In 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
Call or text: Ilona 412-726-5969 for questions.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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
We 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
The 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 email@example.com or call/text 412-726-5969. Ecostewards on Facebook
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!
ECS’s annual Spring Flower & Plant Sale is back in time for Mother’s Day and Spring planting! Annual bedding flowers, a variety of beautiful hanging baskets, and patio planters will be available from the same vendor that Phipps Conservatory uses (so the plants will be fantastic!). We are also offering organic vegetable and herbs from Garden Dreams, an urban farm and nursery in Wilkinsburg. Order now! (deadline is
April 15, 2016 now extended to April 17!).
Did you know? Each grade level at ECS has parent representatives who meet with the principals each month to discuss parent concerns and questions. The next Grade Reps meeting is Friday, April 8; please send along any questions or comments to the grade reps to share at this upcoming meeting. Representatives are listed here, along with an archive of meeting notes.