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Freedom Elementary School PAC Meeting Notes November 1, 2010

Treasurer’s Report:  We currently have $12,436.00 in our account.


Nature Center: The work day was canceled due to the weather and rescheduled to trim the brush and trees.  Mrs. Meller will help the 5th grade work on getting the bark on the trails.  The Butterfly garden has been updated with more plants and bark.  If more help is needed, Mrs. Meller will send information home with students.


Fall Flag Football: PAC earned $500 from the concessions they provided each Saturday.  We decided that next year we should provide more baked goods since they sold out quickly and were popular items.  We also need to schedule more volunteers to assist with the bake sales in the future.  Some ideas for getting more baked goods included having them dropped off Friday and brought home by someone and returned to school Saturday morning.  Depending on whether the YMCA or the Freedom Irish Football team organizes next year’s league, it may be easier to get workers to sign up.  Someone will contact the Park & Rec and ask about the concessions trailer used at last summer’s soccer tournament.  Thank you, Wendy Cropsey, for organizing each week.  Thank you to all who supported the PAC.


Teacher/Classroom Wish List:  Wish List book will be located in the office.  If the teachers have additional requests that their $100 doesn’t cover, they can fill out a form that PAC has designed and present it to the PAC.

Parent/Teacher Conferences Meal: Michelle Wagner had plenty of people sign up to help serve the staff.


Sock Hop:  Tentatively scheduled for Friday, February 4th.  More details to come.

Brain Bowl: February 8th – 10th for grades Pre-K through 2nd grade.  Details to come in January.

AVON: Estimated profit is $4100.00.  Thank you for your support.

Market Day:  Market Day profit for October was $162.12.  November is Dessert Bonus Days so get your Holiday pies.  If we sell 100 desserts, we will earn 30% compared to the usual 15%.  If you would like to donate a pie to the Freedom Food Pantry for their Christmas Dinner, order it with your regular order and at the time of pick up place your donated pie on the designated table and we will deliver it for you.


Apparel Store Online: Go to the School website, click on School Store, click on the featured link and there you may choose the Elementary School.  Youth and adult sizes are available to order.  The designated school makes 60% on each sale.

Family Fun Night: We are looking into having a Comedy Night on Friday, March 25th from 6:30-8:00.  More details to follow.


Artist in Residence: Madison artist Sharon Kilfoy will come in for 2 weeks in March 2011 to work with the classrooms.  PAC has earmarked $5,000 to fund this opportunity for our school.  Mrs. Rudolph is working with a group of parents to coordinate this event.


Winter Book Fair for Staff: Stephanie Piepenberg will shop for used books for classrooms using $200 of the December Market Day profit.  In January or February staff can pick any of these books for their classroom libraries.

Back to School/Open House/School Registration: We discussed some of the frustrations with the beginning of the school year, including the paperwork students bring home at the end of the first day, school pictures being taken during the school day, having multiple scheduled events and how hard it is for students to bring all their supplies to school the first day since they won’t fit in their backpacks.  We shared how other schools handle back to school registration/open houses, including how the high school and middle school do it.  Melissa will type up a summary of the suggestions for the next meeting.


Facebook:  Look us up and join:  “Freedom Elementary P.A.C.” (Parents Activity Committee).


PAC website: Please go to www.freedompac.org and enter your email address in the subscribe field and you will receive anything that is posted on the website including the meeting agendas and notes.

Help Needed: Mrs. Bakken needs assistance in labeling and shelving books in the Guided Reading Book Room.  This job will take approximately 5 hours total and can be done anytime during the school day by a parent volunteer.  There is no deadline, so a volunteer can schedule this at their leisure.  If you can help with this project, please contact Melissa Westemeier.

Upcoming Meeting Dates:  Tuesday-January 4th, Wednesday-February 2nd, Thursday-March 3rd, Monday-April 4th, Thursday-May 5th.   Room 22 (Art Room) 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm.  Free Babysitting Available.  Please come join us!

Connie Wheeler, PAC Vice President

PAC Meeting Notes September 8, 2010

Treasurer’s Report:  We currently have $6,464.07.  We budget $5000 towards the Artist in Residence, $500 for this year’s school assemblies and $100 per teacher for classroom supplies.

Pre-Kindergarten Plans for Next School Year: Mrs. Czech and Mrs. Cuff came to the meeting with information about full day Pre-Kindergarten  2 days a week starting with the 2011-2012 school year.  Children would either come on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday Friday will be a prep day for the teachers.  This will cut approximately $94,000 of the busing costs.  Other surrounding schools (Shiocton and Greenville) have this same program and staff will visit them to get more information.  Parents shared their input, including a request to look at offering one session of half-day PreK for parents willing to handle their own transportation.

Committee Sign up:  A description of each event is available on the PAC website.  If you were unable attend the September meeting and are interested in a committee event, please contact Melissa Westemeier.  There is no obligation for any member to sign up on a committee event.

Teacher/Classroom Wish List:  Each teacher will receive a check for $100 and labels from PAC at their staff meeting in October.  This money will be for classroom needs.  The PAC will coordinate with the teachers to generate a list for gift ideas under $20 for the holidays.  This list will be available to the parents at the November Conferences.  If teachers have additional requests that their $100 doesn’t cover, they can fill out a request form that PAC has designed and the PAC.

Student Appreciation Day:   October 8, 2010 each student will get Market Day pretzels from PAC.

Parent/Teacher Conferences: November 9th and 10th PAC will provide meals for the staff.  The sign up sheet will be available at the October meeting.  If you would like to contribute something for either day, please contact either Michelle Wagner or Dawn VanWychen.

AVON: We will take orders for AVON from September 29th to October 15th and deliver during the Parent/ Teacher Conferences on November 9th and 10th.  Details will be sent home in September.

Market Day:  The Market Day profit will be allocated monthly to address different needs at the school.  Thank you for all of your support this past school year.

Staff Meeting: October 4th PAC will serve the teachers Ice Cream Sundaes and explain the PAC, including how they can make classroom requests and the Teacher Wish List changes.  Teachers will receive a $100 check and a packet including labels from PAC and other forms.

Helping Hands List: Shannon Hasse will update this list for us this year.  Thank you for all your time.

Fall Flag Football: Starting Saturday, September 25th the PAC will have an area in the Multi Purpose room with refreshments and food.  If you can help during a shift, please contact Wendy Cropsey.

Facebook:  Look us up and join:  Freedom Elementary P.A.C. (Parents Activity Committee).

PAC website: Please go to www.freedompac.org and enter your email address in the subscribe field and you will receive the latest information posted on the website, including the meeting agendas and notes.

Upcoming Meeting Dates:  Thursday – October 7th, Monday – November 1st.  There is no December meeting due to the holidays.   Room 22 (Art Room) 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm.  Free babysitting is provided.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Melissa Westemeier at 687-1671.

Connie Wheeler, PAC Vice President

PAC Meeting Agenda for Thursday, May 6, 2010

6:30-8:00 p.m. Room 22
Post-meeting at Buzz’s Bowl

• Treasurer’s Report

• Nature Center News

• Family Fun Night Report (Thank you for organizing, Carol Hennes, Andrea Schwaller, Carrie Witt & Jen DeBraal! Thank you for all the “never been loved” stuffed animals, Cindy Konkle!)

• Staff Appreciation—Thank you for pulling this together for our teachers, Michelle Wagner!

• Market Day Report (Connie Wheeler & Amy LaHay)

• Student Appreciation (Thank you, Carol!)

• Administrative Assistant Day—Thank you, Carrie, for ordering flowers!

• Last day of school recognition—finalize plans

• Fifth Grade Celebration Status Report

• Set first fall meeting dates, tentative event dates

• Committee Sign-up Sheets for 2010-2011

• PAC Logo—look at digitalized samples & choose

• Back-To-School Kits (Patsy Dennis)

• Teacher/Classroom Wish List (continued discussion)

• New Business?

Thank you for your participation in PAC this year. Have a spectacular summer and we’ll see you in September!

Babysitting by Freedom High School National Honor Society students will be available during the meeting. Questions? Comments? Please call Melissa Westemeier at 687-1671.

Meeting Notes April 12, 2010

Treasurer’s Report: We currently have $7,377.07 in our account.

Family Fun/Bingo Game Night: Friday, April 16th in the Elementary School Cafeteria from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm included snacks and prizes for all the winners. Everyone had a great time at this event! Great work, Carol Hennes (whose voice must still be sore from calling Bingo spots all night long!) Carrie Witt, Jen DeBraal and Andrea Schwaller for organizing this fun night. Also, thanks to Cindy Konkle for donating a huge bag of stuffed animals that had “never been loved.” Lots of kids love them now!
PAC agreed to allow Dee Speigel to sell raffle tickets to raise money for a Smart Board for Mrs. Pendleton’s 2nd grade classroom during this event.

Nature Center: The schedule is out to the teachers and will be held April 26th, 27th and 28th with 35 classes attending Environmental Awareness Day with the YMCA instructors.

Market Day: March profit was $178.91 and will be allocated to the Guided Reading Incentive. If you would like to submit a testimonial, please contact either Amy Lahay or Connie Wheeler. The month of May will be our last order for this school year so stock up for the summer. Thank you for all of your support this year and we will be back in September.

Administration Assistant Week: Carrie Witt ordered flowers from Dawn’s for our wonderful administration staff the week of April 19th. Thank you for all the hard work you do for all of us.

Student Appreciation Day: Carol Hennes will get popsicles ordered and set a date.

Staff Appreciation: This will be the week of May 3rd – 7th. If you are interested in contributing a food item, please contact Michelle Wagner. She passed around a sign up sheet—PAC will provide muffins/breakfast, desserts & dips with finger food on 3 different days. We thank all of our wonderful teachers here at Freedom Elementary.

Recognitions: No one is retiring, so we will recognize the 4th and 5th grade Student Council this year with all their help with Hall Monitoring the Kindergarten classes and their help with Market Day. Thank you for all your hard work.

Fifth Grade Celebration: Thursday, June 3rd at 1:00 pm in the school cafeteria. Cake, juice and water will be served after the ceremony. The committee met after our meeting to plan this event.

Teacher/Classroom Wish List: We had a long discussion about the Teacher/Classroom Wish List and the logistics with it. There is concern about teacher’s needs being met, the continued cuts in classroom budgets, miscommunication about classroom requests, and PAC’s desire to be equitable towards teachers. Suggested solutions involve keeping the status quo, making clearer deadlines for wish list purchases, and/or providing each classroom a set amount of money. We looked at some examples of the perimeters other school PTAs set for Teacher Wish Lists and highlighted what we liked best. Someone suggested that PAC no longer purchase consumable goods and begin labeling with stickers or stamps PAC donations to teachers and classrooms to highlight our efforts and publicize more all that we provide the district. Melissa said she’d talk to her husband about his company printing some up. People suggested we even give them to teachers to label what PAC bought for classrooms this year. One person suggested that “If you can’t put a sticker on it, maybe PAC shouldn’t buy it,” which made sense. PAC agreed that parents can be called upon to provide consumable items for various classrooms—like facial tissues, snacks and Purell. Melissa will bring a mock up of a new Teacher/Classroom Wish List form for us to discuss at our May meeting.

PAC Logo: We looked at a few samples that will be digitalized for the May meeting.

Fundraisers for Next Year: We will not do a Used Book Sale or Perennial Sale since some other area organizations are already doing them. We will continue with the AVON fundraiser, Brain Bowl and Market Day.

Library Inventory Help: Mrs. Zabel is looking for volunteers to help with inventory of books during the last week of school. If you could spare a few hours please contact Mrs. Zabel.

Facebook: We are now on Facebook so go check it out and join the group. Michelle Wagner set this up and will be taking care of it. She will post events coming up and if anyone wants to get to know other parents, this could be a good way. Search: Freedom Elementary P.A.C. (Parents Activity Committee).

Our final meeting for the 2009-2010 school year will be Thursday, May 6th at 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm in the Art Room #22. Free babysitting is available during the meeting. Afterwards we will have Post-Meeting Wrap-Up at Buzz’s Bowl. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Melissa Westemeier at 687-1671.

Connie Wheeler, PAC Vice President