A Thoughtfulness Challenge

Posted: May 17, 2016

Every year we ask ECS staff members to fill out a survey of their favorite things. We ask their favorite treat and favorite coffee shop drink, among other things. I’m setting out a challenge to make sure every staff member that took the time to fill out the survey gets a treat from their list. Here’s the list of staff members and what they love. Simply put your name next to the staff member you’d like to gift, and send something in by the end of the year! When you choose to do it is up to you!

New Dates and Times for ECS EcoStewards

Posted: May 3, 2016

ecostewardsIn order to accommodate busy schedules, ECS EcoStewards offer different times to help keep Frick Park free of invasive plant species. Everybody can help, just bring firm shoes and a water bottle. We meet at the tennis court parking lot off Braddock Ave, behind the Upper School.

The new dates are:

  • Friday, May 6 – 4-6pm
  • Saturday, May 14 – 10am-noon
  • Friday, June 3 – 4-6pm
  • Saturday, June 11 – 10 am–noon

In case of cancellation due to rain, we will meet the following Sunday, 10am – noon.

Friend us on Facebook: ECS Urban Ecostewards
Email: ecostewards@ecspco.org
Call or text: Ilona 412-726-5969 for questions.

Plant Sale Help

Posted: April 22, 2016

We are looking for a few volunteers to fill one-hour slots during the afternoon of May 6 to assist families in plant pick-up. This is an enjoyable volunteering event as you are outside with beautiful flowers, interacting with fellow parents! The plants will already be organized; we just need helpers to assist families find their order as well as sell any “extra” plants. Sign up here. Questions? Email plantsale@ecspco.org.

Earth Night Bake Sale

Posted: April 21, 2016

Calling all bakers! Our biggest bake sale of the year is coming up at Earth Night on April 29.

Remember that we strive to be allergen free at our ECS events, so please keep that in mind when donating items and if you could include a list of ingredients with any baked goods, that would be spectacular.

Please drop off any donated items at our table at or before the beginning of the event if possible. If you can’t make it that night, feel free to drop off goods in the teacher’s lounge and label them “ECS PCO”.

Sign up to bake or volunteer here.

Yard Sale Day – May 14

Posted: April 21, 2016

The annual Regent Square yard sale is happening on Saturday, May 14. If you want to participate as a seller but don’t live in the neighborhood, the PCO is offering table space at the Upper School for a small fee. Read more and register here.

2016 Staff Appreciation Week

Posted: April 12, 2016

Dear Families,

We’ve been busy preparing some nice things for our teachers and staff for Staff Appreciation Week (May 2-6). We will have our annual luncheons at each building, a long time favorite, and many more surprises!

One thing we would like to do is a gift card giveaway which was very much appreciated last year. So if you are not the kind who likes to cook or bake, maybe this is for you! Just donate a gift card (any amount, any place) and we will take care of the rest! Our goal is to have at least three gift cards (or group of gift cards) per school. We will do a lottery in each school to determine the winners. If you would like to donate, please contact Sonia so we can arrange to pick up the gift card.

Sign up here for the much loved ECS PCO Staff Appreciation Luncheons. Food, supplies and volunteers needed!
Lower school staff appreciation luncheon – May 4, 2016
Upper school staff appreciation luncheon – May 5, 2016

Please contact Sonia Rathelot with any questions.

Thank you from the Staff Appreciation Week Committee

Donate Your Gently Used Uniforms – April 11-25

Posted: April 5, 2016

uniformreuse-webWe are collecting clean, gently used uniform clothing starting April 11 through April 25. These donations will be offered at the PCO’s Uniform Re-use Market at Earth Nite on April 29. Please bring in your outgrown clothes to the collection bins in either school building. Thank you! Contact uniforms@ecspco.org with any questions.

ECS Urban Ecostewards

Posted: April 5, 2016

ecostewardsThe ECS Urban Ecostewards group maintains a Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy site in Frick Park and keeps it free of invasive plants. This Sunday, they start a new season of keeping our park healthy and clean! Meet at the parking lot off Braddock Ave, between the Upper School and tennis court. We will hike down from there to site. Tools, gloves, and training provided. Bring shoes that can take soggy ground! Fun for the entire family and a chance to learn something about our local environment.

Sunday, April 10, 2016, 10 am – 12 pm

Questions? Email ecostewards@ecspco.org or call/text 412-726-5969. Ecostewards on Facebook

PCO Meeting – 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR

Posted: April 5, 2016

Parents will have the opportunity to ask questions or comment about the 2016-2017 school year calendar at the next PCO Meeting on April 14. The ECS Home Office will also have an update on the Lower School Beautification Project/Playground. Free childcare will be available for school aged children until 8:00.

To ensure all questions are answered, we are asking parents to submit questions in advance at the following link: https://goo.gl/FNOfNU or written on a piece of paper and placed in the PCO mailbox in either school building.

What: A discussion about the addition of half days to the 2016-2017 calendar
When: Thursday April 14th, 2016 at 6:30 – 8:00
Where: Upper School Cafe
Who: Jon McCann, Ashley Bergman, Mandy Cribbs, and YOU!
Contact: parents@ecspco.org