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

  • Any News from Mrs. Lipsey?
  • Treasurer’s Report and 501c Status update
  • Spirit Wear Sale
  • Cookie Dough Fundraiser Nov. 3-17th Delivery Dec. 14th
  • Funset Boulevard Fun Night Oct. 26th
  • Student Directory update
  • Paper Recycling update
  • Staff Meeting report
  • Fall Student Appreciation report
  • Parent/Teacher conference meals report
  • Plastic Bag Recycling: ongoing until April 13th
  • 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 email

Next Meeting: Monday November 20th at 6:00 pm Room 22

PAC Meeting Notes for Monday, September 18, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming Events:

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Business

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

If you have questions or comments, please email

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

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

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

Free babysitting is provided by during the meeting.

If you have questions or comments, please email

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



PAC Meeting Notes for Monday May 22nd, 2017

In attendance: Sue Mannebach, Erin Lenhardt, Connie Wheeler, Loralee Arcand, Kimberly Groenjes, Stephanie Wieczorek, Terri Romitti

Treasurer’s Report:  Connie presented a spreadsheet that showed the accounting information for the year.  We have $20,428.12 in our account, $6777.49 is paper money.  However, we still have outstanding items.  $300 for end of year events, $1000 playground items, $455 K Ipads, $3000 1st grade flexible seating, $150 PAC recognitions, $500 PBS next year, $122.10 scrapbook, $2000 auditor for 501c3, $3500 carry over to start next year.  This leaves us with approximately $2600.  At this time we decided to wait to money towards any items and revisit at the beginning of next year once all the outstanding items are paid.  Next year we will review the spreadsheet as a group at each meeting to determine how our funds are.  We will also create a spreadsheet to send home to show how funds have been used.  We are hoping to promote interest in attending meetings

Last Day of School Recogntion/Retirees:  Judy Muniz, occupational therapy and Jean Mueller, Director of Special Education will be retiring.  We will honor them with $50 cash each.  We will give the janitors $25 each.  We will honor Tammy Lipsey and Jill Mussett with $50 each.

Fifth Grade Promotion:  Michelle Wagner is working with Mrs. Presteen.  They will have the kitchen make the cake.  Sue Mannebach will be purchasing water and decorations.  Erin Lenhardt will create a card for the students to sign and put in staff mailbox.

Staff Appreciation Week report:  It went well.  There were a lot of items brought in for the staff.  We received thank yous from appreciative staff.

Strong Medicine presentation report:  We received a lot of compliments from the staff and students on the presentation.  This was the first time a Native American presentation was at Freedom Elementary.  We may look at having other artists in the future.

Student Appreciation report:  It was chilly, but the kids still loved the popsicles.  Loralee Olson-Arcand brought them.  She also brought popsicles for the field day.

Looking Ahead for Next Year:

Officer Positions– Erin Lenhardt will remain President.  Connie Wheeler will remain treasurer.  After this term, Connie will be moving to middle school so will co-chair the treasurer position for the 2018-19 school year to help train the new person.  Loralee Olson-Arcand will be Vice President.  If there is interest from another member for Vice President, Loralee will co-chair with them to avoid any scheduling conflicts.  Meeting Dates for 2017-18 -We will keep the 3rd Monday at 6:00 pm meeting time/dates.  Committee sign up- Erin will work on for 1st meeting

Possible Fundraisers:  Terri Romitti volunteered to contact Hanson’s to discuss fundraiser opportunities.  She will run the cookie dough fundraiser in Nov. and report with ideas Hanson’s suggests.  We will continue the paper recycling.  We will also continue the plastic recycling, though it is not a fundraiser.  We will continue the Brain Bowl in Feb.  We will host fun nights at Funset Boulevard and Badger Sports Park in place of the Family Fun Night typically held in April.  Erin will look at dates and report at the 1st meeting next year.

Events:  We will have a booth at the Open House in August.  We will host a school dance.  We will support the 5th Grade Promotion.

Services:  We will set up the teacher wish list and student directory.  We will look into having an Artist in Residence next year.  Randy Peterson has been suggested by several staff.  We will coordinate student and staff appreciation days.  We will set up pot luck meals for conferences.  We will not host the Holiday Shop or staff book fair next year.

We discussed ways to encourage teacher participation in PAC meetings.  We also discussed how to get more parents involved.

New Business:  We are very thankful that Sandy Lezotte plead our case with Trex which resulted in our receiving a bench!

*PAC would like to thank Sue Mannebach and Michelle Wagner for their outstanding service over the past several years.  Their children will be moving onto middle school.   Recently Sue has been our Vice President.  Both have helped with several events throughout the years.  They will be missed!

PAC Meeting Agenda for Monday May 22nd, 2017~ 6:00 p.m. ~ Art Room

  • Treasurer’s Report
    • Year end-profit/expenses spreadsheet and discussion
  • Last day of school recognition/retirees
  • How to spend the funds raised this year?
  • Fifth Grade Promotion- May 31 update
  • Staff Appreciation week May 2-5-report
  • Strong Medicine presentation May 12-report
  • Spring Student Appreciation May 19-report
  • Looking ahead to next year:
    • Officer Positions
    • Fall Open House
    • Meeting Dates for 2017-18 -keep on 3rd Monday of every month (No meeting in Dec)
    • Committee sign up
    • Suggestions for next year
  • New Business/Teacher Requests that have come in to approve
  • Upcoming days to remember:
    • Field Day May 26-PAC to supply popsicles
    • Paper Recycling May 23-June 13

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Erin Lenhardt, at or 851-3266.

This is our final PAC meeting for this school year.  Please join us after the meeting to celebrate a great year!

Reminder: The last PAC meeting of the year will be May 22nd at 6:00 pm in the art room. It was moved from the original date of May 15th due to the MS/HS Choir concert



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

In attendance: Loralee Olson-Arcand, Connie Wheeler, Terri Romitti, Kimberly Groenjes, Stacey Kumbalek, Keith Kumbalek, Sue Rudolph, Mrs. Lipsey, Stephanie Wieczorek, Erin Lenhardt

May Meeting date has been changed to May 22nd.

Any News from Mrs. Lipsey?  The Freedombots in Kentucky for the robotics world competition.  The Climate Committee held a volunteer appreciation day on April 12th.  There were treats and flowers for them.  The 5th grade participated in the Shuttle Mission which included stem activities.  We had the Cellcom Virtual Reality which provided virtual field trips to destinations such as space and Africa.  The 1st and 2nd grade Spring concert is May 1st  We are working on 5th grade transitions

Treasurer’s Report:  The report was unavailable.  Connie Wheeler will be providing a spreadsheet to attendees at our May meeting which will show the money deposited and where the money has been spent throughout the year.  We will be able to use the information to determine what we want to put funds towards.

Paper Recycling:  We made a profit of $497 from the March 20- April 3 paper drive.   The final one for the year will be May 22- June 9.  Connie Wheeler has set up dates for next year.

Discussion on how to spend funds:  We decided to continue supporting flexible seating and will allow a budget of $3000 for the 1st grade team.  We will be purchasing Ipads for the K teachers.  We have not been given feedback on items to purchase for the $1000 we allotted for playground items.  We will be asking student council for their input.  There was an additional shipping cost and dolls needed for the dollhouse we agreed to purchase for Mrs. DeGroot. The new total was $214.82.  We approved the new total.  We typically give gift cards to the National Honor students that babysit during the meetings.  Erin Lenhardt suggested we extend the gift cards to the students that helped at the school dance.  We voted to include them.  We voted to put $500 towards PBS in the 2017/18 school year

 Fifth Grade Promotion – May 31st :  Michelle Wagner and Sue Mannebach will be working on this event.  Michelle will talk with Mrs. Presteen.  We discussed how it was awkward having cupcakes for the students and sheet cakes for the parents, it would be easier to have the same for both. Erin Lenhardt will pass this information on to Michelle.

Student Appreciation – May 19th:  We will be providing popsicles at the end of the JDRF walk.  Loralee Olson-Arcand will purchase the popsicles for this event.  We discussed having coolers by the 3 playgrounds so that it is easier to hand out to students as they are on the playgrounds after the walk.

Field Day May 25th:  Mrs. Thews asked if we would provide popsicles for field day.  We agreed that we will.  Loralee will purchase for this event as well.

Staff Appreciation Week: Erin Lenhardt set up a potluck on Volunteer Spot.  We will be having a dipping day on Monday, muffin morning on Thursday and desserts on Friday.

Spring Fundraiser- Update pick up/ pizza parties:  Terri Romitti reported that the pickup went really well.  There were a few items that were left over that were sent home with kids as they didn’t require refrigeration and were small.  Mrs. DeGroot’s M/W and Mr. Menting’s classes won the pizza parties for the greatest sales.

Family Fun Night- March 23rd:  Erin Lenhardt reported the Fun night went really well.  There were a lot of positive comments.  We will discuss if we would to hold more next year.

Plastic Bag Recycling:  We collected 2,800 lbs of plastic.  Unfortunately we were in 2nd place.  This year they did determine the winner by plastic/student ratio as they had in years past.  Freedom won the ratio, but had 197 lbs less than the top school.  The 3rd place school collected 447.  We will be receiving a picture frame made of plastic.  It was discussed that we may not participate in this program next year.  *After the meeting-Sandy Lezotte contacted the company to see if we could still get a bench due to our effort, we will not be receiving one.

New Business/Teacher Requests:  Connie Wheeler will be contacting the auditor and asking them to complete the needed paperwork for PAC to receive the 501c status.

Upcoming items:                                             Secretary/Administrative Professionals Day- Wednesday, April 26 – Sue Mannebach will be bringing flowers and cards with money to Judy Vosters, Judy Krzyzak, and Diane Froehlich.         Native American Program – May 12th – Erin Lenhardt is working with Ted Skenandore, who will be presenting a Native American program.

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


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

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

If you have questions or comments, please contact Erin Lenhardt at or 851-3266.

The next PAC Meeting will be Monday, April 24th at 6:00 pm in the art room.

Meetings are typically held the 3rd Monday of each month, but it was moved to next week due to Spring Break.  Hope to see you there!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Paper Recycling :  March 20 – April 3rd

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

New Business:  No New Business

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