Message from the Board

“There’s 104 days of summer vacation and school comes along just to end it. So the annual problem for our generation is finding a good way to spend it, like maybe building a rocket or fighting a mummy or climbing up the Eiffel Tower.” You recognize it, right? The lyrics to Phineas and Ferb’s title sequence, “Today is Gonna be a Great Day.” Well, I don’t know how many days are actually in summer vacation but I do know that summer went quickly and that everyone I know was really busy. Not busy building rockets or climbing the Eiffel Tower. It was probably more along the lines of kids, noise, games, swimming, vacation, laundry, sleepovers, soccer, soccer and more soccer, dirt, mud, mosquito bites, the words “I’m bored,” some day trips, more laundry, tons of cook outs, and then… school shopping. Woosh. We’re back – back to all the busy we had during summer with the added busy of school and all it encompasses. But, it’s exciting. Each year when our kids return to school, they are putting their feet on the first step of the next chapter in their lives. We can see it for what it is which is why the first day of school is typically an emotional one for parents. We can see beyond that first day and into our children’s futures. We know there’s a whole world waiting there for them to discover and that their friends and teachers will be the ones to show them these new parts of the world. We know, because we’ve been there.


For those of you who are new to the school, welcome! You can rest assured that your children are in good hands. For those of you who are returning families, welcome back.! The PTO has many new and traditional events planned this year and it is our wish that as parents or guardians, you will have opportunities to engage with your children and with this school for some of the events. Each year, hundreds of parents and guardians come into the school as volunteers for things

like Fall Family Fun Night, the Book Fair, Field Trips, Science Night, or even lunch with their children. This year, we are asking that all parents and guardians who wish to serve as volunteers be aware that the basic safety clearances will be mandatory. Policy 7407, which identifies the types of clearances are required, is meant to do just one thing: keep our kids safe. If you haven’t already gotten your clearances, please do so as soon as possible. We’re asking that you have your paperwork submitted to Felicia Dusetzina, our wonderful new school secretary, no later than October 20th. To read Policy 7407 and to be directed to links where you an obtain your clearances, please click here: (Jenn – if, rather than having the hyperlink typed, you can do the “insert link” function, that’d be FAB.)


If you have questions about the PTO and its function or questions about what we do and when we do it, you can locate all the information in the packet that came

home with your child called “Get to Know Your SLOAN PTO.” All PTO information can also be found on our website: We urge you to visit the home page often to stay current with all that’s happening. When you visit the website, PLEASE sign up to receive the monthly eNewsletter and weekly eNews Updates.


If you happen to have photographs of your kids from the first day of school, please share them with us to post on the website. In the subject line of your email, write “First Day of School Photograph” and be sure to include your name, the names of the children in the pictures, and their grade levels. Pictures can be sent to Website Chairperson Jennifer Taylor at We’ll take your photos until October 15th!


There’s no way to know for sure what the year will hold, but we’re expecting some really good things.


Again, welcome and have a great year!

Sep 26, 2012 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments: none