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Asunto:                           Sloan Elementary PTO E-News | April 23, 2013


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Message from the Board


We've had so many beautiful days this PTO 

April and so many wonderful events that have passed and that lie just days away:  The PTO's Science & Art Fair elevated expectations to which our students rose, just as expected; the Earth Day Assembly gave our kids a way to think about the the world beyond our little town; and this Friday, Sloan PTO will hold another family movie night as a way to bring families and the community together.  In so many ways, we're lucky, and we have many people to thank - so many parent volunteers and exceptional teachers who offer their time and talents in the spirit of keeping the promise of Sloan PTO's mission.  For all of this, we are grateful.  We're grateful, too, to live in a community where we feel safe and where our children feel safe.  With all the gratitude we feel for our school and our sense of safety, we are also profoundly aware of the fact that we really can't take anything for granted.  In Boston, on April 15, 2013, two bombs exploded at 2:49 p.m. killing 3 people and injuring 282 others.  One of the victims killed was an eight year old boy, and that fact alone is almost too painful to bear.  The incident and the images have touched each one of us.  We offer our most sincere sympathy to the families affected and express our love and prayers to the people of Boston. We hope the sense of safety and peace we experience right here at home will be restored to them.



PTO Voting Meeting Summary   


On Thursday, April 4, 2013, the PTO held its annual Voting Meeting to fill Officer and Committee Chair positions for the 2013-2014 school year.  Jenn Taylor and Pam Rowell were voted in as President and Vice President, respectively, and most of the Committee Chair positions were filled.  For a full listing of the election results, please click here to view the meeting's Minutes.



PTO Meeting and Vacancies 


Please join us for the school year's final PTO Meeting this Thursday, May 2nd at 9:30 AM in the LGI. Debby Rhea and Wendy Lindeman will be nominated and voted upon as candidates to fill the Secretary and Co-Secretary positions, and Michelle McFall will be nominated and voted upon to assume the Treasurer's seat. We will also be receiving committee updates about recent and upcoming events and Officers' reports, as well as discussing new business.


Please note that the PTO is still seeking Chairs for Fall Family Fun Night and the Science & Art Fair. We would also like a Co-Chair to work with Jodi Horvath on the Kindergarten Welcoming/New Student Orientation committee, as Jodi will be leaving Sloan at the end of next school year. Please consider lending your time and talent to carrying on these traditions and events. If you would like more information, contact Debby Rhea at



Science and Art Fair
Science and Art Fair


Over 700 visitors (!) attended Sloan's Science & Art Fair on April 12th. Showcased were over 400 students' works in a wide variety of disciplines.  Over 50 students participated in Sloan's first ever juried contest, where the students competed for coveted trophies in Science and Art. 


Winning trophies for their use of the scientific method were: 1st place Allison Sopko (5-Marchese); 2nd place Elena Swecker (5-Hong); and 3rd place Troy McClelland (1-Vitale).  Winning trophies for their application of artistic principles and their explanation of design were: 1st place Ben Pekarcik (3-Mickel); 2nd place Alaina Perry (3-Reger); and 3rd place Halle Jakiela (4- Cyganovich).


This year, eight classrooms collaborated on group projects.  The winner was determined by "Kids' Choice" in which each student attending the fair had a vote. Winning by a landslide was Ms. Adams's Kindergarten class for their recycled castle project and its accompanying book, "Kindergarten Cares about Recycling."  They will be adopting a sloth from the zoo and celebrating with a cookies and milk party! 


Classrooms with the highest level of participation were also recognized. They are adopting animals from the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium or The National Aviary as follows: Mr. Jozwiak's class - two toed sloth; Mrs. Vitale's class (with an impressive 95% participation rate!) - American bald eagle; Mrs. Ashworth's class - snow leopard; Mrs. Mickel's class - komodo dragon; Ms. Cyganovich's class - penguin; and Mrs. Hong's class - snow leopard. Congratulations!


The committee would like to thank the school administrators, PTO Board, and all of the many volunteers without whom this event would not have been possible.  Thank you, Signs of Excellence, for providing a professional poster recognizing our talented kids in a timely manner. Thank you, Bondi Printing, for providing the Honorable Mention Certificates, also within a short time frame. Thank you to every teacher, intern, and student teacher who helped with the rubric and judging.  Thank you to the Franklin Regional Robotics Club, FRobotics, and their Frisbee-shooting robot, Klingon, for taking time out of your weekend to get our students excited about engineering. You were rock stars to them!   And it goes without saying, thank you to the parents who mentored kids, bought supplies, drove projects around, came to the event, bought the Bake Sale treats, and smiled for the cheesy photo booth pictures.  You are priceless!


To view pictures from the Science & Art Fair, click here.




Science & Art Fair Trophy Winners, From Left to Right:

Halle Jakiela (4th grade) - 3rd Place Art; Troy McClelland (1st grade) - 3rd Place Science; Alaina Perry (3rd grade) - 2nd Place Art; Ben Pekarcik (3rd grade) -1st Place Art; and Allison Sopko (5th grade) - 1st Place Science. Missing: Elena Swecker (5th grade) - 2nd Place Science




Bake Sale: Sweet Rewards

We wish to thank the donors and consumers of sweet treats at the Science & Art Fair Bake Sale for making it such a success. With options including dreamsicle cake pops, home made breads, brownies, gourmet cupcakes, and cookies, it was truly difficult for watering mouths to make their selections. The sale raised $272.00, bringing this year's Bake Sales profits to $1067.48 - more than double the anticipated total income of $500! The proceeds will be used to continue providing our teachers and students with a wide variety of enrichment programs and resources. Thank you for your generosity and patronage!  


Kate Manka and Jen Boyer, Bakes Sales Co-Chairs



Earth Day Assembly


On April 22, the PTO invited the     

Carnegie Science Center to Sloan in observance of Earth Day. Mr. Zachary Weber and Captain Green's Time Machine took our students on an adventure around the world and back in time - from the frigid lands of the Arctic and Antarctica to the rainforests of South America to the coral reefs in the Pacific Ocean. They learned about this history of our planet and the science of climate change through demonstrations that included methane bubbles, magnesium bursts, and exploding balloons. It was great to see our students so excited while learning what they can do to solve environmental issues and take control of "Spaceship Earth" in the race to create a sustainable future for our planet! For pictures of the assembly, please click here.



Family Movie Night


While the big kids dressed up for Franklin's Prom on Friday night, Sloan students dressed down in their PJs and slippers for the biggest pajama party of the year - PTO Family Movie Night! A crowd topping 140 people snuggled up with blankets, pillows, sleeping bags, and treasured stuffed animals for a big screen viewing of Wreck it Ralph in the LGI. Copious amounts of popcorn and drinks disappeared into the mouths of patrons who were riveted by the movie and very well behaved. It was a fun evening and a great way to celebrate family togetherness and community. Family Movie Nights were a pilot program for the PTO this year, and they have been deemed a resounding success. We hope to see you at next year's events which have already been planned in October and April! To view photos from the event, please click here.



Giant Eagle Apples for Students


Sloan family members, teachers, staff,  and supporters...did you know that each time you shop at Giant Eagle using your Giant Eagle Advantage Card, you can earn points that Sloan PTO redeems for great educational tools? The points are automatically credited to Sloan through your Giant Eagle Advantage Card. It's easy to enroll!

Register your Giant Eagle Advantage Card® by following these simple steps:

  1. Call 1-800-474-4777 or visit
  2. Enter your Giant Eagle Advantage Card® number (which appears under the bar code).
  3. Enter Sloan's school code: 988.
  4. Shop at Giant Eagle.


Thanks to all who participate!

Please contact Corporate Contributions Chair Laura Pasqualini at 412-886-0419 or with any questions.



Target REDcard: Take Charge of Education


We invite Sloan parents, teachers,  and staff to help raise money for the Sloan PTO simply by shopping at Target. Please visit and enter the name of our school (Sloan) or Sloan's School ID (89648) to enroll your REDcards®, existing Target Credit Cards, Target Visa® Credit Cards, and Target Debit Cards. Sloan receives 1% of all REDcard purchases made at Target using registered cards.  


Please contact Corporate Contributions Chair Laura Pasqualini at 412-886-0419 or if you have any questions.



Go Green in 2013


Why send your old toner and inkjet    

cartridges back to Brother or Hewlett Packard?  Drop them off at the school, and we'll ship them to a company that recycles and remanufactures them in exchange for points with which the PTO purchases merchandise from a rewards catalog for school-related items for our students. We can also ship cell phones, digital cameras, small electronics, and laptops to be recycled.

Please contact Corporate Contributions Chair Laura Pasqualini at 412-886-0419 or if you have any questions.


Thank you!



Giant Eagle eBox Tops! Giant Eagle


There's another way to earn cash for Sloan through the Box Tops for Education program and Giant Eagle. It's called Bonus eBoxTops. Bonus eBoxTops are Box Tops you can earn online when you purchase participating Box Tops products with your Giant Eagle Advantage Card. Like traditional clipped Box Tops, eBoxTops are worth 10˘ each. It's simple. Log onto and click on "Access My Account." Then, scroll down to "My School Programs" and click on "Box Tops for Education" to be taken to the sign up page. In May, buy any 4 General Mills cereals and earn 10 Bonus eBoxTops. Check the Giant Eagle eBoxTop site for more information and future offers!



Market Day Market Day


Thanks to all who have supported our PTO by placing Market Day orders. Pick up for April orders will be tomorrow, Wednesday May 1st, from 3:15-4:30 in the Cafeteria. Please look for May's order forms to be coming home soon. The last Market Day pick up for the year will be on Wednesday, May 29th. 



Vocelli Cards 


Vocelli food cardswill be sold through the end of the school year. These $10.00 cards include two BOGO pizza coupons, two BOGO gourmet subs coupons, and two BOGO bread sticks coupons. The cards are good only at the Golden Mile Highway location and are for pick up orders. For each card you purchase, you'll be entered to win an additional Vocelli food card. This 100% profit-making fundraiser is a convenient and tasty way to raise money for our PTO! You can purchase a card at any time by sending cash or a check made out to Sloan PTO to school in an envelope marked "Vocelli" or by contacting Discount Food Card Co-Chairs Shelly Traphagen ( or Nancy Moser ( to make other arrangements. Thank you for your support.



Box Tops Contest


Sloan PTO's final Box Tops contest for the school year starts on Monday, May 6th and ends on Friday, May 10th.


  • Collect Box Tops from your favorite grocery products.
  • Put your Box Tops in baggies or sealed envelopes.
  • Label the baggie/envelope with your teacher's name and the number of Box Tops (groups of 50 preferred).
  • Give your labeled baggie/envelope to the classroom teacher by Friday, May 10.
  • One winning classroom per grade will earn a cookie party!
  • Every 50 Box Tops equals one (1) point for you classroom and earns $5 for the Sloan PTO!

If you have questions or would like to volunteer to help count Box Tops during the contest, please contact Box Tops Chair Myon Valentino at 724-327-5413.

Thank you for your support!



Teacher Appreciation (CARNIVAL!) Luncheon


Our wacky and creative PTO Hospitality Committee is hard at work organizing a special carnival-themed Teacher Appreciation Week Luncheon for our spectacular teachers and staff. The festive event will take place on May 8th. Please consider joining in the fun by sending food items to school or volunteering your time to help out. Here's how:


Send your name, email address, and phone number to Jenn Taylor at, and indicate whether you'd like to help out (Morning: 9:45-12:00 or Afternoon: 12:00 - 2:30), or contribute a food item (Please indicate what you'll be donating.),or BOTH! This information must be received by tomorrow, Wednesday, May 1st for planning purposes. Food items should be dropped off in the lobby before 11:00 on May 8th.Thank you,


Jenn Taylor and Jeanine Snyder, Hospitality Committee Chairs 


Duck RaceDuck Race   



Our beloved Duck Race, which raises money for the American Cancer Society's Relay for  Life, will take place on Thursday, May 9th, with a rain date of Wednesday, May 15th. Students will cheer on their rubber ducks at Pearson Creek and enjoy treats afterwards. The classroom that raises the most money will be awarded a prize! Donations are being accepted now. For details, please click  here. Thank you in advance for your generosity and support.


Lori Hall, Kara Bertucci, and Amy Popies, Duck Race Co-Chairs



Relay for Life


Relay For LifePlease join us at this year's Murrysville Relay for Life as we celebrate survivorship and remember loved ones lost. As Paint the Town Purple kicks off, let it serve as a reminder to RELAY! Opening Ceremonies begin at 9 AM on Saturday, May 18th at the High School track, followed by the Survivor Lap at 4 PM and the Luminaria Ceremony at 9 PM. Many other fun activities will take place in between. Please check out the Relay website for a complete schedule of events.


Donations to "Team Sloan" may be made online via the website or sent to school in an envelope marked "PTO-Duck Race." Please make checks payable to the "American Cancer Society." Monetary donations will also be accepted throughout the event. Thank you for supporting cancer research and awareness.  


For additional information, please contact Team Sloan Captain Chris Sadoski at or (724) 327-9396.



Dates to Remember      



May 1 - Last day for Teacher Appreciation Luncheon volunteer sign-ups / Market Day pick up / Snapology class


May 2 - Last PTO Meeting of the year 9:30 AM in the LGI / Lab Ratz class


May 6 - Box Tops Contest begins


May  8 - Teacher Appreciation Luncheon / Snapology class


May 9 - Duck Race / Lab Ratz class


May 10 - Box Tops contest ends


May 13 - NED anti-bullying assembly


May 15 - Duck Race rain date / Last Snapology class


May 16 - Last Lab Ratz class


May 18-19 - Relay for Life


May 20 - 24 - Deer Valley week


May 29 - Market Day pick up


May 31 - Field Day and Tom Diez Assembly


June 3 - Bus Driver Appreciation


June 6 - Fifth Grade Farewell


June 7 - Last day of school / 3 hour early dismissal





Tcursorhe Sloan PTO Newsletter is intended to help keep you up to date with what is going on at Sloan. It will be coming to your inbox, as needed, usually once a week during the school year. You can also find more information anytime at the new and improved Sloan PTO website, and on our Facebook page at If you have any questions or comments contact me at Have a great year!

Sandra Linnemann/Sandra Torres-Martínez
Sloan Elementary PTO Electronic Communications

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In This Issue

Message from the Board

PTO Voting Meeting Summary

PTO Meeting Reminder and Vacancies

Science and Art Fair

Bake Sale

Earth Day Assembly

Family Movie Night

Giant Eagle Apples for Students

Target REDcard

Go Green in 2013

Giant Eagle eBox Tops

Market Day

Vocelli Cards

Box Tops Contest

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

Duck Race

Relay for Life

Dates to Remember


PTO Contacts

Michelle McFall President 

Larry Nicolette Treasurer

Debby Rhea Co-Secretary 

Jenna Heberle Co-Secretary 



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