Booze for Brews – April 26

What’s better than a fun night out with fellow ECS parents and caregivers? One that also helps the teachers’ biggest wish come true: more coffee! The Staff Appreciation committee is hosting a cocktail party at the Wigle Whiskey Distillery in the Strip District on Friday, April 26th from 6 to 9 pm. 10% of all drink and bottle sales will go directly towards supplementing the ECS staff’s supply of coffee to help get them through the rest of the year. And I think we can all agree, they deserve it! Light snacks will be provided (and pretzels available for purchase from Axel’s Pretzels). Plus you’ll have a chance to win a bottle of delicious Wigle’s Coffee Liquor and two tour passes. So line up a sitter–or make it a girls’/guys’ night out–and please join us for this stimulating cause. RSVPs are helpful, but not required.

If you can’t attend but still want to donate, you may do so here. Thank you!

Donate Your Outgrown Uniforms – April 23-May 3

uniformreuse-webThe PCO is collecting clean, gently used uniform clothing starting April 23 through May 3. Please place your donations in the collection bins in both school buildings. We will offer clothing for sale at the PCO’s Uniform Re-use Market ($2/item) at Earth Nite on May 3 in the Upper School Cafe. Cash, checks, and credit cards accepted. Contact uniforms@ecspco.org with any questions.

2019 Plant Sale

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 herb seedlings from Grow Pittsburgh. The order deadline has passed. Pick-up your order May 3 at the Upper School.

Volunteers needed on May 3! Sign up here.

Questions? Email plantsale@ecspco.org.

Did You Know? Volunteering Facts

Did you know… ?

  • We know everyone is busy – we all have kids! We appreciate any amount you can contribute. Many hands make for lighter work!
  • Most committee work is short term
  • Most of the work takes place via email
  • Committee meetings are scheduled at a time that the committee members can meet. No one is excluded because they work during the school day. Grade level rep meetings and some staff appreciation are exceptions as they need to happen while staff is present.
  • You can still be involved even if you can’t attend regular meetings.
  • Lost and Found volunteers are always needed and are welcome to come in off-school hours to work.
  • Volunteering is a great way to meet other families and become part of the community.
  • There are tasks like data entry, baking, shopping, and making calls that you can do on your own time.
  • When there are day of volunteers needed, a Sign Up Genius Sheet will be shared via the Monday Blast, room parents, Facebook and other communications. The specific shifts will be explained and you can find the ones that fit your schedule.
  • There isn’t a way to “buy out” of volunteering because we can’t hire staff to run things. Helping hands are just a necessity.
  • We welcome any time you can give!

More about the PCO’s Volunteer Opportunities

March PCO Meeting

Please join other ECS parents and guardians for pizza and a discussion with Dr. Mandy Cribbs on Thursday, March 14. We will meet at 6:30 at the Upper School Cafe. Dr. Cribbs will be sharing information about how the school uses data (from PSSAs and other sources) to inform instruction. She will be available to take questions on other topics as well. Childcare for school-aged children will be provided. parents@ecspco.org

Parent Survey

All ECS parents, please complete our short survey (less than 5 minutes) to help us understand what we’re doing well and where we can improve. The expansion provides us with an opportunity to restructure and redouble our efforts, and we want your feedback about how we can best serve the ECS community moving forward. All responses are anonymous, and ONE LUCKY WINNER will be randomly selected to win 4 FRONT ROW SEATS to the Spring Concert of their choosing (or some awesome ECS swag if you don’t have kids in a concert). Winner will be selected Tuesday, March 12. Click here now!

March 8: ECS Day at the Movies

Please join the ECS PCO for a day at the movies on Friday, March 8th at 2pm! You can choose between two movies: Captain Marvel or How To Train Your Dragon 3. Pre-registration is required by Sunday, March 3rd (pay at the door). Tickets are $7.50/person and concession specials (small popcorn/drink) will be available for $5. Please note that space is limited. Reserve your spot here. Contact: movies@ecspco.org