Scholastic Book Fair at ECS

We’re bringing a Scholastic Book Fair to ECS!

ECS Lower School
Monday, November 6, 6-8:30 pm
Tuesday, November 7, 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

Due to space and man-power, we are only hosting it at the Lower School this time, but we will have titles for our older students.

Sign up to volunteer! 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.

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

PCO Volunteer Needs

Volunteering your time with the PCO is an inexpensive way to meet the needs of our school, make an effective contribution to your child’s school experience, and show your child that you value their interests. There are opportunities to fit everyone’s interests and schedules. Some committees that especially need help this year are:

Staff Appreciation – Help is needed both year-round and for Staff Appreciation week (May).

Gingerbread House Event – Help plan, shop or volunteer at the event on December 2 so families can enjoy a day of creativity and merriment.

Blooming Bash – We are currently assessing whether we have adequate volunteer commitments and availability to hold this fun adults-only fundraising event next spring.

Mini Grants – Help us review mini-grant submissions four times a year and decide what to recommend for approval.

Urban Ecostewards – This group of volunteers maintains a Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy site in Frick Park and keeps it free of invasive plants. Training provided; kids and adults welcome during our after-school or weekend sessions.

To sign up, fill out the volunteer form.

We are always open to great new ideas! Email volunteer@ecspco.org.

2017-2018 Wall Calendars Available

Printed wall calendars were produced by the PCO and delivered to students’ classrooms on Friday, Sept. 1. Each family should receive one calendar. If you don’t receive a calendar by Wednesday, Sept. 6, or if you need an additional calendar for a second household, you may request one by filling out this form. (Note – please wait until your student comes home from school on Sept. 6 before requesting your first calendar to give the homebase teachers plenty of time to distribute them.)

ECS PCO Mini-Grants Doubled for 2017-2018 School Year

For this school year, the Parent Community Organization has doubled the total amount of money available for mini-grants. As a result of this, we have also increased the maximum amount for mini-grants from $250 to $500. If you have an innovative idea for a project you would like to see implemented at the school, consider applying for a mini-grant. The next deadline is September 29. More information here.

Connect to your ECS community at the 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.

Please consider sharing your cultural heritage with our school community by planning an interactive table for Fall Festival! If you would like to participate, please fill out this form by September 12.

For more info, contact fallfestival@ecspco.org

Join us!

All parents and guardians of current ECS students are automatically members of the Parent Community Organization (PCO), as are all school employees and Board of Trustees members. We have no membership dues. We hope you will join us at PCO meetings and events and as a volunteer. And we also invite you to join our discussions online at the PCO Facebook Group.

Upcoming Events:
Aug. 13 – K-5 Playground Date at Frick Park – students, families, and friends welcome!
Aug. 17 – New Family Welcome – new and veteran families welcome!