The Freedom PTA
Welcome to the Freedom Elementary School PTA! Here you will learn about all of the wonderful things parents and teachers do to enrich the educational experiences of the children at Freedom Elementary School.
What is the PTA?
We are a local Parent Teacher Association that is organized by interested parents and teachers. It is a PTA organized under the authority of North Dakota Congress of Parents and Teachers (NDPTA), a branch of National Congress of Parents and Teachers (National PTA). The Freedom Elementary School PTA has bylaws that govern the operation and five officers that ensure things run smoothly.
- To promote the welfare of children and youth in home, school, community, and place of worship,
- To raise the standards of home life,
- To secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth,
- To bring into closer relation the home and the school, that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of children and youth
- To develop between educators and the general public such united efforts as will secure for all children and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, social, and spiritual education
Join us at our next meeting! All parents and teachers are welcome to attend the PTA meetings. Each meeting is held on the second Monday or Tuesday of each month at 6:30PM in the school media center. Childcare is provided during meetings.
If you have questions about the Freedom PTA, feel free to contact this year’s officers via email. To sign up for the Freedom Elementary School PTA, please complete the membership form below and drop it off at the school’s main office or at a PTA meeting.
Be sure to check out the Freedom PTA Facebook page for photos and more...
PTA 2018-19 Board
Jerilyn Selheim, President
Jessica Carlson, Vice President
Tonia Thompson, Treasurer
Leora Hillman, Secretary
May 29, 2018 – PTA Family Fun Night & Inflatables
PTA 2019-2020 Board
Jessica Carlson, President
Jerilyn Sellheim, Interim Vice President
Carly Wright, Secretary
Tonia Thompson, Treasurer
2019-2020 PTA Meetings – 6:30-7:30 pm
9/10, 10/8, 11/5, 12/10, 1/7, 2/11, 3/3, 4/7, and 5/12
2019-2020 PTA Events:
BBQ: Aug 29th
Turkey Bingo: Nov 12th
Sock Hop: Nov 28th
Winter Family Night: Jan 28th
STEAM Night: March 17th
PTA Family Fun Night: May 27th
Newsletters & Meeting Mintues
Welcome and Roll call
Approval of Last Minutes
Principal Report: Mr. Schneck is moving to LE Berger as Assistant Principal and we wish him well and Freedom is getting a new Dean. Interviews are tomorrow. Freedom moving to School Wide Title. Title means get more funding to help reading department. Able to hire more staff and extra programming. Moving to school wide helps. Usually this process takes a year, but we did it in 6 weeks. We also have a full time instructional coach next year. (Mrs. Peterson) Able to have our school psych an extra day to provide extra help as well. EL is also growing. Construction starts the day after school ends for new GATE and Art rooms and will be done by Aug 20.
Fundraiser. Fun Run details shared VMA and Push Save Tabled.
Teacher Appreciation Went Well.
School Tool Box up and running
Yearbook Update all finished. Sold about 351. Maybe next year have a 5th grade yearbook committee
Membership Report: No change
Financial Report, use the $200 from lunchroom to playground MVA
VP Update Nothing New
Year End Party May 29th 6-8pm getting Northern Brain and Jumbos and Games Galore
Election of Officers: Jessica Pres, Jerilyn Interterm VP, Carly Sec, Tonia Treasure VMA
Meeting Adjourned. Have a Wonderful Summer
Freedom Flyer PTA meeting 4/9/19
Welcome and Into
Last Meeting Minutes MVA
Dr J report: It’s the end of the school year! Wow! Already talking about next year and our new construction and looking to next year for numbers looking at being quite full again next year. Boundaries are looking great! This year we were at 515 enrolment next year looking at 545, maybe adding more classes not sure what or where. Trying to avoid overcrowding and working on making sure school is what everyone needs.
Path Presentation: Path is for foster care. Foster Parents though ND is nonprofit and places kids in homes and then get kids registered in school. Path serves 232 kids in ND. Currently have 86 kids who needs foster homes. Reg Foster care is though county and treatment care is through an agency and kids come have higher needs/trauma. Path helps provide services and homes for kids to have best support possibility. Also have community-based services to help prevent out of home care. Plenty of opportunities to help, please contact PATH if you can help.
Steam night: Revenue $423
Conference and Book Fair: Went well and we made $1202 for scholastic dollars
Fundraiser Discussion: Presented idea of Fun Run. MVA to form committee to explore fun run option and present at next meeting
Membership report: no real changes. MVA
Financial Report MVA
DTD at Uncle Madio’s details to come
Skate City Night April 29th
Second Grade Presentations:
Liv working ELA standards; Using Steve Research model to learn about government leaders, roles and election process and used chatterpix to display work
Ben working on science and math. Piloting a new math curriculum. A lot of hands on work, Things are going well.
YB update: Looking good, but its due tomorrow and we still have one teacher who hasn’t sent pics
Legacy fund 5th grade: will do raised garden planters for kids to plant and care for vegetables.
May Meeting will hold elections for next year’s board.
Staff appreciation meeting Tuesday April 16 at 7:30pm Brewtus Brickhouse
School toolbox is ready to go, need to add earbuds to required supplies
Teacher appreciation is 6-10th.
Approval of last minutes: MVA
Mr Schneck: New construction coming. Building an art room and a GATE room. Starts last day of school will be finished by fall start. Will be in the black top area currently and then a new blacktop area will be placed elsewhere. Current art room will become another music room. Summer school will not be held at freedom but will be held at brooks harbor. YMCA kids will still be here but will not use library because of another program. Alternate routes to playground due to construction over the summer. RICK celebration happened and went well. Students met Mr S weight so he will be on the roof when the snow goes away. Trying to find fun things to do like broadcast via IPAD to students that day.
Steam Night: working with team at the school. MARCH 26 6-8pm. Partnering with Stem Zone out of Bismarck. Several activities will be scattered thoughout the building. NDSU will also be helping, we will be bringing the Bug Guy who also does a weird science presentations though the night. We will also have other activities from some of our teachers. Going to be a great night! Light snacks. Free will Donations.
Conference Meal Sign up is full!
Book Fair Signup still open
Year End Party-Games to Go are set up!
Mebership Report-no changes
Financial Update- MVA. 5th grade needs to come up with what their Legacy Fund will buy.
We may have a new option for fundraising details to come.
Leora and Mr S will research and will present in next meeting.
Dine to Donate: Applebees March 7th 11-8pm
Skate Party: April 29th
Current Volunteer Needs. Steam night info coming and we still need 3 more for bookfair.
1st Grade presentations
Mrs Tibbits and Mrs Voss are here with Kerigan and Madison
Reading: Working on predicting. Sometimes in text you can be reminded other stories so you can guess or predict what will happen.
Math: Piloting the program the district will use next year.
Science: Learning about the Sun. Usually in science will read a nonfiction and then an experiment.
Writing: Does writers workshop. Working on problem writing. Writing about problems and resolutions. Also working on editing.
Box Top Contests is done Getting $260 in box tops. Winning classes: Greening, Voss, Goettle, Lura, Strommen, and Dronen all get a popcorn party.
Working on yearbook. Pictures are coming in and being reviewed and working with Scherlings. Looking good. Cover contest will start soon. Books will be finalized in April so ready to go in May.
Next Meeting is April 9th at 6:30 pm
PTA Minutes for Feb 12th
Welcome and Conducting by Jerrilyn
Dr Johnson: PTC coming up March 11/12 and Kinder registration march 25th and 26th Lego league did great in GF. Rick week has been going well. Amy Sola with Cherrydale. Cherrydale has been going though many changes, that could mean changes in employees and reps we work with. Amy may be having another fundraising opportunity. PTA will need to look in to options for fundraising.
School Supply boxes will be offered in the spring. Boxes will vary in cost.
Membership. No Change.
Financial Reports: Discussed funds for Lego Club and needs for other clubs. MVA.
DTD Night: March 7th at Applebee’s
Uncle Madio’s may be an option.
Skate City Feb 25th 6-8pm
Always more volunteers.
Third Grade Presentations:
In Math and Science working on bridge building. Learned engineer design process. Discussed what kind of structure wanted to build and then discudded what they needed to build. Then Tested and adjusted as needed. Measure features of bridge such as strength. Used Seesaw to record ans share. Also studied maps.
In ELA working on starting a unit of fairytales and opinion writing.
Movie Night? Need to cancel with other events coming up.
Steam night March 19th. Ptential being able to use a Service out of Bismarck. Would need to change night to 3/26 but would be a great night. And could be a good welcome for kids with kinder registration.
Spring Box Top contest 2/27 wining class will get popcorn party.
Book Fair and PTC Meal planning
Plans for Year End Party
Adjourned by Jerrilyn
Next PTA meeting will be March 5th at 630
Meeting 1/8/9 6:30pm Conducting Jessica
Previous Meeting Minutes have been Emailed out. MVA, tonight’s Minutes will be emailed out before Friday.
Mr. Schneck report: Had blue ribbon ceremony went well and we even made the news. 5th grade Ski trip was a success minimal injuries. Officer Pearson is moving to north side. Getting Officer Dora Roll. Excited to get to meet her. 5th grade plastic bag recycling project coming up. WE are one of two WF schools selected to participate. Start saving plastic bags…help us win. More info to come. RICK week starts Feb 11. Lego league comp is coming up at NDSU open to public.
Old business…school supply boxes still getting information.
Membership stays the same
Treasurer Report: MVA
VP: dine to donate not till next month
Winter family movie night 1/29
Skate City Night-Feb/March
Volunteer Needs-SHS is amazing but Parent volunteers are needed. PTA BUCKS to incentivize??
Class Presentations: Kinder
Mrs. Wolden and Ellison works on starfall easy math and read books to students and leads students to read and play music and create
Mrs. Braunagel talked about Number corner for fluency and the use of ten frames
Mrs. Greening and Reese-talked about book bags to bring home books to read and practice sight words and text to text connections
TNT-Would like to partner with PTA to provide coffee to staff at Freedom on Giving Hearts Day as a thank you to our staff and invite them to donate to TNT. After this partnership would like to offer an open gym night. Cost would be $15 a person, PTA would get a cut. No decision was made.
Movie Night: No decision was made as wo what movie to show
Yearbook: Need a head of committee to get this done. Jessica?
Fundraiser Ideas Needed!!!! Fun Run?? Mr. Schneck to get ideas from another school for how to run this.
Meeting Adjourned by Jessica
Next Meeting Feb 12 @ 6:30pm
on 9/18/2018 Length:
PTA 2018 Fall Fundraiser
Hi Parents, Please take a minute to watch this video regarding our fall fundraiser. I know its a hectic time of year, but our annual fundraiser is really important for our school. Thanks for helping us out!
All meetings begin at 6:30PM and free childcare is provided!
Monday Night February 25 we are hosting a Skate City party from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Don’t know how to skate, stop in at 5:30 pm for a free Learn to Skate class. See attached flyer for more information We look forward to seeing everyone there!
As spring rolls around it is time to clean out those cupboards once again and send in those Box Tops. We will be collecting Box Tops from now until February 27th. The classroom from each grade with the most Box Tops received will earn a Popcorn party. We will be coming around the classrooms to collect them throughout the next week. I’ve attached a flyer and a collection sheet if they want to use it, or a sandwich baggie with the teacher’s name on it will work just fine.
The Freedom PTA is so excited to announce an upcoming Steam Night for families. We have partners with the Science museum in Bismarck to provide us hands-on Science fun on March 26th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Please help us share this flyer to get the word out about this fun event.
Scheduled Events - Click HERE for calendar of events