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In Memoriam

Posted: September 11, 2015

The Parent Community Organization would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the family of DeSean Fountain. We are eagerly awaiting information about where we can send donations and as soon as we have that information it will be posted here as well as on the ECS PCO Facebook group.

We’d also like to send our condolences to DeSean’s ECS family and, in particular, the 8th grade family. We are on call and ready to support you in whatever way you need.

Know that you will never be forgotten, DeSean Fountain.

Update: A close family friend and DeSean’s mentor has partnered with the Pittsburgh Foundation to create a fund. Donations to the DeSean Fountain Memorial Fund will benefit mentoring programs, after school programs, and other key initiatives designed to keep kids safe. If you are interested in supporting this fund, please direct your donation to: The DeSean Fountain Memorial Fund, C/o The Pittsburgh Foundation, 5 PPG Place, Suite 250, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Autumn Chill

Posted: September 22, 2015

chilicookoffYou’re invited to the PCO’s adult social, the Autumn Chill on October 3 at 7pm! Come to connect with old friends and make new friends and be a part of the community, all while enjoying delicious chili. The event is free (though potluck contributions are welcome). Contact Beth with questions or to RSVP.

Uniform Donations Requested – Oct. 7-21

Posted: September 22, 2015

uniformreuse-webStart gathering your clean, gently used uniform clothing to donate Oct. 7-21. We will offer it at the PCO’s Uniform Re-use Market ($2/item) at Fall Festival on Oct. 24. Please place your donations in the collection bins in both school buildings between Oct. 7 and 21. Contact uniform@ecspco.org with any questions. Thank you!

PCO Board Representative Position Open

Posted: September 15, 2015

The PCO is seeking applicants for a PCO representative to the ECS Board of Trustees. The PCO representative will act as the voice of the PCO at Board of Trustees meetings and will report to the PCO regarding the decisions and outcomes of those meetings. If you are interested in this position, please write a brief letter detailing how you would best serve the PCO as the board representative. Submit your letter to the PCO Chair at parents@ecspco.org by October 1, 2015. The PCO Executive Committee will vote to fill this position from the pool of interested applicants.

The PCO Representative on the Board of Trustees is expected to:

  • attend two meetings each month (PCO and Board of Trustees meetings);
  • submit a PCO report to the Board of Trustees monthly;
  • provide the PCO with agenda, minutes and other public documents from the Board of Trustees meetings;
  • commit to this role for two years;
  • fulfill the Board of Trustees’ membership requirements.

Hoagie Sale – September 2015

Posted: September 8, 2015

All ECS families are invited to sell Triangle hoagies to their friends, neighbors, co-workers and family members.

  • 8th grade sales will go toward the 8th grade class trip.
  • 4th and 5th grade sales will go toward the class trips to McKeever Environmental Learning Center.
  • All other sales will go to the PCO’s fundraising efforts for mini-grants, events, staff appreciation and more.

Orders are due Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015.
Hoagie delivery is Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015.

Download an order form.
Download a form to keep track of sales. (optional)

Email fundraising@ecspco.org with any questions.

Fall Ball Instructional Lacrosse Clinics, Girls & Boys Grades 2-8

Posted: September 7, 2015

East End Lacrosse is offering a developmental lacrosse program designed to introduce lacrosse to beginners and reinforce skills for newer players. The program will be held Saturdays, September 19 through October 24, from 1:00 to 2:30 at the Winchester Thurston Field. For more information go to www.eastendlacrosse.com and click “OFF-SEASON OPPS” or contact larussa@gmail.com or jalexhershey@gmail.com.

Saturday French Classes

Posted: September 1, 2015

L’Ecole Du Samedi (French for ‘Saturday School’) a nonprofit organization that promotes francophone language and culture, in partnership with ECS, intends to open one class for beginners this fall! Spoken and written French will be taught through both formal teaching and fun activities, preferentially to 6th to 8th Grades students. The goal is to get them ready for French 1 in high school. But, if your 4th or 5th grader is interested to learn French, let us know! Read more. Download a registration form.

PCO Meetings – NEW this year

Posted: August 31, 2015

Monthly PCO Business Meetings – NEW FORMAT/SCHEDULE for 2015-16
We will have a new format for monthly PCO meetings this year. The PCO’s Executive committee will conduct a business meeting on the second Thursday of each month, open to all parents, guardians, and staff. These meetings will focus on finances, fundraising, event planning, committee updates, and more. We will not offer childcare or food at these meetings. The next meeting is Oct. 8 at 6:30pm in the Upper School Cafe.

PCO Public Forums – NEW for 2015-16
When current events or concerns warrant, the PCO Executive Committee will hold public forums featuring a speaker(s) from the school community; approximately two or three forums will be held each year. Free childcare will be provided for school-aged children, and dinner will be served to make it easier to fit the meeting into a busy day. Watch the PCO section of the Wednesday Word for forum announcements or email parents@ecspco.org for more info or to suggest a topic.