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PTOMessage From The Board
Already one month into 2013, we'd like to wish every member of the Sloan community a "Happy New Year" and thank you for your ongoing support of our PTO from one year to the next.

The level of participation in all of its forms reflects an inarguable truth about where and how we stand together to uphold and enrich the standards of education, citizenship, and excellence that our district strives for. Despite certain challenges that influence the climate of education locally and nationally, this group has historically, and does now, maintain stability. Our field trips, assemblies, family events, visiting author, teacher grants, and acts of appreciation are a certainty that don't just magically happen. It's a real collaboration, and it takes work. It happens because of each of you. We can't say it enough - thank you.



PTO Meeting Summary

The PTO held a General Meeting on January 10, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. in the LGI. Principal Tina Burns gave a detailed explanation of the ongoing security measures being implemented and addressed at Sloan Elementary as well as ideas for increased security in the future. Additional business included a discussion of teacher grants, presentation of the Treasurer's report, and updates from active committees (Father-Daughter Dance, Science Night, Market Day, Spirit Sales, Box Tops, Book Fair, and the Fifth Grade Farewell). The Student Art Show and Heroes' Luncheon were also discussed.

Prior to adjournment, the PTO was informed of a ballet that will be presented by The Caring Place. The production will include the story of two Franklin Regional students who lost their father to a tragic accident. "Whispers of Light: A Story of Hope" will debut at the Byham Theater on Friday and Saturday, February 22nd and 23rd at 8:00 p.m. If you are interested in attending the production, please go to for more information. 


Lastly, a raffle was held for all in attendance. Pam Zimmerman won a movie party for Mrs. Vardoulis's class. A raffle will be held at each PTO meeting for all who attend.  


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



Market Day

Market Day
Thank you to all who supported Market Day in the month of December. Thirty-six orders netted a profit of $268.79 for the PTO.    


Currently, the Frequent Buyer Program is running. To qualify, customers must make 2 purchases of $40 or more between February and April, 2013 and place a third order of $40 or more in May, 2013 to receive a free set of 3 Eco-Bags.


January's order pick up date is on Wednesday, January 30th 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm in the school cafeteria. Any and all help is appreciated starting at 2:15 pm 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!



After School Programs

The Snowman ceramics class offered through The Crafty Shack was a huge success. On Monday, January 14 over 60 students painted and decorated a ceramic snowman. Thank you to all the children who participated and a BIG thanks to the parent and High School National Honor Society volunteers. Your help was greatly appreciated!


The next ceramics class, an Easter egg box, will be held on Monday, March 11 from 3:45 to 4:45 pm. Registrations and payment ($12.00) are due by Friday, February 15th. Please click here for more information.


If you have questions, please call Cede Klein @ 412-841-3907 or Chris Kuzmkowski @ 724-961-5109, PTO After School Programs Co-Chairs. Thank you!

Spirit Sales Sloan Paw

Thanks to all the volunteers who came to help with the winter Spirit Sales: Uzma Abassi; Marlo Ayres; Sandra Linnemann; Jenn Majors; Nancy Moser; Laura Pasqualini; Amy Popies; Kate Sell; and Pam Rowell.  


The children thoroughly enjoy the experience of shopping for spirit gear on their own and look forward to the sales three times yearly. The next Spirit Sales will take place on March 21st and 22nd when we will be selling the swim bags for $8.00. Go Panthers!



Vocelli Food Cards  

The BIG game is coming up soon:

Sunday, February 3, 2013


If you're in a rut and don't know what serve to your guests, think Vocelli Food Cards for your party. These food cards are great when hosting birthday parties too!


Each card costs $10 and consists of:


(2) Buy 1 Get 1 FREE Large Pizza coupons

(2) Buy 1 Get 1 FREE Gourmet Subs coupons

(2) Buy 1 Get 1 FREE Breadsticks coupons


The coupon cards are good at the Golden Mile Vocelli Pizza Location @ 1786 Royal Oak Shopping Center and are good for take out only. For every card sold, Sloan earns 100% profit to be used for our students.


**For every card you purchase, be entered to win a Vocelli Gift Certificate for FREE Pizza!


Winner!!! Kristin Rosenberg!!!

FREE Vocelli Pizza


Congratulations to Kristin Rosenberg for winning the Vocelli Gift Certificate for a FREE pizza!  Let's see who will be next. Purchase your Vocelli Food Cards today and after 25 cards are sold, we'll draw another winner!


Please contact Discount Food Card Chairs Shelly Traphagen @ or Nancy Moser @ to get your Vocelli Food Card today!



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.

Box Tops for EducationLike traditional clipped Box Tops, eBoxTops are worth 10¢ each. It's simple. Just log on to your Giant Eagle account and proceed to your information page. Then, scroll down to My School Programs and click on Box Tops for Education, which will take you to the sign on page. eOffers are for select Yoplait multipack yogurts in January and Progresso soup in February. Check the Giant Eagle eBoxTop site for more information and future offers!! 



Giant Eagle Apples for Students Giant Eagle

Family Members and Supporters: It's easy to enroll!

Register your Giant Eagle Advantage Card® right now or help a new supporter register. You can enroll your card, and/or check to see if a card is already enrolled, by using these easy 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 the school code 988.
  4. Shop at Giant Eagle.

We have 386 supporters as of January 4th. 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 

Visit and enter the name of our school (Sloan) or Sloan's School ID (89648) to view and designate your current school. REDcards®, Existing Target Credit Cards, Target Visa® Credit Cards, Target Debit Cards, and new Target Credit Cards and Target Debit Cards are eligible for this program.


We currently have 34 participants enrolled in this cash-back 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 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!


Spring Fundraiser

The sale of Sarris Candies and Gongaware & Parry Easter flowers began on January 28th and will continue through February 15th. Orders are due February 18th. Delivery will be on Tuesday, March 19th from 10:30 AM - 8:00 PM in the LGI.


If you can donate a portion of your time to assist with order pick up, it would be greatly appreciated. Interested volunteers and those with questions should contact Spring Fundraiser Chair Corin Young at (724)733-7037 or email  

Thank You!


Third Grade Garden Club Garden Spade

As a final reminder, the Third Grade Garden Club will be meeting indoors tomorrow, Wednesday, January 30th from 3:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.  The lesson will be about winter seed sowing and gardening zones. For this class, we ask that your children please bring in a small, clear, plastic container such one from a pre-made salad, the deli (1 pound or larger), or a take-out food order. A clear 2 liter bottle will work, too. The containers should allow sunlight to enter them through the top, and they should be closeable in order to create a miniature greenhouse.


Please 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, please also have him or her bring a completed Student Information Sheet which can be found here.   


*** Please RSVP to Gardens Co-Chair Kim Bell ( so she can properly plan for the meeting.***


Thank you!



Fifth Grade Farewell Planning Meeting

As a final reminder, there will be a Fifth Grade Farewell planning meeting this Friday, February 1 at 1:30 PM in the LGI Annex. The tasks to be completed in order to make the farewell a success will be discussed and additional ideas will be welcomed. If you're not able to attend the meeting but have an idea you'd like to share or if you'd like to volunteer for the evening of the event, please contact Nancy Moser at or (724) 327-4522.


Box Tops for Education Sloan PTO Box Tops for Education Winter Contest

Sloan PTO's Box Tops for Education Winter Contest will begin Monday, February 4th and end Friday, February 15th.

  • Collect Box Tops from your favorite grocery products.
  • Put your Box Tops in baggies or sealed envelopes.
  • Label the baggie/envelope with the teacher's name and the number of Box Tops (groups of 50 preferred).
  • Give your labeled baggie/envelope to the classroom teacher by February 15th.
  • One winning classroom per grade will earn an gift card of $30 to purchase educational games and books for indoor recess.
  • If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to count Box Tops on Tuesday and Thursday mornings during the contest, please contact Box Tops Chair Myon Valentino at 724-327-5413.

Every 50 Box Tops equals one (1) point for you classroom and earns $5 for the Sloan PTO!


***Please note that we no longer collect Campbell's Soup labels.***


Thank you for your support!



Father-Daughter Dance

As a reminder to registrants, the Father-Daughter Dance, a "Winter Hoe Down," will be held this Friday, February 1st from 6:00 - 9:00 PM in the Franklin Regional Middle School Cafeteria. Everyone is encouraged to dress as they please - up, down, or "hoe down."


In case of inclement weather, please have your daughters listen for a potential cancellation during school announcements on Friday, and check the Sloan ( and Sloan PTO ( websites. In the event of a cancellation, the Father-Daughter Dance will be rescheduled to take place in the spring.


For questions, please contact one of the Father-Daughter Dance Co-Chairs:


Theresa Gutierrez: 

Lori Henninger: 

Shelly Traphagen: 


Thank you!



Book Fair 

What's the formula for keeping kids reading? Good books, of course! Children will be visiting the Sloan Book Fair from February 11 through February 15, 2013 during their regularly scheduled library time and will be allowed to purchase books. Please click here to view the parent letter and class schedule.


If you are sending money, remember that all items are subject to 6% sales tax, so please include this in your check or payment. Please make checks payable to "Sloan PTO" and include your phone number. Change will be given for checks made out in excess of the amount of purchase.


books Profits made at the Book Fair benefit the PTO as well as our school and classroom libraries by allowing us to add the newest and finest titles to our collections. Plus, the Book Fair gives you a rewarding and memorable opportunity to be involved in our school and with our children. The Book Fair is an exciting and wonderful way to help children associate reading and books with fun, instead of just homework.


Please consider volunteering a few hours during your child's library visit or for help with set-up and/or clean-up. To volunteer, please complete and return the Book Fair Volunteer Sign-Up sheet by February 6th (Click here) or contact Trish Collamer at For all other questions or concerns, please contact Book Fair Co-Chairpersons Kate Sell at, Jodi Vollero at, or Robin Wareham at


All for Books


One of our goals this year is to put more books into the hands of students and on the shelves of classroom libraries. We call it "All for Books." (Click here to download an All for Books flyer). Please donate just $1 and sign the book slip with your name or child's name. All signed book slips will be displayed at our Book Fair. All money collected goes directly to purchasing more books for our school! We thank you for your participation in this effort!



Fifth Grade Pictures

Attention all fifth grade parents, the Fifth Grade Farewell Committee 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 with only fifth graders in them, please send them to Chris Sadoski at or Kelli Prucnal at with "PICTURES" in the subject line. Thank you!


Dates To Remember 


January 30

Market Day pick up (3:15 - 4:15 in the cafeteria), Third Grade Garden Club (3:30 - 4:30), and Snapology


January 31

Lab Ratz


February 1

Fifth Grade Farewell Planning Meeting (1:30 in the LGI Annex), Box Tops Contest begins, and Father-Daughter Dance (6-9 PM in the Middle School Cafeteria)


February 6

Book Fair Volunteer slips due / Snapology


February 7

Lab Ratz


February 11

Book Fair Week


February 12

PTO Meeting at 7:00 PM in LGI.


February 13



February 14

Lab Ratz


February 15

Box Tops Contest ends / Spring Fundraiser ends / Crafty Shack Easter Egg Box registration deadline


February 18

Presidents' Day/no school for students


February 20

Snapology (last class)


February 21

Heroes' Luncheon (for students only) and Lab Ratz (last class)


February 27

Market Day pick up (3:15 - 4:15 in the Cafeteria) and Third Grade Garden Club (3:30 - 4:30)


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
Market Day
After School Programs
Spirit Sales
Vocelli Food Cards
Giant Eagle eBoxTops
Giant Eagle Apples for Students
Target REDcard
Go Green in 2013
Spring Fundraiser
Third Grade Garden Club
Fifth Grade Farewell Planning Meeting
Sloan PTO Box Tops Winter Contest
Father-Daughter Dance
Book Fair
Fifth Grade Pictures
Dates To Remember
PTO Contacts
Michelle McFall President 
Larry Nicolette Treasurer

Debby Rhea Co-Secretary 

Jenna Heberle Co-Secretary 



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