slightly lower than the estimate. The quality is very nice and they put it up very quickly.
    The Lowe’s grant was submitted-we will be requesting the seating, landscaping and cleaning up. We will not hear about the grant until Dec. or Jan.
    We sent out letters to businesses and families asking for donations. We will recognize donations of over $100 in the Freedom Pursuit. Donations of over $200 are a bronze level, $500 are a silver level, over $1000 platinum level. We had 4 over $100, 6 over $200, 1 over $500, 1 over $1000. We need to send out thank you letters with mention that the donation is tax deductible.
    Suggestions of trophy/wood places were mentioned for the engravings. We are going to look at different options and discuss at next meeting.
    Ms. Diedrick contacted HS woods department. They may be able to help but will need more information. We will not have funds for the furniture until Spring. She will also talk with teachers to see what kind of seating they would like.
    We have a paper recycling drive going on now until Oct. 1st. We will continue to put the money collected towards the classroom. The dumpster was moved for this drive and may move again. Mrs. Lipsey sent out a letter mentioning the paper recycling and outdoor classroom to bring awareness to the benefits of the drive.
  • Teacher Reimbursements gifts
    We give the teachers (including homeroom, specials, special ed, etc) $100 to use in the classroom. We give $200 to new teachers or those that have changed grades. We voted and approved giving the teachers the reimbursement gifts again. PAC will serve sundaes at the Oct. staff meeting and explain PAC and guidelines. We have recently gone through the 501c3 status. We will need to look at getting a tax exempt form to give to the teachers to use while purchasing items. We may not be able to offer tax reimbursement for online orders. Connie will look into tax exempt form.
  • Student Appreciation
    Twice a year we give the students something to show our appreciation. Typically it is a food item, in the past we have also done water bottles. Loralee will coordinate the Fall appreciation. Typically we hold this the 1st week of October. Erin will contact her. She was unable to make the meeting tonight
  • Spirit Wear
    We had a table at Open House with sizes and examples of the design. This was very well received. Parents and children liked the ability to touch and see the items. Order forms went out on Friday-some children will be bringing home soon if they haven’t already. We have received some orders already. We will send a reminder email. We are hoping to have orders ready to go for conferences. Orders are due Oct. 4th. Terri needs to have them to business by Oct.7th to tentatively receive orders Oct. 17th. Terri will be looking for volunteers to help sort orders at the VFW. We are already looking at new designs for next year. We will reach out to Student Council to see if Spirit Wear days can be added to the calendar later in the year. A suggestion was made to have the sale more than one a year. Terri stated we are considering adding another sale in the Spring which would offer gadget type things and some clothes to gear towards Spring/Summer. We are unable to offer all year due to the printing cost.
  • Cookie Dough Fundraiser
    Sale start date will be Friday Nov. 2nd. The orders/money are due Nov. 16th. Delivery Thursday Dec. 13th. Mrs. Lipsey will talk with Cheer to see if we can use the multipurpose room. Terri will talk with the gym teachers. We don’t believe we will be able to do the prize machine due to a separate assembly that is coming in. The company is offering key chains as incentive during sale. We will add it as part of prize package at pick up. The prizes are not cumulative, same as last year. The company is pushing for online sales. Terri will need help sorting orders and during pick up. We will have pick up time beginning at 3:30, after the buses leave, to avoid congestion.
  • Reports
    • Student Directory: We had the link for the student directory as part of the registration. There may be a concern that if someone entered the information and later entered a submission to not be part of the directory-it wasn’t recorded. There were also some submissions with multiple children from the same family with different responses. We would like to email an excel sheet to parents to verify-however this may not be possible due to confidentiality rules. If we can’t we will print as is. We will look to fix this for next year. Using the registry was beneficial as more children had the opportunity to sign up.
    • Playground/Donation: We received 2 full boxes of balls for the playground. We will send her a thank you with tax deductible information. Jennifer Fox and Erin went through sheds, pumped up balls and threw out ones that were flat. The balls deflate often due to them being outside. There is a cabinet in the custodian’s room with a pump and playground balls.
    • Plastic Recycling: The bins have been set up. The collection will continue through April. The plastic is weighed and then taken to a store. The amounts are entered monthly. The school that collects the most in the division (based on location and size) will receive a bench made out of plastic. Every school that participates receives an item made out of plastic. Freedom Elementary has won benches the last 2 years.
    • Magnets: We have a box of magnets that were made severals years ago when the PAC logo was created. Magnets were sent home with 4K and K children. We will continue to give to 4K until they are gone. Erin will reach out to Mrs. Hofacker to see if they can be given to families that are new to the school
  • Upcoming Events
    • Picture Day Sept. 26/27
      We need volunteers to help the day run smoothly. We try to get the kids done by gym and recess. 4 parents volunteered to help.
    • Parent/Teacher Conference Meals Oct. 24th and 25th (potluck and book fair)
      Amanda Hedtke will coordinate the 2 evening meals. She will set up an online sign up for these items. She has taken notes from previous sign ups in regards to what we went through to assure we have enough food/items but not a surplus. Parents will need to park to bring in the items. We have leftover ketchup, mustard and pickles from staff cookout.
      The library hosts a book fair during the conferences. They are looking for help setting it up. It will be lower key this year and mostly books instead of other items. 3 parents volunteered to help. The tentative date is Oct. 17th. Mrs. Zabel will let us know closer to the date.
    • Badger Sports/Family Fun Nights
      These nights can only be held on Sun-Thursday nights. We typically pick days in which there is no school or early release the next day. Erin set up the Badger Sports night for May 2nd so that we have a better chance of the outdoor attractions will be running. Last year it was very snowy late and we almost didn’t have them for our April date. We discussed the Funset dates. We will host on Nov. 8th and then possibly host another March 28th.
  • New Business
    The meeting date in February has been changed from the 18th to the 11th due to No School.

If you have any questions or comments, please email

Next meeting date: Monday October 15th 2018 6:00 pm in the Art Room (22)

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, May 21, 2018, 6:00pm

Any news from Mrs. Lipsey?

  • Mrs. Schmelzter gave the report for Mrs. Lipsey.
  • Carnival for a Cause (Fri., 5/18); raised approx. $2,700; went very well; to give a check to the Snow Drop Foundation on last assembly day; planning to do again
  • Guided Reading Testing almost finished; next grade level assessing current grade level (ex. 4th grade teachers assessing 3rd grade students)
  • Two of slides on primary playground (two that come down together): cracked and taped; no word on money coming in from district; estimate $2,500 for repairs
  • Staffing updates: Amanda Sussex (4K) to teach Kindergarten next year; Mrs. Northam to 4th grade from 3rd grade; hiring part-time employee 4k teacher

Treasurer’s Report:

  • Beginning Balance: $20,785.65
  • Set Aside: $13,596.57 (includes paper recycling)
  • Ending Balance: $7,189.08
  • 1st grade flexible seating completed; money leftover put back into budget; 2nd grade also completed (exceeded by $33)
  • Playground equipment: $98 left over; to start Fall with $1,000
    Erin purchased items throughout year. We will revisit what is needed for next year, may take items to classrooms to show what they are getting, explain how to use them and remind that if they are misused/broken they will not get new equipment.
  • PAC Recognitions: $500 set aside
  • PBS: $500 set aside for 2018-19 school year
  • Artist in Residence: went over budget by $804 ($9,304.19) due Kindergarten making an item for the classroom and being a part of the mural. The cost of glass also went up. She did not charge us for the staff and helper pendants that were made.
  • Paper Recycling: $8,922.89 set aside

Mrs. DeAnna Anderson Request

  • Book Room (in back area of library – leveled books for teachers to use in small group guided reading, for example; many types of uses): funds are running low (have taken awhile to dwindle down existing funds) – giving a heads up for possible funds’ request in near future; review/determine needs (fiction, non-fiction, science, plants, for example); looking to continue to purchase books; do a budget for the district; wrote 3 grants for funds, but did not receive any (able to keep applying again for some of the grants); weeded out some older and not-in-great-shape books, giving to students who may not have any at home for summer reading
  • Mrs. Anderson noted spending approx. $2,000 this school year; to double check how much has been spent each year
  • Connie noted having given $5,000 lump sum a couple years ago (2+) which they pull money from as needed
  • Erin suggested using one of next year’s fund-raisers for this request

Paper Recycling

  • Update from March: $379
  • Last drive: May 21-June 11: bringing in lots of items for recycling (year-end clean-out)
  • Dates for 2018-19 school year: Sept. 17 – Oct. 1, 2018; Dec. 17, 2018 – Jan. 7, 2019;
    18, 2019 – Apr., 1, 2019; May 20 – June 10, 2019

End of Year Recognition

  • Honoring: 18 aides and 4 custodians
  • Retirees: 2 (Mrs. Froehlich and Mr. Jim Seegers)

Fifth Grade Promotion – May 31

  • Students to sign Thank You Card; Erin will coordinate
  • Cakes to be requested from cafeteria
  • Have forks; need plates, napkins, water and decorations
  • Decided not to ask 5th grade parents to help; will ask for 4th grade parents next year

How to Spend Funds:

  • Outdoor Classroom: Board approved, but not providing funds; requested all materials be long-lasting, i.e., cedar lumber, stainless hardware, this increased the estimate by $2,000
  • $21,850 quote; approx. $6,500 still needed to fund; Ms. Diedrick and Erin are working on the Lowe’s grant to be submitted in early August (maximum amount is $5,000)
  • Preference is to do all at once (concrete slab and structure), ideally this summer (after summer school)
  • Can solicit families and businesses for funds, suggested engraved plaques with donors name, businesses would have to check with their accountants to see if this is eligible for tax credit. Connie will check with auditor. Terri and Erin to coordinate brochure and get approval to send out.
  • Ms. Diedrick will contact Victor to reach out to the construction company to see what their time frame availability and what their payment requirements are.


  • Plastic Bag Recycling (ended April 13): FES won 1st place (by several hundred pounds), received a 2nd bench; collected 1,608 lbs.; set out bins next year in Sept.
  • Badger Sports Fun Night (April 26): 83 wristbands purchased; $431 profit; signed up for May 2, 2019; Terri suggested for next year adding the value (actual price) so parents see what type of savings they get
  • Artist in Residence (April 9-13, 23-26, May 4): Went really well; kids loved their pieces. The murals will be placed this summer, probably after front entry way construction. PAC will send out an email with pictures to school including current 5th graders so they can see finished project.
  • Staff Appreciation (May 7-11): Amanda noted went well, made some notes for next year, including providing a listing of what to serve and get ideas from staff for what they’d like; teachers enjoyed everything!!
  • Spring Student Appreciation (May 14-15): Mini Oreo Cookies for students. They loved them!
  • Field Day (May 25): we will provide popsicles; Amanda purchased and froze; all good to go for event

Looking Ahead to 2018-19 School Year:

  • Fall Open House–table: last week of August; hoping to have Spirit Wear to view; Decided not to do raffles
  • Meeting Dates: Keep on 3rd Monday each month at 6:00 pm
  • Committee Sign-Up: sending sheets around
  • Co-Treasurer Position: Connie’s last year 2018-19; a co-treasurer will be able to learn the position throughout the year; Connie will meet with Abe (auditor) to review/complete year-end forms for submission. Terri volunteered to take the co-treasurer position.
  • Year-at-a-Glance/Suggestions for next year: Erin would like to set up/send out to give a heads up to parents for the school year; shared a listing she had received
  • Lost & Found: Lots of items not yet claimed; Erin also noted items are spread throughout the school
  • New Business:
    — Cookie Dough: need to decide to keep around same time so vendor (Hansen’s) can get on schedule.
    — Spirit Wear Day: suggested to check with office for days throughout school year for students to wear their new Sprit Wear, i.e., PBS events, assembly dates

*PAC would like to thank Wendy Cropsy and Michelle Gloudemans for their outstanding service to PAC.  Both have previously held officer positions and helped with several events throughout the years.   Their children will be moving onto middle school. They will be missed!

PAC Meeting Agenda for Monday May 21st 2018~ 6:00 p.m. ~ Art Room

  • Any news from Mrs. Lipsey?
  • Treasurer’s Report:
    Year end-profit/expenses spreadsheet and discussion
  • Mrs. Anderson request
  • End of year recognitions
  • Fifth Grade Promotion—May 31st
  • How to Spend Funds:
    Outdoor Classroom


  • Paper Recycling:
    Update from March
    Last drive May 21st– June 11th
    Do we have dates for next year?
  • Plastic bag recycling– Ended April 13th
  • Badger Sports Fun Night– April 26th
  • Artist in Residence– April 9th -13th / 23rd -26th / May 4th
  • Staff Appreciation– May 7th -11th
  • Student Appreciation– May 14th/15th
  • Field Day—May 25th (popsicles)

Looking ahead to next year:

  • Fall Open House
  • Meeting dates for 2018-19
  • Committee Sign Up
  • Co-Treasurer position
  • Year at a glance /Suggestions for next year

New Business

This is the final PAC meeting for this school year





PAC Meeting Agenda for Tuesday, April 17, 2018 6:00 pm Art Room

Treasurer’s Report:
Beginning Balance: $26,053.21
Set Aside: $18,681.80
Ending Balance: $7,371.41
*1st grade flexible seating is complete; a sizable amount has been done for 2nd grade flexible seating ($2200; $768 left to spend)
*Connie paid the $500 for PBS
*All playgrounds could use chalk (Connie had purchased quite a bit—should be enough for the remainder of the school year; some will be saved for use next year) and some could use playground balls, too; Erin had purchased some expensive ones from School Specialty, but is planning to purchase cheaper ones from Walmart
*5th Grade Celebration: funds not yet set aside; Connie suggested $75 for this year
*Brain Bowl: 2-3 outstanding donations (approx. $100); Connie has sent reminders
*501(c)(3): Exceeded by approx. $700

Paper Recycling – Any updates? Dates for final one this year?
*Next event: May 21-June 11; Connie will be receiving some from the Middle School (teachers getting rid of paper, too)
*Connie received an inquiry from a student’s parent (middle school/high school) re: their particular sport looking to do a fund-raiser for a one-time trip; if paper is received from middle school/high school and a one-time thing only, then okay, but not to share with others so as to diminish PAC’s fund-raising efforts

Outdoor Classroom:
*The school board approved, but wanted to get clarification from the contractor re: the materials being used — there was a concern that if they aren’t treated or higher quality, the wood will be harder to maintain and the metal may rust etc– waiting on that info.
*We would also need input on when payment would be due (and if we can’t afford or need to do in stages) and when it can completed – (probably when school /summer school) isn’t in session. Ms. Diedrick is going to be working on the grant, though it isn’t open until August.
*Approx. $9,000 set aside to date from paper recycling drives
*Would have an additional $7,000 to spend; Connie suggests using it toward this project

 Artist in Residence:
*The week has been going great! We have had several volunteers and the classes have been going very smoothly. We will be sending home a note with instructions on how to make the glass into a magnet. After talking with Trista, the type and cost of epoxy and magnets needed would be pricy. There would also be risk of fumes from the epoxy without ventilation and an added risk of magnet falling and choking hazard in the art room. The 2nd week will be April 23-26 and May 4th. Ms. Rudolph is working with Mr. Seibers and Trista on how the mural will be hung. Sue noted the new groundskeeper, Victor, is also involved for determining installation.
*Discussed when to send home with the students their pendants; would like to get some pictures of the final pieces as well as some pictures of the kids’ hands cutting glass to possibly do a photo book as done in the past.

 Family Fun Night – April 26th Badger Sports:
*Info has been put on Facebook and will be emailed out. Flyers are put up at school. Nothing has to be purchased ahead of time, you just show up. They will need to tell them they are with Freedom Elementary to get the discount. Parents can call ahead of time to sign up for laser tag. If 50 people show up, we receive 50% of the Utopia pass card purchases. If there are less than 50, we receive 30%. The 2-hour cost is $10 plus tax;
3-hour is $12 plus tax. They are normally $28 for 2 hour and $33 for 3 hour. It includes laser tag, mini bowling, inflatables (ages 2-10), go karts, mini golf, batting cages and all non-ticket arcade games. The outdoor items typically open in April-but it is their discretion. We will receive a check in the mail afterwards.

 Staff Appreciation Week — May 7-11:
*Amanda Hedtke will email the link to Judy K. (front office) to send out week of April 23 for people to sign up.
*We do not have any leftover plates, cups, etc.; would need to purchase for event. Amanda will coordinate; has cut back on various supplies so as to not have a lot left over.

 Student Appreciation – May 14 & 15:
*Loralee to coordinate again; options from Sam’s Club include:
Sun Chips, 30ct, $10.98/pack
Kellogg’s Snack variety pack, 38ct, $9.88/pack
Goldfish variety pack, 45ct, $11.98/pack
Fruit Leathers variety pack, 48ct, $11.48/pack
Fruit Rollups, 72ct, $11.82/box
Motts Fruit Snacks, 90ct, $9.89/box
Amazon: Sun Chips, 40ct, $13.98/pack; Mini Oreos; can look at other options, too

 Plastic Bag Recycling:
*Last day for event was Fri., April 13. Total weight collected 1608 pounds
*Trex allows you to put in totals for Sept-April. Erin will put the bins up at the start of the next school year.

Fifth Grade Promotion – Thurs., May 31:
*Any volunteers that would like to help or coordinate? Erin was the only one who signed up on the committee sheet. Mrs. Presteen is teacher contact. Typically PAC would provide cake, water, decorations, plates, forks, etc. and set up in the cafeteria; we can’t set up until they are done with lunch (around 1:15pm).
*Connie suggested if Erin could go through 5th grade students listing for a couple parents that could help out; Sue Rudolph can help review/suggest, too.

 New Business/Teacher Requests:
*None at this time

 Upcoming items:
*Secretary/Administrative Professionals Day — Wednesday, April 25: Terri is getting the flowers and Connie is getting the money/cards for both Judys and Diane.
*Field Day – May 25: Thews has been told we will be providing. Loralee will purchase the FreezePops, and Amanda will store/freeze.

Next Meeting:  Monday, May 21, 2018 – 6:00 pm, Art Room

PAC Meeting April 16 Cancelled

Due to the school cancellation for Monday, April 16, the PAC meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 17 at 6:00 pm. We hope you are able to attend. Stay Safe!

PAC Meeting Agenda for Monday, April 16, 2018 6:00 pm Art Room

  • Any news from Mrs. Lipsey?
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Paper Recycling –Any updates? Dates for final one this year?
  • Outdoor Classroom
  • Artist in Residence
  • Family Fun Night –April 26th Badger Sports
  • Staff Appreciation Week May 7-11
  • Student Appreciation
  • Plastic Bag Recycling
  • Fifth Grade Promotion – May 31st
  • New Business/Teacher Requests
  • Upcoming items:
    Secretary/Administrative Professionals Day- Wednesday, April 25th
    Field Day, May 25th

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

PAC Meeting Agenda for Monday, March 19, 2018 6:00 P.M.

Any news from Mrs. Lipsey?
The Mother/Son Dance was held
We will be starting Forward testing 4/3 (Tues. & Thurs until May)
The student council held a food drive
PBS Award: Showing movies for K-2, 3-5 (2 separate gyms); kids can bring a small blanket or towel in to sit on

Treasurer’s Report
Beginning Balance:  $31,294.74
Set aside: $16,700.05 (includes Paper Recycling) plus ($3,000 for flexible seating 2nd grade)
Ending Balance:  $11,595.69

  • $3,500 for teachers $100 gifts (that has come in to date; all due by March 31)
  • Connie received a check for recycling for $531; had already received from December, so is checking into where it should go (may go to another group)
  • Brain Bowl: $5,914,90; another small deposit to be made once rest of funds are received
  • 501c(3): 990 last form for accountant to do; We received bill for $600, Connie will talk to him as she believed we had already paid in full
  • New account(s) now set up at East Wisconsin Savings Bank

Brain Bowl—Update on results/pizza parties
Raised $5914.90
Connie will need to order t-shirts for next year; We have a lot of larges left, a few medium, but no smalls; majority of winners were smaller
$40 spent on pizza parties. Erin took pictures of two classroom pizza parties

Artist in Residence–April 9-13 & 23-27
$4,000 to Trista Holz (for deposit); $8,250 approved for project
Trista will come in Fri., May 4, for the Friday group due to half day/assembly on 4/27; We may have kindergarten students do a small project to keep in classroom(s)
Some volunteer sheets have come in from parents; We will need at least two parents in art room at a time; Extra attention will need to be given to any students with special needs due to materials the students will be using

Family Fun Night—April 26th Badger Sports, 4-9pm
Badger Sports provided a flyer to hand-out; We will post on FB page and include in school newsletter
PAC receives 50% of pass sales; 2-hr pass will be $10 plus tax, 3-hr pass will be $12 plus tax
No sign-up or wristbands ahead of time; Families will need to let Badger Sports know when checking in they are from Freedom Elementary. Batting Cages should be open by then

Staff Appreciation Week—May 7-11
May 8th: Teacher Appreciation Day
In past, PAC has done 3 sign-up days; Student Council does a day; Principal does a day
Amanda H. to coordinate; Monday, Tuesday, Friday for potlucks

Discussion on how to spend funds/update on allocated funds
Erin reached out to Mr. Quinlan; PBS has not yet spent the $500, but will soon. Going forward, we will consider depositing into respective account at beginning of school year and PBS can spend it at anytime throughout the year
Playground: It was decided not to use the sleds; Erin returned them; We may consider again for next school year. Rest of money: Erin to look through sheds and see what else might be needed; Connie picked up boxes of chalk at Shopko to be used at different playgrounds. Going forward, show classroom(s) how to use equipment to help avoid any misuse, damage, etc. May also look at having soccer-type goals made up (of PVC pipe; similar to ladder golf)
We voted and approved $500 for PBS and $1000 for playground for the 2018/19 school year.

Outdoor Classroom
: Ms. Diedrick has been coordinating this. Building Grounds meeting at 6:30pm to discuss with the Board. They will be reviewing the quote and requested spot for the classroom to assure it will not interfere with any future plans. The quote was approximately $19,250. We planned to use paper recycling funds for the project, may use general funds as well. If approved, we are looking to see how soon and how quickly it can be constructed. Erin and Ms. Diedrick looking into Lowe’s grant for fall.
Teacher Ideas/Requests: Nothing has yet been submitted
End-of-Year Recognitions: We discussed/approved honoring the Aides with $10 cash; We will work on assembing list and sending to Mrs. Lipsey to assure we honor all of them;  We discussed and approved honoring the custodians: $25/each cash. National Honor Society: We will honor the students that babysat during the meeting with a $10 Subway gift card. A suggestion was made to create a scholarship for the students to apply for with a larger dollar amount instead of individual gift cards. We can discuss at the May meeting.
Retirements: Jim Segers (retired at Christmas), Diane (retires at end of the year); We will give them $50/each cash
Connie will handle getting money, cards, gift cards for end of year recognitions/retirements. Erin will present at the end of year assembly.

Secretary/Administrative Professionals Day—Wednesday, April 25
Every year, PAC honors Judy, Judy & Diane; We will give them a flower bouquet and a card each; We approved $20-$25/bouquet, Terri to order bouquets; Connie to get cash and cards with $50/each

Plastic Bag Recycling
1,188# to date; We are in 1st place for our division
Ends mid-April (Friday before Earth Day)
Erin to see if we can collect/account outside of alloted time, as there are months online for entering weight

Paper Recycling
March 19-April 2
Connie to submit the dates for 2018-19 school year; 2018-19 will be Connie’s last year, so she will provide contact info to group

Student Appreciation (May)
: Student Council may or may not do a walk this year (TBD); They may do another activity. We should have more info and can decide at April PAC meeting if we can do popsicles for their activity or if we should just provide a treat a different day. Loralee to check out Sam’s for ideas and costs for April meeting.
Field Day–May 25th: We will provide popsicles, Loralee will purchase; Amanda has an extra freezer to store.
Fifth Grade Promotion—Thurs., May 31st, 1:15pm: PAC provides cake (from cafeteria), water and plates, decorations.
Spirit Wear: Terri contacted Denise (vendor) to help again; She will work on getting new designs approved for next year. She may look at other items we could offer. We will have order forms and samples to check out at 2018-19 School Year Open House; We will also send order forms home after school begins

New Business
Erin will not be at April meeting
Erin talked to Keith re: putting student directory in as part of student registration; it will be included. There is an option for parents to complete or disregard

Next PAC meeting:  Monday, April 16, 2018 6:00pm in Art Room

PAC Meeting Agenda for Monday, March 19, 2018 6:00 pm Art Room

Any news from Mrs. Lipsey?

Treasurer’s Report

Brain Bowl- Update on results/pizza parties

Artist in Residence-April 9-13 and 23-27

Family Fun Night -April 26th Badger Sports

Staff Appreciation week

Discussion on how to spend funds?

    • Update on allocated funds
    • Outdoor Classroom
    • Teacher Ideas/Requests
    • End of year recognitions
    • Retirements
    • Annual contributions

Secretary/Administrative Professionals Day  Wednesday, April 25

Plastic Bag Recycling

Paper Recycling


  • Student Appreciation
  • Field Day- May 25th
  • Fifth Grade Promotion May 31st
  • Spirit Wear

New Business

Next PAC meeting:  Monday, April 16, 2018 6:00pm 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

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