Committee Info

2017 – 2018  Committee Chairpersons

After School Programs   

This Committee Chair is currently open

This committee brings outside vendors to Sloan to provide after school programs for our students.  Past after school activities have included:  Mad/ScienceLab Ratz Science  offers a hands-on approach to exploring all major fields of science, with an emphasis on creativity and individual discovery.  The Crafty Shack provides ceramics paining classes.  Corks and Canvases enables students a chance to express their creativity through painting. This committee also recruits parent volunteers to monitor and assist with the classes, as necessary. Most planning can be done at home. After school programs are currently only advertised thru the newsletter and on the Sloan PTO Facebook page  (no hard copies go home), however, you will have to pick up the registration forms and payment at the school by your deadline.  4-6 programs done each year.

Backpacks 2 Go

Laura Pasqualini –

Jen Paterline –

This committee has two main tasks: (1) coordinates the scheduling of “pack days” usually held at Heritage Elementary on Fridays, 2x per month. Pack day is approx. 2 hours. As committee chair you can choose to participate in as many or as few pack days as you are able – the schedule is up to you. You then make arrangements for the packers to deliver the packs back to Sloan that day. (2) organizes the Backpacks 2 Go Food Drive in February with our school counselors; drive lasts 2 weeks, and is concurrent with the Box Tops program.    

Bake Sales

Kara Bertucci –

Jamie Donkin-

This fundraising committee organizes Bake Sales at each night of Open House in September (3 nights this year), March Math Madness, and the Science Event also in March.  The chair coordinates volunteers to donate baked goods and assist with selling during events.

Book Fair        

Leann Chiarizio –

This committee coordinates and hosts the Scholastic Book Fairs which are held in the fall and spring each school year. This is one of our most popular fundraisers and is a long-standing Sloan tradition. Many volunteers are needed for this committee for set-up, sale days, and clean-up. (formerly Volunteer Spot) is utilized to manage this schedule and is very easy to use. Each fair runs for one full week during school hours.  In the fall, the book fair is also open in the evenings during Open House.  

Box Tops for Education

Sue Salata –

Lindy Anderson –

The Chairperson(s) coordinate(s) the school-wide collection of Box Tops from product brands such as General Mills, Pillsbury, Betty Crocker, Huggies, Ziploc, Scott, Hefty, etc. to generate cash rebates for Sloan.  Additional volunteers may assist the Chairperson(s) with classroom contests, and clipping and tallying Box Tops in bundles of 50.  This fundraiser is held for a 2-week period in February each year, concurrent with the Backpacks 2 Go Food Drive.   Hours to help: will need to stop into school to pick up the collections throughout the two-week period, but all other work can be done at home.

Bus Driver Appreciation  

Desiree Luzader –                        

This committee coordinates tokens of appreciation for our wonderful bus drivers to thank them for their service to our children. Bus Driver Appreciation Day is usually on a Friday, the week prior to the last week of school.  Communication to the parent is organized to rally parents to do something kind at their respective bus stops, and arrange for a group of parents and kids to congregate at the school to greet the buses that morning. Most work can be done at home.


Nikki Bubenheim –  

Trish Collamer –

This committee coordinates the recruitment of volunteers who support teachers by making copies, die cuts, laminating, etc.  Volunteers may schedule themselves to work weekly, bi-weekly, 1x per month or as a substitute throughout the school year. Schedule can be flexible. Training will be provided by Mrs. Callihan at the beginning of the year, or as needed. The current schedule is setup as two hour shifts available Mon-Fri from 9am-11 am, 11am-1 pm or 1pm-3 pm.  This is a great way to get to know the teachers.  

Clothing Sales

Sue Salata –

The Chairpersons coordinate the annual sale of Franklin Regional and Sloan Elementary clothing products.  This fundraiser occurs shortly after the school year begins; orders are usually placed right after Open House.  Samples are provided by the vendor for try-on and sizing at each night of Open House.  Volunteers will assist with sales and distribution, and working the evenings of Open House.

Corporate Contribution Programs

Laura Pasqualini –

The Chairperson is responsible for promoting and educating our Sloan families on these various programs that earn FREE money (or other incentives) for our school.  Sloan currently participates in the following programs:

  • Giant Eagle Apples for Students – register and use your Giant Eagle Advantage Card to automatically accumulate award points (or cash) for our school
  • Shop ‘N Save S.E.E.D (Students Extra Educational Development) – register and use your Shop ‘N Save reward card to earn points towards educational programs from the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium and Carnegie Science Center
  • Amazon Smile – Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible Amazon purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers – in this case, the Sloan PTO (an eligible 501(c)(3)!
  • Corporate Gift Matching Programs – many of our parents are employed by companies who match their employee’s donations to eligible 501(c)(3)’s.  Local participants include: Alcoa, BNYMellon, PNC Bank, Highmark, Heinz, PPG Industries, Westinghouse, etc.

This is the only committee where your “volunteer” time simply requires you to do your normal routine shopping! All work can be done from home.


Lisa Prasad –

Selena Barefoot –

This committee organizes the annual Dance-a-Thon held each October during school hours.  The Dance-A-Thon is our biggest fundraiser, which encourage physicals fitness in a fun and energetic way. There are many ways to volunteer for this committee; while there is a lot of preparation that goes into this event,be done at home. Prep for this event begins as soon as school starts.  

Display Case

Theresa Schleger –

The Chairperson(s) decorates the display cases in the entry to showcase the upcoming PTO activities and/or seasons.  This is the first thing our visitors, students and parents see when they enter the school.  Volunteers may sign up to help decorate. Most work can be done at home with the exception of the time needed in school to do the displays – however displays can be decorated at any time because the front lobby is always open – no need to be available during school hours.

Duck Race                

Lori Hall-

Chris Sadoski –

This committee organizes the annual Duck Race in Pearson Creek to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.  Volunteers may assist on the day of the event in May

Electronic Publications   

Carla Williamson –

The chairperson coordinates and prepares eNews Updates and monthly PTO eNewsletters from articles submitted by Committee Chairs.  Newsletters are done monthly; eblasts are done as important updates or reminders are needed.  Constant Contact is the software that is utilized and is very easy to learn.

Excess for Recess

Laura Pasqualini –

This committee coordinates the collection of gently used games and toys to be used in the classroom or at recess.  Donations can be dropped off in the school lobby.  In the fall we will have a “store” and give the teachers “money” to buy items for their classrooms.  This event is held every other year and 2017 is a collection year.

Fall Family Event        

Jennifer Taylor –

Arin Keough –

The Chairpersons plan an evening of family fun as a beginning of the school year/welcome back, community building experience.

Fifth Grade Farewell     

Jeri Phillips –

Arin Keough-

Stephanie Weaver –

This committee plans an end-of-the-year farewell party for fifth grade students.  This has become as popular of an event as the Fifth-Grade Deer Valley Trip!  Volunteers may help coordinate and assist at the event. Each year is a different theme and it is a terrific way to send off our kids to the middle school.  The event is usually held the last week of school.

Hospitality & Staff Appreciation

Nikki Bubenheim –

The main focus of this committee is to coordinate a luncheon for teachers and staff during Teacher Appreciation Week in May. In addition, this committee provides treats/snacks to be left in the teacher’s lounge during the parent/teacher conference day in the November. Most of the organizing can be done from home.  Plan to be at school for a period of time on the day of each event, or arrange for someone else to be there.  

Holiday Shop             

Jessica Conner –

Michelle Laborda –

This committee coordinates the annual Holiday Shop in the LGI where students shop for holiday gifts for friends and family. Many volunteers are needed for this committee for set-up, sale days, and clean-up. (formerly Volunteer Spot) is utilized to manage this schedule and is very easy to use. The shop runs for one full week during school hours.  This holiday shop has been a time-honored tradition at Sloan. Volunteers are needed during set-up, sale days, and clean-up.

Homeroom Parents

Beth Davis –

The chairperson(s) selects homeroom parents for each teacher’s classroom based on selection guidelines provided and leads the Homeroom Parents. The chair also helps guide the homeroom parents on clearance questions, party guidelines, and general “how to” host a PTO event.  The homeroom parent for each class coordinates three homeroom parties (Fall-OCT, Winter – DEC and Valentines/Spring – FEB) and secures the necessary number of volunteers; assists with classroom activities and parent communications from the PTO Board, and coordinates volunteers for Field Day held in late May/early June. Optional and strictly voluntary is to organize a class thank you for Teacher Appreciation or End of Year.  The homeroom parents are encouraged to attend each party.  Parents are responsible for providing food, beverages, and paper products, choosing the craft, activity, and/or game(s) and providing necessary supplies.  Please note there is no reimbursement for classroom parties.

Kindergarten Welcoming/New Student Orientation

Monica Bush –

This committee provides support during Kindergarten/New Family Orientation in early-to-mid AUGUST (one morning and one afternoon session) and greets new families throughout the year.  The chairperson(s) act as a “mentor” to assist with orientation and provide support to parents who have questions. For consideration and approval in the upcoming year, provide Sloan Spirit Gear and a welcome note to students who start at Sloan during the course of the year.  

New Programs

Beth Davis –

This committee will research new program offerings for the students outside of school.  The determination will need to be made as to whether the program is a PTO sponsored program (depending upon the program, it may require a parent or teacher sponsor), is funding required and where does the funding come from, gauging interest by conducting electronic surveys to the parents.  Some programs for consideration are:  Odyssey of the Minds (an international creative problem-solving STEAM-based program that engages students in their learning by allowing their knowledge and ideas to come to life in an exciting, productive environment), Simple Gifts World Music Program (grants available from the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts), etc.


Cede Klein –

This chairperson is responsible for attending PTO events and homeroom parties to take pictures.  The pictures will be posted on the PTO website and stored in disc format for potential use by Lifetouch in the yearbook.


The committee chair is currently open

The Chairperson submits articles and photos of Sloan activities to newspapers such as the Penn Franklin News and Murrysville Star. Actively used for the Dance-A-Thon in October.

Relay for Life

Chris Sadoski –

The Chairperson coordinates activities between Sloan and the Relay for Life Committee to register Team Sloan and participates in the Relay, which is held one weekend in May.  The Chairperson also works with the Duck Race Committee to coordinate donations.  Volunteers may walk or plan fundraisers during this event.

Science Event 

Eryn Devola –

Stephanie & Tom Zalewski –

These chairpersons coordinate ONE EXPLOSIVE EVENT featuring:

  • Science Night – hands-on experiments, games and demonstrations (at various stations throughout the school)
  • The Science & Art Fair – student projects, judged and non-judged (in the gym)

The committee collaborates with teachers and students from Sloan, FRMS and FRHS for the demonstrations and judging of projects.  The evening is a family affair held one Friday night in the Spring.

Spirit Sales

Chris Sadoski –

The Chairperson coordinates the sale of “school spirit items,” such as bead necklaces, pencils, stickers, tattoos, spirit towels, water bottles, and swim bags during Spirit Sales Days.  Sales are held 3x/year for 2-3 days each time during the morning arrival of students.  Volunteers are needed from 8:30 until 9:15 a.m. on the day of the sale.

Spring Family Event 

Nikki Bubenheim –

Talin Drabik –

The Chairpersons plan an evening of family fun in the Spring as a fun way to bring the students and parents together outside of school.  It is a wonderful community building experience.

Student Directory

Siobhan Bogler –

The Chairperson publishes the student address and telephone directory.  Volunteers assist with data input, copying, proofreading, and coordinating orders.  The directory is completed in September/October.



Carla Williamson –

This committee maintains Sloan PTO’s web page using WordPress (no experience necessary).  Our website has evolved over the years into a very useful tool for parents.