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It's Official........the Dance-A-Thon (DAT) campaign is in full boogie!

We are off to a great start!   P arent Letters and Student Pledge Forms were sent home on last week (on September 23rd).  We have 5 Corporate Sponsors already, and our online contributions alone have almost tipped $1,000! Visit http// to donate online. 

We will be e-blasting our volunteer needs shortly, and there will be a lot of flexible spots to fill.  Remember, this is our PRIMARY fundraiser, so please consider this when donating, seeking sponsors and providing us with a little bit of your time. Students raising $50 or more earn a newly designed DAT T-shirt!  If you know an organization that might be interested in being one of our Corporate Sponsors (in return for lots of publicity in various media based upon sponsorship levels), please contact Marlo Ayres at  

Volunteer Thank You's

We are entering our 6th week of school and it is unbelievable how many Committees have alre ady stepped into action.   And with their associated activities/events, we've already had so many AMAZING volunteers step up to the plate.  

We would like to thank and recognize all of the volunteers who have helped thus far.  

There are many more opportunities to come, and many hands make the job easier!

Book Fair Committee Chairs:  Sandra Torres-Martinez, Jennifer Taylor, Kristine Robinson and their team of volunteers:   Carla Williamson, Tricia Mitchell, Chrissy Lemke, Diane Harvey, Kelly Thomas, Natalie Swensson, Beth Quinn, Sue Salata, Lindy Anderson, Christie O'Toole, Jodi Vollero, Amy Popies, Kirstin Vinton, Jamie Donkin, Marlo Ayers, Melinda Siegel, Melissa Julius, Rachel Oates, Tonee Girdis, Carianne Bernadowski, Jamie Pirollo, Jennifer Majors, Alisa Braho, Julie Karda, Kate Sell, Carrie Lucci, Cede Klein, Chris Drugo, Christa Snyder, Maria Lombardozzi, Amy Walters, Christy Azzarello, Patty Klenoshek, Patty Schaffer, Paula Fetsko, Debby Rhea, Rachelle Cancilla, Rahat Rasheed, Sonia Miller, Donna Raines, Susan Reese.   There are some serious hours dedicated to the book fair, from setup, to decorating, to manning the register for each and every library slot Monday thru Friday, plus cleanup - hours and hours - all in support of education and literacy.  Also, thank you for introducing Sloan to Volunteer Spot, the online way to sign up to volunteer!

Enews and Website: Monica Bush (our very own PTO secretary)

PTO Vice President Lisa Fellner for our lineup of awesome assemblies

Homeroom Parents: Megan Ciaramitaro & Pam Rowell

Clerical: Megan Ciaramitaro

Display Cases (that have been changed out three times already!):  Amie Bradley-Fricke and Megan Tomley.

Bake Sales: Jamie Donkin and Amy Walters (& girls!) and all of our bakers

Dance-a-Thon Chairs: Elaine Yarabinetz and Marlo Ayres

Clothing Sales: Sue Salata

Spirit Sales Chair Chris Sadoski and her team of volunteers:  Kate Sell, Marlo Ayres, Tricia Mitchell, Shannon Talarico, Jenn Taylor, Kara Bertucci, Sue Salata, Laura Pasqualini, and Kelly Thomas.

PTO Co-Treasurers: Tonee Girdis and Nancy Golembiewski for already collecting, counting and reimbursing for numerous activities

Kindergarten Orientation: Heather Rusiewicz

Corporate Contributions: Laura Pasqualini

Photography:  Diane Harvey
Family Fun Night Recap
Sloan PTO's first family event of the year was a wild and crazy, fun-filled party!  Oodles of kids showed up to dance, munch on nachos and popcorn, decorate cookies, take #selfies, get face-painted and hair-wrapped, play guessing games, be mystified by "street magic," win cakes, enjoy Kona ice and generally just roam the halls with their friends.  

Fall Family Fun Night was free to Sloan families and a great introduction back to school.   A big thanks to those who reached into their pockets to support our yummy treats and sweets in the cafeteria and purchase Kona Ice. 100% of your donations go towards ensuring our children have an unforgettable experience at Sloan. We appreciate your generosity.  

Special thanks to our cake donors, Luusje Walstra and Alyssa for donating their time running the hair wrapping station and Our FR NHS volunteers for the awesome face painting and tattoo art.  Congratulatons to Alaina McGrath and Addison Arena for winning the guessing games.  Their yummy prizes have been delivered.  

Clearances Workshop

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., @ the FR High School Library

During this time the computer lab will be open for you to drop in and use a computer to apply online for the following:  (1) Child Abuse (
$8 Employee/Free Volunteer), (2) PA Criminal History 
($8 Employee/Free Volunteer) and (3) FBI clearance ($28.75 Employee/Volunteer). 

Fingerprints scanned by a mobile provider for the FBI clearance will also be available by appointment only.  If you want to schedule an appointment to have your fingerprints scanned please send an email to .  No phone calls please. 

 For more details on what to bring, visit the Franklin Regional School District website, and there is a link on the home page, view the flyer here:

All 3 clearances are required to work in the school for parties, field day, or any volunteer activity.

Franklin Regional High School Playschool

The Franklin Regional High School Playschool program is now accepting applications for the fall 2015 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.

Emphasis for the playschool children is learning through play.  Children 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.  There is also  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.  Science and art centers along with the most popular activity, free-play, are available  where students can 

explore all of the wonderful toys, games and puzzles in our classroom.   The program believes 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 fall session begins Tuesday, October 13th and the spring session will begin February 16th.  

If you need any further information about the program, please contact Sheila Connolly at 724-327-5456 X5113 or .  The application can also be found on the FR district web site under the "parent" tab.

Backpacks to Go Program
This program is sponsored by our Franklin Regional community which includes our PTO, teachers, students and their families, and area friends.  The program is coordinated by school counselors.  We will 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.
Here's how the program works:   Children enrolled in the program, by parent request, will take home a backpack with nutritious food in a safe, easy and discreet manner on the designated Fridays.  The food items and included menu suggestions may be used for breakfast, lunch and dinner for Saturday and Sunday.  Some of the child-friendly foods may include: peanut butter and jelly, easy-open canned fruit, applesauce, pudding, cereal, granola bars, bread, macaroni and cheese, soup, fruit snacks, poptarts, instant oatmeal, and canned pasta. 

The students will return the backpacks on Monday morning to be re-filled for the next designated Friday.  We will be offering the "Backpacks-to-Go" on the 2ndand 4th Fridays of each month with adjustments made for holidays.  By meeting basic needs of our children, we hope each child will be better able to focus on learning.

To enroll your child in the program at any time, please contact Mrs. Burns at 724-327-5464 x3002 or Ms. Wurzell at 724-327-5464 x3244.

Corporate Contributions Update

A BIG THANK YOU you to all of the parents who registered for FREE MONEY (aka Corporate Contributions) for Sloan during Open House. We had a lot of vistors at the table and sent a lot of flyers home with parents.

Please don't forget to register your Giant Eagle Advantage Card, Target Red Card, 
Shop N Save Perks Card, or Amazon/AmazonSmile Accounts and direct them to SLOAN.  The website links and Sloan ID's can all be found at  

Dates to Remember

ALL MONTH LONG - We are collecting Dance-A-Thon Pledges!

October 2:  Wear a Hat for Cancer Day (Kid Council)

October 6:   Clearances Workshop at FRHS Library, 4:00-6:00 pm

October 12: NO SCHOOL. Professional Development Day

October 13:  FRHS Playschool Program Begins

October 16:  Blue and Gold Day for Students

October 19:  Franklin Regional School Board Meeting            

October 23:   Collection of Dance-A-Thon Pledge Submissions
                       (during morning arrival to school)                                      

October 26:    Collection of Dance-A-Thon Pledge Submissions
                       (during morning arrival to school)                                      

October 27:   Collection of Dance-A-Thon Pledge Submissions
                       (during morning arrival to school) 

October 28:     Collection of Dance-A-Thon Pledge Submissions
                       (during morning arrival to school)                                      

October 29:     LAST CALL for  Collection of Dance-A-Thon Pledge                                  Submissions  (during morning arrival to school)                                      

October 30:    Dance-A-Thon during recess & Fall Parties

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