PAC Meeting Notes for Monday, January 23rd 2017

In attendance:  Connie Wheeler, Erin Lenhardt, Kimberly Groenjes, Loralee Arcand, Cindy Taft, Mrs. Lipsey

Any news from Mrs. Lipsey?  Kids will doing a Great Kindness Challenge.  They will receive information in Guidance to promote good acts.

There will be an assembly on Wednesday.  It is about “empowering our word choice”

We are doing the School Store again.  We have been fortunate that parents are donating gift cards, but the items available cost significantly more than if bought at a store.  The company is supposed to add more items.  We may discontinue the gift card portion next year.

Upcoming dates: Parent/teacher conference Feb. 22, Mother/Son Dance Mar. 17.

Treasurer’s Report:  We had a profit of $14,916 from the cookie dough fundraiser.  This includes money spent on the pizza parties.  After discussing upcoming expenses and bills, our spendable amount is about $8000.

We still have $500 outstanding for 4th grade RTI materials from last year.

We decided to purchase Ipads for the 1st grade teachers, as they showed a great interest in them.  We purchased Ipads for the 4th and 5th grade teachers last year.  The 3rd grade teachers received some from the district.  The 2nd grade teachers have been using chrome books.

We decided to spend up to $1000 for flexible seating in Kindergarten.  We will ask that the teachers buy one of each item they would like to try.  The concern was that we didn’t want to purchase a bunch of items that would go unused.  Mrs. Lipsey will see if there are any companies willing to give us demos to try.  We will re-evaluate purchasing more once we get feedback.

We decided to put $500 towards sponsoring the assembly that will be presented on Wed.

Paper Recycling:  Next dates will be Mar. 20-Apr. 3  We received about $500 so far, another check came today but we do not have the total.  This drive was more successful because we had a skid of paper products that was brought in.  December is typically a good drive due to Christmas.

We have $5200 in the account (not including this one).  We will need to discuss how to spend the funds.  We have always used the funds for environmental items.

Brain Bowl:  Connie set up this fundraiser.  The items didn’t go out as planned so we needed to push out the due date to this Friday.  An email was sent out requesting volunteers, but no one has signed up yet.  We have the shirts and pencils from last year ready for prizes.  Connie will be there for start-up, Erin will be running it during the day.  Participation is down. Connie will ask Judy to send out a reminder for participating and volunteering.

School Dance:  Cindy reported the email flyer has been sent out, prizes and glow necklaces bought, DJ booked.  She has set up a sign up for volunteer that will be sent to parents.   We have contacted the National Honor Society to see if any members would be willing to volunteer.  Connie will put the links for the Brain Bowl and School Dance volunteer sign up on Facebook.  We are still in need of several volunteers.  Lori will get fruit snacks and gold fish for snacks and water to serve.

February Parent/Teacher conference meal:  Erin will set up and send out a sign up for this.

Family Fun Night:  Erin suggested doing a movie night.  Cindy suggested doing a night at the YMCA, Erin will look into this.  Cindy will see if Field of Scenes would be willing to do an early opening.  We may change the date depending on what is decided.

Plastic Recycling:  We received 269 lbs. in Nov, 398 lbs. in Dec. for 667 total so far.  This is more than last year.  It is a great start!  We discussed how the program works on the honor system of weighing the bags and then dropping them off at participating stores.

Staff Book Fair:  We had a discussion regarding if we should continue.  Last year we donated books that were not wanted by the teachers to a different school.   Sue has been coordinating event.  We will get her feedback from last year.

Artist in Residence:  Erin passed out information on a couple of suggestions given by staff.  One was a singer and the other a Native American music/dance artist.  They both are able to provide day or week long sessions.  We discussed how difficult it may be for day sessions with such a large school.   The singer seemed to be a better fit for the week long session and provide a concert the final night.  We will look to this as a possibility for next year.  We explore a possibility of a day session later this year for the Native American artist.

Teacher Requests: There are none

New Business:  Connie reported that the school has yearly audits and this year, parent groups were reviewed.  She was told that we will need to apply for a 501-3C status.  We will  look into completing this.

Next meeting Monday February 20, 2017 at 6:00 pm in the art room

Meeting Postponed

Due to the predicted inclement weather, the PAC meeting for tonight is postponed until next Monday, January 23rd at 6:00 pm in the art room.

PAC Meeting Agenda for Monday, January 16, 2017 6:00 p.m. ~ Art Room

  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Cookie Dough Fundraiser- profit after budgeting for upcoming expenses
    • Do we have information for spring fundraiser?
  • Paper Recycling
  • Brain Bowl – Jan 31st and Feb 1st
  • School Dance – February 3rd
  • February Parent/Teacher Conference meal- Feb 24th
  • Family Fun Night  – April 7th 
  • Plastic Recycling
  • Staff Book Fair – should we continue?
  • Artist in Residence-suggestions that have come in
  • 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 at aelenhardt@gmail.com or 920-851-3266

Next PAC meeting:  Monday, February 20, 2017 at 6:00 in Art Room.

 

 

In attendance:  Sue Mannebach, Connie Wheeler, Erin Lenhardt,  Michelle Gloudemans,  Angie LeQuia,  Terri Romitti, Kimberly Groenjes, Loralee Arcand, Cindy Taft, Mrs. Lipsey

Any news from Mrs. Lipsey?  4th grade took coach buses to Madison for their field trip.  This is the 1st year they’ve done this.  They really enjoyed it.

There were a lot of positive comments about the school pictures.  People complimented the company and liked the quality

Eric Samuel Timm will be giving a presentation on Jan 25th.  He gives advice on empowering students to do great things.

State report cards were published.  Freedom received “exceeded expectations” in the overall score.  We are very proud of this.

Treasurer Report:  Our current balance is $8172.60, we have $3500 set aside as a cushion, our available money is -$766.89.

Paper Recycling:  We received about $400 from the fall drive.  It was down from last year.  The next drive is December 19-Jan 2nd.

Cookie Dough Fundraiser:  Michelle Gloudemans is working on final numbers, but the totals are less than last year.  It was still successful.  We discussed reasons it may have had fewer sales.  The top classrooms will be receiving pizza parties.   We discussed possibly changing the announcements.

Teacher Wish List:  Angie LeQuia put this together.  It is on the website.  There were fewer teachers that submitted a wish list this year, but as we get more we will add them.

Plastic Bag Recycing: It is underway until April 15th.  Currently we have about 80 pounds collected.

School Dance Feb 3rd:  The same DJ is available.  We will not be having cotton candy this year, but will offer free popcorn and water.  We have set the budget for $750 in the past, though it typically only costs around $550.  Cindy Taft will be looking for volunteers to help make this night successful.

Brain Bowl:  Typically this is held the 1st week of February.  Dates have not been set.  We have pencils and t-shirts left over from last year.  Participants receive pencils and the students that raise the most money receive t-shirts.

Artist in Residence: Sue will ask Lori Vandenberg (school nurse) if she has any ideas.  Mrs. Lipsey will also ask staff if they have any ideas.

Teacher’s Requests: None

New Business: None

There will be NO meeting in December

Next meeting January 16th 2017 at 6:00 pm in the art room

PAC Meeting Agenda for Monday, November 21, 2016 6:00 p.m. ~ Art Room

*Any news from Mrs. Lipsey?

*Treasurer Report

*Paper Recycling –Update from Previous/Next Dates

*Cookie Dough Fundraiser

*Teacher Wish List

*Plastic Recycling –Now –April 15th

*School Dance—Feb. 3rd

*Brain Bowl

*Artist in Residence—Any suggestions?

*Teacher Requests

*New Business

Reminder:  We do NOT meet in December

Our next meeting will be Monday January 16th 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 aelenhardt@gmail.com or 851-3266

PAC Meeting Notes for Monday, October 17th 2016 6pm

In attendance: Mrs. Lipsey, Sue Mannebach, Connie Wheeler, Erin Lenhardt, Stacey and Keith Kumbalek, Loralee Olson-Arcand, Terry Romitti

Any news from Mrs. Lipsey?   Watch for more FES items on the district Facebook page. Oct. 24-28th is Red Ribbon week with a different dress up each day. There will be a “Super Hero” theme for Halloween.  The middle and high school will play a concert for the kids.  No clown costumes allowed for Halloween dress-up. Parent teacher conferences are Oct. 18, 19th.  The 4th grade will be taking coach buses (for the 1st time) for their Madison Field trip.

Treasurer’s Report:  $11,552.27 is the current balance.  RTI materials ($500), robotic sphero balls ($2,000), and scrapbooking materials ($150) have still have not been deducted from this balance.  A $3,500 cushion is always set aside.  Paper recycling is currently $5,289.49.  Current available balance for extra use is $112.78.

Paper recycling:  We have not received checks yet, so do not have a total.  We only had two dumpsters this time, typically we have 3.  A possible reason is that St. Nick’s school is holding a paper recycling at the same time as ours.  We will look into ways to improve our numbers for next time.

Cookie dough fundraiser:   Mrs. Lipsey went over suggestions the staff made for fundraiser goals. We discussed several items including sky panels, chrome books, ipads, playground, wiggle seats, balance balls.  Generally speaking, after PAC sponsored activities, the funds will be used for technology and flexible seating.  After the fundraiser is completed we will determine where to allocate funds.

Staff meeting report:   PAC officers attended to give staff ice cream sundaes, go over new reimbursement guidelines, wish lists and answer any questions.  We were asked if they could put their own wish list up at conferences.  Mrs. Lipsey said that would be fine.  We will still compile a sheet of teacher wish lists to put on our website and will send the link to parents.  At the PAC meeting we discussed if the $100 could be used for professional development (specifically conferences).  We decided it should not be used for this, but for items in the classroom.  The district funds conferences per Mrs. Lipsey.

Fall student appreciation report:  Loralee set this treat up.  Fruit snacks were distributed to each student.  They enjoyed them.  There were some new kids that weren’t accounted for when we received the numbers.  Next year we will have extras in the office.

Parent/teacher conference meals:  Erin sent out email to helping hands and a separate email with a link from “Sign Up” for volunteers.  The sign up link was very successful.

Student directory update:  Erin is organizing the directory.  We have about 425 student responses.

Plastic bag recycling:  Starts November 15th.   A change from last time is that they changed the structure regarding how school totals are assessed.  Last year the amount collected was divided by student enrollment.  We always had lower adjusted totals due to our high student enrollment vs a school with less students.  This year they are breaking the schools into groups of similar enrollment.  This may help us win!

Teacher requests:  currently none

New business?  Connie suggested we ask parents for things from home for “incentive prize boxes.”

Next PAC meeting: Monday, November 21st, 2016 at 6:00 pm in the Art Room.  Babysitting will be provided by the Freedom High School National Honor Society.

Any questions or comments, please contact Erin Lenhardt at aelenhardt@gmail.com or 851-3266.

PAC Meeting Agenda for Monday, October 17, 2016 ~ 6:00 p.m. ~ Art Room

* Any news from Mrs. Lipsey?

* Treasurer’s Report

* Paper Recycling Drive –how did it go? Ideas on how to spend funds?  Are dates set for next one?

* Cookie Dough Fundraiser-ready to go? Ideas on how to spend funds? (Nov. 4-18, Delivery Dec. 7)

* Staff Meeting-report (PAC officers attended)

* Fall Student Appreciation –report

* Parent/Teacher Conference meals –report

* Student Directory Update

* Plastic Bag Recycling: Start date Nov 15th

* Teacher Requests?

* New Business?

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

If you have any questions, please call/text Erin Lenhardt 851-3266 or email aelenhardt@gmail.com

Next meeting date:  Monday, Nov. 21st, 2016, 6:00 pm, Room 22, Art Room

PAC Meeting Minutes for Monday, September 19th, 2016 6:00pm

In attendance: Angie LeQuia, Loralee Olson-Arcand, Tammy Lipsey, Kimberly Groenjes, Michelle Gloudemans, Stacey Kumbalek, Connie Wheeler, Sue Mannebach, Erin Lenhardt

Welcome Back and Introductions: Committee sign-up sheets for 2016-2017 were passed around.

PAC Meeting Dates for 2016-2017 school year. 3rd Monday at 6pm. No meeting in December. April meeting moved to the 24th due to Spring Break. No objections.

Any news from Mrs. Lipsey?
*A parent asked if a student directory with contact information could be created. Due to privacy issues it can’t be assembled by the school. PAC agreed to create this.
*We need a few volunteers for Picture Day to help it run smoothly. Connie Wheeler and Erin Lenhardt volunteered. PAC will see if we can get other volunteers too.
*Mrs. Zick is the new gifted and talented/Spanish teacher.
*4th and 5th grade Ipads were handed out to the teachers.
*They are using Lego Robotics that were purchased. Classes are also working with coding. The staff is exploring new technology to use in the classrooms.
*the gaga pit is up and running on the playground

Treasurer’s Report:
Connie Wheeler gave report:
Outstanding Bills from May 2016:
*still need to pay for the gaga pit. We have only paid $251 for the wood.
*1200 for robotic balls
*exercise balls
*500 enrichment materials for RTI

$12,810.10 is the current balance
$3,500 set aside as our cushion
$5,314.49 is the paper recycling balance
$311.49 is the remainder after pending bills are paid
*$500 needs to be set aside for PBS 2016-2017 school year

Open House PAC:
*Michelle Wagner coordinated
*It went well, but there were not a lot of people downstairs
*Suggested having the table upstairs
*Suggestion on selling assignment books at another time, possibly during registration

Teacher Reimbursement gifts, retirees, new or changed grades:
*New guidelines were set and distributed for review during meeting based on changes approved last year. Will edit to state “items are property of school district”
*voted and approved $100 to teachers to spend as needed
*voted and approved $200 to new teachers or teachers that moved a grade. This year they are Ms. Schmidt, Mrs. Re, and Mrs. Zick
*PAC will serve sundaes and explain guidelines at Oct. 17th staff meeting.

Paper Recycling:
*Sept. 19th – Oct. 3rd
*Connie Wheeler is setting this up
*We have always kept money separate to use for nature items. Suggestion made for a classroom pavilion over the nature center with benches and tables. Possibly doing in different phases.
*Mrs. Lipsey will ask staff for suggestions and ideas

Cookie Dough Fundraiser:
*The fundraiser will run Nov. 4th – Nov 18th with delivery on Dec. 7th
*Michelle Gloudemans is coordinating
*Cookie dough rep will come to kick off fundraiser with students. It may include cash machine that was used in previous years.
*Beginning discussion on uses for funds raised. Suggestions included Ipads. Mrs. Lipsey will discuss with staff. Our objective is to have goals set before fundraisers begin so that the information can be added to flyers.

Fall Student Appreciation:
*Oct. 5th and 6th
*Loralee Olson-Arcand is leading
*snack will be given to the children

Parent/Teacher Conference Meals:
*Oct. 18th and 19th
*Erin Lenhardt set up.  She will contact Michelle Wagner, who has coordinated in previous years, to get the information on past meals.

Holiday Shop:
*No one at the meeting is available to chair this event
*After discussion, we have decided not to run it this year and will see what feedback we get

Book Fair Set Up:
*Mrs. Zabel requested help with setting up the book fair that runs during conferences
*Sue Mannebach, Stacey Kumbalek, and Erin Lenhardt have offered to volunteer. PAC will try to get more volunteers.

Teacher Requests:
*No new requests have come in

New Business:
*Connie Wheeler coordinates activities for MAPPS in the Middle School. She suggested we have the office send emails to all elementary parents with a Volunteer Spot link when help as needed. Currently we have a volunteer form that parents fill out and then we create a master list. This may save steps and reach more parents. We will explore the idea to see if it can be done at the Elementary School.

The next PAC meeting is on Oct. 17th at 6:00 pm in Room 22 (Art room). Free babysitting is provided by the Freedom High School National Honor Society. Please come join us!

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If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Erin Lenhardt at 920-851-3266 or aelenhardt@gmail.com

PAC Meeting Agenda for Monday, September 19th 2016 ~ 6:00 ~ Art Room

  • Welcome Back and Introductions / Committee Sign Up Sheets for 2016-2017 – (pass around during meeting)
  • PAC Meeting Dates for 2016-2017 school year – 3rd Monday at 6:00 pm. No meeting in December. April moved to 24th due to Spring Break.  Any objections?
  • Any news from Mrs. Lipsey?
  • Treasurer’s Report –anything outstanding from last year? What are the balances for this year?
    • $500 to PBS for 2016/17 – best way to handle?
  • Open House PAC table- How did it go?
  • Teacher reimbursement gifts, retirees, new or changed grades – updated guidelines –vote to continue
    • PAC will serve sundaes-explain PAC and guidelines at Oct. 17th Staff Meeting
  • Paper Recycling- September 19 – Oct 3rd – We have always kept this money separate from other funds.  How should we use this money?
  • Cookie Dough Fundraiser – any update. Begin discussion on how to use the fundraiser money.
  • Fall Student Appreciation – Set date for October. Ideas on what it will be?
  • Parent/Teacher Conference meals Oct. 18th and 19th – earlier this year
  • Holiday Shop?  Should we continue, and if so would anyone be willing to chair?
  • Book Fair Set up (tentatively Oct. 10/11, also possible take down) any volunteers?
  • Teacher Requests that have come in to approve
  • New Business

 

Free babysitting is provided by during the meeting.

If you have questions or comments, please call/text Erin Lenhardt 851-3266 or aelenhardt@gmail.com

Next meeting date:  Monday, October 17th, 2016, 6:00 pm, Room 22, Art Room.

PAC Meeting Notes – Tuesday May 10th 2016 6:00 p.m. ~ Art Room

  • Committee Sign Up Sheet for 2016-17 was passed around during meeting.
  • Artist in Residence– Check out the wonderful mural that is now finished and hung in the front stairwell of the school! Don’t forget to ask your child what part they may have painted!  Our Artist, Sandy Melroy attended the meeting to thank us for hosting her.  Sandy went above and beyond with her commitment and PAC is very thankful.
  • New Fundraiser– At our last meeting we decided to discontinue the AVON fundraiser and try something new. (We can always bring AVON back if this proves to be a mistake)  Michelle Gloudemans has been chairperson for our Cookie Dough Fundraiser and the same company offers other fundraisers.  This company has proven to be efficient and trustworthy with minimal work on our end.  After investigating our best options with this company, Michelle suggested a gourmet-type popcorn along with another that sells a variety of edibles including cheese spreads/candy. Both of these give us 50% of sales.  This fundraiser would be done in the spring so it would not co-inside with other similar fundraisers in the area/school district.
  • Any news from Mrs. Lipsey?-The ABC Countdown is going good and the kids seem to be enjoying it. Everyone loves the mural!  Field day is coming up on May 26 and PAC will purchase Freeze Pops for this. The Mother/Son dance went great with lots of energy from all those boys.  On May 27, the Freedom High School seniors will visit our school in their cap and gowns for a parade and some high-fives from our elementary kids.  How fun for the teachers to see their students from past years and how they have matured.
  • Treasurer’s Report

Total money in our checkbook.  $22838.74

Money set aside for upcoming expenses.  $13,056.49

Usable money in our checkbook.  $9782.25.

A breakdown of our 2015/16 finances be published  later.

  • Staff Appreciation Week– May 2-6- Michelle Wagner coordinated 3 days of treats for the staff-Dippin’ Day, Muffin Morning and Dessert Day. We got a lot of great comments.  Thank you to everyone who signed up and brought in food.
  • Spring Student Appreciation Day- May 20- We will hand out Freeze Pops after the Juvenile Diabetes Walk.  Loralee Olson-Arcand will purchase them and make sure they are frozen in time.  She will also purchase them for Field Day.  She will coordinate handing them out after the walk.
  • Field Day, May 26– Amy Lahay will make sure the Freeze Pops are frozen in time for Field Day.
  • Fifth Grade Celebration, May 31 – Connie Wheeler is chairing this. We are getting cake/cupcake from Sweet Tooth.  We voted on cupcakes because it was almost the same price and we don’t have to deal with cutting/plates etc.  We are also getting sheet cakes for any parents who may attend.  Water will be served.  Fifth graders brought home a flyer for parents to indicate how many will attend and if they would like to purchase a copy of the 5th Grade Video.
  • Fall Open House Aug 31, 330 pm-530 pm- We will again set up a table with PAC information.
  • Meeting Dates for 2016-17– We decided to keep on our meetings on the third Monday of every month (no meeting in December).
  • Last Day of School Recognitions/Retirees– Mrs. Lipsey knows of no retirees. We will honor the following:

$10 gift card to each National Honor Society student for babysitting.

$25 to each of the 4 custodians.

$10 to each of the Related Arts teachers.

  • How to spend the funds raised this year?

– We voted to donate $500 yearly to PBS.  This was a request from Mr. Quinlan who is on the PBS committee.  Mrs. Lipsey has some great ideas on speakers to bring in next year.

– Outdoor Ga-Ga Ball Pit- $1000

– Robotic Legos- $1400

– German Foreign Language material- $129

-Safety Goggles for 3rd-5th grade- $100

– Science Supplies from Flinn Scientific- $100

– Sphero Robotic Ball- 1 kit to share- $1,199

– One Challenge Stem Kit- $299

– Exercise Balls for Classroom Seating to share, 4th grd- $300

– Enrichment Materials/Supplies, 4th grade- $500

– Resonator Bell Set- $300

– Teacher iPads, 4th and 5th grade- $5000

*The “Labels for Education” program (Campbell soup labels) will be discontinued by the company at the end of the year.  Soup labels need to be turned into the school by June 2nd.

*PAC would like to thank Amy Lahay and Carolee Baumgart for their outstanding service over the past several years.  Both have been officers-Amy (President) and Carolee (Vice President).  Amy has chaired several events including the recent Artist in Residence and organized our Holiday Shop.   They will be missed!

Next PAC meeting: Monday, September 19th, 2016 at 6:00 pm in the Art Room. 

Any questions or comments, please contact Erin Lenhardt at aelenhardt@gmail.com or 851-3266.