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The Sloan PTO welcomes our families back from the winter break, holidays and festivities.  We hope that you spent some time with family and friends, had lots of laughter and took a moment to reflect on those things that are most important to you. Now its time to get back to learning, activities, routines, and some really great PTO events in the second-half of the year.  Read on.....and stay tuned!

Visit from WTAE Action Weather and Carnegie Science Center

On  Wednesday, February 10th, WTAE Action Weather will make a school visit to Sloan.  A WTAE meteorologist and a Carnegie Science Center representative will present a one-hour weather program including some cool weather experiments for our students.  Students can wear any Franklin Regional or blue and gold clothing that day as well. Watch for highlights of our school's visit that evening on Action  News Channel 4 at  5pm and 11pm. Let's hope for favorable weather conditions that day!

Spirit Sales

The next Spirit Sales of the year will take place this  Thursday, January 14th and Friday, January 15th . Students may shop either day as they enter the building in the morning, with tables setup at the top of both ramps. We will be selling tattoos,  stickers, beads, pencils, water bottles, and spirit bracelets. If you would like to help at one of the Spirit Sales, we need 4 volunteers each morning from 8:40-9:15. Please contact Chris Sadoski, PTO Spirit Sales Chair, or (724) 327-9396. GO PANTHERS!!

Box Tops Reminder

Don't forget to start saving your Box Tops for our Box Tops contest that will run from February 5th - February 19th. 

Box Tops labels can be found on product brands such as General Mills, Pillsbury, Betty Crocker, Huggies, Ziploc, Scott, and Hefty to generate cash rebates for Sloan.

Newly Combined Science Event!

Mark your calendars: on  Friday, April 8th, we will combine the Science & Arts Fair AND Science Night into one explosive event! There will be  hands-on experiments, interactive games, demonstrations, displays, prizes, and of course, the awesome projects completed by our very own students.  Its NEVER TOO EARLY to start thinking about what you want to submit.  More information will be coming your way in February. 

Sloan Food Drive for the Backpacks to Program

This program i s sponsored by our Franklin Regional School District  community which includes our PTO, teachers, students and their families, and area friends.  The program is coordinated by the school counselors and parent volunteers.  

We provide a backpack filled with easy-to-prepare meals and snacks for weekends to our children.   This program was developed in response to ongoing student needs with no weekend access to the school breakfast and/or lunch program. 

Each classroom is encouraged to fill a grocery bag  during the food drive to help stock the pantry, which is located at Heritage!   Gift cards to local grocery stores and cash donations will also be helpful.  More information will be coming home with your child in the coming weeks.  Each grade will be assigned specific items to donate.  Please view the flyer here

Indoor Tennis Clinic

Indoor Tennis has arrived in Murrysville!  Kevin Fisher, the Franklin Regional tennis coach,  will be running several clinics in January and February at the brand new indoor tennis facility, The Murrysville Racquet Club  located at 4062 Norbatrol Court. 

Two clinic dates are available. Dates for elementary students are Jan. 25, 27th and 29th from  6-7:30 PM .  February dates are the 15th, 17th and 19th. Clinics are also available for middle school and high school students as well.

Each 3 day session is $59.  More information can be found here 

Franklin Regional High School Playschool Program

The Franklin Regional High School Playschool program is now accepting applications for the 2016 session. Playschool is a preschool age play program that is open to any child who is 3, 4, or 5 years old. This program serves as a learning laboratory for the Child Development II students at the high school. It is a wonderful program where preschool-age children and high school students learn from one another.

Our emphasis for the playschool chi
ldren is learning through play. We explore large and small motor skills through a variety of activities such as dancing and making crafts. The children sing, listen to stories, and visit the high school library. This gives children an opportunity to learn language as well as letter and word recognition. We also have a dramatic play center where the children can use their creative imaginations. The children participate in circle time where we dress the weather bear, say the Pledge of Allegiance, count, and learn the days of the week. There are rotating activities for the children to do in circle time daily. We have science and art centers along with the most popular activity, free-play, where students can explore all of the wonderful toys, games and puzzles in our classroom.

Since we believe the best way for preschoolers to learn is through play, we do not use computers or electronic learning games. The students will also go on a field
trip to the Children's Museum in the fall and the Pittsburgh Zoo in the spring. The fall and spring session will both take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8:55 -10:30 am. We limit the number of students for each day, so please sign up early. The spring session begins Tuesday, February 16th. If you need any further information about the program, please contact Sheila Connolly at 724-327-5456 X5113 or

application can also be found on the FR district web site under the "parent" tab.

Birthday Books

Will your child be celebrating a birthday in  January?  One unique way to commemorate your student's special day is with a Birthday Book from Sloan Library!  For just a $6.00 donation toward the book's cost, your child can choose from our new book section on the Birthday Book Shelf AND be the very first one to check it out!

 Your child's selected book will include a personalized dedication plaque, and a picture of him/her holding the book will go up on Sloan's Birthday Wall outside the Library. For a Birthday Book Form and additional information, please click  here, or visit the Library Resources section of Sloan's webpage.

Proceeds from Birthday Books go toward the purchase of more books for our Library collection!

Dates to Remember


January 14-15:      Spirit Sales

January 18:  
No School

February 5-19: Box Tops Contest 

February 9:  PTO Meeting at 7 pm in the LGI 

February 10: WTAE and Carnegie Science Center Weather Assembly  

March 10-11:  Spirit Sales

March 18:  
Spring Parties

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Monica Bush
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