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PTO Meeting Summary

The PTO held a General Meeting on March 18, 2013 in the Cafeteria. Six Members of the PTO were in attendance as well as all five PTO Executive Board Officers.


President Michelle McFall opened the meeting by discussing the proposed basketball court. Related costs and plans were reviewed. She also reminded those in attendance of the April 4th Voting Meeting at 9:30AM. Anyone who is interested can be nominated for Board Officer and Committee Chair positions.


Vice President Wendy Lindeman outlined the upcoming assemblies, and Treasurer Larry Nicolette outlined February's income and expenditures. Total net profit for February was $5465, with the Book Fair expenses yet to be paid.


Reports from the following committees were received: Science & Art Fair; Science Night; Spirit Sales; Relay for Life; Fifth Grade Farewell; and Kid Stuff books. A future Sheetz fundraiser was also discussed.


The Board outlined the new Code of Conduct and Links Tab policies. The IRS requires all 501(c)(3) organizations to have a written Code of Conduct, and the Links Tab policy was written so there would be guidelines as to the appropriate types of links included on the Sloan PTO web page. Copies of the Code of Conduct and the Links Tab policies can be viewed online on the Sloan PTO web site at


Mary Beth Renze won this month's raffle for a movie party for Mr. Taylor's class.


The meeting adjourned at 8:07 PM.


For a full account of the meeting, please click here to read the Minutes.



PTO Voting Meeting

The PTO Voting Meeting will take place on Thursday, April 4th at 9:30 AM in the LGI. During this meeting, we will be electing Board Officers (President, Vice President, Treasurer, and 2 Co-Secretaries) and Committee Chairs, as well as welcoming ideas for new events and activities for the 2013-2014 school year. Anyone interested in an Officer's position or Committee Chair position is able to be nominated. To learn about the responsibilities of Officers' positions, please contact a Board Member for more information. To learn about the committees and the many ways you can become involved, please click here. Please also see below for a listing and description of the committees for which we anticipate full or partial vacancies (based upon interest Member feedback to date), and kindly consider lending your time and talents to fill them.


If you would like to be nominated for a Board Officer or committee position or have ideas to share, please attend the April 4th meeting. If you cannot attend, please submit your intent to run for a position and/or your ideas for new events and activities to Co-Secretary Debby Rhea at  


We look very forward to seeing you and thank you for your support of our PTO.


Bale Sales - This committee organizes Bake Sales at Open House, Science Night, and the Science and Art Fair. Two Co-Chairs are preferred.


Box Tops - This committee coordinates 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. Volunteers may assist the Chairperson(s) with classroom contests and tallying Box Tops. Current Chair Myon Valentino would like to return and have 1 Co-Chair to work with her.


Bus Driver Appreciation - This committee coordinates gifts for the bus drivers to thank them for their service to our children.


Clothing Sales - The Chairpersons coordinate the annual sale of Franklin Regional and Sloan Elementary clothing products. Volunteers may assist with sales and distribution. Current Co-Chair Brooke Masten would like to return and have 1 Co-Chair to work with her.


Fall Family Fun Night - This committee hosts an activity night in the fall for students and their families. Volunteers may help coordinate and assist at the event.


Fifth Grade Farewell - This committee plans an end-of-the-year farewell party for fifth grade students. Volunteers may help coordinate and assist at the event.


Gardens - This committee maintains the Sloan gardens (weeding and planting) and works with the teacher representative to assist with the Third Grade Garden Club's meetings and activities. Volunteers may help with Third Grade Garden Club and assist in the garden. Current Chair Kim Bell would like to return and have 1 Co-Chair to work with her.


Mother-Son Event (New!) - This committee coordinates and hosts an evening of fun for mothers and sons.


Movie Nights - This committee coordinates and hosts Movie Nights in the fall and spring for students and their families.


Photography Committee (New!) - This committee is responsible for sending Committee Members to 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. Jenna Heberle has expressed interest in chairing this committee and would need 2 Co-Chairs to work with her.


Science & Art Fair - This committee coordinates the Science & Art Fair in which children showcase their own science and art projects. Volunteers serve on subcommittees to assist during set-up, the event itself, and break-down.


Talent Show (New!) - This committee coordinates a virtual talent show by compiling videotaped performances submitted by children and presenting the composite to the student population during an assembly.


Volunteer Recruitment - This committee recruits and coordinates volunteers for various PTO-related activities and assists event organizers with filling their staffing needs.      



Market Day

Market Day

Thank you to those who have placed Market Day orders. We had 29 customers in February which earned a profit of $191.28 for our PTO. Twenty-two customers ordered in March for a total profit of $165.48. The total raised so far this school year is $1,558.02. Please keep up the ordering, as all profits benefit our students by helping to fund PTO activities and programs!


April Market Day order forms will be sent home soon. Please note that all new customers can use coupon code NEWFIVE to receive $5.00 off an order of $25.00 or more when the orders are placed online at Our school code is 17346. Please also note that pick up for April orders will be on Wednesday, May 1st between 3:15 and 4:15 in the Cafeteria.


If you have questions or would like to volunteer to assist with pick up, please contact your Market Day Chairs:


Laura Pasqualini: 412-886-0419 /

Pam Zimmerman: 724-327-5410 /


Thank you for supporting Market Day and the Sloan PTO!



Easter Ceramics Class

The Easter ceramics class offered through The Crafty Shack was a huge success! On Monday, March 11, over 80 students painted and decorated ceramic Easter eggs and bowls. Thank you to all the children who participated. We also wish to extend our sincere gratitude to the parent volunteers and the National Honor Society High School students. Your help was greatly appreciated! To view pictures of the crafts-in-action, please click here.


Spring Fundraiser  

The Spring Fundraiser raised $1,558.00 selling Sarris Candies and Gongaware & Parry Easter flowers. Thank you to everyone who placed orders and who purchased cash-and-carry flowers on the day of pick up. A great deal of gratitude goes out to Janice Cavalier, Alecia Battaglia, and Sandra Torres for their help with assembling packets and delivery. Thank You!


Corin Young, Spring Fundraiser Chairperson


Spirit Sales Sloan Paw

Thanks to all the volunteers who came to help with the final Spirit Sales of the school year: Megan Ciaramitaro; Sandra Linnemann; Debby Rhea; Pam Rowell; Kate Sell; Annette Smiach; and Jenn Taylor. The children thoroughly enjoy the experience of shopping for spirit gear on their own and look forward to the sales three times yearly. Although bead necklaces are always a fan favorite, water bottles and swim bags were popular items this time, too! We'll see you again in the fall. Go Panthers!


Spectacular Science!

With nearly 350 participants and more than 30 teacher, student, and parent volunteers, Sensational Science Night 2013 was a great success! High School teacher Mr. Sunny and his students treated attendees a host of stations including hands-on experiments and lessons about energy conservation, electrostatics, gravity, and some seriously sloppy science where kids and adult s alike enjoyed making GAK, watching soda bottles explode, and witnessing the freezing effects of liquid nitrogen. The LGI was home once again to Dr. Brecht's Science Jeopardy where 4th and 5th graders tested their knowledge about science concepts in a fun and challenging way. Sloan teacher Mrs. Peifer gave her time to run a microscope station with microscopes generously loaned to us by High School teacher Mrs. Shank. PTO volunteer Allison Harris helped children make their own constellation viewers. The Gymnasium was converted into a lab by Middle School teacher Ms. Ritson and her junior scientists where attendees got first-hand experience with the wonders of Bubbleology, playing with Oobleck (a slime that is both a liquid AND a solid!), and feeling the effects of centripetal forces. Guest presenters also included representatives from PPG Industries, who hosted the Innovations to the Surface station, Erika Deyarmin from Waste Management, who taught the benefits of recycling, and Shawn Miller of Lab Ratz Science Club, who delighted goers with an electricity station. The hallways were lined end to end with one experiment after another! To see pictures of the action, click here.


We wish to extend a huge thank you not only to our vendors, presenters, and patrons, but also to our Sloan custodians for their amazing efforts with set up and clean up. Thank you also goes out to Shelly Traphagen who arranged for lucky raffle winners to win 1 free Lab Ratz session, 10 free ice skating passes from Center Ice Arena, and 4 free bowling passes from Fun Fest Entertainment Center. And finally, we are sincerely grateful to Theresa Gutierrez and Jen Boyer, the Science Night Committee Chairs, for organizing this spectacular evening of fun and education!


Please keep your eyes peeled for the PTO's next big event - the Science & Art Fair and Bake Sale on Friday, April 12th from 6-8:30 pm.



Sweet Rewards!

We'd like to thank all the donors and consumers of sweet treats at the Science Night Bake Sale. We also extend a special thank you to Debby Rhea, Pam Rowell, and Jenn Taylor for setting up and staffing the goody tables. With options including chocolate-drizzled popcorn, donuts, gourmet cupcakes, brownies, and cookies, it was truly difficult for watering mouths to make their selections. The sale raised $191.47 for the PTO which supports our teachers and students with a wide variety of enrichment programs.


We're now setting our sights (and taste buds!) on the final 2012-2013 Bake Sale which will be held during the Science & Art Fair on Friday, April 12. Please consider donating home baked or store bought goods which can be left on the catering rack situated in the school lobby anytime during the day on Friday, April 12. Please also kindly label goods that contain nuts. Thanks in advance for your contributions and your patronage!


Jen Boyer and Kate Manka, Bake Sales Co-Chairs

Giant Eagle Apples for Students Giant Eagle

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!



Vocelli Food Cards  

Vocelli food cards will 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 and has earned us $240.00 to date!  


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!



New Giant Eagle Bonus eBoxTops!

There's an exciting new way to earn cash for Sloan through the Box Tops for Education program and Giant Eagle. It's calle Box Tops for Education d 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. Just 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. April's offers are for Totino's® Pizza Rolls® Brand Pizza Snacks (15ct, 40ct, 90ct, 120ct), Party Pizza®, Pizza Stuffers (Cheese), and Pizzeria Rolls Check the Giant Eagle eBoxTop site for more information and future offers!



Sloan PTO's After School Programs is excited to offer another 6 week session of Snapology. "Lego® Black Belts" will be held on Wednesdays from 3:45 - 4:45 beginning on April 10th. Snapology is a great way for children to learn about simple engineering and physics concepts as they work in teams under guided instruction to build super cool models. Registration and payment for this session are due on Wednesday, April 3. Please click here for additional information . If you have questions, please contact Cede Klein (412-841-3907 or Chris Kuzmkowski (724-961-5109), After School Programs Co-Chairs.

Thank you!


Lab Ratz Science Club

Lab Ratz Science Club is returning to Sloan for a 6 week program that will take place on Thursdays after school from 3:45 to 4:45 beginning on April 11th. Lab Ratz presents basic science principles in an engaging, hands-on manner that encourages students to be inventive and creative, question the world around them, and make discoveries through experimentation. This session will be open to all students in grades K-3 and 4-5.  All new participants will receive an official Lab Ratz t-shirt. Please click here for enrollment and payment information. Registration forms must be submitted, with payment, to your child's teacher by Wednesday, April 3rd. If you have additional questions, please visit  or contact Chris Kuzmkowski (724-961-5091) or Cede Klein (412-841-3907), After School Programs Co-Chairs.


Thank you!



Science and Art FairScience and Art Fair

We're looking very forward to a fabulous Science & Art Fair on Friday, April 12th from 6-8:30 pm and invite everyone to come and check out the 246 projects that 371 of our hard working Sloan students will have completed! Forty-two of our students have entered the judged contest (including some first and second graders!) and will be competing for the coveted six trophies. Please join us to celebrate the achievements and learning of all entrants and to congratulate our winners!


Please watch your children's backpacks for information about judging and project drop-off. Due to PSSA testing that week, we will only be having evening drop-offs. No projects will be accepted before school.


If your budding artist or scientist missed the registration deadline, please contact Mary Beth Renze (724-327-8711 / or Elaine Yarabinetz (724-733-5030 /, the Science & Art Fair Co-Chairs. If there are enough extra participation awards, we'll definitely include him/her!


Volunteers are needed (!!!) for evening setup on Wednesday and Thursday, April 10th & 11th, and desperately needed for afternoon setup on April 12th. If you can help, please reach us using the contact information listed above.


Thank you!


Mary Beth Renze and Elaine Yarabinetz, Science & Art Fair Co-Chairs


Relay for Life Relay For Life

The American Cancer Society's Murrysville Relay for Life is less than two months away! The event will take place from Saturday, May 18th at 9:00 a.m. to Sunday, May 19th at 9:00 a.m. Please consider taking this opportunity to become a Team Sloan member by visiting the Relay for Life website.  


Donations can be made online, or checks can made out to the American Cancer Society and sent to school in an envelope marked "PTO-Duck Race." Please contact Relay for Life Chair Chris Sadoski ( for additional information. We hope to see you on the FRHS track!


Dates To Remember 


March 27

Spring Homeroom Parties


April 3

Registration deadline for Snapology and Lab Ratz


April 4

PTO Voting Meeting 9:30 AM in the LGI


April 5

Kid Kouncil's Jump Rope for Heart


April 10

Snapology class


April 11

Lab Ratz class


April 12

Science & Art Fair / Bake Sale


April 15

Science & Art Fair projects must be picked up/brought home.


April 17

Snapology class


April 18

Lab Ratz class


April 22

Carnegie Science Center Earth Day Assembly


April 24

Third Grade Garden Club / Snapology class


April 25

Lab Ratz


April 26

Movie Night


May 1
Market Day pick up


Tcursorhe Sloan PTO E-News 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
Sloan Elementary PTO Electronic Communications

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In This Issue
PTO Meeting Summary
PTO Voting Meeting
Market Day
Easter Egg Ceramics Class
Spring Fundraiser
Spirit Sales
Science Night
Bake Sale
Giant Eagle Apples for Students
Target REDcard
Go Green in 2013
Vocelli Food Cards
Giant Eagle Bonus eBoxTops
Lab Ratz Science Club
Science and Art Fair
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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