2017 Blooming Bash

Posted: January 9, 2017

The Blooming Bash is back! The ECS PCO’s 5th Blooming Bash is coming up on March 18th at the Children’s Museum. This is an adult-only fundraising and social event which will benefit the Lower School Beautification Project.

We need your help to make the Blooming Bash a success! Learn how you can support the event by contributing an item, hosting your own bash, soliciting donations, buying a brick, volunteering, and attending the event! More info here.

We really hope that you will support the Blooming Bash. We can’t wait to reach our fundraising goal and bring the Lower School Beautification Project to reality! Most of all, we really want you to attend the event! The PCO strives to build strong community connections and welcomes everyone to be involved! Questions or ideas? Contact bloomingbash@ecspco.org.

February 3 – ECS Ice Skating Day

Posted: January 9, 2017

ECS Families, are you looking for something to do with the kids in the afternoon of the ECS half-day on February 3rd? Please join us for an afternoon of ice skating fun at the Schenley Park ice rink! ECS PCO has rented the rink from 1-3pm for ECS family and guests.

The PCO will be collecting $2 per person at the door and ice skate rentals are available from the rink (for an additional $3). Please bring CASH ONLY. The snack bar will also be open during our session.

Please let us know you are coming by January 25th by signing up here. We hope to see you at the rink on February 3!

January is Wish List Month

Posted: January 5, 2017

What is Wish List Month? Now is the time of year that classroom supplies might be dwindling (tissues, markers, pencils, etc.). It’s also the time of year for boring old indoor recess, so it’s a great time to stock up on board games, puzzles, books and other indoor fun activities. Check with your room parent or teaching team to find out what they need the most.

Requests from non-homebase ECS staff:

(this list will be updated as more requests come in)

January 12 – PCO Meeting

Posted: January 4, 2017

Come to the next Parent Community Organization Meeting to hear about the work that Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR) is doing with ECS’s 4th-8th grades. Gail Brown, PAAR’s Manager of Prevention and Outreach Services, will present to parents.

We will also learn more about how ECS is faring academically relative to other public schools in the city. James Fogarty, Executive Director of A+ Schools, will present on ECS’s data collected for the A+ Schools Report to the Community.

Join us on Thursday, January 12 at 7-8:30pm in the Upper School Cafe. Free childcare will be provided for school-aged children, and we’ll also have pizza available to accommodate families’ busy after-school schedules. Questions? Email parents@ecspco.org.

2016 Fair Trade Marketplace

Posted: December 1, 2016

Each year, the PCO brings the Fair Trade Marketplace to ECS. This holiday gift shop will be open in the ECS Upper School Cafe on December 10-11. You’ll find a selection of fair trade, sustainable, affordable gifts. We also offer the Chickadee’s Nest where children can shop independently for gifts under $10. Open to the public! More info.

December PCO Meeting

Posted: November 23, 2016

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.

We will also have a preview of the Fair Trade Marketplace which opens to the public on Dec. 10. Be the first to shop at this preview event starting at 6:30pm before the meeting.

Join us on Thursday, December 8 at 6:30-8:30pm (meeting and childcare start at 7) in the Upper School Cafe. Free childcare will be provided for school-aged children, and we’ll also have pizza available to accommodate families’ busy after-school schedules.

Questions? Have an ECS grad who would like to share their experience? Email parents@ecspco.org.

Holiday Poinsettia Sale

Posted: November 4, 2016


The PCO is offering poinsettias and other plants for sale this holiday season. Deadline for pre-orders is Tuesday, November 22, 2016. Order today!

December 3: 2016 Gingerbread House Workshop

Posted: November 4, 2016

Saturday December 3, 2016
With two sessions this year! 11:00a-1:00p & 2:00p-4:00p

Cookies and Icing and Candy! Oh my! Join us for this annual event in the Upper School Cafe for an afternoon of creative family fun! $10 includes everything you need to build your dream house. RSVP by Nov. 23. It’s not too late to sign up for this sweet family event! We’ve extended the deadline to Tuesday Nov 29th, so get those forms in to your child’s teacher with a check made out to ECSPCO. If you’ve misplaced your form or if you didn’t get one, download it here.

Please consider volunteering to deck the café, help families check in, keep the candy bowls full or sling icing! We can’t do this without your help. Sign up here.

Contact Jamie Miller or Jaime Horst at gingerbread@ecspco.org with questions. It’s going to be a wonderful afternoon!