Dec. 2: Gingerbread House Building Workshop

Gingerbread House Building fun returns on Saturday, December 2 in the Upper School Cafe. This is a great annual family event! $10 includes everything you need to build your dream house. We supply the graham crackers, candy and icing; you provide the creativity!

This year we have two different times for families to build their gingerbread houses:

  • Morning session is 10am-12pm
  • Afternoon session is 1-3pm

Look for the green registration form coming home in your kids’ folders. Please submit your form and check made out to ECS PCO by November 22 to save your place.

For questions or to volunteer, email gingerbread@ecspco.org.

PCO Meeting – November 9

All ECS families are invited to the next PCO meeting on Thursday, November 9 at 7-8:30pm in the Upper School Cafe. PCO Meeting Topic: Choosing a High School/Are ECS students prepared for high school? We will invite some ECS graduates to share their experiences transitioning from ECS to high school. Join us for a discussion among parents, staff and students. Free childcare will be provided for school-aged children, and we’ll also have pizza available for all. Questions? Email parents@ecspco.org.

2017 Staff Holiday Gift Collection

Dear ECS families,

The PCO Staff Appreciation Committee is excited about giving winter holiday gifts to the teachers and staff of ECS once again. The plan is to have one comprehensive collection. You will not be asked to make another financial contribution through your room parent. The total amount collected will be divided among homebase teachers, specialists, and general staff in the form of gift cards.

Please send your monetary donation to Michelle Landau (Lower School) or Sonia Rathelot (Upper School). A suggested donation is $15-$20 per student attending ECS (remember, this is to be split among 120 staff members), but we are so very grateful for any amount you can manage to give! You may send a check, made payable to ECS PCO, or make your contribution through PayPal below (please keep in mind that when you pay with PayPal, the PCO is charged a small fee per transaction). We’re sorry, but cash cannot be accepted.

Room parents may make requests for small items to be donated for homeroom teachers, but that is a separate collection handled through individual classes.

Many thanks,
Sonia, Michelle, and the PCO Staff Appreciation Committee

DUE DATE for donations is December 16, 2017!

Donate to the staff holiday gift:

Donate to the ECS Harvest Feast

The 2017 Harvest Feast is going to be a wonderful community event! The Harvest Feast is a chance for the students to relax and enjoy a Thanksgiving inspired meal with their classmates on Tuesday 11/21. Here’s how you can help!

1. Contribute decorations, serving bowls, pie, cider, and/or your volunteer time. Get details and sign up: Lower School and Upper School

2. Make a donation instead of shopping for pie or apple cider:

Donation Amount

Scholastic Book Fair at ECS

We’re bringing a Scholastic Book Fair to ECS! Stop by for a book and a treat in the main foyer of the Lower School. There will be a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Though the fair is hosted at the lower School, we will have titles for older readers available as well.

ECS Lower School
Monday, November 6, 5:30-7:30 pm
Tuesday, November 7, 8:30 am-7 pm

Our Online Fair is available from November 1-14
If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at http://www.scholastic.com/bf/environmentalcharterschool.

Volunteers Needed
Because all of us would like to attend parent teacher conferences, we have to have enough volunteer coverage so we can slip out as needed for these meetings. Kids are welcome to help. Grades 6-8 can work without an adult, under grade 6 requires parental supervision. Sign up to volunteer!

October is the Month of Treats!

The Month of Treats for our wonderful staff is underway, and the PCO Staff Appreciation Committee encourages all ECS families to sign up to surprise a staff member with their favorite snack/coffee/soda/etc at your convenience during the month of October. Some staff members most value a little extra TIME, and have identified a task or two that a parent could help out with this month– so those are on the list, too! We are continuing to add staff names to the list as we gather more information about their favorite goodies, so stay tuned as the list evolves over the next few weeks. Our hope is to hit each of our 100+ awesome staff members before the month is over, so help us show them some love by clicking the link and signing up now!

Fall Festival

This year’s Fall Festival will celebrate the ECS community’s cultural diversity with demonstrations and activities representing our families from around the world. Also, don’t miss pick-up sports, uniform reuse sale, bake sale, food trucks, and more!

Friday, October 6, 2017, 5-8 p.m. at the Upper School

Sign up to volunteer here.

For more info, contact fallfestival@ecspco.org

PCO Kick-Off Meeting

The first PCO Meeting of the year will be held on Thursday, September 28 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the Upper School Cafe. All K-8 parents, guardians, and ECS staff are invited to join us to kick off the school year with the PCO. You’ll hear from ECS leaders about ECS expansion efforts and ECS’s work on diversity and equity in our organization.

We would like to know what questions YOU have about the Parent Community Organization and what YOU want from the PCO this year. Submit your questions or comments about the PCO and then come to the meeting to hear more and be part of the discussion.

ALL PCO MEETINGS include free childcare for school-aged children and free pizza for parents and children.

We want all ECS families to feel involved, connected, informed, and valued within the PCO community. If you plan to attend a PCO meeting, please reach out to another ECS family in your community to offer a ride or share information about the meeting.

Read our PCO Welcome Letter for more information about the PCO.

parents@ecspco.org