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PTOMessage From The Board

There's something about education that we don't always consider: Who are the students?  Usually, we identify our children as students, but we too are students, and the context in which we learn is always shifting. In an organization like the PTO, as students, we learn that collective achievement is more important than individual achievement - something that may run counter to our life experiences and our formal education. In this realization, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and we find our success. We raise money, collectively, which allows us to maintain a mission dedicated to enriching academic, creative, and cultural endeavors. We move forward, collectively, operating within the context of an agreement that no one idea or event is more or less important than another and that there is always room for growth in the organization, just as there is always room for growth in the classroom. 


This year, the PTO introduced several new events, and next yea  r we will introduce even more. Please stay posted for details following the PTO's Voting Meeting on April 4th (9:30 AM) where new committees/events will be determined, and new Officers and Committee Chairpersons will be elected to assume their positions in June, 2013. Officers are elected to serve two year terms, while Committee Chairs serve, depending on their Committees, on an as needed basis and always with the intention of being as inclusive as possible.

We also hope to see a good turn-out at our March 5th PTO Membership Meeting (7:00 PM), where we'll be covering usual business as well as reviewing some important policy and procedural courses followed by the PTO's Officers, Committee Chairs, and Co-Chairs. We will also review protocol for Members who require clearances or who would like access to the PTO website for publication purposes. Just as our children review material in their classes to recall and retain the information they need to move forward, as students in our organization, review is a great learning tool for us too!



PTO Meeting Summary

The PTO held its General Assembly Meeting on Tuesday, February 12, 2013. President Michelle McFall thanked the Father Daughter-Dance Committee for their excellent work, informed the Membership in attendance that elections for next year's Board and Committee Chairpersons will take place in April, and reminded the Membership of the many ways to stay informed of upcoming events and participate in discussions about important matters at our school.


Vice President Wendy Lindeman outlined the teacher grants that were distributed and upcoming assemblies. Twenty pencil sharpeners, as well as some ink jet cartridges, were delivered to the teachers as part of the teacher grants. The upcoming assemblies are as follows: Visiting Author John Manders on March 7th and 8th; Jump Rope for Heart on April 5th; an Earth Day assembly on April 22nd; the NED Anti-Bullying assembly on May 13th, and Tom Diez on May 31st. 

Treasurer Larry Nicolette outlined current income and expenditures. Year to date, the PTO has a net profit of $4,699. The projected year end profit is zero. 


The following committees were in attendance and gave updates: Science and Art Fair; Science Night; Market Day; Spirit Sales; Fifth Grade Farewell; and Relay for Life.


The PTO introduced the idea of purchasing one or more Elmos for the school. Elmos are document cameras that act as projectors. They can project any image. The PTO Board will get back to the Membership with specifications and open up the possibility of making this purchase for discussion.


The PTO is also looking into building a basketball court near the front driveway of the school. The district would pay for the labor and the PTO would pay for the equipment.  


Jenna Heberle won the raffle for a movie party for Mrs. Connors's 2nd grade class. A raffle will be held at each PTO Meeting for all who attend.


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


March and April PTO Meetings

The next General PTO Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 5th at 7:00 PM in the Cafeteria. All Sloan families and staff are invited and encouraged to join us. One lucky attendee will win a movie and popcorn party for his or her child's/student's class.


The April Voting Meeting will take place on Thursday, April 4th at 9:30 AM in the LGI. During this meeting, we will be electing new Board Officers and Committee Chairs, as well as welcoming ideas for new events and activities. The Board is recommending Jenn Taylor for President, Pam Rowell for Vice President, and Heidi Groth for Co-Secretary to work with Jenna Heberle until the end of her term in June, 2014. The Board is also looking for a new Treasurer. Anyone interested in an Officer's position is able to be nominated and should contact a Board Member for information about the positions' responsibilities. To learn about the committees and the many ways you can become involved, please click here.  


If you would like to be considered for a Board 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 at both meetings and thank you for your support of our PTO.

Teacher Grants

Each year, the Sloan PTO provides our teachers with much needed equipment or supplies. As parents, we know you have probably struggled with the question of what kind of pencils you should send to school - mechanical or traditional ones. If you purchase mechanical pencils, you need an endless supply of lead. If you send in traditional pencils, how will your children keep them sharp?  


Most classrooms have been lacking a pencil sharpener and manual sharpeners don't work very well, can be messy, and are not allowed in some of the classrooms. This year, the PTO decided to provide our teachers with electric pencil sharpeners as well as some inkjet cartridges. We purchased and delivered 20 pencil sharpeners to various classrooms, and the teachers and students were thrilled! We are in the process of working out issues with a few of the sharpeners, but we are very happy to have them.

We have an amazing Membership whose dedication, commitment, and support of our fundraising activities enables us to provide our children and their school with much needed resources. Thank you!



Market Day

Market Day

Thank you to everyone who placed Market Day orders in January. We had 31 customers and made a profit of $198.85. To date this school year, our Market Day supporters have raised $1200.98 for the Sloan PTO! We appreciate your support very much.


As a reminder, pick up for February's Market Day orders is tomorrow, February 27th, from 3:15 - 4:15 in the Cafeteria. Any and all help is appreciated starting at 2:15 when the truck arrives. If you are interested in volunteering or have questions, please contact the Market Day Co-Chairs:


Laura Pasqualini: 412-886-0419 /

Pam Zimmerman: 724-327-5410 /


Thank you!



Father-Daughter Dance

Sloan PTO's inaugural Father-Daughter Dance was held on February 1st and was a huge success! The theme revolved around the concept of a "Winter Hoedown," and dads and daughters alike were delighted to dress up in their cowboy gear and Western apparel. The turnout was excellent, a with filled-to-capacity crowd of 170 dads and daughters in attendance. In addition to dancing, the night included a delicious barbecue-style spread provided by The Beach Hut and surprise giveaways and raffles. We were especially appreciative of the Middle School custodians who were incredibly helpful and eager to assist in any way possible. 


Since the dance, we've received many thank you notes from fathers expressing gratitude for the priceless, lifelong memories that were created for them and their daughters that evening, as well as notes of appreciation from others throughout the school and district. It is our hope that this special event will become an annual tradition for many years to come, perhaps at an even larger venue.


Thank you to everyone who lent a hand, everyone who attended, and everyone who took the time to share their reflections about the dance afterwards. But most of all, thank you to the Sloan PTO Board for their trust and support and to my wonderful Co-Chairs, Lori Henninger and Shelly Traphagen, without whom none of this would have been possible.


To view pictures from this amazing night of fun, please click here.


Theresa Gutierrez, Father-Daughter Dance Chairperson



Book Fair

What's the formula for a successful Sloan Book Fair? That's easy: eager students; generous parents; and knowledgeable faculty. Luckily, Sloan has all three! Led by the incomparable Mrs. Perrott, students showed up with the right mixture of excitement and information...ideal prerequisites for a successful PTO fundraiser.


Many good things happened at the Sloan Story Laboratory Book Fair, but the main elements that made it such a success were the ongoing, collective effort to inspire our students to read, the numerous books donated to our dedicated teachers by our gracious parents and students, the outstanding contribution of $158 to All for Books to put new titles in our classrooms, and finally, the $9,700 in total sales, 25% of which is used for the PTO's amazing programs for Sloan students!


Lastly, to our volunteers, who generously gave us their time, patience, and talents, and we thank you! Your efforts are recognized and deeply appreciated. Thanks to you, Sloan's Spring Book Fair was truly a positively-charged experience!


To view the photo gallery from the Book Fair, please click here.





Box Tops for Education Box Tops for Education Contest

Thank you to all of the families whose Box Tops donations helped to make this fun and simple fundraiser such a success! In the course of the two week long contest, a total of 22,450 Box tops were collected, raising $2,245.00 for the Sloan PTO. The following winning classrooms each earned a $30.00 Amazon gift card with which to purchase educational items for indoor recess:


K - Adams

1 - Vitale

2 - Vincent

3 - Midgely

4 - Cyganovich

5 - Taylor


Thank you also to Debbie Reitz, Mary Beth Renze, and Pam Rowell who donated their time to sort and count the Box Tops. Your help was invaluable!


Keep clipping and saving up your Box Tops until the next contest!


Myon Valentino, Box Tops Chair



After School Programs

Thank you to everyone who participated in the recent Crafty Shack, Lab Ratz, and Snapology sessions. The next Crafty Shack class (an Easter Egg Box craft) will be held on March 11 for already registered students. The spring sessions of Lab Ratz and Snapology will begin in April. Registration forms will be sent home with students and posted on the PTO website soon.

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.



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 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. Just log onto and click on "Access My Account." Then, scroll down to "My School Programs" and click on "Box Tops for Box Tops for EducationEducation" to be taken to the sign up page. March's offers include:

Yoplait® Kids Lowfat Yogurt (Strawberry, Strawberry Banana, and Vanilla - 4ct), Simply Go-GURT® (8ct), Go-GURT (8ct, 16ct), Go-GURT® Twisted Yogurt, and Trix® Lowfat Yogurt (Cotton Candy, Raspberry Rainbow, Strawberry Banana, Strawberry Punch, Triple Cherry, and Watermelon Burst - 4ct). If you purchase any 4 participating products, you will receive 10 Bonus eBox Tops!  


Check the Giant Eagle eBoxTop site for more information and future offers!



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. The new Target Credit Cards and Target Debit Cards are also eligible for this program. 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 that process, Sloan PTO earns points which we use to purchase 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 and collect points.


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


Thank you!



Vocelli Food Cards  

As a reminder, we are continuing to sell Vocelli food cards 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 pickup 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!



Third Grade Garden Club Garden Spade

The Third Grade Garden Club will be meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, February 27th, from 3:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. This meeting will "bee" amazing, as Sloan parent Mr. David Perry will be giving a beekeeping demonstration. Children will have the chance to see a mating nuc (a small hive) of honeybees, frames of drawn comb, and a comb of sealed honey. They will also have the opportunity to sample raw honey which has a different taste than store-bought honey that has been heated and/or micro-filtered.


Please click here to view and print a Honey Tasting Consent Form for your children to bring to school on the day of the meeting. Please also have your children bring a snack and a note granting them permission to stay after school to attend the meeting. If this will be your child's first meeting, s/he will need to bring a completed Student Information Sheet which can be found here.  


Please RSVP to Gardens Co-Chair Kim Bell at, so she can properly plan for the meeting. Thank you!



Fifth Grade Farewell

The next Fifth Grade Farewell planning meeting will be held this Thursday, February 28, 2013 at  12:00 PM in the LGI Annex. There are still volunteer opportunities available, and we welcome additional ideas. If you'd like to help plan the party or would like to volunteer for the evening of the event (June 6), please contact Nancy Moser at or (724) 327-4522.


We will be gathering photos of fifth graders during the remainder of the school year to create a CD for the students. If you have photos of only fifth graders, please send them to Chris Sadoski at or Kelli Prucnal at with PICTURES in the subject line. Thank you!



Science and Art FairScience and Art Fair

The Sloan Science and Art Fair will be held on Friday, April 12, 2013 from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. The purpose of the fair is to encourage all students to develop a greater interest in science, technology, and art and to develop skills in creativity, innovation, critical thinking, research, problem solving, and the use of the scientific method to answer a question. For more information, please click here to download the 2013 Art and Science Fair Packet . The deadline for submission of entry forms is Friday, March 15th.


For questions or to volunteer to help coordinate, set up, and take down the event, please contact the Science and Art Fair Co-Chairs:


Mary Beth Renze 



Elaine Yarabinetz 



Relay for Life Relay For Life

The American Cancer Society's Murrysville Relay for Life will take place on Saturday and Sunday, May 18th and 19th at the High School track. We cordially invite parents, teachers, and staff members to become members of Team Sloan. To join Team Sloan, please click here.  


Contributions to Team Sloan will be coordinated through funds raised by Sloan PTO's Duck Race. For more general information about Relay for Life, please visit Stay tuned for additional information coming soon!


Chris Sadoski, Relay for Life Team Sloan Captain

Dates To Remember 


February 27 

Market Day pick up (3:15 - 4:15 in the Cafeteria) and Third Grade Garden Club/Beekeeping Presentation


February 28 

Fifth Grade Farewell Planning Meeting at 12:00 in the LGI Annex


March 5 

PTO Meeting at 7:00 PM in the Cafeteria


March 7 and 8 

Visiting Author


March 11 

Easter Egg Box Class through After School Programs and The Crafty Shack


March 13 

Market Day orders due


March 15 

Science and Art Fair registration forms due


March 19 

Spring Fundraiser pick up 10:30 - 8:00 in the LGI


March 20 

Third Grade Garden Club and Market Day pick up (3:15 - 4:15 in the Cafeteria)


March 21 and 22 

Spirit Sales


March 22 

Science Night


March 26 

Spring Homeroom Parties

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
Message From The Board
PTO Meeting Summary
March and April PTO Meetings
Teacher Grants
Market Day
Father-Daughter Dance
Book Fair
Box Tops for Education Contest
After School Programs
Giant Eagle Apples for Students
Giant Eagle Bonus eBoxTops
Target REDcard
Go Green in 2013
Vocelli Food Cards
Third Grade Garden Club
Fifth Grade Farewell
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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