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 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

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

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

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 or 851-3266.


PAC Meeting Agenda for Tuesday May 10th , 2016~ 6:00 p.m. ~ Art Room

The Artist in Residence mural is expected to be displayed in the main stairwell between the 1st and 2nd floors soon.  Before the meeting, take a moment to stop and admire the art.

  • Committee Sign Up Sheets for 2016-17 – (pass around during meeting)
  • Sandy Melroy-Artist in Residence
  • Any news from Mrs. Lipsey?
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Paper Recycling update — what did we earn from the last one? May 23-June 13 last one of the year
  • Staff Appreciation Week -May 2-6
  • Spring Student Appreciation Day- May 20
  • Field Day May 26 (will PAC supply popsicles?)
  • Fifth Grade Celebration- May 31
  • Fall Open House- Aug 31st (3:30-5:30)
  • Last Day of School Recognitions / Retirees
  •  Meeting Dates for 2015-2016- Keep on third Monday of every month? (No meeting in Dec)
  • New Business
  • Teacher Requests that have come in to approve
  • How to spend the funds raised this year?  What to raise funds for next year?
    • PBS 2017 ($500)
    • Playground 2017

Babysitting will NOT be provided during this meeting. 

If you have 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 at Stone Yard, W3010 Edgewood Trail, Appleton, by Players Choice.

PAC Meeting Tue May 10th Reminder

Just a reminder that the final PAC meeting of the year will be on Tue May 10th at 6:00 pm in Room 22 (Art Room).  This is a change from dates previously posted.


Also due to AP testing, babysitting will not be available during the meeting.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  We appreciate the Freedom National Honor Society members for their help at our previous meetings.

The meeting agenda will be posted later this week. We hope you can make it!

PAC Meeting Notes for Monday, April 18, 2016~ 6:00 pm Art Room (Room 22, lower level)

*Mrs. Anderson (reading specialist) ABC Countdown-Mrs. Anderson presented a program the Reading Team will be doing for the students that will countdown the last 26 days of school with a different activity on each day.  The activities will be a different letter of the alphabet.  She asked if PAC would provide the items for a few of the days (B-bubble gum, I-ice cream, P-popsicles).  PAC voted unanimously to support those days.

*News from Mrs. Lipsey-There will be a concert for the 1st and 2nd grade on May 16th.  Field day will be May 26th.  Testing is going well.  They are using laptops/computers from the high school and they have been very beneficial

There will be a My Rockstar and Me dance for the mothers/sons on May 6th.

She has been working with the staff to get suggestions on how to spend the money collected in the fundraisers this year.  Some of the staff committees are meeting at the end of April.  She will continue to get more input.  There were a few RTI items she presented.  There was a brief discussion on what RTI is and how the teachers work with different students, not just their own classrooms.  We also began a discussion on Ipads in the classrooms.   We will continue these discussions at the May meeting.  One of the items listed was an Einstein Kit for $250 that the 2nd grade team was hoping to purchase within the next few weeks.  We voted unanimously to approve the purchase.

We approved $500 for the 5th grade teachers to purchase of a science last year.  It has not been purchased yet due to some questions regarding shipping.  They have found a cart they want to purchase, we re-approved.

*Treasurer’s Report-The account balance is $25,148.69.  Part of this amount is money earned from our Paper Recycling ($4,346.49).  We hope to spend this on something for the Nature Center or an outdoor/environmental project.  We also keep $3,500 in our account as a cushion for next year to cover immediate expenses that occur.  We have expenses approved that have not been paid yet.  Our spendable amount is about $10,000.

*Artist in Residence- April 4-8 – Amy Lahay coordinated this very busy week.  Sandy Melroy worked with the kids on their individual projects and the mural.  She gave the students cocoons to take home.   We had a lot of parent volunteers that helped during the week.  The 4K and Kindergarten children made hand stamp squares, 1st grade stamped squares, and 2nd through 5th grade created sun catchers.   The students also painted on the mural.  There were some staff members that came down to paint on the mural too.  Some of the individual projects have gone home, some are still being washed by Sandy.  The mural is expected to be back in May.  Sandy held 2 silk scarf classes with the leftover materials.  She gave $95 from the classes back to PAC.  Amy had given Sandy a thank you and gift card, we voted to also get her a Freedom clothing item.

    • Artist in Residence Books-Connie Wheeler is creating books with pictures from the Artist in Residence programs.  She has done this in the past.  She is finishing up the paper mache fish one from 2 years ago and will be creating one for this year.  We voted to approve her costs in creating these books.  There will be 3 of each year made.  One for the library, art room and office.

*Family Fun Night- April 8 – There were less in attendance this year, probably due to the weather.  There were approximately 150 kids in attendance.  There were 12 minute to win it games in the cafeteria and gymnasium.  Everyone seemed to have a good time.  We had teacher, parent and student volunteers that helped it run successfully.  The cost of the event was $362.88.  We collected $61 for the Freedom Food Pantry.  We have a lot of leftover candy (that will not keep for next year) Mrs. Lipsey suggested they may be able to sell it at the My Rockstar and Me night.

*Plastic Bag Recycling– Sandy Lezotte was not able to make the meeting but prior to it let Erin know that we collected 1340.4 pounds of plastic and we were the 3rd place school.  We will receive a planter made from recycled plastic.  Good job!

*Paper Recycling– We have received one check, update will be given at the meeting in May

*Staff Appreciation Week – May 2-6-Michelle Wagner was not at the meeting but had previously agreed to coordinate.  She sends a sign up for a few days that week to provide treats for the staff.

*Spring Student Appreciation– Loralee Olson-Arcand is setting this up.  She is tentatively planning on getting freeze pops for the kids to enjoy after the walk on May 20th.

*Fifth Grade Celebration – Connie Wheeler is the chairperson for this event which will take place on May 31st.  In the past PAC provided the cake, however this year the 5th grade team is working with Greg to take care of it.  They asked PAC to supply water and/or coffee.  Connie will work to get clarification on what they need.  In the past we have given the 5th grade teachers gift cards.  This year it was suggested we do something different to include all teachers.  She will be working on this and giving an update at the May meeting.

*Fundraiser Discussion- There have been comments made to members regarding the number of fundraisers and fundraisers overlapping.  We began our discussion with reviewing how our current fundraisers have been performing.  Brain Bowl and Paper Recycling have been consistent, Cookie Dough has been significantly increasing, and Avon has been declining.  There was a suggestion of moving the timing of the fundraisers so that the fall ones don’t overlap, but that may make them more unsuccessful.  We decided to not run the Avon fundraiser for 2016/2017.  We will be using a new company for the Cookie Dough fundraiser.  They have other products that can be introduced.  We also have opportunities from other fundraiser companies if needed.  For next year we are currently planning on Paper recycling, Cookie Dough and Brain Bowl for our fundraisers.  We decided to change our focus from fundraising and determining how the money is used at the end of the year to trying to assign a goal for fundraisers as they are implemented.  We will continue discussion of upcoming needs by staff at the May meeting.

*Teacher Requests-There were no new teacher requests

*New Business/Update-The student council would like to sell drawstring bags next year and wanted to make sure we didn’t have plans to give them out next year.  We do not have plans to do this.

Babysitting was provided by Freedom High School National Honor Society students during the meeting.  If you have questions or comments, please contact Erin Lenhardt, at 851-3266 or

Final PAC meeting for this school year:  Tuesday May 10th 2016, 6:00 pm in the Art Room (Room 22, lower level).

*Meeting date changed due to music concert May 16th and District survey results meeting May 2nd

PAC Meeting Agenda for Monday, April 18, 2016~ 6:00 pm Art Room (Room 22, lower level)


  • Any news from Mrs. Lipsey?
  • Mrs. Anderson (reading specialist) 26 Days
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Artist in Residence- April 4-8 – How was it?\
    • Artist in Residence Books
  • Family Fun Night- April 8 – How did it go?
  • Plastic Bag Recycling- update
  • Paper Recycling- update
  • Staff Appreciation Week – May 2-6
  • Spring Student Appreciation- May 20th? Popsicles?
  • Fifth Grade Celebration – May 31
  • Fundraiser Discussion (Paper Recycling, Avon, Cookie Dough, Brain Bowl) Do we need to change?
  • Teacher Requests
  • New Business/Updates

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 851-3266 or

Final PAC meeting for this school year:  Monday, May 2, 2016, 6:00 pm in the Art Room (Room 22, lower level).

*Meeting date changed due to music concert

PAC Meeting Notes, Monday, March 21, 2016

Any news from Mrs. Lipsey?-The Princess and Me Dance was held on March 18th.  It was very successful with 110 girls pre-registering.  There were a lot of great comments regarding how much fun the girls and fathers had.  They are still looking to do something in May for the boys/mothers.

Testing will be occurring in April. It will be online. This year 4th grade will have social studies added to the test.

PBS committee purchased books for the 4K, K, and 1st grade and prizes for use this year.

There are 2 assemblies left this year. One will be about “Spread the Word to End the Word” and Student Council is sponsoring an Olympian Walker May 24th.

Treasurer’s Report– Our current balance is $30,240.36.   Part of this amount is money earned from our Paper Recycling ($4,226.99).  We hope to spend this on something for the Nature Center or an outdoor/environmental project.  We also keep $3,500 in our account as a cushion for next year to cover immediate expenses that occur.  The spendable amount is $22,513.37.  This does not include monies already dedicated to items approved for this year including Artist in Residence, Family Fun Night, etc.

Artist in Residence– PAC is sponsoring an Artist in Residence this year for Mrs. Rudolph’s Art Room.  Sandy Melroy is a Silk Artist and will be working with students on an individual project as well as a large mural that will be displayed in the front stairwell.  Mrs. Rudolph does not work with the PreK students, but PAC has found parent volunteers to help bring the silk art into those classrooms as well.  The PreK students were also able to meet Mrs. Melroy and learn how silk is made.  Mrs. Melroy will be here through April 8.

Family Fun Night– Friday, April 8, 6:00 to 7:30- Connie Wheeler and Erin Lenhardt are now Co-Chairs for this.  Cindy Taft organized a Minute-To-Win-It night with great ideas for fun challenging games for the students.  It should be a fun night!  Face painting and snacks will also be available.  This is a completely FREE NIGHT for elementary students and their families.  Parents must accompany their children.  We are still looking for volunteers to help run the games.  Please contact Erin Lenhardt (email is below) if you can help.  We are also asking High School students who may need volunteer hours and teachers to help with this event.

Brain Bowl– We raised $5,743.30.  Three classrooms won pizza parties for highest participation.  Congratulations to Mrs. DeGroot’s T/Th class, Mrs. Thiel and Mrs. Margo Fox’s classes!

Staff Book Fair– Sue Mannenbach organized a new/gently used book drive.  The teachers then get to use these free books for their classroom libraries.   Any books that are left over are donated to St. Vincent or Goodwill.  We noticed this year that the teachers did not take as many books.  We will look into the reasons why and decide if this is something we want to continue.

Secretary/Administrative Professionals Day– Wednesday, April 27. We voted to include Diane along with the two Judys this year.  We voted to give $50 and flowers to each.  Connie Wheeler will take care of a card/money.  Amy Lahay will get the flowers.

Paper Recycling– The next one is March 21 – April 4.  Paper products only please!

Plastic Bag Recycling– ongoing thru April 14- We have collected 806 pounds so far!

New Business

-Playground equipment-Ms. Fox approached Erin Lenhardt on behalf of the Climate Committee.  The group has created a list of desired playground equipment/toys to use during recess because there are many items lacking or in poor condition.  After discussion PAC voted to approve $2500 for the start-up purchase of these items.  We will also get feedback from the Climate Committee later in the year to determine how much of the wish list was able to be purchased.  Some of the items will probably need to be replaced annually.

-Some teachers commented that the electronic pencil sharpeners that we helped them purchase no longer work and the warranty was only 60 days.  This prompted a longer discussion that we wanted to look into before the end of the year regarding our guidelines for the teachers to spend their $100 gift from PAC.  The guidelines were originally put in place because we felt if the students/parents worked so hard to help us raise money, we wanted the money to go to something educational that stayed in the classroom for other students to benefit from year after year.  We voted to remove the current guidelines this 2016-2017 school year and simply state that the teachers use their $100 gift on educational items in the classroom.  We will not approve/pay for any snack items for classrooms.  We love being able to offer the $100 gift to teachers every year ($200 to any new teacher or a teacher that switched grade levels) and we hope the teachers love spending it!   Thank you to all the parents/students who help us raise that money!

-Cookie Dough fundraiser- Michelle Gloudemans has been the chairperson for this fundraiser since it has started.  Our current cookie dough vendor is now located out of state and she noted it did not run as smoothly this year.  She presented info from another vendor that also offered other items to sell along with cookie dough.  We noted that the middle school does a very similar fundraiser almost the same time of year.  We discussed options and thought about still switching vendors but just selling cookie dough or switching the time of year that we do our sale.  Michelle will talk to vendors for options and we will continue this discussion at a later meeting.  We may be reevaluating all of our fundraisers to determine if they are still effective or if we need to try something new.

Next PAC meeting: Monday, April 18, 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 or 851-3266.