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Welcome from the Board     


Welcome back, Sloan families! As your new Executive Board we are very excited to begin what we hope will be an amazing year for the PTO.  

One of our overriding goals is streamlined communications, and we are hoping to find more families using our electronic options this year. Since you are reading this message, you have already subscribed to our eNews, but if you haven't already, check out our Website and Facebook Community for the latest information, tips and forums. AND... throughout this coming year, keep an eye out for fun photo galleries, contests, activities and announcements popping up exclusively online.



While we will continue to use paper flyers this year to announce our important events, we hope to move further and further away from this as more families join eNews, so...invite a friend, save a tree, and defeat the mountain of mess that comes home in your child's backpack.


We look forward to meeting and seeing all of you at PTO events this year!


Your Executive Board:

Jennifer Taylor

Pam Rowell

Michelle McFall

Debby Rhea

Wendy Lindeman




You have no doubt noticed some additional security changes happening at the school. We will keep you posted as to how these affect PTO events and volunteerism as the need arises, but allow us to remind you again that, more and more, clearances are becoming necessary for school involvement.  You can find all the details for obtaining your clearances here. 




Sloan PTO is pleased to announce a new committee this year that has collected school supplies for needy families in our school. If you have extra items that you would like to contribute, you may send them in with your child in a baggie marked "PTO Backpack Committee." Those who are struggling to afford the items on teachers' supply lists may speak confidentially to their children's counselors to request items.


Additionally, the PTO has made provisions to offer financial assistance to volunteers who are unable to afford the fees associated with applying for their level one clearances. Those wishing to request this benefit should plan to actively serve the PTO as a volunteer during the school year. To request this assistance, applicants may contact Jennifer Taylor at All information regarding requests will be kept confidential within the confines of the Executive Board. 




The new Executive Board is looking forward to seeing you at our first General Assembly Meeting on Tuesday, September 10 at 6:30 pm in the LGI. Our new District Superintendent, Dr. Jamie Piraino, will speak at this meeting. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear his plans for the district, and ask any questions you may have.


We also plan to bring to a vote this year's Budget, as well as some minor changes to our PTO Bylaws. In the interest of time, we will expedite this process by not going through the document change by change at the meeting. If you are interested in comparing the original and edited documents before the vote, please see the links below.


Many Committee Chairs will also be on hand for those interested in volunteering this year.


If you have any questions, you may email Jennifer Taylor at


The original Bylaws document CLICK HERE

The updated document CLICK HERE


 Spirit Sales 2013                  

Sloan PawThe purpose of Spirit Sales are to promote school spirit. Our children look forward to these throughout the year. Our first sales will take place Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, September 11, 12, and 13, from 8:30 to 8:45 AM. Sale sites are located at the Kindergarten Ramp and near the LGI. Students should plan to shop at the table closest to their classrooms on days assigned by grade. We offer pencils, stickers, panther pencil toppers, temporary tattoos and bead necklaces. (Students may buy a maximum of two necklaces.) Most items are under $1. Morning Spirit Sales are for children only. Franklin Regional towels are available at the fall sales and swim bags are available at the spring sales. 

Additional Spirit Sales are planned for January 16/17 and March 13/14. To volunteer to man the sale tables, or for any other questions, please contact me. See you at the Spirit Sales!


Chris Sadoski

(724) 327-9396

PTO Spirit Sales Chairperson


Wear a Hat for Cancer       

 This day-long event will raise vital funds to help benefit children being treated for cancer.   Students may make a $2 minimum donation in exchange for wearing a hat to school on Friday, September 20th. All donations will directly support the needs of the Division of Hematology/Oncology at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. It is a fun day for the students and teachers at Sloan, while supporting a wonderful cause.  


If you have any questions, please contact the Chairperson of Wear a Hat for Cancer.


Pam Rowell


Book Fair


Walk like an Egyptian....straight to the Sloan Book Fair! From September 16 through September 20, 2013, during their regularly scheduled library time and during Open House on Sept. 16th and/or 17th, Sloan students will take an exotic journey to Ancient Egypt, where they will have the opportunity to discover (and purchase) literary treasures at every turn!  


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.


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 look over the Scholastic Book Flyer sent home with your child to preview some of the books offered at our Book Fair, including many of this season's big hits.

BONUS: Check out our website.


Please consider volunteering during your child's library visit and/or during set-up, clean-up or during Open House nights. The students greatly appreciate having help finding and selecting books during the Fair.

To volunteer, CLICK HERE.


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. Please look for the All for Books slips sent home with the Scholastic Book Flyer (or CLICK HERE to print yourself) and donate just $1. 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!


For any questions or concerns, please contact Book Fair Co-Chairpersons Kate Sell at, Jodi Vollero at or Robin Wareham at


Bake Sale  


We will be holding our first Bake Sale of the year during Open House on Monday, September 16th & Tuesday, September 17th. We're looking forward to an evening of sweet treats and will need donations.  Home-baked or store-bought items would be greatly appreciated in order to make it a success.

Donations can be dropped off anytime during the day on both September 16 &17
on the catering rack situated in the lobby or brought in those evenings prior to Open House getting started.


Please kindly label goods that contain nuts. Thank you in advance for your contributions and support!   

If you have questions or would like to help staff the Bake Sale tables, please contact the Bake Sales Chairpersons: 

Kara Bertucci 

Pam Rowell




Clothing Sale   


The first Clothing Sale for the school year is scheduled for September 9th through September 27th.  Order forms will be sent home with children the week of September 9th.  Orders can be submitted to homeroom teachers or also during Open House nights on September 16th or 17th.  All checks must be made payable to "Sloan PTO".  Clothing items will also be on display starting September 9th through September 20th in the display case in the lobby at school.  Please remember "Blue and Gold" days, this is a perfect opportunity to stock up on apparel to support our school.  
If you have any question, please contact our co-chairs: 

Brooke Masten

Brenda Conner  


Subsidizing clearances


This year, Sloan PTO is happy to offer financial assistance to volunteers who are unable to afford the fees associated with applying for their level one clearances. Those wishing to request this benefit should plan to actively serve the PTO as a volunteer during the school year. To request this assistance, applicants may contact Jennifer Taylor. All information regarding requests will be kept confidential within the confines of the Executive Board. 


Giant Eagle Apples for the Students   


Help Sloan earn credits to purchase school equipment just by shopping at Giant Eagle or Get Go Stores.   Register your Giant Eagle Advantage Card by calling 1-800-742-7753 or by registering online at

Click on the Savings tab and select Supporting Our Schools. Our school ID is 988. Last year we earned enough points that Mrs. Stewart was able to select an iPad for the students to use. Encourage family and friends to register under our ID also.

For information, contact Laura Pasqualini at 412-886-0419 or 


Target Take Charge of Your Education Program



Apply for a Target REDCard or Debit Card in person then call 1-800-316-6142 to designate Sloan ID# 89648 to receive cash up to 1% of your purchases. Family and friends who designate our school will help increase our yearly checks. We currently have 38 cardholder signed up and we received $758.31 from last year's transactions. Any questions, please contact Laura Pasqualini at 412-886-0419 or


GFS Fun Funds Program


We are now accepting new applicants for the Fun funds program through GFS Marketplace Stores.

To sign up for the card and help Sloan earn quarterly checks; go to and sign up. Our organization number is 2305956. You can also sign up at the customer service center inside a GFS store (the closest is in Monroeville behind Kohl's). Don't forget to mention Sloan PTO! You will receive a Fun Funds card to use every time you shop earning the school cash quarterly.


Inkjet/Toner and Electronics Recycling Program 


Donate your used laser and inkjet printer cartridges, cell phones, computers, and cameras and earn new technology, recreational equipment and/or cash for Sloan. We will accept all brands/generic items. Please send items to school with your student. If you have any questions or to make arrangement for large items or quantities; please contact Laura Pasqualini at 412-886-0419 or


Excess for Recess 


It's back again this year! Help our students and organize your old and outgrown items.   We are in need of your gently used Board Games, Puzzles, Books, Legos, Blocks and Building Toys, Computer Games, Flash cards and Card games. These items help our students when the weather is too cold or rainy for them to have outdoor recess.   In November we will have a "store" and give the teachers "money" to buy items for their classrooms.   Donations can be dropped off at the school or contact Laura Pasqualini at 412-886-0419 or or Pam Zimmerman at 724-327-5410 or

Dates to Remember 


September 5

Committee Chair Meeting at 9:30 in the LGI

September 9

Clothing Sale begins

September 10

PTO Meeting at 6:30 in the LGI, with guest speaker Superintendent Dr. Piraino

September 11

Spirit Sales 8:30 - 8:45

September 12

Spirit Sales 8:30 - 8:45

September 13

Spirit Sales 8:30 - 8:45 / KidStuff Books Fundraiser begins

September 16

Book Fair (daytime and PM) / Open House (grades 2 & 4) / Bake Sale / Clothing Sale

September 17

Paper Market Day order forms due to school / Book Fair (daytime and PM) / Open House (grades 1, 3 & 5) / Bake Sale / Clothing Sale

September 18

Book Fair (daytime) / Student Directory Forms due

September 19

Book Fair (daytime) / Market Day internet orders due by midnight

September 20

Wear a Hat for Cancer Day

September 25

Market Day Pickup 3:15 - 4:15

September 27

Homeroom Parent Meeting 9:30 in the LGI / Clothing Sale ends

October 4

KidStuff Books Fundraiser ends / Original Works begins

cursorThe 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 Torres-Mart´┐Żnez
Sloan Elementary PTO Electronic Communications

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In This Issue
Welcome from the Board
Spirit Sales 2013
Wear a Hat for Cancer
Book Fair
Bake Sale
Clothing Sale
Subsidizing clearances
Giant Eagle Apples for the Students
Target Take Charge of Your Education Program
GFS Fun Funds Program
Inkjet/Toner and Electronics Recycling Program
Excess for Recess
Dates to Remember
PTO Contacts
Jennifer Taylor President 
Pam Rowell VP  
Michelle McFall Treasurer  

Debby Rhea Co-Secretary 

Wendy Lindeman Co-Secretary 


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