Spring Flower and Plant Sale

plantsale-fbECS’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. NEW this year: tree seedlings from Tree Pittsburgh! Order now! (deadline is April 25, 2017).

PCO Steering Committee is Seeking New Members

Did you know that the PCO is organized and operated by a Steering Committee? The Steering Committee is a group of parent volunteers who work together to plan and organize meetings, brainstorm ideas, spear-head fundraising efforts, plan fun events, and much more. The Steering Committee currently has the following openings available and we’d love to welcome some new faces to join group. We’re in search of a few folks who will join us as:

  • Members at Large – participate in activities of the Steering Committee including meetings, participate in PCO events, vote on important PCO decisions, and share thoughts and ideas.
  • Lower School Vice Chair – assist the Chair in planning meetings and events, serve as parent representative for the Lower School, and check PCO mailbox once a week.
  • Upper School Vice Chair – assist the Chair in planning meetings and events, serve as parent representative for the Upper School, and check PCO mailbox once a week.
  • Treasurer – oversee the financial operations of the PCO including record keeping, reporting on budgets, and other financial activities.

This is an open, friendly, and welcoming team and we hope you will consider joining us as we continue our work in making ECS a great place for our kids, staff, and families.

More information about Steering Committee responsibilities

March 16: Lower School Staff Appreciation Lunch

Because we appreciate all that the teachers and staff do at the ECS Lower School, let’s show them some love! This time, we’re doing a staff appreciation lunch (nothing fancy, just wonderful food). Please consider bringing in your favorite main dish, soup, salad, or even dessert, on Thursday, March 16th. Sign up here.

March 9: PCO Meeting

Nurse Judy is working with the American Healthcare Group and the ACHD to provide the ECS community with information about the HPV vaccine. ​A representative from ​each will be present at the ​​March 9th PCO ​M​eeting at 7pm for a short presentation and to answer questions. ​This vaccine is especially pertinent for ​kids age 11 and 12. Even if your kids aren’t of age yet, it is a good idea to get information about this vaccine ahead of time because the timing of it contributes to its effectiveness. Click here for more information.

NEW: Jon McCann will be there to share information about the expansion and answer questions.

We’ll also hear from Julie Paris with an update from Grade Level Reps as well as more info about the best way to utilize this resource. As always, there will be free childcare for school-aged children and free pizza… see you at the Upper School Cafe on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 7-8:30pm!

Feb. 10: Family Game Night

kidsplayingchess-smallJoin ECS families of every grade level (K-8) for an evening of board games and pizza. We will have some board games available for all ages, and we encourage you to also bring your own games to enjoy. Pizza will be served for $1.50/slice, along with a bake sale. Bring some extra cash for the board game raffle. We have 20 games to give away to lucky winners!

Friday, February 10, 6-8pm
Upper School Cafe

Sign up to volunteer or donate to the bake sale.
Contact: gamenight@ecspco.org

2017 Blooming Bash


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.

*** Buy Your Tickets Today or Make A Gift of Support ***

Sign up to volunteer at the event.

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.

Thank you to our donors!

February 3: ECS Ice Skating Day

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

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

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.